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Yartzeit Reminders: A Message from the Tefillah Committee

At times individuals have asked if Shir Tikvah has a means of coordinating Yartzeit dates and sending out reminders for these dates for members of Shir Tikvah.  We are in an extensive process of identifying and purchasing synagogue software for managing the many different administrative needs of Shir Tikvah and anticipate that Yartzeit reminders would be part of the software package.  In the meantime, the Tefillah Committee has investigated resources on the Internet, and would suggest the following site: Shiva Connect This website has a clear, simple process for entering the names and dates of those you wish to remember, and it will automatically send yearly reminders, using either Gregorian or Jewish dates.  In addition, there are also several articles giving information about Jewish laws and customs surrounding death and mourning. If you would like help in setting up the information on Shiva Connect, please call Les Schwartz.  He is

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Kley Kodesh this erev Shabbat!

Come join us for a kirtan-style service beginning at 6:30 pm. J.D. Kleinke is in town, and will be leading services with Rabbi Ariel and Tasha and Tim. You do not want to miss out on this special opportunity!

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News from Nashira Education Project!

WE ARE CURRENTLY ENROLLING for our spring semester More students mean more resources for our program. Do you know someone with children who are not currently enrolled in a Jewish education program? Please consider recommending us to friends! Non-members accepted on a case-by-case basis. The Spring Semester of our Nashira Education Project Begins February 3 at  Tucker-Maxon Oral School 2860 SE Holgate This move includes the Notz’tzim class and Adult Hebrew Classes. The benefits include access to a gym and a stage, a dedicated playground, a better space for tefillah and no longer having to navigate around the fun runs downtown. Mark your calendars and your GPS!

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ST/BUCC Open Dialogue: Symbols in Our Shared Space Sunday, January 13 at Bridgeport, 12:30pm

Join Rabbi Ariel and Reverend Tara in a shared vegetarian meal and a conversation just for members of Shir Tikvah and members of Bridgeport United Church of Christ. Over lunch we’ll find out things we didn’t know about them, and let them know something about us. We’ll talk about beliefs, practices, and how we feel about our shared space – and we’ll become better friends with our long-time house-mates! Brought to you by the new Shared Space Committee – …..all members of Shir Tikvah are welcome – please drop an email to the office to let us know you’ll participate….

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Seeking the light in the darkness

Along with several other local religious leaders, Rabbi Ariel was interviewed by Nancy Haught of the Oregonian. The article was published Thursday, and can be found online here. To see, the text of Rabbi Ariel’s erev Shabbat message from Friday, December 14, click here.

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Kabbalat Shabbat Potluck Dinner December 28

Don’t miss the opportunity to say ‘Thank you!’  We’ll be honoring J.D. Kleinke and his musical contributions to Shir Tikvah, and wishing him well on the next big phase of his life: a move to Washington DC and the opportunity to work on the implementation of President Obama’s health reform plan. He’s done so much for us; please join us at this very special Kabbalat Shabbat Dinner. We’ll be having prayers and songs at 6:30; the potluck dinner will start at 7 pm. And so we don’t end up with 20 dishes of potato salad (or, since it’s winter, lentil soup!) here’s the assignments for the vegetarian/dairy potluck: A to F–Sides or beverage G-K–Main Dish/Casseroles L-P–Desserts Q-Z–Salads or beverage Please label specialty dishes (gluten free, soy free, dairy free) so that others may enjoy.

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Shir Tikvah Tzedakah Report 5772

Tzedakah is a Jewish imperative – if for individuals, how much more so for Jewish organizations? For this reason, each year Congregation Shir Tikvah budgets money to give tzedakah  to a worthwhile Jewish organization. This year the Steering Committee voted that the money go to the Jewish-Arab children’s educational initiative “Hand in Hand.“ Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel was founded by Portland resident Lee Gordon in 1997 to help build partnership and coexistence between Jews and Arabs in Israel through the creation of integrated, bilingual schools. Together with Israeli Arab educator Amin Khalaf, Lee helped establish three schools in Israel, and later a fourth, with a total now of over 1,000 students enrolled. In Israel today 20% of its citizens are Arab and 80% are Jews. But they lead highly segregated lives and the relationship between these two communities is characterized by a high level of conflict,

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Hanukkah at Shir Tikvah

 These Lights Are Holy… Why do we start with one light on Hanukkah, and each night add a candle, rather than start with eight? After all, the miracle of Hanukkah is in the oil that lasted for eight days, so that each day there would be less. We add a candle each night because each night, the miracle grows greater. Each night we see more clearly the power of light. Jewish tradition teaches that one never detracts from holiness, but only adds. During this Hanukkah season, may your light shine brighter each day. Events with Shir Tikvah Dec. 8 Hanukkah lighting and songs at Robison Dec. 8 Hevra Movie Night and Latke Cook Off Dec. 10 Hanukkah at the Blazers Dec. 13 Rosh Hodesh Gathering at Robison Dec. 15 Dedication of the Children and Hanukkah Celebration Space is limited. To join our celebrations, please contact the office to RSVP and

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Do Something Jewish for Christmas!

The Shir Tikvah holiday season ‘Do Something Jewish for Christmas’ tzedekah project will again be to provide Christmas dinner for youth at New Avenues for Youth, a non-profit organization helping homeless youth from Oregon and Southwest Washington. This is the sixth year that Shir TIkvah has helped out this wonderful organization. To learn more about them, click here. NAFY will be serving dinner for 150 kids. Our congregation is committed to providing food for 20 for the dinner on December 24th, Christmas Eve. The following is a list of needed foods for a holiday meal: turkey (cooked) stuffing – regular and vegan mashed and sweet potatoes vegetable dishes We will not be serving the dinner (confidentiality/ insurance issues prevent this) but we are committed to providing the food!! Contact Dale Schwartz for more information or to sign up to help! Jessica Elkan, with NAFY, will be on hand at services

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Kabbalat Shabbat potluck dinner this erev Shabbat!

Join Shir Tikvah for a vegetarian/dairy potluck dinner this Friday, November 30 at 6:30 pm. We’ll sing songs, have the blessings, and share a meal at Bridgeport. No need to RSVP; just bring a dish to share with everyone!

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