Marc's Remarks

Weekly insights, community news, and updates from our President and CEO

Helping Hands

I am pleased to announce that Portland’s Jewish Holocaust survivors will soon receive innovative new services designed to reduce trauma and isolation, thanks to a grant made to our Jewish Family & Child Service (JFCS) by the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).

Different Languages

Earlier this week, I returned home from a conference in Israel with 30 CEOs of similar-sized North American Jewish federations. Amazingly, this was my 50th trip to Israel – what a blessing to have the opportunity to visit so many times!

Legislative Action

This past Tuesday, over 450 individuals, including 50 from the Jewish community, participated in Interfaith Advocacy Day in Salem, an event planned by the Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) in partnership with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) and other…

Good Mood and Chuckles

I am in a GREAT mood! How about those Atlanta Falcons?! Yes, I was born in Atlanta and continue to cheer for my Falcons. This is the team’s 50th anniversary since joining the NFL and only their second time in the Super Bowl (sadly, they were embarrassed against the Denver Broncos). I hope…

Next Chapter In American History

By the time you read this, the inauguration will have begun in Washington, DC with Donald Trump becoming the 45th president of the United States. I know there is plenty of commentary from all sides. As one pundit stated, “We are an anxious and divided country.”