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April Events at Congregation Shaarie Torah
By Simi Zuckerman, Congregation Shaarie Torah
Monday, April 15 at 7:00pm
Rabbi Zuckerman teaches class in Oregon City on the Book of Job.
Wednesday April 24, 12:30pm
Lunch n' Learn - Rabbi Zuckerman teaches class for adults at Shaarie Torah. Bring along dairy lunch.
Monday, April 29, 7:00pm
Pirkei Avot, Ethics of our Fathers, led by Rabbi Zuckerman at MacAdams Bar & Grill. Learn while having a pint, shoot some pool, meet others - for men only.
Email email@example.com for more information.
SPRING REGISTRATION for Mommy & Me
By Caron Rothstein, PJ Library
Mommy and Me Spring Session starts April 16!
Join other moms and bond with your child while exploring their Jewish world through play, music & movement, stories and crafts. Special guest each class talking about topics of interest to new moms, e.g., baby massage, baby signing, etc. Class meets in a preschool classroom with age-appropriate toys.
Healthy snacks are provided. No charge.
See www.portlandjewishpreschool.com to register.
RENOWNED KLEZMER ARTIST, YALE STROM, and his band Hot Pstromi TO PERFORM - New Concert date!
By Noa Rubin, Congregation Neveh Shalom
Neveh Shalom is honored to present violinist, composer, film-maker, writer, photographer and playwright Yale Strom. Strom is a pioneer among klezmer revivalists and is one of the leading scholar-ethnographer-artists of klezmer music.
Accompanying him are: Elizabeth Schwartz, who has sung throughout the world and is particularly known for her dusky timbre and expertise on Romanian Yiddish music. Lou Fanucchi is a virtuoso of many styles of accordion playing particularly Italian, Tango and klezmer.
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013, 7:00pm
In the Stampfer Chapel - 2900 SW Peaceful Ln. Portland
Tickets are sold at the door $15/person, $36/family
FREE Wednesday Noon Film Screening at OJM/OHRC
By Sandra Preston, Oregon Jewish Museum
RSVPs are strongly encouraged; call 503-226-3600.
The Oregon Jewish Museum and Oregon Holocaust Resource Center are working together to bring a noontime film series to the community that focus on themes of bearing witness, reconciliation, and redemption.
All films are free to the public and begin at 12:00 noon at OJM and OHRC’s building at 1953 NW Kearney St.
April 17- Everything is Illuminated, Directed by Liev Schreiber (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0404030/)
With only a yellowing photograph in hand, a young man - also named Jonathan Safran Foer - sets out to find the woman who may or may not have saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Accompanied by an old man haunted by memories of the war; an amorous dog named Sammy Davis, Junior, Junior; and the unforgettable Alex, a young Ukrainian translator who speaks in a sublimely butchered English, Jonathan is led on a quixotic journey over a devastated landscape and into an unexpected past.
Sidonie Caron: We Are Our Brother's Keeper at OJM
By Sandra Preston, Oregon Jewish Museum
Exhibition runs February 27th - April 24th 2013
Sidonie Caron’s work reflects the profound connections between family, community and society. Infused with the sentiment of her personal travels, her insightful paintings depict such everyday scenes as waiting for a bus in Israel or the façade of an old European synagogue. Her larger collages incorporate maps, photos, food wrappers, and newspaper clippings. These introspective works illuminate what it means for Caron to be an artist who is Jewish. A longtime resident of Portland, Caron hails from London, England and is represented in public and private collections throughout the world.
Children under 12 accompanied by a parent or guardian: Free
Group tours available.
PICTURES OF RESISTANCE: The Wartime Photographs of Jewish Partisan Faye Schulman
By Sandra Preston, Oregon Jewish Museum
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 27, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Exhibit Runs February 27 – April 24
The majority of European Jews during the Second World War had no idea that the Nazis were conducting a meticulous disinformation campaign to convince them that they were going to work camps instead of being exterminated. Yet between 20,000- 30,000 Jews escaped from Nazi ghettos and camps to form or join organized resistance groups. Known as partisans, their lives depended on their ability to remain unseen undocumented and unidentifiable. One such partisan, Faye Schulman, carried her camera. Schulman’s rare collection of images captured the camaraderie, horror and loss, bravery and triumph of the rag-tag, tough partisans – some Jewish, some not—who fought the Germans and their collaborators.
Faye Schulman is the only known Jewish partisan photographer who took pictures of Jewish partisan resistance. Born Faigel Lazebnik to a respected Jewish family in Lenin, Poland, she was introduced to photography at the age of ten by her older brother Moishe who ran the town’s only photography studio.
In 1941, Germany troops occupied eastern Poland. Jewish men were deported to labor camps, and Jewish women and children were imprisoned in a ghetto. As the only remaining photographer in the area (her brother moved away before this time), Faye’s skills made her valuable to the Nazi’s and her life was spared when the rest of the ghetto’s 1,800 Jews were massacred.
Eventually escaping from the Germans, Faye joined a Russian partisan brigade in the forests along the Polish-Russian border. For more than two years, she documented the camaraderie, horror and loss, bravery and triumph of the partisans, through the artistry of her photography.
In Pictures of Resistance, Faye’s remarkable photographs and moving narratives make the images real, impressing upon the viewer the horror of war, the lessons of revenge, and resolution and the resilience of one woman’s spirit. The exhibit poses probing questions about the life of the only known Jewish woman partisan photographer. Why did Faye Schulman become a war documentarian at great risk to her life? How did she get photographic supplies, much less develop the film? How did she manage to survive as one of the few Jewish women among the Partisans?
Pictures of Resistance is a traveling exhibit produced by the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation, curated by Jill Vexler and made possible by Thomas and Johanna Baruch, the Epstein/Roth Foundation, the Purjes Foundation, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the Koret Foundation, the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, the Holocaust Council of UJA Metro West, and Diane and Howard Wohl.
The mission of the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation is to develop and distribute educational materials about the Jewish partisans and their life lessons in order to bring an understanding of heroic resistance against tyranny to educational and cultural organizations.
For more information, please go to www.jewishpartisans.org.
OJM CInema presents A Man From Munkacs: Gypsy Klezmer
By Sandra Preston, Oregon Jewish Museum
Tues, April 16 at 12:00 & 7:00pm
Students w/ID: $5
This film is shown as the second part of film director and musician Yale Strom's visit to Portland. Join Yale Wednesday night at Congregation Neveh Shalom for a live concert of klezmer music.
A Man From Munkacs: Gypsy Klezmer, directed by famed klezmer musician Yale Strom, explores the symbiotic relationship between the Rom and Jews who lived together before and after World War II in the Carpathian region.
In this region and before the Holocaust, whenever there was a Jewish celebration (e.g., a wedding, Purim festivities, dance etc.), most of the klezmer musicians were not Jews but Rom. In fact, the Rom had played with and for Jews for so many years that some of them spoke a fluent Yiddish. The film examines how this persecuted group (the Rom) saved Jewish folk music until it could be returned to the Jewish people.
Local klezmer musician Jack Falk will be in attendance at the evening film for a Question & Answer session afterwards.
Jack Falk may be best known for his work touring and recording with the Hungarian ensemble Di Naye Kapelye, a band playing Jewish roots music from the Carpathian basin. With Di Naye Kapelye, he has sung with the Roma (Gypsy) master Toni Arpad (cimbalom) and with Tecsoi Banda (the Hutsul Gypsy band from Tyachiv, Ukraine). He has spent much time exploring the relationship between Jewish and non-Jewish cultural traditions in the Eastern European heartland, including the Dybbuk Project, an extended collaboration with Michael Griggs (Portland Performance Festival) and Chris Harris (Willamette University). From 2001 to 2009, Jack produced and hosted the Carpathian-Pacific Express radio hour, which explored the musical world of Eastern Europe.
TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE
Israel in Motion: An Evening of Contemporary Dance and Discussion with Israeli Choreographer Idan Cohen
Watch the trailer!
By Jenn Director Knudsen, Judaic Studies - Portland State University
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 7:00pm
BodyVox Dance Center, NW 17th Ave. & Northrup
Join Idan Cohen, acclaimed Israeli modern dance choreographer, for a celebration of his work. The evening will include a live performance of Cohen's choreography, film clips featuring his repertoire, and behind-the-scenes discussion with Idan Cohen in conversation with historian Nina Spiegel, Rabbi Joshua Stampfer Assistant Professor of Israel Studies at PSU.
A winner of the Israeli ministry of culture’s young artist award for 2012, Idan Cohen is a cutting edge choreographer in a vibrant contemporary dance scene in Israel. As dance provides a window into Israeli life and culture, we'll explore Idan Cohen's work in the context of contemporary Israeli society. We'll challenge you to imagine why dance is so central in Israel by sharing engaging stories, video clips and ideas from the beginnings of Israeli modern dance to the thriving contemporary dance scene.
The event will be followed by a dessert reception.
This event is free and open to the public, however space is limited and advance ticket reservations are required through the Portland State Box Office.
Food for Thought Festival: 4/18-4/21
Benefitting the Oregon Food Bank
Two years ago, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland sponsored “The Next Great Jewish Idea Contest” to elicit ideas to fuel our community’s vibrancy. Cheryl Tonkin’s winning entry based on “power of ideas to stimulate the mind, fire the imagination, touch heart and spirit” will be realized when the Federation presents The Food for Thought Festival, April 18-21, 2013.
Tonkin’s novel idea to engage community to tackle the challenge posed by hunger in our community combines an arts and cultural festival with a mega- food drive. It will be a four-day celebration of culture, literature, food and music to benefit the Oregon Food Bank. At venues throughout the city, in partnership with community icons like Powell’s Books and institutions such as OHSU, the Festival will bring together noted writers, thinkers, artists and performers to share their wisdom and their work.
The festival will open Thursday, April 18 with "The Wisdom of Davids: Wit and Conversation about Funny…Seriously" with David Steinberg and David Javerbaum moderated by David Sarasohn.
7:30 - 9:00pm at the Portland Art Museum
Kridell Grand Ballroom, 1219 Southwest Park Avenue
How can you be both serious and funny? This engaging and provocative evening considers how today’s news and issues of the day are shared and affected by humor. Join legendary comedian and television director David Steinberg, 11-time Emmy-winning Daily Show alum David Javerbaum, and The Oregonian award-winning columnist and editorialist David Sarasohn for an evening of insight and fun as they explore how making people laugh can be a powerful way to make them think.
Check out all the other great events now at www.foodforthoughtpdx.org/schedule!
Tickets also now available for purchase at www.foodforthoughtpdx.org/tickets
Food for Thought Festival presents:
PJ Library Author Laurel Snyder at
Powell’s Cedar Hills
As part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland's Food for Thought Festival, PJ Library Author Laurel Snyder will do a reading & book signing. Join this lauded children's author as she shares Good Night, Laila Tov, an evocative and poetic tale about a family trip that turns into an adventure of discovery.
FREE and open to all. Details at www.FoodforThoughtPDX.org!
Invite your friends on Facebook!
LATER THAT DAY...
Author of Sacred Books 01: The Book of Nonsense, for teens, David Michael Slater
Tween and teen author (and former Portlander) David Michael Slater will do a reading & book signing. Join this lauded teen author as he shares Sacred Books 01: The Book of Nonsense, a wonderful adventure series combining the best of Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes!
FREE and open to all. Details at www.FoodforThoughtPDX.org!
Invite your friends on Facebook!
Portland Israeli Folk Dance 40th Anniversary Celebration!
By Sue Wendel
April 20 at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center
6651 SW Capitol Hwy, 97219
1:30 pm to Midnight!
Now is the time to kick up our heels!
Israeli folk dancing offers something for everyone – great music, exercise, camaraderie, a sense of community, just to name a few.
For more than 40 years, an unbroken succession of dance session leaders and enthusiastic dancers in Portland have enjoyed this wonderful cultural tradition.
So, now is the time for all of us to kick up our heels and celebrate Israeli folk dancing in Portland, Oregon with an exhilarating commemorative event, featuring lessons for all ages and levels, an Israeli-style dinner buffet and recognition program, and an Israeli folk dance party after the dinner.
Some sessions have limited class size so the earlier you register the better...
Request a Registration Form by emailing request to:
- Print out the Registration Form from our website: portlandisraelidance.com
- Pick one up at open Israeli dance sessions/classes on Sunday, Tuesday or Wednesday nights (see website for details).
The Portland Israeli Folk Dance 40th Anniversary Celebration is presented in partnership with the Food For Thought Festival (www.foodforthoughtpdx.org) April 18-21, 2013 benefiting the Oregon Food Bank; and made possible by the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and the Mittleman Jewish Community Center.
Please bring non-perishable food items to the 40th Anniversary Dance Celebration event to benefit the Oregon Food Bank.
Space is limited for some of the dance sessions. Register today!
SEE YOU ON THE DANCE FLOOR!
Yom Ha'Atzmaut Israeli Independence Day
Activities are planned for kids, teens, adults, students, and there is so much to choose from... food, music, folk dancing, art, and more! Invite your friends on Facebook here!
Join us for a celebration you will not want to miss.
FREE and open to all families.
April 21 from 5:00 to 9:00pm
At the MJCC, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, 97219
Bring your Leftover Matzah for Jewish Community Open House &Tasting at Ambacht Brewery
By Ambacht Brewery
As you may know, here at Ambacht, a Hillsboro Oregon based microbrewery, one of our claims to fame is our post-Passover seasonal ale, Matzobrau! We know that many who observe Pesach are stuck with leftover boxes of matzah and matzah meal after the holiday. After 8 days of the bread of affliction, we're ready to get back to bread, pizza, pasta and beer!
But rather than letting those remaining unopened matzahs languish in the cupboard only to wind up as compost, why not use them to make beer???
Community involvement is important to us. April 21st, come to the brewery for a taste and a tour, and bring your leftover matza to become part of Matzobrau 2013!
Jewish Community Open House
Enjoy a tasting and tour of our new brewery location!
We’ll need A LOT of matzah this year to fill our new 20‐barrel fermenter;
Bring your unopened extra boxes of wheat, rye or spelt matzah and contribute to the 2013 edition of Matzobrau!
Sunday, April 21
1060 NE 25th Ave, Suite B
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Last Chance to sign-up for J-SERVE International day of Jewish Service for Teens!
By Lauren Shey, BBYO
J-Serve provides teens with the opportunity to fulfill the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness; tzedakah, just and charitable giving; and tikkun olam, the responsiblity to repair the world.
Across the globe, all on one day, teens will join each other to make their community and the world a better place at
International day of Jewish Service
Sunday April 28,
9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
· Jewish teens (6th grade – 12th grade) in the Portland/Vancouver metro area are eligible.
· Transportation is provided, please arrive at 9:30 AM at the MJCC (6651 SW Capitol Hwy), pick up is at 3:00 PM at same location.
· If driving independently, please arrive at volunteer site by 10:00 AM.
· Eastside teens – please email for instructions on location.
· We will be painting interior walls, helping with yard work, learning about REACH CDC, and more. Please bring a packed lunch and wear clothes that are ok to get messy.
· PLEASE NOTE: Signed Participant Waiver form required for participation.
Register by April 18th – signup here!
For more information, please contact Lauren Shey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Honoring Women’s History: Dor L’Dor
By the Portland Chapter of Hadassah
Please join us for brunch and listen to our guest speaker, Ruth Tenzer Feldman
WINNER of Leslie Bradshaw Award – Young Adult Literature 2013 Oregon Book Award with Blue Thread, historical fiction about Jewish suffragettes in Oregon.
Sunday, April 28
11:00am - 1:00pm
Elephants Garden Room
115 NW 22nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97210
Seating is limited, so please RSVP by April 22!
To RSVP, please call 503-244-6389. Payment due upon reservation.
$36 per person ($18 children 10 & younger); 10% of proceeds will be donated to the Hadassah Greatest Needs Fund.
Lag Ba’Omer Kids and Family Back-to-Nature Day
By Mel Berwin, Congregation Neveh Shalom
Calling all families with kids ages 12 and under!
You are invited to Congregation Neveh Shalom to celebrate Lag Ba'Omer this year with exciting hands-on activities like goat-petting, cheese- and pita-making, archery, and art projects.
Gather at 9:00am on Sunday, April 28 for a musical introduction to the day, and then join a group of families with kids of similar ages to set out together for a fun itinerary of activities. Attend an optional information session to find out more about our full-day preschool program and our new after-school childcare program starting in September. See you there!
Chabad’s Lag B’Omer Celebration: Wheels of Unity
By Heidi Holmes for Chabad of Oregon
Our Wheels of Unity event is in its second year of presenting you an amazing collection of cool things with wheels! You don’t see an armored vehicle or a bomb sniffing robot everyday!
A Corvette, police cars, Harley Davidsons, and fire trucks are just a few of wheels for your family to enjoy at this free community event. Don't miss this amazing opportunity to hear the engines roar, the Harleys howl and go up on a PGE cable lift truck!
Lag B'Omer Celebration
April 28 from 11am to 1pm
This is a free event with a suggested donation of $5.00 per adult and $3.00 per child appreciated. Raffle tickets are awarded with donations. Raffle prizes include a Limousine gift certificate, Ferrari hat, mug and more.....Thank you for your support!
For more information about the Wheels of Unity event,
call Heidi Holmes at Over the Top Events, 503-201-5799.
Bnai Mitzvah Informational Meeting with Rabbi Zuckerman and Dorice Horenstein
By Dorice Horenstein, Congregation Shaarie Torah
Sunday, April 28 at 12:30pm
Come to find out all the ins and outs and how to have the best Bar and Bat Mitzvah experience at Shaarie Torah. Meeting is open to members and nonmembers in 5th grade!
Contact Dorice at email@example.com for more information.
OJCYF Annual Benefit Dinner 10th Anniversary Celebration!
By Janet Storm, Oregon Jewish Community Foundation
Thursday, May 2nd
5:30PM at the MJCC
Come help us celebrate 10 years of fantastic youth philanthropy!
This year 37 high school age Jewish teens from diverse synagogues and schools are involved in learning about Jewish values of tzedakah, community needs, making site visits, and grappling with the challenges of fundraising and grant making. Funds raising at the dinner will be allocated to community nonprofits by the teens in response to grant applications.
Dinner Sponsorships available, call 503-248-9328.
Learn more about OJCYF here, and check out OJCYF videos on YouTube.
Apply for OJCYF funding with grant applications now available online at www.ojcf.org/youth-foundation.
BEYOND THE WASTELAND - Being a Lawyer in the 2010s with Judge David Schuman
By Bob Horenstein, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland
Thursday, May 2, 2013
12 noon to 1:30 pm
309 SW Broadway
Join us to hear from the Honorable David Schuman, Judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals for over a decade, as he reflects on his career path and the ways in which a Jewish perspective informs his work. Expect an illuminating presentation on what it means to be a lawyer at our next Solomon's Legacy luncheon.
Featuring: Judge David Schuman, who received a Ph. D. in English Literature from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. from the University of Oregon Law School. In 1987, Schuman became a member of the University of Oregon Law School faculty, where he taught constitutional law, criminal procedure, legislation, and administrative law. While a law professor, he received the Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching and published scholarly articles in the Oregon Law Review, American Criminal Law Review, and many other journals, as well as articles in The Washington Post, The Oregonian, and other periodicals.
$24 per person / $12 for law students; includes kosher lunch
1 general CLE credit will be applied for
EJ Dionne to Speak at Congregation Beth Israel
By Jemi Kostiner Mansfield, Congregation Beth Israel
Congregation Beth Israel is pleased to welcome EJ Dionne as the 2013 Oseran Family Lecturer on Sunday, May 5 at 5:00pm in the historic Byzantine sanctuary (1931 NW Flanders Street). Mr. Dionne will speak on “Personal Faith and Public Policy.”
EJ Dionne is a long-time op-ed columnist for The Washington Post, writing twice a week on national politics and policy. He is a University Professor at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution. Dionne has been a frequent commentator on politics for National Public Radio, ABC's "This Week," and NBC's "Meet the Press." His book Why Americans Hate Politics (1991) won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award nominee. His most recent book is Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith & Politics After the Religious Right (2008).
The Oseran Family Fund was established in 2008 to provide annual lectures with a socially responsible Jewish theme. Past lecturers have included US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, and author and national correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg.
This event is free and open to the community. No RSVPs are necessary.
Reframing the Zionist Vision: From Ben-Gurion to Netanyahu, Senator Moynihan to President Obama
By Bob Horenstein, JFGP's Community Relations Committee
FEATURING GIL TROY
Monday, May 6
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Mittleman Jewish Community Center
6651 SW Capitol Hwy
is a leading presidential historian and one of today’s most prominent activists in the fight against the delegitimization of Israel.
He is Professor of History at McGill University and a Research Fellow in the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Engaging Israel Program. Professor Troy’s writings have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, and other major media outlets. He writes a weekly column for The Jerusalem Post and is Editor-at-Large of The Daily Beast‘s Open Zion blog. Professor Troy has written eight books, including, most recently, Moynihan’s Moment: America’s Fight Against Zionism as Racism.
Free Admission/No RSVP required.
OJCF Annual Reception: Save the Date, June 11th
Please save the date! OJCF Annual Reception. Tuesday, June 11 at the Rose Schnitzer Manor at Cedar Sinai Park.
Come see friends, enjoy hors d’oevres and wine, participate in the approval of the Board of Directors for 2013-2014 and learn more about what’s ahead for the Foundation.
No cost to attend and there will be no fundraising at this event.