Jews and Presidents Day

By Paul Finkelman Next week is Presidents Day, an amalgamated birthday celebration for two of our three greatest presidents: George Washington (Feb. 22, 1732) and Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12, 1809). We measure presidential greatness by combining challenges each leader faced and his successful resolutions. By this standard, both Washington and Lincoln are always numbered among…


Celebrate Shabbat at home

By Rabbi Jillian Cameron If you’re new to Judaism or looking to learn how to incorporate more Jewish practices into your life or how to share them with a loved one who is not Jewish, Shabbat is a great place to start. It’s the Jewish holiday that happens every week, encouraging you to take time…


“Bohemian Chanukah” celebrates festival of lights

Six13 recently released “Bohemian Chanukah,” a Queen cover, was (re)written to celebrate the festival of lights and pay homage to one of the greatest and most epic songs of all time. The video has amassed over 3.5 million views since its release last week. You can view the video on YouTube: Anchored by a strong Jewish identity and driven…


Getting Hanukkah to go

By Ben Coleman Portland Mercury Hanukkah can be a lonely holiday in Portland, especially when it gets cold and dark and you don’t see candles lighting many windows. We’re far, far away from the traditional bastions of cultural Judaism, and perhaps more importantly, their wide selection of delis. In Portland, I’ve mainly experienced Jewish tradition…


Students Share Essays on Freedom

PHOTOS: Above, Eric Kimmel reads his famous book Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins to children prior to the Public Menorah lighting in Director Square in downtown Portland. At right, Reuben Lev receives his prize from Eric Kimmel and MJDS Principal Rabbi Shneur Wilhelm. Photos by RobPro Photo Two students shared their award-winning essays on What Freedom…


Hanukkah Essay Winners Announced

Maimonides Jewish Day School has announced the winners of the Hanukkah Essay Contest the school sponsored for the second year. The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland provided support for the contest, which drew entries from dozens of third- through sixth-graders.  Entries came from all three Jewish day schools in Portland and around the state, including…

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