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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…

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Pro-Israel candidate wins in Ohio special election

  Shontel Brown, a Cuyahoga County councilwoman, came from behind in the polls to win a critical Democratic primary in Ohio’s 11th District  – with considerable help from a mainstream pro-Israel political action committee. A native Clevelander, Shontel began her service as a Warrensville Heights city council member in 2012. In 2017, she was elected…

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Michael Jeser Receives Sherut L’Am Award

Photo: Michael, his wife Laura, and his four-year-old daughter Eleanore. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) awarded Michael Jeser, a graduate of the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (then School of Jewish Communal Service), with the Sherut L’Am Award on July 6, 2021. The Sherut L’Am Award recognizes exceptional service to the College-Institute…

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Rep. Earl Blumenauer heads safety initiatives for bikers

  Photo: Congressman Earl Blumenauer at the groundbreaking event of the Blumenauer Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge over I-84. Photo by Pierre Haou, Portland Bureau of Transportation.   On June 2, U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), founder and co-chair of the Congressional Bike Caucus, introduced legislation to make federal transportation funding available for communities across the…