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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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Never Again: A Jewish Response to the Rohingya Crisis 

Monday, January 29th 6:30-8:30 PM Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education 724 NW Davis St, Portland, OR 97209 The Royingya are a majority Muslim ethnic minority who have been ruthlessly oppressed by the Myanmar military, suffering indiscriminate killings, forced evacuations, rape and other forms of violence. Approximately 700,000 Royingya have been forced to flee their homes since August and only about 400,000 Rohingya remain in Burma. 120,000 of those are kept in concentration camps. The UN has called it a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing.  Others have called it genocide. We can all agree that brutal persecution of the Rohingya people must stop. Join us to learn about the history of the conflict and present state of affairs from Yusuf Iqbal, President of Americans for Rohingya. Rabbi Joshua Rose, Congregation Shaarie Torah, will offer a reflection on a Jewish view of the crisis and Professor Amanda Byron, Holocaust and

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The President’s Announcement on Jerusalem

The decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and to move the U.S. Embassy there, is judged by diplomacy professionals and all those devoted to the Middle East peace process to be short-sighted and damaging to our goal of a two-state solution. We regret the disregard for history and all those involved. Representatives Price, Welch, Yarmuth, Lee and Blumenauer Issue Joint Statement on Trump Recognizing Jerusalem as Capital of Israel   WASHINGTON, D.C.  (Dec. 6, 2017) – On Wednesday, December 6, Representatives David Price (D-NC), Peter Welch (D-VT), John Yarmuth (D-KY), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) issued the following joint statement following the announcement that President Trump will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.   “President Trump’s announcement demonstrates, once again, his complete disregard for long-standing American and international diplomatic practice. It unilaterally undermines prospects for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and recklessly endangers U.S., Israeli, and

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This, too, is Torah

Every Friday, Rabbi publishes her thoughts on the week’s parashah.  You’ll find her blog “Torah for the 21st Century” HERE or contact our office to be added to her mailing list.

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Our Theme for 5778

In 5778 Shir Tikvah explores the theme kol yisrael arevim zeh bazeh, “all Israel are responsible, each for each other.” How do Jews behave, not least toward each other? What does our shared intentional community – of Jews and the people who love them – bring to each of us that we can’t find on our own? Our community is as strong for us as each of us feels within us. This year, we will seek to strengthen, deepen, and explore the beauty in all the ways in which all of us connect.  

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Join Rabbi in Israel Next Spring

Are you willing to look at Israel in a new way? Join Rabbi Ariel next March as she searches for Jewish roots in Israel. Tour includes time in Jerusalem, Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee, Tsfat, and Tel Aviv. Thanks to a generous donation, we have a gift of $500 for a member who has never visited Israel before. Contact Rabbi Ariel directly. Detailed itinerary and prices can be found HERE

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