Empowered Women

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Creating a place to heal

A suicide letter moved activist, midwife and poet Marva Zohar to found a nonprofit to create a healing place for women. “When the seventh friend committed suicide, she left a letter … (blaming) ‘those who did not create a place for me to heal,’” says Marva. “The next day I got the paperwork to start…

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2018 SONG OF MIRIAM HONOREES

PHOTO: This year the Jewish Women’s Round Table honored 21 women for their volunteer contributions. From left, honorees are (front): Gabrielle Williams, Liz Jacobs, Becky Eiseman, Jill Slansky, Rebecca King, Marcia Lancaster; (middle) Paula Krane, Basha Rothstein Brewer, Amy Blauer, Jennifer Coury, Chris Coughlin, Nancy Fruchtengarten; and (back) Ellyce Whalen, Melinda Holtzman, Debra Frank, Stacey …

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To Hedy Lamarr, beauty was only skin deep

“Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” is presently in theatrical release and airs in May on PBS’ “American Masters.” OPB will air the episode twice: noon-1:30 pm, Sunday, May 20, and 1-2:30 am, Saturday, May 26. The film screened at Portland’s Living Room Theater in January and at the Corvallis Jewish Film Festival in April.   In…

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Song of Miriam 2018 honorees announced

The Jewish Women’s Round Table will hold its 26th Annual Song of Miriam Awards Brunch the first Sunday in June (see below). These awards honor women who volunteer their time and energy to ensure the continuity and vibrancy of the Jewish community of Oregon and Southwest Washington. This year, 19 organizations have chosen outstanding women…

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Women and Philanthropy

WOMEN WHO LEAD: CAROL DANISH MIA BIRK LAUREN GOLDSTEIN ELAURA RIFKIN GERBER JUDY EREL LAURIE LEBOWSKY CHERYL COON MONICA BRENNER LAURIE SONNENFELD The momentum from the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements sheds light on women’s issues such as safe and equal work environments and has forced change. But there is another movement happening where women are…

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