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Song of Miriam Awards Banquet, Sunday, June 1, 10 am, at the MJCC

Come help celebrate Shir Tikvah’s Nominee, Kate Farrell! When Kate Farrell became a member of Congregation Shir Tikvah, she took to heart our congregation’s philosophy that one grows spiritually through learning. While studying Torah regularly herself, she has gone on to teach others, both children and adults. While regularly participating in Tefilah she has become a shaliakhat tzibbur and ba’alat koreh herself, leading others in prayer and chanting Torah. From serving on the Tefilah committee she has become its chair, and in that capacity became the midwife for the creation of our new congregational Siddur. Kate is an accomplished artist who shares her talents in bookbinding, calligraphy and poetry in ways dedicated to enhancing spiritual experience, never calling attention to herself, but rather bringing her gifts in the truest sense of a religious offering. Her art and poetry are both featured in our Siddur Shir Tikvah. Kate participates in our

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The Letters Are The Life Of All, May 21 at the OJM

Brown Bag Lecture by Rabbi Ariel Stone at the  Oregon Jewish Museum, May 21  from 12-1PM According to ancient Jewish teachings, the universe was created using the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alef-bet. Join Rabbi Ariel Stone, author of Because All Is One: Jewish Identity and the Mystery of the Sefirot, for a fascinating lunch time exploration of the Hebrew letters, so beautifully manifested in Sara Harwin’s art, through Jewish mysticism and midrash. No Hebrew required! Please RSVP to reserve space at [email protected] or 503/246-7479 No admission charge. The OJM is located at 1953 NW Kearney St.

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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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Shabbat Emor 5774: Acting Our Age

Shalom Shir Tikvah Learning Community, In parashat Emor, the first words describe G-d speaking to Moshe – not unusual. But then G-d goes on to tell Moshe to speak to Aharon, who in turn is to instruct the priests, his sons and their descendants.  The parashah later will turn to the rest of us, the b’nei Yisrael, often translated “children of Israel”. It is interesting to consider in what way we are children from the perspective of Leviticus. We might see in this wording a hint of the appropriate roles of priests, and also of children (and the adults who care for them). This week’s parashah is full of rules – some only for priests, and most of them regarding priestly things such as proper ritual. In this week’s parashah as well as some others we’ve seen in this book of Leviticus (which means “of the priests”, after all), it’s

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Yom HaShoah with the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center, April 24-28

Reshaping the World After the Holocaust The Oregon Holocaust Resource Center brings renowned speakers Rabbi Yitz Greenberg and Blu Greenberg to Portland promoting Jewish-Christian dialogue, April 24-28, benefiting the Oregon Holocaust Memorial and Education Fund The weekend, chaired by community leader Mark Rosenbaum and organized by the OHRC with the help of a legion of volunteers, will present a series of events and programs to remember those who suffered in the Holocaust and to learn from the lessons of that horrific chapter in human history. The weekend’s events are built on community-wide ecumenical partnerships, and are open to all. Rabbi Yitz Greenberg and Blu Greenberg will lead the weekend of activities, including lectures, presentations, classes, and commemorative community events. A complete list of events can be found online here.     Two events of note: At 3 pm on Sunday, April 27, the Oregon Board of Rabbis and OHRC co-sponsor the

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Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, Wednesday, April 23, 9 am

Hosted by: Oregon United for Marriage, Bridgeport United Church of Christ, and Shir Tikvah As our state prepares to have the freedom to marry for all loving and committed couples, you are invited to join us for a time of prayer for the future of Oregon. This will be a time of prayer, hope, and thanks for the faithful work that has helped create an Oregon where freedom means freedom for everyone. Gather to celebrate, share a meal and give thanks for the historic court hearing on the freedom to marry. Breakfast will be provided.  Please RSVP to Aubrey Thonvold at aubrey@orunited.org by Tuesday April 22st at Noon for a meal.

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This Saturday Evening, Explore the Recent Impact of Television on American Culture

“I think Will & Grace probably did more to educate the American public than almost anybody’s ever done so far.  People fear that which is different. Now they’re beginning to understand.” Vice President Joe Biden on Meet the Press The Sitcom Evolution: Television as a Force of Social Change Saturday, April 12 8 p.m. Wieden + Kennedy Atrium 224 NW 13th Avenue Five-time Emmy nominated Tracy Poust, lead writer behind Will & Grace and this season’s The Crazy Ones, in conversation with Oregonian columnist David Sarasohn. Tickets available here.

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OM Shalom – A Jewish Kirtan! Sunday, April 6, 3 pm, at the Oregon Jewish Museum

Come together with Rabbi Ariel and J.D. Kleinke for a Jewish kirtan, an all-kosher adaptation of the ancient Hindu practice of sacred communal singing.  Kirtan is a call-and-response form of devotional music, native to India but now popular around the world in many blends – and an important part of traditional yogic practice.  The creation of sacred community through breath, voice, music and, often, spontaneous dance, kirtan singing also invokes the communal meditational spirit that is at the heart of most Jewish prayer services.  OM Shalom will include a collection of songs created or adapted for Jewish kirtans in Portland yoga studios and an occasional Shabbat service at our shul. OM Shalom will be highly participatory – so come prepared to sing! Bring your pillow for comfy floor seating! Chairs will also be available. Ticket Info: Cost: General Public: $10, OJM Members: $8, Students: $5 Purchase them here.

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The Sitcom Evolution: Television as a Force for Social Change, Saturday April 12 8 pm

Get your tickets » Relationships between straight and gay friends, obsessions about beauty, unorthodox workplace practices: What makes us laugh or cry and why.     Join us for a provocative conversation about Hollywood hits and more. Five-time Emmy nominated Tracy Poust, lead writer behind Will & Grace and this season’s The Crazy Ones, in conversation with Oregonian columnist David Sarasohn. Saturday April 12, 8 pm Wieden + Kennedy Atrium 224 NW 13th Avenue Portland, Oregon [ Map ] Tickets:   $12 General admission ⁄ $8 Members & students Bios Tracy Poust Tracy Poust discovered quickly that she was not cut out to be a waitress.  Still good came of her stint at New York City’s Symphony Cafe; it was there she met fellow waiter and soon-to-be longtime writing partner, Jon Kinnally who convinced her that writing for drag queens would somehow help her career. Their comedy group Loud Blouse, performed in

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