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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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Shabbat – the special holy day that comes every week

Trick question: which holy day is the most special of all? Yom Kippur? Pesakh? Hanukkah? It’s Shabbat. The only one of our holy days mentioned in the Aseret haDibrot, the Ten Words which headline our Covenant – it’s #4. (How are they numbered? learn here.) Shabbat is not a place that we build, but a moment. The great Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel ז״ל called Shabbat a “Sanctuary In Time.” Here are some building materials Shir Tikvah offers you as you create that special oasis in your life and that of your family, one week at a time. At Shir Tikvah, it’s where we become friends, check on each other, and celebrate life together. Shabbat at Shir Tikvah in 5776 erev Shabbat – Friday nights Kabbalat Shabbat dinner – Every month when there isn’t a congregational holiday meal already planned, there will be an potluck dinner to welcome Shabbat for us

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Shabbat shalom – Shabbat Nakhamu: Consolation?

Shalom Shir Tikvah Learning Community, This Shabbat, called Nakhamu after the first word of the Haftarah, meant to be a Shabbat of consolation. The first Shabbat after Tisha B’Av, that time of terrible destruction once long ago and now a time to face the equally terrifying consequences of our actions in our own days, is meant to reassure us that, after all the suffering and loss, consolation is possible. But on this day it is difficult to feel consoled. A Jew in Jerusalem – called the City of Peace! – attacks fellow Jews marching in the Gay Pride parade with a knife. Other Jews set fire to a Palestinian home and murder a child. Both in the name of religious faith. Jews in our own community attack each other. Not with weapons, not yet – G-d forbid – but the Rabbis of the Talmud taught that the tongue is as

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Shabbat: the Secret Spice

Our ancient ancestors used to mark the beginning of Shabbat by adding aromatic spices (we’re not exactly sure which) to their home oil lamp. The special aroma made sundown on Friday into the day of rest. The Rabbis encoded the concept of rest as a universal right in halakhah, the path of Jewish observance – for all people and for all life on earth. Wandering stateless in Exile, our people held on to Shabbat ever more determinedly. We created a musical welcome of Shabbat, Kabbalat Shabbat, to sing and dance our way out of the week; and no matter the poverty, our erev Shabbat meal had to be the best we could manage. “More than Israel has preserved the Shabbat, the Shabbat has preserved Israel.” – Ahad Ha’Am   That erev Shabbat meal became the focal point for the ritual that allowed us the relief of week’s end: The blessings

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Tisha B’Av Tefilah

Saturday, July 25 7:30 pm Tisha B’Av begins at sundown Saturday July 25   The 9th Day of Av has been marked as a day of mourning among the Jewish people for two millennia. What began as an internal communal day of fasting and prayer in remembrance of the past has become an opportunity for us as a people to examine our larger community, and the impact we have for good or ill. Together we can respond to mourning with hope. Want to respond to church burnings in South Carolina? Want to know how to help here at home? Join Rabbi Ariel at 7.30pm at Shir Tikvah. Judith Mallory, with the City of Portland’s Office of Equity and Human Rights, will speak on what we can do to work for good here in Portland.

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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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