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VOLUNTEERS AND RSVPs NEEDED!

Tu b’Sh’vat Seder Wed., Jan. 19 6:30 pm Havdalah Shabbaton and Pizza Dinner Sat., Jan 22 5 pm Who’s coming? Who’s helping? Inquiring minds want to know! Seder RSVPs and volunteers should report to Amelia at [email protected] Shabbaton RSVPs and volunteers should report to Amy at [email protected] Todah rabah for your quick response!

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Nashira Havdalah Shabbaton 1/22 5-8 pm

Open to all members of Shir Tikvah, this event sponsored by the Nashira Project will include using a thoughtful process to explore  Jewish aspects of inclusiveness.

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Tu b’Shvat Seder-Wednesday, January 19, at 6:30 pm at Bridgeport

You, your family, and your friends are invited to join in Shir Tikvah’s 4th annual Tu b’Shvat seder: an evening of poetry, songs, symbolic foods, wine, and community.  Tu b’Shvat is the traditional annual planting and counting of trees in Eretz Israel – but it has grown into a broader celebration of the seasons of nature and life on this beautiful planet.  Tu b’Shvat is a real treehugger holiday, and perfect for us Portlanders! Our Tu b’Shvat seder – which includes original music composed at Shir Tikvah just for this holiday – will be followed by a pot luck supper featuring the seven sacred varieties of fruits and grains which represent Israel’s fertility.  Please feel free to invite guests – this seder is a great way to introduce non-members to one of the many fun and interesting ways we celebrate our Jewish heritage and values at Shir Tikvah! We need

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Shir Tikvah Members Make Good Showing at Peace Rally

Over 20 members of our congregation gathered with others Sunday in Pioneer Square to listen to Muslim, Christian and Jewish speakers and their calls for understanding and peace. Quoted in The Oregonian, Rabbi Ariel Stone said, ‘How often do Muslims and Jews get together to denounce violence? I’m really happy to see people stand up for what they say they believe.’

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Todah Rabbah to our generous donors!

Our very generous donors have already covered all the food we committed to providing for this year’s New Avenues for Youth Christmas dinner. If you would still like to contribute, the people at New Avenues For Youth suggest a donation of gift cards. They think that cards from Fred Meyer, Ross Dress for Less, or something similar would be most useful. Dale Schwartz is again coordinating this effort with NAFY. Please contact Dale directly to get complete delivery details.  For more information about the organization, please visit their website at http://www.newavenues.org/.  And again, a big thank you to those who have already committed!

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Join Rabbi Ariel in standing up for peace this coming Sunday….Responding to Violence With Unity, Sunday Dec 19 2pm at Pioneer Courthouse Square

The Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center and the Muslim community of Corvallis, along with the people of Corvallis and other cities, will hold a Peace Solidarity rally to show their condemnation of the Pioneer Square plot and to all other terror attacks, and to show their support and solidarity to all the people of Portland and beyond. We are calling on all Muslims and Non-Muslims to join us on Sunday to stand up next to each other showing our unity and solidarity against any form of violence against anyone regardless of faith, race, nationality or gender. Sponsors: Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center, Fellowship of Reconciliation USA, First Congregational United Church of Christ in Corvallis, Corvallis Friends Meeting, and the Beit Am Jewish Community

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From Rabbi Ariel Stone: Our Jewish Community Must Stand Up for Muslim Communities and Holy Places

Hanukkah 5771 – In the wake of the attack on the mosque in Corvallis, we as Jews must not fail to speak out and act in support of our fellow citizens, the Muslim and Arab communities. We must reject any attempt at collective judgment or punishment on the part of those who see the blame for violence that falsely calls itself Muslim. Jews know well that at times of political tension,minority groups are vulnerable; as Jews we are called upon to insist upon justice for all. Tzedek, tzedek tirdof, l’ma’an tikhyeh, “justice, justice shall you pursue, that you may live” (Deut. 16.20). Jews have often been made to suffer as scapegoats; we have known what it means to be targeted for blame unjustly. There are those who willfully refuse to make distinctions between those who do violence in the name of religious belief, and the much larger peaceful adherents of

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Shir Tikvah Tefilah Leaders’ Workshop

Tuesday December 28, 5.30-7pm at the Shir Tikvah office For all those who help lead Tefilah in any capacity and who are ready to learn more about the history, halakha, and culture of davening, and of leading davening. “On three things the world depends” and this is one of them. Please RSVP to the Shir Tikvah office so we can make enough copies of study material for you.

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Ten Lessons on the Ten Sefirot – with Rabbi Ariel Stone

The idea of existence structured as ten sefirot is a central concept of Jewish mysticism. We will spend ten weeks exploring the ten sefirot, and the teachings of Jewish mysticism which compare each one to aspects of God, the world – and ourselves. See how studying mysticism leads us right back to ourselves. Text: excerpts from Rabbi Stone’s forthcoming book, Because All Is One, to be published in 2011 by Derusha Publishing, http://www.becauseallisone.com/ Sessions will be held on Tuesdays, Feb 8-April 12 at the MJCC, and start at 7 pm. Members $36, guests $43. This class is deliberately underpriced to make it more accessible. For more information, and to register for the class, click here. Scholarship help available for Shir Tikvah members; contact Rabbi Ariel personally.

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Shir Tikvah does Hanukkah at the Robison Home, Monday December 26th, 4:30-6:15 pm

Do a huge act of gemilut hasadim by bringing light and song to the residents of the Robison home. Singing will be led by our own Philippa Kaplan and the residents of Robison love seeing kids! The Robison Home is located at 6125 SW Boundry and is part of Cedar Sinai Park. We hope to see you there!

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