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Spotlight on Shabbat

Throughout Jewish history, Shabbat has always been a time marked both personally and communally by the Jewish people. Over the coming weeks, Rabbi will be shining a spotlight on Shabbat practices, both at home and in the synagogue, to enrich our sense of Jewish identity, for ourselves and our families. We start with Erev Shabbat.  At Shir Tikvah Experience a variety of practices on Friday nights. There may be music, movement, meditation or a potluck dinner. The Fifth Friday of every month is celebrated at home. See our calendar for more details on any given week. At Home Rabbi has developed THIS GUIDE to help you and your family welcome Shabbat.

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Nashira Project Sundays

We start this weekend! Looking forward to another year of learning and fun. (See our education page for more details.)

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About the Sukkah

A Sukkah is a temporary dwelling which Jews build every fall. It is meant to stand for the duration of the fall harvest holiday of Sukkot (which begins five days after Yom Kippur). The fragile, temporary nature of the dwelling is meant as a reminder of the uncertainty of all of life’s dwelling places, no matter how secure we try to make them. This religious practice is also meant to keep us sensitive to the situation of those who have only a temporary dwelling: immigrants, refugees, the homeless. The Sukkah teaches empathy for them all.  

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Rabbi Ariel’s Kol Nidre 5776 Drash

Kol Nidre 5776: Where We Stand One of my favorite poems is by an Israeli author named Zelda. I like to use it for baby-naming rituals. In part, it reads: Each of us has a name given by the stars and given by our neighbors What is our name? When we were created, we were named Congregation Shir Tikvah, “song of hope”. But what is the name given by the stars – and what is the name given by our neighbors? On erev Rosh HaShanah I asked us to consider where we stand as a congregation, and who is standing – who are we, and what are we about in the greater Jewish community. What is our reputation? What is our impact? One way to judge one’s impact is by listening for the name “given by our neighbors”. Years ago, I arrived at a reserved pavilion at Skidmore Park one

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Rosh Hashana D’Var Torah

Thanks to Leslie Dolin for this word of Torah on Rosh Hashanah.   At Shir Tikvah we celebrate only one day of Rosh Hashanah and it has become our minhag to alternate the Torah readings for the first and second days. Last year we read about Abraham sending away Hagar and their son Ishmael. This year we read the Akeda, the Binding of Isaac, in which G-d decides to test Abraham, and asks him to sacrifice his son Isaac. An angel stops Abraham at the last minute from plunging in the knife, and Abraham sacrifices a ram caught in the bushes nearby instead.   It is such an unpleasant story. In many ways it is puzzling, and is antithetical to my sense of Judaism and its ethics. But this past year I have been unable to escape it. My interest began when, in preparing to talk about the expulsion of

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Food Drive for the Days of Awe

Leviticus 19 tells us: “…Leave a corner of your field for the poor…” With the High Holy Days fast approaching, the annual Shir Tikvah food drive begins. While our fields are decidedly urban, we can all share a corner of our cupboards with those among us who are hungry. September is Hunger Action Month across the nation. We join the Oregon Food Bank’s effort to diminish—and eventually end—food insecurity in our community. Last year Shir Tikvah exceeded past years’ donations by raising $1,744 in cash and collecting 595 pounds of food. Taken together, what we raised provided 2,670 meals for people in need. Let’s do better. Let’s surpass last year’s donations of both foodstuffs and cash. Soon the white OFB barrels will appear at Bridgeport, as well as donation envelopes and handouts describing the most wanted foods and those that are unacceptable. Bear in mind that actual services will not

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Getting Ready for the Days of Awe

For a list of our services, please click HERE. In preparation for the Days of Awe –  the shofar is blown each morning and Psalm 27 read. Begin to think about who you need to forgive, and from whom you need to ask forgiveness. Join Rabbi Stone and the rest of Portland’s Jewish community at the Selikhot Teach-In and Tefilah this weekend. A Note on Language  from Rabbi Stone Shanah Tovah! The most generic greeting for the new year is goot yontiff, the Yiddish which means “good holiday”, or shanah tovah,Hebrew for “a good year”. The formal greeting for the New Year is based upon the traditional image of our fate being decided during the Ten Days of Awe – the most righteous are written in the book of life right away on Rosh haShanah, and for the rest of us, our fate is decided sometime during those days. So starting

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Writing Toward Wholeness

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30 at 1pm Join us for Elul: Writing Towards Wholeness, a free afternoon workshop led by Shir Tikvah member and professional writer and teacher Judith Pulman. First, write a word. Then, write a sentence, it will soon become a paragraph, and that will soon become a clutch of pages that matter. In a group setting, explore and write down stories and guiding principles that might yet be unexplored. Develop materials that you can use in an ethical will, a memoir, or a letter to a loved one. Beginners are welcome: all you have to do is relax and keep your pen moving. Sharing is optional. Bring something to write on (laptops ok.)   Continue the process: Writing workshop support circle with Tivona Reith Thursday, Sept 3 at 7pm Sunday, Sept 6 at 2.30pm Tuesday, Sept 15 at 7pm Sunday, Sept 20 at 2.30pm

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For the month of Elul: So That Your Values Live On–How to Compose an Ethical Will

From Rabbi Ariel: Shalom Shir Tikvah Learning Community, Your congregational family has long followed a lovely minhag (religious custom) for the month of Elul, that last month before Rosh HaShanah during which we spend time deliberately preparing ourselves for the Days of Awe. Our minhag is to read a book during that month and to come to the Rabbi’s Discussion on Yom Kippur afternoon to talk about issues and thoughts that the book provokes for us. The month of Elul began on August 15. This year, our book is linked to a larger perspective and offers a deeper kind of participation. This year, as we prepare to stand before G-d, ourselves and each other on Yom Kippur, I invite you to join me as we ask ourselves: what message does my life convey? So That Your Values Live On – Ethical Wills and how to prepare them Rabbis Jack Riemer

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Senator Merkley and the Iran Deal

On August 11, 2015, members of J Street, Rabbi Ariel Stone and other Portland area Jewish leaders met with Senator Jeff Merkley. They urged the Senator to vote in support of the JCPOA, known as the Iran Deal, which will block Iran’s pathway to building a nuclear weapon. For more facts from J Street on the Iran Deal, please click HERE. Pictured are: Senator Jeff Merkley Rabbi (Emeritus) Joshua Stampfer – Congregation Neveh Shalom Rabbi Ariel Stone – Congregation Shir Tikvah Professor (Emeritus) Nathan Cogan – Portland State University Ed Kraus – Congregation Neveh Shalom Elinor Gollay – Co-chair J Street Portland Joel Glick – Vice-President, P’nai Or of Portland Bruce Morris – Spiritual Leader, P’nai Or of Portland Nancy Becker -Congregation Havurah Shalom Beth Kaye – Congregation Havurah Shalom Gabriel Erbs – J Street U, Portland State University

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