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An Open Letter to Black Lives Matter leadership from a Jew

Dear Black Lives Matter leadership, I write from Portland Oregon, a small city in the Pacific North West with a history as racist as any and more than some, recently named by the Atlantic Magazine as the whitest city in America.  I am a Jew and a Rabbi, and I believe that my duty as the support and guide of a group of Progressive Jews in this city is to explore with them every opportunity to challenge racism and end it; this is how we understand our religious obligation to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with G*d” as our Prophet Micah put it once a long time ago. I write because I want to engage in meaningful dialogue and action with you – and that I am dismayed and demoralized in that desire by the choice made by the leadership of Black Lives Matter to endorse the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions

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Tikkun Olam Shabbat

We need your helping hands on August 6th. After Shabbat services and a brown back lunch, we’ll be packing “Welcome Boxes” for foster children. Now, more than ever, we are aware of how many needs there are in the world. We often feel powerless to help. But this time of year, as we start to remember the destruction of our sacred Temple in Jerusalem, Shir Tikvah recognizes that each and every one of us can help repair the world. According to the non-profit Embrace Oregon, there are over 2,000 children currently in foster care in the Portland-metro area. They spend an average of 19 months in care. “Welcome Boxes” distributed by Embrace Oregon – full of toiletries, snacks and extras – can help them as they transition to new situations. Each box will also include hand-written notes of encouragement which may be the most important thing of all. This project was brought to

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RAIN LOCATION: Shabbat in the Park moved to Shir Tikvah

Due to heavy rain last night and impending rain later today, we’ve moved the Shabbat in the Park at Laurelhurst INDOORS! Bring your picnic, bring your blanket, bring your friends to the shul! (7550 NE Irving St.) L’Chaverim will start playing at 6 pm tonight. We’ve got room for picnicking and dancing. There will be ping pong and other fun downstairs!  

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Shir Tikvah’s Mensch Group

The new Shir Tikvah Mensch Group (Men’s Group) meets every other Wednesday at the shul, next on July 19, at 7:00 pm. (Yes, that’s a Tuesday. We have a mitzvah to do the Wednesday of that week.) The Mensch Group holds discussions centered on the previous Shabbat’s Haftarah portion. Check the Week’s Worth to find the reading. Contact Henry Werch for more information, or just come to the meeting!

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On Events in Orlando

Shir Tikvah stands with all who were affected by the shooting in Orlando. Wednesday Interfaith Vigil Central Lutheran Church 7:00 pm Thursday Pride NW’s and the Q Center’s Pre-Pride Vigil Q Center 7:00 PM EREV SHABBAT Kley Kodesh Kirtan Service With special prayers and songs for healing With J.D. Kleinke 6:30 Pm Sunday GAY PRIDE PARADE  Shir Tikvah marches with the Community of Welcoming Congregations. Line-up on NW 8th between Davis and Couch. The CWC group is #125 – line up by 11:30. There will be a Living Memorial set up on the Pride Festival grounds downtown to bring your flowers, write a prayer, leave a memento in honor of those who have died.  Rev. Nathan Meckley and Rabbi Deb Kolodny are creating this and this space be available for the duration of the Festival.   Several years ago, in the wake of a shooting at Reynolds High School, Rabbi Stone spoke forcefully about

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  Over the ages, Shavuot has become a time for study well into the night. The mystics had the idea that at midnight the heavens open and favorably receive the thoughts, study, and prayers of those who remain awake on the anniversary of the Revelation. Today, typical study sessions on the holiday might consist of a series of seminars on a variety of topics based on ancient or modern texts, Jewish history, or current events. (They also usually involve blintzes, cheesecake or some other dairy dessert.) Here at Shir Tikvah, we have had some very generous book donations over the past year. We’d like to pass some of these volumes on to you for your own study this year on Shavuot – you’ll find them downstairs during Torah study. Please give them a good home! (Blintzes not included.)

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Shabbat at Home Friday, June 3

Due to the heat, we will not be holding services here at the shul on erev Shabbat. We invite you to welcome Shabbat at home with your family this week. Morning services and Torah Study will be held on June 4.

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On Jewishness and Dirt

Along with his partner Ilana Rose Cloud, author Jonathan Strunin owns and operates Tuv Ha’aretz Portland, Portland’s Jewish Farm Box program, bringing local sustainable produce and Jewish food to Portland Last week, I found myself in a common position: knees on the ground, hands dipped in soil, showing small children how to plant leeks, potatoes and tomatoes. Around me was a dizzying chaos of happy preschoolers and parents looking for beetles and worms and ants, smelling and tasting plants, and generally getting a good dose of life in the dirt. So it was striking to me when, not once but twice, adults refused to shake my soil-covered hands. I get it, especially as one of these adults was a community leader and very put together – you don’t want to get your nice clothes dirty sometimes. But it got me thinking about what being “Jewish” means to me. Let me explain.

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Kavanah: Pray Like You Mean It

Join Rabbi Jonathan Kligler of the Lev Shalem Institute of Woodstock, NY, for a Shabbat exploration of kavanah (intention.) Rabbi Kligler has a special gift for creating settings that invite and inspire openness, insight, and self revelation. Drawing on his passionate love of music and dance, as well as his evocative skills as a writer, he brings a rich and varied palette to his life’s work: sharing the joy, love, and wisdom of Judaism.   Erev Shabbat Welcoming Shabbat – The Power of Intention May 20th @ 6:30 pm Shabbat Morning Awakening to Gratitude and Joy May 21st @ 10:30 am Havdalah and Evening Program Kavanah, as Taught by Our Sages May 21st @ 7:00 pm

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The new Shir Tikvah men’s group  will meet every other Wednesday at the shul, beginning April 27th at 7:00 pm. The group has chosen to begin the next four meetings with an informally facilitated discussion of a book, “The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man” by Abraham Joshua Heschel.  Following the discussion, the group will focus on getting to know the interests of its members and develop future programs. The group’s initial focus on the theme of Sabbath (Shabbat) was chosen because of the universal Jewish practice of celebrating Shabbat as a means to separate sacred time from secular time. From Wikipedia “The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man” is a work on the nature and celebration of Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath. This work is rooted in the thesis that Judaism is a religion of time, not space, and that the Sabbath symbolizes the sanctification of time. Abraham Joshua Heschel

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