Fall 2015 Blood Drive a Success! Thanks to all who participated in our fall blood drive. We exceeded our goal and collected 29 life-saving units for patients in area hospitals! To date, we have collected 968 units or 121 gallons at our blood drives with Memorial Blood Centers. There is no substitute for blood and the need is every day. Our next blood drive will be in January, date to be announced.

Sponsor a Families Together Kindergartner through the Backpack Project! 

Families Together is a Therapeutic Preschool that serves children who have experienced stress or trauma in their young lives and who also live in poverty. The program also provides support to parents to help them develop parenting skills.  There are 16 children going to kindergarten in the Fall.  Please contact Judith Brook if you or your group of friends would like to sponsor a child by providing a backpack, school supplies, and an outfit, OR by making a donation toward sponsoring a child.

Specifics of what's needed will be provided by Judith Brook as well as a photo and information about the child.

Backpacks are due back to Shir Tikvah no later than Wednesday, AUGUST 19 as they need to be delivered to each child by the Families Together staff. 

This donation is tax deductible, so keep your receipts.

Hats and Mittens Needed for Families Together: Families Together has a group of 20 deaf and hard-of-hearing preschoolers that need hats and mittens for the coming winter. This is in addition the regular 48 at-risk preschoolers.  If you are a knitter and interested in making little hats and/or mittens, please contact Judy Reisman  for instructions and pattern.

Reaction to the Tragedy in South Carolina

Mazal Tov to Max Lewin on his election to the NFTY-Northern regional board as President! Max will work with five other elected leaders to plan events for Reform Jewish teens around Minnesota and Wisconsin. He will provide support and resources for local youth groups to impact their communities through social justice and meaningful Jewish programming as well. On his election, Max shared "I'm looking forward to working with my board this year to create an even more inviting environment and to promote the growth of leaders in NFTY-Northern." We are so proud of and excited for him!

Thanks to the over 30 6th - 12th graders who came to Night on the Street! We learned about homelessness affecting thousands of young people in Minnesota every night and how our fundraising and advocacy can help end this trend once and for all. 

Confirmation Class in DC for RAC

Just over a week ago a group of Shir Tikvah confirmation students traveled to Washington DC to participate in the Religion Action Center’s L’Taken Social Justice seminars. The Religious Action Center is the Reform Movement’s presence in Washington DC, bringing a voice of progressive Jewish values to our legislative process.

Our students learned about the political process and choose issues to bring to our elected officials.  Our teens choose to research and advocate on two particular issues: international violence against women and gun violence. If you see Tova Breen, Cara Pomerantz, Phoebe Siegel-Horne, Nathan Goldman, Eli Cooper or Eli Haddorff around Shir Tikvah, be sure to ask them about the important work they did in DC! On behalf of our congregation, mazel tov to these students for their contribution to social justice!

Join Shir Tikvah's Climate Change Minyan! Read here to learn about how you can get in on the action!

Shir Tikvah Welcomes Solar Power for its Eternal Light

There’s no shortage of energy powering Shir Tikvah’s people and activities, but one holy element is now officially high-tech and off-grid at the Reform synagogue in Minneapolis. The sun is now the direct source of eternal light shining through the Ner Tamid fixture illuminating the Torah ark and sanctuary, thanks to a project of partners from the synagogue’s Climate Change Minyan, 5th-grade students and solar industry professionals. Read full article here 

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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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