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Make a Mitzvah Garden: Initial Meeting February 27 at 12:30 pm at BUCC

Every blade of grass has an angel hovering over it, whispering to it, “grow”.  – Rabbi Nakhman of Bratslav When is gardening a mitzvah? When it becomes a transformative human and communal act for the gardener. Join folks from our sister congregation, Bridgeport UCC (and meet our new roomies, Spiritus Abbey), as we invite our local homeless and recently housed neighbors to build relationships with us, with each other and with the good earth and that which grows from it. The local organization JOIN (see their site here), which works to create community links to keep people in housing, will work alongside us, facilitating and organizing our garden work. Know how to make things grow that are good to eat and lovely to see? Are you wiling to share that knowledge, and teach others? Come to a meeting Sunday February 27, 12.30pm at Bridgeport to plan our Mitzvah Garden. We’ll

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Hevra Hallah Making Workshop

Our Hevra group, along with their leader Bev Guttag, learned the ins and outs of baking bread from hallah maven Lisa Morasch last week. Don’t those braids look great?

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Havdalah Shabbaton with Harper’s Playground

A number of families turned out to work with the planners of Harper’s Playground last weekend. The focus of this year’s Nashira tzedakah, Harper’s Playground is a project dedicated to bringing an inclusive playground to Arbor Lodge Park. Our Shabbaton was an interesting learning and sharing opportunity for both our members and the planners!

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Jewish Women’s Round Table Havdalah January 29, 6:30 PM

Rose Schnitzer Manor’s Zidell Hall will be the site of the JWRT’s 11th Annual Havdalah. Rabbi Bradley Greenstein & Cantor Deborah Bletstein, of Congregation Neveh Shalom, will conduct the Havdalah. It will be followed by a reception with cookies and beverages. Shir Tikvah is a co-sponsor of this event. As always, this event is free and open to all–children are encouraged to attend.  The residents really love seeing them.  Last year we had 24 co-sponsoring synagogues and organizations take part.  That was our all-time high. Car pooling is strongly suggested as is arriving early.  Parking places are limited.  Arrive early and socialize. Please feel free to contact Anne Whitaker by email or phone with any questions.

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Tu b’Sh’vat Seder

An enthusiastic crowd of members and visitors, good food, and songs and readings that encouraged audience participation combined to make this Tu b’Sh’vat Seder an evening to remember.  J.D. Kleinke and Bev Guttag organized and led the event, which drew Shir Tikvah members along with many friends and relatives from around the community.

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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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