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Women of the Wall in Portland

WHAT Women of the Wall Executive Director Lesley Sachs will update Portlanders on the rapidly evolving legal battle over women’s rights to pray at the Western Wall. Light dessert reception will follow. WHEN 7 pm, April 26, Rosh Hodesh Iyar WHERE Congregation Beth Israel sanctuary PRESENTED BY CBI with the support and partnership of the…


Biz Ins and Outs

Rabbi Benjamin Barnett Leaves Beit Am for Portland Rabbi Benjamin Barnett will leave Beit Am in Corvallis this summer to become the new rabbi of Portland’s Havurah Shalom, from which Rabbi Joey Wolf is retiring this spring (see page 60). Rabbi Benjamin had served as rabbi of Beit Am since August 2006. Beit Am supports…


Israel’s Memorial Day & Independence Day

Yom Hazikaron: Commemoration honoring those who have given their lives for the State of Israel. 8 pm, April 30 at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland. Yom Ha’atzmaut: Celebrate Israel’s 69th year of independence! Israeli music and dancing, arts and crafts, explore Israel in a unique way, hear from teens who…


Israeli Soldiers Tour stops in Oregon

Two reserve duty Israeli soldiers were in Oregon at the end of February for the ninth StandWithUs Israeli Soldiers Tour, which brought six pair of speakers to college campuses across the country. In Oregon, Itay and Yuval (last names are withheld for security purposes) related their personal experiences serving in the IDF, spoke about their…


Rising up for Human Dignity: a film and action festival

In commemoration of Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month, two groups have teamed up to present an April festival featuring films and opportunities to take action. Portland State University’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project and the local advocacy group Never Again Coalition will present Rising up for Human Dignity, a film and action festival. “We want…


What OJCYF means to teens

Now in its 14th year, the Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation continues to be a dynamic program for high school students. OJCYF’s Annual Benefit Dinner, A Festival of Giving, will be April 27. At monthly meetings from September through May, the teens discuss the importance of giving back to their community and the Jewish values…

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