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The Mittleman Jewish Community Center has announced that renowned broadcast journalist Susan Stamberg will headline the Center’s annual Friends of the Center Brunch on Sunday, March 4 at 10:00 AM.  The Brunch represents the Center’s largest fundraising event of the year, and will include the induction of two new faces to the Oregon Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, as well announcing the winners of this…


The chuppah: as unique as you are

By Michele Schwartz   While other girls dreamt of the elegant wedding gowns they would someday wear, when I was young, I dreamt about my chuppah. To me, the chuppah represents the doorway into the heart of the couple married beneath. The chuppah is the most recognizable symbol of a Jewish wedding. Meaning “covering” in…


Museum exhibits focus on Holocaust with underground magazine and Haggadah

Beginning in mid-February, the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education will present two exhibits that explore the Holocaust through the written word and art. In the museum’s main exhibit hall, Vedem Underground will examine the literary magazine written by Jewish teens imprisoned at the Nazi camp Terezin in German-occupied Czechoslovakia. Using graphics, drawings,…


Kesser Israel launches campaign

KESSER KICKOFF – Above, Aki Fleshler, Kesser Israel president stands before a drawing of the new sanctuary at the kickoff event for Kesser Israel’s $1.5 million capital campaign on Jan. 11. The thriving Orthodox congregation is planning a needed expansion of its current building on Southwest Capitol Highway. The congregation has raised more than $1…


The Gan earns national NAEYC accreditation

The Gan-Portland Jewish Preschool has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. NAEYC accreditation is a rigorous and transformative system that uses 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality improvement in high-quality early learning environments. “We’re proud to have earned the mark of…


Winners of Chanukah Essay Contest

PHOTO: Yossi Wilhelm, a third-grader at Maimonides Jewish Day School, and Sivan Safran, center, a fifth-grader at Portland Jewish Academy, read their winning essays. Photos by Rob ProPhoto Winners of the Chanukah Essay Writing Contest on “What Chanukah Means to Me” read their winning essays Dec. 12 the annual Chabad public menorah lighting in Director…

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