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Mark Gaucher Awareness Month with genetic screening

PHOTO: Young couples thinking of having children are encourage to consider genetic screening. JScreen, the national nonprofit community-based public health initiative dedicated to education and carrier screening for Jewish and other genetic diseases, has joined with the National Gaucher Foundation to mark National Gaucher Awareness Month during October 2018. The NGF is celebrating National Gaucher…

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PSU President to keynote PDX Hillel Brunch

PHOTO: Dr. Rahmat Shoureshi, president of Portland State University   Dr. Rahmat Shoureshi, who last year became the ninth president of Portland State University, will be the keynote speaker at the 10th anniversary celebration of the Greater Portland Hillel (see below). “We are thrilled that President Shoureshi will be our keynote speaker for the event…

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KIDS CALENDAR-PURIM TO PASSOVER

FEB. 28 CNS PURIM CARNIVAL FOR FAMILIES: 4:30-6 pm at Congregation Neveh Shalom. Free. RSVP for nonmembers: jbezodis@nevehshalom.org   MARCH 18 THE CARL PRESCHOOL FAMILY DANCE BENEFIT: 3-6 pm in Shaarie Torah Social Hall, 920 NW 25th Ave., Portland. Dancing with live DJ with music and a light show, complimentary refreshments and silent auction. Tickets available…

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Building a future together

“A Jewish wedding has the potential to be one of the most powerful Jewish rituals. It is a reminder of the power of love and union.” Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, twice named one of America’s Top Rabbis by Newsweek, shared that perspective with Jewish Life readers in an article about life-cycle events in 2105. Our Wedding Section…

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The chuppah: as unique as you are

By Michele Schwartz   While other girls dreamt of the elegant wedding gowns they would someday wear, when I was young, I dreamt about my chuppah. To me, the chuppah represents the doorway into the heart of the couple married beneath. The chuppah is the most recognizable symbol of a Jewish wedding. Meaning “covering” in…

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What’s trending in Weddings

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming. Just a simple internet search can result in thousands of photographs on Pinterest alone. Each year, wedding planners come up with what they think some of the hottest trends will be in their industry. Here are a few ideas of what’s trending for 2018: Navy is the new black…

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The rise of Israeli wedding dress designers

There was a time, not so long ago, when the words Israeli haute couture could be considered an oxymoron. There was nothing elegant or sophisticated about evening dresses. And bridal gowns? A profusion of puffiness and petticoats! But times changed. Dramatically. In a country known as the startup nation, the bridal industry has captured the…

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