Yom Ha’atzmaut in Portland

PHOTO: A montage of photos from the “Israel from the Eyes of the Community: A Community Art Display” in the MJCC Gallery. Oregonians are invited to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the modern state of Israel beginning at 5 pm, April 18. Make your way through Israel and join PJ Library partner organizations as they…


April Publisher’s Message

Years ago a joke made the rounds of how a Jewish man spotted a friend reading an Arabic newspaper and exclaimed, “Moshe, have you lost your mind?” Moshe replied, “Well, I used to read the Jewish papers, but what did I find? Jews being persecuted, Israel being attacked, Jews disappearing through assimilation, Jews living in poverty….


ISRAEL: 70 Fun Facts for 70 Years

PHOTO: More than nine out of 10 Israeli homes use solar power to heat water. Compiled by Dan Seligson   To prepare for Israel’s 70th birthday, here are 70 fun facts about Israeli food, culture, geography, academics and more! Cherry tomatoes were engineered in Israel. Israel is the only county to have more trees today…


On the Wings of Eagles

Left, Solomon and Mimi Ezra with their four children. Right, Tuwabe Melku, Solomon’s grandfather, was a chief kess (rabbi) for all Ethiopian Jewish communities until he died in 1963. Operation Solomon had help from Solomon Ezra By Shuly Wasserstrom   One of Portland’s Jewish residents insists he’s “just like everyone else,” but in truth, Solomon…


Artists 4 Israel comes to Oregon campuses

PHOTO: From left, Sophie Joslyn, Rachel Lodgen and Arianna Shapiro enjoy last year’s Israel Block Party at the University of Oregon. This year’s block party will feature Artists 4 Israel.   As Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary as a modern state, students on three Oregon campuses will have the chance to get free custom T-shirts…


Repairing the world one innovation at a time

For a relatively young and small country – only 70 years old and less populated than North Carolina – with few natural resources, Israel is playing a disproportionate role in helping solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. In a new book, Avi Jorisch, Middle East expert and senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy…


Portland couple win FIDF sweepstakes trip

PHOTO: FIDF sweepstakes winner Rita Shmulevsky (sixth from left) and her husband Mark (fourth from left) flew from Portland, to attend the Jan. 24 FIDF Greater Miami Solidarity Gala. Pictured with the couple are FIDF Florida Executive Director Dina Ben-Ari (second from left), FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir (center), Israeli…

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