Articles by Marc Blattner


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IMPACT: How to fight anti-Semitism

PHOTOS: Above, Kim Rosenberg, right, interviews Bari Weiss at IMPACT. At right, Kim addresses the 250 some women who turned out for the event. New York Times opinion writer Bari Weiss delivered a powerful message of how we can fight anti-Semitism in this world when she spoke in Portland May 6. Bari addressed more than…

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Portlander’s relative killed by Gaza rocket

IMAGE: The IDF provides live updates of rocket attacks from Gaza here. This has been a very difficult time in Israel. Nearly 700 rockets were fired from Gaza striking southern Israel. It is a dynamic and dangerous situation that is constantly evolving, already having claimed at least 4 Israeli lives. An unofficial ceasefire was proclaimed…

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Commit to Never Again

Photo: Mayor Ted Wheeler opened this year’s Unto Every Person There is a Name at Pioneer Courthouse Square May 2. Here in Portland – as in Jewish communities around the world – we gather to read the names of the men, women and children murdered by Nazi Germany and its European collaborators between 1933 and…

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Purim Again

Last evening we went to bed learning the horrifying news about massacres at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. This morning we learned 49 dead and 20 injured. No one should ever fear going to their house of worship. Our siddurim (prayer books) contain the following in the prayer for peace, “May we see the…

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Federation votes for community security

Earlier this week the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland unanimously approved initial funding to hire a Director of Community Security. There are 22 other Jewish communities who currently have someone in this role, including Pittsburgh, which they acknowledge helped to save lives due to trainings and community communications. Each city has expressed the tremendous benefit…

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Raise your voice against hate

PHOTO: Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford talks to students about the importance of voice. Photo by Deborah Moon On election day, I had the absolute pleasure meeting Oregon’s 9th Poet Laureate Kim Stafford at Maimonides Jewish Day School. He spoke with the warmest of voices to the children in the most majestic way – the…

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Portland hosts former Israeli PM Ehud Barak

On Oct. 14, our community was honored to have Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak speak at the Jewish Federation Gala. The evening was a tremendous success as we raised over $575,000 to kick-off our Campaign for Community Needs. As one person shared with me, “The evening had the wonderful touch of community.” A special…

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Marc’s Remarks: July 4th History

I hope everyone enjoyed the July 4th holiday. Being a slow week, I thought I would share some history about special Jewish connections to July 4. In 1975 the U.S. Post Office memorialized Haym Salomon with a stamp that included, for only the second time ever, a message on the back: “Businessman and broker Haym…

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