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Rabbi’s Kol Nidrei D’Var

Kol Nidre 5778: Who Shall I Say is Calling?   In the late 1990s I had the opportunity to teach Jewish history to Jewish high school students. When we came to the part on anti-Semitism, every student in the class insisted to me they had never experienced anti-Semitism personally. I went around telling adults about it all over Portland’s Jewish community. Oh, yes, they all said, anti-Semitism is a thing of the past.   Then came the year preceding the most recent presidential election. During the campaign, expressions of hatred toward Jews were dismissed as “the crazy fringe.” It will all subside, we reassured each other, after someone sane is elected.   After the election, we reassured each other: look, there are Jews in the inner circle. Perhaps it will be just like the Purim story – a bumbling and dangerous but easily manipulated ruler, with Jews undercover in the

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Isaac and the Akedah

A Rosh Hashanah D’Var Torah by Leslie Dolin   I have been puzzling over something in our morning prayers for the last few years. I’d never really noticed it, but once I did, it stopped me every time. We read it this morning, near the beginning of the morning blessings, in the meditations right after we recited the blessings upon arising. …   ”in Your sight, all that we do is meaningless, the days of our lives empty. Human preeminence over beasts is an illusion, for all is futile. But we are Your people, partners to Your covenant, descendants of Your beloved Abraham to whom You made a pledge on Mount Moriah. We are the heirs of Isaac, his son bound upon the altar.”   I don’t remember seeing our forefathers referred to in this way anywhere else in our prayers. In Shir Tikvah’s siddur, the Hebrew of this meditation

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Last Community Shabbat Dinner of 5777

This Friday at 6:30 pm Join your Shir Tikvah community for a family friendly pot luck meal to usher in Shabbat together. A-H bring dessert I-T bring a casserole or pasta U-Z bring salad or veggies Remember all meals are vegetarian/dairy!

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High Holy Days RSVPs DUE

Members: please return your RSVP postcards ASAP. And plan to join us in the shul for Selikhot Study on Saturday, 9/16 at 8:00 pm.

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Erev Shabbat Services are Cancelled

Due to the expected excessive heat. Welcome Shabbat with family and friends at home. Join us Saturday morning when the temperatures will be a little cooler. Torah Study at 9 am; Morning Tefilah at 10:30 am. There may be limited office hours next week if the forecast holds true. Staff will be checking email and phone messages from home.

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1000 Ministers March for Justice

Monday, August 28 11:00 am, Terry Shrunk Federal Plaza Rabbi Ariel Stone invites you to join her if you are able to march in defense of  justice. Bring a shofar if you have one, for we will be sounding the alarm. Wear a tallit or kippah.  There will be a march in Washington DC called by people of faith, called 1000 Ministers March for Justice  This march protests the unjust acts of the current administration and its department of justice. They will rally at the status of Dr Martin Luther King Jr and proceed to the Department of Justice building. We in Portland join with cities around the nation to hold our own gatherings at the same time. Our gathering of peoples of faith will begin at the Federal Schrunk Plaza. After an opening prayer, the march will proceed silently past the Multnomah County Courthouse, the US Federal Court where immigration cases

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Nonviolent Intervention Training

Sunday, April 13th, 1-4 pm De-escalating hostile people has become even more of a challenge in these contentious times. Shir Tikvah congregant and psychotherapist Mark Schorr has been doing crisis-de-escalation training for more than a decade in a variety of settings, from libraries to the DMV. The training was developed initially to assist in helping people with mental illness or addictions but has been broadened and customized for Shir Tikvah to be helpful working with people in a variety of situations. There are no guarantees, but this evidence-based approach can help you not make a bad situation worse. No fee, but please RSVP to [email protected]  

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Join Rabbi in Israel Next Spring

Are you willing to look at Israel in a new way? Join Rabbi Ariel next March as she searches for Jewish roots in Israel. Tour includes time in Jerusalem, Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee, Tsfat, and Tel Aviv. Detailed itinerary and prices can be found HERE

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Standing Up – A Message from Rabbi Ariel

BREAKING NEWS – To respect the wishes of family members of Micah Fletcher, Congregation Shir Tikvah is withdrawing its endorsement of Sunday’s peace rally at City Hall. Rabbi will no longer be attending. Here are her recent comments about the events of the past week:Just before Shabbat entered the world last Friday evening, a tragedy occurred in Portland. Two men who tried to intervene in the harassment of two teenage Muslim women were murdered. By Shabbat afternoon, over a thousand people had come together to mourn, to comfort each other and to encourage each other and ourselves to continue to rise up, as the two men did, against acts of hate in our public spaces. By Just before Shabbat entered the world last Friday evening, a tragedy occurred in Portland. Two men who tried to intervene in the harassment of two teenage Muslim women were murdered. By Shabbat afternoon, over

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The Feast of Weeks

Celebrated seven weeks after Passover, Shavuot combines two major religious observances: the grain harvest of the early summer and the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai seven weeks after the exodus from Egypt. One of the three pilgrimage festivals of ancient Israel, Shavuot ties the giving of the first fruits of the harvest with the covenant between God and Israel and receiving of Divine Law. On Shavuot, it is it is customary to eat dairy foods.  You’ll find some reasons and recipes HERE.

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