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Office closed on Tuesday

The office will be closed Tuesday due to the Winter Storm warning and resulting freezing rain.    

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Rabbi’s Remarks

For anyone who couldn’t make it to Pioneer Square on the 27th, Pam Vergun posted this video of Rabbi Ariel’s remarks. “Jews of Portland Support,” Pam writes in her description of the video, “brought together Jews and others for a public gathering with this important purpose: Post-election night, and now more than even, we must support and care for our Mother Earth, the LGBTQ Community, People of Color, People with Disabilities, and most importantly, our Islamic brothers and sisters. We must care for and support one another, and walk side by side with anyone who feels threatened and scared.”

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High Holy Days Torah Mantles

Join Leah Hershey OVER ON HER BLOG for a description of the design and construction of our new Torah mantles. 

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This Friday and Saturday

Due to the weather, the offices at Shir Tikvah will be closed on December 16th. In the interests of safety, the Kabbalat Shabbat Potluck is also cancelled. Please help spread the word. Concerning Shabbat morning observances: Shabbat Storytime is cancelled.  Shabbat VaYishlakh with Rabbi Ariel: Torah study 9am, Tefilah 10.30am. If Rabbi Ariel cannot get there and you safely can, please carry on. If no one there has the building lockbox code, call Debbi Bodie for it. There are buckets of sand to be spread on the snow and ice outside the door and on the steps, please use them. _____________________________________ A note about Shir Tikvah weather related closures: they are meant to keep our congregational family and our staff, whose well-being is our responsibility, safe.    The shul belongs to the congregation, and Shabbat cannot be cancelled – only the way in which it is observed changes. If you are

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Pub Talk: Judaism and Resistance

 You’ll find our Rabbi Ariel Stone and Rabbi Tzvi Fischer of the Portland Kollel  on Wednesday, January 18 @ 7:00 pm – at the Blackbird Wine Shop at 4323 NE Fremont.  RSVP HERE When the law of the land is unjust, what should Jews do? Learn, consider and discuss the Jewish roots of civil resistance to social injustice. Cash Bar, Free Snacks

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Support In these Uncertain Times

To all who have contacted us to offer their support in these uncertain times, we are grateful.    To be a Jew in these times is to suddenly find oneself a threatened minority once again, in this great country that we have cherished since her borders were first opened to our people. They were refugees, friendless and frightened, and the people of the United States of America welcomed them. Now within a lifetime the old sense of fear reasserts itself. With your help, we will overcome it; we will return strength for strength, encouragement for encouragement. We will stand with you as you with us, and together we will reach out to all who feel threatened in these dark days. Each of us, alone, is vulnerable; we must not leave each other alone. Hazak, hazak, v’nit’hazek, let us be strong, and let us strengthen each other,

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Put Not Your Faith in Polls

Shalom Shir Tikvah Community: Put not your faith in polls. It’s the modern version of the wisdom of the Psalms, telling us that we can’t pretend to predict the future, and any attempts to do so are merely our hope for safety and comfort in a chaotic world. Today dawns gray, and many of us are heartbroken and frightened. We did not elect the first woman president of the U.S. yesterday. What happened instead seems to some of us to be unimaginable. Those of us who process with the heart are sad and even immobilized; those of us who process with the mind are already imagining nightmares come true. What to do? how to get through this time? I offer you three pillars to hold up your world today: First, by looking within to find the pillars of the strength that you stand on in tough times. What are they?

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A Word About Jonah

A last bit of wisdom lingering from High Holy Days: Leslie Dolin’s d’var Torah about a runaway prophet, a giant fish and sackcloth.     The haftarah we will soon read, Jonah, comes as a welcome relief at this time of the day. An entertaining story to keep us awake on this long afternoon of fasting and prayer. A runaway prophet, a storm at sea, a giant fish, plants that grow and disappear overnight – lots of fun, and also lots of room for metaphorical interpretation. And of course, there is even Jonah’s very short prophecy, just a few words out of the whole story. Do you remember what the actual prophecy was?   As I read Jonah this year, I was particularly drawn to this prophecy. Chapter 3, where Jonah proclaims his prophecy and the people of Nineveh repent, is barely about Jonah.   Chapter 3 is only 10 lines

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High Holy Days 5777

ketivah v’hatimah tovah May you be written and sealed for a good year   MEMBERS: For our schedule of holidays services, click HERE. RSVP HERE with the number of family members and the services you will be attending. NON-MEMBERS: We are able to welcome you the following services: Rosh Hashanah Family Services – FULL October 3rd at 1:00 pm We are no longer taking reservations for this service. Tashlikh at Sellwood Waterfront Park October 3rd at 3:00 pm RSVP HERE Yom Kippur Family Services October 12th at 1:00 pm RSVP HERE Yom Kippur Afternoon and Break the Fast October 12th – Kirtan (Musaf) Service @ 3:00pm RSVP HERE

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Simkha Cycla-Thon 2016

A tribute ride for Gino Bartali Sunday, September 11 Longest rides start at 8 am Buxton Trailhead on the Banks-Vernonia State Trail Find out more and Register HERE From 1943 to 1944 a lone cyclist whizzed through the countryside of German-occupied central Italy, ostensibly training for races.  But concealed in the frame and handlebar of his bike were forged papers that the rider distributed to Jewish families hiding in houses and convents across the region. That daring courier was cycling legend Gino Bartali, a multiple winner of Tour de France and Giro d’Italia races, but also an athlete recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations, the honor given to gentiles who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust by the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem.

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