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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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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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