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Kosher Soul comes to Friends Brunch

Michael W. Twitty, a James Beard Award-winning author, independent scholar, culinary historian and historical interpreter, will be this year’s featured speaker at the Friends of the Center Brunch. His talk is entitled “Kosher Soul and The Cooking Gene.” (See event information below) The annual fundraiser for the Mittleman Jewish Community Center also will honor new…

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Previews: February 2019

PHOTO: Some members of this year’s OJCYF board. Photo by Eden Swartz Photography OJCYF’s annual benefit dinner March 14 The Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation will be holding its annual benefit dinner on Thursday, March 14, at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center. Casino Royale: All In On Our Youth will showcase the strong relationship between…

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Reconstructionist leader visiting Oregon communities

Reconstructionist communities in Portland, Bend and Ashland will welcome Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., president of Reconstructing Judaism, the central organization of the Reconstructionist movement, the week of Jan. 21. Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland and the Congregation Shalom Bayit in Bend are the two newest congregations to affiliate with Reconstructing Judaism, which includes nearly 100…

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Call for nominations: Laurie Rogoway Outstanding Jewish Professional Award

PHOTO: Laurie Rogoway and Kathy Davis-Weiner present the first Laurie Rogoway Outstanding Jewish Professional Award to Andy Gitelson of Oregon Hillel in 2015. The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland established the Laurie Rogoway Outstanding Jewish Professional Award five years ago to honor our esteemed colleague and friend Laurie Rogoway, a pillar of Jewish professional leadership…

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The transformative power of stories

PHOTO: Maggid Cassandra Sagan   By Debra Shein   This winter Cassandra Sagan, an ordained maggid-educator on the faculty of Reclaiming Judaism’s Jewish Spiritual Education program, will work with representatives of Portland-area social service and cultural organizations to shape their stories and then present them in a series of Story Swaps (see below) at Oregon…

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Tree of Life: A Concert for Peace and Unity

PBS will broadcast nationally WQED’s locally-produced “Tree of Life: A Concert for Peace and Unity,” a free community event, presented and hosted by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to honor the Tree of Life Synagogue victims and first responders. The performance, featuring Itzhak Perlman at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, was taped on Nov. 27, one month after the…

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