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Event planners are ready for every contingency

Most brides wouldn’t think to take duct tape to their wedding, but just like MacGyver, good event planners come prepared for every possible hiccup. So when BLC Events founder Barbara Cohen and Elyse Stoner coordinate an event, they always take a suitcase full of extension cords, duct tape, spare lingerie and a host of other…

Yuval Ron Builds Musical Bridges

Recording artist, composer, educator and peace activist Yuval Ron returns to Oregon for three days of concerts and a workshop in January. While he has performed in Ashland and the Eugene/Corvallis area in recent years, he says this will be his first return to Portland in nearly a decade. With his concerts around the world…

New Move Puts Moishe House in the Spotlight

It was like a Kiddush cup filled to the brim with wine spilling over, says Eli Gregory, when asked about Passover 2014 at Moishe House, a Portland young adult organization. Sixty-five people crammed onto couches, giant beanbags and extra chairs borrowed from the Oregon Jewish Museum. They followed Eli’s socially conscious adaptation of the Haggadah…

UO Hillel Keeps Getting Busier

As the University of Oregon’s fall quarter began drawing to a close, Oregon Hillel Executive Director Andy Gitelson enjoyed a rare quiet afternoon in his office, reflecting on the busiest High Holiday season of his three years in Eugene. “What we’ve seen overall is more and more different students engaging in smaller-scale programs, which is…

A Lifetime of Teachers

As a child, I always dreaded going to Hebrew School. Although it was only a few blocks from my public school, the lonely bike ride felt like miles as I watched my friends walk away in the opposite direction, arms linked together like a human gum wrapper chain. Being Jewish in the small town where…

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Charitable Giving: Legacy Giving Reveals

It is difficult to make financial and estate plan decisions, accepting your own mortality. Yet, it can also be empowering. By making thoughtful and informed estate plans, you can express your deepest Jewish values, those of community tzedakah and tikkun olam. Leaving a legacy gift can help make the world a better place for future…

The war we won and the war we are losing

Although it has been less than a month since what appears to be the end of Operation Protective Edge, it seems like a distant memory to many Israelis. (The one-month window in which the sides agreed to begin negotiations in Cairo ended just as I finished writing this and with no signs discussions will begin;…

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