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Congregation Beth Israel wished Mazel Tov to Carly Heims and Zak Pacholl on the Feb. 9 birth of Alana Naupakakai Celia Pacholl in Maui. Kvelling grandparents are Lynne Bartenstein and Dan Heims.


Congregation Beth Israel wished Mazel Tov to Gary and Sheryl Martel on the birth of their granddaughter, Natalie Florence Martel, to Benjamin and Rachel Martel on April 7.


Congregation Beth Israel wished Mazel Tov to Marcia and Stuart Weiss on the birth of their grandson, Arthur Joseph DePasse, on April 28.


Moshe Yitzhak Hartford was born May 5, 2020, to Adam and Seanne Hartford. He was welcomed home by big sister Elianna. The family belong to Congregation Kesser Israel. A Zoom bris was held May 12.


Zissel was born May 20 to Rabbi Dov and Chani Bialo of Chabad at Reed and Chabad ofo Southesst Portland. She was the first grandchild to be named after Chani’s dear Bubbe.



Mazel Tov to Melissa Bloom (Aloha, Ore.) and Oren Abu (Kiyrat Malakhi, Israel) on their wedding on May 12, Lag B’Omer. Guests were able to join in virtually from all over the world for their backyard celebration.  
Melissa owns Yo Zone frozen yogurt in Beaverton, and Oren hopes to go back to work as a mechanical technician for Intel. 
The chuppah ceremony was officiated by Rabbi Menachem Rivkin of Chabad of Hillsboro and Rabbi Chayim Mishulovin from Everything Jewish.  Rabbi Motti Wilhelm of Chabad of SW Portland and Rabbi Shneur Wilhelm of Maimonides Jewish Day School also participated.
Melissa and Oren had planned to have their chuppah in Israel.  When the pandemic broke out they realized, “We do not know what tomorrow brings, and we want to bring joy to our friends and family.”  The decided that to wed on Lag B’Omer (the earliest date one can have a Jewish wedding after Pesach). 
Within three weeks they turned their back yard into a beautiful site for the wedding.  Their sukkah was painted white to make the chuppah; table and chairs from the closed Yo Zone were arranged to seat guests 6 feet apart; and Melissa used her extensive event-planning decor.  There were a few things bought online including Oren’s suit and Melissa’s wedding dress.
Following the Zoom wedding (with more than 200 people) Melissa and Oren went to the driveway where more than 20 cars came by to shower them with Mazel Tov. After a quick bite to eat, the newlyweds joined Chabad of Oregon's  Lag B’Omer car parade.
“It was everything and more that we could have dreamed and hoped for being a Zoom wedding. ... We have no regrets and loved that we brought joy to so many that day and will have an amazing story to tell our children one day.”
Mazel tov to Melissa’s parents Michael and Jaimee Bloom, siblings Liza and Beth Milliner, Scott and Amy Bloom, Jeramie Bloom and Andrew Thorry (Portland); to Oren’s family Zmira and Mier Abu, siblings Oriana and Angelo, Shay and Eniav, Alon, Shira and Sharon, Shlomit and Esaf, and Tzil (Jerusalem, Petah Tiqva, Kiyrat Malakhi, Israel); as well as their 14 nieces and nephews.  

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