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“Mixed-Up Menorah” puzzle

By Yoni Glatt How many common words of 5 or more letters can you spell using the letters in the menorah? Every answer must use the center letter at least once. Letters may be reused in a word. At least one word will use all 7 letters and have a direct Hanukkah connection. Proper names…

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Maimonides Jewish Day School earns double accreditation

PHOTO: Maimonides Jewish Day School and accreditation team. In October, Maimonides Jewish Day School became the first Jewish day school in the Pacific Northwest to earn accreditation of both its general studies and Judaic curricula from Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch. Merkos is the only national Jewish accrediting agency, and Maimonides is the only Jewish day school in the Pacific Northwest to earn…

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Social action grants for teens

PHOTO: Portland teen Michael Ioffe, back row in glasses, was one of the 2017 recipients of the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award. Jewish teens involved in social action projects are eligible for $36,000 awards from The Helen Diller Family Foundation. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards. The program…

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Bar and Bat Mitzvah Trends for 2018-19

Planning for a bar or bat mitzvah can become practically a full-time job with all of the decisions that need to be made from the venue to the favors. We searched party planning sites, Pinterest and blogs to see what some of the hottest trends happening in celebrations for 2018 are. We are happy to…

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