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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, strength to hope and act for a better world, city, and community.

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.

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We exist to create space for the central mitzvot of תורה Torah עבודה Prayer and Ritual גמילות חסדים Doing Kindness

For up-to-date listings of all of our gatherings for prayer, ritual, learning and activities, please check our calendar.

Guests: You are welcome to request Shabbat Zoom links, or sign up to join our weekly newsletter, by contacting our Office



Torah texts on Anti-Zionism, Counter-Zionism & Post-Zionism
Thursdays by Zoom at 7pm: July 25, August 1 and August 8
The Reform movement of Judaism was originally anti-Zionist.
The Neturei Karta, an ultra-Orthodox sect of Judaism, has always been.

What Torah and Talmud teachings inform such a stance?

A lot of people are using the terms anti-Zionist, counter-Zionist, and post-Zionist these days.

What do they mean?

Join Rabbi Ariel to learn the Torah and Talmud texts that inform opposition to Zionism as a political ideology.
We’ll explore the definitions of Zionism in light of prophetic ethical teachings,
and ponder the Jewish spiritual path of those opposed to the Jewish state.
Open to all Jews and the Jew-adjacent who seek to learn. As always, this is a compassionate space. No expressions of hatred or violence (other than in the texts themselves) will be tolerated.

Register here to get the Zoom link:

“This too is Torah and I need to learn it.” - Rabbi Akiba


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. 

Fri, July 19 2024 13 Tammuz 5784