A Good Month For Movies

When the weather is cold, head inside to catch a good Jewish movie. Strangefruit Oregon Jewish Museum on January 12th @ 7:00 Rabin: In His Own Words Mittleman Jewish Community Center on January 13th @ 7:00 Two Stories Congregation Neveh Shalom on January 16th @ 7:00 Barry Levinson’s Liberty Heights Here (courtesy of Cinema Tikvah) on January 30th @ 7:00

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Community Transitional School Donation Period Extended

Nashira’s B’Nai Mitzvah class is doing a Mitzvah Project to support the Community Transitional School–a school for homeless students in Portland. After meeting with a CTS staff member, they decided to donate money and items from the CTS Wish List. Items include: New coats and shoes (all sizes) Lice Shampoo Copy paper Stamps Sharpies Healthy juice boxes Cans of soda Tissues Many donations were collected through Hanukkah, and a number have come in since then. If you’d like to contribute, a second donation run will happen mid-January. Please bring your donations to the shul!

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Do Something Jewish for Christmas

Thanks to the generosity of Shir Tikvah members, we have enough food pledges for Christmas Eve dinner for New Avenues for Youth, a non-profit organization helping homeless youth from Oregon and Southwest Washington. We are still collecting gift cards and socks for homeless youth! Gift cards to stores that provide a wide array of goods (like Fred Meyer) or a general VISA type gift card will also be collected, along with socks of all kinds. Dale will collect the gift cards, socks and ready-to-serve food at her house on December 23 at 6 pm. To learn more about NAFY, click here.

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Hot off the Presses

This fabulous Congregation Shir Tikvah tote is available to you for $18. Big enough to carry your humash, your siddur, and your tallit bag too! Available NOW through the Hanukkah Pop Up Store – proceeds go to our Limmud scholarship fund.  

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Spotlight on Shabbat: A Conversation about our New Siddur

Shabbat services at Shir Tikvah have evolved with the adoption of our new siddur. Let’s get together and talk about it! Bring a lunch on Shabbat November 7 at 12.30 and join a lively conversation led by Leora Troper about all things prayerful at Shir Tikvah. Bring your constructive thoughts and ideas and find out what others in your davening community are thinking and feeling too. (This will not be the only meeting like this, so if you can’t make it on Nov. 7th, keep your eyes open for the next opportunity.)

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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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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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