Articles by Marc Blattner


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New ways to build community

Welcome to this wonderful Resource Guide that includes everything about the Jewish community in Oregon and Southwest Washington. We are grateful to Oregon Jewish Life magazine for compiling this important information that connects our Jewish community. The Jewish community of Greater Portland is not impervious to shifting national and local trends, both general and Jewish,…

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It Keeps Coming

It’s hard for me to believe that on Wednesday I celebrated my 22nd year in the Federation field. As I reflect on my career, I can think of many incredible achievements, as well as difficult challenges faced by the Jewish community. Sadly, at least at this moment, none seem more upsetting than the Boycott, Divestment…

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He put Israel “on the map”

PHOTO: Israeli basketball star and Goodwill Ambassador Tal Brody, center in white shirt, with the staff of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland. Michael Jordan. Magic Johnson. Bill Walton. Tal Brody. Tal who? Most in America probably have no clue who Tal Brody is, but in Israel, his name would come first. Tal was born…

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From Azerbaijan with Love

Earlier this year, my professional team had the pleasure of meeting Nasimi Aghayev, the Consul General for Azerbaijan stationed in Los Angeles. Mr. Aghayev oversees 13 Western states, and this was his first trip to Oregon. On his two-day visit he met with Gov. Kate Brown, Mayor Charlie Hales and other political leaders. But he…

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CRC reacts to Portland support of BDS

The past few weeks have been quite challenging. The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland learned that on Oct. 7, the Portland Human Rights Commission voted unanimously to support a proposal by Occupation Free-Portland to push city leaders to block city investments in four companies (Hewlett Packard, Motorola, Caterpillar and G4S) that do business with Israel and, according…

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CRC reacts to Portland support of BDS proposal

Left: Community Relations Director Bob Horenstein; Right: Jewish Federation of Greater Portland CEO Marc Blattner The past few weeks have been quite challenging. The Jewish Federation learned that on Oct. 7, the Portland Human Rights Commission (HRC) voted unanimously to support a proposal by Occupation Free-Portland to push city leaders to block city investments in four companies (Hewlett…

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Welcome to the Community

Dear Community, The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland serves as a portal into Jewish life in the Greater Portland area. For decades, Federation has created and supported a strong communal infrastructure of agencies and institutions. Since its beginning, our Federation was self-defined and defined by the community as an umbrella of beneficiary agencies. Over time,…

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Channeling Letterman

My Own Top 10 This past Wednesday night was David Letterman’s final late night show. Beyond his wit and humor, and along with wonderful and talented celebrity/musical/pet guests, were his daily Top 10 lists. According to reports, the first Top 10 list aired on September 18, 1985 (see below), a far cry from what they…

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Experience Community

On behalf of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and the Portland/SW Washington Jewish community, welcome to this wonderful communal resource guide about Oregon’s Jewish community. We are grateful to Oregon Jewish Life for bringing this important information together in one place. Portland is home to more than 45,000 Jews, and continues to grow. We…

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A New Generation of Givers

Younger donors first support causes they are passionate about – rather than institutions. It is up to organizations to inspire them and show them that their support can make a tangible difference on the wider issues. For years, many in Jewish communal service have raised the issue about the future of Jewish philanthropy. They ask,…

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