Articles by Marc Blattner


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Salem Legislative Wrap-up

Every day, the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and its Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) work on behalf of our Jewish community in Salem. And every year we provide you with an “end of session” report, which will add to the length of this week’s Marc’s Remarks. Marc’s Remarks is a weekly email from Jewish…

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IMPACT: How to fight anti-Semitism

PHOTOS: Above, Kim Rosenberg, right, interviews Bari Weiss at IMPACT. At right, Kim addresses the 250 some women who turned out for the event. New York Times opinion writer Bari Weiss delivered a powerful message of how we can fight anti-Semitism in this world when she spoke in Portland May 6. Bari addressed more than…

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Portlander’s relative killed by Gaza rocket

IMAGE: The IDF provides live updates of rocket attacks from Gaza here. This has been a very difficult time in Israel. Nearly 700 rockets were fired from Gaza striking southern Israel. It is a dynamic and dangerous situation that is constantly evolving, already having claimed at least 4 Israeli lives. An unofficial ceasefire was proclaimed…

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Commit to Never Again

Photo: Mayor Ted Wheeler opened this year’s Unto Every Person There is a Name at Pioneer Courthouse Square May 2. Here in Portland – as in Jewish communities around the world – we gather to read the names of the men, women and children murdered by Nazi Germany and its European collaborators between 1933 and…

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Purim Again

Last evening we went to bed learning the horrifying news about massacres at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. This morning we learned 49 dead and 20 injured. No one should ever fear going to their house of worship. Our siddurim (prayer books) contain the following in the prayer for peace, “May we see the…

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Federation votes for community security

Earlier this week the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland unanimously approved initial funding to hire a Director of Community Security. There are 22 other Jewish communities who currently have someone in this role, including Pittsburgh, which they acknowledge helped to save lives due to trainings and community communications. Each city has expressed the tremendous benefit…

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Raise your voice against hate

PHOTO: Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford talks to students about the importance of voice. Photo by Deborah Moon On election day, I had the absolute pleasure meeting Oregon’s 9th Poet Laureate Kim Stafford at Maimonides Jewish Day School. He spoke with the warmest of voices to the children in the most majestic way – the…

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