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Full STEAM ahead

PHOTOS: Campers participate in last summer’s pilot ORT’s Start-up Challenge designed to introduce Jewish campers to Israeli innovation. Now campers at six Jewish camps are participating in the challenge. ORT brings Israeli innovation and interactive technology to Jewish summer campers Building on the success of last year’s pioneer program, this summer ORT will once again…


Baby signers get a head start as Tiny Talkers

PHOTO: Tiny Talkers founder Shira Fogel leads a free Sign, Sing and Play session for infants and toddlers at Hoot-N-Annie Boutique in Hillsdale the second Wednesday of most months. Photos by Deborah Moon When Shira Fogel’s daughter, Eliana, was born 15 years ago, Shira used sign language to communicate with her pre-verbal child. As a…


S’more Fun This Summer

PHOTO: Cub Scout Pack 739 enjoys the outdoors. Portland Jewish Cub Scouts Pack 739 invites kids and their families to spend more time outdoors with S’more Fun This Summer. These three special summer evenings are open to kids entering kindergarten through fifth grade and their families. Bring a picnic dinner along and the Cub Scout…


Portland teens win tikkun olam awards

PHOTO: Three Portland teens received Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards this year; from left: Britton Masback, Malcolm Asher and Solomon Olshin. Three of the 15 recipients of the 13th Annual Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards are from Portland. Britton Masback, Malcolm Asher and Solomon Olshin are among those who will receive the prestigious $36,000 award…


Judaism Unpacked on YouTube

SCREENSHOT OF UNPACKED: Unpacked adds a new video each week to reach and teach young Jews about Israel and Judaism. A new video about Israeli spy Eli Cohen was uploaded this week. Upcoming videos will debut on Unpacke as follows: 6/13, the Balfour Declaration; 6/20, Hamas and Gaza; 6/27, Moshe Dayan; 7/4, Tel Aviv; 7/11,…


PJA teacher gets into character

PHOTO:  Every day PJA toddler teacher Drew Calhoun wears a different costume – and while his expression and posture change too, what doesn’t change is the care he gives his students. Drew says, “A large part of my intention is to show them that the people who are capable of loving them and caring for…

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