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“What Do Jews Do?”  When #MeToo comes to Shul

One day in a small town a long way from here, a long time ago, the Rabbi was heard humming a lovely melody that surprised her students. “Rabbi!” they said, “that’s a tune we’ve heard coming from the church!” The Rabbi smiled and said, “it’s perfectly all right. You see, a melody is like flowing water. It carries nothing, and belongs to no one.” “If the creator of a Jewish tune is known to be an unethical person, the melody should not be used.” – Rabbi Menashe Klein “The songs may be sung if they were created before the ethical lapse.” – Rabbi Moshe Feinstein On Shabbat VaYekhi this past week, our Rabbinic intern Davina Bookbinder offered a d’var Torah in which she raised the question for us to consider: where do we stand, when #MeToo comes to shul? Some of our beautiful melodies were created by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, a charismatic prayer

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Never Again: A Jewish Response to the Rohingya Crisis 

Monday, January 29th 6:30-8:30 PM Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education 724 NW Davis St, Portland, OR 97209 The Royingya are a majority Muslim ethnic minority who have been ruthlessly oppressed by the Myanmar military, suffering indiscriminate killings, forced evacuations, rape and other forms of violence. Approximately 700,000 Royingya have been forced to flee their homes since August and only about 400,000 Rohingya remain in Burma. 120,000 of those are kept in concentration camps. The UN has called it a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing.  Others have called it genocide. We can all agree that brutal persecution of the Rohingya people must stop. Join us to learn about the history of the conflict and present state of affairs from Yusuf Iqbal, President of Americans for Rohingya. Rabbi Joshua Rose, Congregation Shaarie Torah, will offer a reflection on a Jewish view of the crisis and Professor Amanda Byron, Holocaust and

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The President’s Announcement on Jerusalem

The decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and to move the U.S. Embassy there, is judged by diplomacy professionals and all those devoted to the Middle East peace process to be short-sighted and damaging to our goal of a two-state solution. We regret the disregard for history and all those involved. Representatives Price, Welch, Yarmuth, Lee and Blumenauer Issue Joint Statement on Trump Recognizing Jerusalem as Capital of Israel   WASHINGTON, D.C.  (Dec. 6, 2017) – On Wednesday, December 6, Representatives David Price (D-NC), Peter Welch (D-VT), John Yarmuth (D-KY), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) issued the following joint statement following the announcement that President Trump will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.   “President Trump’s announcement demonstrates, once again, his complete disregard for long-standing American and international diplomatic practice. It unilaterally undermines prospects for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and recklessly endangers U.S., Israeli, and

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This, too, is Torah

Every Friday, Rabbi publishes her thoughts on the week’s parashah.  You’ll find her blog “Torah for the 21st Century” HERE or contact our office to be added to her mailing list.

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Our Theme for 5778

In 5778 Shir Tikvah explores the theme kol yisrael arevim zeh bazeh, “all Israel are responsible, each for each other.” How do Jews behave, not least toward each other? What does our shared intentional community – of Jews and the people who love them – bring to each of us that we can’t find on our own? Our community is as strong for us as each of us feels within us. This year, we will seek to strengthen, deepen, and explore the beauty in all the ways in which all of us connect.  

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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. Thanks to a generous donation, we have a gift of $500 for a member who has never visited Israel before. Contact Rabbi Ariel directly. Detailed itinerary and prices can be found HERE

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Rabbi’s Kol Nidrei D’Var

Kol Nidre 5778: Who Shall I Say is Calling?   In the late 1990s I had the opportunity to teach Jewish history to Jewish high school students. When we came to the part on anti-Semitism, every student in the class insisted to me they had never experienced anti-Semitism personally. I went around telling adults about it all over Portland’s Jewish community. Oh, yes, they all said, anti-Semitism is a thing of the past.   Then came the year preceding the most recent presidential election. During the campaign, expressions of hatred toward Jews were dismissed as “the crazy fringe.” It will all subside, we reassured each other, after someone sane is elected.   After the election, we reassured each other: look, there are Jews in the inner circle. Perhaps it will be just like the Purim story – a bumbling and dangerous but easily manipulated ruler, with Jews undercover in the

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Isaac and the Akedah

A Rosh Hashanah D’Var Torah by Leslie Dolin   I have been puzzling over something in our morning prayers for the last few years. I’d never really noticed it, but once I did, it stopped me every time. We read it this morning, near the beginning of the morning blessings, in the meditations right after we recited the blessings upon arising. …   ”in Your sight, all that we do is meaningless, the days of our lives empty. Human preeminence over beasts is an illusion, for all is futile. But we are Your people, partners to Your covenant, descendants of Your beloved Abraham to whom You made a pledge on Mount Moriah. We are the heirs of Isaac, his son bound upon the altar.”   I don’t remember seeing our forefathers referred to in this way anywhere else in our prayers. In Shir Tikvah’s siddur, the Hebrew of this meditation

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Last Community Shabbat Dinner of 5777

This Friday at 6:30 pm Join your Shir Tikvah community for a family friendly pot luck meal to usher in Shabbat together. A-H bring dessert I-T bring a casserole or pasta U-Z bring salad or veggies Remember all meals are vegetarian/dairy!

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High Holy Days RSVPs DUE

Members: please return your RSVP postcards ASAP. And plan to join us in the shul for Selikhot Study on Saturday, 9/16 at 8:00 pm.

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