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Kol Shalom celebrates 25th anniversary

Kol Shalom-Community for Humanistic Judaism celebrated its 25th Anniversary on Oct. 21 at the Lagunita’s Community Room in Portland. The celebration for Humanistic Judaism in Oregon was planned by Sue  Greenspan, Karen Hyatt Sharon Lezin and DeBi Strode, and included music from the Dusty Boys  (with Jim Coon sitting in and our Kol Shalom’s “Dusty”…


Portland hosts former Israeli PM Ehud Barak

On Oct. 14, our community was honored to have Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak speak at the Jewish Federation Gala. The evening was a tremendous success as we raised over $575,000 to kick-off our Campaign for Community Needs. As one person shared with me, “The evening had the wonderful touch of community.” A special…


Great Challah Bake

What is one the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Shabbat? Challah, of course! Challah is the bread that serves as the start to every Shabbat dinner and lunch. Making challah is set aside as a woman’s mitzvah, or commandment. Join women of all ages and learn how to connect with your…



PHOTO: On his second JNFuture mission to Israel, Dan Spear visits the tree he planted on his first mission the year before.   Following a rather common path for Jewish teenagers, Dan Spear “dropped out” of organized Jewish life after his bar mitzvah in New Jersey. Then he planted a tree in Israel. Now 39,…

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