Daily Archives: November 19, 2015


Safety for Shabbat

A 2001 ultralight crash that broke his back changed life forever for BenTzion Davis – for the better. Now BenTzion is making life safer for the Orthodox Jewish world that helped him discover a satisfying and happy life. A successful 45-day Kickstarter campaign has given BenTzion the funds needed to begin production of the Shabbos…


CRC reacts to Portland support of BDS

The past few weeks have been quite challenging. The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland learned that on Oct. 7, the Portland Human Rights Commission voted unanimously to support a proposal by Occupation Free-Portland to push city leaders to block city investments in four companies (Hewlett Packard, Motorola, Caterpillar and G4S) that do business with Israel and, according…


BIZ Ins and Outs

Allison Mudrick new leader of Operation School Bell Although Allison Mudrick retired from the Portland Public School District in 1999, she has remained active in aiding children, focusing first on reading programs and more recently on childhood poverty. Now as chair of Assistance League of Greater Portland’s Operation School Bell, she is managing a community…


Bagels rise to greatness in Portland

Portland is fiercely proud of its locally sourced cuisine. That pride extends even to bagels. So, when Colorado-based Einstein Noah Restaurant Group bought the locally owned Kettleman Bagel Company in 2011, customers were dismayed. Bagel mavens no longer had a place to purchase their beloved boiled bagels, as the new owners soon discontinued the kettle-boiling…


Oregon poet brings home major literary prize

Asked what it meant to receive the 2015 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize for her manuscript, Divinity School, Portlander Alicia Jo Rabins was unequivocal: “I feel like I won the lottery. There were over 800 submissions.” In the world of poetry, this prize represents a hugely prestigious honor, one that includes the publication and…


Free concert benefits charities including JFCS

Peter Zisa and Friends present their annual celebration of peace and goodwill, “Seasons of Light Holiday Benefit Concert.” Seasons of Light, an annual benefit concert since 2007, returns Dec. 5 this year with an exciting program of music that celebrates the many cultural and faith traditions of our community. Excellent performers from many musical traditions…

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