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Raise your voice against hate

PHOTO: Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford talks to students about the importance of voice. Photo by Deborah Moon On election day, I had the absolute pleasure meeting Oregon’s 9th Poet Laureate Kim Stafford at Maimonides Jewish Day School. He spoke with the warmest of voices to the children in the most majestic way – the…

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StandWithUs Statement on Pittsburgh Shooting

By Randy Kessler, StandWithUs Northwest executive director, Oct. 27, 2018 StandWithUs staff and board members around the U.S., Israel, Canada, the UK are shocked and heartbroken by today’s savage anti-Semitic act of mass murder in Pittsburgh, at the Tree of Life synagogue during a baby naming ceremony.  Our international community mourns with the Pittsburgh community and the family…

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Jewish community moves to prevent sexual harassment

Reacting to the burgeoning Me Too Movement, the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland presented a May training on sexual harassment in the workplace. Fran Sepler, who is nationally known for her work in harassment prevention and workplace investigations, visited Portland from May 15-17. She has done a lot of work with the #Metoo and #Timesup…

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Hadassah Combats Dramatic 86% Rise in Anti-Semitic Incidents in US

The alarming 86% rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the United States was addressed at Hadassah’s 2017 National Assembly in St. Louis in July, announced Ellen Hershkin, national president of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc., the nation’s largest Zionist women’s organization. In a strongly-worded Combating Anti-Semitism policy statement 2017, Hadassah: Calls on all nations and international bodies to establish…

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JCRC reacts to Black Lives Matter platform

Activists in the Boycott, Divest and Sanction campaign against Israel frequently inject their cause into diverse social justice campaigns implying that those who stand for the oppressed should also stand for Palestinians. LGBT and animal rights groups, as well as churches, have had their debate or even official platforms appropriated by the BDS Movement. The…

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Racial tensions in life and art collide

On June 18 joint gathering of the Intergroup Outreach Committee of the Jewish Community Relations Council and the African-American/Jewish Dialogue Group went far beyond its original intent. Originally planned as a social gathering with an informal presentation about a special collaborative theater project, the gathering evolved into an opportunity to share feelings and prayers in…

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