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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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The New Shir Tikvah Web Site

Welcome to the new Shir Tikvah web site. We hope that the new site provides a good introduction to first time visitors interested in finding out about Shir Tikvah, and an easy reference for community members seeking meeting times or connections with other members of the community. In moving to a blog based site (“WordPress”, if you’d like to know) we hope to make it easier to keep the site up-to-date and neat and tidy. Our thanks go to community member and graphic designer Tina Rouhoff for her Shir Tikvah header graphic (top of the page), to Anne Whitaker, Kate Farrell and Leslie Dolin for their feedback on site design, content and usability, to Rachel for providing the impetus for change and for her anticipated role in keeping the site up-to-date, and to Rabbi Ariel Stone for moving the process along. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Tova Peltz who

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Notices for Summer 2009

*** Calendar To download the 5769 Shir Tikvah calendar click here. *** Mensches in the Trenches Do you have professional or “talented amateur” life skills you can share on a limited, pro-bono basis with someone in need? Contact Chana Andler of Jewish Family & Child Service at [email protected] or check out their website. *** Tot Shabbat There will be NO TOT SHABBAT on the fourth Saturday in either July or August. *** Nashira for Next Year Trying to register for Nashira 5770?    Check our “Nashira” page for more information.

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Newsletter for April 2009

Calendar To download the 5769 Shir Tikvah calendar click here. Mensches in the Trenches Do you have professional or “talented amateur” life skills you can share on a limited, pro-bono basis with someone in need? Contact Chana Andler of Jewish Family & Child Service at chana@jfcs-portland.org or check out their website. For information about the Shir Tikvah cemetery, please view the new brochure here. For more information contact info@shir-tikvah.net test

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