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Biz Ins & Outs November 2018

Beit Am hires Rabbi Phil Bressler Rabbi Phil Bressler has joined Beit Am to serve as the religious leader for the Mid-Willamette Valley Jewish Community. Rabbi Phil arrived in Corvallis on July 15 with his wife, Amanda, and 3½-year-old daughter, Penina. With the birth of their son, Judah, born in Corvallis Aug. 18, the family can…

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Biz Ins & Outs October 2018

Michael Jeser leaves Portland to head San Diego Federation Jewish Federation of Greater Portland’s Michael Jeser has been named president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of San Diego. Michael has served JFGP as director of financial resource development for the past 2½ years. Michael concluded his work at JFGP on July 27. “Michael has…

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Biz Ins & Outs July 2018

OJCF promotes three staffers The Oregon Jewish Community Foundation has promoted three of its professional team members in recognition of their work on behalf of the organization. Chris Vitron has been promoted to chief financial officer. He joined the OJCF team in late 2013. Vitron’s responsibilities include oversight for general and fund accounting, budget management,…

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Tony & Bianca Urdes: Putting people first

PHOTO: Ken Miller and Bianca and Tony Urdes. Photo by Ed Keene/Keene Studio Tony Urdes was a doctor in Romania when the Romanian Revolution broke out in December 1989. A year later he started a new minimum-wage life in Portland. Then he began ascending the ladder to success here. For the past 20 years he…

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Barry Caplan: The staying power of values

Born in Portland 77 years ago, Barry Caplan has been an attorney in his hometown for the past 53 years. Though the Jewish community and legal profession have changed dramatically in that time, he says that the core values of the legal firm where he has spent the past half century have remained constant. In…

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Biz Ins & Outs June 2018

  Ahavath Achim sells Barbur building On April 13, Congregation Ahavath Achim sold its synagogue on Barbur Boulevard to TriMet. Tri-Met has leased the synagogue back to the congregation to use until the congregation’s new synagogue in Hillsdale is completed. The area is slated for development of Westside Light Rail, including a transit stop for…

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BIZ INS MAY 2018

Three-advisor Portland team joins Stifel On April 23, Stifel Financial Corp. announced that the team of Ken Miller; Tony Urdes, CIMA; and Bianca Urdes has joined the firm’s broker-dealer subsidiary, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc., in Portland. The team has more than 65 years of investment industry experience and comes to Stifel from UBS Financial…

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