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Archived Shir Tikvah Events

Let justice well up like abundant well water,
and righteousness as a mighty flash flood.
(Amos 5.24)
People of Faith Say I Do! - Sunday August 11 1pm  Organizing a strong Jewish voice for marriage equality
sponsored by Bridgeport UCC, Shir Tikvah and P’nai Or at Bridgeport
For all who seek to make our Torah study real in practice.
For all who believe that religious voices should be raised strongly in support of marriage equality.
For all who are committed to making Oregon the next state to win marriage equality at the ballot.
Tikkun olam begins when you say not “someone will do this” but “I will do this”.
This event is for clergy, social action chairs, education team members, and/or anyone who is committed to helping us with in 2014.  As past experience both here in Oregon and across the US has taught us, we cannot win without a strong unified faith voice!  Please rsvp to  Think about how you might begin to form a team from your congregation to help get the word out.  This is truly time for all hands on deck.

On Sunday August 11th, we’ll gather to begin to organize a strong Jewish voice for the freedom to marry in Oregon.  If you care, it’s time for you to stand up and be counted. We need your input, your guidance and your partnership as we work together.

Speaking: Oregon United for Marriage’s new Faith Director, Aubrey Thonvold
Exhorting: Community of Welcoming Congregations Executive Director, Rev. Tara Wilkins 
Introducing: an important tool for organizing – Faithful Conversations


Shabbat in the Park, Friday, August 16, 6 pm, Laurelhurst Athletic Field

Save the date for our second Shabbat in the Park!

J.D. Kleinke will be in town to help Rabbi Ariel lead us in welcoming Shabbat in a kirtan-style service.

More details to follow!

Shabbat in the Park, July 19 at Overlook Park

Join us at Overlook Park (in North Portland at N Interstate and Fremont) for a wonderful evening under the stars.

Stumbleweed, a traditional bluegrass band, will play from 6 pm until dark. Bring a picnic supper to dine on as you enjoy their music.

At 6:45, a brief service to welcome Shabbat will be led by Rabbi Ariel Stone and will feature Stumbleweed. We’ll have hallah to share afterward, and the band will take the stage again and play until the sun sets.

Overlook Park is a lovely area, on the bluffs overlooking the Willamette River and downtown Portland. A nice play area is perfect for the kids.

Don’t forget to bring a blanket or beach chairs!

Overlook Park is on the Interstate MAX Line, making it easy to get there!

To download a copy of our event poster, click Shabbat in the Park

See more about Stumbleweed at their Facebook page.



Melton Sample Class, Thursday, July 25, 7:15-8:30 p.m. at Shir Tikvah
Join us for a free class on Agriculture and Sustainability given by Jan Rabinowitch. To register and see a complete list of classes, click here.


Food For Thought Festival, April 18-21

The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland is proud to present the Food for Thought Festival – bringing together nationally and locally celebrated writers, artists and performers to share their wisdom and their work at venues across Portland. Four days of entertainment and enrichment will make you think, laugh, eat and even dance. Be sure to bring a donation of non-perishable food for the Oregon Food Bank to every event you attend.
Shir Tikvah is well represented on Sunday.In addition to sponsoring Jason and Olive Eisdorfer’s panel on how high school students can influence policy makers, Alysa Rose will speak on growing and leading a socially responsible business. Nashira Project teacher Devorah Spilman will also speak; her topic will center on transferring the lessons learned from Torah into professional and personal lives.

Find more information on the website!

Seventh Annual Weekend In Quest

March 1 – 3, 2013
Astoria, Oregon on the Columbia River at the Holiday Inn Express adjacent to the Astoria-Megler Bridge

Jews, Conversos, and Crypto-Jews in Iberia and the Americas
Scholar in Residence:  Prof. Matthew Warshawsky, University of Portland

“I thought we couldn’t surpass last year’s Weekend In Quest.  This one promises to be equally exciting and informative.  We will continue learning about Jews living near the Mediterranean and follow them to the New World; from Medieval times to the current time.  Professor Warshawsky met with the Weekend in Quest planning committee recently and is an engaging scholar.”   Anne Whitaker…

Shabbat services led by Ilene Safyan, Saturday evening music program by Ilene followed by folk dancing

Many more details here

Contact Anne Whitaker at 503-223-7267 with questions.  Please join Shir Tikvah members Robbie Lambert, Dale and Les Schwartz and Anne Whitaker for this weekend of learning.

Sponsored by the Institute for Judaic Studies with eleven co-sponsors including Shir Tikvah

Lecture: Gershom Gorenberg, Saturday February 16, 7:15 pm havdallah, 7:30 lecture, Neveh Shalom

J Street Portland is pleased to present a lecture by the renowned Israeli/American author Gershom Gorenberg.
Gorenberg’s most recent book, The Unmaking of Israel (Harper Collins 2011) is both a deeply personal and a thoroughly researched study of the disproportionate influence that religion is exercising in Israel, dividing the country into entrenched factions. This influence has the potential to cause great damage to the future of Israel as a democracy and to a future Jewish state that respects all Jewish denominations and other faiths. The specific content of Mr. Gorenberg’s talk will of course include the situation in Israel at the time of the talk. Following the presentation by Mr. Gorenberg there will be an opportunity for questions from the audience. Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing by the author.
J Street is the home of Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace activism in the United States, and advocates in Congress for a two-state resolution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine. J Street Portland is pleased that many other members of the Jewish community have joined us in bringing Gorenberg to Portland. Co-sponsors to include: Neveh Shalom, Havurah Shalom, P’nai Or Tikun Olam Committee, Congregation Shir Tikvah

Israel, Gaza, the West Bank – history, future, what next?  a conversation with Rabbi Ariel and each other, at Bridgeport, 7pm on January 16

This event is for members only. We will be hosting an open event in the future.

Join your Shir Tikvah learning companions in a safe environment to talk about Israel; ask questions, express feelings, learn facts.
All members of Shir Tikvah are welcome to come and share in listening closely, hearing with empathy, and sharing with compassion.


It is forbidden to live in a town that does not have a garden.
- Yershalmi, Kidduushin 4:12

This Tu B’Shevat,  lend a hand to restore native habitat. Shir Tikvah is partnering with P’Nai Or and Tualatin Riverkeepers to improve Heiton Creek in Tigard, a tributary of the Tualatin river. Heiton Creek is home to beaver, river otter, mink and red tail hawk. There will be snacks, songs, coffee and blessings. It’s a perfect opportunity to grab a friend and put Jewish learning into action.
Sunday, January 27, 2013, 9:30am – Noon

Email Katie to confirm and she’ll send you a volunteer sheet with directions and information about the day.

SHIR TIKVAH Sponsors JTC Production!

 ”The Power of Light” is the Jewish Theatre Collaborative’s adaptation of two children’s tales. Patricia Polacco’s ‘Trees of the Dancing Goats’ and Eric A. Kimmel’s ‘When Mindy Saved Hanukkah’ highlight the human qualities that bring light into the darkness of winter.

Grab a young kid and come see these stories come to life!

Where: Miracle Theater (525 SE Stark)
When: 11:00 am on November 25. (Additional performances on December 2 and 9.)

Shir Tikvah families qualify for one half-price adult ticket. (A $5 value!)

Enjoy the show!

Shir Tikvah Family Retreat

Friday Oct 26th at 4 PM – Sunday Oct 28th at noon

Come join us to celebrate Shabbat in the woods. We are planning a weekend filled with Shabbat joy, ruach, and Torah to share together as family and friends.
The weekend will be at beautiful Camp Kuralti, about 40 minutes south east of Portland. The weekend will begin as we prepare for and welcome Shabbat together, and end after breakfast on Sunday.

We’ll need all registration forms and money in by September 30, when we will start assigning sleeping arrangements. Cost for two nights and 5 meals is $105 for adults and children 12 and older, $83 for children 6-11, $56 for children 2-5, and under 2 are free.

To download a pdf registration form, click Family Retreat 5773 registration.


Discussions on Identity and Values for Dads, Thursdays: April 26, May 3, May 31, 7:30 pm, at the Lompoc Sidebar

Join Rabbi Brad Greenstein and guest speakers for relaxed discussions on being a Jewish dad. Explore what it means to impart our best selves to our children and hear some of our tradition’s greatest gems. Bring your questions and an open mind. Open to Jewish dads and dads raising Jewish kids. Enjoy a beverage and light noshes and get to know other Jewish dads from the Portland area. Pub Location: Lompoc Sidebar (adjacent to the 5th Quadrant), 3901a N. Williams Avenue For more information and to RSVP (requested): Call the MJCC at 503.244.0111  Supported by MJCC, Mothers Circle, Congregation Neveh Shalom, Kol Ami and Shir Tikvah, and made possible by a CIG grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland

June 1- Kabbalat Shabbat, Teacher Appreciation, and End of School Year Dinner, 6:30 pm

The entire congregational family is invited to welcome Shabbat, and to express our appreciation to our teachers who help us fulfill the mitzvah of v’shinantam l’vanekha, you shall teach your children.  Mark your calendars now for this event, and consider these two action items:

  • Click here to RSVP:  Let the office know how many will be coming. We have a larger space, but we still need a head count! We’ll let you know the location when we get your RSVP.
  • Bring a dish (vegetarian/dairy please!):
A-C--Side Dish
O-Z–Main Dish

The Festival of Shavuot begins at sundown on May 26
Tefilah at Shir Tikvah 7 pm at Bridgeport

Barukh atah Ad-nai, noteyn haTorah – “Blessed is God, Giver of Torah”. In the Torah blessing we recite over the Torah before it is read, we repeat these words in the present tense.
Torah, our tradition tells us, is always being given – always being taught. We are never finished with it. Rather like the other most fundamental relationships in our lives, those with parents, children, and life partners, we are in relationship with God, the Jewish people, and the Torah in a way which is both taken for granted and always in need of renewal.
Every Shavuot our people is offered the chance to once again accept the gift of Torah. At Shir Tikvah we read the Aseret haDibrot, the Ten Utterances, at our erev Shavuot tefilah and then share a light dairy meal in honor of the curious tradition that Shavuot is a dairy holiday (It will be mostly finger food, although Charlie will bring ice cream!). Dust off your blintz recipe – or discover a new one! – and join us.

Before Naked Baby Party

and After

Sunday April 29, 2012
2 – 4 PM
at Bridgeport:  621 NE 76th Avenue, Portland, OR 97213
between Glisan and Halsey

What to bring:      
Used children’s clothes that your family no longer needs
A nosh to share
Your kid
We’ll have a snack, schmooze and trade clothes
All left over clothing will be donated to Portland Public Schools Teen Parent Services and to the PPS Clothes Closet- a resource for Portland’s low-income families.

Bring Your Friends to Shir Tikvah: Friday, March 23 and Saturday, April 21

Be part of a new effort to grow our congregation in a gentle welcoming way!

We all have friends who have asked about Shir Tikvah or expressed an interest in visiting.
This is your opportunity to share who we are. March 23 and April 21 will be the first of several Shabbat services in the coming year where you are invited to come with a friend. This might be a friend who is curious about our community, or perhaps a young family has not yet affiliated with a congregation, or someone in your circle of friends.
It’s part of our commitment to grow our numbers in a welcoming way. We invite you to bring your friends to one of the services so they can become more acquainted with Shir Tikvah, ask questions, and we hope at some point, join.
The March Shabbat is targeted at adults. The April date, which is a Tot Shabbat, is targeted at families. But all are welcome at either service.
Whether you invite a friend or not, come to services and help welcome our guests.

If you have questions, please contact Betsy Kauffman at

Nashira Project Havdalah and Potluck, Saturday, March 17, 6-7:30 pm, at Bridgeport

For all Nashira Project families, a havdalah event at Bridgeport takes the place of our regular Sunday morning Nashira Project session (which would be March 18, except that we learned last year that no one gets past the Shamrock Run). Join us for one of Judaism’s most beautiful rituals, and learn more about how to take it home.
6pm arrival: blessings, dinner, short birkat hamazon
6.30 or as kids are finished eating: make a spice essence for havdalah (maybe an additional craft if something presents itself)
7.15 Havdalah, group clean up and dismissal

Please bring a vegetarian/dairy dish to share with everyone. Here are the assignments:

A-D Salad or Fruit
E-M Main Dish
N-S Side Dish
T-Z Dessert

And if your minhag is to bring what you like, please ignore these suggestions and bring anything, as long as it’s dairy/vegetarian!

Community Havdallah Service, Sat. Jan. 28 6:30 PM at Zidell Hall

The Jewish Women’s Round Table will hold their 12th Annual Community Havdalah Service held this weekend at the Rose Schnitzer Manor, in Zidell Hall, located at 6140 SW Boundary, Portland, 97221.  The service will start at 6:30PM and is open to the public.  The service will be led by Rabbi Ariel Stone with Guitarist J.D. Kleinke from Shir Tikvah, Portland.  There is no charge for this event and the community is invited.

‘A Literary Salon’–A Book Review, Thursday, November 3, 7 pm

The Institute for Judaic Studies and Congregation Shir Tikvah present  ‘A Literary Salon,’ an intimate evening at a local home. We will be discussing  The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal. This intimate evening is limited to the first 20 people to call in their reservation to 503.244.4473. Location of event will be released at the time of reservation.

Congregational Sukkot Celebration, Sunday Oct. 16 from 3-6 pm

Come to congregant Joyce Shields’ urban farm house to celebrate in the community sukkah!
Bring apples, decorations for the sukkah (yard trimmings, fruits, vegetables, etc,) and a dairy/ vegetarian dish or goodie to share. There will be a craft project for the kids, and a cider press for apples. Bring chairs to sit in: the ground is not suitable for picnicking! Dress for the weather, and be prepared for mud.
A reminder from Joyce: Please be aware that we have chickens, ducks, dogs, and cats and this is a “pocket urban farm” (very small but fun!) We require closed toed shoes (no flip flops or sandals) for obvious reasons…
Caution: The ground is very uneven; those with mobility issues should probably not attend unescorted, as navigating the terrain is difficult. Wheelchairs won’t do too well here.
Parking may be a challenge, so car pooling is encouraged.
Bring your lulav and etrog if you have them….
we will be doing the traditional blessings

If you are able to come a little early or stay a little late, your help would be greatly appreciated!

Shabbat in the Park, 3 Evenings of Song and Prayers on the Eastside, July 29 (Overlook), August 12 (Laurelhurst), and September 2 (Kenilworth)

Join Shir Tikvah and Neveh Shalom in celebrating in the great outdoors!

July 29 Overlook Park (N Fremont and Interstate)
August 12 Laurelhurst Park (SE Cesar Chavez & Stark, we will be closest to the entry at SE Oak and 35th)
September 2 Kenilworth Park (SE 34th & Holgate)
5:45 pm Bring your own picnic dinner, relax in the park
and enjoy music by the Percy Bernstein Orchestra
6:30 pm Join the group in songs for welcoming Shabbat
suitable for all ages- song sheets will be provided
Afterward join us for challah and dessert;
bring a blanket or lawn chairs if you like (but no dogs, please).

Hevra Kickoff- at the Salem Ropes Course Saturday Sept. 10, 11:00-3:30

Nashira fees will cover the cost of this event.
Beverly says: Start figuring out carpools so that we can enjoy a day of fun and games and fear and encouragement!

YWAM says: ‘Please fill out the questionnaire form on our website ( and email it to us.  Also on our website you can find our Medical Release Form, which each person needs to have filled out, signed by a parent (if a minor), and brought with them.’

Susan B Komen Race for the Cure, Registration Deadline Aug 29, Race Sept 18

Judy Martin once again heads up our contingent for the Race for the Cure. For more information, contact Judy. If you already know that you’d like to join her, register here, using Congregation Shir Tikvah as the team name. Registration closes Aug. 29.

Into The Depths: Exploring The Ritual of Mikvah, Tuesday evening July 19th

Join Rabbi Ariel and Naomi Malka  for an engaging and enlightening evening as you gain new insights into how and why Jews use the mikvah. We will explore the power of water in traditional and modern Jewish texts and discuss how immersion in a mikvah can connect a body to the Source of Life. We will examine both traditional and creative uses of the mikvah and learn how to incorporate this ritual into our Jewish lives and lifecycles. No previous experience with this topic is needed. Women (and men) of all ages are welcome.
This event is for you if you:
a) have never been to a mikvah but are curious;
b) went to a mikvah once and meant to go again but never did;
c) have issues with the idea of mikvah, but have never explored them in a safe place; or
d) like relaxing in warm water.

To register for the event, contact the Shir Tikvah office at or 503.473.8227.
Naomi Malka is the coordinator of the Adas Israel Community Mikvah in Washington, DC, and was trained as a mikvah guide at Mayyim Hayyim in Newton, MA. She is the founder of Tevila baTeva, a program that facilitates mikvah experiences at Jewish summer camps and other outdoor settings.  Naomi earned a Masters Degree in Jewish Music from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2000 and a BA in Sociology from UCLA in 1991.

Waterfront Blues Festival, volunteer opportunity, July 3 2:30-6:30 pm


Independence Day Weekend is approaching and that means Shir Tikvah is again preparing to help out at the Waterfront Blues Festival. It’s a benefit for the Oregon Food Bank and in addition to the best people-watching in Portland, we get free admission to the festival, free t-shirts, and free snackies.This year we have committed to provide 20 volunteers and we will be working at the Hawthorne and South Gates, Sunday afternoon, July 3 from 2:30-6:30 p.m. We’ll need to finalize our list 2 weeks before the event so if you’re interested in helping, please e-mail today with your name, phone number, t-shirt size and emergency contact information.

Shir Tikvah Israel Trip-June 2011

Join Rabbi Ariel on a 10 day trip to Israel! With emphasis on learning from local teachers and about social justice issues, this trip will be interesting beyond belief. Click > here <for a link to Da’at Travel’s itinerary for us. Visit> this website <to see one of the cool accommodations we’ll be staying at!

Rosh Hodesh Book Group, June 26, 2 pm

Click here for the full details on this month’s book and meeting.

Mitzvah Garden, June 2, 4-6pm

Come enjoy the outdoors and grow plants and relationships with our worship space partner Bridgeport UCC and JOIN. At Bridgeport.

Ten Lessons on theTen Sefirot – with Rabbi Ariel Stone

The idea of existence structured as ten sefirot is a central concept of Jewish mysticism. We will spend ten weeks exploring the ten sefirot, and the teachings of Jewish mysticism which compare each one to aspects of God, the world – and ourselves. See how studying mysticism leads us right back to ourselves. Text: excerpts from Rabbi Stone’s forthcoming book, Because All Is One, to be published in 2011 by Derusha Publishing,
Sessions will be held on Tuesdays, Feb 8-April 12 at the MJCC, and start at 7 pm. Members $36, guests $43. To register for the class, click here to get to the MJCC site and follow the directions on their page. This class is deliberately underpriced to make it more accessible. Scholarship help available for Shir Tikvah members; contact Rabbi Ariel personally.

Pesach 5771 Observances

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Make a Mitzvah Garden: Next Meeting March 20th at 12:30 pm at BUCC

Every blade of grass has an angel hovering over it, whispering to it, “grow”.  – Rabbi Nakhman of Bratslav

When is gardening a mitzvah? When it becomes a transformative human and communal act for the gardener. Join folks from our sister congregation, Bridgeport UCC (and meet our new roomies, Spiritus Abbey), as we invite our local homeless and recently housed neighbors to build relationships with us, with each other and with the good earth and that which grows from it. The local organization JOIN (see their site here), which works to create community links to keep people in housing, will work alongside us, facilitating and organizing our garden work.
Know how to make things grow that are good to eat and lovely to see? Are you wiling to share that knowledge, and teach others? Don’t know what end of a plant is up, but are interested? Come to the meeting Sunday March 20, 12.30pm
at Bridgeport to plan our schedule for the year. We’ll talk with our Bridgeport roommates, meet the JOIN folks, and hear – and help create – the exciting plans. We’ll need people to grow
starts, people to help rebuild the raised beds, people to help water over the summer, people who know how to talk to others….all ages are welcome and needed.
People don’t become homeless because they run out of resources. People become homeless because they run out of relationships. – JOIN

Be Happy, It’s Adar (I and II….)

The saying is mi-she-nikhnas Adar, marbim simkha – ‘when Adar begins, joy increases’.  That’s because Purim occurs on the 14th day of Adar.
This year we have two months of Adar, i.e. even more opportunity for happiness – seven times in 19 years, an extra month is added to the Hebrew calendar to correct for lunar drift – which keeps our spring holidays in the spring, rather than having them careen around the solar calendar.  Good that the Rabbis decided to add an extra Adar, rather than a Tishri (Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, et al, you remember)!
So what does this mean for the average party Jew? Just that you have an extra month to decide upon your costume this year, and get that hamantaschen recipe ready. It does NOT mean an early spring, or a late one – we don’t consult prairie dogs, or whatever that rodent is in Puxatawny, the one who predicts the weather.  Adar I began on February 5, 2011, and Adar II ends on April 4. Lots of happiness!
More about Purim here: Purim 101
Stay tuned for Shir Tikvah’s annual Amazing Purim Celebration (March 19): the Hamantaschen Bake-Off, the Improv Purimshpiel, the children’s Costume Parade, and oh yeah……the Adult Adloyada Megillah Reading, where you drink ‘until you don’t know the difference between…..’ you know, Mordecai and what’s his name. (Bring your designated driver or your sleeping bag…..)

Save the Date for Fifth Annual Weekend in Quest, March 11-13, 2011 in Astoria

A Shabbaton of study and fun at the beautiful Oregon Coast with Dr. Loren Spielman, Assistant Professor at Portland State University. Shir Tikvah is one of the event’s co-sponsors. Four study sessions will cover this year’s topic: Jews and Popular Culture in the Ancient World. For more information, including registration details and fees, check out their website at , or contact Anne Whitaker. To see the brochure with all the details and registration form, click weekend-in-quest-brochure-2011

Hallah Workshop with Challah for Hunger PDX, February 10th

On Thursday February 10th join the team from Challah for Hunger PDX to:Bake challah, share memories, and delve into the connections between Judaism, social justice, poverty, and food. Register for either the 6:30-8:30 session or the 7:30-9:30 session (the study session will be between 7:30-8:30) by emailing Amy at The baking takes place in the kitchen of Congregation Kesser Israel,  6698 SW Capitol Hwy.

Day of Homelessness Awareness: November 16, 2010
On November 16, 2010, faith communities throughout Portland and Multnomah County will observe a “Day of Homelessness Awareness.”  The Day of Homelessness Awareness is being organized by JOIN’s New City Initiative, in cooperation with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, the Oregon Board of Rabbis, and city and county governments.  This event will include an early morning “Walk of Awareness”, and opportunities for participants to donate coats, blankets and other needed items, or to make a financial contribution.  The Day of Awareness will also provide opportunities for people to learn more about what faith communities are already doing about homelessness, and how they and their congregation can become involved.
The primary goal of the Day of Homelessness Awareness is to create a movement among faith communities dedicated to ending homelessness. The most recent One Night Shelter Count found 4,187 people homeless, over half of which were families (2,333 or 56%).  Of these, 1,700 people were sleeping on the street because there was no where else to go.  Although such figures are daunting, the good news is that there are over 500 congregations in Portland.  If every congregation were to commit to building relationships with just 10 people, we could literally touch the life of every person without a home in our city.
The Day of Awareness has a threefold purpose:
1.    To raise awareness about homelessness within faith communities, particularly as the cold, rainy weather starts and need increases
2.    To raise funds and collect donated items (blankets, socks, coats, etc,) for the emergency warming shelter network in Portland
3.    To foster information sharing and encourage the development of innovative partnerships between faith communities, non-profit agencies, and local government for the purpose of ending homelessness.
On November 16, members of congregations in Portland are encouraged to observe the Day of Awareness in the following ways:
1.    Take the “Walk of Awareness”
: At 7 AM on November 16, faith leaders and congregants are invited to assemble at Downtown Chapel Roman Catholic Parish (6th and Burnside, known to the downtown community as “the Red Doors”) and walk from there to the new 13 Salmon Family Day Center at First Unitarian Church for a light reception.  People who are homeless must often rise early to break camp and start walking; consider this an opportunity to gain awareness of how it feels to be in their shoes.  You can also bring a blanket, socks, or a coat to donate and drop them off at the Day Center.
2.    Make an “Altruistic Splurge”: On the Day of Awareness, consider forgoing a coffee break or a snack, and then donating the money you would have spent to support the Homeless Families Warming Center at Eastminster Presbyterian Church.  This small deprivation can serve as a reminder of the enormous challenges faced by people who are homeless.  To make an online donation, go to dayofawareness.html.
3.    Create a Connection: There are many non-profit agencies and organizations in Portland that offer educational, volunteer, and partnership opportunities.  On the Day of Awareness, consider contacting one of these agencies and asking for someone to come out and speak to your congregation or small group about how you and others can get involved.  For a list of agencies offering volunteer and partnership opportunities, go to dayofawareness.html
For more information about the Day of Homelessness Awareness, contact Paul Schroeder, Coordinator of Faith-Based Resources at JOIN, at (503) 913-7853, or or see their flyer day-of-homelessness-awareness-flyer(pdf)

Pro-Mideast in America: Getting Past ‘Pro-Israel’ and ‘Pro-Palestine’

J Street Portland presents renowned Israeli journalist and commentator Bradley Burston. He will be speaking at Bridgeport Thursday, October 28th at 7:00 PM.  This event is free and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by Bridgeport UCC and Shir Tikvah.
Bradley Burston is a columnist for Israel’s Haaretz Newspaper, and Senior Editor of  During the first Palestinian uprising, he served as Gaza correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, and was the paper’s military correspondent in the 1991 Gulf War. In the mid-1990s he covered Israeli-Arab peace talks for Reuters. He is a recipient of the Eliav-Sartawi Award for Mideast Journalism, presented at the United Nations in 2006.
You can listen to an interview with Bradley Burston Wednesday, October 27th on KBOO at 9am PST at 90.7 FM Portland or at 100.7 FM Corvallis. It should be available for streaming at the same time as it airs and should be posted for listening at your convenience by the 28th.

Read a recent blog by Bradley Burston: Confessions of an Israeli anti-settler bigot here.

Shabbat at Robison
Once again, we are coming to a Fifth Friday and the opportunity to fulfill the mitzvot of honoring our elders, visiting the sick and infirm, and davening with kavannah when we join the residents of the Robison Jewish Health Center to welcome Shabbat, Friday evening, October 29th.  Services start at 6:30 in the Robison synagogue at 6125 SW Boundary Street.  Plan to arrive a little early so we can assign prayer leading duties and help our elders migrate from the dining room to the synagogue.  Children are especially welcome. Contact Charlie Rosenblum if you have any questions.

Bi-Annual Visiting Scholar Oct. 7-10

This year, Shir Tikvah is pleased to host Visiting Scholar Dr. Byron Sherwin, Rabbi Ariel Stone’s  doctoral advisor. Rabbi Ariel is looking forward to introducing him to the Shir Tikvah congregational family.

An internationally renowned Jewish theologian, ethicist, scholar of Jewish philosophy and mysticism, and a longtime participant in interreligious dialogue, Dr. Byron L. Sherwin is the author or editor of over 28 books and 150 articles and monographs. His writings have been translated into Polish, Spanish, Italian, German, Czech and Chinese. Sherwin’s most recent books are: Golems Among Us: How a Jewish Legend Can Help Us Navigate the Biotech Century; Jewish Ethics for the 21st Century; Sparks Amidst the Ashes: The Spiritual Legacy of Polish Jewry; The Cubs and the Kabbalist: A Novel;  Kabbalah: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism; Toward a Jewish Theology; and The Life Worth Living. He and his works are often featured in national and international print media and on radio and television.

A native of New York, Sherwin received his BS from Columbia University, his MA (Philosophy) from NYU, and his PhD from the University of Chicago’s prestigious Committee on the History of Culture. He also received a Bachelor of Hebrew Literature, a Masters of Hebrew Literature, a Rabbinical Ordination and an honorary Doctor of Hebrew Letters from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTSA). At JTSA he became a protégé of Abraham Joshua Heschel. In 1995, he was awarded a presidential medal, “The Officer’s Order of Merit” by The Republic of Poland for his work in improving Polish-Jewish and Catholic-Jewish relations in Poland and the United States.

Since 1970, Sherwin has served on the faculty of Chicago’s Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, where he currently is Distinguished Service Professor and Director of Doctoral Studies. From 1984-2001, he was Dean and Vice-President of the Institute.

Here is a listing of scheduled events:

(Please note: as of Sept. 21, a few of these times and locations are tentative; check back for updates as the weekend approaches.)

Thursday, Oct 7
10am-1pm:  a teaching for the Oregon Board of Rabbis (for the  Board of Rabbis and invited academics only)
4pm:   lecture at the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at PSU (open to the community) “The Challenges of Developments in Biotechnology, Robotics, Neurocomputing, Artificial Life… and the Relevance of the Jewish Legend of the Golem”

Friday, Oct 8
6:15pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service at Congregation Neveh Shalom
Dr. Sherwin will speak on parashat Noakh: “God is not perfect, Should you be?”
2900 SW Peaceful Lane, 97239
Followed by a kosher Shabbat Dinner, 7:30pm
RSVP by Wednesday, October 6,
$14 per person, $7 per child age 10 and under, $42 maximum per immediate household.

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Saturday, Oct 9
9am  Torah study at the Bridgeport
10.30am  Shabbat Tefilah at the  Bridgeport Building
Rabbi Sherwin’s D’var Torah: Noah and the Tzaddik (open to the community)
evening:  havdalah event – “All Is One”: learning in celebration of Rabbi Ariel’s doctoral degree under Dr. Sherwin’s direction (for Shir Tikvah only)

Sunday, Oct 10
10-11.30am  teaching at Nashira Project for parents, open to all, Neveh Shalom invited

Annual Picnic August 29

This year’s picnic will be from 10:30 am to 1 pm at Overlook Park. Conveniently located on the Interstate MAX line, we have reserved the picnic shelter right next to the playground. More details (like who’s bringing what!) will follow.

Shir Tikvah Can Share in the New City Initiative: Planning Meeting Set for Aug. 8
In the July 1 edition of the Oregonian you might have seen it: Portland nonprofit taps into religious congregations’ passions to reach out to homeless
Rabbi Ariel and Pastor Susan of Bridgeport UCC have been asked to consider turning the Bridgeport Garden into a joint project with Paul Schroder of JOIN, the organization featured in the article. JOIN works to transition the homeless into housing by helping them create healthy community connections stronger than those they knew on the street. Each congregation is invited to consider what they’re good at, and how they can share that love and passion with others to help them connect to community.
Do you have gardening skills you could share? Just love to play in the dirt? If you would be interested in helping such a project get started together with BUCC and JOIN, please join us for a planning meeting with Paul Schroeder at Bridgeport on Sunday, August 8 at 12.30pm. If you want to be involved and can’t make it, please be sure to let Amelia know so we can keep you connected to the project!