Daily Archives: December 1, 2014


Security Trip Offers Insights to Complexities in Israel

In September I traveled to Israel for a Port Security Educational Seminar sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. It was my first opportunity to travel to Israel, and, in addition to professional development relating to port security, I was interested in experiencing the…

Hanukkah in Israel

After 17 Hanukkahs here, one thing about the way the Festival of Lights is celebrated in Israel never ceases to amaze me: the total absence of Christmas. In the States, Hanukkah’s relation to Christmas is of crucial concern. The more the two holidays overlap, the more that Jews will be celebrating their winter holiday at…


Teaching Dogs to Lead

During a six-month stay in Oregon, Israel Guide Dog apprentice trainer Yoav Ortav has learned the latest in positive training modalities. Five years ago, the Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind in Tel Aviv adopted the positive training model pioneered at Guide Dogs for the Blind (with campuses in San Rafael, CA, and Oregon)….


Homes with Heart Are Fashionable

The home is where the heart is, and each home should have heart! There’s no better designer to express heart-filled joy and visual creativity than Jonathan Adler. The brand that touts “We believe handcrafted tchotchkes are life-enhancing” brings fun to all homes. You can find Jonathan’s line in his namesake stores and in major department…

Remembering Cards and Comradery at Leonard's

Leonard Kaufman, 87, has plenty to look back on. Born in Portland in 1926, he remembers Depression-era hobo camps, World War II scrap drives and swimming lessons with Mickey Hirschberg at the Jewish Community Center on Southwest 13th Avenue. He reflects on his early Portland ancestors. His grandfather, merchant Isaac Kaufman, arrived in 1858. (The…


The Oregon Area Jewish Committee’s 2014 Judge Learned Hand Award committee presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Lisa Kaner of Markowitz Herbold Glade & Melhaf, PC, and its Community Leadership Award to Amy Edwards of Stoel Rives, LLP. In addition to being admirable role models as legal professionals who successfully balance career, family and community,…

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