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Introduction to Judaism class

Photo: Rabbi Laurie Rutenberg teaching a class during the Fall 2018 Session. Introduction to Judaism is an 18-week course taught by members of The Oregon Board of Rabbis, representing a variety of Jewish affiliation. A carefully constructed curriculum includes Jewish history, life cycle events, holidays, ritual and daily practice, theology, study of Torah and contemporary…

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Greater Portland Hillel takes top honors

Hillel International, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, last week presented awards to recognize individuals and campus Hillels that are creating innovative experiences and meaningful connections to help students develop stronger ties to their Jewish identities. Greater Portland Hillel, serving Portland State University, Lewis & Clark College, and Reed College received Hillel’s highest…

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Chanukah Essay winners announced

Maimonides Jewish Day School in Southwest Portland announced the two winners of Oregon’s 3rd annual Chanukah Essay Contest. Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford provided the guiding question that inspired nearly 50 students from nine schools – more than twice as many as last year – to vie for meaningful words and prizes. The students –…

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Hanukkah Happenings

Hanukkah begins at sundown on Sunday, Dec. 22. There are many celebrations happening: Dec. 21 & 22 Sharing the Light Tickets $20 & up. Join in the spirit of shared holiday traditions by attending a joyful musical collaboration between Kol Echad, Choir of Congregation Beth Israel and the Trinity Choirs, Pacific Youth Choir, Portland Chamber…

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Classic Shakshuka

Impress everyone with a brilliant home-made shakshuka. It’s not hard to make one of Israel’s favorite breakfast foods in your own kitchen. Follow along as ISRAEL21c’s Jessica Halfin shows you how as part of their Tayim recipe series. CLASSIC SHAKSHUKA Ingredients 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced 1/2 green bell pepper,…

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A global day of giving

Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday) falls this year on Dec. 3. It is a worldwide day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on…

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Dovid Efune: Fighting anti-Semitism and building community with the iconic Algemeiner

Dovid Efune is the editor-in-chief and CEO of the Algemeiner Journal, better known as The Algemeiner. The Algemeiner is a New York-based newspaper covering American and international Jewish and Israel-related news. He is widely credited with transforming The Algemeiner from a Yiddish language print publication into a significant international online destination for Jewish, Israel and…

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2019 Chanukah Essay Contest

Maimonides Jewish Day School in Southwest Portland presents Oregon’s 3rd annual Chanukah Essay Contest. Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford’s question encourages young Oregonians in third through eighth grades to reflect upon the power of their own words. How can I use words to be a helpful person, or a good citizen, or a friend to…

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