Biz In and Outs

New Look for OJCF For the first time in more than 10 years, the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation has a new logo and brand identity. “The foundation has experienced unprecedented growth in assets under management and ushered in an exciting period of advancement,” says OJCF Board President Sharon Morell. “The foundation staff has grown and…


Music History

Collaborators Explore How Two Jewish Women and Five Black Singers Changed Music History The seeds for “Soul Harmony” were planted four years ago when Portland pianist and composer Michael Allen Harrison and Rabbi Alan Berg collaborated on their first musical theater creation, “Crossing Over: A Musical Passover Story.” As the pair worked on that musical,…


Jewish Storytelling Festival May 2

Congregation Shaarie Torah presents “Tell It Like It Is: Jewish Storytelling Festival” May 2-3 with featured storytellers: Maggid Cassandra Sagan, mythteller Brian Rohr and musician/teller Eric Stern of Vagabond Opera. Storytelling is both an ancient and modern part of the Jewish tradition. The festival begins Saturday evening and continues the next day from 1-7:30 pm…


Jews Receive a Mixed Welcome at “Downton Abbey”

Jewish characters finally joined the impeccably attired throng at “Downton Abbey,” and it’s not an altogether happy day. While Lord and Lady Grantham welcome the new arrivals with exquisite manners and the perfectly calibrated amount of modest warmth, series creator and writer Julian Fellowes is a good deal less hospitable. Fellowes has devised a nuclear…


Cover Story Update: Susan Sygall

The October 2012 cover story of Oregon Jewish Life shared the story of Susan Sygall and her band of 156 “Loud, Proud and Passionate” WILD women and “their efforts to enhance the lives and rights of women with disabilities around the globe.” Now the Eugene resident and cofounder of Mobility International USA has shared her…


Chef’s Corner

I am not a morning person. There, I’ve said it. Weekdays call for me to rise and shine just before 6 am to prepare for the day. Breakfast needs to be made, lunch needs to be packed and school drop-off looms at 7:20. Left to my own devices, I would happily linger through the first…


UO Class Project Turns Into Tasty Business

Red Duck Foods cofounder Jessica Zutz Hilbert wasn’t always obsessed with ketchup. But one day, while a graduate student at the University of Oregon, she had a revelation at a campus bar. She was sharing Tater Tots with now-business partners Karen Bonner and Shannon Oliver, when she suddenly realized: “The ketchup being served to us…


Two Portland Brothers Join Forces

They grew up to be mensches, which is what their father hoped for. Today Ben Yablon, 21, and his brother Jonathan, 19, proudly serve their country – though it isn’t the same country. After making aliyah, Ben joined the Israel Defense Forces. And Jon, who always wanted to be a United States Marine, finishes basic…

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