Erev Shabbat in the Park Events: First one this week!

Erev Shabbat in the Parks: the first one is this week! July 29 Overlook Park (N Fremont and Interstate) 5:45 pm–Bring your own picnic dinner, relax in the park and enjoy music by the Percy Bernstein Orchestra 6:30 pm-Join the group in songs for welcoming Shabbat Suitable for all ages– song sheets will be provided Afterward join us for challah and dessert; bring a blanket or lawn chairs if you like (but no dogs, please). Upcoming Shabbat in the Parks: August 12 Laurelhurst Park (SE Cesar Chavez & Stark) September 2 Kenilworth Park (SE 34th & Holgate) Volunteers needed! Set up, clean up, greeters, kiddush…we’ll need a bunch of folks to help us with this outreach to unaffiliated Jews. Elaine Israel will be coordinating all our volunteers; her contact information is in the directory. Otherwise, leave a message for Amelia in the office if you’d like to help out–503 473

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Into The Depths: Exploring The Ritual of Mikvah, Tuesday July 19th, 7-8:30 pm

Join Rabbi Ariel and Naomi Malka  for an engaging and enlightening evening as you gain new insights into how and why Jews use the mikvah. We will explore the power of water in traditional and modern Jewish texts and discuss how immersion in a mikvah can connect a body to the Source of Life. We will examine both traditional and creative uses of the mikvah and learn how to incorporate this ritual into our Jewish lives and lifecycles. No previous experience with this topic is needed. Women (and men) of all ages are welcome. This event is for you if you: a) have never been to a mikvah but are curious; b) went to a mikvah once and meant to go again but never did; c) have issues with the idea of mikvah, but have never explored them in a safe place; or d) like relaxing in warm water. To

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Nashira and Hevra: Register Now for the Fall!

Registration fees go up this Friday, July 1. Print, fill out and mail those Nashira and Hevra registrations now! Here is the link to the pdf of registration forms: http://www.shir-tikvah.net/shirblog/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/nashira-reg-5772.pdf It would also be great to get the registrations in for Notz’tzim and Kochvim. Fees for these two classes are not subject to our early registration breaks or to the family maximum cutoff, as we are hosting these programs. Click on Notz’tzim or Kochvim to get the pdf of those registration papers.

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Shir Tikvah observes Shavuot

Erev Shavuot tefilah will take place on Tuesday evening June 7 at 7pm, at the Bridgeport building. Shir Tikvah members will share a special reading of the Aseret haDibrot (the Ten Words), give thanks with Hallel, and remember our loved ones with a Yizkor prayer. Please bring a dairy finger food to share for our Shavuot oneg afterward. Learn more about Shavuot here: http://www.myjewishlearning.com/holidays/Jewish_Holidays/Shavuot.shtml http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/holidayc.html http://www.aish.com/h/sh/ and for kids: http://www.torahtots.com/holidays/shavuos/shavuot.htm http://www.akhlah.com/holidays/shavuot/shavuot.php http://www.bje.org.au/learning/judaism/kids/holydays/shavuot.html

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This erev Shabbat

We will be busting out some wonderful new – or new for us, anyway – Shabbat music this Friday night…including a funky, Sephardic “L’cha Dodi,” and Reb Aryehz’l’s now eternal “Wings of Peace.” Come hear Rabbi’s Dvar Torah on ‘Israel: Myth, Reality, Ongoing Challenge’. It will be your opportunity to learn a bit, think a bit, and ask a few questions about Israel. See you Friday!

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Congregation Shir Tikvah’s Annual Nashira Project Kabbalat Shabbat Dinner 6:30 pm Friday May 20 The Madeline Atrium 3123 NE 24th Avenue Join us for: Kabbalat Shabbat Blessings and Songs We’ll gather as our entire Shir Tikvah Community to celebrate Shabbat, our teachers, and the Mitzvah of Learning. * there will be no Tefilah at Bridgeport this evening * Potluck Assignments:  (Dairy Vegetarian only) Salad A-D Main Course E-K Side Dish L-R Dessert S-Z Please bring your beverage of choice–water and coffee provided RSVP to the office at [email protected]

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Dream along with us about what Shir Tikvah can be…

From Rabbi Ariel and the Steering Committee: Our kehillah kedoshah is growing! Congregation Shir Tikvah is now 8 years old and growing! And in our eighth year, we find ourselves needing to focus on our future. In the past, our congregational community has considered the big questions together; we want to do that again. In the past, we have gathered in small groups in each other’s homes, or in groups self-selected after an Annual Meeting, to talk about our hopes for Shir Tikvah’s growth, and to share our own values and priorities for our spiritual community. This time we are taking it to the next level: We’ve formed a special Atid (“Future”) Task Force to craft the process We’re using the cutting-edge conversation exercise called World Café Our aim: to lift up the insights which the Steering Commitee will use to inform our 5-year action plan. That plan will include

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