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Song of Miriam Awards

         For 27 years, the Jewish Women’s Round Table  with a description of their work and why they are
        has recognized women volunteers in the commu-  valuable to their organizations.
        nity at its Song of Miriam Awards Brunch, which   JWRT  held  the  first  Song  of  Miriam  Awards
        has attracted as many as 325 people annually.   Brunch in June 1993 to honor 13 recipients.
         In the face of the pandemic, last year’s brunch  In subsequent years, between 15 and 23 wom-
        was cancelled. This year, JWRT leaders still be-  en received  the annual award. Honorees have
        lieved it would not be safe to hold such a large  been  selected  by  more  than  25 congregations
        indoor event. However, local organizations had  and organizations from Oregon and southwest
        nominated 14 outstanding volunteers for the  Washington.
        2019 event, and other nominees were submitted   “We are so grateful to the Jewish Review for
        this year. JWRT wants to be sure the community  making it possible to carry on the tradition of
        knows about their good work.             the Song of Miriam Awards in these challeng-
         At the Jewish Review, we share those senti-  ing times,” says JWRT President Marki Maizels.
        ments and will do our part to see that Song of  “Next year, we plan to hold our Awards brunch
        Miriam  Award recipients  get the recognition  in June, and we look forward to seeing every-
        they deserve. Throughout the next few issues, the  one in person and celebrating the amazing work
        Review will feature pictures of honorees along  done by volunteers in our community.”
        Women volunteers honored for outstanding service (part 1 of series)

         Following are three women whose organizations selected them   al at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Eliana brings a deep
        to receive the Song of Miriam. More honorees will be profiled in   understanding of our community – its agencies and its professionals
        issues throughout the summer.                          – to her volunteerism.
                                                                She takes time  to be thoughtful  and supportive of her fellow
             MARNI GLICK                                       committee members and is a pleasure to work with as a staff per-
           Honored by Mittleman                                son. Those who work with her are better off for the experience, no
         Jewish Community Center                               question. She is a true partner in all that she does, and her love for
         Marni Glick currently serves                          our community is apparent.
        as treasurer of the Mittleman                           Eliana’s activism extends beyond the Jewish Federation into her
        Jewish Community  Center                               synagogue, Havurah Shalom,  the newer Eastside  Jewish Com-
        and Portland  Jewish Academy                           mons initiative and so much more.
        boards. Under her leadership,                           JFGP Director of Community Planning and Allocations Caron
        the  boards have  successfully                         Blau Rothstein says of Eliana that, “We are so fortunate that Eliana
        navigated  the  financial  un-                         dedicates her volunteer time and talents to the Jewish Federation in
        certainties  brought  on by the                        particular and the Jewish community of greater Portland at large.”
        COVID pandemic.
         Marni is a great listener who always sees multiple sides of an is-  SAM PERRIN
        sue and helps make decisions that address a range of concerns and   Honored by Congregation
        perspectives. That trait was particularly helpful as MJCC faced the   Kesser Israel
        multiple closures mandated during the past year and a half.   Sam Perrin is a shining light
         Her 33-year career with the city of Portland Budget Office and   in the Kesser Israel community.
        Bureau  of  Transportation  gave  her  invaluable  experience  that   Whether writing a grant appli-
        helped  MJCC  continue  its  operations  while  minimizing  deficits   cation, preparing and cleaning
        and debts.                                             up after the weekly Kiddush (in
         She has a wide range of interests and expertise and has been ac-  pre-COVID times)  or  packing
        tively involved with MJCC for years, not only as treasurer, but as   boxes for the annual  Passover
        chair of the Finance Committee and member of the Campus Plan   food drive, she brings her tal-
        Working Group and the Governance and Executive Committees.   ent, creativity and strong work
         MJCC says Marni’s expertise always ensures outstanding oversight,   ethic to everything she does.
        but never more so than during the difficult times of the pandemic.   Sam is a skilled artist and
                                                               writer who has been glad to
                                       ELIANA TEMKIN           help whenever there is a fund-raising flyer to design or art needed
                                     Honored by Jewish Federa-  for a brochure. Together with her family, she took the lead in the
                                      tion of Greater Portland  Mishloach Manot fund-raiser this year, packing more than 100 gift
                                     Eliana  Temkin  is a member  baskets when COVID prevented the usual large group of volun-
                                    of Jewish Federation’s Board  teers from gathering.
                                    of Directors, chair of the Fed-  Sam is also a role model in her commitment and dedication to her
                                    eration’s Rogoway Outstanding  faith. She has led thoughtful discussions in monthly study groups.
                                    Jewish Professional Leadership  She is also a talented actor who always makes Kesser Israel’s an-
                                    Award Selection  Committee  nual Purim spiel one of the best in town.
                                    and former member of the (lo-  The community of Kesser Israel joins together in thanking Sam
                                    cal) Allocations Committee.  for her many years of service and says they are fortunate to have
                                     As a former Jewish profession-  her unique talent and energy that lifts and inspires them all.
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