A Progressive Jewish Congregation in Portland, Oregon
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Special Events

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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Hidden Treasure: The Lives and Afterlives of Jewish Texts

Lecture by Dr. Oren Kosansky, of the Rabat Genizah Project May 6, 7 pm at Shir Tikvah In this talk, Dr. Kosansky describes his fortuitous discovery of a “Genizah” in Rabat, Morocco and explores the Jewish respect for the written word. Kosansky is director of The Rabat Genizah Project and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Lewis and Clark College. He explains that the word genizah is related to the verbs “to set aside, reserve, hide.” In Judaic tradition, documents containing references to God are forbidden from being destroyed, including any item with religious or legal references, such as ketubot (marriage documents) or business contracts. The professor said in an interview, “A genizah is a repository for sacred Jewish texts that have gone into disuse. They should be protected from desecration, and treated with respect. Following the rabbinic principle of treating sacred texts as living bodies, a

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Verses from a Cataclysm: New Translations of Boris Slutsky, Jewish Soviet Soldier Poet

  A Bilingual Reading and Discussion by Marat Grinberg and Judith Pulman   Join Marat Grinberg, Associate Professor of Russian and Humanities at Reed College, and Judith Pulman, poet and translator, for a poetry reading followed by a Q & A session, where together we can explore expressions of identity in cataclysmic times. This event is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, co-sponsored by Congregation Shir Tikvah, and will be introduced by Rabbi Ariel Stone. At The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education General Public $8; OJMCHE Members: $5; and Students: $5. Purchase tickets here or at the door. Please call ahead to (503) 459-6239 for ADA accommodation requests.

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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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