J Living

Can your dog get seasonal depression?

  CertaPet published a study that focuses on seasonal depression in people and pets. We can conclude that Oregon is the #1  state where “dog depression” is googled the most and the search volume for this term reached a perfect 100!  –  Are dogs the most depressed in this area? Seasonal depression can cause symptoms…

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Portland loses another community icon

  Portland lost another community icon recently. Jim Meyer, z”l, was truly a mensch, who conducted himself with quiet strength, thoughtfulness and generosity. Ami-Fields-Meyer, a grandson of Jim Meyer, wrote a beautiful tribute to his grandfather.  Following is a partial excerpt: “(My grandfather) was an elder statesman in Portland and in Oregon. Governors and CEOs…

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Mark Shull Criticized for Facebook Post

  Four members of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners issued a statement that was critical of Commissioner Mark Shull’s Facebook post. Clackamas County Board Chair Tootie Smith and Commissioners Sonya Fischer, Paul Savas and Martha Schrader issue the following statement relating to a recent post by Commissioner Mark Shull on his personal Facebook account…

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Our Community Lost a Giant of a Man

  Harold Pollin passed away at his home in Portland this week on Aug. 24, 2021. He was 85. The Oregon Jewish Community Foundation posted this message and a quote from Harold on their Facebook page: “With great sadness, we say goodbye to Harold Pollin, OJCF’s founder and first chairperson. In Harold’s words: ‘The giving…

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Traveling Torahs

  Two of Cedar Sinai Park’s Torahs have been shepherded to Florida and are now being repaired by Rabbi Menachem Bialo and other members of the organization Sofer On Site International. Rabbi Bialo, an excellent teacher, gave Cedar Sinai Park community members and Rose Schnitzer Manor residents a Virtual Tour of where he works. The…

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Help with Hunger

  More than one year into the pandemic and millions of people are facing hunger – many for the first time. Due to COVID food banks and food pantries cannot rely on previous opportunities to receive donations and raise funds. Often they are giving out more than they are taking in. Long-term unemployment, persistent underemployment…

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Goodbye to our “Gadol”

  Photo: Julie Diamond Upon hearing the news of Julie Diamond’s death on the morning of August 12, like many people, I literally lost my breath. I knew she was in the struggle of her life, as we had discussed it often. But, we had plans to get together in a couple of weeks. We…

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Portland experiences 17.5% home price increase

  S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI) today released the latest results for the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices. Data released today for May 2021 show that home prices continue to increase across the U.S. More than 27 years of history are available for the data series, and can be accessed…