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Shabbat in the Park, August 16, Laurelhurst Athletic Field!

Join us August 16 at 6 pm for an amazing evening featuring Rabbi Ariel and J.D. Kleinke! They will lead us in a melodic Kirtan welcome to Shabbat. We’ll be at the Laurelhurst Athletic Field (corner of SE Stark and Cesar Chavez Blvd)–a change of location from last year’s event. Bring a picnic blanket or a beach chair and a picnic dinner. And to download a copy of the event flyer, click here.

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People of Faith Say I Do! – Sunday August 11 1pm

Let justice well up like abundant well water,  and righteousness as a mighty flash flood.  (Amos 5.24)  People of Faith Say I Do!   Organizing a strong Jewish voice for marriage equality sponsored by Bridgeport UCC, Shir Tikvah and P’nai Or at Bridgeport For all who seek to make our Torah study real in practice. For all who believe that religious voices should be raised strongly in support of marriage equality.  For all who are committed to making Oregon the first state to win marriage equality at the ballot. Tikkun olam begins when you say not “someone will do this” but “I will do this”.   This event is for clergy, social action chairs, education team members, and/or anyone who is committed to helping us with in 2014.  As past experience both here in Oregon and across the US has taught us, we cannot win without a strong unified faith

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Shabbat in the Park, July 19 at Overlook Park

Thanks for joining us last Friday! Mark your calendar for our next Shabbat in the Park on August 16 at Laurelhurst Park Athletic Field. It’s time once again for one of our favorite events: Shabbat in the Park! Join us at Overlook Park (in North Portland at N Interstate and Fremont) for a wonderful evening under the stars. Stumbleweed, a traditional bluegrass band, will play from 6 pm until dark. Bring a picnic supper to dine on as you enjoy their music. At 6:45, a brief service to welcome Shabbat will be led by Rabbi Ariel Stone and will feature Stumbleweed. We’ll have hallah to share afterward, and the band will take the stage again and play until the sun sets. Overlook Park is a lovely area, on the bluffs overlooking the Willamette River and downtown Portland. A nice play area is perfect for the kids. Don’t forget to bring

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Coming out for LGBTQ Pride: June 15-16 and June 23

Shir Tikvah supports and celebrates all G-d’s creations; this is a special weekend to stand up for our fellow Jews and all human beings who identify as LGBTQ. Get involved in the mitzvah! The CWC Pride Booth on Waterfront Park: noon on June 15-16–yes, also on Shabbat afternoon. The mitzvah of helping to save a life outweighs all other mitzvot. Call our office or the CWC (503-665-8741) directly to sign up for a 2-hour shift helping to set up or break down a booth, or to staff it to deliver ST brochures to the booth Sunday June 16, 10 am line-up: The Pride Parade March with the Community of Welcoming Congregations in the Pride Parade. If you volunteer to carry it, we’ll provide a Shir Tikvah banner. Line up at 10am (we’ll let you know when the Parade tells us where we’ll be) Sunday June 23, 1pm: Say I Do

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This Saturday: Hey (5/6 grade) Class to Present Tallit

HEY Class Presents Their Tallit Our 5th and 6th grade students created a beautiful tallit as part of their studies this year with Leslie Dolin. Each student contributed to the garment, basing their designs on Scripture, Jewish symbols and principles of abstract art. They will present it to the congregation this Saturday morning during Shabbat services. We look forward to using it for many years to come.

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Informal Kabbalat Shabbat Potluck Dinner April 26 at 6:30 pm

This Friday evening, come welcome Shabbat with your congregational family. Shabbat is traditionally welcomed at home with blessings, a special meal, good food and hopefully a guest or two to join in with the family. Have you ever wished you were more comfortable with that idea? Join us this week for our next Kabbalat Shabbat. Kabbalat Shabbat (“receiving Shabbat”) refers to the rituals that accompany the coming of dusk of Friday evening. On these special erev Shabbat evenings, we’ll replace our usual prayer service with a relaxed potluck meal, starting with candle lighting and on through the Birkat haMazon, the singing of the blessing after eating. At this informal, family-friendly event, you’ll be able to brush up on the blessings, learn a song or two and share this special time with other members of your Jewish community. Please bring a vegetarian/dairy dish to share. Your dish should serve at least

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A Kirtan Shavuot! Tuesday, May 14, 7 pm at Bridgeport

The holiday of Shavuot is many things, but all of them are part of commemorating the moment when we stood together at Sinai as one people and one voice to receive Torah from God.  What better way to celebrate Shavuot in one voice than with a kirtan version of the service? J.D. Kleinke will be back in Portland for the holiday – and will join Rabbi Ariel, Tasha Danner, and the voices of Shir Tikvah for a very special Erev Shavuot service on Tuesday, May 14, at 7 pm.  The service will follow the traditional Hallel service used for Shavuot…but with the kirtan version of many songs we have already done for other holidays. “Kirtan-version” means this will be a simple, music-rich, meditative way to remember one of our history’s great and defining moments – that all-important pause in our ancestors’ wandering when our voices came together and we spoke

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Food For Thought Festival Event: High School and Middle School Students ask the Tough Questions About Climate Change, Sustainability and Our Shared Future

Jason Eisdorfer, Utility Program Director for the State of Oregon and his daughter, Olive Eisdorfer, one of our high school students, have conceived of a program where the rising generation can ask the questions that really matter… Please join them—and bring your questions! WHEN:      SUNDAY, April 21ST    2pm – 3pm WHERE:   Theater! Theatre!  3430 SE Belmont PANELISTS: Jason Eisdorfer, Utility Program Director for the State of Oregon Gabriela Goldfarb, Natural Resources Policy Advisor to Governor Kitzhaber Ann Gravatt, Oregon Director, Climate Solutions Rachel Shimshack, Executive Director, Renewable NW Project Offered by Shir Tikvah through the Food For Thought Festival –feed your mind and enrich your soul The Festival is presented by the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and is a Benefit the Oregon Food Bank FREE   but please let us know that you plan to attend: email: [email protected] phone: 503.473.8227

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Lisa Morasch Selected for the 2013 Song of Miriam Award

Lisa Morasch is a pillar of Congregation Shir Tikvah’s existence. As one of our earliest members, she immediately stepped forward to help build the congregation. Lisa does not wait to be asked; she offers to help, and often helps without anyone knowing about it. She leads by example, in her fulfillment of both formal and informal mitzvot. Formally, Lisa has served on our Finance Committee, helping to guard our resources, and as Secretary, Vice Chair and finally Co-Chair of our Steering Committee. With her gift for strategic planning, she shepherded our current growth path. She’s there at our social justice projects, and her home is open to host a Rosh Hodesh gathering, a teenage Hevra movie night, or a Shabbat At Home evening. Informally, always, Lisa is a shining role model for us. Need a ride to the doctor or a hallah for Shabbat, a consoling visit to a sickbed or

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Pesakh is coming soon! Here are all the links you need for the season!

  Email your hametz list here by 10 am, March 24, to be in on the sale. Donate food, money and/or time to the Ma’ot Hittin project–details here. Congregational Second Night Seder: Members, find Recipes here; RSVP here; purchase Haggadah here. Audio clips of songs and prayers for the Seder are here. Need a seat for first night? Can you host a guest? Let us know here. NON-MEMBERS: Need a spot for the Second Night Seder? Please check out Gesher’s Passover schedule here. With regrets, our Congregational Second Night Seder is for members only. We are limited by our space, but we know that Gesher has room for many!   Second Night Seder notes All the links for RSVPs, Haggadot, and recipes are above. Tuesday, March 26th, 6 pm, at Bridgeport Don’t forget to bring: Your contribution to the Seder dinner (serving/storage dish labeled) Wine or juice Haggadah with your name

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