Why I love Jewish day school

Portland Jewish Academy By Olivia Jacobs I have attended a Jewish day school (Portland Jewish Academy) for the past nine years. Before that I went to a synagogue preschool program. I have always been surrounded by Judaism, and while that may cause my education to seem more secluded than most, I believe that it is…


Maayan Torah volunteers sew and reap joy

Every child has a time when he or she would benefit from some one-on-one time with an adult. For some it’s extra help with reading, for others it’s enrichment. At Maayan Torah Day School, a cadre of volunteers has stepped up to provide that one-on-one supplement. Diane Blitzer, who volunteered to lead art lessons, has…


Trauma of Privilege

By Harriet Rossetto I have been in the center of the swirl of awareness about the unintended consequences of affluence and privilege on our children. I meet these youngsters and their families when crisis penetrates the denial system and they arrive at Beit T’Shuvah, the recovery community I founded 30 years ago. I have listened…


Making spring break count

By Becca Marx This year over the academic spring break, the Oregon Hillel Foundation will take college students to do a community service trip in San Marcos, Texas. Students attending the University of Oregon and Oregon State University are thrilled to take part in this tikkun olam, repairing the world, initiative! The trip is in…

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