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“Lies and Miracles” at the Oregon Jewish Museum

Shalom friends, On Wednesday evening February 20 at 7 pm, Congregation Shir Tikvah is honored to co-host the Portland premiere of the documentary film, “Lies and Miracles,” at the Oregon Jewish Museum – Center for Holocaust Education. This film presents the childhood experience of George Landau and his family struggling to survive Siberian exile during World War II. George Landau is my husband Joe Thaler’s first cousin, and we are delighted to be able to share his story with you. The short film (46 minutes) will be followed by a discussion with the film maker as well as George. It is open to the public – but I wanted you to know about it from me. All the details including a link to buy a ticket are here: http://www.ojmche.org/events/2019-film-screening-lies-and-miracles I hope you can join us! Rabbi Ariel Stone

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Rabbi contributes to “Think Out Loud”

Rabbi Ariel was recently one of the featured contributors on the excellent Oregon Public Broadcasting show “Think Out Loud”. The episode aired on December 20th, 2018 and focused on Genetic ethics, and Faith and Homelessness.  Our Rabbi was one of three faith leaders in the discussion in the second segment on Faith and Homelessness. Please follow the link below to hear the show: https://www.opb.org/radio/programs/thinkoutloud/segment/genetic-ethics-faith-homelessness/

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Staffing Review Begins

The Steering Committee has approved the development of a long-term (3-5 year) staffing model for Congregation Shir Tikvah. This pro bono work is to be conducted by Susan Goldstein, a congregant and professional in this field. The process, once completed, should allow us to explore realistic options and seek relevant and appropriate resources for the congregation. We look forward to sharing insights with you and to the improvements this project will bring to our community. Wondering what else happens at Steering Committee meetings? Log into the Member Portal HERE and look for past minutes in the Community Area.

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Rabbi Ariel Stone honored with 2018 Emily G. Gottfried Human Rights Lifetime Achievement Award

Rabbi Ariel Stone was recently honored with the 2018 Emily G. Gottfried Human Rights Lifetime Achievement Award. The introduction for this award was proudly given by Sonia Marie Leikam and is reproduced for you: “For over 25+  years, Rabbi Ariel Stone has been pushing the faith community forward through her action-based commitment to the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). You may have met her at a protest, wearing a  purple vest that says “Clergy Witness”, blowing her shofar in front of city hall during a “Stop the Hate” rally,  organizing a Shabbat service at the ICE building or participating in an interfaith dialogue group. Committed to justice for all, Rabbi Stone has been on the front lines of having an open and loving space for everyone. She does what is right, even when it is hard, if it means one person can find comfort and healing. She

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All Hanukkah, All The Time

Kabbalat Shabbat potluck, Friday night at 6:30 pm Shabbat Storytime, Saturday morning at 9:45 am LGBTQ Happy Hour, Saturday evening at 5:00 pm Hanukkah Party, Sunday afternoon at 3:00 pm

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Eastside Jewish Commons (EJC) Update

The Eastside Jewish Commons (EJC) project has been very active these past months. The EJC board has written a solid business plan and they have secured important early investment capital. There are 14 Jewish organizations working actively on the plans for the EJC and many Eastside Jewish community stakeholders have signed on in support. They have been developing ideas of programs that EJC can make possible even before we have secured a permanent facility.  A beautiful folder of plans, designs, artist renderings, and information has been made and the search for possible sites continues. Check out their website (https://eastsidejewishcommonspdx.org/) and sign up for email updates!

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We Will Outlive Them

In 1939, an eyewitness recounted, a group of Jews from the Polish city of Lublin were assembled in an empty field outside the city and ordered by a local Nazi commander by the name of Glovoznik, to sing a song. One of the men began singing Lomr Zich Iberbetn, but with “Ovinu shebashomayim” – “Our Father Who is in heaven” – taking the place of the original song’s second line, Shtel dem samovar –“set up the hot water urn.” So what he sang, poignantly, was: “Let us reconcile, our Father in heaven.” Glovoznik was not happy with the song and ordered his men to beat the Jews, which they happily set about doing. Then, though, according to the witness, a voice among the Jews shouted out “Mir veln zey iberlebn, Ovinu shebashomayim,” “We will outlive them, our Father in heaven.” And then others joined in singing the new refrain, loudly defiant, scoring a victory

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Hazak hazak v’nithazek

We are in mourning. We will grieve our dead. We will not give up our vision for a humanity united in peace. hazak hazak v’nithazek, be strong and let us strengthen each other.

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Erev Shabbat At Home on 10/12

No Friday night services at Shir Tikvah – we’re all taking a breather after the High Holy days. We’ll see you as normal for Torah Study, Shabbat Storytime and  Junior Minyan on Saturday morning.

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Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue

“Like many of us, the more normal moments of my or any human life were punctuated regularly and powerfully by the horrors our current Federal government is causing in our nation and in the world. As Jews we’ve been called upon regularly by our conscience as by our social justice organizations: תרדוף צדק צדק tzedek, tzedek tirdof: “Justice, justice you shall pursue”. The FULL TEXT of Rabbi’s Ariel’s Drash for Erev Rosh Hoshanah.    

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