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Fertile Ground Festival of New Works

Photo: “Beethoven & Chopin Meet the Bride of Frankenstein” is a production from CoHo Productions that will be presented at the Fertile Ground Festival. The Portland-grown Fertile Ground City-Wide Festival of New Works kicks off its 11th annual festival beginning on Thursday, Jan. 30 and continuing through Sunday, Feb. 9. Fertile Ground is set in…

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Hanukkah Happenings

Hanukkah begins at sundown on Sunday, Dec. 22. There are many celebrations happening: Dec. 21 & 22 Sharing the Light Tickets $20 & up. Join in the spirit of shared holiday traditions by attending a joyful musical collaboration between Kol Echad, Choir of Congregation Beth Israel and the Trinity Choirs, Pacific Youth Choir, Portland Chamber…

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A global day of giving

Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday) falls this year on Dec. 3. It is a worldwide day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on…

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Dovid Efune: Fighting anti-Semitism and building community with the iconic Algemeiner

Dovid Efune is the editor-in-chief and CEO of the Algemeiner Journal, better known as The Algemeiner. The Algemeiner is a New York-based newspaper covering American and international Jewish and Israel-related news. He is widely credited with transforming The Algemeiner from a Yiddish language print publication into a significant international online destination for Jewish, Israel and…

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Cultivating a Foundation for Peace

In the West Bank, Palestinians and Israelis live close to one another – yet in separate universes. A program called Roots is changing that reality, fostering a grassroots movement of understanding, nonviolence and transformation among Israelis and Palestinians. Roots is a unique collaboration of local Palestinians and Israelis, building a model for coexistence. Their vision is a…

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2019 Giving Guide

AMERICAN FRIENDS OF MAGEN DAVID ADOM 800-323-2371 AFMDA.org/give Help to mobilize Magen David Adom EMT’s and paramedics who carry more than 700,000 Israelis to safety each year. We’re Israel’s emergency medical and ambulance service, Magen David Adom, Help save lives in Israel. B’NAI B’RITH CAMP 503-345-9476 bbcamp.org Your gift invests in future leaders in our…

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Building a better Portland, one tiny house at a time!

Jewish Portlanders have the chance to literally build a better world. Every week, volunteers can take part in the construction of tiny houses for villages of formerly houseless Portlanders. Construction coaches will be onsite to supervise all volunteer work, ensuring a safe and meaningful experience for everyone. Also, volunteers don’t have to have any previous construction…

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Nov./Dec. 2019 Biz Ins

Marsha Spellman new president of JGSO Long-time Portland resident, Marsha Spellman, has been named as the new President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Oregon. Marsha became interested in genealogy after spending many years tracking down her family name. She discovered her last name was originally Kitrosser, as Spellman is a name that her grandfather…

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