Articles by Deborah Moon


Kids grow at overnight, day and Jewish camps

Anecdotal evidence has long shown that summer camp helps children learn valuable life skills that enhance their lives in college and beyond. Jewish sleep-away camps have the added benefit of creating confident, engaged Jewish adults. In recent years, two studies have come out with statistics that prove the stories. The 2011 Camp Works study from…

Camp Directory 2018

Day Camps   BB DAY CAMP PORTLAND Located at Congregation Beth Israel 1972 NW Flanders, Portland, OR 97210 503-496-7447 Located at Congregation Beth Israel in Northwest Portland, BB Day Camp offers a warm and welcoming camp experience filled with art, dance, water play, martial arts, gymnastics, music, Jewish enrichment, and Shabbat celebrations for campers…


Jewish camps are thriving

PHOTO: While visiting camps and meeting camp leaders in Oregon, Foundation for Jewish Camp CEO Jeremy Fingerman stopped by to see an old friend, Rabbi Joshua Stampfer, who officiated at Jeremy’s 1973 bar mitzvah in Jerusalem. Jeremy says, “I brought with me the Tanakh which Rabbi Stampfer inscribed to me as follows many years ago: ‘Presented…


News from Camp for 2018

  MJCC adds Counselor in Training Program This summer the Mittleman Jewish Community Center Day Camp will add a Counselor in Training program for students entering seventh to ninth grade. CIT campers can sign up for one or more weeks of the CIT program, which was created to offer 21st-century skill building to teens, helping…


BB Camp launches day camp in Portland

A new day camp in Portland this summer will combine the resources and rituals of B’nai B’rith Camp, the beautiful campus of Congregation Beth Israel and the experience of a former Stephen Wise Temple camp director. From June 25 to Aug. 17, BB Day Camp will offer eight one-week sessions of day camp for children…



FEB. 28 CNS PURIM CARNIVAL FOR FAMILIES: 4:30-6 pm at Congregation Neveh Shalom. Free. RSVP for nonmembers:   MARCH 18 THE CARL PRESCHOOL FAMILY DANCE BENEFIT: 3-6 pm in Shaarie Torah Social Hall, 920 NW 25th Ave., Portland. Dancing with live DJ with music and a light show, complimentary refreshments and silent auction. Tickets available…


Carol Leifer: “Judaism is in my DNA”

EDITOR’S NOTE: This version is updated from the February print edition to reflect Carol Leifer’s presence at the Academy Awards March 4. NPR’s Susan Stamberg will be the  featured guest at the MJCC’s annual Friends of the Center Brunch.  Carol Leifer promises Portlanders “a laugh and a heartlight moment” on March 4. Carol had planned…


Biz Ins & Outs February 2018

Sinai In-Home Care names Rachel White program director Rachael White joined Sinai In-Home Care as program director on Dec. 15, 2017. This subsidiary of Cedar Sinai Park is a nonprofit, licensed. comprehensive in-home care agency serving seniors and people with disabilities in the Portland metropolitan area. Racheal’s career in health care started with the U.S….

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