Todah Rabah!

Thanks to all those who made our Shabbat in the Park at Overlook such a special event – a special shout out to those members who helped Amelia load and unload her car.

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Kabbalat Shabbat Potluck – It’s Pride Month!

Friday, June 15th @ 6:30 pm צֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים Tzelem Elohim We are all made in the image of God. Share a Pride weekend Shabbat evening with us.Whether you are part of our LGBTQ demographic or just grateful for Shir Tikvah’s glorious diversity, join us. Family friendly. Whether you’re just getting to know us or have been with Shir Tikvah since the beginning, we welcome you to join in. Bring a beverage and the following, according to your last initial: A-K   Salad or a Side L – Z    Main Dish Rabbi has announced a tofu challenge for the main dish option. Have a great tofu recipe? Share it with us on this Shabbat eve. Thanks to a generous donation, we’ll have a special dessert this month. Please RSVP directly to Rabbi. Shir Tikvah respects kashrut in our communal gatherings. All dishes must be vegetarian/dairy.

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Pardon Our Digital Dust

 Thanks to help from Rabbinic Intern Davina Bookbinder and other volunteers, we are beginning work on our website. We look forward to bringing you an improved user experience, including a more navigable toolbar and more photos. In the meantime, please be patient with us, especially if a link or two isn’t active at the moment. The calendar will always be up, though, so you can find more information on your favorite events.

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Gaza Statement

The leadership of Congregation Shir Tikvah mourns the loss of life in the recent violence in Gaza. We are saddened by the loss of each human life, and we support the desire of all who wish to come home in safety, to live together in serenity under their vine and under their fig tree. All life is sacred. No one should live in fear. This is true for every Palestinian and it is true for every Israeli. We will continue to support those who work for peace, organizations in both Israel and Palestine, such as the Israeli-Palestinian grassroots organizations Omdim BeYakhad (“We Stand Together”), Judur-Shorashim-Roots, and Women Wage Peace. Sadly we recognize the long and difficult history of the conflict, and yet with hope we assert that political will can yet bring healing. We will continue to work and to pray for the day when that healing is at hand,

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Save the Date

Warm weather means we start thinking about Shabbat in the Park! Thanks to a generous donor, we have two scheduled for this summer. June 29th @ Overlook Park. August 10th @ Fernhill. Plan to pack a picnic and join us!  

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Shir Tikvah and Its Space

 A Snapshot Chronology 2002: Shir Tikvah is founded. 2003: Shir Tikvah is incorporated. Torah Study and Services are held in various venues. Operations are often handled in homes of the Founders. 2005 – 11: Four separate venues are leased for Shir Tikvah operations: Torah Study/Services, office space, Nashira Project, adult education offerings. 2007-11: Doubling of initial membership to 130. Nashira Project moves from Fulton Community Center to Mittleman Jewish Community Center and again to the Emerson School. 2011: World Café/Atid – visioning of Congregational needs including space. Determination: Four separated spaces were both inadequate and inefficient. 2011-13: Nashira Project moves to Tucker Maxon school. Bayit Committee formed to address space needs. Bayit consolidates space for Rabbi and staff at Bridgeport and invests in improvements. Bayit financial analysis regarding feasibility for new/larger space. Bayit searches for new shared space that would meet the following criteria: Religiously neutral (no Christian iconography) Affordable

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Todah Rabah – a very special Seder

Thanks to Aaron, Barbara, Cathy, Carol & Corey, Cindy & Ashley, C.J., Darlene, Ellen, Joe, Judith & Michael, Julie, Matt, Molly, Nan, Nehama, Percy, Sonia Marie, Ronit, Susan, Seymour & Julia,  Vanessa and many, many more who chipped in to cook food, schlep furniture, clean the floors and reset the room for Shabbat morning. And a special shout-out for Henry, who for his work on the seder text for Thursday’s demonstration at ICE Headquarters. “How will we remember we already know a way out of Egypt? By crying out and chanting, with voices that wake the heavens and remind the powers that be we are here.”

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