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Art and writing winners announced

Winners of an art and writing contest that encourages youth to evaluate history and foster an awareness of the Holocaust have been announced by the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. The competition is dedicated to the memory of Sala Kryszek, a Holocaust survivor who came to Portland after World War II and…

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Spring holidays in the Holy Land

Jews around the world are familiar with the fall holidays: a three-week period beginning with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Simchat Torah. However, only in Israel is Passover the beginning of another three-week holiday period. A few days after the end of Passover, Israel observes Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), which this year is on Thursday,…

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Oregon’s Israel celebrations

Dancing and cake have been big draws at past Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations in Portland. On May 11, the Mittleman Jewish Community Center once again will host a community-wide celebration of Israel’s Independence Day. Yom Ha’atzmaut festivities from 5:30 to 8:30 pm will feature Israeli food, activities and games for all ages and Israeli dancing. The…

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Strengthening Oregon-Israel ties

Aliyah rates from the United States to Israel are soaring and Israelis living in the states are at an all-time high. According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, 140,488 North American Jews moved to Israel from 1948 to 2013. After a surge in aliyah numbers following the Yom Kippur war in 1968, numbers decreased…

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Taste of Oregon: Connecting fresh local food and Judaism

Locally grown and produced food soon will be available weekly at Jewish locations around town as Portland Tuv Ha’aretz (goodness of the earth) begins its second season. Portland Tuv Ha’aretz, Portland’s Jewish connection to sustainable, ethical food for all, was formed in January 2009 as an affiliate of the Hazon CSA network, a relationship that…

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