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Success of Tay-Sachs testing inspires genetic testing

Expanded screening panels by JScreen makes for easy “spit kit” testing of 200 diseases September is Tay-Sachs Awareness Month, an urgent reminder for people to get tested for genetic diseases so they can make informed decisions about family planning. Expanded screening panels now enable for testing of more than 200 diseases, a significant development from…

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National “This Is Hunger” exhibit coming to Portland

Congregation Neveh Shalom will host “This Is Hunger,” a national touring exhibit that will be in Portland Sept. 1-7. This first-of-its-kind free exhibit will bring the Portland community face to face with the stark realities of hunger through state-of-the-art storytelling techniques and interactive elements. “We often think of hunger in stereotypes, such as the homeless…

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Hadassah Combats Dramatic 86% Rise in Anti-Semitic Incidents in US

The alarming 86% rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the United States was addressed at Hadassah’s 2017 National Assembly in St. Louis in July, announced Ellen Hershkin, national president of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc., the nation’s largest Zionist women’s organization. In a strongly-worded Combating Anti-Semitism policy statement 2017, Hadassah: Calls on all nations and international bodies to establish…

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Diamond sisters spend summer aiding Planned Parenthood

  PHOTO: Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), second from left, poses with three Planned Parenthood summer interns at in Washingtion, D.C., including Melissa Diamond of Portland (second from right).   Two Portland sisters are spending their summer on opposite sides of the country, but both are serving internships with Planned Parenthood. Melissa Diamond, the daughter…

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Holocaust organizations, scholars and educators sound alarm on surge in hate crimes

In a powerful statement issued by an array of Holocaust institutions, scholars and educators from around the world, an alarm is being sounded on the rise of groups that promote intolerance and promote hate speech. Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education is among 90 institutions who are calling on lawmakers to condemn white…