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Special Events

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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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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