Daily Archives: November 2, 2013

Combatting Hunger

Last year Jewish Family and Child Service’s annual Thanksgiving food box gala had all the makings of success. Falling smack on the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland’s Community Action Day, the number of volunteers jumped threefold compared to typical years. But this year, stars have aligned to pair Hanukah and Thanksgiving on the same day….

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Northwest Nosh

Portland has become the darling of the national food media. The city’s chefs and restaurateurs routinely collect accolades and awards. Local haunts are featured in Bon Appétit Magazine and The New York Times. But for every restaurant that attracts an onslaught of frenzied foodies, another quietly goes about the business of satisfying customers without receiving…

Chef's Corner: Homemade Hostess Gifts

Homemade hostess gifts a nice alternative to wine And you thought Hanukkah came early last year? This year the festival of lights begins on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 27, creating the rare need to multitask by lighting the second candle in our menorahs while simultaneously basting the Thanksgiving turkey! This unusual situation has not…

Rabbinic Reflections

What can we learn from a figure in Jewish textual tradition? Compared favorably to Moses in the Talmud, raised in a family of converts, unlettered in Jewish scholarship until he was 40, my favorite Talmudic player by far is Rabbi Akiva. Having been raised by secular Jews, proud of their heritage but absolute in their…

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Local book brings deli tradition home

Have you ever lamented the lack of Jewish cuisine in your neighborhood? That old standby, the traditional delicatessen, increasingly seems to be something of the past. Time was, you could stop by your local deli for a pound of smoked whitefish salad or a quart of matzo ball soup. Now, unless you are lucky enough…

A compelling look at Leviticus

Who doesn’t love reading Leviticus? Well, most liberal Jews it seems, for while that section of the Torah does contain some gems like loving thy neighbor (19:18) and laws commanding social justice and compassion, much of the rest is instructions for the ritualized handling of animal innards and the spattering of blood, diatribes against gay…

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JTC season begins Nov. 3-5 with “Chapter One”

WHO: Jewish Theatre Collaborative WHAT: PAGE2STAGE Season WHEN: November 2013-April 2014 WHERE: Milagro Theatre, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, PSU Lincoln Hall SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS: 503-512-0582 or jewishtheatrecollaborative.org The Jewish Theatre Collaborative kicks off its 2013-2014 season with a brand new program format: PAGE2STAGE. This exciting format begins with one book and an invitation for audiences to…

Give the gift of reading

Jewish Book Month: Oct . 26-Nov. 26, 2013 Observed for the 30 days leading up to Hanukkah, Jewish Book Month is a national celebration of Jewish books that helps promote giving Jewish books as Hanukkah gifts. Coordinated nationally by The Jewish Book Council, Jewish Book Month this year falls Oct. 26-Nov. 26. The Council prepares…

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