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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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Do a Mitzvah with Your Portland Jewish Community in Honor of the New Year

HAND TO HAND  Sunday-October 18th, 2009 – Noon to 4:00PM Please join us for the Hand to Hand community resources fair! Learn about 50+ Portland metro-area nonprofits that provide essential safety net services and support to local individuals and families. ~ Learn about nonprofit agencies in your neighborhood that focus on helping those in need ~ Discover volunteer opportunities for teens, adults, families, and seniors ~ Explore the perfect way for you and your family to get involved ~ Donate goods you no longer use to help others in need Please bring: Hand to Hand Donations (link) Please volunteer: Hand to Hand (link)

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Torah Tots-New Learning Opportunity Starting THIS Sunday!

This is not another Sunday Nashira classroom, but Jewish learning through music and play for parent and child (age 0-4) together. Our facilitator, Philippa Kaplan, is certified by the Music Together early-childhood development program. The group wil meet from 10-11am. We look forward to seeing you this Sunday at the Emerson School for our first session! For more information, click here: Torah Tots.

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Yizkor on October 10 – Have You Suffered the Death of a Loved One in the Past Year?

Jewish tradition provides those who are in mourning with a dependable framework in which to do one’s grief-work, including regular recitation of Kaddish and the Yizkor service, which takes place not only on Yom Kippur but also, at greater length, during morning services of the three harvest festivals of Sukkot, Pesakh and Shavuot. Shir Tikvah’s Sukkot Yizkor service will take place on Shabbat morning October 10 during morning tefilah.

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