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Commons Questions and Answers

Shir Tikvah hosted community meetings in April to discuss our involvement in the Eastside Jewish Commons (EJC). More than 20 Shir Tikvah members attended each meeting and all of them had questions. Here are the answers, compiled in one place:  EJC Community Meetings Q&A

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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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A Busy Weekend

There’s something for everyone going on this weekend. Hand in Hand fundraiser & Havdalah – Saturday night Cinema Tikvah Matinee – Sunday afternoon Yom Ha’Aztamaut Celebration – right after Cinema Tikvah Eastside Jewish Commons Congregational Dialogue – Monday night See our calendar for more details

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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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Shir Dance-A-Lot. . . or a little!

This May, Shir Tikvah will host a very special evening of food, wine, music and dancing to benefit our congregation. Your support is critical. Ticket information and sponsorship HERE. Shir Dance-A-Lot is a celebration featuring one of Portland’s preeminent entertainers, Poison Waters. Poison is not just a personality, she’s an experience. Join us at Coopers Hall for a wonderful time together. Music provided by Pace Mobile DJ. Raffle baskets, a wine wall and more. Thanks for your generosity!

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Ma’ot Hittin – Helping Others to Celebrate

Every year Shir Tikvah has volunteered food, money and/or time to our Jewish community’s local effort to make sure that all those who are obligated to fulfill the mitzvah of holding a Seder are able to do so. Consider donating funds or support to the Jewish Federation’s Passover 4 All initiative.

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Enough! National School Walkout

Once again, we are confronted with the horror of the moral failure of our society. And we devolve toward the same endless morass of media coverage, and the same awful words. Hate. Guns. Death. Once again guns. Once again the craven moral failure of congressional leadership, using this tragedy, once again, for political interests, proving themselves unable to lead us anywhere except further into darkness. Black Lives Matter awakened us to the failure of our police to “protect and serve”. What might it take for the United States of America to confront the failure of our elected leadership to represent us? There are more guns than people in the U.S. now. As a Rabbi, I do not seek to offer you a definitive answer as much as to help you find the ways in which Jewish tradition will lead you toward your own sense of your best moral response to evil. I

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Steering Committee Appointments

We are pleased to announce that Leora Troper and Aron Borok will lead our congregation as co-chairs of the Steering Committee. Percy Wise will be our treasurer. Yesher Ko’akh!

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Cinema Tikvah Presents

Save the date for the next Cinema Tikvah – we’ll be screening “Short Term 12” on February 24th.

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“What Do Jews Do?”  When #MeToo comes to Shul

One day in a small town a long way from here, a long time ago, the Rabbi was heard humming a lovely melody that surprised her students. “Rabbi!” they said, “that’s a tune we’ve heard coming from the church!” The Rabbi smiled and said, “it’s perfectly all right. You see, a melody is like flowing water. It carries nothing, and belongs to no one.” “If the creator of a Jewish tune is known to be an unethical person, the melody should not be used.” – Rabbi Menashe Klein “The songs may be sung if they were created before the ethical lapse.” – Rabbi Moshe Feinstein On Shabbat VaYekhi this past week, our Rabbinic intern Davina Bookbinder offered a d’var Torah in which she raised the question for us to consider: where do we stand, when #MeToo comes to shul? Some of our beautiful melodies were created by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, a charismatic prayer

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