Daily Archives: March 1, 2012

Israeli films win awards at Sundance

Four Israeli films screened this year at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Three were documentaries and one – Barbie Blues – was chosen for a new section, the Short Film Category. The Law in These Parts and 5 Broken Cameras, two documentaries about Israeli occupation in the West Bank won awards…

A Tree Grows in Kenton

In late winter, Tu B’Shevat events pop up like the first crocuses in Jewish communities everywhere, and Portland is no exception. On Feb. 12, about 30 people gathered at the Kenton Community Garden to celebrate the holiday, known as the “Birthday of the Trees.” Co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and Moishe House,…

Reading Revolution

The PJ Library, an organization that sends Jewish storybooks to thousands of households worldwide, is now connecting Jewish authors to local families in its expansion to five Oregon communities. Many Jewish parents wonder how they can make Jewish learning both exciting and accessible to their children. The answer for many families is the PJ Library,…

With fist or words, bullies hurt peers

Is bullying the latest national epidemic? At a recent event at Congregation Beth Israel, children’s advocate and best-selling author Trudy Ludwig was emphatic that although bullying is a complex issue, it is over hyped by the media. According to the latest research, bullying has actually decreased in the last decade. An award-winning writer and speaker…

Anti-Israel views crop up on high school campus too

Anti-Israel sentiments aren’t limited to college campuses. Last fall, when the Arab-Israeli hip-hop trio DAM came to Lincoln High School, Jewish parents and students who were concerned about DAM’s inflammatory anti-Israel lyrics contacted the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland. When school resumed after winter break, LHS global studies teacher Pam Hall invited JFGP Community Relations…

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Senior Scribes

Picture your grandmother or aging parent. Now, consider the following expletives or uncomfortable topics: bitch, ass, sex, infertility and shut up! The elderly and invective don’t really go together. Or do they? Actually, you bet they do. “We underestimate those on the extremes of the age spectrum,” says Matthew B. Zrebski. “Those over 60 don’t…

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Natural Connections

The hills are alive with the sound of… prayer chants? They are when Rabbi Boris Dolin takes eager groups of hikers out of Temple Beth Israel and into the merry woodlands surrounding Eugene. Influenced by his Oregon upbringing, a cult of forest-screaming rabbis in Israel and a dozen other sources, Rabbi Boris decided in the…

Local endowments keep giving

Endowments are eternal. The original founders of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation understood this truth. One of the simplest forms of planned giving, an endowment is a fund in which an original sum (principal gift) is invested and the income from the fund (or a percentage of the total fund) is distributed annually to support…