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Former Portlander Michael Jeser receives Sherut L’am Award

EDITOR'S NOTE: Michael Jeser, z"l, passed away peacefully from esophageal cancer on Shabbat, July 24, 2021. He was 45. The funeral will be 12:30 pm, Wednesday, July 28, near Los Angeles at Mount Sinai in Simi Valley. It will be livestreamed (link posted Tuesday) at https://mountsinaiparks.or…

The eastside is a happening place

PHOTO: Young campers enjoy B’nai B’rith Camp’s first eastside day camp July 12-16. The new Eastside Jewish Commons will be home for many community programs, including two more weeks of BB Day Camp Eastside Aug. 2-6 and Aug. 9-13.


Jewish options are multiplying on Port…

Hand in Hand models coexistence

A bilingual, multicultural school in Israel cofounded by a Portland native has become a model of coexistence in a time when that approach is in short supply.

MJCC reopens as “living room of community”

PHOTO: The lobby at ther Mittleman Jewish Community Center is starting to feel like the community's living room once again.

The Mittleman Jewish Community Center is poised to reclaim its title as the “living room of the Jewish community” as the lobby reopens, in-person c…

30 years after Operation Solomon, a painting stirs memories of rescue

PHOTO: Nirit Takele was only 6 years old when she was one of 14,300 Ethiopian Jews who were airlifted on 35 aircrafts from Addis Ababa (Ethiopia’s capital) to Israel in less than 36 hours. Steve "Rosy" Rosenberg, who was board president of Portland's Jewish Federation at the time, recently…