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10/15/13 - Upcoming Events

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Mommy & Me: Free, fun playdates!
By Caron RothsteinPJ Library

 

Join other Moms and bond with your child while exploring their Jewish world through play, music & movement, stories and crafts. Healthy snacks provided.

No charge. For children 0 to 3 years old.


Fall session, Tuesdays, October 1 - December 17
Email
mimi@portlandjewishpreschool.com to RSVP.

 










 




Meditations on Equilibrium:
Works in Glass and Paper by Alex Hirsch

By Sandra Oberdorfer, Oregon Jewish Museum

October 9, 2013 - January 26, 2014


“Each dot is linked to a thought, an intention, a breath, a prayer, a wish, a moment, a commitment, a larger system, a step into the unknown, a risk, an effort, a giving over, a communion.” – Alex Hirsch

Alex Hirsch applies her visual acuity as a trained artist to create delicate works on paper and subtle images in glass. Evoking the ephemeral feel of natural settings, translucent and atmospheric, these works suggest an internal life in dialogue with the natural world. Hirsh calls on the properties of her materials and abstraction to evoke contrasts in dark and light, control and spontaneity. Upon this ground, she creates an equilibrium in which no component overcomes another and a fragile balance is sustained within each piece. 

Hirsch describes her artistic practice: “Before completing finished work, and often using a camera and keyboard as tools, I create multiple studies–sketches, photographs, computer renderings, glass trials–investigating variations of color, composition, technique and content. My body of work utters complex tensions between darkness and light, singularity and multiplicity, solemnity and levity.” Her evocative artwork also draws on life practices in dance and meditation. 

Hirsch holds a BA and BFA from the University of Michigan and an MFA from Washington University.  Her paintings and glass commissions are held in private, public and corporate collections in the United States and abroad including:  the U.S. Embassy (Bulgaria), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (France), Hallmark Corporation (Kansas) and Oregon Health & Science University.  She lives in Portland.




Portland Israeli Folk Dancing Classes for All Levels!
By Portland Israeli Folk Dance

This Fall is full of Israeli folk dancing for all tastes and levels:
Sunday nights at Fulton, Tuesday nights at Café Shalom Taylor's Ferry, Wednesday nights beginners class at the MJCC and couples dancing at Ahavath Achim, and a new Sunday once a month daytime vintage open dance session at the MJCC. So there is something for everyone!

Here is some info about when and where to dance in Portland:

Sunday nights, 8:00 to 8:30pm Review and Open Dancing 8:30 to 11:00pm
With Donna Cole at Fulton Community Center (68 SW Miles St  Portland, OR 97219)
 
2nd Sundays Daytime Open Dancing, Oct-Dec, 1:00 to 2:30pm
With Jon, Gary, and Sue at the MJCC ( 6651 SW Capitol Hwy  Portland, OR 97219)
Focus on vintage dances and requests.

Tuesday nights, 7:00 to 8:00pm Intermediate Instruction and 8:00 to 10:00pm open dancing with Allison Victor. Cafe Shalom at Taylors Ferry Rd.

Wednesday nights, 8:15 to 10:30pm, Couples Dancing
with Avi Tayar at Congregation Ahavath Achim (3225 SW Barbur Blvd  Portland, OR 97239).

See portlandisraelidance.com for more details.



Indoor Playground with Chai Baby & PJ Library

 

Thursday, 17 October

10:15 until 12:15


Safe and fun place to play indoors!

For children up to 5 years and their parents, grandparents or other caregiver. Playing, running, meeting new and old friends, snacks, storytelling and more.


FREE and open to all in the MJCC Indoor Sportsplex.
(Free playdates every third Thursday of the month starting in Oct)


For more information
: contact Linda Singer 503.535.3539 or LSinger@pjaproud.org.

Co-hosted by the Mittleman Jewish Community Center's Chai Baby Program & PJ Library Portland.

 

  


Better Than Broadway! An Intimate Evening of Entertainment starring Cantor Ida Rae Cahana & Guests
By Jemi Kostiner Mansfield, Congregation Beth Israel

Please join us for an exciting theatrical experience benefiting Congregation Beth Israel! Featuring the extraordinary talents of Cantor Mark Saltzman, Michael Allen Harrison, Bryan Hunt, Michele Mariana, and special guest Harold Pollin.

Saturday, October 19 at Pure Space - 1315 NW Overton in the Pearl
6:00 pm  - Pre-event reception for Sponsors and Patron ticket holders
7:30 pm - Doors open for general seating
8:00 pm - Curtain

 Pricing
 $250 Patron Supporters
 Includes festive pre-reception at 6:00 pm with hors d'oeuvres and drinks  Valet parking & preferred seating for the show  Dessert and drinks served during intermission.

$90 General seating through October 7th /
$110 after October 7th
  Includes dessert and drinks served during intermission

 Event includes seating around tables of 10. We encourage you to recruit guests with whom you wish to be seated.

Buy tickets through Temple office: 503-222-1069 or tracy@bethisrael-pdx.org
or via the CBI website: www.bethisrael-pdx.org/calendar/better-than-broadway



Family Movie: Bedknobs and Broomsticks

By Marisa Brown, Mittleman Jewish Community Center

Date: Sunday - October 20, 2013

Time: 3:00 PM

Location: at the MJCC (6651 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland)

In this 1971 Disney move, a mail-order apprentice witch (Angela Lansbury) is saddled with three sibling refugees from London during World War II and the outlook is grim. But the kids soon discover her secret and sign on for adventure in the name of England. With the aid of a magical bed, they track down her fraudulent headmaster (David Tomlinson) to find the spell that will aid the Allies. Fascinated that she has actually achieved results with his lessons, he joins forces. The quintet does battle with corrupt booksellers, animated-lion royalty, and, eventually, invading Germans.

Sun, Oct. 20, 3:00 pm
On the big screen at the MJCC
Free. Open to everyone. No registration required.



Women's Philanthropy at OJM's Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age
By Women's Philanthropy Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland

Sunday, October 20, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
$5 per person includes Museum admission, program and refreshments.
Contact Priscilla Kostiner for more details at 503.892.3015.
OJM is located at 1953 NW Kearney Street.

 

WP is hosting a program in conduction with OJM's new exhibit, Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age. Exhibition runs October 9, 2013 - January 26, 2014.

 

On a Saturday morning in 1922 – just two years following the historic vote that guaranteed American women the right to vote – Judith Kaplan, daughter of Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan, became the first American girl to mark her bat mitzvah during a public worship service. In the decades that followed, many other girls and women became “firsts” in their communities, helping to reshape American Judaism.

 

This October the Oregon Jewish Museum hosts the traveling exhibit, Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age. Through photographs, stories, audio clips, and much more the exhibit illustrates the determination of girls, their parents and their rabbis to challenge and change communal values and practice and institute this now widely performed Jewish ritual.

 

The Oregon Jewish Museum is expanding the exhibit to include a look into the history and tradition of the bat mitzvah in Oregon. Do you have your own stories to tell? Please contact Anne LeVant Prahl, Curator of Collections and be part of Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age!

 

Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age is a project of the National Museum of American Jewish History and Moving Tradition



PJA presents The Aleph Bet Nosh for Preschoolers!!!!
By Portland Jewish Academy

Sunday, October 20;
1:00 - 2:30 pm
TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont Ave, Portland

Come watch your child learn some beginning Hebrew letters – with food, of course!  Led by Jana Hopfinger, Jewish Studies and Hebrew Educator, Portland Jewish Academy.

Some nosh provided! No charge & open to everyone.


For more information, contact Inge Hoogerhuis,
ihoogerhuis@pjaproud.org or 503.535.3599













Discussion and Film: Meditations on the Jewish Buddhist— Culture, Religion and Practice

By Sandra Oberdorfer, Oregon Jewish Museum

Thursday, October 24, 7:00pm
Ticket Info:
General Public: $10; OJM Members: $8; Students: $5

Buy Tickets Here

A JewBu refers to someone with a Jewish background who practices some form of Buddhism. The first JewBu declared himself in the late 19th century and current estimates suggest that 30 percent of all Western Buddhists are of Jewish heritage.

Two scholars, Martin Zwick from Portland State University and Steve Wasserstrom from Reed College will explore the rich legacy found at the intersection of Judaism and Buddhism.
 

Audience members will also watch Bill Chaye’s documentary on the topic, Jews and Buddhism: Belief Amended, Faith Revealed.  This film examines the dramatic surge of interest among American Jews in the spiritual teachings of Buddhism. Many Jewish Buddhists are among the leading expositors and scholars of Buddhism in America. In practice, traditional Jewish ritual and liturgy are being modified in synagogues and among individuals seeking to incorporate the teachings of Buddhism into their spiritual lives. 




Jews and Buddhism: Belief Amended, Faith Revealed is the first film to interrogate in depth the reasons for this phenomenon, explore it in the context of 20th century Jewish-American life, and consider its impact on contemporary Jewish thought and practice. This documentary, named “…one of the outstanding documentaries of 1999.” by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is narrated by Sharon Stone, and includes rare footage of the Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet, as well as David Ben Gurion, Alan Ginsberg, Sylvia Boorstein, Rabbi Alan Lew, and many others.

This panel discussion is hosted in conjunction with Meditations on Equilibrium: Works in Glass and Paper by Alex Hirsch on exhibit at the Oregon Jewish Museum in the Menashe Gallery from October 9, 2013 to January 5, 2014.




Dads Night Out - Oct 24 with Rabbi Alan Berg
By Jennifer Greenberg, Congregation Neveh Shalom


October 24 at 7:00pm
Open to all Jewish dads and dads raising Jewish kids at any stage of parenting.

Meet in a local pub and take part in a relaxed conversation on a topic pertinent to Jewish dads of all ages and stages of parenting. Food & beverages included.

Contact Jennifer Greenberg at 503 293-7313 or jgreenberg@nevehshalom.org for location details, & to get added to the e-mail list for future gatherings.

Dad’s Night is co-sponsored by Mothers Circle and the MJCC and made possible by generous funding from the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland.



 

PSU’s Judaic Studies invites you to celebrate the publication of Professor Nina Spiegel’s first book

By Natan Meir, Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at PSU

Please join the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at Portland State University in celebrating the publication of Dr. Nina S. Spiegel’s first book, Embodying Hebrew Culture: Aesthetics, Athletics, and Dance in the Jewish Community of Mandate Palestine.

 

Judaic Studies’ book-launch event will be held Thurs., Oct. 24, at 7 p.m., in the Smith Memorial Student Union’s Browsing Lounge (rm. 238). The evening will include  remarks and a conversation between the author and eminent sociologist, Dr. Calvin Goldscheider. Goldscheider is professor emeritus of sociology and Ungerleider professor emeritus of Judaic Studies of Brown University as well as Scholar in Residence at American University. Incorporating examples from then and now, the presentation will include film footage and a variety of images from the book.

 

A dessert reception and a book signing will follow the main event. Copies of the book will be available for sale. The evening is free and open to the public. (Parking near campus and in campus parking lots is free after 7 p.m.)

 

Published in June by Wayne State University Press, Embodying Hebrew Culture details the creation of a Hebrew cultural aesthetic that was intentionally and distinctly physical in the era from the British conquest of Palestine in 1917 during World War I until the establishment of the State of Israel  in  1948. In  this  detailed,  multi-disciplinary  work, Spiegel,  the  Rabbi  Joshua  Stampfer Professor of Israel Studies, demonstrates the ways that political and social issues can influence a new society and provides a dynamic framework for interpreting present-day Israeli culture.

 

Anchored in interdisciplinary perspectives, Dr. Spiegel weaves together an original, fascinating, and insightful story of the social and cultural life of the Yishuv [Jewish community in this era],” writes Goldscheider of Spiegel’s book.

 

Drawing on a vast assortment of archives throughout Israel, Spiegel uses an array of untapped primary   sources,   from   written   documents   to   visual   and   oral   materials,   including   films, photographs, posters, and interviews. Methodologically, Spiegel offers an original approach, integrating the fields of Israel studies, modern Jewish history, cultural history, gender studies, performance studies, dance theory and history, and sports studies.




Friday Night Lights at MJCC

By Marisa Brown, Mittleman Jewish Community Center

Celebrate a wonderful, casual, and fun Shabbat with your friends at the MJCC!

Enjoy dinner, songs, entertainment and more!  Great for young families and their friends and relatives!  EVERYONE is welcome!

 

Join us Friday, October 25 from 5:30-8:00 pm

Cost for Adults ~ Members $15 (Guests: $18)     

Ages 3-12 ~ members $9 (Guests: $12)      

Maximum $50 per family

 

 

Sample "The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home" Cookbook
By Marisa Brown, Mittleman Jewish Community Center

Join us Sunday, October 27 at 4:00 pm for this culinary afternoon of goodies.

FREE and open to everyone!

RSVP online at www.oregonjcc.org/rsvp

Portland food writer Michael Zusman will delight you with his bagel essay while you enjoy sample noshes from recipes straight out of his book.

 

Books will be available for purchase!

 

 



 

Artist Talk: Alex Hirsch at Oregon Jewish Museum

By Sandra Oberdorfer, Oregon Jewish Museum

Sunday, October 27, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission
 

Join us in the Menashe Gallery for an informal talk by exhibiting artist, Alex Hirsch. Light refreshments will be provided.

In describing her artistic practice Hirsch says, “My body of work utters complex tensions between darkness and light, singularity and multiplicity, solemnity and levity.” Her evocative artwork also draws on life practices in dance and meditation.

This panel discussion is hosted in conjunction with Meditations on Equilibrium: Works in Glass and Paper by Alex Hirsch on exhibit at the Oregon Jewish Museum in the Menashe Gallery from October 9, 2013 to January 5, 2014. 

 



November is Jewish Book Month
By Jemi Kostiner Mansfield, Congregation Beth Israel

Friday, November 1, 6:00 PM
Pollin Chapel - 1972 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR ‎

Speakers: Audelia DeCosta and David Molko

Portland Jewish Book Month’s book choice for 2013 is Philip Roth’s Nemesis. The novella’s storyline looks at the influx of polio in New Jersey in 1944. Roth’s tale leads the readers to question what would happen if they, or someone they loved, was struck with a debilitating disease or faced death.

On Friday, November 1, Audelia DeCosta, social worker at Meridian Park Hospital, and David Molko, Senior Outreach Clinician with Jewish Family Services will present “Resilience: Challenging Illness and Moving to a Place of Hope.” They will use the book as a jumping-off point for their talk. The public is invited to attend, and there will be a pre-neg at 5:15.

 

 

Save the Date for CELEBRATION OF ART 

By ORA - Northwest Jewish Artists


CELEBRATION OF ART Will be held at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center on Sunday, November 3rd from 10:30 to 4:30 PM. Twenty-one juried artist from the Northwest will be showing and selling their art. Many mediums will be represented in the show. All have new and exciting pieces.

What a great time to get a head start on your shopping for hostess and holiday gifts. While browsing the aisles, you will be entertained by George Fendel and Rich Garber at the piano. Mark your calendars and save Sunday, Nov. 3rd from 10:30 to 4:30 at the MJCC for a great art show.



Join J Street Portland for a talk by J Street VP for Communications Alan Elsner
By J Street Portland

Monday, November 4 at 7:00PM
(reception begins at 6:00PM)

Where: Havurah Shalom, 825 NW 18th Ave

Just one month after 2,800 J Street activists from around the country came together in Washington, DC in common support for the Administration's peace efforts, we'll look at what we can do right here in Oregon to advance the two-state solution.

Elsner, an Israeli citizen and a veteran of the IDF, has served as a White House correspondent for Reuters and spent years covering the Middle East.


Elsner has seen administration after administration reach for the golden ring of Israeli-Palestinian peace, only to come up empty handed.
He'll explain some of the obstacles that President Obama and Secretary Kerry will have to clear in this latest attempt - and what we can do to support the process.

We're also inviting all guests to join us at a reception before the event to benefit J Street Portland's work.

For tickets to the reception, click here.
Questions? Please email Eric Flamm at
Portland@jstreet.org
.




Yad B'Yad - NOV 4TH
By Caron RothsteinPJ Library

Come Join Us!

Along with the residents of Cedar Sinai Park, come discover and share in the joy of Jewish music and language. You and your child will explore the Jewish life cycle with songs, finger plays, creative movement and instrumentation.
Class ends in a Kabbalat Shabbat with blessings, juice, and challah.


First Friday of the Month

(except January 10, 2014)

9:30 -10:15 am

 

October 2013 thru May 2014

$10 per family, per class

Rose Schnitzer Manor at CSP (Zidell Hall)

6140 SW Boundary St, Portland OR 97221

 

Register for classes online at www.jewishportland.org/yadbyad or call us at 503.245.6219. Drop-ins welcome!




Tallit Prayer Shawl Design with Diane Fredgant

By Sandra Oberdorfer, Oregon Jewish Museum



Sunday, November 10, 1:00-3:30pm

Ticket Info: General Public: $15 per family, OJM Members: $10 per family

Buy Tickets Here

About the Workshop:

A tallit is a prayer shawl, often first worn by young adults during their bar/bat mitzvah ceremony. In this workshop, fiber artist Diane Fredgant will talk about the history of the tallit and show samples of different tallit designs in several styles ranging from more conservative pieces to her original silks. Using these tallitot (plural of tallit) as a launching point for discussion, she will talk about her own process of helping people design tallitot that are personally relevant.  For the second half of the workshop, participants will work with provided art materials to experiment creatively with designing their own personal tallit design.

 

About the Instructor:

Diane Fredgant uses the finest silks and the highest quality dyes then processes them with state-of-the-art techniques. Each silk is a fine product, made of the best materials, and every piece created with care and love. Diane takes her inspiration from the natural world, from her own spiritual experience, and from the spirituality of her clients. Twenty years of creating evocative art in various media have led to her work, called Silks by Diane. Other influences include sculpture, painting, and several years spent as a print production manager. 



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10/01/13 - Upcoming Events

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2014 Annual Campaign Kicking off with YOU, Oct 3rd!

The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland is proud to announce our 2014 Annual Campaign Kickoff....

An Evening that Begins with You! 

Thursday, Oct 3rd at 7:00pm a the Ainsworth Event Center at the Scottish Rite (1512 SW Morrison St)

One Night Where our Jewish Community Comes Together to Do Something Big.

  Tickets: $36
(includes kicked-up cocktails and light noshes - kosher) 

RSVP to Join Us!

Featuring Dan Pallotta, a builder of movements. He invented the multi-day
charitable event industry with the AIDSRides and Breast Cancer 3-Days.
These events altered the landscape of options for the ordinary individual
yearning to make an extraordinary difference.

His work brought the practice of four-figure philanthropy within the reach of
average citizens. The events raised $582 million in nine years - more money raised more quickly for these causes than any private event operation in history.

Pallotta is the author of Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential and Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World





Mommy & Me: Free, fun playdates!
By Caron RothsteinPJ Library

 

Join other Moms and bond with your child while exploring their Jewish world through play, music & movement, stories and crafts. Healthy snacks provided.
No charge. For children 0 to 3 years old.


Fall session, Tuesdays, October 1 - December 17
Email
mimi@portlandjewishpreschool.com to RSVP.

 















New Session of Yad B'Yad starts Oct. 4th
By Caron RothsteinPJ Library

Come Join Us!

Along with the residents of Cedar Sinai Park, come discover and share in the joy of Jewish music and language. You and your child will explore the Jewish life cycle with songs, finger plays, creative movement and instrumentation.
Class ends in a Kabbalat Shabbat with blessings, juice, and challah.


First Friday of the Month

(except January 10, 2014)

9:30 -10:15 am

 

October 2013 thru May 2014

$10 per family, per class

Rose Schnitzer Manor at CSP (Zidell Hall)

6140 SW Boundary St, Portland OR 97221

 

Register for classes online at www.jewishportland.org/yadbyad or call us at 503.245.6219. Drop-ins welcome!



Shtetl Life in Europe: A Discussion by Prof. Natan Meir
By Congregation Beth Israel

Sunday, October 6, 10:00 AM
Pollin Chapel - 1972 NW Flanders St Portland, OR 97209
Speaker: Professor Natan Meir, PSU

Professor Natan Meir is the Lorry I. Lokey Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies at Portland State University.  His research interest is modern Jewish history, focusing on the social and cultural history of East European Jewry in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His discussion will "set the stage" for understanding the real world that inspired Fiddler on the Roof.



First Steps in Music Class at MJCC
By Marisa Brown, Mittleman Jewish Community Center

Sign up for this magical experience of music and movement for children. First Steps in Music opens up musical creativity in a natural, fun, child centered way using traditional American folk songs and musical games passed down by ear by generations of children. This class is carefully designed by a national leader in early childhood music education and taught by veteran child music educator, John Crever.


8 week session: Wed, Oct 9 - Nov 27
Parent/Child 0-3 yrs
at 9:30-10:15 am, Code: ACC101
Ages 3-5 years at 10:30-11:15 am, Code: ACC102
$64 (G: $80)


Visit www.oregonjcc.org to learn more and to register.




Portland Israeli Folk Dancing Classes for All Levels!
By Portland Israeli Folk Dance

This Fall is full of Israeli folk dancing for all tastes and levels:
Sunday nights at Fulton, Tuesday nights at Café Shalom Taylor's Ferry, Wednesday nights beginners class at the MJCC and couples dancing at Ahavath Achim, and a new Sunday once a month daytime vintage open dance session at the MJCC. So there is something for everyone!

Here is some info about when and where to dance in Portland:

Sunday nights, 8:00 to 8:30pm Review and Open Dancing 8:30 to 11:00pm
With Donna Cole at Fulton Community Center (68 SW Miles St  Portland, OR 97219)
 
2nd Sundays Daytime Open Dancing, Oct-Dec, 1:00 to 2:30pm
With Jon, Gary, and Sue at the MJCC ( 6651 SW Capitol Hwy  Portland, OR 97219)
Focus on vintage dances and requests.

Tuesday nights, 7:00 to 8:00pm Intermediate Instruction and 8:00 to 10:00pm open dancing with Allison Victor. Cafe Shalom at Taylors Ferry Rd.

Wednesday nights, 8:15 to 10:30pm, Couples Dancing
with Avi Tayar at Congregation Ahavath Achim (3225 SW Barbur Blvd  Portland, OR 97239).

See portlandisraelidance.com for more details.




Indoor Playground with Chai Baby & PJ Library

 

Thursday, 17 October

10:15 until 12:15


Safe and fun place to play indoors!

For children up to 5 years and their parents, grandparents or other caregiver. Playing, running, meeting new and old friends, snacks, storytelling and more.


FREE and open to all in the MJCC Indoor Sportsplex.
(Free playdates every third Thursday of the month starting in Oct)


For more information
: contact Linda Singer 503.535.3539 or LSinger@pjaproud.org.

Co-hosted by the Mittleman Jewish Community Center's Chai Baby Program & PJ Library Portland.

 

  


Better Than Broadway! An Intimate Evening of Entertainment starring Cantor Ida Rae Cahana & Guests
By Jemi Kostiner Mansfield, Congregation Beth Israel

Please join us for an exciting theatrical experience benefiting Congregation Beth Israel! Featuring the extraordinary talents of Cantor Mark Saltzman, Michael Allen Harrison, Bryan Hunt, Michele Mariana, and special guest Harold Pollin.

Saturday, October 19 at Pure Space - 1315 NW Overton in the Pearl
6:00 pm  - Pre-event reception for Sponsors and Patron ticket holders
7:30 pm - Doors open for general seating
8:00 pm - Curtain

 Pricing
 $250 Patron Supporters
 Includes festive pre-reception at 6:00 pm with hors d'oeuvres and drinks  Valet parking & preferred seating for the show  Dessert and drinks served during intermission.

$90 General seating through October 7th /
$110 after October 7th
  Includes dessert and drinks served during intermission

 Event includes seating around tables of 10. We encourage you to recruit guests with whom you wish to be seated.

Buy tickets through Temple office: 503-222-1069 or tracy@bethisrael-pdx.org
or via the CBI website: www.bethisrael-pdx.org/calendar/better-than-broadway



Women's Philanthropy at OJM's Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age
By Women's Philanthropy Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland

Sunday, October 20, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
$5 per person includes Museum admission, program and refreshments.
Contact Priscilla Kostiner for more details at 503.892.3015.
OJM is located at 1953 NW Kearney Street.

 

WP is hosting a program in conduction with OJM's new exhibit, Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age. Exhibition runs October 9, 2013 - January 26, 2014.

 

On a Saturday morning in 1922 – just two years following the historic vote that guaranteed American women the right to vote – Judith Kaplan, daughter of Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan, became the first American girl to mark her bat mitzvah during a public worship service. In the decades that followed, many other girls and women became “firsts” in their communities, helping to reshape American Judaism.

 

This October the Oregon Jewish Museum hosts the traveling exhibit, Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age. Through photographs, stories, audio clips, and much more the exhibit illustrates the determination of girls, their parents and their rabbis to challenge and change communal values and practice and institute this now widely performed Jewish ritual.

 

The Oregon Jewish Museum is expanding the exhibit to include a look into the history and tradition of the bat mitzvah in Oregon. Do you have your own stories to tell? Please contact Anne LeVant Prahl, Curator of Collections and be part of Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age!

 

Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age is a project of the National Museum of American Jewish History and Moving Tradition



PJA presents The Aleph Bet Nosh for Preschoolers!!!!
By Portland Jewish Academy

Sunday, October 20; 1:00 - 2:30 pm
TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont Ave, Portland

Come watch your child learn some beginning Hebrew letters – with food, of course!  Led by Jana Hopfinger, Jewish Studies and Hebrew Educator, Portland Jewish Academy.

Some nosh provided! No charge & open to everyone.


For more information, contact Inge Hoogerhuis,
ihoogerhuis@pjaproud.org or 503.535.3599




Dads Night Out - Oct 24 with Rabbi Alan Berg
By Jennifer Greenberg, Congregation Neveh Shalom

October 24 at 7:00pm
Open to all Jewish dads and dads raising Jewish kids at any stage of parenting.

Meet in a local pub and take part in a relaxed conversation on a topic pertinent to Jewish dads of all ages and stages of parenting. Food & beverages included.

Contact Jennifer Greenberg at 503 293-7313 or jgreenberg@nevehshalom.org for location details, & to get added to the e-mail list for future gatherings.

Dad’s Night is co-sponsored by Mothers Circle and the MJCC and made possible by generous funding from the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland.



 

PSU’s Judaic Studies invites you to celebrate the publication of Professor Nina Spiegel’s first book

By Natan Meir, Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at PSU

Please join the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at Portland State University in celebrating the publication of Dr. Nina S. Spiegel’s first book, Embodying Hebrew Culture: Aesthetics, Athletics, and Dance in the Jewish Community of Mandate Palestine.

 

Judaic Studies’ book-launch event will be held Thurs., Oct. 24, at 7 p.m., in the Smith Memorial Student Union’s Browsing Lounge (rm. 238). The evening will include  remarks and a conversation between the author and eminent sociologist, Dr. Calvin Goldscheider. Goldscheider is professor emeritus of sociology and Ungerleider professor emeritus of Judaic Studies of Brown University as well as Scholar in Residence at American University. Incorporating examples from then and now, the presentation will include film footage and a variety of images from the book.

 

A dessert reception and a book signing will follow the main event. Copies of the book will be available for sale. The evening is free and open to the public. (Parking near campus and in campus parking lots is free after 7 p.m.)

 

Published in June by Wayne State University Press, Embodying Hebrew Culture details the creation of a Hebrew cultural aesthetic that was intentionally and distinctly physical in the era from the British conquest of Palestine in 1917 during World War I until the establishment of the State of Israel  in  1948. In  this  detailed,  multi-disciplinary  work, Spiegel,  the  Rabbi  Joshua  Stampfer Professor of Israel Studies, demonstrates the ways that political and social issues can influence a new society and provides a dynamic framework for interpreting present-day Israeli culture.

 

Anchored in interdisciplinary perspectives, Dr. Spiegel weaves together an original, fascinating, and insightful story of the social and cultural life of the Yishuv [Jewish community in this era],” writes Goldscheider of Spiegel’s book.

 

Drawing on a vast assortment of archives throughout Israel, Spiegel uses an array of untapped primary   sources,   from   written   documents   to   visual   and   oral   materials,   including   films, photographs, posters, and interviews. Methodologically, Spiegel offers an original approach, integrating the fields of Israel studies, modern Jewish history, cultural history, gender studies, performance studies, dance theory and history, and sports studies.




Friday Night Lights at MJCC

By Marisa Brown, Mittleman Jewish Community Center

Celebrate a wonderful, casual, and fun Shabbat with your friends at the MJCC!

Enjoy dinner, songs, entertainment and more!  Great for young families and their friends and relatives!  EVERYONE is welcome!

 

Join us Friday, October 25 from 5:30-8:00 pm

Cost for Adults ~ Members $15 (Guests: $18)     

Ages 3-12 ~ members $9 (Guests: $12)      

Maximum $50 per family

 

 

Sample "The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home" Cookbook
By Marisa Brown, Mittleman Jewish Community Center

Join us Sunday, October 27 at 4:00 pm for this culinary afternoon of goodies.

FREE and open to everyone!

RSVP online at www.oregonjcc.org/rsvp

Portland food writer Michael Zusman will delight you with his bagel essay while you enjoy sample noshes from recipes straight out of his book.

 

Books will be available for purchase!

 



Save the Date for CELEBRATION OF ART 

By ORA - Northwest Jewish Artists


CELEBRATION OF ART Will be held at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center on Sunday, November 3rd from 10:30 to 4:30 PM. Twenty-one juried artist from the Northwest will be showing and selling their art. Many mediums will be represented in the show. All have new and exciting pieces.

What a great time to get a head start on your shopping for hostess and holiday gifts. While browsing the aisles, you will be entertained by George Fendel and Rich Garber at the piano. Mark your calendars and save Sunday, Nov. 3rd from 10:30 to 4:30 at the MJCC for a great art show.




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9/16/13 - Upcoming Events

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Outdoor Exhibit at Oregon Jewish Museum: SukkahPDX
By Sandra Oberdorfer,
Oregon Jewish Museum


Exhibit: SukkahPDX

On view September 18-25, 2013

 

The sukkah is a temporary dwelling, traditionally erected each fall in observance of Sukkot, the Jewish festival of thanksgiving for home and harvest. Explicitly fragile and permeable, these shelters pose ancient questions of protection and enclosure, of transience, displacement and domestic space that remain highly relevant in the 21st century.

 

Join Oregon Jewish Museum as we celebrate Sukkot with a juried exhibit of five unique, contemporary sukkahs, created by artists, designers and architects from across the country. The sukkahs will be on display at Oregon Jewish museum throughout Sukkot, and will serve as the focal point for a weeklong series of events that make current connections to the themes of this ancient holiday.

SukkahPDX is possible thanks to grant funding from the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition.




SukkahPDX Party: Shabbat in the Sukkah
By Sandra Oberdorfer, Oregon Jewish Museum

 

SukkahPDX: Shabbat in the Sukkah
Friday, Sept 20, 7:00pm
Free to the Public

 


Celebrate Sukkot in the jury-selected sukkahs at Oregon Jewish Museum. Portland Young Adult Shabbat (PYAS), Moishe House, and OJM bring you a night under the stars in NW Portland, with live music and great food. Come early for a cozy, quiet start to Shabbat, and stay late for the chance to meet new friends.

 

Sponsored in part by the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland.




The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home: Book Release Events

Book by Michael Zusman and Nick Zukin

For Jewish deli devotees and DIY food fanatics alike, The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home is a must-have collection of 100+ recipes for creating timeless deli classics, modern twists on old ideas and innovations to shock your Old Country elders. Photographs, historical tidbits, reminisces and reference material round out the book, adding lively cultural context.

Portland Book Events

  

Friday, September 20, 2-4 p.m.

Cookbook Social at FEAST

Heathman Hotel Broadway and Symphony Rooms

1001 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

Book signing; open to public; suggested donation $5

Join your favorite cookbook authors, local and national, for this walk-around cookbook signing at the Heathman Hotel. Twenty writers will be waiting to chat with you at tables around the room, while Chef Michael Stanton will provide light food and drink to refresh the conversation. Cookbook subjects range from sauces to the roots they’d dress, crackers to the school lunches they’d go in, and lox to the salt blocks it’s cured on (to name just a few). All cookbooks will be available for purchase to round out your collection!

 

Sunday, September 22, 11 a.m.

Bagels and Books: Talk and Signing at Powell’s Books

Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside Ave, Portland, 97209

Book Signing free and open to the public

 

Sunday, September 22; 2 p.m.

Hands-on Bagel Class at In Good Taste Cooking School
6302 SW Meadows Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

Cooking Class with Book Signing; fee $75
Still think you can't get a great bagel in Portland? Of course, you can--in the comfort of your own kitchen.  Michael Zusman, local food and restaurant writer and co-author of "The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home" will gladly show you how.  From ingredient selection to forming the ring shape to boiling and baking, Michael will de-mystify the craft so you can amaze your friends and family with your own bagel baking prowess. And it's not that hard! You can also buy a copy of the book which Michael will be glad to personalize for you at the end of class.

Contact: Barbara Dawson, 503-248-2015; bdawson@igtoregon.com




SukkahPDX:Mitzvah on the Move-Volunteer Service Day
By Sandra Oberdorfer, Oregon Jewish Museum

Sunday, Sept 22, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sliding Scale Donation:
$1.00 - $18.00
All donations support TIVNU and Habitat for Humanity


The holiday of Sukkot is an important time to reflect upon shelter and food as basic human needs, and to take action to improve housing access and food security in our community.

OJM will partner with TIVNU: Building Justice and Habitat for Humanity to facilitate a day of hands-on volunteer service. Volunteers will gather at an east Portland Habitat for Humanity site and build self-watering raised garden beds for several of the housing units. Any skill level welcome. Lunch will be provided. Come prepared to get dirty and have fun!


Age limit:
16 years of age or older.
Space is limited to 20 volunteers.
Registration deadline: Monday, September 16, 5pm

Registration: call the museum at 503-226-3600 to reserve your spot!






Mothers Circle- Empowering moms without a Jewish Background 
By Jennifer Greenberg, Mothers Circle

Mothers Circle begins its sixth year this October. This community-wide program features a 16 week empowering course geared to women without a Jewish background who are raising kids in a Jewish family environment. Held at the MJCC, this free class (with free childcare) is for anyone wanting to learn more about tradition, holidays and ritual.

Come learn more at an information session and coffee on September 22, 9:30 am, at the MJCC (6651 SW Capitol Highway). 

Contact Jennifer Greenberg, jgreenberg@nevehshalom.org or 503 293-7313, for more information.

See our Facebook page for more info plus community events and resources.




Interfaith Curveballs: Navigating the Unexpected

By Jennifer Greenberg, Mothers Circle
 
 

Monday, Sept 23 at 7:00pm

TaborSpace - 5441 SE Belmont St

 

Especially designed for families with one parent who is Jewish and one who is not, and who are choosing to raise Jewish children, this class teaches tools for making decisions as "curveball" situations arise. Learn more and invite friends on our Facebook page!

 

RSVP to Jennifer Greenberg, Program Director, Congregation Neveh Shalom at 503.246.8831 or jgreenberg@nevehshalom.org
 

Mothers Circle is a free empowering program for women of non-Jewish background raising Jewish children. Learn more online at www.motherscircle.org.

Sponsored by Mothers Circle and PJ Library


 


Dads Night Out - Sept 24 with Marc Blattner, CEO of JFGP

By Jennifer Greenberg, Congregation Neveh Shalom

September 24 at 7:00pm
Open to all Jewish dads and dads raising Jewish kids at any stage of parenting.
Meet in a local pub and take part in a relaxed conversation on a topic pertinent to Jewish dads of all ages and stages of parenting. Food & beverages included.

More info here.

Contact Jennifer Greenberg, jgreenberg@nevehshalom.org or 503 293-7313, for for location details & to get added to the e-mail list for future gatherings.


Dad’s Night is co-sponsored by Mothers Circle and the MJCC and made possible by generous funding from the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland.




SukkahPDX Family Night: Pizza in the Hut
By Sandra Oberdorfer, Oregon Jewish Museum
 

 

SukkahPDX: Pizza in the Hut

Tuesday, Sept 24, 5:30 - 7:00pm

OJM and PJA Members: $8 per family,

General Public: $10 per family

Registration: call the museum at 503-226-3600 to reserve your spot!

Portland Jewish Academy and OJM combine storytelling and dinner in the sukkahs. Enjoy yummy pizza while listening to pioneer stories of life ‘under the stars’ for Oregon’s first Jewish families.

Afterwards, laugh with the comedians from ComedySportz as they give a performance for children of their famous improvisational slapstick comedy.

Co-sponsored by Portland Jewish Academy and Mittleman Jewish Community Center with support from the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and the Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation.



Sunday Parkways with Jewish Federation

Sunday, Sept 29, 11:00am to 4:00pm


End the Sunday Parkways season with a trek in Southwest! Jewish Federation of Greater Portland will be there, sharing information about our upcoming year and programs such as PJ Library Portland & the Portland Mitzvah Network.

Puppets, book nook, crafts, raffles, challah samples from The Challahman and more! Stop by and see us!

For more info, see our Facebook page.




Mommy & Me: Free, fun playdates!
By Caron RothsteinPJ Library

 

Join other Moms and bond with your child while exploring their Jewish world through play, music & movement, stories and crafts. Healthy snacks provided.
No charge. For children 0 to 3 years old.


Fall session, Tuesdays, October 1 - December 17
Email
mimi@portlandjewishpreschool.com to RSVP.

 















New Session of Yad B'Yad starts Oct. 4th
By Caron RothsteinPJ Library

Come Join Us!

Along with the residents of Cedar Sinai Park, come discover and share in the joy of Jewish music and language. You and your child will explore the Jewish life cycle with songs, finger plays, creative movement and instrumentation.
Class ends in a Kabbalat Shabbat with blessings, juice, and challah.


First Friday of the Month

(except January 10, 2014)

9:30 -10:15 am

 

October 2013 thru May 2014

$10 per family, per class

Rose Schnitzer Manor at CSP (Zidell Hall)

6140 SW Boundary St, Portland OR 97221

 

Register for classes online at www.jewishportland.org/yadbyad or call us at 503.245.6219. Drop-ins welcome!


Indoor Playground with Chai Baby & PJ Library

 

Thursday, 17 October

10:15 until 12:15


Safe and fun place to play indoors!

For children up to 5 years and their parents, grandparents or other caregiver. Playing, running, meeting new and old friends, snacks, storytelling and more.


FREE and open to all in the MJCC Indoor Sportsplex.
(Free playdates every third Thursday of the month starting in Oct)


For more information
: contact Linda Singer 503.535.3539 or LSinger@pjaproud.org.

Co-hosted by the Mittleman Jewish Community Center's Chai Baby Program & PJ Library Portland.

 

  

 

PSU’s Judaic Studies invites you to celebrate the publication of Professor Nina Spiegel’s first book

By Natan Meir, Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at PSU

Please join the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at Portland State University in celebrating the publication of Dr. Nina S. Spiegel’s first book, Embodying Hebrew Culture: Aesthetics, Athletics, and Dance in the Jewish Community of Mandate Palestine.

 

Judaic Studies’ book-launch event will be held Thurs., Oct. 24, at 7 p.m., in the Smith Memorial Student Union’s Browsing Lounge (rm. 238). The evening will include  remarks and a conversation between the author and eminent sociologist, Dr. Calvin Goldscheider. Goldscheider is professor emeritus of sociology and Ungerleider professor emeritus of Judaic Studies of Brown University as well as Scholar in Residence at American University. Incorporating examples from then and now, the presentation will include film footage and a variety of images from the book.

 

A dessert reception and a book signing will follow the main event. Copies of the book will be available for sale. The evening is free and open to the public. (Parking near campus and in campus parking lots is free after 7 p.m.)

 

Published in June by Wayne State University Press, Embodying Hebrew Culture details the creation of a Hebrew cultural aesthetic that was intentionally and distinctly physical in the era from the British conquest of Palestine in 1917 during World War I until the establishment of the State of Israel  in  1948. In  this  detailed,  multi-disciplinary  work, Spiegel,  the  Rabbi  Joshua  Stampfer Professor of Israel Studies, demonstrates the ways that political and social issues can influence a new society and provides a dynamic framework for interpreting present-day Israeli culture.

 

Anchored in interdisciplinary perspectives, Dr. Spiegel weaves together an original, fascinating, and insightful story of the social and cultural life of the Yishuv [Jewish community in this era],” writes Goldscheider of Spiegel’s book.

 

Drawing on a vast assortment of archives throughout Israel, Spiegel uses an array of untapped primary   sources,   from   written   documents   to   visual   and   oral   materials,   including   films, photographs, posters, and interviews. Methodologically, Spiegel offers an original approach, integrating the fields of Israel studies, modern Jewish history, cultural history, gender studies, performance studies, dance theory and history, and sports studies.




Save the Date for CELEBRATION OF ART 

By ORA - Northwest Jewish Artists


CELEBRATION OF ART Will be held at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center on Sunday, November 3rd from 10:30 to 4:30 PM. Twenty-one juried artist from the Northwest will be showing and selling their art. Many mediums will be represented in the show. All have new and exciting pieces.

What a great time to get a head start on your shopping for hostess and holiday gifts. While browsing the aisles, you will be entertained by George Fendel and Rich Garber at the piano. Mark your calendars and save Sunday, Nov. 3rd from 10:30 to 4:30 at the MJCC for a great art show.




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09/01/13 - Upcoming Events

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Gesher Offers Two Rosh Hashanah Seders:
One for Young Adults, Another Open to All
By Rabbi Laurie Rutenberg, Gesher

 
Gesher’s rabbis camped in the Canadian Rockies last Rosh Hashanah. This summer they led a retreat for young adults to the nascent liberal Jewish communities in Poland.  They have returned to Portland for Rosh Hashanah to once again open their warm-hearted home to Portland’s Jews.  They will host creative, holy, intimate Rosh Hashanah feasts designed to offer young adults, as well as other community members, the opportunity to be in a supportive, inspiring setting with other Jews and create a spiritual focus for a truly New Year. They especially desire to welcome Jews who have neither profound nor positive Jewish memories, nor meaningful connection with other Jews in Portland.

 

Rabbi Laurie Rutenberg and Rabbi Gary Schoenberg, founders of Gesher, who have welcomed Jews and their friends and families to meals in their home for over 20 years, look forward to  welcoming this year’s guests to join them for Rosh Hashanah Seders in the beauty of the forest at  their Bridge Home —Gesher House — in southwest Portland.   These Rosh Hashanah Feasts will feature sumptuous vegetarian meals, highlighted by symbolic foods and melodies that allow both a mixture of deep exploration of the hard questions that face us as we begin the New Year, and the creativity and whimsy of our people that bring us to create our holy tradition anew and experience blessing and renewal.

 

The Young Adults Rosh Hashanah Seder, combined with a Shabbat dinner, will take place on Friday, September 6th. The Rosh Hashanah Seder that is open to all members of the community is on Wednesday, September 4th. 

The rabbis invite you to join them — to consume delightful foods and to share struggles to truly begin again.  The Wednesday night Seder will be followed by brief Rosh Hashanah services.  RSVP is necessary for these Seders. 

More information, RSVP and contribution opportunity for the Rosh Hashanah Seders can be found at www.ourjewishhome.net



Shofar in the Park

By Chabad of NE Portland

Thursday, Sept 5, 2013 from 5:30 to 6:30pm 

Laurelhurst Park, Corner of SE Cesar Chavez & SE Ankeny   
 

This September 5, duck out of the busy hubbub for an hour refuge in the park. Return to a simpler, more essential state, together with fellow neighbors. Hear the stirring, unadulterated blasts of the Shofar as we reflect on our collective birthday and walk away with a message that you were carrying all along. *Hear the Shofar! *Tashlich lakeside service! *Rosh Hashanah food tasting!

This is an all age event so come on by!
More info at jewishnortheast.com






The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home: Book Release Events

Book by Michael Zusman and Nick Zukin

For Jewish deli devotees and DIY food fanatics alike, The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home is a must-have collection of 100+ recipes for creating timeless deli classics, modern twists on old ideas and innovations to shock your Old Country elders. Photographs, historical tidbits, reminisces and reference material round out the book, adding lively cultural context.

Portland Book Events

 

Monday, September 9; 5:30-8 p.m.

Book Launch Party at the Portland Penny Diner at the Hotel Lucia

410 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97204

Book signing; open to the public; free admission

Meet the authors of The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home and enjoy tastes from the cookbook prepared by local chefs including Vitaly Paley of Imperial and Portland Penny Diner. No-host bar and signed books available for purchase.

 

Friday, September 20, 2-4 p.m.

Cookbook Social at FEAST

Heathman Hotel Broadway and Symphony Rooms

1001 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

Book signing; open to public; suggested donation $5

Join your favorite cookbook authors, local and national, for this walk-around cookbook signing at the Heathman Hotel. Twenty writers will be waiting to chat with you at tables around the room, while Chef Michael Stanton will provide light food and drink to refresh the conversation. Cookbook subjects range from sauces to the roots they’d dress, crackers to the school lunches they’d go in, and lox to the salt blocks it’s cured on (to name just a few). All cookbooks will be available for purchase to round out your collection!

 

Sunday, September 22, 11 a.m.

Bagels and Books: Talk and Signing at Powell’s Books

Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside Ave, Portland, 97209

Book Signing free and open to the public

 

Sunday, September 22; 2 p.m.

Hands-on Bagel Class at In Good Taste Cooking School
6302 SW Meadows Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

Cooking Class with Book Signing; fee $75
Still think you can't get a great bagel in Portland? Of course, you can--in the comfort of your own kitchen.  Michael Zusman, local food and restaurant writer and co-author of "The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home" will gladly show you how.  From ingredient selection to forming the ring shape to boiling and baking, Michael will de-mystify the craft so you can amaze your friends and family with your own bagel baking prowess. And it's not that hard! You can also buy a copy of the book which Michael will be glad to personalize for you at the end of class.

Contact: Barbara Dawson, 503-248-2015; bdawson@igtoregon.com



Sukkah-Decorating Party: Sept 15
By Caron RothsteinPJ Library

Free Family Fun!
Sept 15 from 3 to 4pm

at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center
6651 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland

Get ready for Sukkot, the "feast of booths" by helping PJ Library Portland decorate the community sukkah hosted by the Mittleman Jewish Community Center along with our friends at Portland Jewish Academy.

Open to all families in the community! No Registration Required!

Invite your friends on Facebook!











Community Sukkah Building with Portland Mitzvah Network

By Mittleman Jewish Community Center

Sun, September 15
10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: MJCC Courtyard, 6651 SW Capitol Highway 


Join friends and neighbors as we build the community Sukkah at the MJCC.
Free. Open to everyone. Register at www.portlandmitzvah.org

Made possible by the generous support of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland

 



Outdoor Exhibit at Oregon Jewish Museum: SukkahPDX
By Sandra Oberdorfer, Oregon Jewish Museum


Exhibit: SukkahPDX

On view September 18-25, 2013

 

The sukkah is a temporary dwelling, traditionally erected each fall in observance of Sukkot, the Jewish festival of thanksgiving for home and harvest. Explicitly fragile and permeable, these shelters pose ancient questions of protection and enclosure, of transience, displacement and domestic space that remain highly relevant in the 21st century.

 

Join Oregon Jewish Museum as we celebrate Sukkot with a juried exhibit of five unique, contemporary sukkahs, created by artists, designers and architects from across the country. The sukkahs will be on display at Oregon Jewish museum throughout Sukkot, and will serve as the focal point for a weeklong series of events that make current connections to the themes of this ancient holiday.

SukkahPDX is possible thanks to grant funding from the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition.




SukkahPDX Party: Shabbat in the Sukkah
By Sandra Oberdorfer, Oregon Jewish Museum

 

SukkahPDX: Shabbat in the Sukkah
Friday, Sept 20, 7:00pm
Free to the Public

 


Celebrate Sukkot in the jury-selected sukkahs at Oregon Jewish Museum. Portland Young Adult Shabbat (PYAS), Moishe House, and OJM bring you a night under the stars in NW Portland, with live music and great food. Come early for a cozy, quiet start to Shabbat, and stay late for the chance to meet new friends.

 

Sponsored in part by the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland.




SukkahPDX:Mitzvah on the Move-Volunteer Service Day
By Sandra Oberdorfer, Oregon Jewish Museum

Sunday, Sept 22, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sliding Scale Donation:
$1.00 - $18.00
All donations support TIVNU and Habitat for Humanity


The holiday of Sukkot is an important time to reflect upon shelter and food as basic human needs, and to take action to improve housing access and food security in our community.

OJM will partner with TIVNU: Building Justice and Habitat for Humanity to facilitate a day of hands-on volunteer service. Volunteers will gather at an east Portland Habitat for Humanity site and build self-watering raised garden beds for several of the housing units. Any skill level welcome. Lunch will be provided. Come prepared to get dirty and have fun!


Age limit:
16 years of age or older.
Space is limited to 20 volunteers.
Registration deadline: Monday, September 16, 5pm

Registration: call the museum at 503-226-3600 to reserve your spot!






Mothers Circle- Empowering moms without a Jewish Background 
By Jennifer Greenberg, Mothers Circle

Mothers Circle begins its sixth year this October. This community-wide program features a 16 week empowering course geared to women without a Jewish background who are raising kids in a Jewish family environment. Held at the MJCC, this free class (with free childcare) is for anyone wanting to learn more about tradition, holidays and ritual.

Come learn more at an information session and coffee on September 22, 9:30 am, at the MJCC (6651 SW Capitol Highway). 

Contact Jennifer Greenberg, jgreenberg@nevehshalom.org or 503 293-7313, for more information.

See our Facebook page for more info plus community events and resources.






Dads Night Out - Sept 24 with Marc Blattner, CEO of JFGP

By Jennifer Greenberg, Congregation Neveh Shalom

September 24 at 7:00pm
Open to all Jewish dads and dads raising Jewish kids at any stage of parenting.
Meet in a local pub and take part in a relaxed conversation on a topic pertinent to Jewish dads of all ages and stages of parenting. Food & beverages included.

More info here.

Contact Jennifer Greenberg, jgreenberg@nevehshalom.org or 503 293-7313, for for location details & to get added to the e-mail list for future gatherings.


Dad’s Night is co-sponsored by Mothers Circle and the MJCC and made possible by generous funding from the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland.




SukkahPDX Family Night: Pizza in the Hut
By Sandra Oberdorfer, Oregon Jewish Museum
 

 

SukkahPDX: Pizza in the Hut

Tuesday, Sept 24, 5:30 - 7:00pm

OJM and PJA Members: $8 per family,

General Public: $10 per family

Registration: call the museum at 503-226-3600 to reserve your spot!

Portland Jewish Academy and OJM combine storytelling and dinner in the sukkahs. Enjoy yummy pizza while listening to pioneer stories of life ‘under the stars’ for Oregon’s first Jewish families.

Afterwards, laugh with the comedians from ComedySportz as they give a performance for children of their famous improvisational slapstick comedy.

Co-sponsored by Portland Jewish Academy and Mittleman Jewish Community Center with support from the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and the Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation.

 

Sunday Parkways with Jewish Federation

Sunday, Sept 29, 11:00am to 4:00pm


End the Sunday Parkways season with a trek in Southwest! Jewish Federation of Greater Portland will be there, sharing information about our upcoming year and programs such as PJ Library Portland & the Portland Mitzvah Network.

Puppets, book nook, crafts, raffles, challah samples from The Challahman and more! Stop by and see us!

For more info, see our Facebook page.


Mommy & Me: Free, fun playdates!
By Caron RothsteinPJ Library

 

Join other Moms and bond with your child while exploring their Jewish world through play, music & movement, stories and crafts. Healthy snacks provided.
No charge. For children 0 to 3 years old.


Fall session, Tuesdays, October 1 - December 17
Email
mimi@portlandjewishpreschool.com to RSVP.

 


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8/15/13 - Upcoming Events

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Havdalah Pajama - Aug 17th

By Caron RothsteinPJ Library
 

Free Fun, Music, & Learning!

 

Sat, Aug 17; 5:00pm in Pollin Chapel
Congregation Beth Israel -
1972 NW Flanders Street

 

Come join us for a sweet Havdalah service and program hosted by CBI’s Early Childhood Education Department and PJ Library Portland. Learn about bedtime rituals, make Shema pillows and enjoy tasty treats. Bedtime music with Kim Palumbis.

 

PJs are the requested attire…blankies, pillows and stuffed animals are welcome too!

 


To RSVP, please email
deborah@bethisrael-pdx.org.

Invite your friends on Facebook!






 

It's time for Shabbat on the Plaza at Beth Israel!
By Congregation Beth Israel

Join us for Friday night Shabbat Services on the Temple lawn this summer. Bring a blanket to sit on and a picnic dinner for after the service. Well-behaved dogs are welcome.


August 23

 
Services begin at 6:00 PM. If the weather is bad, we'll be in the Temple.
Located at 1972 NW Flanders Street, Portland, Oregon 97209




 


 

Yad B'Yad - Sunday Fun for Kids!
By Caron RothsteinPJ Library

Along with the residents of Cedar Sinai Park, share in the joy of Jewish music and language. Explore the Jewish life cycle with songs, movement and instrumentation. Class ends with an early welcoming of Shabbat. For children 0-5 years and their caregivers.

SUNDAY: Aug 25
9:30 – 10:15am
$10 drop-in fee per family

Join
us!




 





 

Summer Camp Sunday: 
You’re never too old to get campy!


An afternoon with camp-time favorite games & hot dogs for young adults & young families.

Sunday, August 25: 11:00am to 2:00pm
Gabriel City Park
- 6820 SW 45th Ave, Portland, 97219

Enjoy fun activities and lively games of Ga-Ga, Kickball, & Flag football! Refresh with delicious Kosher hot dogs and all the trimmings - meet new friends - families welcome.

FREE AND OPEN TO ALL - NO RSVP NEEDED - JUST SHOW UP!
Invite your friends on Facebook

 

 

Rose Schnitzer Manor Open House  

By Deborah ElliottCedar Sinai Park

Sunday, August 25,
From 1:00 to 4:00pm

 

Attend our open house on August 25 and discover why our residents are so happy at Rose Schnitzer Manor.  Tour our community, enjoy a scrumptious dessert buffet, meet our Resident Ambassadors and swing to the sounds of the Matthew Casey Swing Duo.  You can also enter to win a gourmet gift basket! 

Please call 503.535.4004 to RSVP

 

 

 

High Holidays at Havurah Shalom

By Mario Castellar, Havurah Shalom

Havurah Shalom has opened our High Holiday Services to the community for more than 25 years. Admission is free and no tickets are required.

Services are held at the
Tiffany Center. Our members play an active role behind the scenes, in the services and organizing the programs to make it all happen. We hope you can join us this year. Service times and more information are available at www.havurahshalom.org.

CHILDCARE IS AVAILABLE WITH PRE-REGISTRATION BY August 26. All forms and more information available on the Havurah website.


Rosh Hashanah Day 1, Thursday, September 5

GENERAL SERVICE STARTS AT 9:30 AM

FAMILY SERVICE,  9:30-10:15 am  (parents and ages 0-10)
We touch on the themes of Rosh Hashanah and sing some of the beloved songs of this holiday. This service is upbeat, brief, and participatory - with skits, lots of singing, storytelling, and visuals. Adults like it, too! At the Tiffany Center.


TASHLICH,  4:00 pm Thursday, September 5 (all ages), Sellwood Riverfront Park
Tashlich is Hebrew for “you will cast away.” In this ancient ritual, we visit a body of flowing water to symbolically cast out our failings and sins in order to begin anew (bring breadcrumbs!). Havurah Shalom will be gathering at Sellwood Riverfront Park along the Willamette River for personal Tashlich and a very brief, casual service. Then, we will walk up to Sellwood Park (near the tennis courts) for a vegetarian potluck. This is a great way to begin the year for children and adults of all ages.   

Yom Kippur,  Saturday, September 14

GENERAL SERVICE STARTS AT 9:30 AM

Simcha (Joy) Service (w/children ages 0-6): 8:45-9:15 am

Tiffany Center, 2nd Floor, Crystal Room West (next to Childcare)
Lots of music and dancing, including simple songs the little ones can learn. Brief explanation of the holiday through a short story or book and of course…Seeing the Torah!

Ruach (Spirit) Service (w/children ages 6-10): 9:45-10:30 am

Tiffany Center, 2nd Floor, Crystal Room West (next to Childcare)
Lots of music and dancing, including many of our favorite Havurah Family Service songs. Short Skit and/or age-appropriate storytelling around the themes of  Yom Kippur. More active participation from 1st-5th graders in leading the service and we will be dancing with the Torah

 


Sukkah-Decorating Party: Sept 15
By Caron RothsteinPJ Library

Free Family Fun!
Sept 15 from 3 to 4pm

at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center
6651 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland

Get ready for Sukkot, the "feast of booths" by helping PJ Library Portland decorate the community sukkah hosted by the Mittleman Jewish Community Center along with our friends at Portland Jewish Academy.

Open to all families in the community! No Registration Required!

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Oregon Jewish Museum: Settling In
By Sandra Preston, Oregon Jewish Museum

 

Exhibition runs now - September 29, 2013


Settling In
examines the experience and acculturation of immigrants to Oregon through the lens of Jewish experience. The exhibit focuses on two groups: Eastern European and Russian Jewish immigrants who were “Americanized” through the Neighborhood House, the settlement house founded in South Portland in 1905, and later immigrants served through the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO).

The struggles and triumphs of the early 20th century immigrants are compared with challenges and achievements of a contemporary and diverse group of immigrants from Burma, Cambodia, Congo, Cuba, Eritrea, and Somalia. Through their compelling and sometimes astonishing stories, the exhibit highlights the old and new realities of the immigrant experience.

This exhibition is supported by Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Humanities, Harold & Arlene Schnitzer Care Foundation, and Wells Fargo.


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