Previews January 2018: Challah Bake & PDX Business Breakfast

Mega Challah Bake returns Feb. 1

Two years ago the Mega Challah Bake was a wonderful evening of unity – women coming togather to make challah from across the community.

This year the Mega Challah Bake returns in conjunction with a visit from Rochie Pinson, author of Rising: The Book of Challah. Rochie will be on a tour of the Northwest and will stop in Portland. She will speak and do a demonstration at this year’s event at 7:30 pm, Feb. 1, at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center.

During the event, women will make their own dough and braid their own loaves of challah to take home to bake for Shabbat dinner. Extra dough will be available for those who want to bake an extra loaf to give a friend Chabad of Oregon and the MJCC are sponsoring this year’s program. Co-sponsors include the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation. Other organizations are invited to participate as sponsors and on the planning committee.

Cost to participate is $18. RSVP to: challahbakeoregon@ or 503-358-7000.

2nd PDX Business Breakfast

Building Bridges Between Oregon and Israel is the theme of the second of three PDX Business Breakfasts presented by the Mittleman Jewish Community Center.

The breakfast will be 7:15-9:15 am, Jan. 24, at the Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave., Portland. After time for networking and breakfast, the program begins at 8 am. Dan Schoenbaum will lead the discussion of “Why I Chose Portland over Pardes Hanna or Silicon Valley” in a conversation with Skip Newberry moderated by Steve “Rosy” Rosenberg.

Dan Schoenbaum is the CEO of Cooladata. Cooladata is a big data behavioral analytics platform for online web and mobile applications. It covers all infrastructure components for cloud-based analytics and data warehousing. Dan joined Cooladata with more than 23 years of building, growing and leading high-growth SaaS (Software as a Service) companies. Born in Israel, he served as a First Sergeant in the Israeli paratroopers.

Skip Newberry is president and CEO of the Technology Association of Oregon. He is a frequent speaker on technology trends and topics, economic development, public-private partnerships and civic innovation. Before joining the TAO, Skip served as an economic development policy advisor to Portland Mayor Sam Adams, where he helped create Portland’s first comprehensive economic development strategy in 16 years, recognizing software as a key industry cluster. Steve “Rosy” Rosenberg has been the principal of Aspen Investment Group for the last 20 years, involved in the acquisition, development or financing of real estate, with development emphasis in hotels, industrial sites and condominiums.

Individual tickets are $36. Registration is available at


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