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….


Child prodigy catalyzes unsettling Israeli drama

Under the influence of consumerism, militarism and the pace of the modern world, the People of the Book have little use for poetry. That’s one reading – and the most obvious and simplistic – of “The Kindergarten Teacher,” Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid’s unsettling saga of an adult’s missteps when presented with a preternaturally talented child….


“Midnight Orchestra” reprises Moroccan family melody

In the immortal “Casablanca,” cagey club owner Humphrey Bogart remarks that he came to the titular Moroccan city “for the waters.” When police captain Claude Rains points out that they’re in a desert, Bogart’s Rick replies enigmatically, “I was misinformed.” Michael Botbol, the Moroccan-Jewish protagonist of the picaresque comedy-mystery “The Midnight Orchestra” can identify with…


Immigrant, cancer survivor, medical student

Life’s turns have put Shira Einstein on path to Woman of the Year nominee An immigrant and cancer survivor, Shira Einstein is an intelligent, empathic and very grateful young woman dedicated to giving back, both as a volunteer and a professional. Shira, 24, is studying to be a pediatrician and has already traveled to Peru,…

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