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Book launch draws enthusiastic crowd

The long-anticipated sequel to The Jews of Oregon: 1850-1950 received a rave review by the man who was the driving force in its creation. Rabbi Joshua Stampfer was speaking to a crowd that had begun arriving nearly an hour before the launch party for The Jewish Oregon Story 1950-2010 was slated to begin. “We are…

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The Commissar on film and in print Nov. 20

One of the most important films of the Soviet era and a new companion piece about the film will share the spotlight at the Northwest Film Center this month. Filmed in 1966 and ’67, but kept from release for 20 years, “The Commissar” will be screened in Portland at 4 pm, Nov. 20, at NWFC’s…

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Orthodox beat booms out of Portland

Think you’ve heard it all? Have a listen to beatboxing. Also known as vocal percussion, it replicates the sounds and rhythms of drums along with noises that heretofore humans didn’t make. Portland has a recognized expert rising from our own Laurelhurst neighborhood, Portland Jewish Academy and Grant High. An Orthodox Jew, Ilan Swartz-Brownstein, also known…

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Ladino songs with world flair come to Eugene

The Guy Mendilow Ensemble brings its interpretation of Ladino music to the Shedd Institute in Eugene Oct. 9 as part of a nationwide tour. “Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom” dives into Ladino tradition, from songs and stories carried by Sephardic Jews as they moved from Spain and settled along the Mediterranean’s northern coast to Greece…

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Jewish museum buys permanent home

The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education will have a permanent home thanks to the  purchase of the former Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis in Portland. The purchase agreement was announced July 6. The museum will remain open until Sept. 25 in its leased space at 1953 NW Kearney St. with…

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Artist captures Alpenrose memories on canvas

Over the past 18 years, artist Susan Kuznitsky has watched a timeless peace descend on people as they visit her neighbor, Alpenrose Dairy. Now as the family-owned dairy celebrates its 100th anniversary, Susan is capturing this slice of a bygone era in oils and pastels. She has created a series of 14 oil paintings and…

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Matt Miner: Keeping music live and alive

A story on National Public Radio about house concerts featuring professional musicians in private settings inspired Matt Miner to launch his second career. Matt and his wife, Sasha Kaplan, started presenting great music and delicious food in their home; things grew from there. Matt grew up in Gladstone, across the Willamette River from my family…

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David Helfand: harmonious harpist

In a lucid dream that occurred a few days before the first anniversary of his mother’s passing, Eugene harpist David Helfand answered a phone to hear his mother say, in a voice gravelly from disuse, “Hey, Sweetie! It’s been quite a trip!” He then entered into a conversation with her until his own voice got…

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Celebration of art, food & music

Local Jewish artists are planning a party, and the community is invited. ORA Northwest Jewish Artists returns to the Mittleman Jewish Community Center for its 10th annual art show and sale. ORA will throw a preview party and sale for its juried art show Nov. 5 and 6. Admission to both events is free. Affordable, original, high-quality…

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