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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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Song for this coming Erev Shabbat

One more bonus for braving all those quiet streets and coming out to Erev Shabbat services this Friday (Dec 25, 7 pm)…we’ll be thinking our own turn-of-the-season thoughts as the secular new year approaches, with the lovely “Overjoyed” by Christine Kane. The lyrics are posted here (link.) Rabbi Ariel and JD Kleinke usually sing and play this in the key of F. (I actually play it with a capo on the third fret, so it looks like we are doing it in the key of D. – JD) And if you remember from last year, the chorus is easy – and meant to be sung out long, wistful, and sweet.

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Hannukat haYeladim and Latke Fest Postponed Until Fri, Dec 18

Due to a weather advisory, the Hannukat haYeladim and Latke Fest will NOT be held tonight. Instead, we will celebrate next erev Shabbat at Bridgeport at 6:30pm. We’ll have the same latkes, the same Hanukkah fun with our menorahs and dreidels, and the same Dedication of the Children who are new to the Nashira Project this year!

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Transforming America’s Israel Lobby: An Evening with Dan Fleshler

Transforming America’s Israel Lobby: Prospects for Peace & the Role of the American Jewish Community (link) Dan Fleshler, media and public affairs strategist, will speak at Congregation Neveh Shalom on Sat, Dec 19 at 7pm.

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Hannukat haYeladim (Dedication of the Children) and Latke Fest

Come celebrate our Kehillah Kedoshah at Shir Tikvah’s annual Hannukat haYeladim and Latke Fest on Dec 12 from 5-7:30 at the Bridgeport Building! We will  honor the teachers who help us fulfill the mitzvah of v’shinantam l’vanekha, “you shall teach your children,” and welcome children new to our Nashira Education Project. There will be singing, games, Hannukiyah lighting, and more! For more information, click  here (link).

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Shir Tikvah’s Torah Study

TIME: Every Shabbat morning at 9-10:30am   PLACE: the basement of the Bridgeport Church Bring your own copy of the Torah, or Humash, ideally with Hebrew and translation. Shir Tikvah provides coffee; there’s a sign-up list for a different Torah sudent to bring bagels for all each week. Shir Tikvah was born out of Torah study, and Torah study at Shir Tikvah goes from strength to strength. For 75 minutes every Shabbat morning, between 35 and 50 people gather to consider the parashat hashavua (the Torah reading of the week), to go through it verse by verse, ask questions, compare impressions, and learn by immersing ourselves in both the text and in the experience of learning it together. Adults of all ages and backgrounds bring their insights and questions to create a learning synergy which nurtures the individual spiritual search, but also does more. Shir Tikvah’s Torah study is an expression

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Hevra Cooks at Ronald McDonald House: Gemilut Hasadim Never Tasted So Good!

Ronald McDonald Houses around the world offer families a way to stay together, in proximity to the treatment hospital, and be comfortable and cared for during their stay. On Nov 9, Hevra will have a chance to support them by cooking a feast: we’ll bake potatoes, boil matzoh balls, prep salads, decorate, eat, and clean up! To learn more, click here (link).

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Shabbat-at-Home THIS Friday

There will be NO SERVICES at Bridgeport on Friday Oct 30. Instead, we encourage you to invite some Shir Tikvah community members over to share a Kabbalat Shabbat meal!   Kabbalat Shabbat means the “Welcoming of Shabbat.” In the modern era, many of us lost our connection to the ritual of Kabbalat Shabbat at home. Each month that there is a fifth Friday, Shir Tikvah will be having “Shabbat-at-Home.” We hope that, as a community, we can reconnect with the ritual of gathering with friends and family to welcome Shabbat into our homes. If you are interested in being matched to dinner guests or hosts in the community,  e-mail us (info@shir-tikvah.net) before 3pm this Thursday. Please specify whether you can host others, or would like to be a guest.

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Fourth Friday Speaker this Friday: Lee Gordon of Hand in Hand

The Hand in Hand Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel was founded to build peace between Jews and Arabs in Israel through development of bilingual and multi-cultural schools. Beginning in 1997 with 50 students, currently there are 901 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through 10th grade, and the demand is surging. Every Hand in Hand school has had to create a waiting list for both Arab and Jewish families who want to enroll in the schools. Under the unique Hand in Hand Education model, each school is co-directed by Arab and Jewish co-Principals; and each classroom is co-taught by Jewish and Arab teachers. Students at each grade level are balanced between Arab and Jewish children. Students at all grade levels are taught in both Hebrew and Arabic, learning to treasure their own culture and language while understanding the difference of others around them. Our fourth friday speaker Hand in Hand co-founder

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