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The transformative power of stories

PHOTO: Maggid Cassandra Sagan   By Debra Shein   This winter Cassandra Sagan, an ordained maggid-educator on the faculty of Reclaiming Judaism’s Jewish Spiritual Education program, will work with representatives of Portland-area social service and cultural organizations to shape their stories and then present them in a series of Story Swaps (see below) at Oregon…

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Recipes from the “Hungry Girl”

Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien has “swapped” out traditional ingredients for more healthy ones in some favorite Jewish dishes. For more fabulous recipes and heathly-eating tips and tricks, visit hungry-girl.com. Floosh’s Stuffed Cabbage (pictured above) Ingredients Cabbage 1 extra-large head green cabbage (large enough to yield 14 large leaves), core carefully removed with a sharp knife…

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Paula Shoyer’s Healthy Recipes

PHOTO: Dry-Rubbed Roasted Salmon. (All photos by Bill Milne; courtesy Sterling Epicure)  The following recipes are excerpted with permission from The Healthy Jewish Kitchen, by Paula Shoyer, Sterling Epicure. DRY-RUBBED ROASTED SALMON 6 Servings 3-pound salmon fillet, whole or cut into 6- to 8-ounce servings 1 tablespoon coriander seeds 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns, or…

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Simple steps to a healthier you

Around the New Year, most of us vow to make drastic changes to our diet or lifestyle. These resolutions are often short-lived. According to the authors of the American Diabetes Association’s new cookbook, when it comes to making lasting changes to your diet and lifestyle habits, slow and steady wins the race. “There’s no doubt…

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Hanukkah miracle emerges from ashes

By Aaron Wolf Do you believe in miracles? The real-life kind? I’m in my car and on my way to Camp Hess Kramer off the Pacific Coast Highway in Southern California, one of two camps founded by my late Grandfather Rabbi Alfred Wolf for the Wilshire Boulevard Temple. I’m close to returning to his legacy…

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Seeking dynamic professionals under 45 who want to have impact

The Oregon Jewish Community Foundations is recruiting its fourth Giving Council Cohort. The deadline for registration is Dec. 27. Who: Career minded Jews in the Portland area interested in a different take on philanthropy What: Participate in the fourth cohort of the OJCF Giving Council, a giving circle.  A “giving circle” is a group of philanthropic people who come…

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Getting Hanukkah to go

By Ben Coleman Portland Mercury Hanukkah can be a lonely holiday in Portland, especially when it gets cold and dark and you don’t see candles lighting many windows. We’re far, far away from the traditional bastions of cultural Judaism, and perhaps more importantly, their wide selection of delis. In Portland, I’ve mainly experienced Jewish tradition…

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