Oregon Jewish Life 2020-07-31T22:11:57Z https://orjewishlife.com/feed/atom/ WordPress https://orjewishlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/cropped-fav3OR-2-32x32.jpg Guest Post <![CDATA[New Tech Gap Year Program in Israel]]> https://orjewishlife.com/?p=21341 2020-07-31T22:11:57Z 2020-07-31T22:11:57Z

Aardvark Israel and Big Idea are thrilled to announce a new partnership enabling participants the best of both organizations’ Gap Year experiences!  Introducing…Big Idea Gap Year @ Aardvark Israel.

Designed for Jewish young adults, ages 17-21, who are interested in technology and expanding their professional skills, this new program brings together participants from around the world for a robust experience which will jump-start a career in technology!

BIG IDEA @ Aardvark Israel provides participants intensive hi-tech training, professional internships, and a one-of-a-kind Startup Nation experience! It is the ideal choice for anyone looking to boost their career in technology while also having an immersive, educational, and fun experience in Israel. Participants will enjoy the benefits of being part of a selective group of technology-minded peers while also being a part of the larger, diverse community of students who are participating in all of Aardvark Israel’s other existing programs.

BIG IDEA @ Aardvark Israel is an unparalleled hi-tech training program in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv that focuses on programming, design, app development, and UI/UX design. Through unique hands-on courses, participants will gain all the skills necessary to become a front-end developer, and at the end of the program, they will walk away with not just resume-ready skills, but also an official developer certification. In addition to the tech courses, participants will go on weekly field trips around Israel, take immersive Hebrew classes, earn up to 21 university credits in Hebrew and other relevant electives, participate in extracurricular activities, and intern alongside Israelis at leading startups in Tel Aviv!

For more information visit aardvarkisrael.com/tech-track or contact us at 1-646-844-7784 (USA) or 052-429-3681 (Israel) or +972-52-429-3681 (WhatsApp) or info@aardvarkisrael.com

BIG IDEA Educational Projects Ltd. has been creating meaningful experiences in Israel for young adults and teens since 2008.

Guest Post <![CDATA[2020 Rose Festival Queen Crowned]]> https://orjewishlife.com/?p=21332 2020-07-30T22:09:04Z 2020-07-29T21:03:20Z

In an unprecedented historical year, Anya Anand was elected 2020 Queen of Rosaria by a vote of her peers. The Lincoln High School senior was crowned today in a special limited Queen’s Coronation presented by Unitus Community Credit Union and in partnership with the Royal Rosarians, at the Queens’ Walk in the International Rose Test Garden at Washington Park. The new Queen and her court did a short procession around the Garden, and returned to Queens’ Walk to lay the traditional Queen’s plaque, cementing her place in the long line of Rose Festival queens since 1908’s Queen Flora.

Due to the pandemic, the Festival was unable to assemble the standard collection of community volunteers to meet and greet the court in a series of judging opportunities, so the Festival asked those with the best knowledge of the Court – the Princesses themselves – to make the determination. The last time the court selected their own Queen was in 1930, the first year the Rose Festival started selecting Princesses from area high schools.

Anya, who was born in Portland, Oregon, plans to attend the University of California at Davis, and major in Psychology for four years, before moving on to medical school to become a pediatrician. Anya says that one reasons she liked UC Davis —  located near Sacramento, California — was because it was “in driving distance to Portland.”

Anya Anand

Anya was very active at Lincoln: as a volunteer Co-President of the Associated Student Body and Asian Student Union, as well as Co-Chair of the Multnomah Youth Commission Committee. Anya has been passionate about education from an early age and is president of REAL, (or Rural Education and Literacy), in India. Anya visited a remote village in India to give free education to underprivileged girls. According to Queen Anya “This is to encourage girls to be self-sufficient, independent, and secure a better life for themselves, in an area that predominantly doesn’t provide or allow education for girls.”

Fans can watch a special telecast of the 2020 Queen’s Coronation on KPDX/FOX12 plus+ on Saturday, August 1 at 4 pm and Sunday, August 2, at 4 pm.

The mission of the Rose Festival Court program presented by Unitus Community Credit Union, is to provide scholarships courtesy The Randall Group for higher education, to promote community outreach and volunteerism, and to offer networking and mentoring opportunities to outstanding young women in a program that perpetuates an appreciation for Rose Festival history and tradition.

The Portland Rose Festival Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that serves families and individuals with programs and events that promote the arts, education and volunteerism. We value environmental responsibility, diversity, patriotism and our historic & floral heritage.


Mala Blomquist <![CDATA[Make your celebration special with Lawn Party]]> https://orjewishlife.com/?p=21324 2020-07-28T22:39:05Z 2020-07-28T22:39:05Z

Photo: Uma Frost-Hausman and Stefanie Hausman, the mother-daughter duo behind Lawn Party.

Stefanie Hausman and her 17-year-old daughter, Uma Frost-Hausman, have gone to several birthday and bar mitzvah parades during this time of social distancing. Attending these events inspired them to start their business, Lawn Party.

“Some people had balloons or banners, but we thought why not go big and bold and bring something to peoples’ lawns to help them celebrate,” says Stefanie.

Lawn Party delivers those big, bold – and personalized – lawn messages to your front yard.

After doing research, the mother-daughter duo created the reusable letters out of corrugated plastic attached to “H” stakes, like the kind used for campaign signs. “We put a call out on Nextdoor for donations right after the primary,” says Stefanie.

They also make custom signs with the guest of honor’s name on it and age for a birthday or a Jewish star for a bar mitzvah. For one bar mitzvah, they included rubber ducks wearing tiny tallitot and yarmulkes.

For children’s birthdays, they like to include “candles,” but the materials to create them – pool noodles and duct tape ­– proved a challenge to acquire.

“We aren’t going to stores to be cautious, and we were putting in an Instacart order, and you can’t order certain items,” says Stefanie.  “The Instacart guy who was shopping for us happened to call, and we asked him to see if there were any pool noodles available. He showed up with 20!”

Another challenge the ladies encounter is installation. Prior to arriving, they look up their destination on Zillow to try and figure out the best placement.

“We set up after dark, so we have to be really stealth,” says Stefanie. “We’ve learned to army crawl,” adds Uma. The army crawl came in particularly handy at one location where the family was watching television on the other side of the large picture window looking onto the lawn where they were putting up the signs.

So far, they haven’t been caught, and everyone they have set up signage for has been surprised. People can choose if they want the signs to stay up for 24 or 48 hours.

Uma doesn’t drive, so Stefanie has to be on hand for deliveries. It’s a juggling act since she works full-time for an education technology company. Uma lost her job as a swim instructor when the pool closed due to the pandemic.

There is also a philanthropic aspect to the business. A portion of Lawn Party’s proceeds is donated to Portland Homeless Family Solutions COVID-19 Relief Fund and Don’t Shoot PDX (BLM), based on the customer’s preference.

Stefanie says that the feedback they are getting is positive, and it’s rewarding knowing that they can make these times a little happier for people.

“We did a birthday for a boy who was turning 18,” she says. “He’s in a wheelchair, so we had to position the signs so he could see them from his window. It made his day special.”

Adds Uma, “I think it’s fun to think about the people who are going to wake up in the morning and see it and be happy. It adds some excitement – especially when you can’t have a party.”

For more information, visit lawnpartynw.com.

Guest Post <![CDATA[Portland’5 Centers for the Arts Receives Unique Accreditation]]> https://orjewishlife.com/?p=21319 2020-07-28T20:29:22Z 2020-07-28T20:29:22Z

Portland’5 Centers for the Arts leads the performing arts world as one of the first performing arts centers (PAC) to pursue Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, Portland’5 will implement the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Keller Auditorium, and the Brunish, Winningstad and Newmark theatres in Antoinette
Hatfield Hall.

GBAC STAR™ helps organizations establish protocols and procedures, offers expert-led training and assesses a facility’s readiness for biorisk situations. The program will verify that Portland’5 Centers for the Arts implements best practices to prepare for, respond to and recover from outbreaks and pandemics. The work that Portland’5 is doing with other performing arts venues around the country will become the standard for bio cleaning in arts venues. In fact, Porltand’5’s work will create the template that all performing arts centers will use in their accreditation process.

Portland’5 Centers for the Arts provides approximately 1,000 cultural events annually, provides cultural experiences for over 14,000 Title-1 students and teachers at zero cost to the schools, and is home to five resident organizations — Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre and Portland Youth Philharmonic – that rely on these facilities.

“When we can safely reopen, Portland’5 will return to our core mission providing a space to celebrate culture, inspire youth, and showcase diverse artists that appeal to and reflect the region’s diverse communities. And, this accreditation means we will do all of that while keeping our staff, clients and guests safe and healthy,” said Robyn Williams, executive director.

Portland’5 Centers for the Arts is operated by Metro, a regional government. The buildings are owned by the city of Portland. Portland’5’s education program is the largest in the region, serving 14,000 Title-1 students covering 100% of the transportation, curriculum, and lunches with diverse artists and community members. Programming is taken to surrounding Title-I schools from Hillsboro to Gresham, reducing transportation barriers in order to support schools outside of the urban core. This accreditation will allow the education program to resume, keeping kids safe while enjoying the arts.

“GBAC STAR accreditation empowers facility owners and managers to assure workers, customers and key stakeholders that they have proven systems in place to maintain clean and healthy environments,” said GBAC executive director Patricia Olinger. “By taking this important step to pursue GBAC STAR, Portland’5 will receive third-party validation that it follows strict protocols for biorisk situations, thereby demonstrating its preparedness and commitment to operating safely.”

The theatres will be kept safe by Certified Microbial Warriors who have completed extensive trainings in biorisk safety. Paul Scherzinger, operations manager and utility leads, Benhard Wandugu, Melody Isom, and Brenda Stovall, completed these trainings and provided support to venues’ operations staff at the Oregon Convention Center and Portland Expo Center. All three facilities are exploring accreditation by September 2020. To achieve GBAC STAR™ accreditation, Portland’5 will demonstrate compliance with the program’s 20 core elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness and response measures.

Guest Post <![CDATA[Bubbies and Sistas Know Best]]> https://orjewishlife.com/?p=21309 2020-07-27T18:58:35Z 2020-07-27T18:58:35Z

In 2019, Jewish Life Television launched “Bubbies Know Best,” a dating show with a Jewish twist – where three Jewish grandmothers act as matchmakers for young and old, straight and gay, Jewish and non-Jewish. Based upon the show’s great success in season one, “Bubbies Know Best” began pre-production on season two earlier this year.

With the arrival of the coronavirus, the Bubbies pivoted in May 2020 and with Executive Producer Brad Pomerance at the helm, Bubbies Bunny Gibson, S.J. Mendelson and Linda Rich launched an audio-visual podcast, which includes words of wisdom, celebrity interviews and reactions to viral videos.

When the Bubbies realized that our nation faced an inflection point after the murder of George Floyd, they knew that they had to join the conversation – resulting in “Bubbies and Grannies Know Best.” In this extended episode, our three Jewish grandmothers welcomed three African-American grandmothers to talk, learn and listen about how the Jewish community and the African-American community can continue to build and strengthen alliances during these very difficult times. That episode premiered on JLTV on June 15, 2020.

As a follow-up to the well-received “Bubbies and Grannies Know Best,” JLTV is proud to announce the premiere and release of “Bubbies and Sistas Know Best,” where our three Jewish grandmothers engage in a heartfelt and often hard conversation with three African-American Jewish women, unpacking and unraveling so many of the critically- important issues facing our communities and our nation, because, as Brad Pomerance said, “Bubbies and Sistas do know best.” Joining Bubbies Bunny, S.J. and Linda are:

Melique Berger: Melique is a voice-over actress, best known for voicing characters in “The Boondocks,” “OK
KO Let’s Be Heroes” and “Rick and Morty.” She is the daughter of legendary agent Myra Berger and niece of trailblazing music producer Shelly Berger, who helped to integrate Las Vegas when he worked with Diana Ross and the Supremes and the Temptations.

Rain Pryor: Rain has developed a successful career on screen and stage, best known for her work on the television series “Head of the Class” and “Rude Awakenings” and the stage shows “Oh My G-d, You’re Jewish” and “Fried Chicken and Latkes” (which is currently being developed for television). The daughter of legendary comedian Richard Pryor, Rain is active in the political arena, having most recently run for the Baltimore City Council.

Kelley Stein: With her husband Cantor Mike Stein of Temple Aliyah (Woodland Hills, CA) and their three adult sons, Kelley’s family band The Rolling Steins has garnered fame within the Jewish music world. Kelley grew up in Washington, DC, where her father, Dr. Randolph Brown, was a groundbreaker as one of the first African-American gastroenterologists in the country.

Bubbies and Sistas Know Best can be viewed on demand, is available through all podcast platforms (http://bubbies.jltv.tv) and will premiere on Jewish Life Television/JLTV on Monday, July 27, 2020 at 8 PM ET/PT.

Jewish Life Television/JLTV is North America’s premiere 24-7 Jewish-themed television network, available in over 45 million homes through Bell, Comcast, DirecTV, Spectrum and other video providers.

Guest Post <![CDATA[Op-ed from Lee Gordon on Portland Protests]]> https://orjewishlife.com/?p=21292 2020-07-23T18:08:12Z 2020-07-23T18:08:12Z

By Lee Gordon

I am in total support of the growing protests in Portland against police brutality and against the presence here of Federal agents who have been tear-gassing and harassing peaceful demonstrators on a nightly basis. (And this kind of brutality is not only the monopoly of the Federal agents, as the Portland Police engage in this violent response to peaceful protests as well).

I also want to point out that we must not lose sight of why we are doing this, and that is to support the movement for Black Lives Matter. So, while it is good that the press is covering the protests and the Wall of Moms and incidents such as the Navy veteran that was assaulted by the Federal agents, the focus still needs to be on systemic racism and police brutality towards black people and other people of color.

We need to be sure to make room for the voices and leadership of black people and other people of color and understand that this kind of state-sponsored violence against people of color happens all the time and does not always get the attention of the mainstream press or political leaders.

I am glad to see our U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden speak about their outrage over having the Federal agents policing Portland streets and putting down peaceful protests, but when I watched Senator Wyden speak about his outrage over the Navy Vet getting accosted, I had hoped he would also add that this is a daily occurrence for people of color in our country.

Let us be equally outraged by that and not only when white folks like us experience this brutality. Let us use the privilege we have to bring consistent attention to the systemic racism here and let us not make ourselves into the main victims, even though what protestors have been experiencing is brutal and unjust.

My wife, daughter and I also experienced tear gas last night downtown when we were there protesting, but we are white, middle class and privileged. I want to complain more about systemic racism and police brutality towards black people and keep that cry front and center, and learn to be an ally for Black Lives Matter, and we must keep that goal in mind in whatever work we do on this issue.

Originally from the United States, Lee lived in Israel for two decades, actively involved in Jewish-Arab dialogue. He earned an M.A. in social work from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and graduated from the Mandel Institute’s prestigious School for Educational Leadership. Lee is a veteran social activist and community organizer, having worked and volunteered for numerous educational and community organizations. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and three children, where he builds a network of international support for Hand in Hand.

Mala Blomquist <![CDATA[Property prices not effected by pandemic]]> https://orjewishlife.com/?p=21279 2020-07-23T19:43:33Z 2020-07-22T21:38:11Z

Photo: Carolyn Weinstein, Principal Broker, ABR, SRES with Hasson Company, Realtors.

While the pandemic and subsequent closure of businesses have wreaked havoc throughout the state, there is one business thriving in Oregon – real estate.

In Portland, the average price of homes has gone up 2.6% since the middle of March,” says Realtor Carolyn Weinstein with Hasson Company Realtors. “I’m surprised that the market prices are still going up and that we have as much activity as we’ve had. I thought it would just totally stop, and it didn’t.”

She shares one story of showing a home on a Sunday that her client fell in love with. The listing price was $400,000, and when she contacted the listing agent on Sunday afternoon, she was told unless her client was willing to write an offer above $475,000, not to bother. She had so many offers that she had been turning people away.

“We’ve had other times where we’ve had multiple offers, but that really astounded me,” says Carolyn. “In the middle of COVID!”

Carolyn notes that low interest rates may be a factor in increased sales, but she also credits low inventory. “We’ve had low inventory for the last four years, and it’s lower right now than I’ve seen it,” she says.

Many areas have less than one to two months of inventory. That means that if nothing else came on the market, it would take less than a month or two to sell every available listing.

The way that Realtors show clients these available homes have changed dramatically.

“You go into a place, and in many areas, you only have 15 minutes to look at the house,” says Carolyn. “There’s hand sanitizer there, most places want you to wear booties, and they ask if the agent touches something they would prefer us wearing gloves, and we wipe down (with sanitizing wipes) in between showings. We ask the people not to open up stuff; we open up drawers and doors for people. It’s quite interesting.”

She also notes that the number of people looking at a home is limited to the agent and two others. If more members of the family want to view the property, they have to make another appointment.

“I won’t take anybody in my car, and I miss that,” says Carolyn. “That was my time to get feedback about what we were seeing. It was a very intimate time to talk about their feelings and really get to know somebody, and I can’t do that now.”

Carolyn has been a realtor since 1978.

Before becoming a Realtor, she taught preschool, kindergarten and Sunday school at the Neveh Shalom Foundation School for 10 years. Carolyn also sat on the board and eventually became executive director. Due to financial constraints, she left when they combined the job of educational director and synagogue director.

“That’s when I went into real estate,” says Carolyn. She still sits on the board of Neveh Shalom and shares that, as co-chair of the campaign, they were raising $4 million for the synagogue’s 150th celebration when COVID hit. They fell shy of their goal at $3.7 million. “I’m on the board again for another three years, and I’m also on the building and grounds committee.”

She tells a funny story that the owner of Hasson Company Realtors, Mike Hasson was her student in Sunday school. “He likes to introduce me as his former Sunday school teacher,” she jokes.

Hasson is a small company with less than 200 agents. “Since 1991, they have been number one in the area in terms of top-selling agents,” says Carolyn. “Last year, we were number four in the nation in terms of productivity per agent.”

Carolyn’s daughter, Robin also works at Hasson. She says that they have worked together for 17 years and complement each other. “I’m what I call the ‘rainmaker’ – I’m the one that gets business,” she says. “I’m the more outgoing personality. She’s great on the computer and talking to people – I let her do all the paperwork and computer stuff.”

She explains that Hasson has taken this time to delve deeper into the forms that they deal with daily. A virtual “boot camp” held on Zoom, where the agents can go over, line by line, every single form, and share input. “It’s been a great education, you get different perspectives,” says Carolyn.

“We all have to adapt, it’s challenging.” She adds, “These are peoples’ lives in and out of properties – that’s why I’m so careful with what I do.”

To contact Carolyn or Robin, visit carolynandrobin.hasson.com.

Guest Post <![CDATA[Israel pilots instant COVID detection test]]> https://orjewishlife.com/?p=21276 2020-07-22T17:17:39Z 2020-07-22T17:17:39Z

By Ben Horodenker

A pilot program has been launched for a rapid COVID-19 detection test, employing a revolutionary device that uses light waves to analyze molecular content. Israeli startup Newsight is collaborating with Sheba Medical Center to identify and classify evidence of coronavirus in the body in less than a second, using a sample of fluid – blood serum or saliva. Concrete results of the trial are expected within the coming months.

Newsight employs spectral technology (using light waves) to develop advanced image sensor chips for 3D machine vision and spectral analysis. The sensors have been integrated in dozens of devices and solutions in various fields including robotics and automotive industrial manufacturing. The use of spectral technology to detect the presence of pathogens is not new, but to date, has necessitated a cumbersome, costly device. The new innovation being piloted with Sheba involves a  cost-effective chip.

Experts from Sheba’s Infectious and Tropical Disease departments are already working with Newsight. Initial studies of the device’s ability to identify the coronavirus has shown an accuracy of close to 100%. Newsight and Sheba’s ARC Innovation Center intend to establish a joint company that will make the instant COVID detection test commercially available to the medical community worldwide.

“Newsight is yet another outstanding example of how ARC@Sheba Medical Center and the Israeli start-up ecosystem are working in tandem to reinvent existing technology to battle the scourge of COVID-19,” said Dr. Eyal Zimlichman, Chief Medical and Innovation Center at Sheba.

Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer is the largest medical center in the Middle East. It is the only hospital in Israel that offers treatment for acute care as well as rehabilitation on one campus, and is at the forefront of medical treatments, patient care, research, innovation and education. In 2019 & 2020 Newsweek magazine ranked Sheba as one of the top ten hospitals in the world.


PR & Wire Services <![CDATA[Ellen Rosenblum, Oregon’s attorney general is taking on Trump’s federal forces in Portland]]> https://orjewishlife.com/?p=21271 2020-07-22T16:17:12Z 2020-07-22T16:15:51Z

Photo: From left, U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman look on as Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum speaks at a press conference on April 3, 2020. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

On July 17, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum filed a lawsuit in federal court against the United States Department of Homeland Security, the United States Marshals Service, the United States Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Protection Service and their agents alleging they have engaged in unlawful law enforcement in violation of the civil rights of Oregonians by seizing and detaining them without probable cause (see AG Rosenblum vs John Does 1-10 Complaint).

The lawsuit will be followed by a motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) regarding the forcible detainment of an Oregon resident, Mark Pettibone. If granted, the TRO would immediately stop federal authorities from unlawfully detaining Oregonians. Rosenblum’s actions come in response to two disturbing incidents that occurred this week. Both involved federal authorities overstepping their powers and injuring or threatening peaceful protesters on the streets of Downtown Portland.

The first of these took place on July 12, 2020, when a peaceful protester was standing near the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse. The protester was hit in the head with an “impact weapon” and suffered severe injuries. The second occurred July 16, 2020, also in downtown Portland, when an unmarked minivan with undercover federal agents wearing generic green military fatigues forcibly detained Pettibone, who was walking on a sidewalk. Pettibone was later held at the Federal Courthouse, and eventually was let go.

The Oregon Department of Justice Criminal Justice Division has also opened an investigation into the July 12 incident. It is joined in this criminal investigation by Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill.

Statement from Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum:

“I share the concerns of our state and local leaders – and our Oregon U.S. Senators and certain Congressional representatives – that the current escalation of fear and violence in downtown Portland is being driven by federal law enforcement tactics that are entirely unnecessary and out of character with the Oregon way. These tactics must stop. They not only make it impossible for people to assert their First Amendment rights to protest peacefully. They also create a more volatile situation on our streets. We are today asking the federal court to stop the federal police from secretly stopping and forcibly grabbing Oregonians off our streets, and we are announcing a state criminal investigation, with the Multnomah County District Attorney, into the incident resulting in serious injuries to a peaceful protester — apparently committed by a federal police officer in downtown Portland last week.

“The federal administration has chosen Portland to use their scare tactics to stop our residents from protesting police brutality and from supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Every American should be repulsed when they see this happening. If this can happen here in Portland, it can happen anywhere.”

Read an article the JTA posted this week regarding the situation here.

Guest Post <![CDATA[COVID-19 Outreach Project 2020]]> https://orjewishlife.com/?p=21262 2020-07-21T16:36:28Z 2020-07-21T16:36:28Z

As cases of COVID-19 spread quickly through the state of Oregon and all our communities, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is developing a pool of trained staff and uniform contact tracing tools to help fill gaps and increase capacity to meet criteria for reopening and ensure a coordinated, equitable approach across the state. The OHA staffing plan provides an operational framework for hiring, training, and deploying staff including Community Health Workers (CHWs) and those with similar skill sets within community-based organizations (CBOs) and faith-based organizations to help support regional and county contact tracing plans.

CBOs, including faith-based organizations, are central to the success of this plan to integrate methods, tactics and strategies that are most responsive to the needs of the grant’s priority populations: people of color, people with disabilities, people who are houseless, individuals with substance use disorder, immigrant and refugee communities, faith communities, undocumented communities and farm workers, people experiencing mental health issues, older adults and LGBTQIA+ communities.

This program will aim to ensure that vulnerable Oregonians have access to accurate and timely information about COVID-19 in a language they understand and from a trusted source; receive COVID- 19 symptom monitoring; and have more robust access to testing and services to support their and their household’s welfare in case of exposure to an infected individual. Individuals with limited English can be supported through bilingual staff, Health Care Interpreters (HCIs) and through Language Link.

Congregation Neveh Shalom has received a grant to support OHA outreach and support initiatives within the Jewish communities of Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties. In order to implement the program successfully, we are building a project management team of short-term contractors.

The contract period has already begun. Work will begin by no later than August 10th for the first 3- month period. There is a possibility the project will continue for a second 3-month period.

If you are interested in one of the short-term contract positions below, please send your resume and cover letter to dmarshall@nevehshalom.org as soon as possible and by no later than 9 am on July 27, 2020.

COVID19 Outreach, Education and Wraparound Services Project Short-term, Part-time

Up to 6 paid positions available

Individuals in our community impacted by COVID-19 may need supports for daily living in order to comply with quarantine or isolation. This program will aim to ensure that vulnerable members of our community have access to accurate and timely information about COVID-19 from a trusted source; receive COVID-19 symptom monitoring; and have more robust access to testing and services to support their and their household’s welfare in case of exposure to an infected individual. Congregation Neveh Shalom has received a grant from Oregon Health Authority to conduct outreach and support in the Jewish communities of Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties. We are building a project team of short-term contractors to implement the tri-county project.

Project lead (1) ($30/hour)
Project consultants (5) ($25/hour)
Approximately 10-20 hours per week


Activities include:

-Orientation and project kick-off activities.
-Create templates and written material for outreach via social media, print, email.
-Scan news, agency and social media posts for relevant COVID19 information and redistribute to
community networks.
-Maintain ongoing communications with community members via telephone, text, WhatsApp, FB, email, etc.
-Maintain connections and coordination with other Jewish organizations in their outreach, communications to reach the full community.
-Be available to respond to requests for interviews and project updates for Jewish community organizations.


Activities include:

-Orientation and project kick-off activities.
-Identify community members who are impacted by COVID19. Establish contact, conduct needs
assessment, support schedule. Construct a map of organizations that provide the needed services
identified through the needs assessment.
-Provide direct support services such as assisting with health care referrals and setting appointments; grocery shopping and essential errands; identify housing needs and work with individuals and families and community organizations to fill them; identify needs related to utilities, water, garbage, phone, internet, and cable and work with individuals and families and community organizations to access existing benefit programs.
-Be able to provide support or make meaningful referrals for more complex and ongoing case management questions involving behavioral health resources, anti-discrimination resources, domestic violence resources, or others.


  • Must be over the age of 16 to apply and have a valid driver’s license.
  • Comfortable navigating internet search engines, social media platforms, online communications,
    Microsoft Word products (Communications & Outreach).
  • Comfortable driving in the Portland metropolitan area (Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas counties), and familiarity with the local businesses and service providers. (Direct Services)
  • Personable communication style, attention to detail, punctuality and responsiveness are a must.
  • Must be professional, responsible, and have an understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Ability to maintain confidential personal information is an absolute requirement.
  • A criminal background check may be required.

Work will begin by no later than August 10th for the first 3-month period. Please send your resume and cover letter to dmarshall@nevehshalom.org as soon as possible and by no later than 9 am on July 27, 2020.