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How do you spell it?

Hanukkah, Chanukah, Hanukah, Chanukkah, Hanukka, Chanukka. During a recent Google search for the word “Hanukkah,” I found more than 15 variations on how to spell the Festival of Lights. Every year when we are working on the issue that includes Hanukkah, we go back and forth between spelling it Hanukkah or Chanukah. The only easy…

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Shofar Sounds and Jewish Unity

By Joshua Goldstein The shofar sounds that we blow on the High Holidays take on a new meaning this year as we enter the holiday. Traditionally, the notes tekiah, shevarim, and teruah represent different notes of cries. This idea of crying is meant to stir our conscience during the time of Rosh Hashanah to confront our past…

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Hanukkah Happenings

Hanukkah begins at sundown on Sunday, Dec. 22. There are many celebrations happening: Dec. 21 & 22 Sharing the Light Tickets $20 & up. Join in the spirit of shared holiday traditions by attending a joyful musical collaboration between Kol Echad, Choir of Congregation Beth Israel and the Trinity Choirs, Pacific Youth Choir, Portland Chamber…