Shir Tikvah, Portland Oregon
Torah - Learning Gemilut Hasadim - Social Action Avodah - Prayer Singing Meditation

Nashira Education Project



At Shir Tikvah our  youth education program is called Nashira, let us sing.  We believe strongly in experiential learning and strive to create meaningful  opportunities for the whole family to engage in Jewish learning.

At Nashira you might sing Hebrew songs with your preschooler on your lap, study the birkat hamazon beside your third grader, or discuss Jewish ethics with Rabbi Ariel.  Your child might create and paint a wooden mezuzah, learn the Aleph Bet through movement, or discover that  homemade matzah is  pretty tasty.  Both you and your children will find yourselves part of a warm, welcoming community that embraces Jewish learning at every level.

The goal of  Nashira is to nurture participation, foster responsibility, and grow Jewish families who view Judaism as a vital presence in all aspects of their lives.

Nashira is comprised of Sunday morning classes, Shabbatonim, and holiday-centered events and workshops. Students are currently divided into 6 groups, although the classes begin together (with their parents) for a half-hour of tefillah. They also often mix for special events and other projects.

Each class has a general theme for the year, with an emphasis on Torah (learning), avodah (prayer) and g’milut hasadim (acts of love and kindness).

Aleph: preK/K     Introduction to Judaism and its symbols

Bet: 1st/2nd grade     The Torah and its stories

Gimmel: 3rd grade     Parent/child Hebrew 

Dalet: 4th grade     The Jewish Community & Ritual

Hey: 5th/6th grade     Jewish Ethics 

B’Nai Mitzvah Candidates  Torah study with the Rabbi and special projects

If you are not yet a member of Shir Tikvah, please contact the office or Ed and Leah Hershey at about joining before registering for classes.

We will consider non-member applications on a case-by-case basis. Please ask.

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If you have registered your child for Nashira, Hevra or High Holy Days Childcare, you can make payments online with PayPal. Once you click the button below, please be sure to enter the amount due and indicate the service for which you are submitting a payment.