Articles by Deborah Moon


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…


Vigil in Portland 4 pm Oct. 28

Today, Sunday, Oct. 28, at 4 pm the Oregon Board of Rabbis and the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland will sponsor a community vigil at Congregation Beth Israel (1972 NW Flanders St., Portland, OR 97209). Love Your Neighbor: A Community Gathering of Peace is open to all who wish to stand together following the massacre…


Maimonides Jewish Day School earns double accreditation

PHOTO: Maimonides Jewish Day School and accreditation team. In October, Maimonides Jewish Day School became the first Jewish day school in the Pacific Northwest to earn accreditation of both its general studies and Judaic curricula from Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch. Merkos is the only national Jewish accrediting agency, and Maimonides is the only Jewish day school in the Pacific Northwest to earn…



Two Oregon congregations are participating in the Oct. 19-20 HIAS National Refugee Shabbat. Havurah Shalom in Portland and Temple Beth Israel in Eugene both plan special Shabbat programs focused on the plight of refugees. HIAS, the global Jewish movement that protects refugees, is sponsoring the National Refugee Shabbat, a series of weekend-long events taking place…



PHOTO: On his second JNFuture mission to Israel, Dan Spear visits the tree he planted on his first mission the year before.   Following a rather common path for Jewish teenagers, Dan Spear “dropped out” of organized Jewish life after his bar mitzvah in New Jersey. Then he planted a tree in Israel. Now 39,…


Quartet plan extraordinary community trip

PHOTO: PDX→Israel 2020 Co-chairs Priscilla Kostiner, Michael Weiner, Tony Kostiner and Kathy Davis-Weiner  toured Israel in March hunting for exciting experiences and spectacular sights to share with some 500 participants who they hope will join them for the trip of the century in March 2020. Kathy Davis-Weiner, Michael Weiner, and Priscilla and Tony Kostiner co-chaired…

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