Jewish leaders blast Oregon Family Council for "offensive" remarks about neo-Nazis

On Monday, November 25, Rabbi Cahana and 14 other leaders in the Portland Jewish community responded to the Oregon Family Council's use of a neo-Nazi analogy while discussing the issue of whether businesses should have to serve gay weddings.

The letter, written by Rabbi Cahana said the comment was an insult to the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust.

Read the whole Oregonian article.

Read the letter to the Oregon Family Council written by Rabbi Cahana.

Kristallnacht: Remembering the Night of the Broken Glass

On Tuesday, November 12th, Rabbi Cahana was the guest presenter at St. Mary’s Cathedral as part of their Adult Faith Education program. The evening’s topic was Kristallnacht: Remembering The Night of the Broken Glass, 75 years later

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In a precursor to death camps, almost 100 Jews died and 30,000 men were rounded up for deportation on Nov. 9-10, 1938. A thousand synagogues, 7,500 Jewish-owned stores and many homes, schools, hospitals and cemeteries were smashed and burned. Christian citizens took part or stood by for the most part. Firefighters came to blazing synagogues, but were ordered by Nazi officials only to keep flames from spreading to non-Jewish buildings.

The name of the one-night attack, Kristallnacht, refers to the vast number of broken windows..."Kristallnacht was the Nazis' word for it," Rabbi Cahana told a group of 60. "It was not about the broken glass. It was about the broken dreams. It was a night that changed everything for the Jewish community and for the world: A sophisticated, modern culture could turn on its own people."

Read the whole Catholic Sentinel article about Rabbi Cahana's talk: Kristallnacht after 75 years: It was about broken dreams