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The Feast of Weeks

Celebrated seven weeks after Passover, Shavuot combines two major religious observances: the grain harvest of the early summer and the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai seven weeks after the exodus from Egypt. One of the three pilgrimage festivals of ancient Israel, Shavuot ties the giving of the first fruits of the harvest with the covenant between God and Israel and receiving of Divine Law. On Shavuot, it is it is customary to eat dairy foods.  You’ll find some reasons and recipes HERE.

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Raffle Baskets Are Here

Try your luck and support Shir Tikvah at the same time! We have 6 spectacular raffle baskets – one is guaranteed to entice you. Winners will be drawn at the Shir La La Land event on May 21st, but winners need not be present to win. Click on the link in red at the bottom of this post! OCEANFRONT CONDOMINIUM IN DEPOE BAY, OREGON Enjoy the amazing views of this beautiful, oceanfront  three bedroom/ 3 bath for a few days, a weekend away, or a week’s vacation. The dining room, living room, and kitchen all look out onto the ocean. This lovely home includes two master suites with private baths and a third double bedroom sleeping up to 6 people.  Fully equipped, this condo has a high definition flat screen TV and a combination VCR and DVD player, a stereo CD player and wireless internet. This home is available from

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Immigrants and Refugees

This Passover season, we remember what it was like when we were strangers in the land of Egypt. We tell of crying out to G*d, then being taken out of Egypt with awesome power.  We have compassion for the millions of people currently displaced due to war, poverty, forced military conscription and slavery. We recommend two organizations that could use your support. For those who are here: Lutheran Community Services NW , for their refugee resettlement programs in Portland. For those searching for a place to settle: Mercy Corps, in support of their work with Syria refugees.

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Second Night Congregational Seder

Tuesday, April 11th Doors open at @ 5:30 pm Our planned potluck moves back to the shul this year.  Bring a dish to share, a pillow for comfort, and your choice of fruit of the vine (wine or juice.)  Need a Haggadah? See the sidebar. This year, space will be limited to members and their immediate families, as well as all registered Nashira students. For everyone’s safety and comfort, we will be capping attendance at this event, which we expect to be full.  RSVP TODAY TO ENSURE A SPOT and to find out what to bring.  

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Pots and Pans for Purim

  One of the core mitzvot of Purim is donating to the hungry. That can extend to donating the tools used to make food for a hungry family. Adults coming to participate in the reading of the megillah on March 11 – we’re asking you to bring a new or gently used pot or pan. We’ll be donating them to the Community Warehouse -a charitable non-profit that redistributes furniture and home goods to approximately 100 social service agencies throughout the greater Portland metro area. Bang on your pot to make some joyful noise, then leave it behind for folks who could use a hand.  

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Who Oversees our Financials?

That would be Debbi Bodie, our Executive Director. She wants to thank all our members for their ongoing support of Shir Tikvah. If not for their generosity, we wouldn’t be here. What’s the one thing you can do to help our bottom line? Use Automated Clearing House (ACH) to make regular dues payments. These automatic payments direct from your checking account are easy to set up and take the hassle out of remembering to pay a bill each month. They also cost our office less to process than checks or credit cards. It’s a win-win for everyone. Not on ACH yet? Contact our office for more information.

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Who Handles Our Communications?

  That would be Katie Schneider. Katie has been writing our e-newsletter the Week’s Worth for about a year now, along with maintaining Shir Tikvah’s Facebook page, designing event flyers and making many of the edits to the website.  She also writes the newsletters for the Nashira Education Project (school-age learning) and our Tikvah Tots program. Please get in touch with her directly whenever you have news you’d like to share with the wider congregation. Unlike the early days of our organization, all of our news no longer fits in the Week’s Worth – so we reserve that space for information about our core events, celebrations and programming. Facebook is where Katie shares items of interest in the broader community, including readings, events and mitzvah opportunities. We’re grateful to Steering Committee member Leora Troper for her writing and editing the Shir Ha’am Quarterly Newsletter. We’re hoping that we will soon be able

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You Shall Not Oppress the Stranger

Rabbi Ariel gave the following speech at an interfaith press conference on January 27th. Sacred ancient scriptures of Judaism, shared by Islam and adopted by Christianity, proclaim no less than thirty-six times, “You shall not oppress the stranger. You know the feelings of the stranger, for you have been strangers yourself.” Sacred American scriptures are engraved on the Statue that stands in New York Harbor, a statue whose full name is Liberty Enlightening the World. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” The Jewish community rejects the efforts of the Trump Administration to trick us into blaming our problems on helpless, stateless human beings who seek refuge with us. We condemn the banning of immigrants to our shores as immoral, as counterproductive, as

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Fragrance Seder for Rosh Hodesh

On this Rosh Hodesh, Ellen M. will be leading 3rd Annual Natural Fragrance Seder in honor of Tu b’ Shevat ( New Year of the Trees) Saturday, January 28th @ 6:30 pm EVERYONE identifying as a woman is welcome!  Long time members; new members. . . even friends of members. Come show Ellen some love and support. Bring a nosh to share.  

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Cinema Tikvah Starts Spring Screenings

Join us at 6:30 pm on January 21st. Wait! What? ….  Isn’t that the weekend of the inauguration?! Why, yes it is, and we’ve got the perfect antidote to what’s going on and great way for you to finish your Saturday. Our film for that night is “9500 Liberty“, an inspiring story of a community’s response to the racism and bigotry fed and fueled by a demogogue’s blog (sound familiar?) Come get reinvigorated – join us for the film and a lively discussion of ways we can fight for justice. Our movies for this year will show on Saturday nights and begin at 6:30 with havdalah. Just a note – none of the movies have an overtly Jewish theme this year. We chose them for their relevance and ability to stimulate the conversations we wanted to engage in. On 2/18 we will show “The Lives of Others” nominated for and winner of multiple

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