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After 30 years, Rabbi Joey Wolf retires

When Rabbi Joey Wolf moved to Portland in the late 1980s, Portland’s synagogues were known as “The Big Three” – Beth Israel (Reform), Neveh Shalom (Conservative) and Shaarie Torah (traditional). But there was an emerging fourth, Havurah Shalom, which hired Rabbi Joey in 1987. Over the last 30 years, Rabbi Joey has shepherded HS through…

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Rabbi Joey Wolf’s Retirement Celebrations

All events, except retirement dinner, will be at Havurah Shalom, 825 NW 18th Ave., Portland. April 15, 4:45 pm: Havdallah with Shabbat school, middle school and high school families April 20, 6-9:30 pm: Retirement Dinner and Celebration, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, $54, registration required at havurahshalom.org/RabbiJoey April 21, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Evening Service and Oneg…

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Julie Diamond joins fly-in for 100 Years of Giving

On Feb. 16, more than 200 nonprofit leaders from across the nation representing a diverse group of charities gathered on Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers and their staffs to protect charitable giving in America as part of the Charitable Giving Coalition’s “100 Years of Giving Fly-in.” Julie Diamond, executive director of the Oregon Jewish Community…

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Previews for May 2017

Rabbi Stampfer to Receive Ageless Award April 27 Jessie F. Richardson Foundation will present Rabbi Joshua Stampfer with its Ageless Award April 27. Since 2013, JFRF has given the Ageless Award to individuals who are 75 years or older, and demonstrate the importance of living a purposeful life and continue to make significant contributions to…

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April 2017 Calendar

April 1-30 Monthly Mitzvah Project: MJCC and PJA collect Art Supplies for Children’s Healing Art Project. Items can be dropped off in the blue bin located in the MJCC lobby. 503-244-0111 Film & Action Festival. See page 48 April 4 Sephardic Film Festival presents season’s final film: “The Ballad of the Weeping Spring.” Film, dessert and…

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Risk of being board member has sweet rewards

Panelists at a Jan. 25 program on the risks and rewards of serving on a nonprofit board spent most of the program ensuring that attendees understood how to avoid potential risks to themselves and the organizations they serve. Presented by the Professional Advisors Group of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, the lunch program drew 75…

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Purim is party time!

Grab your groggers and make some noise, because Purim arrives the evening of Saturday, March 11. This joyous, raucous festival commemorates the thwarting of a plot to kill the Jews of ancient Persia. Purim is unlike any other Jewish holiday – Jews drink to excess, don fanciful costumes and masks, put on plays and carnivals,…

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Previews for April 2017

Trio of Shabbaton Events with Rabbi Shefa Gold Three Oregon congregations are hosting a Shabbaton with Rabbi Shefa Gold March 24-25. Rabbi Gold is the author of Torah Journeys and The Magic of Hebrew Chant. Rabbi Gold composes and performs spiritual music, has produced several recordings, and her liturgies are published in many prayer books….

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March 2017 Calendar

Through March 31 Jewish Art Month at the MJCC. Different artists exhibiting each week. oregonjcc.org March 1 Portland Hadassah presents author Letty Cottin Pogrebin speaking on How To Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick. 7 pm at MJCC. Fundraising for Hadassah Marlene Greenebaum Breast Cancer Institute. $36. 503-312-2530, Hadassah.org/events/pdxhbc “The Lost Boys of…

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