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Don’t wait – celebrate!

How does one celebrate lifecycle events during a pandemic? How do we stay sensitive to the times, keep everyone safe and still have a celebration?  Having planned my daughter’s baby shower pre-pandemic, all bets were off on how we would pivot for a virtual baby shower. I quickly realized that there really isn’t a roadmap…

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A Zoom wedding event from Oregon to Israel

Mazel Tov to Melissa Bloom (Aloha, Oregon) and Oren Abu (Kiyrat Malakhi, Israel) on their wedding on May 12, Lag B’Omer. Guests were able to join in virtually from all over the world to their backyard for this day of celebration. Melissa owns Yo Zone frozen yogurt in Beaverton, Oregon and Oren hopes to go…

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The mystery of the Libe Shteyn

Photo: A basket of Libe Shteyn or “Love Stones” to place on headstones. Placing a stone on a grave is a Jewish custom that dates back to at least medieval times. There are a variety of explanations as to why this tradition began. Some say that it shows to others that someone has visited the…

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Nudelman Family Picnic: A tradition for 12 sibling branches

By Claire Delman (sixth-generation Portland Nudelman descendant) Gatherings of the Nudelman family have been happening in Portland since the early 1900s. The tradition continued this past summer when 90 descendants attended a family picnic. Eleven children of Mordechai Nudelman immigrated to the United States from Russia (modern-day Ukraine) between 1882-1901. All of them had different…

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Cultivating a Foundation for Peace

In the West Bank, Palestinians and Israelis live close to one another – yet in separate universes. A program called Roots is changing that reality, fostering a grassroots movement of understanding, nonviolence and transformation among Israelis and Palestinians. Roots is a unique collaboration of local Palestinians and Israelis, building a model for coexistence. Their vision is a…

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Women’s Financial Empowerment Workshops

This fall and winter, Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland is presenting a Women’s Financial Literacy Workshop Series focused on three stages of life: adulting, transitions and retirement. All three workshops are designed to increase a participant’s financial literacy in key areas by incorporating Jewish values and providing tactical and practical tools…

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JSwipe Love Study results

JSwipe has released its findings from the first-ever JSwipe Love Study – the largest and most comprehensive report on Jewish Singles from across the world exploring Jewish identity, Israel, modern dating, and the often charged topic of interfaith marriage. They surveyed 4,000 Jewish singles in February 2019. The survey was made available to JSwipe users…

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