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The 30-Day Clean Speech Challenge

Disagreements over politics have divided Americans’ homes, strained marriages, ruined friendships, and infiltrated the workplace.  In a few days, we begin the 365-day countdown to the 2020 election, sure to become even more contentious and divisive. The entire Jewish community in Colorado is seeking to change this harmful dynamic in the way they communicate with…

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More Than 1,400 Jewish Clergy Call for Protection for Asylum Seekers

PHOTO: (from left) HIAS Rabbi-in-Residence Rachel Grant Meyer; HIAS Border Fellow Nicolas Palazzo; Rabbi Elyse Wechterman, Executive Director RRA; Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld, Congregation Albert, Albuquerque, NM; Rabbi Devorah Marcus, Temple Emanu-El, San Diego, CA; Meggie Weiler; Smita Dazzo and Rebecca Kirzner.   HIAS convenes faith leaders and attorneys in Washington, DC, to deliver petition to…

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Salem Legislative Wrap-up

Every day, the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and its Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) work on behalf of our Jewish community in Salem. And every year we provide you with an “end of session” report, which will add to the length of this week’s Marc’s Remarks. Marc’s Remarks is a weekly email from Jewish…

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Meeting community security needs

PHOTO: Regional Security Director Gene Moss talks with leaders of Jewish organizations and congregations during an introductory gathering.   In his new role as regional security director, Gene Moss held a community safety meeting with about two dozen leaders of Jewish organizations and congregations. The June 11 gathering met in the Jewish Federation of Greater…

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Did you take notice?

Jodi Bromberg, CEO of InterFaith Family shared this poignant message after Saturday’s tragedy in Poway. I struggled with writing this note to you. Another synagogue, another shooting, another person dead and more wounded. First Pittsburgh, then New Zealand and Sri Lanka, and now, Poway, a short distance away from San Diego. Ma nishtana? What’s different?…

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Easing shutdown stress

The federal government shutdown is impacting thousands of our friends and neighbors. Uncertainty over the length of the furlough is causing additional anxiety and stress for those who are not getting paid during this time. We have heard from several Jewish agencies, groups and congregations about steps they are taking to help alleviate the stress…

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