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Congregations 2018-19

Almost from the moment Jews arrived in Oregon, they have sought to meet the spiritual needs of the community. The first Jewish New Year services in the Oregon Territory were held in 1856 in the gold-rush boomtown of Jacksonville in southern Oregon, where German- Jewish immigrants had movedfrom the California gold fields. During the first…

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Circle of Life 2018

A series of rituals guide Jewish families and individuals through each stage of life. With the exception of the rituals surrounding death, each of the following stages is often accompanied by festive celebrations. Even the rituals surrounding death bring the community together to remember and honor the deceased and to support their family. The following…

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Lifecycle Resources 2018-19

Jewish life revolves around the cycle of life. In the Jewish tradition, lifecycle moments from birth to death carry specific rituals, most of which have been used for centuries. These moments truly center us. Following are the resources that will help you celebrate and mark each stage of life.   MOHELS A mohel is the…

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Education Profiles 2018-19

PORTLAND JEWISH ACADEMY  6651 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland pjaproud.org • 503-244-0126 At PJA, students from 6 months through 8th grade thrive in an academically excellent environment that honors the whole child. PJA nurtures and inspires positive Jewish engagement, respect and responsibility for the world. Our Jewish values are the guiding principles of our school: study,…

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Kids & Teens 2018

The Jewish people have treasured books and learning for millennia. Even our central prayer, the Shema, includes the instruction: “Take these words which I command you this day and teach them faithfully to your children.” The Jews of Oregon have taken this task to heart. For almost as long as Jews have been in Oregon,…

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College & Adult

COLLEGES   THE HAROLD SCHNITZER FAMILY PROGRAM IN JUDAIC STUDIES AT PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY Natan M. Meir, Academic Director University Center Bldg., Ste. 465 1881 SW 5th Ave. PO Box 751 – JST Portland, OR 97207 503-725-8449 judaicst@pdx.edu pdx.edu/Judaic The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies fosters academic achievement, leadership skills and civic engagement…

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Actively Senior 2018-2019

ELDER CARE   ADULT DAY SERVICES AT CEDAR SINAI PARK Nancy Heckler, Director 6125 SW Boundary St. Portland, OR 503-535-4403 nancy.heckler@cedarsinaipark.org cedarsinaipark.org Adult Day Services offers family caregivers convenient, flexible respite along with the comfort of knowing their loved one will be spending the day in a stimulating, nurturing and fun environment. Group activities are…

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Food 2018-2019

Portland has become a culinary destination, and in recent years the state’s kosher options have expanded too. The rules regarding what foods are proper to eat originate in the Bible. The Israelites were given a long list of forbidden foods, including animals that didn’t both chew their cud and have split hooves, rodents, birds of…

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Israel 2018-2019

Israel celebrated its 70th anniversary as a modern state on April 19, 2018. Yom Ha’Atzmaut not only marks the dream of restoring Jewish independence in our ancestral homeland, it also celebrates all the great achievements of the last 70 years. Over the past seven decades, Israel has given the world amazing advances from agriculture to…

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