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Read in Rabbi’s name on August 4th

Read at the Counter Protest to the fascist rally in downtown Portland on August 4th:   Friends, comrades all, I greet you with appreciation and with love. I am unable to be with you this day, for on the seventh day we Jews believe we are commanded to cease from the activities of our week, and to offer that day up to G*d as a gift of thanks for the gift of life. But know that I am with you with all my heart and spirit on this day. Once again, those of us who are able and those of us who care are called forth to stand up and to proclaim that hatred, bigotry and violence are unacceptable on the streets of Portland Oregon. Once again we must rise up to declare that we will not allow bigotry to be bused in. We will not be silent when hatred

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Shabbat in the Park

Friday, August 10th @ 6:00 pm Fernhill Park 6010 NE 37th Ave, Portland, OR 97211 Pack a picnic for Shabbat in the Park! We’ll be celebrating with challah and bluegrass. We love pets, but we ask that you leave all but service animals at home.

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Kabbalat Shabbat Potluck – It’s Pride Month!

Friday, June 15th @ 6:30 pm צֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים Tzelem Elohim We are all made in the image of God. Share a Pride weekend Shabbat evening with us.Whether you are part of our LGBTQ demographic or just grateful for Shir Tikvah’s glorious diversity, join us. Family friendly. Whether you’re just getting to know us or have been with Shir Tikvah since the beginning, we welcome you to join in. Bring a beverage and the following, according to your last initial: A-K   Salad or a Side L – Z    Main Dish Rabbi has announced a tofu challenge for the main dish option. Have a great tofu recipe? Share it with us on this Shabbat eve. Thanks to a generous donation, we’ll have a special dessert this month. Please RSVP directly to Rabbi. Shir Tikvah respects kashrut in our communal gatherings. All dishes must be vegetarian/dairy.

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Kabbalat Shabbat Potluck

This Friday night – join us at 6:30 pm for candles, singing and a communal meal. Wondering what to bring? Beverage of your choice and the following, according to your last name: A-H: Soup or Pasta I-T: Salad or Veggies U-Z: Dessert Shir Tikvah respects kashrut in our communal gatherings. All dishes must be vegetarian/dairy.

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Commons Questions and Answers

Shir Tikvah hosted community meetings in April to discuss our involvement in the Eastside Jewish Commons (EJC). More than 20 Shir Tikvah members attended each meeting and all of them had questions. Here are the answers, compiled in one place:  EJC Community Meetings Q&A

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Shir Tikvah and Its Space

 A Snapshot Chronology 2002: Shir Tikvah is founded. 2003: Shir Tikvah is incorporated. Torah Study and Services are held in various venues. Operations are often handled in homes of the Founders. 2005 – 11: Four separate venues are leased for Shir Tikvah operations: Torah Study/Services, office space, Nashira Project, adult education offerings. 2007-11: Doubling of initial membership to 130. Nashira Project moves from Fulton Community Center to Mittleman Jewish Community Center and again to the Emerson School. 2011: World Café/Atid – visioning of Congregational needs including space. Determination: Four separated spaces were both inadequate and inefficient. 2011-13: Nashira Project moves to Tucker Maxon school. Bayit Committee formed to address space needs. Bayit consolidates space for Rabbi and staff at Bridgeport and invests in improvements. Bayit financial analysis regarding feasibility for new/larger space. Bayit searches for new shared space that would meet the following criteria: Religiously neutral (no Christian iconography) Affordable

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A Busy Weekend

There’s something for everyone going on this weekend. Hand in Hand fundraiser & Havdalah – Saturday night Cinema Tikvah Matinee – Sunday afternoon Yom Ha’Aztamaut Celebration – right after Cinema Tikvah Eastside Jewish Commons Congregational Dialogue – Monday night See our calendar for more details

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Shir Dance-A-Lot. . . or a little

This May, Shir Tikvah will host a very special evening of food, wine, music and dancing to benefit our congregation. Your support is critical. Shir Dance-A-Lot is a celebration featuring one of Portland’s preeminent entertainers, Poison Waters.   Join us at Coopers Hall for a wonderful time together. Music provided by Pace Mobile DJ. Raffle baskets, a wine wall and more. Tickets HERE. Sunday, May 6th @ 5:00 PM Coopers Hall 404 SE 6th Avenue

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Purim at Shir Tikvah

It’s that time of the year again! Put on a costume, stuff yourselves with cookies and wine and listen to the epic story of the Jewish people’s triumph over misogynistic, power-hungry anti-Semites. We have two events this year: our family-friendly Purim Celebration & Dinner requires an RSVP. Our Adult Adloyada does not. Wednesday, February 28th at the synagogue Family Purim Spiel & Great Yiddish Baking Show Hamantaschen Contest 6:00 – 6:30 Macaroni and Cheese dinner. BYOB and cookies to share. 6:30 – 7:00 Megillah 7:00 – 7:30  Dessert Adult Adloyadah. 7:30 pm. BYOB and bring a nosh to share.   Our Family Friendly celebration Members and Nashira Project Families register HERE Guests to Shir Tikvah register HERE. $9/individual or $18/family The Great Yiddish Baking Show Categories: Biggest Smallest Best Isosceles Triangle Most Exploded Showstopper: one single perfectly formed DOUBLE-DECKER hamantaschen with a filling Mary Berry would love. Adult Adloyada  Wednesday, February 28th Megillah

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“What Do Jews Do?”  When #MeToo comes to Shul

One day in a small town a long way from here, a long time ago, the Rabbi was heard humming a lovely melody that surprised her students. “Rabbi!” they said, “that’s a tune we’ve heard coming from the church!” The Rabbi smiled and said, “it’s perfectly all right. You see, a melody is like flowing water. It carries nothing, and belongs to no one.” “If the creator of a Jewish tune is known to be an unethical person, the melody should not be used.” – Rabbi Menashe Klein “The songs may be sung if they were created before the ethical lapse.” – Rabbi Moshe Feinstein On Shabbat VaYekhi this past week, our Rabbinic intern Davina Bookbinder offered a d’var Torah in which she raised the question for us to consider: where do we stand, when #MeToo comes to shul? Some of our beautiful melodies were created by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, a charismatic prayer

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