The Shir Tikvah Blog

Coming of Age: Shir Tikvah Celebrates Our Bat Mitzvah Year

As we prepare to mark our bat mitzvah, Congregation Shir Tikvah is excited to partner with other members of Portland’s Jewish community to offer opportunities  to learn about and properly care for sacred materials no longer in use.


Lecture by Oren Kosansky, Rabat Genizah Project

May 6, 7 pm at Shir Tikvah (ADDRESS AND DIRECTIONS HERE)

The Rabat Genizah Project brings together an international team of experts to develop a digital archive of Moroccan Jewish documents. Housed at the Casablanca Museum, the collection includes community records, photographs, rabbinical commentaries and a wide range of other published and unpublished materials. Dr.  Kosansky’s talk is called Hidden Treasures: The Lives and Afterlives of Sacred Texts.

Genizah B’Karka: Burial of Sacred Texts

May 31, 11am at River View Cemetery Main Building
0300 SW Taylors Ferry Road (DIRECTIONS HERE)

Bring your unusable sacred texts to River View Cemetery. Use the Main Entrance to meet at the Main Building. Please wrap your materials in a brown paper bag. Join us in a short ritual in which we reflect on our special relationship with the written and printed Hebrew word, and on the transitory nature of even our most cherished sacred objects.

Acceptable items:
Books and photocopied materials that include the Name of G-d.
No longer usable ritual objects, such as prayer shawls, tefillin, mezuzot.

Congregation Shir Tikvah and its co-sponsors offer this Jewish public service free of charge to the community; however, donations to cover the costs of burial are gratefully accepted from those who are able.

Our co-sponsors for this event are:

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And the Jewish Cemetery at River View

Upcoming Events

Hidden Treasure: The Lives and Afterlives of Jewish Texts

May 6 at 7 pm
at Congregation Shir Tikvah

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