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January 13, 2012 at 3:29 PM


Last Chance to sign-up for J-SERVE International day of Jewish Service for Teens!

By Lauren Shey, BBYO

J-Serve provides teens with the opportunity to fulfill the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness; tzedakah, just and charitable giving; and tikkun olam, the responsiblity to repair the world.

Across the globe, all on one day, teens will join each other to make their community and the world a better place at

J-Serve 2013
International day of Jewish Service
Sunday April 28,
9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

  •  Jewish teens (6th grade – 12th grade) in the Portland/Vancouver metro area are eligible.
  •  Transportation is provided, please arrive at 9:30 AM at the MJCC (6651 SW Capitol Hwy), pick up is at 3:00 PM at same location.
  • If driving independently, please arrive at volunteer site by 10:00 AM.
  • Eastside teens – please email for instructions on location.
  • We will be painting interior walls, helping with yard work, learning about REACH CDC, and more. Please bring a packed lunch and wear clothes that are ok to get messy.

PLEASE NOTE: Signed Participant Waiver form required for participation.

Register by April 18th – signup here!

For more information, please contact Lauren Shey at

Adamah Adventures: Summer Program for Teens
By Adam Griff, Director - Adamah Adventures

Adamah Adventures is an outdoor adventure summer program for Jewish teens. During the 14 or 18-day trek, teens work in small groups alongside highly trained staff members to experience both the thrill and the quiet — the whitewater and the campfire — in some of the most awe-inspiring places in the country.

West coast treks are 14-days long, begin and end in Seattle & Portland, and feature rock climbing, whitewater rafting, snow hiking, sea kayaking, community service projects, beach backpacking, and more. East coast treks are 18-days long, begin and end in Atlanta, and feature rock climbing, whitewater rafting, caving, ziplining, kayaking, surfing, community service projects, and more.

For more info, visit
or call 877-923-2624.

Teen Summer Service Program-Here in Portland!

Want to get your hands dirty?
Interested in meeting new people and making a difference in the lives of others?
Curious about living in the Pacific Northwest?
Wondering what Jewish values have to do with hammers and nails?

A program for rising high school juniors and seniors to live and serve in Portland, Oregon.

Join Tivnu: Building Justice, American Jewish Society for Service and Young Judaea on a new initiative this summer for Jewish teens!

The co-ed group of twenty participants and four experienced leaders will live, work, learn, and of course, have fun together. We will build our own Jewish community and simultaneously improve the lives of others. The primary focus of our work will be in construction and activities that address the fundamental issue of housing.

Details at

Alzheimer’s Association – Oregon Chapter invites people with Early Memory Loss to join the first choir of its kind
By Chris Nelson, Program Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter

Sing Here Now, Portland’s first community choir for people with early memory loss, will be forming a new choir in Beaverton, and begins rehearsals on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Southminster Presbyterian Church for ten weekly sessions in order to provide a social, stimulating and fun atmosphere for persons in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease and their care partners.

Separately, the original Sing Here Now choir in Southeast Portland will begin their fourth session on Wednesday, March 27th from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church. 

There is no prior musical experience necessary, just a desire to sing with others.  “Music affects all parts of your brain.  It affects our drive to dance, and our drive to move.  We’re all rhythmic because we have a heartbeat,” said Maggie Johnson, a music therapist for Earthtones Music Therapy Services and coach for the Sing Here Now Choir in Portland.  “Healing is definitely happening on many levels for all of us there,” said Leia, a caregiver and participant in Portland’s choir.  The choirs are open to people in the early stages of dementia and their care partners.

Enrollment is limited, and individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer’s are asked to register for the Portland or Beaverton choir groups by calling (800) 272-3900.

About the Sing Here Now Choir
The Sing Here Now Choir was created in the spring of 2011 as a collaborative effort between the Alzheimer’s Association – Oregon Chapter and Earthtones Music Therapy Services.  It is intended to use the power of music as a creative and expressive outlet, the value of a community, and the courage of the individuals who lifted their voices to challenge public perception of what it means to be living with Alzheimer’s disease.

About the Alzheimer’s Association – Oregon Chapter
The Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter provides education and support for people diagnosed, their families, and caregivers. From offices in Portland and Eugene, the Oregon

Chapter reaches out to diverse communities by providing information and resources, 24/7 telephone help lines, local support groups and educational programs, an annual caregivers conference and a nationwide identification program, MedicAlert + Safe Return, for people with Alzheimer's disease who may wander and get lost.  Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.  Their vision is a world without Alzheimer's disease.

About Earthtones Music Therapy Services
The Mission of Earthtones Music Therapy Services is to advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy, to provide quality music therapy services to the community, and to develop collaborative relationships with other service agencies. 

If you have questions or are interested in participating in Sing Here Now, call (800) 272-3900. 

Southminster Presbyterian Church address:
12250 SW Denney Road
Beaverton, OR 97008

Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Sanctuary address:
Tabor Space – Muir Hall
5441 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR 97215

PSU Modern Hebrew Sequence Available over the Summer!
By Jenn Director Knudsen, Judaic Studies - Portland State University

The amazing rebirth of Hebrew is one  of the  great cultural renaissances in modern times.Today, Hebrew is the  language of the modern State of Israel, its newspapers and poems,
pop music and  politics, elite culture and  street life. Studying Modern Hebrew therefore allows one access both to the  riches of traditional Jewish religious texts from the Bible onward, and  to the  fascinating literary and  intellectual products of modern Israeli culture. From the  Bible to the Internet, from Czarist Russia to twenty-first century Tel Aviv, Hebrew is a key

to knowledge, beauty, and  inspiration.


For details, contact the instructor, Dr. Moshe Rachmuth at  





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