Articles by Deborah Moon



Teens, preteens, children and families can step up and change the world on April 2 by participating in a variety of tikkun olam projects on Good Deeds Day. Family-friendly projects will include packing Passover food boxes, making blankets for children in crisis, making birthday cards for seniors, assembling hygiene kits for the homeless, preparing lunch…


Beth Israel Sisterhood Crossing Over to next century

UPDATE: Because of several Spring break conflicts, Congregation Beth Israel has changed the date of the “Crossing Over” performance from March 30 to April 12. “We are all very excited with the change and our presentation will be on the third night of Passover giving the celebration deeper meaning,” says Michael Allen Harrison. Crossing Over…


Developers bullish on Portland

Portland’s skyline is changing, and four Jewish family-owned development companies are doing their part to ensure the change is positive. “Portland seems like a very healthy real estate market now, and with proper stewardship can continue to be,” says Jack Menashe, president of Ruben J. Menashe, Inc., the company founded by his father in 1962….


Family company branches out, grows big time

From its roots in the lumber industry, the Oregon Pacific Investment and Development Company has grown into the owner/manager of multifamily housing, retail and industrial properties in three states. Despite the firm’s name, “we are no longer developers,” says Co-President Julie Saltzman Leuvrey, daughter of company founder Jack Saltzman, z’l. “We have switched our strategy…


Risk of being board member has sweet rewards

Panelists at a Jan. 25 program on the risks and rewards of serving on a nonprofit board spent most of the program ensuring that attendees understood how to avoid potential risks to themselves and the organizations they serve. Presented by the Professional Advisors Group of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, the lunch program drew 75…

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