Shir Tikvah Calendar and News

Information on services, gatherings, and more

Upcoming Events

    • January 06, 2018
    • December 05, 2020
    • 36 sessions

    Service for families with children 5 and under.

    • January 06, 2018
    • May 02, 2020
    • 93 sessions

    Shabbat Services

    • August 24, 2018
    • April 23, 2021
    • 33 sessions
    • Shir Tikvah

    Torah Study: An Exodus Journey

    Second and Fourth Friday of the month from 12:15pm-1:30pm


    Interested in studying Torah slowly and making connections to today's world in the company of some great people?  Are you self-employed, retired, a student, or someone with a flexible schedule?  Then join Shir Tikvah's lunchtime Torah study on the second and fourth Fridays of the month from 12:15-1:30 p.m.  Bring your lunch and an inquiring mind, and you're set.  We read approximately 25 verses of Torah during each session, employing a variety of translations and commentaries.  On Friday, May 22, we'll begin in the middle of the book of Leviticus with parashat Kedoshim, often referred to as the holiness code and the source of many of Judaism's greatest guidance on how to live together in a just and holy society.

    To be added to the email reminder list contact Gayle.
    All are welcome to participate. Now's your chance to get in on the ground floor of our next book of study.
    • September 07, 2018
    • April 02, 2021
    • 29 sessions
    • Shir Tikvah

    Join us for First Friday Potluck Dinner. We will gather at 5:15 for welcoming Shabbat rituals, start eating by 5:30 and wrap up by 6:15 so we have time to clean up and be ready for Shabbat services by 6:30.

    Dinner items can be anything you like, but we do ask that you do not mix meat and dairy in the same dish. Reminder: No pork or shellfish, please.

    Sweets will be available at the oneg after services.

    If possible, please RSVP by end of day Thursday before the Friday Potluck of each month so that we know how many people to set up for. If you decide to join us at the last minute and haven't RSVP'd, please come anyway!

    These potlucks are congregant led.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    We are so glad you can come to the First Friday Potluck in October!
    -Jodi Gordon

    jodilgordon@gmail.com
    612-916-9656

    • September 21, 2018
    • July 21, 2023
    • 59 sessions
    • Shir Tikvah

    Enjoy a potluck dinner with other families with young children before Friday night Shabbat services.

    Have a bite before services (which start at 6:30). Kids are always welcome in the sanctuary but there is often childcare available on Friday nights too.
    Bring whatever food item is easy! Contact Daniel Baxter to RSVP.
    • January 04, 2019
    • April 02, 2021
    • 118 sessions
    • Shir Tikvah

    Shabbat Services

    • August 22, 2019
    • October 07, 2019
    • 13 sessions
    • Shir Tikvah

    To join the High Holy Days 5780 Choir, please email the Choir Director: Aaron Kapuan

    • September 05, 2019
    • March 19, 2020
    • 14 sessions
    • Shir Tikvah
    Register

    Continuing Mussar with Julie Dean

    Open to those who have studied Mussar and are seeking to deepen their personal practice and learning in a supportive, engaging community.

    Two Thursdays per month, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm: 

    9/5, 9/19, 10/3, 10/17, 10/31, 11/21, 12/5, 12/19, 1/9, 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/5, 3/19

    Participants should plan to attend 90% or more of the sessions and communicate with a chevruta at least once on the weeks we do not meet.  We will be using Middot focused Torah summaries from the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

    Questions? Contact Julie Dean at juldean@fastmail.fm

    • September 09, 2019
    • October 07, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • Shir Tikvah
    Register

    2019-2020 Sparks of Jewish Time

    Judaism marks times in ways that are linear and cyclical.

    The next series of courses explores Jewish time through the annual holidays and the unique moments we ritualize over our lifetimes. 


    Sparks of Return

    Mondays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm: September 9, 16, 23, and October 7 (4 sessions)

    What is the spiritual call of the High Holy Days? How do our prayers and rituals inspire and deepen our work?

    Join Rabbi Rappaport to explore Selichot, Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, Tashlich, Sukkot, and Simchat-Torah; and celebrate the first night of Sukkot together on Sunday October 13.

    $60


    • September 09, 2019
    • December 16, 2019
    • 12 sessions
    • Shir Tikvah
    Register

    Trope Seminar: Learn to Chant Torah

    Mondays, 6:00 to 7:20 pm

    September 9 - December 16 (No class Sept 30, Oct 14 or 21)

    Master tutor Steve Greenberg will use The Art of Torah Cantillation to teach learners how to chant Torah for Shabbat. This workshop is for students of Hebrew who are already comfortable decoding Hebrew letters and vowels, and is part of the Adult B’nei Mitzvah program. 


    $136 plus The Art of Torah Cantillation by Marshall Portnoy

    (please contact Magers & Quinn at 612-822-4611 to order this book)


    • September 14, 2019
    • April 11, 2020
    • 8 sessions
    • Shir Tikvah
    • 42
    Register

    Shabbat Morning Torah Study with Rabbi David Thomas

    Second Saturday of the month

    9:00-10:15 am

    Sept 14, Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 14, Jan 11, Feb 8, March 14, April 11, May 9

    While Torah is at the very center of who we are as a people, it’s language, content and mysteries often keep us at bay. The Chasidic rebbes had an inspired way of seeing the Torah as alive in a way that urges us to see how it applies to every one of us personally. In these sessions, we will engage deeply with the text, in the context of Shabbat and in a spirit of discovery - “How is the Torah speaking to me personally? What is it trying to teach me about myself, my place in the world and my life in relation to my community?  We will refer to the text in Hebrew, but no previous experience with Torah is necessary. 

    David Thomas recently retired from his role as senior rabbi at Congregation Beth El in Sudbury, MA after 17 years.  Rabbi Thomas launched the award-winning MetroWest Free Medical Program and is known for his social action and racial justice initiatives in his native North Carolina as well as leading his congregation to a vote declaring a Sanctuary in Support of Immigrants in 2017.

    Rabbi Thomas is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute and has been a board member for the CCAR. David recently moved to Minneapolis to spend more time with his grandchildren.


    • September 18, 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM


    • September 21, 2019
    • 7:45 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Shir Tikvah

    Get ready for the deep, spiritual work of the High Holy Days with a musical, contemplative service. At the end of the Shabbat immediately preceding Rosh Hashanah, we gather to learn with guest speaker, Scholar Noam Sienna, and then sing prayers of S’lichot. Our core pray will join the Shir Tikvah and Beth Jacob Communities.

    Noam Sienna is a Jewish educator and editor of A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts from the First Century to 1969.


    7:45 Dessert Reception

    8:00 Guest speaker Noam Sienna

    9:00 sing songs of yearning and teshuva traditional to this sacred moment in our calendar 


    • September 22, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


    • September 25, 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM


    • September 29, 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • St. Joan of Arc

    Let the cry of the shofar awaken your spirit and encourage you to lift your voice in our singing community.


    • September 30, 2019
    • 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
    • St. Joan of Arc


    • September 30, 2019
    • 10:30 AM
    • St. Joan of Arc

    Hear the sound of the shofar, experience soul-shaking davening, and contemplate the Torah reading of Sarah, Hagar, and Ishmael.


    • October 02, 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM


    • October 05, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM


    • October 06, 2019
    • 9:30 AM
    • Crosby Farm Regional Park

    Continue the spiritual work of the Days of Awe in a beautiful outdoor setting with music, study, a nosh, and the symbolic release of the past year’s mistakes into the river.


    • October 06, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


    • October 08, 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • St. Joan of Arc

    Elevate your soul, fast from food and drink, hear the haunting melodies of Kol Nidre and Avinu Malkeinu, reach higher for holiness and integrity, and recite a communal Vidui— our Confessional Prayer.

    Participation is what Shir Tikvah is all about. Throughout this Holy Day, be inspired by fellow congregants as they offer words from their hearts, Torah chanting, and beautiful music.

    Sing and pray along, even if you don’t know the words.

    • October 09, 2019
    • 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
    • St. Joan of Arc


    • October 09, 2019
    • 10:30 AM
    • St. Joan of Arc

    Dive into powerful davening, the Vidui, deep engagement with the Torah reading of Cain and Abel, the prophetic call of Isaiah, and our traditional moments of contemplation and reflection before the open ark.

    • October 09, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • St. Joan of Arc

    Enjoy gentle yoga, engage in meaningful Talmud learning, walk the neighborhood, or take some downtime. You choose.


    • October 09, 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • St. Joan of Arc

    Receive powerful musical offerings by the choir, engage the wild and wondrous book of Jonah, and lift your soul in a stimulating service of renewal.


    • October 09, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
    • St. Joan of Arc

    Tenderly embrace one another in our grief, read the names of our deceased loved ones, light candles of remembrance, and join together in Mourner’s Kaddish.

    • October 09, 2019
    • 5:45 PM
    • St. Joan of Arc

    Pour out every last bit of grief and yearning in one ecstatic moment to reach together into the new year with a renewed sense of joy, purpose, and hope.

    • October 09, 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • St. Joan of Arc

    Join us for a congregational Break-the-Fast immediately following the conclusion of Yom Kippur Neilah services at St. Joan of Arc

    • October 13, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


    • October 13, 2019
    • October 19, 2019
    • 7 sessions
    • Shir Tikvah

    Shir Tikvah Sukkot Gatherings: October 13-26

    Sukkot begins just four days after Yom Kippur. We come back to earth from Yom Kippur by celebrating the joyous bounty of the harvest in community for the seven nights of Sukkot. It’s a time to relax in the sukkah - or indoors if the weather is bad - connect with others, and share delicious food. We hope that everyone, of all ages, will find one or more nights that will work for you to simply hang out together in the sukkah.  


    All meals are potluck and vegetarian (dairy and fish okay.) Please plan to bring something that you find yummy and nourishing to share with the community. Please rsvp/sign up for a dish here (click over each tab at the bottom to find the appropriate day you’d like to sign up).


    Sunday, October 13, 6:00pm

    Celebrate Sukkot with rituals, good food, and meaningful conversation 

     

    Monday, October 14, 6:00pm

    Join us for community-building in the Sukkah


    Tuesday, October 15, 6:00pm

    Teen night in the Sukkah!

                                                

    Wednesday, October 16 4:00-8:00 pm

    (before or after Hebrew School for 3rd- 7th graders)

    Celebrate Sukkot with the Hebrew School Community

     

    Thursday, October 17 6:00pm

    Musical evening - bring your voice and/or your instruments and as we fill the evening with our harmonies                       

     

    Friday, October 18 5:00pm

    Are you a new member or interested in meeting new people? Join our potluck in the Sukkah before services and Oneg (S’mores in the Sukkah) afterward! 


    Saturday, Saturday, October 19 5:00pm

    Tots Sukkot   



    • October 16, 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM


    • October 20, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Shir Tikvah

    Simchat Torah

    Sunday, October 20 at 5 p.m. at Shir Tikvah

    Join in the revelry at our brilliant, energetic, joyous capstone to the High Holy Day season. We feast on delicious food from the Shir Tikvah Cooks, unravel the Torah, wrap ourselves in its powerful embrace, and dance the night away.



    • October 23, 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM


    • October 27, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


    • October 28, 2019
    • February 10, 2020
    • 13 sessions
    • Shir Tikvah
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    Fall/Winter 2019:  Alef Isn’t Tough: Learning the Aleph-Bet

    October 28 - February 10 (13 sessions; no class Dec 23, Dec 30, or Jan 20) 

    If you are new to Hebrew, and/or interested in a future adult b’nei-mitzvah, this class is for you. Learn to recognize letters and vowels, with their associated sounds. 

    $118 (Minimum 10 people)


    • October 30, 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM


    • October 30, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


    • November 03, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


    • November 04, 2019
    • December 16, 2019
    • 7 sessions
    • Shir Tikvah
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    Ritual Sparks of a Jewish Life

    Rabbi David Thomas

    Rituals mark the most vulnerable moments of transition in a human life. Learn about the foundational Jewish life cycle rituals and how they’ve evolved over time. Topics include birth/baby-naming; b’nei-mitzvah, marriage, death and mourning. 

    6:00-7:20 pm, Mondays November 4 - December 16 (7 sessions)



    • November 06, 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM


    • November 10, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


    • November 10, 2019
    • December 15, 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • Shir Tikvah
    Register

    Engage: Exploring Jewish Values in the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process and Conflict

    Rabbi Latz

    In I-Engage, confirmation students and parents together will explore some of the salient issues and core values facing the Israel-Palestine peace process. Have questions? Want to talk about complicated issues in a non-judgmental way? Join us! Taught by Rabbi Latz. 

    Sundays 9:30am-11am, Nov 10, 17, 24, Dec 8 & 15

    $72; or included for Confirmation students and families



    • November 11, 2019
    • December 16, 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • Shir Tikvah
    Register

    Mondays November 11 and 25, December 9 and 16, 6:30 - 8:00 pm (4 Mondays plus a Sunday workshop on December 1, time TBD by participants) 

    With so many things competing for our attention (some worthy and some not), many of us need extra support for returning to our own centers and remembering what matters. In this workshop, we will explore some of Judaism’s best tools and teachings for resilience. Specific practices include: spiritual qualities to cultivate for wellbeing; exploring the wisdom in our prayers; hitbodedut - calling out to God; silence; time in nature; creative expression;  journaling; and more. $72, with Rabbi Rappaport.



    • November 13, 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM


    • November 17, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


    • November 20, 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM


    • November 24, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


    • November 26, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


    • December 04, 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM


    • December 07, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM


    • December 08, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


    • December 08, 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Shir Tikvah

    The Inner Light of Hanukkah: A Celebration of Practice & Learning

    December 8, 12:30-2:00pm, Shir Tikvah Sanctuary

    Jewish mindfulness and contemplative practices are powerful tools for experiencing a deeper and more meaningful connection to daily life and to Judaism. For two decades, IJS (The Institute for Jewish Spirituality) has taught Jewish spiritual practices -- including mindfulness meditation, text study, prayer, and singing -- that engage the head, heart, body, and soul.

    Join us on Sunday, December 8, 2019 for 90 minutes of revitalizing practice prepare for the festival of Hanukkah and celebrate IJS’s 20th anniversary. Using online video technology, we will join together with participants across the country (& around the world!).

    Free of charge; donations welcome!


    • December 11, 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM


    • December 15, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


    • December 18, 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM


    • December 19, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


    • January 06, 2020
    • February 03, 2020
    • 4 sessions
    • Shir Tikvah
    Register

    Sparks of Shabbat

    Shir Tikvah Clergy

    Philosophy, theology, and how-to’s of Shabbat

    January 6-February 3 (4 sessions) 

    $72



    • January 08, 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM


    • January 12, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


    • January 13, 2020
    • March 30, 2020
    • 10 sessions
    • Shir Tikvah

    Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion

    Melton Course, co-sponsored by Hineni

    Taught by Rabbi Lynn Liberman, Board-Certified Chaplain

    Mondays, 7:00-8:30pm; January 13-April 13 (ten sessions)


    Within the field of ethics, one of the most challenging frontiers is medical ethics. While contemporary medical knowledge preserves life, modern advances have raised moral and ethical dilemmas related to the sanctity and dignity of life—issues whose scope was unimaginable a generation ago. Written by Rabbi Elliot Dorff, PhD, Jewish Medical Ethics explores Jewish approaches to a number of 21st century ethical issues, including human cloning, surrogate motherhood, genetic identity, assisted suicide, and genetic manipulation. CEU’s available.

    Jan 13: Introduction and The Cloning of Plants, Animals and Humans

    Jan 20: Genetic Interventions and the Termination of Pregnancy

    Jan 27: Surrogate Motherhood & Multiple Parents

    Feb 10: Sperm Banking and Posthumous Sperm Retrieval

    Feb 17: Genetic Identity

    Feb 24: Genetic Testing

    March 16: Pain Management and Drug Addiction

    March 23: Passive Euthanasia: Heroic Efforts vs Letting Nature Take its Course

    March 30: Assisted Suicide/Aid in Dying

    $250; Register at www.events.org/MeltonTwinCities


    • January 15, 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM


    • January 19, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


    • January 22, 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM


    • January 26, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


    • January 27, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


    • January 29, 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM


    • February 01, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM


    • February 02, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


    • February 05, 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM


    • February 09, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


    • February 19, 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM


    • February 23, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


    • February 24, 2020
    • May 18, 2020
    • 9 sessions
    • Shir Tikvah
    Register

    Winter and Spring Holiday Sparks

    Shir Tikvah Clergy

    Learn the meanings and how-to’s of Jewish spring holidays through an environmental lens, including our relationship with the lands in which Jews live. 

    Classes meet February 24, March 2 (Purim); March 23 & 30, April 6 (Passover and Omer); April 20 (Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance); April 27 (Modern Israeli Holidays); May 11 & 18 (Shavuot); 9 sessions


    • February 24, 2020
    • May 18, 2020
    • 11 sessions
    • Shir Tikvah

    Winter/Spring 2020Alef Isn’t Enough

    February 24 - May 18 (11 sessions, no class March 9, April 13) 

    Alef Isn’t Enough is for those who are familiar with the Aleph-Bet and are looking for some support putting the letters together, practicing prayers, and learning some root words. 

    $118 (Minimum 10 people)


    • February 25, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


    • February 26, 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM


    • March 01, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


    • March 04, 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM


    • March 04, 2020
    • April 01, 2020
    • 5 sessions
    • Shir Tikvah
    Register

    Talmudic Folktales

    Rabbi David Thomas 

    Co-sponsored with Hineni

    Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm March 4 - April 1

    Rabbi Thomas has collected dozens of wonderfully subversive, multi-vocal folktales from the Talmud mined from the work of Yonah Fraenkel and others. These tales cover a wide range of universal human questions which the rabbis felt safest embedding in stories, rather than in halachic (legal) discourse. Texts are in English and Hebrew and the teaching is interactive and discussion based. Topics include: Free-will vs. Predetermination, Miracles: Can’t live with em, Can’t live without em, Confronting mortality, and more.

    $72


    • March 07, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM


    • March 08, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


    • March 11, 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM


    • March 15, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


    • March 18, 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM


    • March 21, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


    • March 22, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


    • April 19, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


    • April 22, 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM