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

Special Events

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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Liberty Heights

January 30th @ 6:30 pm Grab a friend and join Cinema Tikvah for the third in Barry Levinson’s films about 1950’s Baltimore.   Liberty Heights is the story of anti-Semitism, race relations, coming of age, and fathers and sons. Racial integration comes to the high school, TV is killing burlesque, and rock and roll is pushing the Four Lads off the Hit Parade. Ben, a high school senior, and his older brother Van are exploring “the other”: in Ben’s case, it’s friendship with Sylvia, a Black student; with Van, it’s a party in the WASP part of town and falling for a debutante, Dubbie.

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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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