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Venue Change for Shabbat Morning

Shir Tikvah is on the move… Join us for Shabbat prayers at a different location. All are needed to make the minyan Morning Services @ 10:30 am Coopers Hall 404 SE 6th Avenue Torah study will take place as usual at Shir Tikvah at 9am Shabbat morning with Rabbi Ariel No services at Shir Tikvah.

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Read in Rabbi’s name on August 4th

Read at the Counter Protest to the fascist rally in downtown Portland on August 4th:   Friends, comrades all, I greet you with appreciation and with love. I am unable to be with you this day, for on the seventh day we Jews believe we are commanded to cease from the activities of our week, and to offer that day up to G*d as a gift of thanks for the gift of life. But know that I am with you with all my heart and spirit on this day. Once again, those of us who are able and those of us who care are called forth to stand up and to proclaim that hatred, bigotry and violence are unacceptable on the streets of Portland Oregon. Once again we must rise up to declare that we will not allow bigotry to be bused in. We will not be silent when hatred

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No Erev Shabbat services

Due to extreme weather, we are canceling Erev Shabbat services. We want all of our congregants and their guests to stay cool and healthy, so there will not be evening services at the synagogue on Friday the 27th.

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On the Banks of the River

This is the time of year when we study the book of Deuteronomy, which places the Israelites at the edge of the Promised Land. Moses reviews the laws, reminding them where they’ve come from in preparation for where they are ultimately headed. The people cannot cross the River Jordan without having a set of guiding principles in hand. Members of Shir Tikvah’s Steering Committee and staff sat down on Sunday to fine-tune concrete goals for the next three years. Three sub-committees (one each for member engagement, programming, and finance) worked on plans to strengthen cohesion, consistency, and communication in our holy community.   Looking back at what has been successful in the past and also forward to new challenges we might face, we recognize that Shir Tikvah is made up of a special group of people. We are committed to deepening our relationships, as well as improving opportunities for prayer,

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Todah Rabah!

Thanks to all those who made our Shabbat in the Park at Overlook such a special event – a special shout out to those members who helped Amelia load and unload her car.

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Shabbat in the Park

Friday, August 10th @ 6:00 pm Fernhill Park 6010 NE 37th Ave, Portland, OR 97211 Pack a picnic for Shabbat in the Park! We’ll be celebrating with challah and bluegrass. We love pets, but we ask that you leave all but service animals at home.

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Kabbalat Shabbat Potluck – It’s Pride Month!

Friday, June 15th @ 6:30 pm צֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים Tzelem Elohim We are all made in the image of God. Share a Pride weekend Shabbat evening with us.Whether you are part of our LGBTQ demographic or just grateful for Shir Tikvah’s glorious diversity, join us. Family friendly. Whether you’re just getting to know us or have been with Shir Tikvah since the beginning, we welcome you to join in. Bring a beverage and the following, according to your last initial: A-K   Salad or a Side L – Z    Main Dish Rabbi has announced a tofu challenge for the main dish option. Have a great tofu recipe? Share it with us on this Shabbat eve. Thanks to a generous donation, we’ll have a special dessert this month. Please RSVP directly to Rabbi. Shir Tikvah respects kashrut in our communal gatherings. All dishes must be vegetarian/dairy.

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Pardon Our Digital Dust

 Thanks to help from Rabbinic Intern Davina Bookbinder and other volunteers, we are beginning work on our website. We look forward to bringing you an improved user experience, including a more navigable toolbar and more photos. In the meantime, please be patient with us, especially if a link or two isn’t active at the moment. The calendar will always be up, though, so you can find more information on your favorite events.

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Gaza Statement

The leadership of Congregation Shir Tikvah mourns the loss of life in the recent violence in Gaza. We are saddened by the loss of each human life, and we support the desire of all who wish to come home in safety, to live together in serenity under their vine and under their fig tree. All life is sacred. No one should live in fear. This is true for every Palestinian and it is true for every Israeli. We will continue to support those who work for peace, organizations in both Israel and Palestine, such as the Israeli-Palestinian grassroots organizations Omdim BeYakhad (“We Stand Together”), Judur-Shorashim-Roots, and Women Wage Peace. Sadly we recognize the long and difficult history of the conflict, and yet with hope we assert that political will can yet bring healing. We will continue to work and to pray for the day when that healing is at hand,

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Save the Date

Warm weather means we start thinking about Shabbat in the Park! Thanks to a generous donor, we have two scheduled for this summer. June 29th @ Overlook Park. August 10th @ Fernhill. Plan to pack a picnic and join us!  

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