Articles by Marc Blattner


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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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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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