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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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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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