A Progressive Jewish Congregation in Portland, Oregon
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Adult Education Opportunities

JUDAISM AND GENDER WITH RABBI ARIEL STONE 10 Mondays at PSU Jan 4 – Mar 7, 2:00-4:50pm To register or audit click here. This course will explore aspects of gender definition and function as they are developed by ancient Jewish holy texts. How ancient Middle Eastern and Greek cultures influenced ideas and tendencies upon the most central texts of Western moral teachings will be explored.    ST Members may audit free of charge.     FLORENCE MELTON SCHOOL OF ADULT JEWISH LEARNING A full range of classes and registration information  can be found HERE.  Recommended for all those looking to deepen their understanding of their place in the Jewish people those who’ve chosen Judaism, those who’ve returned as adults, and those non-Jews who help to raise Jewish children. Rabbi Ariel will be teaching the course on Mysticism and Kabbalah that begins at Shir Tikvah in February. A minimum of 15 students is required

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Hanukkah Celebration

Come light candles with us! December 12th 3:30pm – 6:00 pm Munch on latke appetizers, gelt and doughnuts. Test your wits with Jewpardy! Games for the entire family – including the 4th Annual Ultimate Dreidel Smackdown. Members and Nashira Project Families: Free Guests: $18.00/Family. Register HERE. (No need to create an account to register.)

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Kabbalat Shabbat Potluck

Join us as we celebrate our most cherished holiday: Shabbat! We’ll relax, light candles and share a fabulous vegetarian/dairy potluck dinner. November 6th at 6:30 Upstairs at Congregation Shir Tikvah If your last name begins with ____     Please bring _____ A-F: Sides/Salads G-L: Desserts M-Z: Main Dish/Casserole (fish okay;please label) plus your favorite fruit of the vine for Kiddush. RSVP for this event by sending an email to rsvp@shirtikvahpdx.org

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Connecting the Legacies

A talk by preeminent scholar Nancy Harrowitz Co-sponsored with Reed College WHEN: 7 pm, Oct. 12 WHERE: Eliot Hall Room 314, Reed College, Portland Reed College Campus Map Both the Jewish and African-American communities have suffered atrocities in the past. What can first-person narratives tell us about the commonalities between these experiences? How do they differ? What can an Italian chemist who survived Auschwitz tell us about a road map for healing race relations going forward? “Connecting the Legacies: Primo Levi, Holocaust Testimonies and ’12 Years a Slave’” offers an opportunity for all of us to see how our collective histories affect our present and our future. “At a time when racism and equality clearly have not been resolved, Harrowitz’s lecture is especially relevant.” – Oregon Jewish Life Find full article HERE  

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Sukkah Raising and Annual Meeting

Sunday, September 27th 3:00pm – 6:00 pm Revel in the harvest season and Portland’s fall bounty during our congregation-wide celebration of Sukkot. We’ll be decorating and eating in our new Sukkah (donated to us by last years winners of the Oregon Jewish Museum’s SukkahPDX contest. ) Portions of our parking lot will be blocked off to contain the festivities: apple pressing, skhakh sunflower harvest, Nashira Project’s version of the Marshmallow Challenge, decorating the Sukkah and waving the lulav and etrog. Something for everyone! We’ll need the adults to duck inside for our (brief) Annual Meeting at 4:30, so that we can do a little business mandated by our congregational bylaws. Bring a picnic dinner to eat in the Sukkah afterward.    A sneak peek at our new Sukkah Jesse, Derrick and Hevra students at SukkahPDX 5775      

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Lunch and Learn – Ethical Wills

Did you know that some scholars consider the entire book of D’varim (Deuteronomy) as Moshe’s ethical will to the Israelites? Or that King David gave a perfect example of what NOT to include in an ethical will? Or that one of the best-known ethical wills was written by a Jewish mother? This Shabbat, Rabbinic Chaplain and Shir Tikvah member Tivona Reith will lead an exploration of the historical roots of ethical wills and their evolution into contemporary letters of appreciation, reconciliation, and self-reflection. August 29 at 12.30pm Please bring a vegetarian/dairy dish to share.    For the month of Elul  

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Shabbat in the Park at Overlook, Friday, August 21 at 6 pm

Join us at beautiful Overlook Park for an evening of song and prayer! 6 pm Stumbleweed, our perennial favorite bluegrass band, will play while you dine. 6:45 pm J.D. Kleinke and Rabbi Ariel Stone lead prayers and songs to welcome Shabbat, followed by more music for dancing! Bring a blanket or a lawn chair Pack a picnic or a snack Tell your family and friends Service animals welcome; please leave all other pets at home! Overlook Park is at the corner of N Interstate and N Fremont Street, across from the main Kaiser campus. Carpool or take the MAX Yellow Line. Parking available at the Kaiser Permanente WIN parking lots, directly south of the park.

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Join us for ‘Oma & Bella’ at the Hollywood Theater, August 8

Join us Saturday, August 8th at 2:30pm at The Hollywood Theater for Movies For Grownups, brought to you in partnership with Shir Tikvah, AARP Oregon, and Store To Door. Get your tickets today here. OMA & BELLA is an intimate portrait of two elderly Jewish women in Berlin with humor, powerful stories, and a deep fondness for good food. As the film follows them through their daily lives, a portrait emerges of two Holocaust survivors who stayed in Germany. They answer questions of heritage, memory and identity, ultimately, through the re-creation of the sumptuous foods from their childhood. This documentary film, made by Oma’s granddaughter, follows them as they struggle to retain a part of their past while being very much engaged in the present. AARP Oregon Movies for Grownups series is part of the Age Friendly Portland Initiative: Building a Community for All Ages. The Hollywood Theater is located

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Simkha Cycla-Thon 2015

ONLINE SALES ARE CLOSED AT THIS TIME! Come to the Buxton Trail Head (24600 NW Bacona Rd, Buxton) to register! Please come to the Buxton Trail Head shortly before your ride’s departure time. 8 am Enthusiast 20-40 miles 9 am Hearty 10-20 miles 10 am Family 5-10 miles TO GET TO THE BUXTON TRAILHEAD: From Portland, take HWY 26 west toward the ocean. Your turn is about 28 miles from downtown. About 1.5 miles past the Dairy Queen, turn right (which is NORTH) onto NW Fisher Road. (If you get to HWY 47 northbound, you missed the turn.) This will turn into Bacona Road as you proceed through the hamlet of Buxton. The trailhead will be on the right, less than 2 miles from the highway. TRAFFIC ADVISORY: The Oregon International Air Show is this weekend at the Hillsboro Airport. Show times start at 11 am, so we should miss

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Burial of Sacred Texts

Burial of Sacred Texts May 31, 10:30am at River View Cemetery Main Building 0300 SW Taylors Ferry Road (DIRECTIONS HERE) PLEASE NOTE: The day of our event, there will be major construction on Taylors Ferry Road between Macadam Blvd and the entrance to the cemetery. Access is ONLY available via Terwilliger Blvd! Bring your unusable sacred texts to River View Cemetery. Use the Main Entrance to meet at the Main Building. Please wrap your materials in a brown paper bag. Join us in a short ritual in which we reflect on our special relationship with the written and printed Hebrew word, and on the transitory nature of even our most cherished sacred objects. Acceptable items: Books and photocopied materials that include the Name of G-d. No longer usable ritual objects, such as prayer shawls, tefillin, mezuzot. Congregation Shir Tikvah and its co-sponsors offer this Jewish public service free of charge

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