Daily Archives: December 26, 2017


Biz Ins & Outs January 2018

Beth Israel opens family shelter The Congregation Beth Israel Board of Trustees unanimously approved the creation of an overnight family shelter at Beth Israel to last through the winter months in partnership with Temple member Jordan Menashe, the City of Portland, the Mayor’s office and Multnomah County. Mitzvah House will accommodate about 25 families. Hot…


Portlander concocts Fire Brew Health Tonic

Fire Brew founder Valerie Roth drew on her interest in holistic nutrition to create a concentrated, shot-based health tonic. What began as offering samples at a local farmers market now has garnered national attention, including a mention in Sunset Magazine. “You drink a shot of Fire Brew a day,” says Valerie. “You add it to…



Three lessons essential to the modern world It may sound trite, but People of the Book is an apt description of the Jewish people, both historically and in contemporary America. The Talmud tells us that parents must teach their children three things: the Torah, how to make a living and how to swim. In other…


Knowledge trumps hate

Young Israeli shares his life with American students Israeli Shaliach Udi Asaraf is spending a school year in the Pacific Northwest to advance his belief that “Education is the key to peace. Education can overcome hate.” Just 27 years old, Udi has served as an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces; earned degrees in chemical…


The Gan earns national NAEYC accreditation

The Gan-Portland Jewish Preschool has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. NAEYC accreditation is a rigorous and transformative system that uses 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality improvement in high-quality early learning environments. “We’re proud to have earned the mark of…

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