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ISRAEL: 70 Fun Facts for 70 Years

PHOTO: More than nine out of 10 Israeli homes use solar power to heat water. Compiled by Dan Seligson   To prepare for Israel’s 70th birthday, here are 70 fun facts about Israeli food, culture, geography, academics and more! Cherry tomatoes were engineered in Israel. Israel is the only county to have more trees today…

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On the Wings of Eagles

Left, Solomon and Mimi Ezra with their four children. Right, Tuwabe Melku, Solomon’s grandfather, was a chief kess (rabbi) for all Ethiopian Jewish communities until he died in 1963. Operation Solomon had help from Solomon Ezra By Shuly Wasserstrom   One of Portland’s Jewish residents insists he’s “just like everyone else,” but in truth, Solomon…

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Repairing the world one innovation at a time

For a relatively young and small country – only 70 years old and less populated than North Carolina – with few natural resources, Israel is playing a disproportionate role in helping solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. In a new book, Avi Jorisch, Middle East expert and senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy…

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OJCYF teens learn from their grandparents

PHOTO: Rosemarie and Layton Rosenfeld   Whether they are called bubbe and zayde, grandma and grandpa, or nanny and poppa, it is clear that grandchildren share a special bond with their grandparents. It’s a treasured relationship that presents a wonderful opportunity for grandparents to share their life experiences and personal values with younger generations. In…

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Eugene gets “real” bagels

By Aliya Bree Hall   Lox, Stocks and Bagels in the south hills of Eugene brings traditional East Coast staples to Oregon’s southern Willamette Valley. Owned by New Jersey native Scott Lilly, the shop sells a wide assortment of bagels, as well as soups, salads and bagel sandwiches. The shop opened last summer in the…

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MIKVAH DEDICATION

Photo: JFGP CEO Marc Blattner wields the scissors aided by Rabbis Tzvi Fischer and Ariel Stone at the ribbon cutting for the Jan. 21 dedication of Rachel’s Well. Photo by Victor Paru More than 100 community members celebrated the grand opening of Portland’s new community mikvah. Owned and operated by the Jewish Federation of Greater…

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Shoshana Bean returns to Oregon March 21

To celebrate the release of her fourth studio album, recording artist and Broadway star Shoshana Bean returns home to her alma mater Beaverton High School for a spectacular one-night-only concert. “Shoshana Bean: Spectrum” will feature backup by an 18-piece big band and special local guests including Michael Allen Harrison. Ticket sales will benefit BHS performing…

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