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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, gay, straight, 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.


As an observant Jewish community, we rely on Torah values to guide us through days of uncertainty and danger. First among equals is the ethic of piku’akh nefesh, the saving of life; it precedes the fulfillment of all other mitzvot. Therefore, to lessen the burdens on our health care system and to keep each other as safe as possible, we are limiting in-person study and services. 

Until this wave subsides, we keep each other safe by staying physically apart, but we keep each other whole by staying spiritually together. JOIN US ONLINE FOR::

  • Erev Shabbat Candlelighting
  • Torah Study and Shabbat Services
  • Tu B'Shevat Seder

May it be not too long until we’re gathered on the other side of the Sea we now face, singing and laughing together at our redemption. 

Members: Log into the "My Account" page for Zoom links.   

Guests: For questions abour our Shabbat Zoom links, contact office manager Amelia Schroth before noon on Friday. For other links, check for more information on our calendar. 


We are 2/3 of the way done with one-time fundraising effort to raise a $1.1 million endowment to support our long-term stability and growth in our new space.

We have raised over $710K in pledges and donations,  but need your help to be successful. Your contribution will support prayer, study and social justice on the Eastside for generations to come. 


Meet our Interim Gabbai

We are pleased to announce that  Marisa Debowsky will step into the position of Interim Gabbai during Ronit Scheyer's maternity leave. 

The original gabbaim collected temple taxes for the Roman government. At Shir Tikvah, our gabbai helps services to run smoothly. This includes leading some prayers, calling congregants up to the Torah and being on hand with a voweled version of the text to ensure that all words are pronounced correctly. 

The Rabbi and Gabbai work together to mentor our community members, encouraging the development of skills necessary to participate in prayer and study. 


Sun, January 16 2022 14 Shevat 5782