Bagels rise to greatness in Portland

Portland is fiercely proud of its locally sourced cuisine. That pride extends even to bagels. So, when Colorado-based Einstein Noah Restaurant Group bought the locally owned Kettleman Bagel Company in 2011, customers were dismayed. Bagel mavens no longer had a place to purchase their beloved boiled bagels, as the new owners soon discontinued the kettle-boiling…


Oregon poet brings home major literary prize

Asked what it meant to receive the 2015 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize for her manuscript, Divinity School, Portlander Alicia Jo Rabins was unequivocal: “I feel like I won the lottery. There were over 800 submissions.” In the world of poetry, this prize represents a hugely prestigious honor, one that includes the publication and…


Free concert benefits charities including JFCS

Peter Zisa and Friends present their annual celebration of peace and goodwill, “Seasons of Light Holiday Benefit Concert.” Seasons of Light, an annual benefit concert since 2007, returns Dec. 5 this year with an exciting program of music that celebrates the many cultural and faith traditions of our community. Excellent performers from many musical traditions…


Youth and Family Hanukkah Fun

DEC. 6 Hanukah Menorah Workshop: Chabad Northeast Portland and Orchard Supply Hardware (4030 NE Halsey St, Portland) offer a Pre-Hanukkah Menorah Workshop at 10 am. “During our long history Jews have learnt to become creative,” says Mushka Wilhelm the Director of Chabad Hebrew School-NE PDX. “Who would think that random items from Orchard Supply Hardware…


Read like a Maccabee

Perhaps more than any other Jewish holiday, Hanukkah (which begins at sundown Dec. 6 this year) calls on parents to deftly thread the needle between the spiritual and the secular. Is Hanukkah a tribute to the mighty deeds of our stalwart ancestors and G-d’s miracle of the oil? Or is it merely an orgy of…

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