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Volunteers for Israel dig it

Volunteers for Israel, a 36-year-old nonprofit, is excited to announce a new program – VFI PLUS ARCHAEOLOGY. This 14-day all-inclusive program melds one week of volunteering on an Israeli IDF Army base with the following week volunteering on an active dig supervised by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), and focusing on relics from 3,500 BCE.  The program…

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Dancers celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary

Photo: Ruti Keenan leads a group of enthusiastic and energetic children at the family session of Israel@70: A community celebration through dance.   More than 70 enthusiastic dancers – from ages 4 to 70+ – celebrated Israel’s 70th anniversary at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center on June 23 from 4 to 11 pm. Last spring…

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Creating a place to heal

A suicide letter moved activist, midwife and poet Marva Zohar to found a nonprofit to create a healing place for women. “When the seventh friend committed suicide, she left a letter … (blaming) ‘those who did not create a place for me to heal,’” says Marva. “The next day I got the paperwork to start…

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Israeli scientist working on Alzheimer’s vaccine

By Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel 21c June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s disease, affecting some 47 million people worldwide, for now remains an irreversible and fatal brain disorder. Taking a proactive approach, an Israeli brain researcher is developing a vaccine against this devastating disease. Most vaccines work by mounting an immune response toward…

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A father’s gift to his community

Pictured above: Children on the music playground at the Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund campus. David Rubin made aliyah 26 years ago from Brooklyn, NY. He says his decision to move to Israel came “out of idealism” and his entrancement with the biblical history of the region. He initially lived in Jerusalem and within a short…

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Israel wins Eurovision

Anti-Israel activists around the world were extremely busy trying to get people to NOT vote for Israel. Despite their efforts, Netta Barzilai, an Israeli singer and looping artist won the competition with her song “Toy.” In 2019, Eurovision will be held in Jerusalem. COngratulations Netta!!!!

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Enlighten moderate BDS supporters to divide movement

I have often argued that the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is anti-Semitic in effect if not always in intent. After all, in the view of most BDS leaders, the Jewish people have no right of national self-determination. For them, all of pre-1967 Israel is occupied Palestinian territory, and the Jews are foreign colonialists….

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PJA eighth-graders experience Israel

PHOTO: Portland Jewish Academy eighth-graders on top of Masada during their class trip to Israel in March. Portland Jewish Academy began taking its eighth-graders to Israel when the day school expanded to eighth grade for the 1997/98 school year. Since then, except for three years during and after the Second Intifada, members of all of…

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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…

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