Events Past & Future

Schechter Spark is May 3

Camp Solomon Schechter’s inaugural Schechter Spark event, featuring the presentation of the Migdal Or Award, will be held 10:30 am-12:30 pm, May 3, at Congregation Neveh Shalom.
Schechter Spark is a fundraiser, brunch and celebration, honoring the legacy of Rabbi Joshua and Goldie Stampfer, z”l. Event chairs Marci Atkins and Sheri Cordova expect 300 people to attend. All money raised goes towards camp programming, security enhancements, camper scholarships and staff development. Every gift raised is matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000 thanks to: Joann and Carl Bianco; Audrey Covner and Dianne Dougherty; Becky and Lee Holzman; and Samis Foundation.
The Migdal Or Award honors Rabbi Joshua and Goldie Stampfers’ (z”l) legacy and commitment to Jewish continuity and camping. A Migdal Or is a beacon of light. The award is given out to remarkable individuals that keep the spark of the Stampfers’ legacy alive and light the way for others to follow. Rabbi Joshua and Goldie Stampfer (z”l) are both the inspiration for the award as well as the first recipients. RSVP:​

BB Bash a circus of fundraising

The 310 people at the Feb. 29 BB Camp Bash riased more than $137,000 for B’nai B’rith Camp as it prepares for its second century (see hJR BB Basdh 202021.jpgistory, page 8).  At left, BB Camp Bash Co-Chairs Dionne Zacks and Jamie Hogland, visited Zoltar (Alex Mansfield) for a glimpse of the future. During the Mitzvah Moment, many people held up their bid numbers to pledge $20/month to take advantage of the “Zidell match.” ​

May 16 is Cedar Sinai Park's 100th anniversary celebration

 On Saturday, May 16, 2020, past will meet the future as Cedar Sinai Park celebrates its 100th year in style at a unique urban venue in the Pearl District. Pure Space at 1315 NW Overton was selected to bring a fresh atmosphere to the party of a Portland institution.
With the backdrop of one of the city’s most contemporary venues, the evening will serve to walk through significant times in Portland’s history, told through the stories of some of the people and families who have been impacted by Cedar Sinai Park over the century.
The event will begin at 6 pm on Saturday, May 16, 2020, with a hosted social hour and an opportunity to bid on art created by CSP residents. Valet parking will be provided. For tickets:
Cedar Sinai Park was founded in 1920 as Jewish Old People’s Home. Today CSP offers the state’s largest assisted living community, Rose Schnitzer Manor; a state-of-the art post-acute rehab center, Robison Health & Rehabilitation; Sinai In-Home Care; adult day services; and Harold Schnitzer Center for Living, featuring unique small-group households for long-term care.CSP also provides affordable housing with services for people with low-incomes or special needs.

Play explores history of Jewish theater

Indecent, a co-production between Artist Repertory Theatre and Profile Theatre in association with Portland State University, continues through March 8  at PSU’s Lincoln Hall.
Sholem Asch’s play The God of Vengeance made a splash on Broadway in 1923, when it was shut down after six weeks of running, and all of the actors were arrested on charges of obscenity. Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Paula Vogel weaves scenes of Asch’s play with the imagined conversations of the risk-taking company that brought the script to the stage. Indecent is a riveting backstage drama filled with music, the history of Jewish theater, and stage magic. Tickets: 

Super Sunday

Volunteers planted “seeds of change in our community” on Super Sunday as they phoned supporters of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland annual campaign to raise $29,250 to help meet community needs. This year 23 volunteers (including from left Gail LeVine, Trevor Bryant, Ted Nelosn and Devin Getreu) called supporters or wrote thank you cards to the 76 people who made their pledge during the Feb. 23 event at Rose Schnitzer Manor.

Israel tech boom topic of March 16 talk

“Israel’s Boom in Tech, Venture Capital and Innovation and the Power of the American People” will be the topic when Leib Bolel comes to Portland on March 16.
Leib Bolel, serves as the President and CEO of the Arizona Israel Technology Alliance and Venture Partner with Grayhawk Capital, an Arizona-based Venture Capital fund. As president and CEO of the Arizona Israel Technology Alliance, Leib oversees the facilitation of growth in bilateral trade, technology, innovation and governmental initiatives between the Arizona and Israel.
As a Venture Partner with Grayhawk Capital, Leib’ s focus is on Israeli startups for venture capital investment. Over the last decade, Leib has been immersed in U.S.-Israel relations, having guided government from the state level, up to candidates for president of the United States on areas relating to the United States and Israel. On the commercial side, C-level executives of Fortune companies have relied on Leib for best guidance when doing business in and with Israel.
Registration is free. Light refreshments will be served. The program is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland.
The talk will be at 5 pm, March 16, 2020, at WeWork, 700 SW 5th Ave., Suite 4000, Portland, OR 97204.
Leib will return to Portland as a judge in Pitchfest at TechfestNW which this year takes place April 2-3 at Portland State University’s Viking Pavilion. This will be the third year Federation has helped bring Israeli tech to the fest.
TechfestNW is the opportunity to: Learn more about the innovative, impactful tech that helps define our region; Hear from thought leaders across industries. Experience workshops and live tech demos; Join the startup pitch festival; And network with entrepreneurs, investors and industry executives.
For questions, contact Michelle Bombet Minch at
Register for the free event, at:






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