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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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Rabbi Ariel’s Kol Nidre 5776 Drash

Kol Nidre 5776: Where We Stand One of my favorite poems is by an Israeli author named Zelda. I like to use it for baby-naming rituals. In part, it reads: Each of us has a name given by the stars and given by our neighbors What is our name? When we were created, we were named Congregation Shir Tikvah, “song of hope”. But what is the name given by the stars – and what is the name given by our neighbors? On erev Rosh HaShanah I asked us to consider where we stand as a congregation, and who is standing – who are we, and what are we about in the greater Jewish community. What is our reputation? What is our impact? One way to judge one’s impact is by listening for the name “given by our neighbors”. Years ago, I arrived at a reserved pavilion at Skidmore Park one […]

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Shabbat: the Secret Spice

Our ancient ancestors used to mark the beginning of Shabbat by adding aromatic spices (we’re not exactly sure which) to their home oil lamp. The special aroma made sundown on Friday into the day of rest. The Rabbis encoded the concept of rest as a universal right in halakhah, the path of Jewish observance – for all people and for all life on earth. Wandering stateless in Exile, our people held on to Shabbat ever more determinedly. We created a musical welcome of Shabbat, Kabbalat Shabbat, to sing and dance our way out of the week; and no matter the poverty, our erev Shabbat meal had to be the best we could manage. “More than Israel has preserved the Shabbat, the Shabbat has preserved Israel.” – Ahad Ha’Am   That erev Shabbat meal became the focal point for the ritual that allowed us the relief of week’s end: The blessings […]

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Shabbat in the Park, Friday, July 10th

Welcome Shabbat in the great outdoors. All are invited to eat, sing and enjoy the beauty of the Portland summer with us. July 10th Laurelhurst Concert Pad – SE Oak and 35th Avenue Band starts at 6 pm – prayers at 6:45pm Service animals welcome – please leave other pets at home Rabbi Ariel will be joined by V’Chaverim, playing a combination of klezmer and jazz. V’Chaverim features Ed Kraus on the clarinet, Steve Cohen on bass, Andrew Ehrlich on violin and Courtney Von Drehle on accordion.

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Shabbat in the Park

Welcome Shabbat in the great outdoors. All are invited to eat, sing and enjoy the beauty of the Portland summer with us. July 10th Laurelhurst Concert Pad – SE Oak and 35th Avenue Band starts at 6 pm – prayers at 6:45pm Service animals welcome – please leave other pets at home Rabbi Ariel will be joined by V’Chaverim, playing a combination of klezmer and jazz. V’Chaverim features Ed Kraus on the clarinet, Steve Cohen on bass, Andrew Ehrlich on violin and Courtney Von Drehle on accordion.

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Sign up now for our fall trip to Prague and Israel!

November 18- December 1, 2015 Travel arrangements by Da’at Travel. Rabbi Ariel Stone will lead us on our trip exploring Prague and Israel. Click here to see the new Flipbook with pictures and the full itinerary. Follow the links in the Flipbook to register and to see all the fine print.  

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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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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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