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Kley Kodesh, erev Shabbat, April 17 at 6:30 pm

This week! Kley Kodesh – a kirtan-infused version of Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat service – with J.D. Kleinke, Rabbi Ariel, Tim Crespi, and the voices of Congregation Shir Tikvah. Please feel free to tell your friends, re-post, Instatweet, send smoke signals . . . be ready to breathe big.

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Congressman Earl Blumenauer wants to hear the Jewish melody from us

Join Rabbi Ariel in welcoming him Thursday evening April 9 7 pm at Shir Tikvah Sing Your Own Farm Bill Congressman Blumenauer’s office has launched the “Sing Your Own Farm Bill” campaign, for diverse voices to come together to consider policies and programs that would create a more visionary, equitable and cost-effective Farm Bill for Oregon that will inform a comprehensive vision for reform to take across the nation. Our Congressman wants to meet with us. He is meeting with stakeholders across Oregon. Farmers, winemakers, local food advocates, nurseries, nutrition advocates, restaurateurs, conservationists, animal welfare supporters, researchers, pollinator advocates – we need all these voices to contribute to the song. What would an Oregon-focused Farm Bill mean for Jews? What is the Jewish teaching that informs an ethical and effective Federal food policy? Come and share your thoughts, and learn more together with Congressman Blumenauer. During our Pesakh Festival we

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Pesakh – The Festival of Freedom

Freedom starts in our hands, in our hearts, in our minds. Let us remember that freedom begins with acknowledging what is and then choosing to be free, taking actions to become free, to allow freedom and harmony into our lives. We can choose not to be enslaved. When we create a world where all are safe, then we will be safe; when all reach out to one another, all will find harmony. Countdown to erev Pesakh, at sundown April 3: 1. Where will you be? Are you hosting a Seder and inviting guests? Are you a guest at a Seder? It is a mitzvah, a holy obligation, for all the People of Israel to gather on the 14 of Nisan at twilight to tell the story through the steps of the Seder meal. If you do not have a place to be contact the Shir Tikvah office and we will

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Sign up now for our fall trip to Prague and Israel!

November 18- December 1, 2015 Travel arrangements by Da’at Travel. Rabbi Ariel Stone will lead us on our trip exploring Prague and Israel. Click here to see the new Flipbook with pictures and the full itinerary. Follow the links in the Flipbook to register and to see all the fine print.  

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Tu B’Shevat

God placed the human being in the Garden of Eden to till it and to tend it. Genesis 2.15 The Tu B’Shevat Seder marks the New Year for trees. Following the ritual created by Jewish mystics in Sefat five hundred years ago, we celebrate the physical world that sustains us in its infinite variety with songs, poetry and ritual. Four glasses of wine symbolize states of existence, seven species of produce recall Israelite harvests, and doing it all on a cold winter evening encourages us to look for hints of spring. This is the ideal holiday for environmentally aware, tree-hugging Oregonian Jews. In the mystical Seder we remind ourselves of the ancient Jewish sources that inform our modern ecological ethics. History Tu B’Shevat, the 15th day of the month of Shevat, is a holiday closely connected to the agricultural cycle of the land of Israel and is known as the

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Talking about the way we talk about Israel–continued…

Please note our special start time for this Erev Shabbat:  5:45pm 5:45-6:30pm —  Join us for informal conversation with our guest speaker and a light nosh 6:30-8:00— we’ll have tefilah and then hear from Ben Murane, the New Israel Fund North West Director of Outreach.   Ben will share stories of the good work being done by progressive organizations in Israel  – stories that don’t make the news. We’ve invited Ben to speak as part of our ongoing exploration of how we as American Jews relate to Israel.  We seek to learn from those who have first hand experience,  as we choose our own thoughtful steps in the midst of the passion that the subject inspires. Shir Tikvah has committed to bringing you different opportunities to learn about Israel in an atmosphere of makhloket, “sacred arguing”, in which we take care not only with our facts, but are also careful to share

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Shabbat Shemot: This World Is Full of Suffering

We begin reading the Book of Exodus (Shemot, “Names”, in Hebrew) in the Torah this week; in the opening scenes, our ancestors find ourselves in a developing nightmare – and, unlike the dreams of Genesis, we can’t just wake up from it. At first, all seemed well in our new homes in Egypt. But within the bloom of our success were found the seeds of trouble. וּבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, פָּרוּ וַיִּשְׁרְצוּ וַיִּרְבּוּ וַיַּעַצְמוּ–בִּמְאֹד מְאֹד; וַתִּמָּלֵא הָאָרֶץ, אֹתָם. The children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them. וַיָּקָם מֶלֶךְ-חָדָשׁ, עַל-מִצְרָיִם, אֲשֶׁר לֹא-יָדַע, אֶת-יוֹסֵף. Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who knew not Joseph. וַיֹּאמֶר, אֶל-עַמּוֹ: הִנֵּה, עַם בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל–רַב וְעָצוּם, מִמֶּנּוּ. And he said unto his people: ‘Behold, the people of the children of Israel are too many and too mighty for us; הָבָה נִתְחַכְּמָה, לוֹ: פֶּן-יִרְבֶּה,

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A year end appeal from Steering Chair Alysa Rose:

To My Shir Tikvah Community, This is the time of year when David and I take stock of our charitable giving. We do this with some structure and strategy, with an intent of aligning what and where we give to what we care about most. For us, our giving to Shir Tikvah is different in form and function than our other giving. Shir Tikvah is our home, our Jewish community. It is a source of joy, spiritual enlightenment, intellectual challenge, and friendship. While we give monthly in the form of our membership dues, we also fulfill the sacred commandment of tzedakah, giving beyond our annual obligation and giving freely from the heart. We ask you to consider the same. This year, Shir Tikvah celebrates its Bat Mitzvah. As Rabbi Ariel outlined for us at Rosh HaShanah, we have shared many life cycle occasions together. The Bat Mitzvah is a wonderful

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Shabbat VaYigash: Who Are You Before You Were Hurt?

Shalom Shir Tikvah Learning Community, On this Shabbat the terrible game ends: brothers stop terrifying brothers, a parent is relieved of a horrifying lie, and we see the cessation of a generational dysfunction, all because of one – or, actually, two – heroic individuals. The parashat hashavua (the Torah reading of the week) is named for the key act that brings the entire unhealthy structure down: vayigash, “he drew near”. It describes the heroism of Judah, fourth son of Leah and Jacob. When all seems lost and the brothers are convinced that they are to die, or at least to become slaves for the rest of their lives in Egypt, Judah finds the courage and the wisdom that it takes to “draw near” the threatening man who is second only to Pharaoh over all the land. Judah is able to ascertain what to say, and, more importantly, he understands good timing. Judah is not

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