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Shabbat Bereshit 5774: Take a Bite

I’ve been holding on to a photograph I took in Israel this summer, waiting for the moment when I would write this email and share it with you. This is very simply a photograph of an apple I bought at the grocery story. The sticker on it it what makes it priceless. Bereshit (“Genesis”) taam Gan Eden (“the taste of the Garden of Eden”) The term Bereshit is the name of an Israeli fruit produce company. The word eden is related to the Hebrew word for pleasure, edna. The obvious reference is to the fruit of the garden of Eden, but the more playful reference is specifically to the forbidden fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. We don’t know what fruit is at the heart of the story, only that it is delights the eyes, and, we assume, the mouth as well. The Rabbis of the

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Come Dance with Us

Simkhat Torah this Friday night September 27th at 6:30 Bridgeport Join us as we celebrate and mark the conclusion of the annual cycle of Torah readings and begin the cycle anew!  On this day, according to Hasidic teachings, “we rejoice in the Torah, and the Torah rejoices in us; the Torah too wants to dance, so we become the Torah’s dancing feet.” There will be a great band, light snacks and the first glimpse of the new Shir Tikvah Siddur. It’s a perfect time to share our joy with each other and to express gratitude toward the individuals who have created such a lasting gift to our community. Please bring dairy finger foods or drinks to share.      

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Sukkot: Erev Sukkot Tefilah 9/18 and Celebration 9/22

Join us for Erev Sukkot services on Wednesday, September 18! We’ll build the sukkah at 6 pm, and begin services at 7 pm. Shir Tikvah Congregational Sukkot Celebration and Annual Meeting Sunday Sept. 22 starting at 1 pm North Side of Bridgeport (where the trees are!) Please join us for our annual harvest gathering! We will be decorating the sukkah and pressing apples for cider. You can learn (or practice) the blessings with the lulav and etrog. And our Steering Committee members will be on hand to lend an ear for your feedback and concerns.Be sure to bring     harvest-related finger foods (dairy/pescetarian–veggie plus fish) to share     skhakh for the sukkah (roughly translates as large yard debris! branches, vines and such)     apples, and lots of them: about a pound per person!     your lulav and etrog set About 2:30, we’ll be holding our annual meeting. Come hear as

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Halakhah of Yom Kippur

Shalom Shir Tikvah Learning Community, As I suggested in my drash for erev Rosh HaShanah, learning the traditions of Jewish practice make your own Jewish choices feel better, since you know the context in which you are choosing (if you missed it that evening, you can find it here: erev Rosh HaShanah 5774 drash). In that spirit, I offer you this review of the halakhah for Yom Kippur. גמר חתימה טובה – g’mar hatimah tovah,  may you be sealed for a good year Rabbi Ariel Halakhah of Yom Kippur     Rav Zvi Leshem 1) Eve of Yom Kippur a)      ‪It is a mitzvah to eat and drink on the eve of Yom Kippur, and it is forbidden to fast (604:1). We do not say Tahanun (604:2). b)      ‪Even though the Shulchan Aruch opposes the custom of Kaparot (605:1),[1] Ashkenazim follow the Rama and perform Kaparot (Rama 605:1). Some use a chicken and

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High Holy Days 5774

Scheduled services for the Days of Awe: Erev Rosh HaShanah** September 4 7 pm Rosh HaShanah September 5 9 am Morning tefillah 12:30 pm Apples and Honey Kiddush for all 1 pm Family Tefillah 2:30 pm  Tashlikh Rosh HaShanah, Second Day September 6 No morning services at Shir Tikvah Shabbat Shuva September 6 6:30 pm Erev Shabbat Service September 7 9 am Torah Study 10:30 am Tefillah Erev Yom Kippur September 13 7:30 pm Kol Nidre** Yom Kippur September 14 9 am Yom Kippur morning tefilah; Yizkor will follow the Torah reading 1 pm Family Tefilah 2 pm Discussion with the Rabbi 3 pm Afternoon Services, including Minkha and Ne’ilah 7:30pm Break the Fast to follow **Evening services for Rosh HaShanah and Kol Nidre are limited to members and their guests only, with regrets, due to limited space in the sanctuary. Day services are open to all who have registered.

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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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