Daily Archives: April 24, 2015

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Stephen Elliott’s Incredible Journey

Stephen Elliott, 43, is a successful and acclaimed author and director, living in New York and New Orleans, with seven books and two films to his credit. He is a senior editor at Epic magazine, funded by Fox, which features long-form journalism that is optioned and made into movies. He is the founder/editor-in-chief of The…

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Celebrating Our Caring Community

WHAT:   Jewish Family & Child Service’s Celebrating Our Caring Community Luncheon WHEN:    May 19, 11:30 am-1 pm WHERE: Multnomah Athletic Club FEATURING: Stephen Elliott COST:     FREE RESERVATIONS: Visit jfcs-portland.org or call 503-226-7079, ext. 111 to reserve your free tickets.

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Biz Ins & Outs

Tonkon Torp’s Owen Blank honored with pro bono award  Tonkon Torp business attorney Owen Blank has been honored with the Multnomah Bar Association 2015 Pro Bono Award of Merit. Owen maintains a busy law practice focused on working with corporate, family-owned and nonprofit organizations on a range of business, real estate and commercial matters. In…

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Jewish Mothers, Way Back When: A Visual Midrash

Photos  by Judith Pavlik. Torah offers enough about the patriarchs that we can surmise Esau needed a better razor than Jacob, and Abraham was hospitable. But Torah is less forthcoming about the matriarchs. From Sophie Portnoy to Helen Seinfeld, strong, vibrant Jewish mothers have long made their mark on us. Were our imahot, our matriarchs,…

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Eugene Scene: Jordan Schnitzer & Art

Earlier this year, Jewish philanthropist Jordan Schnitzer opened another exhibition of works from his collection at his namesake Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene. A UO alumnus, he started contributing art to that institution as soon as he graduated. The Portland native recently sat down with OJL to…

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Artists Create Windows with Meaning

When two art collectors asked glass artist Steve Klein if he would be interested in creating the windows for their California congregation as it rebuilt its fire-damaged sanctuary, he realized two things. First, he didn’t want to just make windows, he wanted to create “something special that would have meaning to the building and to…

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Israel’s Spring is Full of Surprises

There were three big surprises over the last month. Not necessarily in this order, the first was the almost weeklong storm and cold spell in mid-April, only the third such occurrence since records have been kept. Some Shalom Aleichem-inspired web pranksters launched a convincing story claiming the Chief Rabbinate had miscalculated the Jewish calendar, and…

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Trial by Fire: Lag B’Omer

As soon as the Purim holiday ends, Israeli children start preparing for their next big day. It’s a different sort of holiday, one that “fires” their imaginations for weeks. Of course, we’re not talking about Passover here. What kid is going to get all excited by holiday preparations that chiefly call for the cleaning of…

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