Donate Jam for Eliana’s Social Justice Project        
Seventh grader Eliana Pierotti is collecting jars of jam* as a part of her Bat Mitzvah social justice project. Her goal is to collect 300 jars of jam to donate to an organization called Open Arms of Minnesota, which provides fresh and healthy meals for critically ill people. The jam she collects will be part of a “blizzard box” full of non-perishables in case there is ever a time that volunteers are unable to deliver meals due to weather. She would appreciate if you donated a jar of jam to her project! Look for the donation box by the office. She will be collecting through April 25. Thank you! *Homemade jam, spreadable fruit, and jelly will not be accepted according to Open Arms’ rules.

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 

Thanks to the once-again unbelievable support from our congregants and visitors, the High Holiday Food Drive raised over 2500lbs of food! Our efforts ensured that members of our Minneapolis community who need it will be well-fed throughout the winter. Thanks again to everyone for donating, to STiFTY for coordinating, and to Sabathani Community Center for making this a reality!

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.

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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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