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Reflecting on hatred as Av approaches

PHOTO: Rabbi Susan Silverman, center, with Women of the Wall in Jerusalem. Av begins Aug. 2, 2019. Photo by Hila Shiloni By Rabbi Susan Silverman As Av approaches, and with it the Nine Days, we are drawn to the Kotel — in our souls, with our bodies or, for some,  both. We recall destruction that…

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Modern Jewish deli Beetroot opens Aug. 21

PHOTOS: Above, Beetroot owner and Executive Chef Sonya Sanford works in the new deli’s kitchen (by Mark Hanauer); above right, lebneh with beets, which Sonya calls “the vegetable of my people.” At right, Sonya makes her tefteli (Russian meatballs) with ethically sourced poultry and rice.   A modern Jewish deli and specialty food store opens…

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MDA offers First 7 Minutes training

PHOTOS: Magen David Adom offers First 7 Minutes terrorism and emergency response training for civilians in Milwaukee. This pilot program will now be rolled out and offered to communities across the United States. For more information about how to schedule First 7 Minutes training in your community, contact First7Minutes@afmda.org.     Following recent armed attacks…

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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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Want to live in Portland’s Moishe House?

Photo: Portland’s Moishe House holds Passover Seders, Shabbat dinners, and an assortment of recreational, social and educational opportunities for young adults. They are looking for a new housemate to join them in planning the events.   Portland’s Moishe House is seeking a dynamic young adult, between the ages of 22-30, who is excited about living…

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Faith leaders invited to free security training

Synagogue, temple, church, mosque and other congregational leaders and security departments are urged to attend this June 30 emergency training, briefing and active shooter safety presentation to prepare congregations for potential attacks and violent extremism. “Houses of worship have reason to be concerned and prepared,” writes the Rev. Markel Hutchins, the national lead organizer of…

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P’nai Or celebrates new leader and home

PHOTOS: Above, the formal installation of P’nai Or Rabbi Hannah Laner featured symbols and metaphors from the marriage ceremony. At right: From left, P’nai Or of Portland Hazzan Bruce Morris, Rabbi Hannah Laner and President Alan Hanawalt bring the congregation’s Torah to its new home May 2.   During her first interview with P’nai Or…

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