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Special Events

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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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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