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Jewish Museum and Holocaust Center Merge

Announcing the new Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education On July 1, 2014, the Oregon Jewish Museum (OJM) and Oregon Holocaust Resource Center (OHRC) merged to become the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. As a unified organization programs, exhibits, films, lectures, and concerts will continue to cover a wide range…

The Meaning of Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Jews are not “bar-mitzvahed” or “bat-mitzvahed.” it does not happen to them. it is a status achieved by demonstrating personal awareness of the responsibility to take on the fulfillment of the mitzvot of Judaism.   Children who become bar or bat mitzvah are “obligated to the mitzvot” (Mishnah Avot 5.21). According to Jewish tradition, this…

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Images for Philanthropy

Harold Floom used his skills to help ensure the Jewish future 65 years ago. Now his sons Tobin and Jay are following in his footsteps, using their skills to do the same. After serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, Harold put his skills as an airplane mechanic/flight engineer to use…

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Born to Business/Born to Ride

A new generation prompted lifelong athlete, Paula Garfinkle Reed, to begin teaching fitness classes, and previous generations inspired her to open her own gym – Born To Ride Cycle & Fitness. When Paula’s children were toddlers, she realized she could get paid to exercise if she was teaching classes while her children played in the…

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Portland Jewish Film Festival: Highlights

Albanian Muslims Keep Holocaust-era “Promise” in Terrific Documentary: An important challenge for 21st-century documentary filmmakers is connecting the distant history of the Holocaust to today, and making it relevant for younger audiences. More often than not, it’s the children and grandchildren of survivors, rescuers and perpetrators who supply the necessary link between the past and…

Ambacht Brewery Growing Up

When you make handcrafted beer-soaked Portland using local ingredients, the only way forward is to simply brew more beer. That is why Hillsboro-based Ambacht Brewery has moved to a new, bigger location to increase its production volume. Known in the Jewish community for its matzah-based Matzobrau beer and in the wider community for its creative…