Tikkun Olam

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Zoo, frogs & tikkun olam

PHOTO: Two northern leopard froglets in the Oregon Zoo’s conservation lab. The zoo’s pilot recovery program is a great example of tikkun olam – repair the world. Photo by Michael Durham, courtesy of the Oregon Zoo. Hundreds of imperiled northern leopard frogs will be hopping back into the wild soon, thanks to a pilot recovery…

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MJCC hosts tiny homes builders

The Mittleman Jewish Community Center has granted Cascadia Clusters permission to use the northern edge of the playing field as a site to build “tiny houses.” These structures will be moved to other locations as they are completed. Cascadia Clusters was founded by Andy Olshin, who developed his concept and displayed two tiny homes built…

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YES, WE CAN HELP!

Positive Charge! PDX is collecting donations for migrant children at the U.S. border. Little Mercies will deliver the donations to children in shelters in Mexico on the border in Tijuana. (See list of needed items below.) Positive Charge! PDX is a volunteer group, open to everyone, with a mission to share good news and, through…

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Welcoming new citizens

PHOTO: Speaker Amy Herzfeld-Copple, left, and OJMCHE Director Judy Margles joined Richard Miller, Portland field office director for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, as he presented citizenship certificates after he administered the citizenship oaths. Photos courtesy of OJMCHE To celebrate World Refugee Day, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Eduction hosted a naturalization ceremony…

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Portland teens win tikkun olam awards

PHOTO: Three Portland teens received Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards this year; from left: Britton Masback, Malcolm Asher and Solomon Olshin. Three of the 15 recipients of the 13th Annual Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards are from Portland. Britton Masback, Malcolm Asher and Solomon Olshin are among those who will receive the prestigious $36,000 award…

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Michael Phelps receives Ruderman inclusion award

PHOTO: The Ruderman family presenting Michael Phelps with the Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion; L-R: Sharon Shapiro, Marcia Ruderman, Jay Ruderman, Michael Phelps, Todd Ruderman. Photo by  Cindy Loo    The Ruderman Family Foundation, an international leader in disability inclusion, presented its Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion to Michael Phelps at a ceremony…

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Tyler Clementi Foundation launches Jewish-themed toolkit to end bullying

Last month, the Tyler Clementi Foundation, a prominent anti-bullying organization, launched its first #Day1 toolkit designed for synagogues and Jewish communities. #Day1 toolkit is a simple, effective, and empowering intervention to help prevent bullying before it begins. This edition of the #Day1 toolkit is specially crafted for Jewish communities; it directly addresses the ways religious…

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