Shir Tikvah, Portland Oregon
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Passover 5773

Here are more details for our Congregational Seder:

Our Second-Night Seder will be held at Bridgeport on March 26th, and will start at 6 pm. It will be a directed potluck, which means that you’ll have the option of making a specific dish to contribute.


If you’d like to help out, email the office! We’ll be setting up Tuesday afternoon, and cleaning up afterwards.


Most of these dishes can be served at room temperature or cold. We will be utilizing the refrigerator, ovens and warming drawers downstairs to keep the food at safe temperatures prior to serving.

We’ve selected a variety of recipes that cover a range of cooking talents. Take a look at all of them: which one suits your time schedule and abilities the best?

These recipes have been scaled up to feed 12 people. This is what we’ll need! Don’t make changes to the ingredients: we have some people with food allergies that are counting on the recipe being made as written.

If you choose to make a soup, please bring it in a crock pot so it can stay warm during the seder.

Huevos Haminados

Israeli Salad with Pickles and Mint

Sephardic Red Lentil Soup

Vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup

Sephardic Charoset Truffles

Traditional Apple-Walnut Charoset

Salmon with Maror and Honey by Tamar Fox

Slow-Baked Salmon with Lemon and Thyme

Roasted Red Potatoes with Rosemary

Garlic Roasted Asparagus

Passover Tishpishti(Honeycake)

Chocolate Caramel Matzo Squares








It’s never too early to RSVP. Contact Amelia Schroth in the office to let her know how many are coming and what you will be bringing.


Here’s a great audio resource for songs and prayers for the Seder:

Kol Dikhfin Yeytey v’yeykhol – Let All Who Are Hungry Come and Eat

The focus on food during Pesakkh is based on an essential and ancient human anxiety: what will sustain us?
Once upon a time, it was a rare thing to eat to satiety, and outside of granaries in which communities could store extra foodstuffs, there was no guarantee of survival during drought. (See a report on an 11,000 year old granary found in an archaeological dig – our ancestors probably would have easily recognized it!)
It was a real act of faith to fulfill the commandment to clear out all the old grain at the spring season of Pesakh, and eat only the new as it was harvested, in the simple form of flat, unleavened bread. It was – and still is – a statement of trust in the communities that sustain us through distribution systems and agriculture, and as well, in the Source of Life that causes the grain to grow reliably every single year.
Three powerful ways to demonstrate your belief in our capacity to sustain each other with food and with trust are offered to you here. These are regular Pesakh mitzvot for our Shir Tikvah congregation.

Hametz sale

Every year, part of our preparation for Pesakh is in the gathering up of our hametz, in accordance with the mitzvah: “there shall be no leaven found in your homes; whoever eats leavening, that person shall be alienated from the congregation of Israel. Eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations you shall eat matzah.” (Ex. 12.19-20).

The mitzvah which requires us to rid our homes of hametz does not mean that we have to throw things away – that would be a violation of the mitzvah bal tashkhit, which prohibits waste or unnecessary destruction. Unopened items can be donated to food banks, certainly; but that which cannot be donated can be stored in an area in your home which will be off-limits during Pesakh (a cabinet which is taped shut, a basement shelf covered with a sheet, a box in the attic…). Halakah provides for those items to be sold for the duration of the holy day period.
Pesakh begins Monday night, March 25th. Your home should be Pesadik and clear of the five grains – wheat, barley, oats, spelt, and rye – by that morning after breakfast.
The deadline for getting the list to Rabbi to be part of the hametz sale is Sunday morning, March 24th by 10 am. Email your itemized list to Rabbi at and your hametz will be sold to Rev. Tara. The hametz will be bought back on April 2 and will legally belong to you again at sundown.

Ma’ot Hittin – helping others to celebrate

Every year Shir Tikvah has volunteered food, money and/or time to our Jewish community’s local effort to make sure that all those who are obligated to fulfill the mitzvah of holding a Seder are able to do so. See this site Ma’ot Hittin  to help out this year.

Let all who are hungry eat

The third way to honor our Festival’s teachings is to collect all the food that you cannot store and give it away to a food bank – or simply write a check to that food bank.