Oregon’s modern-day Maccabees

RABBI JOSHUA STAMPFER On Nov. 29, 1947, Joshua Stampfer, then a young rabbinic student in Jerusalem, awoke to the news that the United Nations, the night before, had approved the creation of a Jewish state. Soon after the UN announcement, he joined the Haganah, the underground Jewish defense army that, after statehood, became the Israel…


Lee Weinstein Reclaims his Heritage

Lee Weinstein, 57, has followed a long path to reclaim his Jewish, liberal, entrepreneurial heritage. He served on the staff of a congressman and a governor, developed the first AIDS nutrition news source in the nation and spent 15 years on Nike’s communication team. Then he quit the corporate world to launch his own boutique…


Healing the world with the blues

In concerts from Portland to Amsterdam, United by Music North America is healing the world one song at a time. Founded in the Netherlands in 2005 to provide performance opportunities for musically talented people with developmental disabilities, United by Music expanded to North America in 2012. The nonprofit was founded here by a Jewish mother-daughter…


Community is about coming together

The first Oregon Jews, who came from Germany in the mid-1850s, often lived in other places in America before finding their way out West. Many of them were merchants who helped build a strong Jewish community – founding synagogues, schools, social and charitable organizations and welcoming waves of other immigrants, refugees and survivors who would…


New ways to build community

Welcome to this wonderful Resource Guide that includes everything about the Jewish community in Oregon and Southwest Washington. We are grateful to Oregon Jewish Life magazine for compiling this important information that connects our Jewish community. The Jewish community of Greater Portland is not impervious to shifting national and local trends, both general and Jewish,…


Film Festival Schedule

GENERAL ADMISSION: $9 STUDENTS AND SENIORS: $8 PATRON PASS: $125 Complete schedule, tickets, and passes are available online at nwfilm.org. Location: Northwest Film Center—Whitsell Auditorium Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue Welcome to the 24th annual Portland Jewish Film Festival, produced by the Northwest Film Center and co-presented with the Institute for Judaic Studies….

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