Summer Fun

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Ask Helen: Vacation Blues

A Nosh of Jewish Wisdom: A fool is a person who trusts another fool. Dear Helen: I started my current job 325 days ago, doing fun engineering work, though for employers who flaunt their political conservatism. My wife and I got a sudden chance to go on an amazing 10-day tandem bike trip because two…

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Wandering Jew? We have places for you!

With summer now here, it is vacation time! Wherever you are headed, there is bound to be a Jewish community waiting to welcome you. And summer is a great time to explore those communities with your family. We have put together a sampling of Jewish events in popular vacation destinations this summer. Orange County, CA…

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This summer read a good book

Whether you spend your summer lounging by the pool or on the beach, camping in the mountains or relaxing at home, a good book can enhance your pleasure. Here is a selection of the books that have come across my desk in recent months. I’ve dipped into a few while compiling this listing and have…

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Book explores politics and faith in Esther

God and Politics in Esther by Yoran Hazony, 2016, Cambridge University Press, 288 pages, paperback, $29.99. By Victor Chudowsky The Jewish holiday of Purim is a joyous one. We get a little drunk, dress the kids up in costumes, and celebrate Esther and Mordechai’s cunning. It’s a funny, racy, over-the-top story that omits any mention…

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Summer Fun & STAYcations Directory

CONGREGATION SHIR TIKVAH SHABBAT IN THE PARK July 8, 6 pm, at Laurelhurst Concert Pad Aug. 18, 6 pm, at Overlook Park shirtikvahpdx.org Rabbi Ariel Stone and Congregation Shir Tikvah will celebrate both Shabbat and the beauty of the Portland summer. Bring a picnic and enjoy the live music, challah and dancing. There are two…

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Hot fun in the Summertime

Photos courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are back again. The days are long and the kids are home, so it must be time for some Oregon summer fun! Here are 10 family friendly destinations that won’t break the bank. Grant Park: NE 33rd Ave. and U.S. Grant…

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Coastal Fun

All 362 miles of Oregon’s coast make up one of the most remarkable public recreation settings in the United States. Since the Oregon State Park system manages the Ocean Shore State Recreation Area, the entire coastline from the Oregon/California border north to the Columbia River is open to the public and waiting for you to…

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Eugene Scene: Free Shakespeare in the Park

William Shakespeare lived in a time when Jewish people in England were still very much outsiders. Works like “The Merchant of Venice” reflect that, yet Shylock’s famous “If you prick us, do we not bleed?” speech demonstrates the complexity of The Bard’s sensitivity to the Jewish situation. What’s never been in dispute is Shakespeare’s genius…

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Staycations Advertiser Directory

Broadway Rose Theatre Company Box Office: 12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard Performances: Deb Fennell Auditorium, 9000 SW Durham Road, Tigard 503-620-5262 broadwayrose.org We are Oregon’s premier musical theater company, offering professional productions of Broadway hits and musical revues, children’s musicals, and youth educational programs. Current productions include Thoroughly Modern Millie July 2-26 and Oklahoma! Aug. 6-22. Central Bowl Grand…

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