Daily Archives: March 28, 2017

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Women of the Wall in Portland

WHAT Women of the Wall Executive Director Lesley Sachs will update Portlanders on the rapidly evolving legal battle over women’s rights to pray at the Western Wall. Light dessert reception will follow. WHEN 7 pm, April 26, Rosh Hodesh Iyar WHERE Congregation Beth Israel sanctuary PRESENTED BY CBI with the support and partnership of the…

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Biz Ins and Outs

Rabbi Benjamin Barnett Leaves Beit Am for Portland Rabbi Benjamin Barnett will leave Beit Am in Corvallis this summer to become the new rabbi of Portland’s Havurah Shalom, from which Rabbi Joey Wolf is retiring this spring (see page 60). Rabbi Benjamin had served as rabbi of Beit Am since August 2006. Beit Am supports…

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Preserving first-person testimony

The recent donation of materials about Luba Tryszynska, “The Angel of Bergen-Belsen,” adds an important message to the collection of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. “As important as it is to know about man’s capacity for evil, it is also important to know man’s capacity for good,” says Judith Cohen, the museum’s chief acquisitions curator….

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Hate crimes hit Portland too

Anyone who follows the news is probably aware that hate crimes and scapegoating “the other” has been on the rise in recent months. “The climate in the country has emboldened extremists, so the rise of anti-Semitism is alarming,” says Bob Horenstein, community relations director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland. “But hate crimes against…

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Dror Israel helps all Israelis engage

On his fourth visit to Portland to share the success of the educational kibbutz movement, Gilad Perry asked fellow educator Shraga Stern to share his story on a new program and surviving a terrorist attack. Dror Israel has 16 educators’ kibbutzim with 1,200 young adult residents who provide education, cultural and social activities that serve…

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