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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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Do Something Jewish for Christmas

The Shir Tikvah holiday season ‘Do Something Jewish for Christmas’ tzedekah project will again be to provide Christmas dinner for youth at New Avenues for Youth, a non-profit organization helping homeless youth from Oregon and Southwest Washington. This is the eighth year that Shir Tikvah has helped out this wonderful organization. To learn more about this great group, click here. NAFY will be serving dinner for 150 kids. Our congregation is committed to providing food for 20 for the dinner on December 24th, Christmas Eve. We will not be serving the dinner (confidentiality/ insurance issues prevent this) but we are committed to providing the food!! Contact Dale Schwartz for more information or to sign up to help! If you would like to help, below is a list of the food items we still need; remember that each one should be large enough to feed 20 people. Regular Stuffing (to go

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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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Fall Adult Education Offerings

Our children aren’t the only ones with opportunities to learn with Shir Tikvah! Jewish Fabric Arts: Sunday Nov. 16 and Dec. 14, 11am at the Nashira Project, plus two classes dates/times TBD. Contact the Shir Tikvah office for more information, or ask Leslie Dolin when you see her at shul. Because of the location, this event is members only. Ever wanted to make your own tallit, or learn more about the ancient Israelite craft of weaving? Did you know that it was weaving women who provided roof of the Mishkan our ancestors used to seek G-d’s presence? Join us for a series of classes that will be part history, part hands-on, and all fascinating. First two classes: at the Nashira Project with Rabbi Ariel Stone * how to weave a Mishkan * ancient Israelite fabric creation and dyeing processes * the meaning and Jewish tradition behind tallit After that: class with

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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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Shabbat Hukkat 5774: Where Anger Will Get You

Shalom Shir Tikvah Learning Community, This week we read beginning from Numbers 20 verse 7, in parashat Hukkat, as we continue in this second year of our Triennial Cycle to start not at the beginning of each parashah, but at the beginning of the middle third of it. We begin with a simple story, nothing out of the ordinary: the Israelites are complaining and G-d commands Moshe to act in response to the complaint. (One thing worth noting about our ancestors’ concept of G-d: complaints did not fall on deaf Divine ears.) The people complain that there is no water. In the second verse of this year’s reading of Hukkat, G-d commands: Take your rod, assemble the congregation with Aaron your brother, and speak to the rock in front of their eyes; tell the rock to bring forth water, so that the people and their flocks may drink. (Numbers 20.8)

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Shabbat Shelakh Lekha 5774: Giants Like The NRA

Shalom Shir Tikvah Learning Community, This Shabbat we read of a terrifying challenge to the Israelite community, and learn about the ultimate consequences of cynicism and despair. This parashah describes for us the very short distance between heaven and hell, between hope and its loss. There is a disconcerting relevance in the parashat hashavua to the horrifying news from Reynolds High School in Troutdale this week, and to our need to face, once again, the short distance between joy and despair. Once again a school shooting; once again we are left to wonder why, and to share a sense of sad helplessness. The Torah can speak to us here, now: By this time in the Torah narrative, our ancestors the Israelites have spent a bit over a year since the great Exodus from Egypt camped at the foot of Mt Sinai. All is in readiness – the holy Mishkan is

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Shabbat BeHa’alot’kha: G-d Is My GPS

Shalom Shir Tikvah Learning Community, In this third parashah of the Book BaMidbar, we are finally on the move; after over a year camped at the foot of Mt. Sinai, after receiving the Torah, constructing the Mishkan, organizing the priestly sacrificial system, and learning a lot of halakhah on how to maintain the appropriate atmosphere for the Mishkan in our midst, this week we read of the Israelites actually picking up and starting out on their way to the Land promised in our Covenant. BaMidbar means “in the wilderness”, and this book describes the preponderance of our ancestors’ adventures as they journey through it. Imagine yourself in their place on the first morning that they began to move, with their families, their herds, and their flocks. If you have never explored the Sinai wilderness, here is an indication of what surrounds you: Sinai. You may have many questions about the

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