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Special Events

Borders and Biodiversity

March 16 at 7 pm. Dr. Uri Shanas of Haifa University will speak on how the diversity of human cultures across the Israeli-Jordanian border enhances the biodiversity of the Arava Valley, shared by the two countries. Lecture is at no cost, but please RSVP here. Brought to you by Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and the Mittleman Jewish Community Center. Hosted by Congregation Shir Tikvah.

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Exploring Jewish Meditation Weekend, February 6-7

 Join Congregation Shir Tikvah for a Weekend of Jewish meditation exploration. These events are free, but a reservation is required. Click here to let us know you are coming. Begin Friday evening with a Kabbalat Shabbat Kirtan musical meditation service.  Rabbi Ariel Stone will be joined by J.D. Kleinke on guitar and Timothy Crespi on drum. 5:45 pm Meet and Greet 6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Kirtan Service Then join us on Saturday morning for an evocative exploration of the silence between the notes and the words of the tefilah service. Rabbi Yoel Glick, author of Living the Life of Jewish Meditation: A Comprehensive Guide to Practice and Experience, will join Shir Tikvah to share his experience of meditation as a way of life. Rabbi Glick draws on his knowledge of the East to vitalize and illuminate traditional Jewish practices. 10:30 am-12:15 pm Shabbat services with a meditative twist 12:30-2 pm  Daily

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Talking about the way we talk about Israel

Friday, January 23 at 5:45 pm Ben Murane, Northwest Director of Outreach at the New Israel Fund, will share stories of the good work being done by the good organizations which constitute half of Israel’s citizenship – stories that don’t make the news. As part of our ongoing exploration of how we as American Jews relate to Israel, we seek to learn from those who have first hand experience, as we choose our own thoughtful steps in the midst of the passion that the subject inspires. Join us on erev Shabbat  to learn from Ben Murane, the New Israel Fund North West Director of Outreach. Shir Tikvah has committed to bringing you different opportunities to learn about Israel in an atmosphere of makhloket, “sacred arguing”, in which we take care not only with our facts, but are also careful to share them respectfully and to listen mindfully.

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Hanukkah Pop Up Store, December 7!

Join us for our annual Hanukkah Pop Up Store! Sunday, December 7 from 10 am to noon At the site of our Nashira Education Program Tucker-Maxon School 2860 SE Holgate Gelt*Candles*Bake Sale* One-of-a-kind Artwork Proceeds benefit Shir Tikvah’s Limmud Fund, our source for scholarships.  

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Jewish Book Month:

One Book, One Community Join Rabbi Ariel Stone for an introduction to Kabbalah and discussion of the Jewish Book selection for 5775 Sunday, November 16,  2 pm Mittelman Jewish Community Center Each November, Portland’s Jewish community gathers to read and discuss a single Jewish Book. This year’s selection is Ruchama King Feurman’s In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist. Feurman’s novel follows Isaac Moskowitz, a former New Yorker, as he moves to Israel and encounters both love and spiritual challenges. Jonathan Kellerman called the book “a beautifully written, emotionally evocative novel enriched by fascinating characters and an unparalleled portrait of the magical city that is Jerusalem.” Join other book lovers for an event inspired by In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist. Rabbi Ariel Stone, a scholar of Jewish Mysticism, will explain some of ancient traditions of Kabbalah, and lead a discussion of Feurman’s novel. This event is co-sponsored by Congregations Shir

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Simkha Cycla-Thon 2015 coming soon!

On Sunday, September 14, come join fellow Shir Tikvah member families and their friends in cycling the beautiful Banks-Vernonia State Trail. In addition to supported rides of various lengths, Rabbi Ariel will preside over a shofar blowing clinic at the post-ride picnic at the Buxton Trailhead. Support Shir Tikvah This will be the final event of the year to raise funds under our Many Voices of Torah Campaign. Friends of the congregation Mark and Jill Goldstein have generously agreed to match the first $5,000 raised by the congregation. Event Details Location: Buxton Trailhead on the Banks-Vernonia State Trail. All rides lead back to the start point at Buxton for the picnic. See more about the trail itself here. Date: September 14, 2014 Ride Time: 8:00 am (or later if you will participating in the 5 or 10 mile ride) – 12:00 pm Picnic Time: 12:00 – 2:00pm Bluegrass music with

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Shabbat in the Park, August 15, 6 pm at the Laurelhurst Park Annex

Join Shir Tikvah congregants and friends in welcoming Shabbat at the Laurelhurst Park Annex (next to the Dance Studio, right at the corner of SE Chavez Blvd. and Stark.) Musical guests V’Chaverim will start the evening off with a set they call ‘Songs in the Key of J: Jazzy, Jewish, and Jypsy.’ This new group features Peter Zisa and Steve Cohen, along with other special friends. The first set starts at 6 pm! Rabbi Ariel and our singing group Makelah will lead us in song and prayer starting around 6:45. Bring a blanket or chair and a nice Shabbat dinner to enjoy during the music. While service animals are welcome, for the safety of children and others, we request that pets stay at home. We hope to see you there!

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Bluegrass Shabbat in the Park 2014

  Overlook Park, Friday July 18, 6 pm The only Shabbat service in town featuring bluegrass music! Musical guests Stumbleweed with J.D. Kleinke will open our evening. Bring a picnic dinner and your friends. We will welcome Shabbat in prayer and song, and share some hallah afterwards. To hear Stumbleweed in concert, click here.

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Women’s Day of Jewish Learning

Sunday, May 4, 2014 1:00 – 4:30 pm at the MJCC Exploring Themes of the Mikvah Keynote speaker: Naomi Malka Mikvah Director and Ritual Coordinator at Adas Israel Community MikvahClick Here to Register! $18 in advance, $25 at the door, $10 students WORKSHOPS Rabbi Ariel Stone, Rabbi, Shir Tikvah Topic: Mikvah Basics: Making Ancient Wisdom Yours. Learn the definition, history and theology of the mikveh in Judaism. Explore usage and symbolism, and trace ways in which creative approaches are offering women and men a new appreciation of this ancient practice. We’ll be touching upon the traditional halakha and also the concepts of ritual purity and cleansing, and asking how theology sheds interesting light upon the psychology of transitional space and what it takes to move through it. Rabbi Abby Cohen, Director of Spiritual Life, Cedar Sinai Park Topic: To whom do our bodies belong? If our bodies belong to God

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The Sitcom Evolution: Television as a Force for Social Change, Saturday April 12 8 pm

Get your tickets » Relationships between straight and gay friends, obsessions about beauty, unorthodox workplace practices: What makes us laugh or cry and why.     Join us for a provocative conversation about Hollywood hits and more. Five-time Emmy nominated Tracy Poust, lead writer behind Will & Grace and this season’s The Crazy Ones, in conversation with Oregonian columnist David Sarasohn. Saturday April 12, 8 pm Wieden + Kennedy Atrium 224 NW 13th Avenue Portland, Oregon [ Map ] Tickets:   $12 General admission ⁄ $8 Members & students Bios Tracy Poust Tracy Poust discovered quickly that she was not cut out to be a waitress.  Still good came of her stint at New York City’s Symphony Cafe; it was there she met fellow waiter and soon-to-be longtime writing partner, Jon Kinnally who convinced her that writing for drag queens would somehow help her career. Their comedy group Loud Blouse, performed in

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