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As we sit down at a Seder meal and begin to tell the story of the Exodus from Egypt, we read out loud the following words: "Let all who are hungry, come and eat. Let all who are in need, come and share the Pesach meal." 

This Passover,  we hope to embody that sentiment in a meaningful way. Our Second Night Congregational Seder will be a simple affair. We will each bring a food contribution as we are able. We'll do the set up and clean up together. And we will put our values into action with non-profit Meals on Us PDX. 


Thursday, April 6th @ 6:00 pm


for the Zoom link to join us online. 



Meals on Us PDX feeds over 4,000 hungry people out of their commercial kitchen
up the street. This grassroots effort was started by chef Mark Guzman out
of his house and has grown throughout the pandemic. 75% of his hot meals go
directly to various shelters. The rest end up in tent camps, given out on street
corners or to area free fridges. 


Volunteer with Chef Mark in his kitchen
2818 NE Halsey Boulevard
(just by the Fred Meyer on Broadway)

Thursday, April 6th
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Help out in that kitchen and then head over to the Simple Seder! 

Donate Directly to Meals On Us PDX
Donation page includes more information about the organization and their mission. 


Hametz Sale

The sale of hametz during Passover allows us to focus on a spiritual decluttering of our lives. For modern Jews who live too much in our heads, this symbolic act invites us to go a step further to act out the changes we need to make in our lives. It’s also a great way to look closely at, and pay attention to, what we’ve been consuming!

It is traditional during the two weeks before Pesakh to concentrate on consuming hametz foods and avoiding buying more. Finish up that half pound of pasta, the bread in the freezer, make oatmeal cookies for the class or office.  Hametz includes all forms of the five grains listed by our ancestors: wheat, barley, rye, oats, and spelt. (To these we add farro, amaranth, teff, freekah, and all other forms of cereal grain from which breads or cakes are made.) We also include food items derived from grain: from pasta to whiskey to beer to soy sauce when it has wheat added. Read your labels! (Baking soda and baking powder are not hametz but Jews tend to avoid them anyway during Pesakh.)

Some Ashkenazi Jews do not eat kitniyot, beans and legumes, and also they avoid rice and corn. Sephardi Jews do not avoid these foods. Shir Tikvah follows the Sephardi rule when there is any deviation between the two major traditions.

Before Pesakh: Unopened or preservable items should be placed in the basement, a cupboard, a drawer or in a box at the back of a closet, sealed away from access. List each item in an email and send it to Rabbi Ariel by Wednesday morning 14 Nisan 5782 / April 5 2023 at 9am. At 10am she will sell all the lists to Amelia Schroth, Shir Tikvah’s operations manager. You will receive an email confirming the sale. On 22 Nisan 5782 / April 13 2023 at sundown it will be bought back for you, and you will receive a confirmation email letting you know that the hametz is in your legal possession again.

Holidays and Festivals


Each holy day is unique.

At Shir Tikvah, we honor the traditions of our ancestors with 21st-century celebrations. Come join us as we press cider on Sukkot, don costumes for a Megillah-reading, and dance with the Torah on Simkhat Torah. In the darkness of winter, we light our hannukiyot. With the coming spring, we remember our delivery from Egypt. And always, every autumn, we reflect on where we have fallen short and pledge to do better in the coming year.

Find more about each celebration on our calendar. Given current health conditions, we may or may not be able to accommodate visitors. 

Questions? Please contact our office.


Sat, June 3 2023 14 Sivan 5783