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Oregon Hillel – Using Jewish Values to Build Community

Photo: Andy Gitelson, executive director of The Oregon Hillel Foundation prepares meals for students. Starting college is both an exciting and daunting process under normal circumstances, but this year’s college freshmen are facing challenges never before seen by universities. Andy Gitelson, executive director of The Oregon Hillel Foundation, is also adapting to these challenges. “How…

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Greater Portland Hillel takes top honors

Hillel International, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, last week presented awards to recognize individuals and campus Hillels that are creating innovative experiences and meaningful connections to help students develop stronger ties to their Jewish identities. Greater Portland Hillel, serving Portland State University, Lewis & Clark College, and Reed College received Hillel’s highest…

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Traditions: Students with special needs

Does integrating students with special needs benefit all students or the community in general? Ben Sandler Education Director Congregation Beth Israel “You shall not insult the deaf or place a stumbling block before the blind.” Leviticus 19:14 Integrating students with special needs absolutely benefits everyone! The first illustration that comes to mind is the work…

Where the teens are

Meira Spivak is trying to solve a major problem facing the Jewish community today – how to reach unaffiliated Jewish teens. As NCSY’s Oregon teen programming director, Spivak is in charge of local Jewish Student Unions – Jewish culture clubs in high schools. JSU has more than 300 clubs across North America and has expanded…