Shir Tikvah, Portland Oregon
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Upcoming Events in the Community

You are invited to the HIV Day Center’s Annual World AIDS Day Breakfast! Wednesday, December 4, 7:20 am, Concordia University

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s HIV Day Center’s annual World AIDS Day fundraising breakfast is fast approaching on Wednesday, December 4th.  This is our largest fundraiser of the year, and this year the breakfast is again generously sponsored by Concordia University and will be held on their campus in NE Portland from 7:20am to 8:30am.

Every year we invite local organizations and congregations to host a table. This year, Shir Tikvah will be hosting a table and we would love for congregation members interested to attend! The breakfast is free for all attendees, though we will be asking for donations at the event. Along with breakfast, it is a chance for community members to learn more about what has been happening at the Day Center over the past year, to hear from the EMO director and from some of our clients.

The Day Center is a drop-in center for people living with HIV and AIDS, serving clients from Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, Columbia and Clark counties. We provide many vital services, including two hot daily meals, counseling, resources / referrals, laundry facilities, clothing closet, hot showers, computers, holistic healthcare support, haircuts, and most importantly a sense of belonging and community. Our staff and volunteers strive to foster a strong sense of hospitality where every individual is treated with dignity and respect.

If you would like to attend this year’s breakfast, please RSVP to Jesse Herbach at  We hope to see you there!

Fundraiser for Hand in Hand: Season of Lights Concert, Saturday, December 7, 7 pm, First Christian Church

Peter Zisa and Friends present the seventh annual Season of Lights Concert, a special holiday gift to the Portland community. This free program will be held at the First
Christian Church and will feature prominent Portland musical artists. The Season of Lights Concert is a celebration of the holiday season that all the members of the
community can attend and enjoy. Drawing from the four corners of the Portland metro, the program and featured artists represent a collage of the cultural and faith traditions of
the community: Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Christian.

All the performers are donating their time and talents to this community celebration.
While admission to the Season of Lights concert is free, guests will have an opportunity to contribute a charitable tax-deductible donation to the internationally acclaimed
educational program Hand in Hand. Hand in Hand is network of integrated schools in Israel, founded by Portland native Lee Gordon, that fosters and advances peaceful
relations among Jewish, Palestinian, Muslim and Christian students, and their parents, so future generations may lead lives in peaceful partnership and mutual respect.

The First Christian Church is at SW Park Avenue and  Columbia Street

Family Support Group: It Takes a Village: Supporting Families Caring for Elders,  meeting Monday, December 9, 7 pm, May Living Room at Rose Schnitzer Manor

Caring for a family member – whether in your home, their home or in another care setting – can be very stressful.  Even if you do not provide hands-on care, you may struggle with a lack of privacy, sleep deprivation, feelings of anger, guilt or depression, or an overwhelming sense of responsibility for the wellbeing of your loved one.
We are here to tell you that you are not alone.
It Takes a Village will meet at 7 pm on the second Monday of each month at Rose Schnitzer Manor.  The group will be facilitated by David Molko, Senior Outreach Clinician for Jewish Family & Child Service and Sarah Wheeler, Social Services Director at Robison Jewish Health Center.  Participants will have the opportunity to share their concerns, explore solutions to problems, and suggest topics for future meetings.
Please contact Deborah Elliott at 503.535.4004 or to reserve your place today. Sponsored by Cedar Sinai Park, in collaboration with Jewish Family & Child Service and Sinai Family Home Services.

Page2Stage: A Pigeon and a Boy by Meir Shelev, Jewish Theater Collaborative

Page2Stage takes you on a journey from book to stage. Original performances along the way deepen your understanding of the novel and personalize your connection to its subject and characters. Your journey climaxes with a World-Premiere adaption of Meir Shalev’s novel.

Act I-Chapter One, November 3-5.
JTC has designed the perfect first date with your book: a little food, a little drink, images to spark your imagination and a performance to propel you through the first chapter.

Act II-Footnotes Just as footnotes elaborate on a topic, these staged reading performances and discussions are designed to take you deeper into the subject matter of the novel through the magical medium of theatre. JTC’s process begins with a question that the novel raises.

Memory’s Landscape, January 26-28. For times, locations, and tickets, click here.
Tour key landmarks of the novel – Encounter layers of history that bind people to the land.

Wrestling with Home, February 23-25. For times, locations, and tickets, click here.
Enter the fray: The existential imperative of nation building in the past looms over a present in which individuals seek personal anchors to the land.

Act III-Mainstage, March 22- April 12. For performance times and tickets, click here.
Come see the final production on Milagro’s stage. A quest for home unites the stories of an Israeli tour guide who has lost his way and a war torn romance propelled by homing pigeons. A passionate tale of two loves that become one.

TribeFest, March 16-18, 2014, New Orleans

Join us at the premier event for North American Jews ages 22-45. Come to TribeFest and discover Jewish culture, food, music, spirituality and new friends.

TribeFest is an entertaining, interactive and educational celebration that will draw over 1,500 Jewish young adults (ages 22-45) from across North America.
TribeFest will reflect the vibrant setting of its host city, New Orleans, offering meaningful, fun, and top-quality content. Through presentations by dynamic leaders in politics, entertainment, music, art, food, religion and other aspects of Jewish life,
TribeFest will offer attendees many ways to connect to their own Judaism
and how they see themselves as part of the community.

Registration is Now Open for TribeFest 2014

And if that wasn’t incentive enough . . . Jewish Federation of Greater Portland is offering a $300 subsidy to the first 15 registrants from our area!
Use Code PORT300 at payment page.


Exhibits Open through January, OJM

Come see the latest exhibits at the Oregon Jewish Museum.  Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age and Meditations on Equilibrium: Works in Glass and Paper by Alex Hirsch  run through January. To see more about the exhibits, click here.

 Machon Ivrit Adult Hebrew Class, Mondays,  7-9:15 pm

Fifty adult learners in Portland participated in Machon Ivrit Hebrew Institute last year!  We expect to continue to offer three levels of modern Hebrew classes this year.  Machon Ivrit is open to all.  See Machon Ivrit Flyer for details.
Our Machon year starts in September with a 3-day class on the Alef-Bet for beginners, and formal Machon classes begin October 15 after the holidays.
This year,  Machon Ivrit is open to teens who are interested in a serious Hebrew study program.
Class will run year round. Cost is $720, and financial aid is available. To register, contact Mel Berwin at or 503.246.8831