Articles by Deborah Moon


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Celebrate Hanukkah

Celebrate Hanukkah this year with latkes, donuts, dancing and the blazers. Learn more about these holiday parties on our calendar.   Dec. 1 3rd Annual Portland Young Adult Latke Ball: Join us for the annual Latke Ball! Come celebrate Hanukkah with food, friends, games, drinks, and dancing. http://orjewishlife.com/event/young-adult-latke-ball/?instance_id=160893   Dec. 2 Hanukkah Donuts + Dancing:…

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A Little Oil Creates a Hanukkah Miracle

In the original Hanukkah miracle, a small amount of oil miraculously burned for eight days when the Maccabees rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem after defeating the Greek-Syrian invaders. In a modern cooking miracle, kosher chef Paula Shoyer uses a small amount of oil to fry crisp latkes in the oven. “Oven frying uses two tablespoons…

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Cooking up Food Memories

Thanksgiving is a special holiday for kosher chef Paula Shoyer. “Thanksgiving is such a beautiful American holiday and since it is always on Thursday, Shabbat comes up 24 hours later,” says Paula. “My American and Jewish culinary traditions come together with 48 hours of gratitude.” For the Shabbat after Thanksgiving, Paula says she traditionally makes…

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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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