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Teens relish spirit and service at USY convention

PHOTO: Teens and staff from Pinwheel USY, which encompasses the Pacific Northwest region, pose for a group photo at USY International Convention 2017 in Chicago. Photo by Jo-Anne Tucker Zemlak, USCJ   Five Portland teens were among the nearly 1,000 Jewish teenagers, educators, staff and alumni who gathered in Chicago at the United Synagogue Youth…


Knowledge trumps hate

Young Israeli shares his life with American students Israeli Shaliach Udi Asaraf is spending a school year in the Pacific Northwest to advance his belief that “Education is the key to peace. Education can overcome hate.” Just 27 years old, Udi has served as an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces; earned degrees in chemical…


The Gan earns national NAEYC accreditation

The Gan-Portland Jewish Preschool has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. NAEYC accreditation is a rigorous and transformative system that uses 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality improvement in high-quality early learning environments. “We’re proud to have earned the mark of…


Winners of Chanukah Essay Contest

PHOTO: Yossi Wilhelm, a third-grader at Maimonides Jewish Day School, and Sivan Safran, center, a fifth-grader at Portland Jewish Academy, read their winning essays. Photos by Rob ProPhoto Winners of the Chanukah Essay Writing Contest on “What Chanukah Means to Me” read their winning essays Dec. 12 the annual Chabad public menorah lighting in Director…


Teens making a difference eligible for $36,000

The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards are seeking nominations of exceptional Jewish teens leading meaningful community service and social change initiatives. Now entering its 12th year, the national award annually recognizes up to 15 Jewish teens with $36,000 each towards their project or education. Up to five teens from California and 10 from across the…

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