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You Shall Not Oppress the Stranger

Rabbi Ariel gave the following speech at an interfaith press conference on January 27th. Sacred ancient scriptures of Judaism, shared by Islam and adopted by Christianity, proclaim no less than thirty-six times, “You shall not oppress the stranger. You know the feelings of the stranger, for you have been strangers yourself.” Sacred American scriptures are engraved on the Statue that stands in New York Harbor, a statue whose full name is Liberty Enlightening the World. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” The Jewish community rejects the efforts of the Trump Administration to trick us into blaming our problems on helpless, stateless human beings who seek refuge with us. We condemn the banning of immigrants to our shores as immoral, as counterproductive, as […]

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Rabbi’s Remarks

For anyone who couldn’t make it to Pioneer Square on the 27th, Pam Vergun posted this video of Rabbi Ariel’s remarks. “Jews of Portland Support,” Pam writes in her description of the video, “brought together Jews and others for a public gathering with this important purpose: Post-election night, and now more than even, we must support and care for our Mother Earth, the LGBTQ Community, People of Color, People with Disabilities, and most importantly, our Islamic brothers and sisters. We must care for and support one another, and walk side by side with anyone who feels threatened and scared.”

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Pub Talk: Judaism and Resistance

 You’ll find our Rabbi Ariel Stone and Rabbi Tzvi Fischer of the Portland Kollel  on Wednesday, January 18 @ 7:00 pm – at the Blackbird Wine Shop at 4323 NE Fremont.  RSVP HERE When the law of the land is unjust, what should Jews do? Learn, consider and discuss the Jewish roots of civil resistance to social injustice. Cash Bar, Free Snacks

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High Holy Days 5777

ketivah v’hatimah tovah May you be written and sealed for a good year   MEMBERS: For our schedule of holidays services, click HERE. RSVP HERE with the number of family members and the services you will be attending. NON-MEMBERS: We are able to welcome you the following services: Rosh Hashanah Family Services – FULL October 3rd at 1:00 pm We are no longer taking reservations for this service. Tashlikh at Sellwood Waterfront Park October 3rd at 3:00 pm RSVP HERE Yom Kippur Family Services October 12th at 1:00 pm RSVP HERE Yom Kippur Afternoon and Break the Fast October 12th – Kirtan (Musaf) Service @ 3:00pm RSVP HERE

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Selikhot Death Cafe

Saturday, September 24 7-9 pm Members only Selikhot is a time for Jews to gather to turn our thoughts to the themes of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur: our acts and their consequences, our fleeting time on the earth, and the meaning of our lives. Selikhot is traditionally observed with evening prayers of repentance and atonement.   At a Death Café, people gather to drink wine or tea, have a nosh, and talk about death. The objective, as the Death Café creators put it, is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping us make the most of our [finite] lives”. A Death Café is facilitated by a trained moderator – it is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a confidential discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. Please note that this is an adult event for […]

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Tikkun Olam Shabbat

We need your helping hands on August 6th. After Shabbat services and a brown back lunch, we’ll be packing “Welcome Boxes” for foster children. Now, more than ever, we are aware of how many needs there are in the world. We often feel powerless to help. But this time of year, as we start to remember the destruction of our sacred Temple in Jerusalem, Shir Tikvah recognizes that each and every one of us can help repair the world. According to the non-profit Embrace Oregon, there are over 2,000 children currently in foster care in the Portland-metro area. They spend an average of 19 months in care. “Welcome Boxes” distributed by Embrace Oregon – full of toiletries, snacks and extras – can help them as they transition to new situations. Each box will also include hand-written notes of encouragement which may be the most important thing of all. This project was brought to […]

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Visiting Scholars’ Weekend

Kavanah: Pray Like You Mean It May 20th and 21st Rabbi Jonathan Kligler For a full description of this special Shabbat experience, click HERE Tales of the Spirit Rising May 23rd @ 6:30 PM Rabbi Arthur Waskow Rabbi Phyllis Berman For a full description and to RSVP for this special evening, click HERE.

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PESAKH 5776

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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Cinema Tikvah Presents

Join us on  Saturday, April 2 at 6:30 for Havdalah and “My So-Called Enemy”      MY SO-CALLED ENEMY is a documentary about a group of Israeli and Palestinian teens who come to the US for a leadership conference. The film follows several of the girls for 7 years, and we see how their experience of knowing their “enemies” as human beings meets with the realities of their lives back home in the Middle East. This is not a movie that steers away from the difficulties, obstacles, or pain, but a potent document of possibilities and barriers to resolving the conflict. Popcorn during and desserts afterward! All are welcome to join us.

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Makelah is Back

    AND YOU’RE INVITED! 7:15-8:15 pm at the synagogue If you like to sing, this group is for you. Do you have to sing well? No! Do you have to read Hebrew or music? No! Do you have to want to sing with other people (as opposed to, say alone in the shower or in your car)? Yes! Leora Troper and Tivona Reith will be tag-team leading this very informal singing group. Come and learn new folk, liturgical and other kinds of songs in Hebrew, as well as some of the new melodies for Shabbat morning davening. A note on the leaders: Tivona and Leora come from charmingly different backgrounds and experience, both musically and Jewishly. You may notice this in their choices for songs to teach and sing. They both feel strongly that variety is the spice of life. No age limit, although an ability to read in […]

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