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What started the “Fires in the Mirror”?

Playwright Anna Deavere Smith explores what really happened in Crown Heights in her play “Fires in the Mirror,” which is on stage in Portland Oct. 12-21, 2018. Photo by Mary Ellen Mark By J. Wandres New York City is a collection of neighborhoods called home by diverse ethnic and cultural populations. In Crown Heights more…

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Kids Calendar October 2018

Oct. 1, 2, 12 & 29 VACATION CAMPS AT MITTLEMAN JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER 6651 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland for ages 3-11. Need something for your kids to do during school breaks? Keep them busy and having fun at the MJCC with sports, swimming, gymnastics, arts and crafts, games, and more! Kids must be potty-trained. Half-day:…

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A year full of holidays

(Note: Jewish holidays start at sunset the evening before the first day of the holiday) Rosh Hashanah Sept. 10-11, 2018 On Rosh Hashanah the sound of the shofar announces the arrival of the High Holy Days, or 10 Days of Awe that stretch from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah celebrates the creation of…

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Jewish community moves to prevent sexual harassment

Reacting to the burgeoning Me Too Movement, the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland presented a May training on sexual harassment in the workplace. Fran Sepler, who is nationally known for her work in harassment prevention and workplace investigations, visited Portland from May 15-17. She has done a lot of work with the #Metoo and #Timesup…

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Dancers celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary

Photo: Ruti Keenan leads a group of enthusiastic and energetic children at the family session of Israel@70: A community celebration through dance.   More than 70 enthusiastic dancers – from ages 4 to 70+ – celebrated Israel’s 70th anniversary at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center on June 23 from 4 to 11 pm. Last spring…

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