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Rabbi Benjamin Barnett Leaves Beit Am for Portland Rabbi Benjamin Barnett will leave Beit Am in Corvallis this summer to become the new rabbi of Portland’s Havurah Shalom, from which Rabbi Joey Wolf is retiring this spring (see page 60). Rabbi Benjamin had served as rabbi of Beit Am since August 2006. Beit Am supports…

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JFCS Gets Grant for Groundbreaking Holocaust Survivor Care Portland’s Jewish Holocaust survivors will soon receive innovative services designed to reduce trauma and isolation thanks to a grant to Jewish Family & Child Service by the Jewish Federations of North America. Combined with matching funds from the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, the award will provide…

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Steven Wilker of Tonkon Torp LLP Honored as First Amendment Lawyer of the Year Steven Wilker of Tonkon Torp LLP was honored by The Best Lawyers in America as First Amendment Lawyer of the Year in Portland for his work defending civil liberties and requiring public records disclosures to improve government transparency and oversight.  Only…

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Leather Goods & Good Will

International traveler, leather virtuoso, philanthropist and entrepreneurial innovator Will Adler dared to dream big. During the past two decades, the Jewish CEO and founder of Will Leather Goods has brought those dreams to fruition in Eugene and Portland, as well as in four other U.S. cities, and soon, overseas. A one-time Shakespearean and Hollywood actor,…

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Gee Automotive buys Tonkin Dealerships Ron Tonkin Dealerships has been acquired by Spokane-based Gee automotive Companies. The Tonkin family has a long history of involvement in Portland’s Jewish community. Tonkin dealerships co-president Ed Tonkin currently serves as chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland. “Under Gee ownership, the trusted Tonkin brand, service and community…

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From JFGP to City of Beaverton Nicole Walters resigned her post as the marketing and communications director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland to accept a position with the City of Beaverton. She began her new job as marketing manager within the Mayor’s Office of Public Involvement and Communications Division Nov. 21. As Beaverton’s…

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The Forward picks Ilene Safyan song On Sept. 26 Portland musician Ilene Safyan was named to the final playlist of the Forward’s second Soundtrack of Our Spirit. The soundtrack is a reader-inspired digital project to find the best new voices in Jewish music. After tallying thousands of votes from readers and consulting with celebrity judges…

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JFCS Welcomes New Lifeline Services Assistant Jewish Family & Child Service has appointed Karen Abrams to the position of Lifeline Services assistant. Karen will provide client and administrative support to the Lifeline Services programs Emergency Aid, Holocaust Survivor Services and Partners for Independence. Her professional career has centered on health care, hospice and human services…

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IAC National Conference Highlights

Senator Charles Schumer, at IAC National Conference: “U.S. should never use the UN as a forum to put pressure on Israel.” On Sept. 25, Senator Charles Schumer addressed 2,100 activists and leaders at the Israeli-American Council’s National Conference with strong words in support of the U.S.-Israel relationship. “The U.S. must always come to the aid…

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