Mazal Tov!

Harvey Zuckman for receiving the Lifetime Champion of Pride Award for the 2014 Twin Cities Pride Season. This award is given to an individual that has made considerable contributions to the Twin Cities GLBT community over the span of 10 or more years. Harvey’s contributions in helping to find the Minnesota Freedom Band in 1983, as well as the Lesbian and Gay Band Association have made a major impact on the GLBT community both locally and beyond. In addition, his volunteer work with organizations such as MN AIDS Walk, Red Ribbon Ride and the recent fight for marriage equality are "what a Champion of Pride is all about", Rob Anderson, Board of Directors Member, Twin Cities Pride

Pam Rochlin on being elected President of Minnesota Women Lawyers for 2014 - 2015. MWL is an organization 1,300 members strong that plays an active role in Minnesota's legal community, providing a voice for women lawyers and working to advance the success of women attorneys and strive for a just society. We are confident that Pam’s leadership will help MWL achieve another year of strength and success. For more information about Minnesota Women Lawyers go to

Artis Curiskis, a Senior at St. Louis Park High School has been awarded the "Mercury Award" and the "Mike Warter Award" for male athlete-scholar 2014.

He also received the "Everlasting Joy of the People Award" from Joy of the People (JOTP), a community non-profit organization which promotes soccer free play as a way to build healthy kids and communities. The award is given to one outstanding volunteer each year.

He will be attending Grinnell College in Fall 2014 and was recruited to play on their NCAA Division III team.

The Mercury Award is named in honor of Hy Truman and Donald Goldberg and is presented annually to Minnesota's outstanding senior male and female Jewish scholar-athlete. The Mercury Award is in its 78th year.

The Mike Warter Memorial Senior Award is from the Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaching Association (MSHSCA) and is awarded to one Minnesota senior male and one female who have demonstrated solid citizenship, evidence of their contribution to the soccer community at large and excellence on the soccer field - playing at the Varsity level. Artis played on St Louis Park's Varsity team for 4 years.He plays club soccer with Minneapolis United Soccer in the City.

Eva Goldfarb & Isabel Rousmaniere, winners of this year’s Keren Or Teen writing and photography contest. Eva received First Place (grades 7-9) for her prose piece, The Longest Sixty Seconds &  Isabel received Second Place (grades 10-12) for her poem, The Orchard

Fifty-one Jewish teens representing 23 schools and twelve synagogues from throughout the metro region submitted 156 poems, pieces of prose, and photographs to the contest.

This year’s winners will also be featured in an exhibit titled Keren Or: A Decade of Writing and Photography, a 10-year retrospective of the contest, at the Sabes JCC’s Tychman Shapiro Gallery. The exhibit opens on April 27 and runs through May 22. There will be a reception for the artists at the gallery on April 27, 2 p.m., and an awards ceremony for this year’s winners.

Experimental Summer Service Times:The T’filah Committee recommended and the Board has endorsed an experiment with worship time this summer. All Friday evening services during June, July, and August will begin at 6:30 pm.

We tried this last summer during the month of July. The T’filah Committee felt that because it was such a short period of time, we did not have enough information to make any conclusive decision about service times.  

During this summer experience, the T’filah Committee will evaluate the consistency of having Friday evening services at the same time as well as the specific time of 6:30 pm.

With a 6:30 pm start time, when do we eat dinner? The summer experiment will feature a 6 pm oneg prior to each service with cheese, crackers, vegetables, and fruit. Additionally, at several services, we’ll offer dinner, either by purchase or potluck. Details will be forthcoming. Families who have life cycle events have been notified well in advance to plan accordingly.

Your feedback is important! We have engaged Shir Tikvah member and industrial psychology expert, Jordan Orzoff, Ph.D., to design a survey to help the T’filah Committee evaluate the experiment. Complete survey here

We look forward to your participation and are honored to live into our new vision, where we strive together for deeper spiritual engagement.  

Ray Levi, President, Julie Jacobs, T’filah Committee Chair, Rabbi Michael Adam Latz

Read the original letter from the T'filah Committee here

Yasher Koach to the 6th and 10th graders from Shir Tikvah who joined nearly 250 young adults from around the Twin Cities for the Annual Night on the Street.  The groups raised $18,346.22 to fund supportive services for youth who have experienced homelessness at Nicollet Square and spent the evening learning about the causes of and effects of homelessness as well as the advocacy needed to help those affected by homelessness.

The Confirmation Class L'taken trip to Washington DC
with the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism's L'Taken Seminar (Repair the World)

Havdalah at the Jefferson Monument

Discussing a peace plan for Israel & Palestine
Facing the Jefferson Memorial 
Heading to the Senate
At the offices of Senator Klobuchar
and Senator Franken
Group at Senator Franken's office

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

1360 West Minnehaha Parkway  - Minneapolis, MN 55419-1199
Shir Tikvah Telephone: (612)822-1440
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Office hours:  Monday through Thursday 9 to 5  & Friday 9 to 3
       Parking is available at Burroughs School - enter on 50th

In case of Life Cycle Emergency Call: (612)787-7447


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