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7 Facts About Jewish Oregon

  1. 47,500 Jews live in Oregon.

  2. On June 1st 2014, the Portland Sephardic community celebrated its 100th anniversary.

  3. Ambacht Brewery makes matzo-based beer called “Ambacht’s Matzobraü,” made from leftover matzo collected from the local Jewish community.

  1. Bernard Malamud, author of “The Fixer,” “The Natural” and “The Assistant,” taught at Oregon State University from 1949-1961.

  2. Ron Wyden, a member of the House of Representatives from 1981-1996, now serves in the Senate.

  3. Carrie Brownstein is the co-creator of Portlandia, the sketch comedy series based in Portland.

  4. 5 Jews have served as Portland’s mayor. The first, Bernard Goldsmith, was elected in 1989. Most recently, Vera Katz served from 1993-2005.


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