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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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Minyan attendees benefit in so many ways

PHOTO: Above, Neveh Shalom “Minyonnaires” gather to bid Shalom L’Hitraot to Howard and Petra Shapiro (holding hands). The couple sold their Portland home and moved to Oceanside, and Howard, a minyon regular for many years, will be sorely missed. At right, Minyan regulars: (front) Lee Cordova and Tony Kostiner;  (back)  Merrill Hendin, Sam Gottlieb and…

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 Portlander attends OU Women’s first lay leadership confab

PHOTO: Jodi Garber-Simon from Portland was one of 100 women from around the world attending the lay leadership conference. The Orthodox Union Women’s Initiative hosted its inaugural Leadership Summit, a lay leadership conference designed to encourage and develop women serving as lay leaders within their communities. The 100 participants were nominated by 56 communities (including Portland)…

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A dozen gift ideas for dad

When a man becomes a father, he also becomes his son’s first hero and his daughter’s first love. He’s also the one who gives advice (although not always wanted) and tells those great dad jokes (also not always wanted). What do you get this guy for Father’s Day? Before you give up and grab a…

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Did you take notice?

Jodi Bromberg, CEO of InterFaith Family shared this poignant message after Saturday’s tragedy in Poway. I struggled with writing this note to you. Another synagogue, another shooting, another person dead and more wounded. First Pittsburgh, then New Zealand and Sri Lanka, and now, Poway, a short distance away from San Diego. Ma nishtana? What’s different?…

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Schmattees apparel line combines Jewish pride & humor

Hipster or Hasidic? There’s no need to chose sides when you wear a shirt from Schmattees, a new apparel line whose designs combine a little bit of cheekiness and a whole lot of chutzpah.The 10-piece line of humorous t-shirts and sweatshirts combine Jewish culture and rituals, Yiddish expressions, eye-catching graphic design with current meme-linguistics.  “If You Can’t Say Anything Nice…Say It…

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