A Progressive Jewish Congregation in Portland, Oregon
Shir Tikvah Office: 503-473-8227

Special Events

Cinema Tikvah Presents

James Baldwin’s “I Am Not Your Negro” January 27 @ 6:30 pm Join us for Havdalah followed by the film and discussion. James Baldwin, one of the luminaries of the U.S. Civil Rights movement, was an out bisexual Black man, speaker, writer, and movement organizer. “I Am Not Your Negro” shows how much of his gentle challenge remains unmet by good white people striving to do right. We’ll use this film, showcasing Baldwin’s wisdom and generosity, as a springboard for continuing our shared conversations about racial justice.

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Never Again: A Jewish Response to the Rohingya Crisis 

Monday, January 29th 6:30-8:30 PM Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education 724 NW Davis St, Portland, OR 97209 The Royingya are a majority Muslim ethnic minority who have been ruthlessly oppressed by the Myanmar military, suffering indiscriminate killings, forced evacuations, rape and other forms of violence. Approximately 700,000 Royingya have been forced to flee their homes since August and only about 400,000 Rohingya remain in Burma. 120,000 of those are kept in concentration camps. The UN has called it a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing.  Others have called it genocide. We can all agree that brutal persecution of the Rohingya people must stop. Join us to learn about the history of the conflict and present state of affairs from Yusuf Iqbal, President of Americans for Rohingya. Rabbi Joshua Rose, Congregation Shaarie Torah, will offer a reflection on a Jewish view of the crisis and Professor Amanda Byron, Holocaust and

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Share the Gift of Light

Sunday, December 17th 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Candlelighting around 6:00 Live Music Happy Hour around 6:30 pm Our doors will be open for the whole evening for folks to come and go as they please. We’ll have light latke appetizers for everyone all evening. Upstairs – The Ultimate Dreidel Smackdown makes a return, with other games and activities to chat over. Downstairs – We’ll be baking cookies, spinning the dreidel and scoring some gelt. Child care (and a movie) will be provided downstairs around 6:30 as we transition to a more adult atmosphere upstairs. Members RSVP HERE Guest Families RSVP HERE

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Eastside Jewish Community Conversations

The Board of the EJC is holding community conversations to get input from Jews living on the East side of Portland. They (and potential donors) need to hear from you! Sunday, October 22, 4-6pm Mt Scott Community Center 5530 SE 72nd Ave Sunday, November 12, 2-4pmTaborspace 5441 SE Belmont St Tuesday, November 14, 6-8pmMcMenamins Kennedy School 5736 NE 33rd Ave Make sure to RSVP at the following link. Participation cannot be guaranteed without an RSVP, since space will be limited.  http://bit.ly/2xJlUjj. This process is endorsed by many Jewish organizations in town, including Congregation Neveh Shalom, the Jewish Federation of Portland, Portland Jewish Academy and more.

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Sukkot Celebration and Annual Meeting

Come decorate the Sukkah with us! We’re shaking things up a little bit – instead of cider, this year we’ll be making applesauce to celebrate the season. Bring a harvest-themed nosh to share and stay for the Annual Meeting, where Steering Committee members will share the state of the congregation with everyone. 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 8th.

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My Neighborhood: A visit from Palestinian peace activist Manar Vosgueritchian

September 13th @ 7:00 pm Join the Shir Tikvah community for a screening of the award winning “My Neighborhood” documentary and a talk by Manar Wahhab Vosgueritchian, co-founder of House of Hope, an elementary school and trauma support center in the West Bank village of Bethany. Ms. Wahhab Vosgueritchian will discuss and demonstrate the art and music therapy she provides to young Palestinian House of Hope students, many of whom struggle with trauma from the surrounding conflict.   About My Neighborhood (25 min.) Mohammed El Kurd is a Palestinian boy growing up in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in the heart of East Jerusalem. When Mohammed turns 11, his family is forced to give up part of their home to Israeli settlers, who are leading a campaign of court-sanctioned evictions to guarantee Jewish control of the area. My Neighbourhood follows Mohammed as he comes of age and chronicles the resolve

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Shabbat In the Park

August 11th @ 6:00 pm Fernhill Park near 37th and Ainsworth Join us for the wonder that is Portland in the summertime. Bring a blanket, a picnic and enjoy erev Shabbat with live music and good friends. With the exception of service animals, we kindly ask you to leave dogs at home.

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Erev Shavuot at Congregation Neveh Shalom. Morning services here at shul – bring a dairy nosh to share. May 30th    7:30 pm – 12 am at Congregation Neveh Shalom Interfaith Torah Shavuot Exploration – Esteemed scholars and clergy of different religions will give various talks about how the Torah centered principles of kindness, civility and caring; conversation & dialog and mutual responsibility find expression in their faiths and traditions. Rabbi Ariel will be on a panel at 10:00 pm. June 1 @ 10:00 am at Congregation Shir Tikvah Hear the Aseret haDibrot, the ‘Ten Utterances,’ sing the Festival Hallel, and remember our beloved dead with Yizkor. It’s traditionally a dairy holiday – think blintzes, kugel, and yes, ice cream; bring your favorite dairy dish to share (we’ll provide the plates and forks).

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Shir La La Land

A Night to Lift Your Spirits Benefiting Shir Tikvah Sunday, May 21st @ 5:00 pm Cooper’s Hall – 404 SE 6th Avenue Laughter and Stories by David Fuks Music and Dancing by Pace Mobile DJ Wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres Festive Attire THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! Email the office at [email protected] to be added to the wait list. To purchase tickets for our amazing raffle, click here. In our community,  members contribute so much more than money. However, in order to continue offering our current full range of programs, we do need additional financial support. We have been offered a matching grant of $5,000 for this event. We look forward to this very special celebration full of music and fun.  

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When We Were Strangers

A Kley Kodesh Kirtan Friday, April 14th With Rabbi Ariel, J.D. Kleinke and Eric Stern Doors open at 6:00 pm B’kol Dor Vador In every generation we are to know ourselves as refugees. How did your family get to the United States? Share stories and song with your fellow congregants. Everyone is welcome at our Passover Kirtan celebrating immigrants and refugees. Seder themed refreshments will be served. RSVP HERE We’re seeking displays to enrich this special service. If you have pictures or special objects you’d be willing to lend in remembrance of a family member, please contact Katie.

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