Daily Archives: March 1, 2012

Ask Helen: Relationships

Dear Helen: I’m a nice Jewish guy in my 40s, only divorced once, with one adult son in med school. I teach college math (tenured at a decent school), am decent looking (not Hollywood handsome but reasonably featured), in decent shape (neither gym buff nor overtly puffy). I own my own home, have savings, can…


Editor’s Letter, March 2012

Thanks to all of you who took the time to write and tell us what you liked about the inaugural issue of Oregon Jewish Life and what other things you’d like to see. We were overwhelmed by emails and phone calls congratulating us on our first issue (some of those comments are excerpted at right)….


Perka Perks

Rob Coury drew on his experiences as co-chair of Congregation Shir Tikvah to help launch a company that is very Portlandesque – innovative, high tech and green with old-fashioned overtones. Perka is a like a loyalty card for your cell phone. On iPhone or Android, Perka is an app. But all cell phones, including old-fashioned…


High Places, Deep Roots

Next month, hundreds of skiers will gather in the Pacific Northwest – a tribute in part to two Oregonians: Richard L. Kohnstamm and Harold S. Hirsch. The occasion is “Skiing Heritage Week,” an annual conclave sponsored jointly by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum and the International Skiing History Association. Kohnstamm,…

Camping to a. . . Brighter Future

Like all overnight camps, Jewish sleep-away camps help young campers learn valuable life skills that enhance their lives in college and beyond. Jewish camps have the added benefit of creating confident, engaged Jewish adults. Numerous studies have shown youth benefit from attending sleep-away camps. An article in the February issue of Psychology Today explores “why…


Rothko Revisited

Actor Daniel Benzali began his quest to bring painter Mark Rothko to life onstage in 2004, about the same time Harold Schnitzer began his quest to bring the Portland-raised artist’s famed works back to the Portland Art Museum, where his first exhibit appeared in 1933-34. Though Schnitzer died last April, it was his drive to…

Red Road to Rothko

Curiosity led Daniel Benzali to walk into the Gerding Theater shortly after he moved to Portland last fall. A few days later, the accomplished actor signed on to star as Mark Rothko in the theater’s production of Red. He describes the play as “a powerful insight into an artist’s work and life and philosophy. ……

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