Israel

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Dror Israel helps all Israelis engage

On his fourth visit to Portland to share the success of the educational kibbutz movement, Gilad Perry asked fellow educator Shraga Stern to share his story on a new program and surviving a terrorist attack. Dror Israel has 16 educators’ kibbutzim with 1,200 young adult residents who provide education, cultural and social activities that serve…

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Israel’s Memorial Day & Independence Day

Yom Hazikaron: Commemoration honoring those who have given their lives for the State of Israel. 8 pm, April 30 at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland. Yom Ha’atzmaut: Celebrate Israel’s 69th year of independence! Israeli music and dancing, arts and crafts, explore Israel in a unique way, hear from teens who…

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BDS onslaught drives Milan Chatterjee to activism

The son of immigrants from India, Milan Chatterjee grew up deeply immersed in Indian and Hindu culture. Though he became president of the UCLA Graduate Students Association, he was apolitical. So when he was targeted by supporters of the Boycott, Divest, Sanction movement, he was very surprised but assumed the university would deal with it….

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The power of Hadassah returns to Portland

Portland’s Hadassah Chapter is important – so important that the director of Hadassah in Israel came to Portland to help re-invigorate the chapter. Barbara “BG” Goldstein hadn’t been in Portland for 38 years. But when her friend, Peg Elefant, president of Hadassah’s Pacific Northwest Region, asked, BG came. Peg has deep ties to Portland;  her…

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Shared Vision, Shared Values at the IAC conference

Oregon Jewish Life Publisher Cindy Saltzman was among the 2,100 activists and leaders who descended on Washington, DC, Sept. 24-26 for the Israeli-America Council’s sold out national conference. Israeli and Jewish Americans gathered for three energizing days of inspiring lectures, workshops, panels and activities presented by 180 thought leaders from across the nation, Israel and…

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Sukkot in Israel: The weather is fine

In the Book of Leviticus, Moses tells the Israelites that beginning on the 15th day of the seventh month (counting from Nissan, the month containing Passover), “You shall live in booths seven days; all citizens in Israel shall live in booths, in order that future generations may know that I made the Israelite people live…

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