Articles by Deborah Moon


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Extremes may pull Jews to middle politically

The rise in anti-Semitic and anti-Israel activity in conjunction with the rise of the alt-right and the far left may presage a Jewish return toward the middle politically, predicts Dr. Steven Windmueller. Dr. Windmueller was in Portland May 17 for the second of a two-part Jewish Community Relations Council series on anti-Semitism. Dr. Windmueller, who…

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MJCC art gallery debuts with Fred Harwin exhibit

For its premier exhibit, a new art gallery in the Portland Jewish community’s “living room” will feature the diverse works of lifelong-artist Fred Harwin. Fred is a former president of the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, whose tagline is “the living room of the Jewish community.” He’s also a painter, a published medical illustrator and the…

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Vienna Moishe House resident shares global view

Vienna Moishe House founding resident Natalie Assa, 22, visited Portland to swap ideas with Portland Moishe House residents and to share her Jewish journey growing up in Bulgaria. Natalie was in the United States to accompany two Austrian teenagers to the BBYO International Convention and extended her stay at the request of Jessie Bustamante, Moishe…

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Adaptability key to moving on

Three years ago my father-in-law, now 96, traded his bicycle for a recumbent trike. Freed from the fear of falling and breaking a hip or shoulder as he had seen friends do, he continued his cycling adventures. But the heavier cycle and different muscles needed to pedal made climbing hills a slow, tiring process. Concerned…

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Humanistic Judaism leader comes to Portland

Paul Golin, executive director of the Society for Humanistic Judaism, will be in Portland May 5-7 speaking on the future of liberal Judaism, intermarriage and separation of church and state (see box). He will participate in three presentations while visiting Portland’s Congregation Kol Shalom. Paul says that the Saturday afternoon panel discussion promoting a secular…

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Panelists decry climate of hate

More than 200 people turned out for an April 4 town hall meeting on dealing with the increase in hate crimes. The gathering was held at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, one of more than 100 JCCs and other Jewish organizations that received bomb threats, all of which were hoaxes. Though an American-Israeli teen was…

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