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“This Land is Ashland . . .”

PHOTO: Open to the sky, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre seats 1,200 people. Featured in the photo is the 2012 set and ensemble in Henry V. Henry V is back at the festival this year through Oct. 27. This year the play will be in the smaller Thomas Theatre, which seats a…

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Balance parent’s wishes and safety

PHOTO: Emily Wanderer Cohen with her mother, Hannelore Wanderer, z”l, and daughter, Rachael Cohen. By Emily Wanderer Cohen It all began with this innocuous statement: “Em, I’m getting my left knee replaced in April, right after the first night of Pesach.” My mother (I called her Mutti, which is German for mom) had no concept…

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Online safety for seniors

By Emily Helwig   The internet has revolutionized the way we do just about everything. From buying groceries to talking to friends and family to finding out the latest news, the World Wide Web puts seemingly infinite possibilities right at our fingertips. However, along with all of the stuff we love about the internet, an…

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Advice from the past: Relax

A high school teacher for 38 years, David Greene taught kids that history is a series of slices of time lived by people – not just a series of dates, events and leaders. As the author of He Could Make Words Sing, he shares the stories of his father-in-law, Harry Greissman, and his journey through…

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OJMCHE archives a treasure trove of information

PHOTO: Archivist Alisha Babbstein, left, and Curator of Collections Anne LeVant Prahl prepare artifacts for exhibition. Photo by Mario Galucci By Debra Shein A compelling array of changing exhibits and a thought-provoking selection of core exhibits will have drawn about 22,000 visitors to the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education during its first…

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Song of Miriam 2018 honorees announced

The Jewish Women’s Round Table will hold its 26th Annual Song of Miriam Awards Brunch the first Sunday in June (see below). These awards honor women who volunteer their time and energy to ensure the continuity and vibrancy of the Jewish community of Oregon and Southwest Washington. This year, 19 organizations have chosen outstanding women…

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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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