Articles by Deborah Moon


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OJCF Celebrates Milestone Year

Julie Diamond leads community foundation as it helps ensure Jewish future As it approaches its 30th birthday, the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation has far exceeded the dreams of its “parents.” At age 10, the foundation had already far surpassed the founders’ goals. When Julie Diamond was hired as director of development in 2007, OJCF had…

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Biz Ins & Outs November 2018

Beit Am hires Rabbi Phil Bressler Rabbi Phil Bressler has joined Beit Am to serve as the religious leader for the Mid-Willamette Valley Jewish Community. Rabbi Phil arrived in Corvallis on July 15 with his wife, Amanda, and 3½-year-old daughter, Penina. With the birth of their son, Judah, born in Corvallis Aug. 18, the family can…

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You can buy happiness – Give!

PHOTO: Mentor Arlene Cogen, left, and Sarah Howard connect at a gathering of PDX Pathways, a networking and mentoring group for young professionals. Sarah says, “Arlene’s impact on me as a mentor was huge.”    Who says you can’t buy happiness? Drawing on the neuroscience of giving and her own experiences in philanthropy, Arlene Cogen…

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You can help

JFCS needs help to shore up safety net Jewish Family & Child Service recently launched a campaign to raise $100,000 over the next six months to benefit vulnerable people in metropolitan Portland’s Jewish community and beyond. JFCS will distribute the funds as follows: $35,000 to help individuals and families with rent assistance; $29,000 to help…

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Portland knows doughnuts

PHOTOS: Above, Voodoo Doughnut’s traditional take on jelly doughnuts; left, a Voodoo twist on sufganiyot. LAST YEAR A FRIEND VISITING from San Francisco wanted to take in Portland’s famed doughnut culture. He’d read about Voodoo Doughnut, which launched Portland’s doughnuts revolution in 2003. In an article on the top 10 places to visit in Portland,…

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Painter shares the power of art

Above: Jeanine Semon in her studio at Rose Schnitzer Manor. All of her paintings begin with intuitive, spontaneous drawing. At left, Jeanine Semon’s favorite painting is the King’s Coat, which she says goes back into the period when she made large unstretched canvases, loosely dropping paint on canvas, spraying water on the colors, adding layers…

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