Articles by Polina Olsen


Join the fun wrapping Mitzvah Menorah gifts

Come join the fun at the Mitzvah Menorah and Adopt-a-Family annual gift-wrapping jamboree. Held at the Mittlemann Jewish Community Center on Dec.18, this Jewish Family & Child Service and Cedar Sinai Park holiday event brings the community together to wrap and deliver gifts to others less fortunate than themselves. Families and groups are welcome. The…


Orthodox beat booms out of Portland

Think you’ve heard it all? Have a listen to beatboxing. Also known as vocal percussion, it replicates the sounds and rhythms of drums along with noises that heretofore humans didn’t make. Portland has a recognized expert rising from our own Laurelhurst neighborhood, Portland Jewish Academy and Grant High. An Orthodox Jew, Ilan Swartz-Brownstein, also known…


Rabbi Ariel celebrates 25 years

When Rabbi Ariel Stone came to Portland in 1995, she found a city undergoing rapid sophistication and change. She remembers being told that she arrived only six months before good bread came to town. Now, celebrating 25 years since her ordination and 13 years as spiritual leader of Congregation Shir Tikvah, Rabbi Ariel continues transitioning…


Their Chuppah is Forever

Every time Cantor Barbara Slader helps a couple plan their wedding, it brings back the joy of her own. Those memories of her 1991 wedding include family, flowers and the centerpiece, a chuppah created by Barbara’s friend, artist Jane Levy Campbell. In fact, handmade chuppahs have become a tradition and ritual for many Portland couples….


Father and daughter team up for Toot and Shoot

They started with one wedding and then it snowballed. Toot and Shoot, the father/daughter, musician/photographer team was a hit. Based in Los Angeles, they worked mainly in the entertainment industry doing weddings and bar mitzvahs for the stars. When they moved to Portland in 1986, they continued commuting to Los Angeles and working locally. While…

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