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Here Comes the Nashira Project Again

Spring Semester (link) begins February 21!

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Welcoming a New “Shalom Aleikhem!”

In the next few weeks, Rabbi Ariel and I will be introducing a new and intriguing version of “Shalom Aleikhem” to our regular Erev Shabbat services.  You can find it on Avishai Cohen’s Sensitive Hours CD (link). The best way to get a feel for this new version of our beloved old Shabbat song – while marveling at some powerful visual symbolism about welcoming the “angels” all around us – is by watching its video on YouTube (link).   And don’t worry – Rabbi Ariel and I will be keeping the music simpler than it sounds on here!  For more information, please go to our Zemirot (link) page.  Have fun learning this wonderful new “Shalom Aleikhem” – we’re looking forward to welcoming this wonderful new way of welcoming the angels to our community on Erev Shabbat!

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FREE Job Search Support Group for Unemployed Young Adults (ages 18-35)

JFCS has recently launched a job search support group, especially for young adults aged 18-35. Led by Erin Bradshaw and Sheri Blue, young adults themselves, the group meets on Thursdays, every other week, at JFCS, 1130 SW Morrison St, suite 316, at 10am. It will focus on keeping up your spirits and self-esteem, maintaining motivation, sharing resources, contacts, and support, and de-stigmatizing joblessness so participants can stay focused and persevere. Resume writing and interview practice resources are also available.   The next group meeting is on February 18th, and then on March 1st. No charge to participate, but please register so we know you will be coming. To sign up or learn more, 503-226-7079 x158 or email brian@jfcs-portland.org

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Job Searching in Tough Times

This four-session intensive with Pam Gross (founder of CareerMakers), which has gotten rave reviews from participants, explores alternative methods that will enhance what you are currently doing to find work. Specifically it will deal with: ·      Getting ready to conduct a job search ·      Marketing yourself effectively ·      Articulating skills for interviews & resumes ·      Researching what’s ‘out there’ & wrap-up Dates: Tuesday, February 16th through Friday, February 19th Workshop fee: only $35 for a comprehensive workbook of materials & all 4 sessions. Scholarships available for those in need. Location: JFCS, 1130 SW Morrison St, suite 316 Space is limited and will fill on a first-come basis, so please sign up asap. To register or learn more, 503-226-7079 x158 or email brian@jfcs-portland.org   NOTE: This intensive is followed up with a FREE weekly support group for intensive grads which meets every Wednesday at from 11-12 to help participants keep their spirits

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Jewish Arts Monthly (JAM)

Jewish Arts Monthly (JAM) is a new collaborative festival of the arts in Portland. The festival will kick off with a “Pre JAM Slam” party at the MJCC on February 24th, and continue with events through April 25th. Events including the visual arts, music, dance, theater, film, poetry and more will be held around the city. To learn more about their events, click here: JAM Calendar (link)

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New Learning Opportunity

Insights into the Modern Spiritual Search from Ancient Mystical Sources, taught by Rabbi Ariel Stone and hosted by the Mittleman Jewish Community Center. The class will be held on Wednesdays at 7pm, February 3-March 24, 2010. Join Rabbi Ariel Stone for eight fascinating weeks of exploring talmudic, medieval, and early modern Jewish sources offering insights into our own modern Jewish spiritual journey.  No Hebrew necessary. $36 per person. Because of the burden the recession has placed on us all, this class is deliberately underpriced. Please send tzedakah in any additional amount that you believe the class is worth to the beneficiary of your choice.

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Music for Our Tu B’Shvat Seder

Everyone who attended last year’s Tu B’Shvat celebration probably remembers how we built this wonderful and unusual seder around a lot of fun music, drawn from various traditional Jewish and non-Jewish sources.  Click here (link)  for a PDF of the songsheet for the seder, which we will be using again this year.  Don’t worry about printing it out; Bev and I will bring color copies.  For more information on our Tu B’Shvat music and links to recorded versions, go to our new Zemirot(link) page.  Bev and I are very much looking forward to celebrating this most Portland friendly of Jewish holidays with all of you!  – J.D. Kleinke

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Tu B’Shevat Seder

Join us on January 30 from 5-7pm at Bridgeport for Shir Tikvah’s Annual Tu B’Shevat Family Seder, led by Bev Guttag and JD Kleinke. The seder will be followed by a potluck supper, featuring the seven sacred varieties of fruits and grains which represent Israel’s fertility. For the potluck, please bring: Last names A-F = bread and olives Last names G-L = dessert featuring or containing honey Last names M-R = main dish or salad containing barley or figs Last names S-Z = main dish or salad containing wine, grapes,and/or pomegranates BYO wine and/or grape juice. Please bring equal amounts of white and red, as they are central to the seder. Please RSVP to both [email protected] and [email protected] by January 27.

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Fourth Friday Speaker: Rebecca Norman

“Safety, Empowerment, Healing and Hope–A Community Responds to Domestic Violence” will be the topic for Shir Tikvah’s upcoming Fourth Friday.  Presented by Rebecca Norman, Community Partnership Coordinator for Bradley Angle, the discussion will focus on the challenges faced by victims of domestic violence and how a caring community can respond.  Join us this Friday, Jan 22 at 7:00 pm at Bridgeport. Speaker follows our regular erev Shabbat service.

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Shabbat shalom!

To live as a Jew in a city like Portland is a blessing in many ways – there is celebration of diversity here, and tolerance of many different ways of life. When people can bicycle naked through the night, or stroll downtown with a spiky foot-high Mohawk haircut, I feel pretty unremarkable walking around in my kipah on our city streets. But on a day like Christmas, living in a small Jewish community can make one feel small and very insignificant. We wish our Christian friends and neighbors well, but this is not our holiday. Our holiday is Shabbat, and on this night and tomorrow morning it will feel especially welcome to have a chance to create a Jewish space among all of us who gather. Join us on this Shabbat – observe Shabbat at home or with us at shul – and celebrate the diversity that allows us to

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