Programs explore diverse issues; June 24: Find Calm

Weekly Wednesday Updates were created to keep our community informed of how COVID-19 is affecting all of us and have expanded to explore other issues affecting our community such and equal justice for Blacks and the LGBTQ communities.
The programs are held each Wednesday afternoon on Zoom.
This week, at 4 pm, Wednesday, June 24, Rabbi Jonathan Slater speaks on Finding Calm in a Frantic World.  Jewish contemplative practices – particularly mindfulness meditation grounded in Jewish terms – can offer us a way to navigate turbulent times. Rabbi Slater will discuss the roots of contemplative Jewish practice, its meaning for us today, and offer the opportunity to  practice together. Sign up at:
At 1 pm, Wednesday, July 1, educator, lecturer, author specializing in Jewish and Holocaust films Rich Brownstein will discuss A Brief History of 75 Years of Holocaust Films: From The Great Dictator to Schindler's List to JoJo Rabbit. A Portland native, Brownstein now lives in Jerusalem, Israel.
This program is a collaboration of the Next Generations Group and the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland. The Next Generations Group, formed in 2011, includes Holocaust descendants, survivors and supporters who want to keep the stories and lessons alive and relevant. 
Register for this program at:

The 4 pm July 8 program will feature Carmen Rubio, executive director of the Latino Network and Portland City Council member.  
In honor of Pride Month, last week's program focused on Perspectives on Pride in a Changing Time. Rachel Nelson moderated a panel of Pride Northwest  Executive Director Debra Porta,  Executive Director of Nehirim Rabbi Debra Kolodny and San Francisco JCRC Director Tyler Gregory.
See recordings of all the past programs at



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