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How Portland Chefs and Restaurant Owners Celebrate Rosh Hashanah by Janey Wong/Eater.com

The dishes they eat, family traditions, and where Portlanders can find holiday food All sharing options RoshRosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time for celebration, reflection about the previous year, and intention setting for the year ahead. Families gather to eat apples dipped in honey — signifying a sweet new year — and blow…

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OES’s New Athletic Center Builds Community

  The unveiling of Oregon Episcopal School’s newly remodeled and expanded athletic facility in the fall of 2021 is proving a winner for the entire community! The open, airy and light-filled space in a woodsy setting energizes student-athletes and the physical education curriculum and connects pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students and families in new ways…

K-12 Education’s Crisis of Relevance

  By Michael C. Johnson The extent that we can assure that every American child receives a relevant and contemporary education today will dictate the health of our economy, our global standing and the general welfare of our society for the remainder of this century. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer such a guarantee,…

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Celebrating the New Year of the Trees

  By Rabbi Jeffrey Schesnol Tu B’Shevat is the New Year of the Trees, Rosh Hashanah Haaitzim in Hebrew, or Jewish Arbor Day. Tu B’Shevat occurs in late January or early February, the eleventh Hebrew month of Shevat, this year beginning Sunday, Jan. 16 at sunset. The minor holiday of Tu B’Shevat translated means the…

Speaking for Others and Yourself

  By Amy Hummell Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) was formed in 2009 when the Jewish Special Education International Consortium got together for their annual meeting. Two of the members presented the idea of selecting a specific month for all communities to raise awareness and share resources on the topic of disability….

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2021 Sees 30% Global Surge in Aliyah

  Nefesh B’Nefesh infographic breaking down the 2021 Aliyah stats for North America.  Aliyah (immigration to Israel) surged in 2021, with the 27,050 new arrivals from across the globe representing a 30% increase over the previous year’s 21,820 olim (immigrants), according to statistics released today by the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, The Jewish Agency…