An upcoming study of the greater Portland Jewish community will enable Jewish organizations to enhance and create programs, services and infrastructure that will serve our community more deeply and broadly.
    “These studies are incredibly difficult, but what makes them fun is h...

  • Texas Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker (pictured) credits security training with helping him and three congregants escape from the gunman who took the four hostage during livestreamed Shabbat services Jan. 15. The hostage taker died in a gunfight with the FBI after the hostages escaped.
    “Over the ye...

  • PHOTO: Cedar Sinai Park never closes since the residents always need care, but the Jewish senior campus does try to make snow days fun for staff. Yoga, or snowga, anyone? 

    The Jewish community hunkered down under winter storm warnings the last week of 2021. Some synagogue and agen...


    If a laughter- and fact-packed phone interview is any indication, participants at this year’s virtual Weekend in Quest are in for a treat in a program to explore “How the Soviet Jew Was Made” (see below).
    The weekend’s scholar-in-residence Sasha Senderovich comes by his k...

  • PHOTO: MJCC Arts & Culture Manager Lenny Steinberg stands before a display of the six author talks he has curated so far for this year’s Author Series. 

    The Mittleman Jewish Community Center will bring at least six authors to Portland (in person, on Zoom or both) for this year...

  • When the Chabad House on SW Vermont Street was destroyed by fire in August 2020, about 2,000 holy books were ruined. 
    Holy books, papers and ritual objects dealing with sacred subjects are traditionally stored in a genizah, storage area, until they can be buried in a Jewish cemetery as a sign of...

    The uncertainty, stress and isolation of growing up in a global pandemic will unquestionably have long-term, perhaps lifetime, impacts on the emotional and mental health of today’s children and teens. Yet one of those lingering effects could be a lifelong ability to face new cha...


    Sunday, Jan. 9, will be a time of celebration – the completion and dedication of a new Torah scroll.
    Everyone in the Portland community is invited to join the festivities at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center and watch the scribe as he writes the last letters of the Torah...

  • PHOTO: In its first official in-person event since before the pandemic, OneTable hosted 19 people for “Harvesting Chesed: Sukkot Shabbat at the Kindness Farm.” 

    The Jewish Review has offered the 18 organizations that receive allocations from the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland the op...


    The Oregon Jewish Community Foundation has appointed David Forman as President and CEO effective Jan. 1, 2022.
    Forman says his passion for serving the community is fueled by inspiration from his grandparents. They influenced his zeal to wholeheartedly embrace a...

  • Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education debuts a new exhibit this month, “To Bear Witness – Extraordinary Lives,” that fits right into the museum’s mission to “challenge our visitors to resist indifference and discrimination and to envision a just and inclusive world.”

  • PHOTO: Cantor Linda Shivers, right, and physical therapist Patty Magid-Volk are surrounded by durable medical equipment that has been donated to Avraham’s Closet. The two volunteers are eager to loan the wheelchairs, walkers and other items to people recovering from surgery, injury or illness....

    Recently, inspired by a blog written by Jeremy Fingerman, CEO of the Foundation for Jewish Camp, I explored the Torah portion, Vayeitzei, where the Hebrew word “machane” (camp) is first mentioned in the Torah.
    When Jacob journeyed to meet his brother, Esav, we learn that he...


Deborah Moon

Editor, Jewish Review


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 In recognition of the sudden change of circumstances faced by many individuals and families in our community due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jewish Free Loan Program of the Jewish Federation has expanded its offerings.

Individuals who have been impacted by the COVID-19 virus and require a loan may be eligible for a no-interest loan of up to $1,000 with no cosigners. The number of these types of loans is limited.

Loan repayments will begin after 120 days and will be divided into equal payments of $28/month for 36 months.

For more information, call 503-892-7417 or click here.



Thanks to the local Jewish community’s COVID-19-Emergency Campaign, funds are available to help individuals and families weather the economic storm triggered by the pandemic that threatens our health.

For more information or assistance about the JFCS Emergency Aid Program, contact Caitlin DeBoer at CDeBoer@jfcs-portland.org



Many organizations offer online programs. Visit jewishportland.org/community-directory for websites.

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