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 seventh year that Shir Tikvah has helped out this wonderful organization. To learn more about this great group, 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. 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! If you would like to help, below is a list of the food items we still need; remember that each one should be large enough to feed 20 people. Regular Stuffing (to go

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Chop Shticks!

We ate, we shmoozed and we laughed until our kishkes hurt.  Thank you for your support of Torah-centered learning at Shir Tikvah! An evening of comedy plus our time-honored seasonal fare, Chinese food, to benefit Congregation Shir Tikvah With Hanukkah so early this year, what to celebrate in December? Shir Tikvah presents an evening of comedy plus our time-honored seasonal fare, Chinese food, to benefit Torah-centered learning. Saturday, December 14 6:30 Dinner 7:30 Show Congregation Shir Tikvah 7550 NE Irving Street, Portland $36/person Over 21 only Featured Pot Shtickers David Fuks has been CEO of Cedar Sinai Park — which provides services to elders and adults — for the past 16 years. In an earlier life he performed as a standup comedian and was a member of an improvisational comedy group, Waggie and Friends. In his ample spare time David writes short fiction, some of which has been published and

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Shabbat VaYigash 5774: How to Become Israel

The famous part of this week’s parashah is at the very beginning: after weeks of build-up, the saga reaches its dramatic climax as Judah steps forward to confront the ruler of Egypt (not knowing that this ruler is his own little brother). In this single act of courage and emotional maturity, Judah breaks a tragic cycle of family dysfunction which has haunted the household of the first Jews since Abraham. But that’s not our text. We are reading from the second third of the Torah in this year of our Triennial Cycle, and we begin with chapter 45, verse 16 of Bereshit (Genesis). Joseph has revealed his identity to his brothers, the tearful reunion has begun, and Jacob is about to find out that his long-lost, most beloved son is not only still alive, but is ruler over all of Egypt. Jacob will journey to Egypt to see Joseph. What

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Shabbat-at-Home Planning

“We live in an age where family is being newly valued, and where the richness of Shabbat home liturgy is in greater demand than ever before.” – Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, Shabbat At Home On Friday, January 31, 2014, Shir Tikvah will celebrate Shabbat at Home as we do on every 5th Friday.  For this time, we would like to provide the match-making service for members so that those who wish to host Shabbat at Home can be linked with those seeking a place for Shabbat at Home.  It has been a long time since we coordinated a Shabbat at Home, and we have many new members that we would like to link up with more seasoned members.  Please down load, fill out and return a questionnaire as soon as possible. QUESTIONNAIRE for 1.31.14

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To Give to Others…a chance to help make someone’s Thanksgivukkah better

You may have seen in your Week’s Worth that Shir Tikvah is sponsoring two families through Jewish Child Family Services this year. Among the highest mitzvot of helping another person is the privilege to do so anonymously. If you are able to donate any one (or more) of the following items, you will anonymously support two families in their material needs – and much more so, you’ll be reminding them that they are part of a caring Jewish community. Please drop whatever item you can donate at Nashira on November 10th or at the Shir Tikvah office by November 14. Donations may be new, or clean and gently used. You may prefer to donate a Fred Meyer gift card – which we will pool together to purchase more expensive items. Items that have been donated already are listed, but are stricken (like this) Family #43 This family has is faced

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Shabbat Hayyei Sarah 5774

I deliberately greet you as a “learning community” every time I send an erev Shabbat email, because I believe passionately that the key to meaningful life is learning. And I am not simply offering you an opinion. Our Jewish tradition asserts that if we are open to learning new insights, new perspectives, new ideas all the time – even in situations that don’t seem suited to learning – we can redeem a moment, even one that seems bleak and unforgiving. This Shabbat we read Hayyei Sarah, “Sarah’s life”. The parashah begins with the death of Sarah, our first Matriarch. Abraham mourns. He must buy a plot of land in which to bury her (until this point he has been a landless nomad). Then we read that Abraham gives some thought to his children’s future at this point, and the parashah ends with the marriage of his soon Isaac to Rebekah,

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Kley Kodesh this erev Shabbat, October 25 at 6:30 pm

J.D.’s back in town, and we’ll be having Kley Kodesh! Make plans to join us for this kirtan-style Shabbat service, followed by some socializing around the oneg. Please bring wine or juice (some for you, and some for our guests) and we’ll set out dessert and cheese platters. (If you simply MUST make a finger-food dessert, please let the office know so we can plan around it…you know who you are!)

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A Kley Kodesh Kirtan Service

J.D. Kleinke is back from Washington D.C. to lead a kirtan-style service. This meditative call-and-response type of prayer is both timeless and modern – take a break from your hectic life and welcome in Shabbat together. Friday, October 25th October 6:30 at Bridgeport Followed by wine, cheese and dessert.

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