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BGU Launches “Negev Prime” Program

  Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) will launch a new Amazon-based program dubbed “Negev Prime,” consisting of48 selected participants who will open their own Amazon store during the course of their studies. Combining unique teaching methods, top-notch mentors and innovative tools, the program reimagines the Negev trading arena. An initiative of the University’s Yazamut…

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Stone Soup PDX Receives Community Grant

  Photo: Craig (left) and Ronit of Stone Soup PDX. Stone Soup PDX was one of the recipients of Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation’s community grants. The foundation recently awarded 120 community grants to local nonprofits across its five-state footprint totaling $423.500. Nonprofits were selected from hundreds of applicants who demonstrated a strong commitment to serving…

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OpenSesame Receives $50 Million Strategic Growth Investment

  OpenSesame, a market-leading SaaS global eLearning innovator with its headquarters in Portland, announced on July 22 a $50 million investment led by JMI Equity, a growth equity firm focused on investing in leading software companies, with participation from existing investors FTV Capital and Altos Ventures. This growth investment will strengthen OpenSesame’s ability to accelerate its global expansion,…

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A Salute from Israel: Bat Ella Tribute Concert to Debbie Friedman

  Set against a majestic Tel Aviv sunset, Israeli soul singer Bat Ella presents a special tribute concert honoring the late Jewish-American singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman (1951-2011), who was among the most prolific and influential spiritual leaders in the world of Jewish music. The concert will premiere on Jewish Life Television/JLTV, the largest Jewish-themed television network…

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Michael Jeser Receives Sherut L’Am Award

Photo: Michael, his wife Laura, and his four-year-old daughter Eleanore. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) awarded Michael Jeser, a graduate of the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (then School of Jewish Communal Service), with the Sherut L’Am Award on July 6, 2021. The Sherut L’Am Award recognizes exceptional service to the College-Institute…