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10 Yiddish Words To Get You Through

By Sallie Pearlman Cohen When you can’t find the right words, sometimes Yiddish fits the situation best! 1. Tsedrayt (tsuh-DRAYT) All mixed up, confused. Before the Covid-19 virus, tsedrayt meant we couldn’t remember if we promised to meet a friend for lunch on Thursday or Friday. Now we don’t know what day of the week…

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Focus on Wellness

Photo: Joe with his daughter. By Joe Seitz I am always fascinated by how people respond to challenges. There are optimists, pessimists, different personalities, and all of the conditions of human fabric that make our life at times so beautiful, and so tragic. Much of life is about choices, and most of us know that…

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NCSY Bids Farewell to the Jacobys

Meira Spivak serves as NCSY’s Oregon Director and shares her farewell message to the Jacobys: It is with mixed emotions that I share with you that the Jacobys are moving from Portland and heading on to the next chapter in their lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Over the past eight years, Doovie and Aviva have worked…

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How Walking Saved Me

Photo: One of Janna’s favorite walking destinations is Commonwealth Lake Park. By Janna Lopez I’ve never been a walker and to say it saved my life might sound overdramatic. But it feels this way. In the middle of March, as the world began to shut down from Covid-19 and sheltering in place took hold, fear,…

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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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