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Barry Menashe offered Portland $5M for cleanup. Now the offer’s ‘off the table.’

  Portland City Hall, photographed on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. Photo by Jonathan Bach/Portland Business Journal By Jonathan Bach  –  Staff Reporter, Portland Business Journal A dustup between the mayor’s office and a prominent developer over $5 million shows ongoing tensions over the state of the city. On May 5, Menashe Properties founder Barry Menashe…

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Linfield University Fires Jewish Tenured Professor who Alleged Antisemitism

  Daniel Pollack-Pelzner By Maxine Bernstein | The Oregonian/OregonLive Linfield University on Tuesday fired English professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, a public advocate for students and faculty who had complained about alleged sexual abuse by board trustees. Pollack-Pelzner, 41, also earlier this month accused university President Miles K. Davis of making anti-Semitic comments to fend off criticism…

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New Rabbi for Ahavath Achim

  An important message was sent by Mark Berkovitch, president of Ahavath Achim on April 18: Dear Congregation Ahavath Achim Members, I hope this email finds you and your family in good health and that you are finding your connection to Judaism and to our congregation a source of comfort during these difficult times. It…

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A place at the table

  Photo: TischPDX cohort member, Brooke A, hosts a new year event called “High Holy Days,” at the Skidmore Bluffs as part of her new group, Portland Queer Jewish Experience. By Eleyna Fugman In 2018, TischPDX: Unaffiliated Jewish Leadership Incubator was launched with support from local private donors, to boost as well as learn from…

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PJA focuses on diversity

    PHOTO: Jewish day schools have increasingly diverse student bodies, including at the Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy in Beverly Hills, California. (Courtesy of Prizmah) Portland Jewish Academy, a community day school in Oregon with about 180 students, began working on diversity issues several years ago, examining everything from its print educational materials to its…

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Human rights group urges AG Ellen Rosenblum to allow reversal nonunanimous ury convictions

  By JAIMIE DING The Oregonian/OregonLive An international human rights group on Tuesday, March 30, urged Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to lift her opposition to reversing nonunanimous jury convictions — recently declared unconstitutional — against people who have completed their appeals. Since Oregon enacted its law in 1934, juries could convict people of most…