Shir Tikvah’s Annual Fall Blood Drive a Success! Thank you to all the volunteers who rolled-up their sleeves to make a life-saving blood donation on Sunday, September 28. We had a terrific turnout and collected 35 units, impacting as many as 105 patients in area hospitals. In the 15 years we’ve been partnering with Memorial Blood Centers, this marks the 4th time we collected this many units of blood! Mark your calendar now for our Day of Service Blood Drive on Saturday, January 18, 2015.

Calling all Shir Tikvah instrumental musicians of all ages:  Check out these two great opportunities to make music!

At the Jewish community's annual mental health conference, Sunday, October 19, performing with Maestro Ronald Braunstein.  Link here to the info below.

If you (1) play an orchestral instrument (2) are free on Sunday afternoon, October 19 from 12:45-4:00 p.m. and (3) know, or can imagine, what it's like to experience the stigma of mental illness, we need you!

You are cordially invited to participate in a special one-time rehearsal of classical music conducted by Maestro Ronald Braunstein, who graduated from Juilliard, won the Gold Medal in the Herbert von Karajan International Conducting Competition, and has conducted orchestras all over the world. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder in his mid-20s, he and his wife Caroline Whiddon established an orchestra in Burlington VT which is attracting international attention for its unique approach to erasing stigma one note at a time.   

The rehearsal will be a chance for individuals WITH and WITHOUT mental illnesses to experience Braunstein's approach to creating music in a stigma-free, supportive environment. Orchestral musicians of all ability levels are invited to participate. There are no auditions, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.

The rehearsal is part of an annual mental health conference sponsored by the Twin Cities Jewish community which is free and open to everyone. This year's theme is Creating Harmony in Our Lives, and Braunstein and Whiddon are the conference keynoters. The conference will be held at Temple Israel on Sunday, October 19. The music rehearsed will be performed at the closing ceremony of the conference. 

To express interest in the special rehearsal, contact Laurie Kramer at by September 10. To register for the whole conference, go to

Please forward this email to others who may be interested. Thanks for helping us spread the word.

2.    Join the new Tizmoret Tikvah:  The Shir Tikvah Orchestra!   Instrumentalists of all ages welcome!   First rehearsal is Sunday, November 16, right after Religious School:  12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.  More information linked here: RSVP to

Info:  We have MANY talented musicians at Shir Tikvah.  This year’s Shabbat Shira, January 30, 2015, will feature the new Tizmoret Tikvah, the Shir Tikvah Orchestra!  Join us for a first rehearsal on Sunday, November 16, from 12:00- 2:00 p.m, to try out the music.  No further commitment necessary, though we hope to form a solid group from this event. This session will be to check out the group, and try out the music.  If you join the orchestra, rehearsals will be in December and January of this year. About 6 rehearsals.  

For those of you who prefer to “jam” on your instrument, the second hour is for you.  Explore a couple of pieces of music, with some basic melody lines and chords, and let’s see what music we can create together.

A message from the Caring Committee: Meals are needed for congregants who are ill or recovering from surgery. If you are able to make a dish, please do so in a container that does not need to be returned. Label it with the dish name and a list of the ingredients and just drop it off at Shir Tikvah!  We will store it there!  Your help is greatly appreciated. For further details, contact Jill Madsen

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