Daily Archives: January 6, 2013

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Jewish Preschool

About a year ago, I moved to Portland from New York with my husband, George, and son, Liam. George and I quickly became overwhelmed researching childcare facilities and preschools for our son. Some schools maintain waiting lists that rival those of New York, while others were prohibitively expensive. I knew that we wanted our very…

Helping Others

Nineteen-year-old Josh Israel was a typical Portland teenager. He spent most of his time studying, watching television or playing video games with his friends. A graduate of Portland Jewish Academy and Riverdale High School, he says during his senior year he realized he wanted to do something different with his life. “I hadn’t done anything…

It's About Time

About three years ago, Congregation Beth Israel member Jack Heims was serving on the governor’s task force on veterans when then Gov. Ted Kulongoski told him that Oregon was one of just six states without a World War II memorial. Kulongoski got the legislature to support the idea and design, but he asked Heims to…

Cedar Sinai Park

As the owner of 540 affordable housing apartments in four downtown buildings, Cedar Sinai Park is prepared to create a housing-with-services program to enable low-income seniors to age in place. In late December, CSP was slated to purchase Park Tower from the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation and Lexington Apartments from the Schnitzer family, which recently…

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A Many Splendored Thing

When the Harold Schnitzer family gifted the Park Tower Apartments to the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, it was a winning proposition for all involved. The Schnitzer family was able to fulfill the wishes expressed by Harold Schnitzer in the weeks leading up to his death in April 2011. The OJCF won with a boost to…

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Championing Community

When the MJCC “celebrates champions and honors everyday athletes” at its annual dinner next month, it will be celebrating both its history and its important role in Jewish community life. Founded in 1914 as the B’nai B’rith Building and now known as the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, the “J” – its shortest moniker – has…

Safe Skiers Have More Fun

Many families head to the slopes for winter fun. Learning the rules of the mountain and how to ski or snowboard properly can enhance both fun and safety. One Portland family has found a long-term partner in that quest for family fun. Joyce Bernheim, John Ashworth and their children, Alexandra and Paul, have all taken…