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Raffle winners

A few lucky folks ‘rode’ away from our Simkha Cycla-Thon with a prize in hand. Paula, Joe, Ken and others had their names drawn in our raffle – winning challah, spirits, chocolate, gardening services and more. Thanks to our sponsors and volunteers who made the raffle (and the entire event) possible. See your Week’s Worth for more about the Cycla-Thon.

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Shabbat in the Park, Friday, July 10th

Welcome Shabbat in the great outdoors. All are invited to eat, sing and enjoy the beauty of the Portland summer with us. July 10th Laurelhurst Concert Pad – SE Oak and 35th Avenue Band starts at 6 pm – prayers at 6:45pm Service animals welcome – please leave other pets at home Rabbi Ariel will be joined by V’Chaverim, playing a combination of klezmer and jazz. V’Chaverim features Ed Kraus on the clarinet, Steve Cohen on bass, Andrew Ehrlich on violin and Courtney Von Drehle on accordion.

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Shabbat in the Park

Welcome Shabbat in the great outdoors. All are invited to eat, sing and enjoy the beauty of the Portland summer with us. July 10th Laurelhurst Concert Pad – SE Oak and 35th Avenue Band starts at 6 pm – prayers at 6:45pm Service animals welcome – please leave other pets at home Rabbi Ariel will be joined by V’Chaverim, playing a combination of klezmer and jazz. V’Chaverim features Ed Kraus on the clarinet, Steve Cohen on bass, Andrew Ehrlich on violin and Courtney Von Drehle on accordion.

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Shabbat Shelakh-L’kha: Why So Negative?

Shalom Shir Tikvah Learning Community, The parashat hashavua for this week is Shelakh-L’kha. It chronicles a significant debacle in the lives of our ancestors, the Generation of the Wilderness: it is during the events described in this parashah that they doom themselves to remaining the wanderers they’ve become. One year and some months after the Exodus from Egypt, with our new understanding of the divine and a new system for connecting with it constructed and up and running, we traveled across the Sinai wilderness (which is not that big) and arrived at the borders of the land that according to our people’s narrative was promised by G-d to our ancestors as their descendants’ home. And then the troubles began. While the rest of us waited, excited to be nearly there, at the border of the land, Moshe sent a representative from each tribe to scout it out. They returned with

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Another Shir Tikvah Milestone in our Bat Mitzvah year : Shir Tikvah Hires an Executive Director

After a 4-month national search which resulted in several well-qualified candidates, Shir Tikvah’s Steering Committee is pleased to announce that Debbi Bodie has accepted the role of Executive Director of Congregation Shir Tikvah. “Debbi brings us over twenty years of Jewish professional leadership and management experience in Portland. Her deep understanding of Jewish values, non-profit management and philanthropy expertise, including volunteer engagement and support is most impressive,” said Shir Tikvah Search Committee Chair Jerry Cohen. Prior to joining Shir Tikvah, Ms. Bodie served as Chief Development Officer at Cedar Sinai Park. In her 15 years there, she worked closely with their executive leadership, staff, and volunteers ensuring the frailest elders and persons with disabilities received access to quality care regardless of income or resources. Rabbi Ariel Stone notes that she and Debbi co-founded Hesed Shel Emet, a burial program providing low-income community members in Oregon and SW Washington with a

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Shabbat shalom – Shabbat B’Haalot’kha: The Light That Reveals You

Shalom Shir Tikvah Learning Community, The parashat hashavua (Torah parashah for the week) begins with G-d’s command to the High Priest, Moshe’s brother Aharon: “When you raise [b’haalot’kha] light in the lamps, they shall be lit so as to illuminate the face of the menorah” (Numbers 8:2). If you remember that this was a menorah not of candles but of oil lamps, it becomes easier to understand this instruction. The menorah is standing against the wall of the Mishkan, and the oil lamp upon the top of each branch should be situated so that the wick end is toward the front of the menorah, away from the wall. This may simply be good fire-prevention advice, but of course our tradition sees the possibility of deeper meaning in these words. Consider: The Jewish creation story does not describe a conquering and destroying of darkness in order to create light; rather, light

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Our Mitzvah Project

Photos from our Genizah B’Karka (Genizah in the Ground). In this – our 13th year – thanks to everyone who helped make our Mitzvah Project a reality. It was a pleasure and a privilege to take care of unusable texts and ritual items in a manner befitting their sacred nature. At the Cemetery Rabbis Fischer and Stone with Dr. Oren Kosansky Lowering Sacred Materials  

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We Celebrated Our Bat Mitzvah

Photos from our Genizah B’Karka (Genizah in the Ground). Thanks to everyone who helped make our Mitzvah Project a reality, including our volunteers and community partners. It was a pleasure and a privilege to take care of unusable texts and ritual items in a manner befitting their sacred nature.

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Special Shabbat Schedule for Shavuot

Friday: No Erev Shabbat Tefillah Saturday: In the morning, join us  for regular services In the evening, celebrate!  Erev Shavuot May 23 at 6 pm Bring a dairy dish to share What Harvest Are You Gathering In? The harvest festival of Shavuot offers us a moment to stop and meditate upon the harvests that bless our lives. Shavuot marks the day on which, according to tradition, our ancestors received the Torah and became covenanted to each other and to G-d. We will observe the holy day this year with our Eco-Hallel and poetry celebrating our community’s relationship with Torah.Yizkor prayers will be recited.   Why is it a dairy holiday? No one knows for sure, but Rabbi will list some of the possibilities on Saturday night.

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Kley Kodesh and Shabbat Storytime this weekend!

Come to two special services this Shabbat– Our kirtan-style Kley Kodesh starts at 6:30 pm this Friday night. J.D. Kleinke and friends will lead us in prayer and song.   Join us for Shabbat Storytime this Saturday at 9:30 am. We’ll sing songs, read books and learn the meaning of the word “Tov”. (Hint: it’s all good!) Perfect for ages 1-4. Please stay as we share bagels and free play afterwards.

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