Articles by Deborah Moon


Mark Padgett shares a passion for sports and politics

Photo: Three of Mark’s relatives (Molly, Phil and Irene) who worked for Al Capone in the 1930s attended Mark’s bar mitzvah in 1961 (at right). Mark’s grandfather Philip Lewin with Mark’s mom Shirlie; and from left, Shirlie (mom), Malvena “Molly” Mandel (great grandmother), Mark and Irene Lewin (grandmother).  At age 11, Mark Padgett was paid…


Celebration of Art

Photo: Morrie carved this stand from black walnut for a shofar he bought from Israel as a birthday gift. Two years ago Morrie Jackson’s wife Gerry went to ORA’s annual Celebration of Art at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center and told Morrie he should exhibit his work. Last year Morrie took a few of his…


Irin Carmon: The face of feminism today

Award-winning journalist Irin Carmon, 36, says her earliest feminist memory is going to her school library wanting to read biographies of women. She found only two for young readers: one on Mary Todd Lincoln and the other on Julia Ward Howe. “Where are the rest of them?” Irin wondered. “We ended up writing one,” says…


Modern Jewish deli Beetroot opens Aug. 21

PHOTOS: Above, Beetroot owner and Executive Chef Sonya Sanford works in the new deli’s kitchen (by Mark Hanauer); above right, lebneh with beets, which Sonya calls “the vegetable of my people.” At right, Sonya makes her tefteli (Russian meatballs) with ethically sourced poultry and rice.   A modern Jewish deli and specialty food store opens…


New taproom serves kosher brews

Leikam Brewing Opens Taproom Serving Kosher Beer Portlanders who keep kosher now have a place to meet friends for a beer. Leikam Brewing, which obtained its certification from Oregon Kosher in January 2015, has opened a public taproom at 5812 E Burnside St., Portland. A collaboration between husband-and-wife team Theo and Sonia Marie Leikam, the…

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