Tikkun Olam

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Let all who are hungry come & eat

PHOTO: Volunteers pack bags of corn at the Oregon Food Bank at the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland’s Doing Tuesday mitzvah project. In addition to the Jewish Federation, Portland Jewish Academy and Havurah Shalom have recently sent groups to volunteer with Oregon Food Bank.     At the dawn of the new millennium, Oregon topped…

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Why do Jews feed the hungry?

Rabbi Daniel Isaak at the Oregon Food Bank. PHOTOS BY CAROL ISAAK   By Rabbi Daniel Isaak   The mitzvah of practicing hospitality in Jewish thought derives from earliest Jewish memory. In Genesis we read that when strangers pass by, though recuperating from surgery, our forefather Abraham urgently welcomed them to his tent, offering water…

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Young leader repairs world

PHOTO: AmericCorps Team Leader Amy Singer in Grants Pass.   At just 23 years old, Amy Singer is one of the younger team leaders for AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. She has led her team as they mentored and interacted with 435 students in Sacramento. They removed invasive species and planted 5,000 trees and native…

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Nathan Cogan weaves philanthropic web

PHOTO: Nathan Cogan stands beside the Endowment Book of Life created by Oregon Jewish Community Foundation. In his entry in the book, Nathan says: “I don’t see it as giving back, but rather giving forward.” Photo by Deborah Moon Nathan Cogan’s lifelong commitment to tithing and volunteering gained new focus following the untimely death of…

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