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Pondering the power of Chanukah in a pandemic

Maimonides Jewish Day School in Southwest Portland announced the two winners of Oregon’s 4th annual Chanukah Essay Contest. They were selected by award-winning children’s authors Trudy Ludwig and Eric Kimmel, two of the contest’s judges, who infused this year’s event with their signature creativity. Shira Wilhelm, 10, a 5th grader at Maimonides Jewish Day School,…

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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…