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MJCC art gallery debuts with Fred Harwin exhibit

For its premier exhibit, a new art gallery in the Portland Jewish community’s “living room” will feature the diverse works of lifelong-artist Fred Harwin. Fred is a former president of the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, whose tagline is “the living room of the Jewish community.” He’s also a painter, a published medical illustrator and the…

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Fellows learn to support Israel on campus

Given the recent rise in anti-Israel sentiment on college campuses, many Jewish students feel it is imperative to understand the Jewish state’s culture and complex political issues. Portland Hillel’s Our Israel Fellowship works to give students the tools they need to be effective Israel advocates who can educate their peers. This year Portland Hillel Director…

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Vienna Moishe House resident shares global view

Vienna Moishe House founding resident Natalie Assa, 22, visited Portland to swap ideas with Portland Moishe House residents and to share her Jewish journey growing up in Bulgaria. Natalie was in the United States to accompany two Austrian teenagers to the BBYO International Convention and extended her stay at the request of Jessie Bustamante, Moishe…

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Adaptability key to moving on

Three years ago my father-in-law, now 96, traded his bicycle for a recumbent trike. Freed from the fear of falling and breaking a hip or shoulder as he had seen friends do, he continued his cycling adventures. But the heavier cycle and different muscles needed to pedal made climbing hills a slow, tiring process. Concerned…

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