Articles by Deborah Moon


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Maayan Torah finds new home

PHOTO: Maayan Torah Day School will move to this 1.2-acre campus for the next school year. The campus at 2 Touchstone Dr. in Lake Oswego has been the home of Touchstone School, which will close at the end of the school year. Standing in the garden behind the school are from left: Principal Aviel Brodkin,…

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Chai life on a Harley

PHOTO: Portland’s Star Cruisers motorcycle club meets one Sunday a month at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center for a nosh followed by a ride, weather permitting. Photo by Deborah Moon   Portland’s Star Cruisers are joining the rolls of an international alliance of clubs such as Chai Riders, Hillel’s Angels, Yids on Bikes, Mazel Tuffs,…

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Tony & Bianca Urdes: Putting people first

PHOTO: Ken Miller and Bianca and Tony Urdes. Photo by Ed Keene/Keene Studio Tony Urdes was a doctor in Romania when the Romanian Revolution broke out in December 1989. A year later he started a new minimum-wage life in Portland. Then he began ascending the ladder to success here. For the past 20 years he…

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Barry Caplan: The staying power of values

Born in Portland 77 years ago, Barry Caplan has been an attorney in his hometown for the past 53 years. Though the Jewish community and legal profession have changed dramatically in that time, he says that the core values of the legal firm where he has spent the past half century have remained constant. In…

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Biz Ins & Outs June 2018

  Ahavath Achim sells Barbur building On April 13, Congregation Ahavath Achim sold its synagogue on Barbur Boulevard to TriMet. Tri-Met has leased the synagogue back to the congregation to use until the congregation’s new synagogue in Hillsdale is completed. The area is slated for development of Westside Light Rail, including a transit stop for…

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Summer reading, had me a blast

PHOTO: This summer, grab a beach towel and an armful of books and head for the beach, the pool, your backyard or … Compiled by Deborah Moon Every summer I catch up on stacks of books that I haven’t found the time to read. Somehow more hours of daylight always translates into longer hours of…

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Life imitates art

Photo: Emily Eisele and Blake Stone at the first rehearsal of “I and You.” Photo by Jeff Hayes Artists Repertory Theatre’s final show of the season, “I and You,” has a synchronicity between the play’s two characters and the actors who portray them. “I and You” tells a funny, tender and surprising story of two young…

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A Father’s Day first

PHOTO COLLAGE: Combining three photos, Debbi Bodie, center, finally has a family picture with her parents, Eugene “Buddy” Beckett and Judy Sherman. The thought of Father’s Day this year makes Debbi Bodie giddy. “This will be my first Father’s Day I will know who my father is,” says Debbi with a wide grin. Though her…

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Oregon summers beckon us outside

PHOTO: Lior Ben-Hur and Sol Tevel will perform on the MJCC lawn in June. When the sun arrives after months of rain and gray skies, Oregonians can’t wait to head outdoors. Wineries and golf resorts abound for adults seeking some fresh air. In addition to plenty of wonderful places to experience nature, several venues offer…

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