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We Cannot Be Silent Any Longer

Although we are known as content creators for Jewish Lifestyle magazines, websites and social media, we are firm believers that the term “lifestyle” can be expanded beyond entertainment and engagement. One of our missions from the beginning has been to disseminate information, ideas and inspiration as a way to fight against hate, racism and anti-Semitism….

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Hanukkah miracle emerges from ashes

By Aaron Wolf Do you believe in miracles? The real-life kind? I’m in my car and on my way to Camp Hess Kramer off the Pacific Coast Highway in Southern California, one of two camps founded by my late Grandfather Rabbi Alfred Wolf for the Wilshire Boulevard Temple. I’m close to returning to his legacy…

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Tree of Life: A Concert for Peace and Unity

PBS will broadcast nationally WQED’s locally-produced “Tree of Life: A Concert for Peace and Unity,” a free community event, presented and hosted by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to honor the Tree of Life Synagogue victims and first responders. The performance, featuring Itzhak Perlman at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, was taped on Nov. 27, one month after the…

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Seeking dynamic professionals under 45 who want to have impact

The Oregon Jewish Community Foundations is recruiting its fourth Giving Council Cohort. The deadline for registration is Dec. 27. Who: Career minded Jews in the Portland area interested in a different take on philanthropy What: Participate in the fourth cohort of the OJCF Giving Council, a giving circle.  A “giving circle” is a group of philanthropic people who come…

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“Bohemian Chanukah” celebrates festival of lights

Six13 recently released “Bohemian Chanukah,” a Queen cover, was (re)written to celebrate the festival of lights and pay homage to one of the greatest and most epic songs of all time. The video has amassed over 3.5 million views since its release last week. You can view the video on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P30ckBf1wk. Anchored by a strong Jewish identity and driven…

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JFCS volunteers feed 755 for Thanksgiving

With the help of volunteers, Jewish Family & Child Service assembled and delivered Thanksgiving food boxes to 162 families, feeding 755 individuals. The community donated $4,354 worth of nonperishable food and the balance was covered via a grant from the Safeway Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland’s Turner Grant. The Nov. 18 event…

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Group promotes positive news and actions

PHOTOS: Above, Positive Charge! volunteers will package and deliver homemade cookies to emergency workers at fire stations, police stations and hospitals on Christmas day. Right, Positive Charge! co-founders, from left, Ruthie Matinko-Wald, Sallie Cohen and Jen Zeidman outside KBOO after being interviewed by Suzanne LaGrande for a radio show in November. Fighting intolerance with kindness…

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Getting Hanukkah to go

By Ben Coleman Portland Mercury Hanukkah can be a lonely holiday in Portland, especially when it gets cold and dark and you don’t see candles lighting many windows. We’re far, far away from the traditional bastions of cultural Judaism, and perhaps more importantly, their wide selection of delis. In Portland, I’ve mainly experienced Jewish tradition…

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