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PURIM A RAUCOUS SUCCESS! Thanks to all who helped make it happen….

Over 100 Shir Tikvah-ites and guests of all ages filled our sanctuary for the celebration of Purim! Glen Michtom was our fearless Purimshpiel leader, and Leora Troper and Philippa Kaplan planned, prepared, and supervised games, crafts, singing, and a fantastic potluck. Mazal Tov to all the 5770 Hamantaschen bake-off contest winners – the biggest was REALLY big, the weirdest was REALLY weird! The adult ADLOYADA (“until you don’t know”) was just as amazing. A special shout out to Julie Poust, the Queen Bee who directed the kitchen operations (and so much more), and to our entire HEVRA, who help with everything (and did a great battle scene between Persians and Jews in the Shpiel)! Hag Purim Sameakh – until next year……

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Purim Is Also For Adults…

You are invited to attend an adults-only Purim megillah reading at Bridgeport on Shabbat evening February 27 beginning at 7.30pm. Please bring your favorite alcohol and/or cheese, crackers, or other favorite nosh (vegetarian please!). Also bring your own copy of the Book of Esther if you have it (we will provide whatever photocopies we have). Please RSVP to rabbi@shir-tikvah.net.

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Hamentashen Bake Off Rules

PURIM IS COMING! There are four mitzvot associated with Purim: hearing the reading of the Megillah, celebrating raucously, matanot l’evyonim, and mishloakh manot. You can fulfill all four with us on Shabbat afternoon, February 27 2010, 4.30-7.30 pm at Bridgeport. At Shir Tikvah we observe a fifth mitzvah on Purim, the mitzvah of the ANNUAL HAMANTASCHEN CONTEST. Once again this year we invite you to bake your own 3-sided Purim cookies (also known as hamantaschen) and bring them for the contest; they will be displayed at the Shabbaton and admired, and after we judge them we will eat them (the edible ones!). Contest rules: 1. you have to bake them yourself; no Costco hamantaschen! 2. bring them downstairs for display when you arrive to be judged 3. the hiring of former or current Presidential campaign aides to lobby the judges is not allowed! 4. the winners will be announced after

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Purim Celebration on Saturday, February 27th

We will have stations for Purim games, grogger-making, and mishloach manot for friends and family. We will also sing Purim songs, perform a Purim Shpiel, and have a potluck dinner! Come in costume with a vegetarian-friendly dish or drink for the potluck, a new pot or pan to donate to the Community Warehouse, and home-baked hamentashen for our bake-off. You can make a grogger during the party or bring your own small, lidded glass or plastic container for tzedakah. At the end of the celebration this money will also be donated to the Community Warehouse. This year’s shpiel will be performed by YOU ! We need 9 volunteers to act out the story while a narrator reads it aloud. These are non-speaking roles unless you choose otherwise–no rehearsal necessary. We will provide the costumes, but if you have some hats, scarves, or mustaches to lend us, that would be great.

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The Rabbi’s Message

Shalom my Shir Tikvah community,   Over the past few months I have had a chance to reflect on what a real community can mean to the individuals who commit themselves to it. For me it has driven home, once again, the idea that we receive what we are willing to give, or, as you may have heard it, “what goes around comes around.”   Consider what the commitment of good people has meant for our congregational community: 1.    an idealistic group of 15 people who committed themselves to an idea created this congregation 2.    a generous group of 67 people who committed themselves to a barely birthed congregation brought a Rabbi to serve and guide it 3.    an enthusiastic group of unnumbered people – because some choose to remain anonymous – committed to a young, small congregation’s existence gave generously and freely of their volunteer time to do everything

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Love Matters: Marriage Equality Shabbat/ weekend February 19-21

Shir Tikvah will focus upon the ongoing struggle for equal marriage rights of our LGBTQ sisters and brothers in our American society on Shabbat Terumah during our erev Shabbat Tefilah, at the end of Torah study on Shabbat morning, and at our Nashira Project gathering with parents on Sunday February 21 as well. Emily Saxton of Basic Rights Oregon will be with us at all three times to offer you the opportunity not only to learn about the current status of marriage rights issues, but also to invite you to take part in the struggle by joining your fellow Shir Tikvah members who have recorded one of the hundreds of mini-interviews she is taping as a project now of some months.

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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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