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Shir Tikvah/Bridgeport shared space clean up/spruce up/build up Day, Sunday March 10 1-4pm

Sign up in advance for a particular job inside, outside or downstairs, or just show up in work clothes and help us with a variety of tasks. Some require very little upper body strength, so don’t hesitate to look at the list below.  Trim hedge on SE side of parking lot Weed/edge borders Re-distribute gravel in north curb Install lattice around south entrance Rebuild garden raised beds where needed Paint 2nd coat on south basement wall Paint women’s RR lounge west wall Paint men’s RR walls Wash interior & exterior windows Clean cobwebs where needed Install compact fluorescent lamps in incandescent fixtures Install kitchen cabinet hardware Basement beautification-hang fabrics & place lamps Soundproof Rabbi Stone’s door to bathroom Children’s Activities: Pack up for the Backpack Lunch Program New garden bed by Shir Tikvah’s office doors

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Not into all those sweet cookies?

If you want to get in on the Hamentashen action, but your more of a savory kind of person, check out this recipe: the filling is made with red onions, goat cheese and tomatoes. Yum! See you all Saturday!

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Purim begins February 23!

Schedule for Saturday: 4pm Purimspiel, followed first by dinner, then by the Hamentashen Contest, and ending with a story with Bonnie 6:30 pm Adult only Adloyadah All details are below! There are four mitzvot associated with Purim: Hear the Megillah Give Tzedakah Enjoy a Festive Meal Give Gifts of Food Here’s how you can fulfill them this year at Shir Tikvah! **HEAR THE MEGILLAH –Our Nashira-players Purim Spiel starts at 4 pm. Wear a costume and prepare to make some noise. –Our Adults-only event starts at 6:30. Bring a nosh to share and your favorite libation, a copy of the Book of Esther (we’ll have extras if you don’t own it). Rabbi says anyone who wears a costume to this gets a one-sin-free card to use at Yom Kippur! **GIVE TZEDAKAH We’ll be taking donations for the Backpack Lunch Program, an organization that packs school-type lunches for needy families to

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Health Care Reform: What’s the least I need to know?

We’re in for a treat Friday evening February 15: Dr. Samuel Metz, anesthesiologist, activist energizing Mad As Hell Doctors and Physicians for a National Health Care Program, and most importantly, Hannah Metz’s dad, will offer some thoughts on the state of health care in the U.S. and invite discussion this erev Shabbat at Shir Tikvah. See the current article on his health care advocacy and activism at Jewish Life Magazine. Open to all; guests warmly welcomed. Services begin at 6:30 pm.

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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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