Happenings/Faces of Oregon, October 2012

LIONS OF JUDAH: (From left) Michelle Philip joined Portlanders Rita Philip, Elizabeth Menashe, Lois Schnitzer, Sharon Weil, Elaine Savinar (Sharon’s mother), Renee Holzman, Gayle Romain and Priscilla Kostiner on a visit to the 9/11 Memorial while at the International Lion of Judah Conference in New York City Sept. 12. The 1,700 women who attended from around the world raised a record-breaking $27 million plus for the Jewish Federation system. This conference celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Lion pin born when Norma Kipnis-Wilson and Toby Friedland (z’l) created it as a recognition for women who made a minimum gift of $5,000 to their city’s annual Federation campaign. Weil, at left, was Portland’s honoree for this year’s Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award.

KOL AMI DEDICATION: More than 300 people attended the Sept. 6 dedication of Congregation Kol Ami. The new synagogue is located at 7800 NE 119th St., Vancouver, Wash. The synagogue is designed specifically to carry out the congregation’s mission of living, learning and celebrating Jewish life in Southwest Washington. This includes weekly Shabbat services, festival services, religious and Hebrew education, bar and bat mitzvah services, adult education and social action. The synagogue includes a sanctuary that seats 200, an adjoining social hall that seats 400, a religious school with six classrooms and an administrative area with four offices.

CHALLAH DAYS: More than 40 women turned out to make and braid challah at the Jewish Women’s Circle Challah baking evening held the week before Rosh Hashanah at the home of Lee Lazarus.

2012 MEN’S CAMP: Sen. Ron Wyden, shown here with Steve Strauss, stopped by the B’nai B’rith Men’s Camp’s 82nd annual encampment. More than 140 men attended and pledged $160,000 during the traditional third-week-in-August getaway. B’nai B’rith Men’s Camp Association is the largest supporter and owner of the Jewish residence camp near Lincoln City.

JAZZY BIRTHDAY: Laurie and George Fendel were joined by about 120 relatives, friends and colleagues at the Classic Pianos Recital Hall Aug. 29 to see two-time Grammy-winning jazz pianist Alan Broadbent give a performance in celebration of George’s 70th birthday. A 26-year veteran of jazz radio, including the local KHMD, and past president of the Jazz Society of Oregon, Fendel brought his friend Broadbent to Portland for a two-night engagement as part of the concert series he has been curating for two years. Photo by Peter Korchnak

HOOD TO COAST: Jewish Federation of Greater Portland’s 2 Life team members Glen Coblens, Leeza Maron, Aaron Freedman, Mikey Leveton, Steven Kahn, Richard Meyer, Lauren Goldstein, Benjamin Drucker, Kat Stone, Eric Stone, Matt Emlen and Joshua Hornick finished this year’s race in 26:48.33, about an 8-minute/mile pace for 200 miles. The team was 139th out of 1,068 teams. Photo by Aaron Pearlman

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