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Diamond sisters spend summer aiding Planned Parenthood

  PHOTO: Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), second from left, poses with three Planned Parenthood summer interns at in Washingtion, D.C., including Melissa Diamond of Portland (second from right).   Two Portland sisters are spending their summer on opposite sides of the country, but both are serving internships with Planned Parenthood. Melissa Diamond, the daughter…

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OJCF 2017 Annual Meeting

OJCF Honors Harold Pollin and Introduces Endowment Book of Life PHOTO: All the people who signed OJCF’s new Endowment Book of Life stand in front of the installation at the MJCC. Second from right is OJCF’s 2017 Legacy Society honoree Harold Pollin. Photo by Naim Hasan Photography By Gail Mandel On June 21, more than…

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Extremes may pull Jews to middle politically

The rise in anti-Semitic and anti-Israel activity in conjunction with the rise of the alt-right and the far left may presage a Jewish return toward the middle politically, predicts Dr. Steven Windmueller. Dr. Windmueller was in Portland May 17 for the second of a two-part Jewish Community Relations Council series on anti-Semitism. Dr. Windmueller, who…

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Previews for July 2017

Federation annual meeting June 13 The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland invites the community to its 97th annual meeting. New board members Lauren Goldstein and Rochelle Schwartz will be installed and the Laurie Rogoway Leadership Award will be presented to Ben Winkleblack. Outgoing board members Andrew Berlinberg, Shelly Klapper and Joyce Mendelsohn will be recognized…

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June 2017 Calendar

Early June “The Wedding Plan,” a romantic comedy by award-winning Israeli director Rama Burshtein plays at Living Room Theater. 971-222-2010 June 3 “Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl in Hitler’s Germany.” See page 63 June 4 Song of Miriam Awards Brunch will honor 20 women volunteers. 10 am to 12:15 pm at the MJCC, 503-246-4367 or…

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Humanistic Judaism leader comes to Portland

Paul Golin, executive director of the Society for Humanistic Judaism, will be in Portland May 5-7 speaking on the future of liberal Judaism, intermarriage and separation of church and state (see box). He will participate in three presentations while visiting Portland’s Congregation Kol Shalom. Paul says that the Saturday afternoon panel discussion promoting a secular…

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Wisdom of Mothers

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Pirkei Imahot, the Wisdom of Mothers, the Voices of Women is available to share with mothers and those who love them. Co-authored by Rabbi Eve Posen and Jewish educator Lois Shenker, the book grew from the pair’s one-on-one study project. Pirkei Imahot explores women’s voices, insights, experiences and –…

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Panelists decry climate of hate

More than 200 people turned out for an April 4 town hall meeting on dealing with the increase in hate crimes. The gathering was held at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, one of more than 100 JCCs and other Jewish organizations that received bomb threats, all of which were hoaxes. Though an American-Israeli teen was…

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Previews

Young adults invited to PDX Community Hackathon The PDX Community Hackathon invites Jewish professionals in their 20s and 30s for a free weekend of networking and community teamwork. The weekend kicks off with a festive and fun camp-style Shabbat dinner. 6-8:30 pm May 19 at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center. The main program will be…

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