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The End of Cancer is within Reach: an Evening with Dr. Brian Druker, Director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
By Jewish Federation of Greater Portland

Tuesday, May 15th at 7:30 pm
Mittleman Jewish Community Center
6651 SW Capitol Highway, Portland

Free of Charge - RSVPs encouraged
Please RSVP at
or call Rachel at 503-892-7413.

Committed to promoting our vibrant community - highlighting excellence and innovation - the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland is proud to partner with Dr. Druker for this event - as we endeavor to improve the well-being and strength of our community.

Dr. Druker is dedicated to making Oregon’s cancer death rate the lowest in the nation. Starting in the lab, he led the development and clinical trials of the drug Gleevec - the first of its kind, as a highly successful daily oral medication that targets damaged cells while leaving healthy cells alone with minimal side effects.

OJM hosts Reading with Kathleen Dean Moore and Paulann Petersen
By Sandra Preston, Oregon Jewish Museum

Edelman Photo
Photograph by Alfred Edelman

OJM Talks and Lectures

Urban Compositions:
Reading with Kathleen Dean Moore and Paulann Petersen

Wednesday, May 16th from 7 to 9pm


Celebrated author, Kathleen Dean Moore and Oregon Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen will read from a new collaborative book project featuring original writings influenced by selections from the photographic archive of Alfred Edelman.


General Public: $5 Members: Free

Reservations at or call 503-226-3600

Kochavim Open house
By JoAnn Bezodis, Congregation Neveh Shalom


Wednesday, May 16th at 4:45pm

Congregation Neveh Shalom, 2900 SW Peaceful Ln, 97239

Interested in learning more about our community's successful after-school Hebrew Immersion Program, Kochavim, (stars) for children ages 3 -8 years old? This is your chance to see what a "day in the life" of Kochavim kids looks like.  

Parents and children will have an opportunity to speak with  Kochavim Director, Mel Berwin, visit  our classrooms, check out our unique curriculum, and meet the teachers. Come find out how our teachers bring Hebrew language to life through art, music, drama, games and stories.

Drop-in and check us out! No registration necessary for this Open House! We look forward to meeting you soon.  All are welcome.

For more information, contact Caroline Buchalter, Coordinator, Portland Center for Hebrew Immersion, or 503-246-8831.

The Stampfer Community Enrichment Award is being presented to Arden and Lois Shenker
By Merritt Linn, Institute for Judaic Studies

The Shenkers - 1951
The Shenkers - 1951

The Rabbi Joshua Stampfer Community Enrichment Award was created in 1999 to honor Rabbi Stampfer on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his ordination. The award is sponsored by the organizations that the Rabbi helped establish: Institute for Judaic Studies, Oregon Jewish Museum, Oregon Holocaust Resource Center, Camp Solomon Schechter, Harold Schnitzer Family Program for Judaic Studies at Portland State University, and Congregation Neveh Shalom, where he served for 40 years.

The purpose of the award is to honor an individual(s) or organization(s) who have enriched Jewish cultural, educational and/or community life with the dedication that is exemplified by Rabbi Stampfer. The award is presented annually at a non-fundraising event.

The Shenkers Today

The Shenkers Today

This year, Arden and Lois Shenker have been chosen as the embodiment and spirit of the Stampfer Community Enrichment Award because of their many contributions to the well-being of the community and the charitable organizations of both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities in Portland and beyond. The Shenkers have been active in our community since the 1960s.They are being honored for who they are, what they have done, and for being role models for the entire community.

The award will be presented at the Benson Hotel, 6:00pm on Thursday, May 17th.
$70 per person; for reservations call 503-246-8831 or email

The Community Enrichment Award Dinner is not a fundraising event.

The Legacy of Jewish Documentary Photographers: a Presentation by Phil Decker

By Judith Havas, Temple Beth Sholom

Jewish photographers have played a prevalent role from the beginnings of documentary photography to the present day. During this presentation you’ll learn about Jewish pioneers of photography, see their images, and discuss why so many Jews may have gravitated to this means of expression and social change.

Haitain Couple at the Labor Camp by Phil Decker
Haitain Couple at Labor Camp by Phil Decker

Phil will survey Jewish photographers, and then focus more closely on the work of Margaret Bourke White, Milton Rogovin, Roman Vishniac and Diane Arbus.    He will also share some of his own documentary work. Plus, participants will explore the new “Jew Pics” blog, created by the Temple Beth Sholom youth group (The Jew Crew) in collaboration with Phil Decker.

The presentation will be held at Temple Beth Sholom (1274 Cunningham Lane South, Salem) on Sunday May 20th, from 1-2 pm, in the Social Hall. Books related to Jewish documentary photography will be available for browsing.


Phil Decker studied at the International Center of Photography (ICP), in the first year of ICP's Documentary Photography program. He has created photo documents of immigrant communities in the US and Mexico, and is currently working on various photo essays as part of a series on Extra “Ordinary” Moments. Phil helps facilitate the work of the Salem Photo League, a local group of documentary photographers.  

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Temple Beth Sholom:  503-362-5004; or Phil Decker: 503-580-0970;;

Amos Oz & other video highlights of J Street National Conference
By Joel Glick, J Street Portland 

Amos Oz
Amos Oz

Would you like to learn more about what happened at J Street's "Making History" conference in Washington DC? J Street Portland invites you to a showing of selected conference presentations by prominent Israelis and Palestinians, including Amos Oz, Ehud Olmert and Mustafa Barghouti.

A discussion on "The Future of Pro-Israel" will follow the videos. Free admission.  Tuesday, May 22nd at Havurah Shalom: 825 Northwest 18th Avenue  Portland, OR 97209.
More information on Facebook

THE FUTURE OF JEWISH COMMUNITY: a Community Conversation with Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Executive Director of the Jewish Outreach Institute
By Nicole Walters, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland

Rabbi Kerry Olitzky
Tuesday, May 22nd at 7:00 pm

Congregation Neveh Shalom

2900 SW Peaceful Lane, Portland

Open to All - Free of Charge - RSVP not required


Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky is executive director of the Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI) and one of the nation’s foremost experts on the subject of interfaith marriage and Jewish education. For the past four years he has been recognized by Newsweek magazine as one of America’s Top 50 Influential Rabbis, and he has authored dozens of books, scholarly articles and op-eds on how to create a more welcoming Jewish community.

JOI is an independent, national, trans-denominational organization reaching out to unaffiliated and intermarried families, and helping the organized Jewish community to better welcome them.  Learn more at


It is clear that the Jewish community in which many of us were raised, and spent large parts of our professional careers, and in which we raised our children, will look little like the Jewish community in which our grandchildren will be raised.

- Rabbi Kerry Olitzky

Melton Book Club on May 24th
By Florence Melton Adult Mini-School 

Join us for the Melton Book Club on Thursday, May 24th at 7:30 pm in the MJCC café. We will be discussing Peter Gay’s The German Question; a poignant, autobiographical account of life as an assimilated Jew in Nazi Germany. Sylvia Frankel leads the discussion.

Call 503-384-2476 to RSVP.

Bean of Affliction: Chocolate, Child Labor, and Choosing Fair Trade
By Elizabeth Schwartz, Portland Tuv Ha'Aretz Steering Committee
Havurah Shalom's Tikkun Olam Committee and Portland Tuv Ha'Aretz invite you to learn about what Fair Trade really means and how the aims of Fair Trade coincide with Jewish values. We'll also taste delicious Fair Trade chocolate, watch the documentary The Dark Side of Chocolate, and have an opportunity to do some on-the-spot activism.

Dark Side of Chocolate Doc

The Dark Side of Chocolate
 is a 45-minute documentary by award-winning journalists Miki Mistrati and U Roberto (Robin) Romano, which investigates the continued allegations of trafficking and child labor in the international chocolate industry.  

This event is free and open to all.

Thursday, May 24th, 7:00
to 9:00 PM 
Havurah Shalom 
825 NW 18th Avenue, Portland
For more information, contact Portland Tuv Ha’Aretz at 

Tikkkun Leil Shavuot - A Night of Jewish Learning
By JoAnn Bezodis, Congregation Neveh Shalom

Saturday, May 27th at 8:30 pm
at Neveh Shalom:  2900 SW Peaceful Lane, Portland

According to Jewish tradition, the Ten Commandments were given to Moses on Mount Sinai on Shavout. On the eve of Shavuot, we stay up late to study and prepare our hearts. Come be inspired by five of our local Jewish scholars. Refreshments will be served.

OAJC Luncheon Lecture Series presents "On Being Black in Portland and in America - Pre and Post Trayvon Martin"
By Emily Gottfried, Oregon Area Jewish Committee

The Oregon Area Jewish Committee Luncheon Lecture Series is pleased to present "On Being Black in Portland and in America - Pre and Post Trayvon Martin" with guest speaker Kathleen D. Saadat. The program will be held on Wednesday, May 30th at 12:00 pm at the law offices of  Miller Nash LLP, 3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower, 111 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204.

The cost for this event is $15 per person with lunch or $5 per person with drinks only. Make your reservations now at

Kathleen Saadat is currently the Diversity Development/Affirmative Action Manager for the City of Portland.  Prior to coming to the City, Kathleen worked at Cascade AIDS Projects.  Kathleen has also served as the State Director of Affirmative Action, Assistant to Portland City Commissioner Gretchen Kafoury, and Strategic Plan Coordinator for Multnomah County Oregon's Department of Community and Family Services. Kathleen was one of Oregon Business Magazine’s 100 WHO LEAD in Oregon and she is a recipient of a Woman of Achievement Award from Oregon State University; and many more.

Ms. Saadat earned a BA in Psychology at Reed College. Her community activities include serving as  a Commissioner on the City of Portland’s Human Rights Commission; Member of Oregon State University's Board of Visitors for Minority Affairs; Member Steering Committee of No On 9 Campaign; Coordinator: African Americans for Human Rights; and much more.

Save the Date! MJCC Friends of the Center Dinner honoring Jerry Sadis
By Marisa Brown, Mittleman Jewish Community Center

Save the Date of May 30, 2012 for the MJCC Friends of the Center Dinner honoring Jerry Sadis!


Jerry has served on the boards of the Robison Home, Congregation Beth Israel, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, Oregon Jewish Community Foundation and the Mittleman Jewish Community Center and Portland Jewish Academy.  He was President of Congregation Beth Israel and the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation and is the immediate past President of the Boards of MJCC and PJA.


Festivities begin at 5:30 pm!
Mittleman Jewish Community Center
- 6651 SW Capitol Highway, Portland

Dinner Tickets: $90 each ($40 is tax-deductible)

Tables: $720 for 8 people ($320 is tax-deductible)

Proceeds benefit the Mittleman Jewish Community Center

Please join us to honor this wonderful man and gift to our community.

Visit  for more information.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for B'nai B'rith Day Camp 

By Danika Duren, B'nai B'rith Camp 


Spaghetti Dinner

B’nai B’rith Camp’s Day Camp wants to invite all Oregon coast children in its camp for a summer of terrific, structured and expertly supervised indoor and outdoor activities.


To make that happen, BB Camp is putting on a huge, fundraising spaghetti dinner on Thursday, May 31st to help send Lincoln City kids and those in its surrounding areas to Day Camp.


Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased by contacting  Melissa Bernstein at 503-345-9451 or

Erev Shabbat Learners' Service with Cantor Bletstein
By JoAnn Bezodis, Congregation Neveh Shalom

Cantor Bletstein

On June 1st at 7:00 pm, join us at Congregation Neveh Shalom as we bring the meaning of the prayers to life and explore the order of the siddur (prayerbook) at this Friday night shabbat service.


Whether you are just getting your feet wet or have attended for years and have questions, come and learn the choreography and tunes in a family friendly setting open to all. Cantor Bletstein will lead songs and provide insight, and learning resources will be available to bring home.

JFGP is proud to present Natan Sharansky at our 92nd Annual Meeting
By Nicole Walters, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland

Soviet refusenik, Israeli statesman, Human rights activist, and Hero...

Sharansky is the face of our modern day Exodus - a legendary hero whose freedom led to the rescue of one million Jews from the former Soviet Union and forever changed the future of Israel and Jewish lives around the world. He is the recipient of both the Congressional Gold Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom; He is currently serving as the 
Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel.

Tuesday, June 5 at 7:00 pm
Congregation Neveh Shalom
2900 SW Peaceful Lane, Portland

Free of Charge - RSVPs encouraged
Register online or call Rachel at 503-892-7413

Please bring your children and grandchildren to this special event.

Second Annual 'First Fruits Festival' announces line-up of cutting-edge Jewish music

By Prof. Loren Spielman, Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at PSU

A contemporary spin on the traditional celebration of Shavuot, the second annual First Fruits Festival  promises to again be an evening of cutting edge Jewish music and learning.

Judith Berkson, whom the Wall Street Journal called a "genre-crossing singer-musician," and Tali Tadmor, an Israeli-born vocalist, will perform on Thurs., June 7th, at the Oregon Jewish Museum. Both musicians currently are Six Points Fellows whose works have been selected by a partnership of Jewish arts organization for their creative excellence as well as their thoughtful engagement with Jewish history, values, and issues.

Berkson is on tap to perform her "inventive, off-beat" (Jewish Week) blend of jazz, experimental rock and Jewish liturgical music, including songs from her two recent albums Oylam (ECM, 2010) and Lu-Lu (Peacock Recordings, 2008). She will be joined by Tadmor, a classically trained pianist whose latest project, “Ella Fitzgeraldberg,” explores the loud, brassy and bold world of Yiddish Swing in the 1940’s and 50’s.

Berkson and Tadmor will offer up beloved standards and captivating original works, and– in the traditional spirit of Shavuot – both singers will answer questions and teach the audience  about the music that inspires them. Berkson, a second generation cantor, will give a brief introduction to Jewish liturgical modes that feature prominently in her compositions.  And Tadmor, who received a doctorate in music from the University of Southern California and is on the faculty at the Herb Alpert School of Music at the California Institute of the Arts, will speak about the Yiddish classics that make up her expansive repertoire.

The First Fruits Festival is sponsored by the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at Portland State University, a Community Impact Grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, and the Foundation for Jewish Culture, whose mission is to invest in creative individuals to nurture a vibrant and enduring Jewish identity, culture and community.

First Fruits Festival will take place June 7th, beginning at 7:30 pm; admission is free. OJM is located at 1953 NW Kearney St, Portland.
For more information, see

Contact by email: or Prof. Loren Spielman at, (503) 725-5940.


Hewitt, Markley to be honored at 2012 Judge Learned Hand Award Luncheon
By Emily Gottfried, Oregon Area Jewish Committee

On June 13th, the Oregon Area Jewish Committee will present its prestigious Judge Learned Hand Lifetime Achievement Award to Henry H. Hewitt of Stoel Rives LLP.  Past recipients of this award include David Frohnmayer, Don Marmaduke, Barrie Herbold, Jacob Tanzer, Barnes H. Ellis, Brian Booth, Edwin A. Harnden, and Chief Justice Paul J. De Muniz, and Thomas H. Tongue. The 2012 Emerging Leadership Award will be presented to Julia E. Markley of Perkins Coie LLP.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Oregon Supreme Court Justice Rives Kistler. OAJC will be offering .5 CLE ethics credit for attorneys who attend the luncheon.


The awards will be given at a luncheon event on Wednesday, June 13 from 11:45 – 1:30 at the Governor Hotel (614 SW 11th Avenue).

Sponsorship levels begin at $950, which includes a full table of ten and other benefits. Single tickets are $75. For more sponsorship and ticket information, go to  or call the OAJC office at (503) 295-6761 or email

Henry H. HewittDescribed by Chambers USA as “the dean of corporate law” in Portland, Henry H. Hewitt served as chair of Stoel Rives from 1989-1999 and from 2002-2005 and led the firm’s Business Services Practice Group from 2005-2009. He has been principal legal advisor to the boards of Tektronix, PacifiCorp, Fred Meyer, Electro Scientific Industries and Medford Corporation, among others. Henry’s professional honors include Corporate Compliance Law Lawyer of the Year (2011 and 2012, Best Lawyers); selection in Best Lawyers in America for the past 25 years; merit, public service, and leadership awards from the Oregon State Bar; and the Henry H. Hewitt Access to Justice Award.

Henry is an engaged community partner. He served as Chair of the Oregon Transportation Commission from 1993-2000. He has also served, or is still serving as a Willamette University Board of Trustees life member, a co-chair of the Columbia River Crossing Task Force, and a board member of Lawyers’ Campaign for Equal Justice, OHSU, Friends of the Children – Portland, JELD-WEN Tradition Foundation, the Library Foundation, and numerous others. 


Julia E. Markley is a partner at Perkins Coie with a diverse business and intellectual property trial practice. She also has significant appellate experience in the Ninth Circuit, the Oregon Supreme Court, and the Oregon Court of Appeals. This year, Julia was awarded the Portland Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” award and served on the Judicial Selection Committee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. She was named an “Oregon Rising Star” by Oregon Law & Politics (2008-11). A frequent contributor to business and legal publications, Julia received a 2009 Standard of Excellence award for an article on patent litigation. Julia is founding president of the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association, former board member of Oregon Women Lawyers, and serves on the YWCA of Greater Portland’s Development Committee.

Event chairs include OAJC Board Member Merritt Yoelin of Samuels Yoelin Kantor; Ruth Beyer of  Stoel Rives; Rick Wills , former CEO of Tektronix; and Jerry Sadis, former CFO of Fred Meyer, Inc.  


The Oregon Area Jewish Committee is an independent affiliate of the American Jewish Committee.  OAJC has been a presence in our community for over 30 years, building bridges and coalitions between the Jewish community in the Portland region and various religious and ethnic groups. OAJC works to: protect the civil and religious rights of all; insure Israel’s security; advance efforts to protect human rights and human dignity; combat anti-Semitism; reduce intergroup tensions; promote Jewish values in discussions of public policy; and enrich the quality of Jewish life.


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