Happenings/Faces of Oregon, August 2012

OJCF NEW BOARD MEMBERS – The Oregon Jewish Community Foundation has added three new members to its board of directors: (from left) Jonathan Barg, Jill Schnitzer Edelson and Jonathan Glass. At the Annual Meeting, OJCF also thanked several outgoing board members including Warren Rosenfeld, Sharon Ungerleider and Milt Carl, who was one of the original founders of the foundation in 1989.

CANTORS CONFERENCE CONCERT – From left: Cantor Mark Saltzman, Cantor Tracey Scher, Cantor Ida Rae Cahana and Cantor Deborah Bletstein perform at the community concert of the American Conference of Cantors Conference held in Portland June 24-28.

EAGLE SCOUT – Jacob Heiteen, son of Susan Kuznitsky and Steven Heiteen, becomes an Eagle Scout June 5. Jacob’s Eagle Project was building an 8’x10’x7’ chicken coop for the Hens and Hares 4-H Discovery Farm at Alpenrose Dairy.

PAMPER FOR A PURPOSE – About 250 people turned out for the second annual Pamper for a Purpose event to raise money to help end genocide. Above, members from two bands, Gumbo Americana and Crow v Squirrel, entertain attendees. Above right, organizer Denise Wetherell, Jewish World Watch Executive Director Fred Kramer and Eugene Faye, a leader in the Portland Congolese community, enjoy the event. Attendees could receive services such as haircuts, manicures and massages from professional volunteers in exchange for a donation to JWW for its genocide prevention programs. This year’s event raised about $3,300. Committee members Denise Wetherell, Alice Cobb, Merilou Hundley, LeslieAnn Akin, Lisa Oetken, Steve Bilow and Candi Eaton are already planning next year’s event in hopes of bringing more awareness and funds towards stopping genocide. More pictures are available on Facebook; search for Pamper for a Purpose. Photos courtesy of The Bilow Group.

REUNION AND SPAGHETTI DINNER – On June 10, more than 300 alumni, families, friends and community members gathered at the MJCC to celebrate Portland Jewish Academy and Hillel Academy’s Reunion as part of a year-long celebration of PJA’s 50th anniversary. The Nemer family was honored for their enduring commitment to the school. Above, Heather and Andy Singer, with twins Emily and Ellery, celebrate at the dinner with Andy’s parents, Linda Nemer Singer and Gary Singer. The event also honored the Class of 2012 PJA eighth-grade graduates (above, right). Guests enjoyed children’s activities, raffle prizes, a no-host bar and a delicious spaghetti dinner.

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