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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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Rhonda Kruschen named director of PDX Hillel On Aug. 1 Rhonda Kruschen became the new director of Greater Portland Hillel, serving Portland State University, Lewis & Clark College and Reed College. In this role, she will be partnering with the board of directors, students on Portland college campuses and the larger Jewish community to fulfill…

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Shongolulu: fashion for a cause

With the slogan “saving wildlife with style,” a multinational team of entrepreneurs recently launched the fashion company Shongolulu with the goal of raising awareness and resources to protect endangered species and their habitats. Ten percent of the company’s profits are donated to non-profit organizations that work in wildlife conservation around the world. “As the most…

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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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