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  • By JESSICA ANDERSON
    It won’t be news to most of you reading this that according to the FBI, the Jewish community is on the receiving end of about 60% of religious bias crime, and that between 2021 and 2022, Jews experienced a 36% increase in reported crimes. Given recent events, we can expect 2...

  • By ROCKNE ROLL
    The Jewish Review
    Rabbi Barry Cohen, who has served as Portland’s Jewish Community Chaplain for over five years, will depart his position next month to become the Chaplain Manager of The Velva G. and H. Fred Levine Jewish Chaplaincy Program at the Joan and Stanford Alexander Jewi...

  • By ROCKNE ROLL
    The Jewish Review
    Everything can be Jewish. From A to Z.
    Visitors to the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education can see the evidence of that laid out in the museum’s main floor gallery in “Oregon Jews, A to Z,” now through May 26.
    “We rarely, if ever, had t...

  • By ROCKNE ROLL
    The Jewish Review
    Bonni Goldberg has written plenty over the years, on a variety of subjects, but it took a special story to make firsy traditionally published children’s book.
    A special Jewish story. 
    That special story was the genesis of “Dona Gracia Saved Worlds,” publish...

  • By RABBI BARRY COHEN
    When we are surrounded by so much grief and instability, how do we continue to live?
    Rabbi Sharon Brous, through her Tablet Magazine article “Grieving and Living – how to hold one another in light of the ever-present reality of loss,” gives us direction. Brous is the se...

  • By ROCKNE ROLL
    The Jewish Review
    Through the recent ice storm, there were numerous stories of members of Portland’s Jewish community supporting one another. Many of these were on an individual level – friends and family staying over to cope with a loss of power or a damaged home. But few were...

  • By ROCKNE ROLL
    The Jewish Review
    Frieda Cohen, z”l, “was a force of nature,” her son, Richard Cohen said.
    Frieda Cohen, who passed away Wednesday, Jan. 24 at the age of 103, certainly had an immense impact—in her lifetime-- in business, with her family and at Congregation Shaarie Torah, w...

  • By ROCKNE ROLL
    The Jewish Review
    Every weekend, Noga Vilan is standing outside, holding a sign.
    In rain, sunshine or even – as happened late in January - ice. Sometimes there are many people around her, sometimes only a few. The signs she holds each weekend bear the faces and the names of host...

  • By RABBI BARRY COHEN
    “I was sitting on a beach one summer day, watching two children, a boy and a girl, playing in the sand. They were hard at work building an elaborate sandcastle by the water’s edge, with gates and towers and moats and internal passages. Just when they had nearly finished t...

  • By ROCKNE ROLL
    The Jewish Review
    For those who were missing Moishe Pod West PDX after the departure of Owen Broder and Shelly Zeiser last summer, the Pod is back!
    Cousins David Stein and Sam Greene have taken over the Pod, located in West Portland, and are already making their mark with monthly S...

  • By ROCKNE ROLL
    The Jewish Review
    Among the many connecting threads through Jewish history is the Hebrew language. Passing that language – and everything that goes with it – along makes Hebrew teachers in Jewish schools an essential link in the chain of the transmission of Jewish culture. Thos...

  • By RABBI BARRY COHEN
    Let’s talk about Amalek, the prototypical enemy of the Jewish people. We meet his tribe for the first time in this week’s Torah portion, B’shalach. In this portion, we cross the Sea of Reeds and obtain our first taste of freedom. But then the grumbling begins. The freed...

  • By ROCKNE ROLL
    The Jewish Review
    If you walk into the main lobby of Portland Jewish Academy and look up, you’ll be met with quite the sight – hundreds of blue and white paper birds – doves – together with a simple wish in Hebrew; “Shalom.” (peace)
    “Doves of Hope and Peace” is the...

  • By ROCKNE ROLL
    The Jewish Review
    In recent months, the Portland Kollel has welcomed a pair of new rabbis, both moving to Oregon from Jerusalem.
    Rabbi Dovid Gleizer joined the Kollel as Rosh Beit Medrash in November, coming from Jerusalem’s Mir Yeshiva.
    “We spent six years there and we were l...

  • The Jewish Review staff
    Portland is lucky to have five Jewish overnight camps nearby. B’nai B’rith Camp began in 1921. Camp Solomon Schechter was founded by Portland Rabbi Joshua Stampfer, z”l, in 1954. Each year, Congregation Ahavath Achim encourages families to explore the Sephardic Adven...

  • By RABBI BARRY COHEN
    Ever since I arrived in the Pacific Northwest, I promised never to take this region’s natural beauty for granted. I continue to be amazed by the scenery, the rolling hills, the vibrant colors, the foggy mist and even the consistent precipitation. I make it a priority to hik...

  • By ROCKNE ROLL
    The Jewish Review
    For the group of Portlanders who travelled to Israel in early December to bear witness to the aftermath of the Oct. 7 terror attacks, the first reminders of the state of the country they were coming to came before they’d even officially arrived.
    “As we lande...

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