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Hanukkah Open House

Wednesday, December 28th 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm Candlelighting @ 5:30 Jazz Happy Hour starting at 6:30 pm L’Chaverim will be on hand to provide some festive sounds! MEMBERS: Bring a veggie/dairy nosh to share, along with your favorite beverage. GUESTS: $18/Guest Family or $9/person. Guest Registration Our doors will be open for the whole evening for folks to come and go as they please. We’ll have light latke appetizers for everyone all evening. The Ultimate Dreidel Smackdown makes a return, along with family friendly activities upstairs and down. Child care (and a movie) will be provided downstairs at 6:30 as we transition to a more adult atmosphere upstairs.      

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Makelah is Back

    AND YOU’RE INVITED! 7:15-8:15 pm at the synagogue If you like to sing, this group is for you. Do you have to sing well? No! Do you have to read Hebrew or music? No! Do you have to want to sing with other people (as opposed to, say alone in the shower or in your car)? Yes! Leora Troper and Tivona Reith will be tag-team leading this very informal singing group. Come and learn new folk, liturgical and other kinds of songs in Hebrew, as well as some of the new melodies for Shabbat morning davening. A note on the leaders: Tivona and Leora come from charmingly different backgrounds and experience, both musically and Jewishly. You may notice this in their choices for songs to teach and sing. They both feel strongly that variety is the spice of life. No age limit, although an ability to read in […]

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A “Souper” Kabbalat Shabbat Potluck

February 12th @ 6:30 pm Share a warm bowl of soup on a cold winter’s night at this casual intergenerational event. We’ll relax, light candles and share a fabulous vegetarian/dairy potluck dinner. It’s a great way to meet people and experience the rituals that welcome Shabbat. We’ll have hallah, latkes, and applesauce to go with your fabulous soups, salads and desserts. REGISTER HERE Please let us know what food your family will be bringing. Soups don’t have to be homemade, but they do have to be dairy/vegetarian – no meat or meat broths, please. Soup in a crock pot, to serve 8-10  (If you’d like to bring soup, but don’t have a crock pot, contact Amelia.) Salad (green or otherwise) to serve 8-12 Dessert to serve at least 8-10 Bring your own fruit of the vine to drink (juice or wine.)

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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 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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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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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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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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The Sitcom Evolution: Television as a Force for Social Change

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 withFive-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 $12 General admission    /   $8 Members & Students

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