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O, Hanukkah, O, Hanukkah, Come Light the Menorah!

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Day of Homelessness Awareness: November 16, 2010

On November 16, 2010, faith communities throughout Portland and Multnomah County will observe a “Day of Homelessness Awareness.”  The Day of Homelessness Awareness is being organized by JOIN’s New City Initiative, in cooperation with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, the Oregon Board of Rabbis, and city and county governments.  This event will include an early morning “Walk of Awareness”, and opportunities for participants to donate coats, blankets and other needed items, or to make a financial contribution.  The Day of Awareness will also provide opportunities for people to learn more about what faith communities are already doing about homelessness, and how they and their congregation can become involved. The primary goal of the Day of Homelessness Awareness is to create a movement among faith communities dedicated to ending homelessness. The most recent One Night Shelter Count found 4,187 people homeless, over half of which were families (2,333 or 56%).  Of these,

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New Audio Section Features Lectures by Dr. Byron Sherwin and Bradley Burston

The Jewish Review has launched a new audio section on their website. The first selections that are offered are from Dr. Sherwin’s delivery of the d’var Torah and Bradley Burston’s lecture sponsored by J Street. To hear them, click here to select and download audio files.

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It’s Time for a New Directory!

With the influx of new members and a few moves by our established members, our directories are sadly out of date. We will be printing up new directories at the end of the month. If the information in last year’s orange directory is correct and you would still like to be listed, you need not do anything. If there have been changes to your address, phone number, email addresses or name, or you would prefer to not be listed, LET THE OFFICE KNOW by November 18! Just shoot off an email to Amelia at [email protected] and she will correct your listing.

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Fifth Friday at Robison (no services at Bridgeport)

Shabbat at Robison Once again, we are coming to a Fifth Friday and the opportunity to fulfill the mitzvot of honoring our elders, visiting the sick and infirm, and davening with kavannah when we join the residents of the Robison Jewish Health Center to welcome Shabbat, Friday evening, October 29th.  Services start at 6:30 in the Robison synagogue at 6125 SW Boundary Street.  Plan to arrive a little early so we can assign prayer leading duties and help our elders migrate from the dining room to the synagogue.  Children are especially welcome. Contact Charlie Rosenblum if you have any questions.

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Pro-Mideast in America: Getting Past ‘Pro-Israel’ and ‘Pro-Palestine’

J Street Portland presents renowned Israeli journalist and commentator Bradley Burston. He will be speaking at Bridgeport Thursday, October 28th at 7:00 PM.  This event is free and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by Bridgeport UCC and Shir Tikvah. Bradley Burston is a columnist for Israel’s Haaretz Newspaper, and Senior Editor of Haaretz.com.  During the first Palestinian uprising, he served as Gaza correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, and was the paper’s military correspondent in the 1991 Gulf War. In the mid-1990s he covered Israeli-Arab peace talks for Reuters. He is a recipient of the Eliav-Sartawi Award for Mideast Journalism, presented at the United Nations in 2006. Read a recent blog by Bradley Burston: Confessions of an Israeli anti-settler bigot here. Allison Hoffman of The Tablet explores the evolution of previous liberal, peace-leaning Jewish movements to the current incarnation of J Street, the ‘pro-Israel, pro-peace’ lobby headquartered in Washington,

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Shir Tikvah Oregon Food Bank work session Tuesday, October 19 from 6:30PM-8:30 PM

We need 15 volunteers ~ first come, first served!  We will be participating in food repack. The minimum age for participants is 16 years; however, any volunteer age 17 or under must have a minor permission slip (click here)  signed by that volunteer’s parent or legal guardian. Please let us know if you will be able to join us; for more information and to RSVP, contact Eileen Millsap (e-mail address is in your directory) or the office at 503-473-8227

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Bi-Annual Visiting Scholar Oct. 7-10

This year, Shir Tikvah is pleased to host Visiting Scholar Dr. Byron Sherwin, Rabbi Ariel Stone’s  doctoral advisor. Rabbi Ariel is looking forward to introducing him to the Shir Tikvah congregational family. An internationally renowned Jewish theologian, ethicist, scholar of Jewish philosophy and mysticism, and a longtime participant in interreligious dialogue, Dr. Byron L. Sherwin is the author or editor of over 28 books and 150 articles and monographs. His writings have been translated into Polish, Spanish, Italian, German, Czech and Chinese. Sherwin’s most recent books are: Golems Among Us: How a Jewish Legend Can Help Us Navigate the Biotech Century; Jewish Ethics for the 21st Century; Sparks Amidst the Ashes: The Spiritual Legacy of Polish Jewry; The Cubs and the Kabbalist: A Novel;  Kabbalah: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism; Toward a Jewish Theology; and The Life Worth Living. He and his works are often featured in national and international

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Simkhat Torah will be celebrated on Erev Shabbat October 1!

Our kehillah has developed a wonderful minhag over the years: for us, Simkhat Torah is a time to celebrate what is truly central to our learning congregation – the Torah! Along with welcoming Shabbat, we’ll be dancing seven hakafot with our Torah scroll, and then opening it up completely (ever seen a completely unrolled Torah scroll? it goes around the room much more than once.) We’ll read the end of the Torah and follow that immediately with the beginning again. We’ll take breaks between hakafot to have a drink or a bite of something to keep our dancing strength up. The music will be fantastic, with more instruments and more voices this year. Please bring wine, beer, or a nosh to share. Dancing shoes are required; prepare to blow off some High Holy Day Steam. Everyone is welcome.

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Build a Sukkah!

Building a Sukkah is an ancient ritual practice that puts us in touch with the way our ancestors lived in the days when we worked hard to harvest our fields, and since we didn’t have time to come all the way home at night, we made a little temporary structure with half a roof for ourselves until the harvest was over. What makes a Sukkah kosher? 1. has to have 4 sides and a roof, 2. has to be big enough to fit in, 3, has to be free-standing, and 4. you can’t steal the material for it (or your lulav, either!) Want to build a Sukkah yourself? Join the Shir Tikvah members who are building a sukkah in their own back yard – and let us know if we can send you other Shir Tikvah members who’d love to fulfill the mitzvah of building, or at least being in,

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