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PJA alumna earns Stars for Kids Award

PHOTO: Bella Phillips accepts her Stars for Kids Award at the Janus Youth Programs annual dinner on Nov. 7, 2018. Photo by Peggy Valenti By Lisa Katon Last spring, Bella Phillips, then an eighth-grader at Portland Jewish Academy, organized a Family Fun Run for Janus Youth Programs, raising nearly $2,000 for the organization. Bella orchestrated…

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Hanukkah Essay Winners Announced

Maimonides Jewish Day School has announced the winners of the Hanukkah Essay Contest the school sponsored for the second year. The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland provided support for the contest, which drew entries from dozens of third- through sixth-graders.  Entries came from all three Jewish day schools in Portland and around the state, including…

Editor's Letter

When I enrolled my sons in Portland Jewish Academy, I had no idea of the myriad benefits I would reap from that involvement. As both a woman and a journalist working in the Jewish press, the connections and experi- ences proved invaluable. Two of those benefits relate directly to the special sections in this edition…

Students and Parents Love PJA’s Bus Service

When Portland Jewish Academy launched a school bus to serve families on the east side of the Willamette River, students thrived and parents sighed with relief that they could skip the commute across rush hour-clogged bridges. It’s been so well received that PJA is not only continuing the service this school year, the school is…

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School/Education Profiles

Congregation Beth Israel 1972 NW Flanders St. 503-222-2037 www.bethisrael-pdx.org Congregation Beth Israel’s Religious School creates an environment where students in kindergarten through 12th grade learn to be comfortable being Jewish. Younger students (K-5th grade) experience Judaism through their senses; music, art, cooking and stories expose them to the richness of Jewish culture. Intermediate students search…

Why Your Belly Fat Is So Stubborn

Winter begins to die, flowers begin to bloom and the sun’s rays start to peek through the clouds. We are ready to dress in simpler, lighter attire. Our thoughts drift to what we might look like in these clothes, and we think about why we just can’t achieve the body we want so badly, no…