Articles by Deborah Moon


Michelle Alany: Bringing people together with music

Classically trained violinist and vocalist Michelle Alany draws on an eclectic background to perform fiddle-driven Sephardic, klezmer, Balkan and Mediterranean soul music. “I consider songs a vehicle for culture and language,” says Michelle, now in her early 30s. She describes her musical focus as “celebrating differences and appreciating similarities. … Music can reach that space…


The Power of Women

Each October Oregon Jewish Life focuses on women. This year our “All About Women” special section features profiles of remarkable women using their skills and passions to change their world. From Ovarian Cancer Superhero Phyllis Lang to Principal of the Year Deanne Froehlich, women are making a difference. This section also features useful information on…


Nancy Spielberg shows stories Impact lives

Award-winning film producer and philanthropist Nancy Spielberg will share her belief in the power of women when she visits Portland this month. Spielberg is the guest speaker at this year’s Women’s Philanthropy event Impact (see box). She will speak about her passion for community, Israel and women’s ability to impact the world. As the sister…


Precook for Break-the-Fast

PHOTO: this crust-less quiche with asparagus and feta can be prepared in advance, chilled and served later with little or no reheating involved for the break-the-fast after Yom Kippur. The holiday of Yom Kippur is one of reflection, repentance and prayer, all of which takes place while fasting. At the end of the holiday, Jews traditionally share a…


Art: A Shared Human Experience

“Art is a necessity, beauty we must have in the world. Painting and sculpture and music and literature are all of the same piece as civilization, which is the art of making it possible for human beings to live together.” ~ Charles W. Hawthorne, painter Throughout history and prehistory, the arts have recorded, reflected and…

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