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OJMCHE Opens ‘Mending the Social Fabric’

  Photo: Textile artist Bonnie Meltzer The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education’s exhibition “Mending the Social Fabric” by textile artist Bonnie Meltzer has at its core a parachute with a 314-foot circumference that is encircled by 75 handkerchiefs embroidered with text that amplifies the embedded themes. Mounted behind the parachute are textiles…

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JNF-USA to Host World’s Largest Virtual Tour of Israel

  Jewish National Fund-USA (JNF-USA) announced that hundreds of international “passengers” have registered to attend the world’s most immersive virtual tour of Israel as part of the organization’s complimentary four-day national conference taking place October 10-14, 2021. Featured in national travel publications including National Geographic, JNF-USA is unparalleled when it comes to offering Zionists, travel…

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Popular Artificial Sweeteners May Cause Digestive Disease and Discomfort

  Artificial sweeteners found in many foods, sports supplements, and beverages could be causing long-term digestive disease and discomfort, according to researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). The team’s findings, published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, show that at least three of the six FDA-approved artificial sweeteners tested ─ aspartame, sucralose,…

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U.S. House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Fund Israel’s Iron Dome Missile Defense System

  Today, the leadership of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (Orthodox Union), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, applauded the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the bipartisan Iron Dome Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022 (H.R. 5323), which provides $1 billion to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system to help the Jewish State…

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Healthcare Heroes Project

  Photo: From left: Juli and Rick Barde, Jorden Cohen, Sallie Cohen, Karen Fairfield. Positive Charge! PDX is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is open to everyone, with a mission to make a positive impact on a collective scale by doing good deeds, sharing good news, and building community. They create opportunities for the public to…

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Mark Shull Criticized for Facebook Post

  Four members of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners issued a statement that was critical of Commissioner Mark Shull’s Facebook post. Clackamas County Board Chair Tootie Smith and Commissioners Sonya Fischer, Paul Savas and Martha Schrader issue the following statement relating to a recent post by Commissioner Mark Shull on his personal Facebook account…

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PJA Engages Consultant to Address Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access

  Photo: Heather Clark, Ph.D. This year, Portland Jewish Academy launched an initiative to examine Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA). Originally undertaken as a follow-up to our most recent reaccreditation, the work is a natural extension of previous efforts. In 2015, the school began to examine its curriculum through an anti-bias lens. In 2016-17,…