Happenings/Faces of Oregon, Picnics: September 2012

ROBISON PICNIC – The Aug. 1 Cedar Sinai Park Community Barbeque at Robison Jewish Health Center included live music, cotton candy, a bouncy house, face painting, and hot food and cool drinks. Above right, Robison residents distributed school supplies to grade-school-aged children of staff. Robison residents, seated from left, Edith Levitt and Ruth Omenn, with CSP employee Gospa Saric and two of her three children, Ramo and Ejla. CSP employee Ana Smetana looks on in the background. Photo in magazine: Weatherly Ballaris checks her new face painting as her brother William gets his face painted by artist Kim Millen of UB Painted.

TORAH TREK – Congregation Kol Ami members celebrate as they walk their Torah 4.9 miles to their new synagogue home at 7800 NE 119th St. in Vancouver, WA, Aug. 19. Photo: Jan Herson (holding the Torah), followed by Rabbi Elizabeth Dunsker, lead the trek to the congregation’s new home designed by Richard Brown Architect.

MOMMY AND ME OUTINGS – Jewish moms have been connecting with each other and enjoying Oregon outdoor parks with their children most Thursdays this summer at gatherings of Mommy and Me with a Jewish Twist. In addition to this gathering at Summer Lake Park, the group has met at the Oregon Zoo, Tanner Creek Park, Raleigh Park, George Rogers Park and The Children’s Museum. Summer outings have been organized by Mommy and Me with a Jewish Twist in conjunction with the PJ Library.

COMMUNITY PRE-SHABBAT PICNIC – Callie and Noah Barrish (bottom) with their infant were among some 200 people to enjoy a pre-Shabbat celebration at a picnic in Laurelhurst Park Aug. 17 as they listened to music from the Klezmonauts, comedy by Betsy Kaufman, blessings by Rabbi Ariel Stone and a greeting from Marc Blattner, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, which sponsored the event and provided challot for families. Children’s activities were provided by Camp SEED and Rabbi Dov Bialo.

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