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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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Shir Tikvah Celebrates Simkhat Torah this erev Shabbat!

  To all students of Torah, and everyone who acknowledges the nurturing their spiritual journey receives from Jewish learning: this party is for you! Every year we reach the end of the Torah reading cycle at the end of Sukkot, and celebrate! On erev Shabbat October 9 at 6.30pm, join us for seven hakafot, rounds of dancing with the Torah, with live music provided by JD and other musicians joining him. Each hakafah will be in honor of a different group in our congregation – come and see where you fit in! Please bring a dairy or veg snack or beverage to help fuel the dancing with the Torah during the celebration.

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Press the Flesh/Sukkot Celebration this Sunday!

The Jewish community is invited to celebrate with Shir Tikvah at our annual Press the Flesh/Sukkot Celebration on Sunday Oct 4th at 10:30am. We will meet at Mt Tabor Park, Shelter A. We’ll build a sukkah, say the blessings and celebrate this year’s harvest of food and Torah, of all that sustains our bodies and souls! Join in the fun of pressing the apples and drinking hot cider! What to bring: LOTS OF WASHED APPLES for the press, BRANCHES for the roof of the sukkah and a POT LUCK ITEM (no dairy) to share. Shir Tikvah’s Membership & Hospitality Committee will provide hot dogs/veggie dogs. No pets in the picnic or playground area, please. Dress warmly, and please bring canned goods for the Oregon Food Bank! For more information contact the office at 503-473-8227.

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L’Shanah Tovah!

To our congregational Shir Tikvah family and to all Jews everywhere, L’Shanah Tovah! May 5770 be a year in which we find a way to climb higher toward the light of our goal to live, to learn and to act as a holy community. A year of love, peace, health, and wholeness to us all!

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High Holy Days Schedule

Erev Rosh Hashanah (9/18) Evening Service, 7 p.m.*+ Rosh Hashanah 1 (9/19) Morning Service, 9 a.m.**+ Family Service, 1 p.m.** Tashlikh Service, 2:30 p.m. Erev Yom Kippur (9/27) Kol Nidre, 8 p.m.*+ Yom Kippur (9/28) Morning Service, 10 a.m.**+ Family Service, 12 p.m.** Afternoon Service, 3 p.m. Yizkor Service, 4:30 p.m. Ne’ilah Service, 5:30 p.m. Notes: *indicates service is for members only. ** indicates service is open to non-members, space permitting. Advance reservation required; contact [email protected] +indicates childcare is available, with advance reservation only. Services held at Bridgeport, 621 NE 76th, Portland. Childcare available (ages 1-12) at certain services with advance reservation only; each service costs $8 per child, or $14 for two or more children. For more information, or to make reservations, call 503-282-1787, email [email protected], or visit us at www.shir-tikvah.net.

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The Month of Elul Begins this Year on Thursday Evening, August 20, at Sundown

Elul, the last month of the old year of 5769, is our preparation time for our New Year prayers as we enter 5770. No ritual has an impact if you are unprepared for it: in this month of Elul 5769, I invite you to invest some time in making the 5770 Days of Awe as meaningful as they might be – by reading a book with me. Throughout the month of Elul, I invite you to read with me The Life Worth Living by Dr. Byron Sherwin (a prominent Jewish ethicist). Here is a link to it (you can get it quickly at Powell’s Books): http://www.buy.com/prod/the-life-worth-living/q/loc/106/210188571.html Dr. Sherwin is my doctoral advisor, and I can recommend both his scholarship and his insight. For the next four weeks during Elul, I will be reading this book, and each week in the week’s worth I will offer some thoughts about it. At

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Shir Tikvah Israel Trip 5769/2009

Twenty-five members of our congregational family and six others spent two weeks in Israel this summer. They met with and learned from Israeli political and social justice leadership, experienced Israeli Shabbatot, and offered their support in a number of ways – among them, visiting an Absorption Center for new immigrants. Jacob and Andrew Finkelman write:            When we walked in to the Absorption Center I was more interested in the cookies, and drinks. But as soon as I started listening it was one of the most interesting things ever. Operation Solomon, it was about Ethiopian families living there who had never heard of a life with airplanes, or you could say living a life like ours! Suddenly the Israeli government put 1,000’s of Ethiopian Jews on planes to Israel. Now there are kids at the Absorption Center learning how to read and write the ancient language of Hebrew. Even learning how

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Shir Tikvah’s Brunch in the Park – Sunday, August 16

The Jewish community is invited to join Shir Tikvah for its annual picnic at Wilshire Park, NE 33rd Ave & Skidmore St, August 16, from 10 AM until 2 PM; brunch from 10:30 to 12:30. Bring the whole family and a non-meat dish to share, as well as chairs and games. You’ll get a chance to meet Shir Tikvah members and have a fun time in the park. For more information contact Rachel at the Shir Tikvah office: 503-473-8227 or [email protected] No dogs, please.

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Tisha B’Av – Join us at the end of the 9th Day of Av on Thursday July 30 at 8 pm

Tisha B’Av is July 29-30, 2009 Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of the Jewish month of Av, is an ancient day of mourning, commemorating the destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem by the Babylonian Empire in 586 BCE, and the second Temple’s destruction by the Roman Empire in 70 CE. Over time, mourning other disasters which have befallen the Jewish people has been added to this day’s ritual. The day is a reflection of the Jewish people’s statelessness and homelessness over many generations, and the vulnerability of that situation. Jews who live in the Pacific Northwest also annually complain that it is difficult to mourn when the weather is so perfect! So this year we will do something a little different: Join us for an observance of the end of the Fast Day of Tisha B’Av, Thursday July 30 at 8pm at Bridgeport. Instead of sitting on the ground

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