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  • By ROCKNE ROLL
    The Jewish Review
    Jewish Federation of Greater Portland Board Chair Mindy Zeitzer opened her year-in-review remarks with what could be described as an understatement. 
    The last year was “one that none of us expected,” she said.
    Twelve months prior, the Federation and the commu...

  • By ROCKNE ROLL
    The Jewish Review
    Rachel’s Well Community Mikvah has been a place of spiritual meaning since its opening in 2017. ORA: Northwest Jewish Artists is looking to add to that experience with the first or a series of art-related programs at the mikvah.
    Zac Banik, an arts educator, help...

  • By ROCKNE ROLL
    The Jewish Review
    Etti Segal hadn’t planned to work as a Hebrew teacher in Oregon. But now that she is, she wouldn’t have it any other way.
    “I need to be here,” she said. “This is my place.”
    Her commitment to that place, as Hebrew and Judaics Coordinator at Congregation...

  • By JESSICA ANDERSON
    As I’ve settled into this role, one of the recurring questions I receive is about the incidents that happen around town and across the state. I share examples of what gets reported to me and provide an average number of incidents per month. Besides sharing all incidents with...

  • By ROCKNE ROLL
    The Jewish Review
    Marc Blattner remembers the day his path became clear. 
    It was 1987. Blattner was the Grand Alpha Godol of the Grand Order of the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA), the male arm of B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO). After a trip to New York City, where his sister ...

  • By ROCKNE ROLL
    The Jewish Review
    “We can’t be silent anymore,” Jewish Federation of Greater Portland Director of Community Relations Bob Horenstein told a packed Stampfer Chapel at Congregation Neveh Shalom the evening of Monday, June 3. “That’s what you are here for.”
    Ceasing to be s...

  • The Jewish Review staff
    In Israel, even in the midst of war and terrorism, groundbreaking research to improve lives in the Jewish state and beyond continues. 
    The Kasser Joint Institute for Global Food, Water and Energy Security is just one example of that work – work which will be on display ...

  • By JESSICA ANDERSON
    In previous columns, I’ve written about Oregon’s DOJ Bias Response Hotline. Those articles were largely directed to individual community members to increase awareness about reporting incidents and what rises to the level of a reportable event. In this column, I’d like to...

  • By ROCKNE ROLL
    The Jewish Review
    As the academic year comes to a close on college campuses around the Portland metro area, Jewish students and the professionals that support Jewish life on campuses are taking stock of all that’s happened. What was already a challenging environment post-Oct. 7 r...

  • By ROCKNE ROLL
    The Jewish Review
    In the months since the Oct. 7 terror attacks, as Israel has been gripped by war, few organizations have been positioned to support those suffering like Dror Israel.
    You can hear all about that work at two upcoming presentations from Noam Schlanger, Dror Israel’...

  • By JESSICA ANDERSON
    You’re headed to the grocery store and there’s a car accident in front of you. Your neighbor is mowing the lawn in flip-flops and runs over his foot. Your friend is injured while chopping kindling for the backyard firepit. These are the everyday occurrences that can turn q...

  • By ROCKNE ROLL
    The Jewish Review
    One of the Pacific Northwest’s most beloved Jewish institutions has a new name. 
    B’nai B’rith Camp announced at their annual BB Bash Saturday, Apr. 27 that the organization is rebranding to BB360. The new identity incorporates all the ongoing activities tha...

  • By ROCKNE ROLL
    The Jewish Review
    It’s unusual for someone to leave the impact on a community that Rabbi Mel Young, z”l, left on Portland. For almost everyone who does so, it takes a whole career, or even a whole lifetime. 
    For Rabbi Young, who passed away Sunday, Mar. 31 at the age of 72, it...

  • By ROCKNE ROLL
    The Jewish Review
    The bima at Congregation Beth Israel will look very different in the not-too-distant future.
    The synagogue recently announced plans for significant clergy transitions, the most immediate of which will be the retirement of Senior Cantor Ida Rae Cahana in 2025. Her...

  • By JESSICA ANDERSON
    These have been particularly challenging days. I often find myself speaking with individual community members who are struggling to feel secure, are anxious or angry about what they see in the news, concerned about family members (particularly children in school and on college...

  • By ROCKNE ROLL
    The Jewish Review
    The Associated Press estimated that in January of this year, approximately 245,000 Jewish Holocaust survivors are living worldwide, out of just under 16 million Jews worldwide. It’s harder to establish just how many survivors are living in the Portland Metropol...

  • By ROCKNE ROLL
    The Jewish Review
    Nestled downstairs under the Stampfer Chapel at Congregation Neveh Shalom, in a room dominated by heating and ventilation equipment, is a collection of items that fills one of the areas greatest and least known needs: durable medical equipment, readily accessible ...

  • By ROCKNE ROLL
    The Jewish Review
    One of Passover’s most memorable traditions is the four cups of wine consumed during the course of a seder. But another tradition often observed before Pesach makes use of a different liquid: water, specifically the waters of a mikvah.
    Rabbi Chanan Spivak, the R...

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