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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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Women’s Day of Jewish Learning Sunday, May 4, 1 pm at the MJCC

Naomi Malka from the Adas Israel Community Mikvah is the keynote speaker on this day of learning about the many facets of mikvah. In addition to the keynote address, a panel discussion and breakout workshops will complete the afternoon. Rabbi Ariel will be teaching on Mikvah Basics: Making Ancient Wisdom Yours. To learn more about this event, click here. Click Here to Register! $18 in advance, $25 at the door

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Shabbat Kedoshim 5774: The Other Side of Fear

As this Shabbat approaches I am thinking a lot about the Jews of Ukraine, especially my friends of Kyiv Congregation HaTikvah, where I served as Rabbi in 1993-1994. The words of this week’s parashat hashavua will be read in Kyiv as in Paris as in New York as in Portland, Oregon. We all read the same Torah, but we come to it from many different places. We read it religiously every year; what that means is that we approach the text willing to grant in advance that there is some relevance that we will find in it. This year, I am blessed to read parashat Kedoshim from a place of personal security; I am not worried about civil war breaking out around me. I am not concerned about my physical safety when I go out on the street, and I do not expect a knock at my door. From this safe place, you and

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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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Shabbat Metzora: Take a Breath Before You Commit

Ever since just before Purim we’ve been encountering a series of special Shabbatot which are meant to get our attention and focus us upon the fact that Pesakh is coming. There is much to do to greet the Festival appropriately: house cleaning, Seder planning, tzedakah giving…. there are so many details and such a rush (and sometimes, such family dynamics) that it might remind you of the preparation before a wedding day. And that, of course, leads to a midrash offered by the Rabbi Leibele Eiger, a disciple of the Ishbitzer Rabbi (who wrote the popular Torah commentary Mei Shiloakh). He writes that this Shabbat, unlike last week and unlike next week, is not one of the Arba Parshiyot, the weeks of the special “four Parshas” that we read in the run-up to Pesakh. This Shabbat has no special extra designation; it is Shabbat Metzora, a regular Torah reading. For

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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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Shabbat Parah 5774: How Do You Justify Your Ethics?

Shalom Shir Tikvah Learning Community, This week’s parashat hashavua, called Shemini, is once again embellished with a special reading for a special Shabbat, Shabbat Parah. It is one of several which precede Pesakh and, by their themes, remind us to prepare for the great Festival in certain necessary ways. The very fact that we read an extra text of the Torah signals the surpasing importance of the Festival of Matzah. Compare it to the High Holy Days, which are only preceded by special Haftarah readings, and you can see that the Pesakh holy day period is historically of far greater significance. Why? and how did Pesakh, admittedly still important, lose ground to Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur? (If you don’t believe that it did, consider your own feelings toward the two holy day periods: which one would you assume was more important? A special meal with a long story, or an

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Shabbat Zakhor and Purim 5774: Laugh It Off

Here comes Purim, the better to liven up the book of Leviticus! Our parashah for this week is Tzav, “command”, in the imperative form of the word, no less. And yet Torah comes first; Purim begins at the close of Shabbat, tomorrow. This Shabbat is called Shabbat Zakhor; it always precedes Purim (this year not by much). It reminds us to forget. And this is only the first of the curious inversions of the Purim holiday period: 1. We are commanded in the special extra Torah reading for this Shabbat to “remember to blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven” (Deut.25.19) 2. We are commanded in the regular reading of the parashat hashavua to light a fire an eternal flame: “fire shall be kept burning upon the altar continuously; it shall not go out.” (Lev. 6.6) 3. We are commanded by the mitzvot of the holy day of

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Shabbat Shekalim: Tax Time in Ancient Israel

This Shabbat, on which we are reading Pekudei as the parashat hashavua, is also known as Shabbat Shekalim. Yes, the Shabbat of the Shekels. This special Shabbat is not necessarily tied to the parashah called Pekudei, but it’s not entirely inappropriate, since this last reading in Exodus consists of an audit of the records (in Hebrew, “records” is pekudim) as well as the account of, finally, the erection of the Mishkan, the space the Israelites are constructing in order to have a designated place for their kavanah (spiritual intention). Thus the place is called the place to meet G-d, although everyone agrees that no one space contains the holy. This Shabbat is called Shekalim because it is the first of four special Shabbatot that focus on the upcoming Festival of Pesakh. Shabbat Shekalim always occurs on the Shabbat before Rosh Hodesh (the beginning of the month of) Adar (or Adar

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