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Portland's Eastside Synagogue 

Congregation Shir Tikvah is a mid-sized independent congregation. Our founders envisioned a participatory, learning community and we work hard to fulfill that promise. At less than 20 years old, we're the "start up" in Portland's Jewish Community. . 

Our neighborhoods are diverse and so are our supporters. They come from across the Jewish spectrum: Jew-by-birth, Jew-by-choice, queer, straight, trans, interfaith, atheist, devout believer. We welcome all who want to grapple with the beauty and contradictions of our sacred texts to better understand our faith, our world and our place in it.

Shir Tikvah means "song of hope". We gather strength from each other and our tradition.

Until the Willamette River parts for Portland’s Jewish community to cross the divide, the liberal,
Independent Shir Tikvah remains the east side’s only full-time shul.
Rabbi Ariel Stone’s casual congregation is serious about social
justice and
Torah Study, complete with fresh bagels and heated banter.

Portland Monthly


MEMBERS: The Zoom link for Yom Kippur is on the members' Zoom Link page (and is the same one as Rosh HaShanah.)

Sign into your account to access that page.

GUESTS: Registration is closed at this time.
You can sign up for Yom Kippur afternoon here

On-site services will be available via Zoom to anyone. Email the office by 5 pm Friday Sept. 22 for the link.



Give Tzedakah During High Holy Days

Giving Tzedakah is a Jewish value, something central to our Jewish faith. Last year during High Holy Days Shir Tikvah contributed $3,547 to the Oregon Food Bank. This year our goal is $4,140 - let's make that happen!

Donate here.


For up-to-date listings of all of our services and activities, please check our calendar.

Guests: You may request Shabbat Zoom links, or sign up to join our weekly newsletter, by contacting our operations manager Amelia Schroth.


We follow the Jewish ethic of caring for the most vulnerable of our community; therefore continue to require vaccination and boosting. We will also provide high quality masks for those who require them in order to participate in our community

If you are feeling ill, please stay home and away from others. 

Health authorities have recommended the following source for ongoing information about the pandemic. 


A statement from our Rabbi

In the name of Elohim, of Allah, of G*d most merciful: we pray for the people of Palestine. May our Muslim and Christian Arab cousins be granted safety, success, love, security, and hope. May they enjoy the fruits of freedom and equality long denied them.

As Jews, we pray for their well-being in accordance with our Torah’s command: “you shall not stand by as your neighbor bleeds” (Leviticus 19.16. May we live to see the day when Jews and Arabs will live in the land we call holy, together, and in peace.

We pray that one day all the wanderers will come home in joy, and that the fruits of the peacemakers’ efforts will be shared equally among all.

Our freedom is bound up with the freedom of all others. We pray that Palestinians will be able to live lives free from violence and oppression. And we pray that we might be among those who work for that day. 

וַיֹּ֥אמֶר אֱלֹהִ֖ים יְהִ֣י א֑וֹר וַֽיְהִי־אֽוֹר - Elohim said Let There Be Light, and there was light.

May we be the light that brings hope to our Palestinian friends and so to our ancestral home, and may we live to see peace over all Israel. Amen.

- Adapted by Rabbi Ariel Stone from a prayer created by Matah Adler, on



Sat, September 30 2023 15 Tishrei 5784