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2020 Chanukah Essay Contest

Maimonides Jewish Day School in Southwest Portland announces Oregon’s 4th annual Chanukah Essay Contest. Eric Kimmel, award-winning children’s author, penned this year’s question (immediately below), encouraging young Oregonians in third through eighth grades to put themselves in the shoes of the Maccabees – Jewish soldiers in antiquity who fought for their beliefs – and ask…

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Virtual Hackathon for Jewish Teens

Teens across the country can register for a Social Innovation Virtual Hackathon taking place Sunday, October 25 from 1-5 pm ET – a one-day event to learn how to become a young social changemaker and use innovative thinking to turn problems into opportunities. The Hackathon is organized by the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative…

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JLTV Premiering Children’s Program “Rhythm ‘N Ruach”

Jewish Life Television/JLTV proudly announces the addition of the children’s program “Rhythm ‘N Ruach” to its weekend morning line-up. Joining the animated series “Bible Stories for Kids,” which is distributed by Chip Taylor Communications, “Rhythm ‘N Ruach” is an original production of Joyful Judaism Productions and is making its television premiere on Jewish Life Television…

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A special PJA graduation

Photo: PJA students arrive for a socially distant graduation. Portland Jewish Academy held a lovely socially distant graduation for their kindergarteners on Sunday, June 14 in the PJA parking lot. Everyone gathered in a circle with family groups standing six feet apart in designated spots. Each kindergartener, one at a time, stood on a cloud…

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A gap year alternative in Portland

PHOTO: The Tivnu cohort from 2017. The Tivnu Gap Year is nine months of hands-on Jewish social justice engagement. Participants create a community living together, discovering the Pacific Northwest, and exploring the bond between Jewish life and social justice while working with Portland’s cutting-edge grassroots organizations. Tivnu usually has 9-10 participants for their gap year…

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B’nai B’rith Camp to receive emergency matching grant funds from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation

Summer camp, like many institutions, is in jeopardy this summer. Camp directors and their boards are busily working to develop contingency plans to reopen in accordance with national and state health guidelines. To assist camps during this unprecedented time, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation has created the All Together Now matching grant to offer access to a…

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Keep baby busy this Passover

Photo: Tinkle Crinkle Caterpillar by Baby GUND The Passover seder is the most widely practiced Jewish ritual in modern society, but kids don’t always make it through the seder. Caring for infants and newborns can be frustrating for parents who are participating in the ritual. And this year may be extra challenging without extra hands…

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