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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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Sukkot/High Holiday Food Drive

The Oregon Food Bank is in need of food and financial donations. Didn’t receive a bag at Rosh Hashana?  Not to worry!  Bring your own shopping bag with one or more of the following preferred foods to our Yom Kippur services, or to Sukkot, or Simkhat Torah. Remember NO GLASS JARS. Canned meats (i.e., tuna, chicken, salmon) Canned and boxed meals (i.e. soup, chili, stew, mac and cheese) Peanut butter Canned or dried beans and peas (i.e., black, pinto, lentils) Pasta, rice, cereal Canned fruits 100% fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed) To ensure food safety, Oregon Food Bank CAN’T USE: Rusty, dented or unlabeled cans Perishable items Homemade items Noncommercial canned or packaged items Alchoholic beverages, mixes, or soda Open or used items You can return them on Sukkot, Yom Kippur, or any time during the fall holidays. Shir Tikvah has a long tradition of sharing our bounty with

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Yom Kippur 5771

You may have noticed the goat theme of Yom Kippur – the morning’s Torah reading, the special guest star of our Family Tefilah…. for more about the significance of the goat on the holiest day of the Jewish year, some background into its religious role in antiquity for the Israelites: Scapegoating:  Scapegoating Scapegoating: JOFA article (pdf) A message from Rabbi Ariel: Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year, the most religious of all Jewish holidays. Its practices echo those of the period of the second Temple (20 centuries ago) in which the high priest on behalf of the whole community would engage in rituals of purification and confession prior to entering the holiest place in the Temple, and upon exiting would pray: May this year be a year of blessing, a year of rain and no rain, a year of dew, a year of crops bearing sweet

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Join us for Selikhot Prayers this Saturday evening

On the Saturday evening before Rosh HaShanah, Jews begin the special Selikhot (”forgiveness”) prayers which help us prepare for the Days of Awe. Usually the Portland Jewish community gathers for a community-wide Selikhot service, but this year the Board of Rabbis decided that it was too early for a successful program to be conducted, so we are on our own! Come and help make the minyan – we’ll pray, study, and eat together. WHERE: Bridgeport WHEN: a typically beautiful Havdalah at 8.30 pm, followed by study and Selikhot prayers and a nosh PLEASE BRING a dairy or vegetarian (finger-food) snack to share These evenings are designed to conclude with Selikhot prayers at midnight but we’re going to have them earlier, allowing whoever would like to stay to do so. More study and food will be available until it gets late! MORE INFO ON SELIKHOT:http://www.jewfaq.org/elul.htm

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Elul Week 4: How To Speak About Another

Today we begin the fourth and final week of Elul. Today, Rosh HaShanah is eight days away. We have one more week to muse upon the way we live and the improvements we might choose to make in 5771. This coming Shabbat, by popular request, we will discuss “How to Speak about Another” in our Elul assignment, Creating an Ethical Jewish Life. It will be our topic as much as possible on erev Shabbat at our erev Shabbat Family Tefilah, and certainly also on Shabbat morning. Rabbi Jose ben Zimra taught: come and see how vicious is an evil tongue…. The tongue…is imprisoned with the cheeks and teeth surrounding it, and with many other restraints upon it. Yet no one can withstand it. (p. 194) In medieval Jewish philosophy, we are called the hai medabeyr, the “animal that talks”. It is our special gift and a terrible responsibility. Some Jews

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Great Turnout for the Picnic!

In spite of the cool weather, quite a few bagel and challah lovers showed up at Overlook Park. At least six dozen bagels and five loaves of challah were loaded with schmears of all varieties and toppings galore; desserts, fruits, veggies and juices rounded out the repast. Hevra worked off in the distance, planning goals for the upcoming year, while younger children enjoyed the playground and the adults talked and talked. Thanks for making it such a success!

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