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On the Banks of the River

This is the time of year when we study the book of Deuteronomy, which places the Israelites at the edge of the Promised Land. Moses reviews the laws, reminding them where they’ve come from in preparation for where they are ultimately headed. The people cannot cross the River Jordan without having a set of guiding principles in hand. Members of Shir Tikvah’s Steering Committee and staff sat down on Sunday to fine-tune concrete goals for the next three years. Three sub-committees (one each for member engagement, programming, and finance) worked on plans to strengthen cohesion, consistency, and communication in our holy community.   Looking back at what has been successful in the past and also forward to new challenges we might face, we recognize that Shir Tikvah is made up of a special group of people. We are committed to deepening our relationships, as well as improving opportunities for prayer,

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Todah Rabah!

Thanks to all those who made our Shabbat in the Park at Overlook such a special event – a special shout out to those members who helped Amelia load and unload her car.

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Shabbat in the Park

Friday, August 10th @ 6:00 pm Fernhill Park 6010 NE 37th Ave, Portland, OR 97211 Pack a picnic for Shabbat in the Park! We’ll be celebrating with challah and bluegrass. We love pets, but we ask that you leave all but service animals at home.

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Kabbalat Shabbat Potluck – It’s Pride Month!

Friday, June 15th @ 6:30 pm צֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים Tzelem Elohim We are all made in the image of God. Share a Pride weekend Shabbat evening with us.Whether you are part of our LGBTQ demographic or just grateful for Shir Tikvah’s glorious diversity, join us. Family friendly. Whether you’re just getting to know us or have been with Shir Tikvah since the beginning, we welcome you to join in. Bring a beverage and the following, according to your last initial: A-K   Salad or a Side L – Z    Main Dish Rabbi has announced a tofu challenge for the main dish option. Have a great tofu recipe? Share it with us on this Shabbat eve. Thanks to a generous donation, we’ll have a special dessert this month. Please RSVP directly to Rabbi. Shir Tikvah respects kashrut in our communal gatherings. All dishes must be vegetarian/dairy.

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Pardon Our Digital Dust

 Thanks to help from Rabbinic Intern Davina Bookbinder and other volunteers, we are beginning work on our website. We look forward to bringing you an improved user experience, including a more navigable toolbar and more photos. In the meantime, please be patient with us, especially if a link or two isn’t active at the moment. The calendar will always be up, though, so you can find more information on your favorite events.

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Gaza Statement

The leadership of Congregation Shir Tikvah mourns the loss of life in the recent violence in Gaza. We are saddened by the loss of each human life, and we support the desire of all who wish to come home in safety, to live together in serenity under their vine and under their fig tree. All life is sacred. No one should live in fear. This is true for every Palestinian and it is true for every Israeli. We will continue to support those who work for peace, organizations in both Israel and Palestine, such as the Israeli-Palestinian grassroots organizations Omdim BeYakhad (“We Stand Together”), Judur-Shorashim-Roots, and Women Wage Peace. Sadly we recognize the long and difficult history of the conflict, and yet with hope we assert that political will can yet bring healing. We will continue to work and to pray for the day when that healing is at hand,

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Save the Date

Warm weather means we start thinking about Shabbat in the Park! Thanks to a generous donor, we have two scheduled for this summer. June 29th @ Overlook Park. August 10th @ Fernhill. Plan to pack a picnic and join us!  

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Commons Questions and Answers

Shir Tikvah hosted community meetings in April to discuss our involvement in the Eastside Jewish Commons (EJC). More than 20 Shir Tikvah members attended each meeting and all of them had questions. Here are the answers, compiled in one place:  EJC Community Meetings Q&A

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Shir Tikvah and Its Space

 A Snapshot Chronology 2002: Shir Tikvah is founded. 2003: Shir Tikvah is incorporated. Torah Study and Services are held in various venues. Operations are often handled in homes of the Founders. 2005 – 11: Four separate venues are leased for Shir Tikvah operations: Torah Study/Services, office space, Nashira Project, adult education offerings. 2007-11: Doubling of initial membership to 130. Nashira Project moves from Fulton Community Center to Mittleman Jewish Community Center and again to the Emerson School. 2011: World Café/Atid – visioning of Congregational needs including space. Determination: Four separated spaces were both inadequate and inefficient. 2011-13: Nashira Project moves to Tucker Maxon school. Bayit Committee formed to address space needs. Bayit consolidates space for Rabbi and staff at Bridgeport and invests in improvements. Bayit financial analysis regarding feasibility for new/larger space. Bayit searches for new shared space that would meet the following criteria: Religiously neutral (no Christian iconography) Affordable

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A Busy Weekend

There’s something for everyone going on this weekend. Hand in Hand fundraiser & Havdalah – Saturday night Cinema Tikvah Matinee – Sunday afternoon Yom Ha’Aztamaut Celebration – right after Cinema Tikvah Eastside Jewish Commons Congregational Dialogue – Monday night See our calendar for more details

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