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White House picks Israeli companies for GES 2016

PHOTO: Shown at Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016, from left, are SolCold CMO Gadi Grotes, BwareIT founder Konstantin Berezin, Sonorapy head of business development Noemie Alliel, PresenTense Israel CEO Guy Spigelman, Mercu-Removal founder-CTO Zach Barnea, Sensilize cofounder Robi Stark, Waseem Abu Salem of Loop, and Sesame Enable cofounder Oded Ben Dov.   By Abigail Klein Leichman…

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Temple Beth Sholom hires Rabbi Elisha Herb Rabbi Elisha Herb becomes the new rabbi of Temple Beth Sholom in Salem effective July 1. He succeeds Interim Rabbi Dan Aronson, who resides in Houston and has visited TBS on a monthly basis during the search for a full-time rabbi. An affiliate of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, Temple…

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CBI hires Josh Kashinsky as new executive director Congregation Beth Israel has hired Josh Kashinsky as the Reform congregation’s new executive director. Josh assumes his new post May 1. Prior to joining the CBI family, Josh served as the Assistant Executive Director at the Siegel JCC in Wilmington, DE, during which time he helped complete…

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BB Camp adds office staff B’nai B’rith Camp has expanded its Beaverton office with the addition of new professional staff. Max Barenberg took over as the rentals and retreats manager in January. Jessica Benjamin, development and alumni associate, and Noa Rubin, marketing and communications associate, joined BB camp in February. Max was the catering and events…

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CONGREGATION BEIT YOSEF OPENS DOORS TO NEW SPIRITUAL HOME Congregation Beit Yosef has opened its new sanctuary at 4200 SW Vermont St. next to Gabriel Park in Portland. Congregants of the reinvigorated kehillah worked tirelessly to transform their new home – filled with natural light and surrounded by nature – into a beautiful, welcoming and…

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MJCC adds Mara Zellinger and Janelle Marshall to staff Mara Zellinger has joined the staff of the Mittleman Jewish Community Center as assistant program manager. Mara began her new job Dec. 28. This Chicago native lives in Northeast Portland with her husband and two young children. Her 3-year-old daughter attends the Gan Portland Jewish Preschool…

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Rick Haselton retires as Oregon Appeals Chief Judge The Hon. Rick T. Haselton, whose 21 years of service on the Oregon Court of Appeals makes him the longest-serving judge in the history of that court, retired on Dec. 31. Haselton, who has been Chief Judge of the court since 2012, will continue to hear cases…

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CRC reacts to Portland support of BDS

The past few weeks have been quite challenging. The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland learned that on Oct. 7, the Portland Human Rights Commission voted unanimously to support a proposal by Occupation Free-Portland to push city leaders to block city investments in four companies (Hewlett Packard, Motorola, Caterpillar and G4S) that do business with Israel and, according…

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Allison Mudrick new leader of Operation School Bell Although Allison Mudrick retired from the Portland Public School District in 1999, she has remained active in aiding children, focusing first on reading programs and more recently on childhood poverty. Now as chair of Assistance League of Greater Portland’s Operation School Bell, she is managing a community…

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Sonia Marie Leikam joins OJCF’s team Sonia Marie Leikam has joined the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation as its new collaborative giving coordinator. Leikam is an educator who most recently served as executive director of the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center. A graduate of Lewis & Clark College (BA) and Portland State University (M.Ed), she also holds…

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