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2018 Hanukkah Gift Guide

You can enter to win the items on this page! Go to orjewishlife.com/i-feel-lucky to enter!   MAH JONGG CHANUKAH MENORAH Celebrate Hanukkah with this lovely menorah with Mah Jongg tiles on a wood base. $10.50 mahjongg4fun.com CHANUKAH, HANUKKAH…PASS THE BEER No matter how you spell Chanukah, imbibers will be holding the official chosen beer for…

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OJCF Celebrates Milestone Year

Julie Diamond leads community foundation as it helps ensure Jewish future As it approaches its 30th birthday, the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation has far exceeded the dreams of its “parents.” At age 10, the foundation had already far surpassed the founders’ goals. When Julie Diamond was hired as director of development in 2007, OJCF had…

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Solidarity Shabbat Nov. 3

Nov. 3 has been named a Solidarity Shabbat to stand together to support and comfort each other and the people of Pittsburgh. Whether you gather in a synagogue, share a Shabbat meal or join in with the community in some other way, we hope we can all come together this Shabbat. Many Oregon congregations plan…

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Biz Ins & Outs November 2018

Beit Am hires Rabbi Phil Bressler Rabbi Phil Bressler has joined Beit Am to serve as the religious leader for the Mid-Willamette Valley Jewish Community. Rabbi Phil arrived in Corvallis on July 15 with his wife, Amanda, and 3½-year-old daughter, Penina. With the birth of their son, Judah, born in Corvallis Aug. 18, the family can…

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You can buy happiness – Give!

PHOTO: Mentor Arlene Cogen, left, and Sarah Howard connect at a gathering of PDX Pathways, a networking and mentoring group for young professionals. Sarah says, “Arlene’s impact on me as a mentor was huge.”    Who says you can’t buy happiness? Drawing on the neuroscience of giving and her own experiences in philanthropy, Arlene Cogen…

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Giving Circles Make an Impact

PHOTO: OJCF’s Giving Council in 2017   What is a giving circle? Essentially, a giving circle is a group of people who come together to pool their charitable dollars and decide together where to donate their money. Pooling contributions enables individuals who might not be able to make a significant contribution on their own to…

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