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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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Talking about the way we talk about Israel

Friday, January 23 at 5:45 pm Ben Murane, Northwest Director of Outreach at the New Israel Fund, will share stories of the good work being done by the good organizations which constitute half of Israel’s citizenship – stories that don’t make the news. As part of our ongoing exploration of how we as American Jews relate to Israel, we seek to learn from those who have first hand experience, as we choose our own thoughtful steps in the midst of the passion that the subject inspires. Join us on erev Shabbat  to learn from Ben Murane, the New Israel Fund North West Director of Outreach. Shir Tikvah has committed to bringing you different opportunities to learn about Israel in an atmosphere of makhloket, “sacred arguing”, in which we take care not only with our facts, but are also careful to share them respectfully and to listen mindfully.

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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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Counting The Days Until We’re Together

There are fifty days between Pesakh – the Festival of Freedom – and Shavuot – the Festival of Weeks. The mitzvah is, literally, to count the days. “On the morrow after the Festival you shall count, seven days for seven weeks, and on the day after the counting you shall celebrate.” (Lev. 23.15-16) At Shir Tikvah this year we are counting down the days to our congregational celebration of Shavuot, and then we are going to keep counting! All summer long there will be opportunities to celebrate our Jewish tradition, with moments that, when we pause to cherish them, make our lives holy. Most importantly, these are chances for us to be together as a congregational community, to share our lives, and what’s important in them, with each other. * Erev Shabbat Featuring our Graduating Seniors – Friday evening June 27 at 6.30pm, we’ll come together for a vegetarian potluck […]

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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

  On Supporting Marriage for All:  “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 Join five-time Emmy nominated Tracy Poust, lead writer behind Will & Grace, Ugly Betty and Crazy Ones, in conversation with Oregonian columnist David Sarasohn about what makes us laugh or cry and Why?  ___________________________________________________ Tickets!   Brown Paper Tickets $8 Shir Tikvah Members   &    $12 General

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