The transformative power of stories

PHOTO: Maggid Cassandra Sagan   By Debra Shein   This winter Cassandra Sagan, an ordained maggid-educator on the faculty of Reclaiming Judaism’s Jewish Spiritual Education program, will work with representatives of Portland-area social service and cultural organizations to shape their stories and then present them in a series of Story Swaps (see below) at Oregon…


Tree of Life: A Concert for Peace and Unity

PBS will broadcast nationally WQED’s locally-produced “Tree of Life: A Concert for Peace and Unity,” a free community event, presented and hosted by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to honor the Tree of Life Synagogue victims and first responders. The performance, featuring Itzhak Perlman at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, was taped on Nov. 27, one month after the…


Group promotes positive news and actions

PHOTOS: Above, Positive Charge! volunteers will package and deliver homemade cookies to emergency workers at fire stations, police stations and hospitals on Christmas day. Right, Positive Charge! co-founders, from left, Ruthie Matinko-Wald, Sallie Cohen and Jen Zeidman outside KBOO after being interviewed by Suzanne LaGrande for a radio show in November. Fighting intolerance with kindness…


Celebrate Hanukkah

Celebrate Hanukkah this year with latkes, donuts, dancing and the blazers. Learn more about these holiday parties on our calendar.   Dec. 1 3rd Annual Portland Young Adult Latke Ball: Join us for the annual Latke Ball! Come celebrate Hanukkah with food, friends, games, drinks, and dancing. http://orjewishlife.com/event/young-adult-latke-ball/?instance_id=160893   Dec. 2 Hanukkah Donuts + Dancing:…


Vigil in Portland 4 pm Oct. 28

Today, Sunday, Oct. 28, at 4 pm the Oregon Board of Rabbis and the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland will sponsor a community vigil at Congregation Beth Israel (1972 NW Flanders St., Portland, OR 97209). Love Your Neighbor: A Community Gathering of Peace is open to all who wish to stand together following the massacre…



Two Oregon congregations are participating in the Oct. 19-20 HIAS National Refugee Shabbat. Havurah Shalom in Portland and Temple Beth Israel in Eugene both plan special Shabbat programs focused on the plight of refugees. HIAS, the global Jewish movement that protects refugees, is sponsoring the National Refugee Shabbat, a series of weekend-long events taking place…

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