Tagged history

Portland's Mel Blanc

“What’s up, Doc?” The man behind that question may be Oregon’s best-known Jewish export to Hollywood. Mel Blanc, “The Man of 1,000 Voices,” spoke for Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird and hundreds of other animated characters for Warner Brothers studios and other producers over a career spanning six decades….

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Appetizing Legacy

Harry Mosler’s bagels and rye bread. Mrs. Neusihin’s pickles. Dora Levine’s fish market. Delicatessens, fruit stands, restaurants and more. Some were kosher, some weren’t. But all made their mark on the community, and have become part of the rich tapestry that is Oregon Jewish life. Food – and the community that it builds – is…

Arguments for the Sake of Heaven

When you have two Jews, you have three opinions. That’s the old joke, but history – and Oregon Jewish history – is instructive: Religious “wars” pepper our past as much as they populate today’s headlines. The pistol-packing rabbi? A “lockout” at a local shul? Fights over kosher meat? It’s all there, and more. The Bible…

Century of Compassion

For nearly a century, Portland Jews have organized to take care of the community’s elderly in ways that maintain dignity and honor. From the first efforts to the most recent plans, the emphasis has been on the highest standards of care, and the importance of providing a place that can be home. “Elders – and…

Let's Have a Ball

Sports fans and museum lovers alike will have a lot to celebrate May 6 when the Oregon Jewish Museum’s annual gala provides a tantalizing taste of the museum’s summer sports exhibit. “Let’s Have a Ball!” will be a distinct departure from the museum’s previous galas, which have featured art auctions. The event promises to be…

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High Places, Deep Roots

Next month, hundreds of skiers will gather in the Pacific Northwest – a tribute in part to two Oregonians: Richard L. Kohnstamm and Harold S. Hirsch. The occasion is “Skiing Heritage Week,” an annual conclave sponsored jointly by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum and the International Skiing History Association. Kohnstamm,…