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Vaccinated members

        can use J mask free                                                                      Portland Jewish
                                                                                                 Academy fourth-grader
         Under new guidance from the Oregon Health Author-                                       Noam Morris O’Glasser
        ity, fully vaccinated members of the Mittleman Jewish                                    displays a frame from
        Community Center can now enjoy the center’s ameni-                                       his award-winning
        ties without a mask or physical distancing.                                              animation video.
         Temperature checks are still required for everyone en-
        tering the building. A station in the entry vestibule allows
        members and employees to take their own temperatures,
        and the sensor on the unit emits two different tones, de-
        pending on whether the person has a fever or not.
         To  confirm  vaccination  status,  members  (wearing  a
        mask) can stop by the J during open hours 7 am-noon   PJA’s Noam O’Glasser places
        and 3-7 pm Monday-Friday and 8 am-3 pm Sunday.
        COVID-19 vaccination record card or a copy or dig- in national animation contest
        Members need to bring proof of vaccination (original
        ital photo of vaccination record card) to the Welcome   Noam Morris O’Glasser, a fourth-  teria looked at the visual appeal and
        Desk. With proof of vaccination, members will be is-  grade student at Portland Jewish  how creative the clip was to watch.
        sued a new blue, rather than standard white, member ID   Academy, won second prize in ORT’s  Finally, technical skill was evaluated
        card. Members will need to show the new ID card each   Jewish Animation Competition with  based on the level of ability for each
        time they enter the MJCC and also to enter any of the   his submission entitled Noam Studios  student.
        facilities  (including  fitness  center,  pools,  Sportsplex,   – the Ten Commandments.    “The Jewish Federation of Greater
        gymnasium).                                     Noam’s prize was revealed  June  Portland and our Jewish day school
         Members who forget to bring their new ID card will   1 in an announcement  from ORT  community were excited to partner
        be required to mask and maintain physical distance.   America that also named Talia Ray,  with ORT on this contest,” says
         “We also want to note that many individuals choose   a  fourth-grade  student  at  Yeshivat  JFGP President and CEO Marc N.
        to wear a mask regardless of their vaccination status,   Noam  in  New  Jersey,  as  the  first-  Blattner. “Our school students em-
        and it is important not to make assumptions about any   prize winner for her submission, The  braced the challenge, and many en-
        individual’s vaccination status based on their choice to   Pesach Story.       tered. To have one of our students,
        wear a mask,”  says MJCC Executive  Director  Steve   “I  love  bringing  my  ‘still’ Lego  Noam, recognized for his work is
        Albert. “We look forward to seeing you at the J!”  figures to life and making videos to  quite  an  achievement  for  him  per-
         The following definitions have been provided by the   share with my friends and family,”  sonally, his school and our entire
        Oregon Health Authority:                       says Noam. “I like carefully captur-  Jewish community. May we contin-
         “Proof  of  Vaccination  Status”  means  documenta-  ing each frame and moving the fig-  ue to see creativity and ingenuity in
        tion provided by a tribal, federal, state or local gov-  ures little bit by little bit to make the  our students.”
        ernment, or a health care provider, that includes an   final video.”            The competition is part of the ORT
        individual’s name, date of birth, type of COVID-19   Noam is the son of Dr. Avital and  Programming in the U.S. Initiative.
        vaccination given, date or dates given, depending   Ben O’Glasser.             Earlier  this spring, ORT provided
        on whether it is a one-dose or two-dose vaccine, and   “As  parents, we were thrilled to  two introductory STEM courses for
        the name/location of the health care provider or site   see the  hard work that  Noam  put  elementary  and  middle  school  stu-
        where the vaccine was administered.            into this project from start to finish,”  dents on animation as well as cyber-
         “Fully  Vaccinated  Individual”  means an individual   write Avital and Ben. “It was such an  security to a number of U.S.-based
        has received both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vac-  amazing opportunity to take his cre-  Jewish day schools.
        cine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine and at least   ative energy and passion for animat-  The panel of judges was made up
        14 days have passed since the individual’s final dose of   ing his Legos, which he discovered  of ORT America National Board and
        COVID-19 vaccine.                              during  the  months  at  home  during  Pedagogical  Committee  members;
                                                       the pandemic, to the next level.”  Moshe Leiba,  deputy director  gen-
                                                        Open  to  grades  4-8,  the  competi-  eral and chief pedagogical officer of
                                                       tion enabled  students to combine  World ORT Kadima Mada in Israel;
                                                       creativity  with technology  to make  and educators.
                                                       their  own animated  clips based on   ORT America  is  a  nonprofit  con-
                                                       Jewish stories and themes. Using a  sisting of thousands of people
                                                       computer  and/or  smartphone,  plus  throughout the United States who
                                                       a  few common  household  items,  share a common, binding interest in
                                                       the student animators  were able to  supporting ORT, Israel and the Jew-
                                                       showcase their videos and compete  ish people. Based in New York City,
                                                       for cash prizes.                ORT America has a presence in eight
                                                        Students  from  seven  day  schools  regions across the country. ORT has
                                                       submitted 23 entries, which were  been transforming lives through
                                                       judged based on Jewish content and  training  and  education  since  1880.
        A Mittleman Jewish Community Center member picks   the ability to demonstrate an under-  ORT has evolved to provide 21st
        up a new, blue  membership  card after showing  proof   standing of a Jewish story, tradition  century skills that empower indi-
        of vaccination. Members with the blue card can use the   or practice, and how well the anima-  viduals and strengthen communities
        facilities without a mask.                     tion explains the topic. The other cri-  and Jewish life worldwide.
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