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Biz Ins & Outs April 2018

Beit Am gets grant to make new synagogue solar Beit Am has been awarded a $51,250 grant by Pacific Power to develop solar power for its new building in Corvallis. The Beit Am Mid-Willamette Jewish Community is building a 6,700-square-foot synagogue, located on a 5-acre parcel Beit Am purchased in 2000. Many members have advocated…

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Lovely skin coming to Lake Oswego

Born in a progressive hippie community in Seattle, Lovely Laban loves to share her personal appreciation for natural beauty and help others look and feel their best. “I have always been fascinated with aging and the restoration of our bodies,” says Lovely. “During graduate school, I took a position as a laser nurse and fell…

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Business Profiles 2018

FOURNIER GROUP CEO + FOUNDER DIRK FOURNIER As a teenager working for his father’s insurance agency, Dirk Fournier dreamed of providing a special agency experience. That’s why he founded Fournier Group, and that’s what inspires the Fournier Group team today. The agency provides risk management solutions to diverse people and businesses. Fournier Group’s goal: keep…

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April Publisher’s Message

Years ago a joke made the rounds of how a Jewish man spotted a friend reading an Arabic newspaper and exclaimed, “Moshe, have you lost your mind?” Moshe replied, “Well, I used to read the Jewish papers, but what did I find? Jews being persecuted, Israel being attacked, Jews disappearing through assimilation, Jews living in poverty….

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ISRAEL: 70 Fun Facts for 70 Years

PHOTO: More than nine out of 10 Israeli homes use solar power to heat water. Compiled by Dan Seligson   To prepare for Israel’s 70th birthday, here are 70 fun facts about Israeli food, culture, geography, academics and more! Cherry tomatoes were engineered in Israel. Israel is the only county to have more trees today…

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On the Wings of Eagles

Left, Solomon and Mimi Ezra with their four children. Right, Tuwabe Melku, Solomon’s grandfather, was a chief kess (rabbi) for all Ethiopian Jewish communities until he died in 1963. Operation Solomon had help from Solomon Ezra By Shuly Wasserstrom   One of Portland’s Jewish residents insists he’s “just like everyone else,” but in truth, Solomon…

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Artists 4 Israel comes to Oregon campuses

PHOTO: From left, Sophie Joslyn, Rachel Lodgen and Arianna Shapiro enjoy last year’s Israel Block Party at the University of Oregon. This year’s block party will feature Artists 4 Israel.   As Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary as a modern state, students on three Oregon campuses will have the chance to get free custom T-shirts…

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Repairing the world one innovation at a time

For a relatively young and small country – only 70 years old and less populated than North Carolina – with few natural resources, Israel is playing a disproportionate role in helping solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. In a new book, Avi Jorisch, Middle East expert and senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy…

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