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PHOTO: Adam Allina, SWU Emerson Fellow at PSU.


PSU’s Adam Allina named SWU Emerson Fellow

Portland State University student Adam Allina is one of 107 StandWithUs Emerson Fellows named to serve universities in the United States and Canada.
Founded in 2007 by Los Angeles philanthropists Steve and Rita Emerson, the StandWithUs Emerson Fellowship selects and trains student leaders on campuses throughout the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom and Brazil to educate about Israel and confront anti-Israel rhetoric. Throughout the year, Fellows create interesting Israel programming designed to engage others.
Adam was born in Israel and moved to Portland in 2018. He is a student leader with Greater Portland Hillel and assumes the presidency of CHAI, the Cultural and Historical Association for Israel, at PSU this fall. 
“I joined the StandWithUs Emerson Fellowship to have access to many resources that will help me combat BDS and anti- Semitism on my campus,” says Adam. “I hope to generate conversations about Israel with more students and spread my love for Israel. I hope people will understand that the situation is indeed complicated, but in the end Israel truly stands for human rights and the world is better with Israel in it.” 
This year’s fellowship kicked off with a virtual conference due to the pandemic. The Aug. 9-13 conference helped participants bond as a group via multiple networking and innovative sessions designed to help them get acquainted. They met by region to learn more about each other. They also met their counterparts in SWU’s chapters in Brazil and the UK and met alumni of the program. 
“One thing that stuck with me from the conference is how diverse the pro-Israel community is; all religions and political parties are represented,” says Adam. “The pro-Israel community doesn’t have to agree with everything that goes on in Israel. We are bound together because we agree that Israel is important, and the Jewish people have a right to take charge of their own destiny.”
“I was surprised at how much energy we felt even though it was a virtual conference,” says Adam. “We wanted to learn and interact with other Zionists, and thankfully we were able to do that during the pandemic. I liked that we had activity breaks like Krav Maga and yoga to get our heart rates up.”
For more information on the fellowship, visit

Portland Moishe House seeks two roommates

Portland’s Moishe House is seeking two new residents who are excited about building community, planning and putting on creative events, and joining a vibrant home in October or early November.
A Moishe House is a place where young adults (20s-early 30s) come together and create vibrant Jewish communities. Moishe House provides a partial rent subsidy, programming budget and staff support to help residents host programs for their peers.  
Each month (under normal circumstances), Portland Moishe House residents collectively plan seven programs such as Shabbat dinners, going to fun events together, hiking, creating art, volunteering and Jewish learning. Currently, the residents host three online programs each month, which will adapt as the COVID restrictions change. In regular times, the time commitment is about 10 hours a week, which includes planning and hosting programs, advertising (social media/personal messaging), shopping for events and uploading receipts, and weekly house meetings. 
The Portland house is located in inner Northeast Portland. The spacious house has modern amenities (washer/dryer, dishwasher, central AC), 5 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and 2 half baths, and plenty of street parking.
Current residents are: Leah, 23, who moved from California to Oregon to attend college and now works for the Hillel here in Portland; Max, 29, who spends his workday in the world of mortgage finance; and Shoshana, 22,  who studied environmental studies and political economy at Lewis & Clark College and now works with Portland’s houseless community. 
For more information, call 503-908-3394 or email To apply, fill out the application at

Apply now for part-time Serve the Moment Corps

Repair the World and the Jewish Service Alliance created Serve the Moment, to give young adults the opportunity for valuable volunteer roles. For 12 hours per week, from Sept. 30 to Dec. 11, Service Corps Members (ages 18-29) will volunteer, learn and mobilize others in their community to address food insecurity, unemployment, learning loss and social isolation. 
Service Corps Members are eligible for a $1,250 stipend, with additional funding available on an individual basis.
No prior Jewish education or volunteer experience is required. The adaptive curriculum and flexible service options, with virtual volunteering available, has been designed for a cohort of 240 members. 
Applications are due by Sept. 14. Apply  at



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