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Community bid accepted to preserve Alberta Shul

An organization of Eastside Portland Jews and the seller of the Alberta Shul recently negotiated a deal to save the historic building from being demolished. Organizers are seeking local and national donors, bridge financing and in-kind donations to help purchase the building immediately and restore it. Located in the historic Alberta Arts Neighborhood of Northeast…

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Biz Ins and Outs

Best nonprofit to work for: BB Camp B’nai B’rith Camp was awarded the Best Nonprofit (medium-sized organization) to work for in Oregon. The award was presented by Oregon Business as part of its 100 Best Nonprofits to work for in Oregon. BB Camp employees and volunteers participated in a survey project this past spring through…

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A Jewish perspective on charitable giving

“Justice, justice shalt thou pursue.” ~Deuteronomy (16:20)   While charitable giving conjures up thoughts of generosity and benevolence, in Judaism the concept is a commandment, an obligation. Helping the poor and needy is a duty in Judaism. Yet beyond fulfilling physical needs, as Jews we also strive to create a better, more just world for…

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A veteran finds safety and a future at CCC

When Chrissy Kinsey first saw her room in a downtown Portland Central City Concern supportive housing building, she instantly felt safe. Chrissy had followed a rocky road to get there, beginning with early childhood trauma that included a few years in foster care. In 2008 Chrissy was excited to join the Army and was stationed…

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Charitable Giving Directory

GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND PO Box 151200 San Rafael, CA 94915-1200 800-295-4050 guidedogs.com/donate Guide Dogs for the Blind is the largest Guide Dog school in North America. GDB prepares highlyqualified guide dogs to serve and empower individuals who are blind/visually impaired at no cost to them. GDB receives no government funding and relies solely…

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Preventing trips, slips and falls

According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs. Older adults who fear falling sometimes limit their activities and social engagements. That limited social engagement could then lead to depression, isolation…

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Wondering Jews explore Portland

Those 55 and older are welcome to become Wondering Jews with the program created by Neveh Shalom congregants Estelle Wexler, z”l, and Julian Kaufman in 2015. Wondering Jews presents an active calendar of speakers, meet-ups and outings geared toward those lucky enough to be of retirement age and their friends. During the spring and summer…

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