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Nonviolent Intervention Training

Sunday, April 13th, 1-4 pm De-escalating hostile people has become even more of a challenge in these contentious times. Shir Tikvah congregant and psychotherapist Mark Schorr has been doing crisis-de-escalation training for more than a decade in a variety of settings, from libraries to the DMV. The training was developed initially to assist in helping people with mental illness or addictions but has been broadened and customized for Shir Tikvah to be helpful working with people in a variety of situations. There are no guarantees, but this evidence-based approach can help you not make a bad situation worse. No fee, but please RSVP to [email protected]  

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Join Rabbi in Israel Next Spring

Are you willing to look at Israel in a new way? Join Rabbi Ariel next March as she searches for Jewish roots in Israel. Tour includes time in Jerusalem, Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee, Tsfat, and Tel Aviv. Detailed itinerary and prices can be found HERE

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Standing Up – A Message from Rabbi Ariel

BREAKING NEWS – To respect the wishes of family members of Micah Fletcher, Congregation Shir Tikvah is withdrawing its endorsement of Sunday’s peace rally at City Hall. Rabbi will no longer be attending. Here are her recent comments about the events of the past week:Just before Shabbat entered the world last Friday evening, a tragedy occurred in Portland. Two men who tried to intervene in the harassment of two teenage Muslim women were murdered. By Shabbat afternoon, over a thousand people had come together to mourn, to comfort each other and to encourage each other and ourselves to continue to rise up, as the two men did, against acts of hate in our public spaces. By Just before Shabbat entered the world last Friday evening, a tragedy occurred in Portland. Two men who tried to intervene in the harassment of two teenage Muslim women were murdered. By Shabbat afternoon, over

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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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