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Local congregations react to Orlando

In the week following the shooting that killed 49 and injured 53 patrons of a gay nightclub in Orlando, Portland congregations and rabbis reacted to what was reportedly the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Several congregations, including Havurah Shalom and Congregation Neveh Shalom (above), and Congregation Beth Israel, marched in the June 19 Portland…

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PHOTO: Rambam “State of the Heart” 2016 Summit participants observe a simulated surgery in one of the underground’s operating theatres in Rambam’s underground 2,000 bed hospital.   Haifa, Israel – Leading researchers, healthcare professionals and supporters gathered at the Rambam Health Care Campus for its annual healthcare summit recently where they showcased some of the…

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Seniors, Students Bond Through Weekly Torah Study

PHOTO: Throughout the school year, five students have visited seniors at Cedar Sinai Park in Portland each week as part of a program called “Torah & Us.” From left, bottom row, are: Rabbi Shneur Wilhelm, principal of Maimonides Jewish Day School and the boys’ teacher; Noach Both, Menachem Wilhelm, Ari Becker, Mendel Greenberg and Shmuel…

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Jewish Federation celebrates 96 years

PHOTOS: Left, Kathy Davis-Weiner presents an award to Jemi Kostiner Mansfield. Right, guest speaker Rabbi Jonathan Porath with incoming JFGP Board Chair Ed Tonkin. The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland’s 96th Annual Meeting on June 8 began with a moment of silence for the victims of the terrorist shootings at the Tel Aviv Mall earlier…

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Cooking Salsa

Food, fun and friendship were on the menu at Cooking “Salsa” – Kosher in PDX on June 2 and 5. Venezuelan Chef Karen Balbas provided step-by-step instructions and tastings of sangria, datiles con marconas, tortillas espanolas, empanadas gallegas, and churros y chocolate. Salsa dance lessons followed the cooking lesson both days. Held in a private…

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PSU Israel Fest & BDS vote postponement

On the day the Portland State University student senate planned to vote on a resolution for PSU to divest from specific companies doing business with Israel, Jewish students invited the community to attend an Israel Fest to celebrate Israel. On June 6, 150 students, community members and families with kids gathered in the PSU Park…

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It Keeps Coming

It’s hard for me to believe that on Wednesday I celebrated my 22nd year in the Federation field. As I reflect on my career, I can think of many incredible achievements, as well as difficult challenges faced by the Jewish community. Sadly, at least at this moment, none seem more upsetting than the Boycott, Divestment…

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