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

Special Events

Erev Rosh Hashanah Services

6:30 pm – Members only (Sorry for any earlier confusion about the time.)

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Selikhot Death Cafe

Saturday, September 24 7-9 pm Members only Selikhot is a time for Jews to gather to turn our thoughts to the themes of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur: our acts and their consequences, our fleeting time on the earth, and the meaning of our lives. Selikhot is traditionally observed with evening prayers of repentance and atonement.   At a Death Café, people gather to drink wine or tea, have a nosh, and talk about death. The objective, as the Death Café creators put it, is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping us make the most of our [finite] lives”. A Death Café is facilitated by a trained moderator – it is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a confidential discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. Please note that this is an adult event for

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Doorways into the Days of Awe

There are many doors that open into preparing spiritually for the High Holy Days – choose yours and join us! Shir Tikvah gathers to prepare ourselves for High Holy Days during the month of Elul. Choose among these diverse opportunities to deepen your spiritual awareness and focus. All events at Shir Tikvah unless noted.     A Tribute Ride for Gino Bartali: Simkha Cycla-thon and Shofar Blowing Clinic Sunday, September 11 8 am-start of longest ride Buxton Trailhead, Banks-Vernonia State Trail Shir Tikvah’s Annual multi-level cyclathon for all ages and abilities; this year our ride tells the story of an Italian cyclist who saved Jewish lives during WWII. Non-riders are welcome to join us to volunteer for ride support if you are able, or just to come for the picnic, the live music, the shofar blowing clinic, and the crazy great raffle prizes. Airfare to Italy, anyone? Find all about

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Shabbat in the Park – Cancelled

Last month it was rain. This month it is heat! Due to extreme weather, Shabbat in the Park has been cancelled. When your bluegrass band can’t make it due to the temperature, you know it’s time to celebrate Shabbat at Home. We want all of our congregants and their guests to stay cool and healthy, so there will not be evening services at the synagogue on Friday the 19th.

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Visiting Scholars’ Weekend

Kavanah: Pray Like You Mean It May 20th and 21st Rabbi Jonathan Kligler For a full description of this special Shabbat experience, click HERE Tales of the Spirit Rising May 23rd @ 6:30 PM Rabbi Arthur Waskow Rabbi Phyllis Berman For a full description and to RSVP for this special evening, click HERE.

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An Evening of Stories, Spirits and Celebrations

A benefit for Shir Tikvah Join us for local storytellers, hors d’oeuvres and spirits, and an ice cream dessert experience by Morgan St Theater. Plus, we’ll raise a glass in honor of Rabbi Ariel Stone’s silver jubilee. SATURDAY, MAY 7                              p:ear GALLERY 7-10 pm                             338 NW 6th Avenue Tickets HERE No need to “log in” – just hit the “register now” button **21 and over event**

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Congregational Seder – a coordinated potluck April 23rd – Doors open at 5:30 pm German-American Society This event is currently full. Contact the office at 503.473.8227 to be inquire about the status of the wait list.   Sefirat HaOmer / Counting the Omer An Invitation to Mindfulness and Personal Growth From Tivona Reith and Shir Tikvah Starting the night of Saturday, April 23! More Details HERE LGBTQ STUDY SEDER April 24th @ 5:00 pm – downstairs in the Beit Midrash With Rabbi Ariel and Aaron Raz Link Leviticus forbids us from pretending that a man who has sex with men is “a woman.” Queer lives aren’t mimics of heterosexual ones. So given that the customs of mitzrayim are forbidden, what kind of life, family, community can queer people create in the wilderness? How do we celebrate leaving the only culture of home we know, which has treated us badly, without either envy or hatred for the people

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Be Happy! It’s Adar!

TWO EVENTS ON MARCH 23rd Dinner and a Spiel           RSVP HERE (Required) 6:00 – 7:30 Join us for a pasta, games and a family-friendly Purim Spiel, topped off by our 5776th annual Hamantaschen contest. Put on a costume, grab a box of macaroni and cheese to donate (and use as a grogger) and be prepared to make some noise! What you may want to bring: a. A sense of humor – costumes are not required, but most people will be wearing them. b. A box of macaroni and cheese – we’ll use them as groggers and then donate them to the food bank. c. A plate of Hamantaschen to share for our contest. We’ll judge them first, then devour them all (or as many as we can steal.) Contest Categories: Largest Hamantaschen Smallest Hamantaschen Best Isocoles Triangle Most Exploded Most-Likely-To-Appear-On-Portlandia Adult Adloyada 7:30 Put on a costume, bring a nosh and

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Cinema Tikvah Presents

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amselem February 27 6:30 – Havdalah 7:00 – Movie In Israel, where there are no civil marriages, the only way out is a religious divorce.  In a bare and claustrophobic room, over several years, Viviane Amsalem pleads with her husband in front of 3 rabbinic judges to grant her a Gett, each time being told to return and reconsider. Why is her husband so reluctant to grant her the gett?  Why do the Beit Din appear so intransigent and one-sided?  Why does Viviane need a gett in the first place?  Let’s discuss these questions, and more, at our next meeting of Cinema Tikvah! This event is free, but donations help defray our costs of putting on this type of programming. Consider making a contribution after Havdalah and the film.  

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A “Souper” Kabbalat Shabbat Potluck

February 12th @ 6:30 pm Share a warm bowl of soup on a cold winter’s night at this casual intergenerational event. We’ll relax, light candles and share a fabulous vegetarian/dairy potluck dinner. It’s a great way to meet people and experience the rituals that welcome Shabbat. We’ll have hallah, latkes, and applesauce to go with your fabulous soups, salads and desserts. REGISTER HERE Please let us know what food your family will be bringing. Soups don’t have to be homemade, but they do have to be dairy/vegetarian – no meat or meat broths, please. Soup in a crock pot, to serve 8-10  (If you’d like to bring soup, but don’t have a crock pot, contact Amelia.) Salad (green or otherwise) to serve 8-12 Dessert to serve at least 8-10 Bring your own fruit of the vine to drink (juice or wine.)

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