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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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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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Joshua Safran Speaking Engagements

Joshua Safran joined Congregation Shir Tikvah for services last Shabbat and offered us an inspiring d’rash on Parshat Shekalim in which he wove together stories, with humor and poignancy, from his personal journey, his advocacy work on behalf of battered women, and his growing insight into the beauty and power of the half-shekel tax. He will be speaking twice this week in Portland. Monday at noon, he will be speaking at  Lewis & Clark School of Law, on ‘Victimization & the Shifting Nature of Identity in the Criminal Justice System.’ More information can be found here. On Wednesday, March 5th, at Portland State University, he will be giving the Judaic Studies Department’s Annual Sara Glasgow Cogan Memorial Lecture. Find more information here. The lecture starts at 7pm.  Please mark your calendars; you won’t want to miss it. Joshua Safran has recently written a memoir, Free Spirit, which  Starred Publishers Weekly Review

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The Pew Jew in Portland- Do Portland Jews Fit the National Norm? Monday, March 3, 6:15 pm, McMenamin’s Kennedy School

Join us for a thought provoking discussion about the findings in “A Portrait of Jewish Americans” released by the Pew Research Center last fall as they relate to Portland’s Jewish Community. Rabbi Ariel Stone, along with other leaders from the Jewish community, will lead small group discussions over dinner based on issues in the survey: intermarriage, Jewish identity, Israel, synagogue affiliation, education and more. For more information about the Pew Study, visit the Pew Research Center website’s section on Jews and Judaism.  At McMenamin’s Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave. Ticket Info: Adults: $15, Students: $8, includes dinner and one drink ticket.

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Why Mysticism Matters—An Intimate Conversation with Rabbi Ariel Stone, Thursday, Feb. 6, 7:30 pm

For many Jews today, our mystical heritage has become burdened by association with antiquity, irrationality, exclusivity, or—more recently—a sort of trendy broadly-sourced spiritualism. In her book Because All Is One, Rabbi Ariel Stone offers a detailed scholarly exploration of some of our most profound mystical traditions, and makes a compelling argument for their relevance to the experience of contemporary Jews. We invite you to join us on February 6th for an interview-style talk with Rabbi Stone. Focused on the intellectual journey that led her to this topic and on her understanding of what it can mean to live a modern mystical Jewish life, the evening will provide a personal introduction to her book as well as to her upcoming Melton Course on the subject. Noted radio journalist Ketzel Levine will interview Rabbi Ariel. There will be time for questions at the evening’s end. At our shul, 7550 NE Irving St.,

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Melton Winter Classes at Shir Tikvah

This Winter at Shir Tikvah 2 New Melton Spotlight Classes! Troubling Texts of the Torah with Jan Rabinowitch Thursdays, Jan. 9-Feb 4, 7:00-8:15 p.m., 5 sessions, at Shir Tikvah, $90 The Tanakh contains some troubling texts, troubling because they contradict themselves, contain content that goes against 21st century sensibilities, or violate long-cherished ideas about what the Bible says. A close reading of the stories can leave us scratching our heads: what’s up with the account of 74 people not only “seeing” but picnicking with God? What was Lot really doing with his daughters in the story of Sodom if not handing them over to be raped? Did Hagar and Ishmael have any legal rights? What’s the devastating conclusion to the Akedah that we refuse to recognize? Why did God prefer Abel’s offering and what did Cain say to his brother before killing him? And really, exactly how many pairs of

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