Biz Ins March/April 2020


Ed Stoner to join Temple University

Ed Stoner will be joining the Temple University administrative team as the Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations in the College of Education in Philadelphia. PA. “Elyse, Mitchell, Dew and I have enjoyed our time in Portland, and all look forward to the new adventures ahead in Philadelphia,” posted Ed on Facebook.

Ed is the co-founder of The 5-29 Group Sport Consulting that provides research and advice for staff management, athletic and recreational facility design, equipment selection and layout, and program development and evaluation.

From Dec. 2017 until July 2019 he was the executive director at Touchmark, a company that develops, owns, and operates award-winning full-service retirement communities in the United States and Canada.


Oregon Jewish Community Foundation to lead Connections

The Harold Grinspoon Foundation has selected the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation to lead the pilot program “Connections” an extension of its nationwide LIFE & LEGACY program.  OJCF and the Oregon community were one of only three communities, out of sixty-three LIFE & LEGACY partners, selected to test this pilot program. The other two are the Foundation for the Charlotte Jewish Community in Charlotte, NC, and the Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County in Irvine, CA.

“Connections” is a collaborative effort between LIFE & LEGACY and Gateway for Good, a public benefit corporation whose focus is to leverage the radical power of the giving experience to impact the hearts and minds of those who give.


Rev. Gevurtz joins Shelter For The Spirit

Rev. Theresa “Rivka” Gevurtz, MDiv. joined Shelter For The Spirit in January as an interfaith minister, spiritual director and chaplain.

Shelter For The Spirit, is an interfaith spiritual private practice, offering spiritual direction, lifecycle rituals, end of life doula resources and Reiki. Rev. Gevurtz has a special focus on healing religious wounding.

A sojourner who has dwelled in multiple faith traditions; a social justice activist devoted to “the least of these;” and a believer in the holiness of all beings, Rev. Gevurtz companions others as they explore the prophetic voice within themselves and discover their own relationship with that which is sacred to them.


Israeli researchers near Covid-19 vaccine development

Scientists at MIGAL Research Institute in Israel expect to start producing a Covid-19 vaccine in the next eight-ten weeks, based on their avian coronavirus Infectious Bronchitis Virus (IBV) vaccine.

The team developed the IBV vaccine after four years of research, funded by the country’s Ministry of Science & Technology and conducted in alliance with the Ministry of Agriculture.

IBV is a disease affecting poultry, and the new vaccine was found to be effective in pre-clinical trials at the Volcani Institute.

The researchers discovered a potential Covid-19 vaccine candidate as a by-product of the IBV vaccine. They made genetic alterations to adapt the IBV vaccine to the human strain of the novel coronavirus.


My Dear Watson recommended reading for International Women’s Day

My Dear Watson written by Margaret Park Bridges will be part of the suggested reading on March 8 for International Women’s Day.

The book shares perhaps the greatest mystery surrounding Sherlock Holmes – was he actually a woman? The master – or perhaps mistress – of disguise finally puts pen to paper to reveal a decades-long deception and, in so doing, uncovers another shocking secret. The complex mind of the brilliant consulting detective is finally opened to the public, in the chronicle of a new case never recorded by Watson, which introduces Constance Moriarty, the beguiling daughter of Holmes’s nefarious nemesis.

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