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Arts + Culture Events


Israel Film Series – Teen Night - Oct. 24

Grab your friends and join us for Teen Night at the Israel Film Series! This is a chance for teens to watch a film with a topic geared to them. There will be a discussion following the film.

The Golden Pomegranate
For more details, please pick up an Israel Film Series Guide.
Tuesday, October 24
6:30 pm
Cost: Free with Student ID;
$5 without ID – film not included in Israel Film Series Pass

Register here:

In partnership with Institute for Judaic Studies. Supported by: Oregon Jewish Community Foundation and Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest.

Tiny Talkers - Baby Sign Language Classes - Oct. 25 - Nov. 1

Music Movement + Signing (for Preschoolers Ages 2-5)
Little movers and shakers and their caregivers will sing, dance, hear stories, and learn some sign language in this lively, interactive class.

Wednesdays, October 4 - November 1
11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Drop-in Cost: $15/family (CG104)
5 class punch card: $60 (CG105)

Israeli Dancing - Oct. 25 - Dec. 27

Join us for a fun, introductory Israeli dance class. All levels are welcome. Six people needed to run class.

Wednesdays, October 25 - December 27
7:00 - 8:00 pm
$15 drop-in.
No class on 11/22. CG101

Taste of Art - Oct. 28

Local Jewish artist from ORA will have their artwork on display and for sale.

Be the first to preview and purchase their art. Food, drinks and other vendors will also be present.

Saturday, October 28
7:00 - 9:30 pm

Free and open to the community.

In partnership with ORA

Celebration of Art - Oct. 29

ORA's annual Holiday Event, Celebration of Art will bring together over 20 talented artists. We also will be bringing together some food artists so you can sample the likes of Portland Bloody Mary Mix and Love Bites served all day, Portland Juice Company from 10:30 - 1:00 pm and Stellar Pops, a natural ice pop, from 1:00 - 3:30 pm. Our Ora artists have new and exciting pieces that will appeal to your senses. George Fendel, Rich Garber and Tim Roth will entertain you while you browse the aisles. Visa accepted. And of course, ADMISSION IS ALWAYS FREE.

10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Mittleman Jewish Community Center

Free and open to the community

The Torah of Leonard Cohen - Oct. 31

The Institute for Judaic Studies in co-sponsorship with the Mittleman Jewish Community Center is offering a three-part class, taught by Alicia Jo Rabins.


Did you know Leonard Cohen was the grandson of two of Canada’s prominent rabbis? Join musician, poet, Torah scholar and Leonard Cohen devotee, Alicia Jo Rabins on a deep, joyfully thought-provoking Jewish journey through Cohen’s songs and poems. We will explore mystical themes of love, ecstatic worship and ritual in Cohen’s work, as well as the interplay of Jewish and Buddhist themes. All are welcome.

Alicia Jo Rabins is a writer, musician, composer, performer and Torah teacher. Her work explores the intersection of ancient wisdom texts with everyday life. She is the creator and performer of Girls in Trouble, an indie-folk song cycle about the complicated lives of Biblical women and A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, a chamber-rock opera about the intersection of finance and spirituality.

This three part class will take place at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center on:

Tuesday, October 3
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Tuesday, October 17
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Tuesday, October 31
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Cost: $15 per class or $40 for all three sessions.

To register:
or send a check to Institute for Judaic Studies (IJS), 2900 SW Peaceful Lane, Portland, Oregon 97239.

For more information, contact Sylvia Frankel at:


Nosh + Drash: Rabbi Eve Posen - Nov. 9

A monthly discussion covering a wide range of topics that draw on our experiences.
Topic: Pirkei Imahot: Wisdom of Mothers, Voices of Women,
an Interactive Discussion with Lois Shenker.

Cafe at the J
Free and open to the community.
In partnership with Congregation Neveh Shalom

Jewish Community Orchestra - Nov. 12

Jewish Community Orchestra Concert
Avguste Antonov, Pianist
Berlioz - Overture to Le Franc Juges
Chabrier - Suite Pastorale
Avni - Largo for strings
Weinberg - Piano Concerto No. 2

$10 adults, $8 seniors,
$5 students

Children under 6 free.
Tickets at the door.

Oy G’FELT - Nov. 14

Dive into this fun crafting class!
Learn the basics of needle felting. Specialized barbed needles are used to tangle and compact natural wool fibers into a solid
constructed sculpture. Each participant will take home an adorable creation of their own. All supplies will be provided.

This activity is for ages 16+.
Cost: $20, supplies included.

Register here:

Panel Discussion: Ayelet Tsabari - Nov. 19

Ayelet Tsabzi, author of the 2015 Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, will speak via Skype. Her book, The Best Place on Earth, is set between Israel and Canada and revolves around Mizrahi immigrants’ struggles to find a place for themselves in the modern world. The 11 short stories bring moments of sorrow and joy. Three panelists will each discuss one of the stories and their impact. The author will then explain her method of putting words to paper.

Cedar Sinai Park: 6140 SW Boundary St.
This event is sponsored by Congregation Beth Israel, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, and Cedar Sinai Park.


Community-wide Teen Chanukah Event - Dec. 13

Join 6th-12th graders to learn about Chanukah and Miracles. Dinner included. Free event and open to the community.
For more details, contact Rachel Nelson

Wednesday, December 13
6:00 - 8:30 pm
Congregation Neveh Shalom
Sponsored by Portland Area Jewish Educators (PAJE)

Nosh and Drash with Rabbi Eve Posen - Dec. 14

A monthly discussion covering a wide range of topics that draw on our experiences.
Topic: A Jewish Perspective on Dying with Dignity

Thursday, December 14
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Cafe at the J
Free and open to the community. In partnership with Congregation Neveh Shalom

Chanukah Donuts and Dancing - Dec. 17

Make decorations for your home, take part in Israeli dancing, and eat some delicious sufganiot (jelly donuts) at this family-friendly Chanukah celebration.

Sunday, December 17
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Cost: $10 per family.

Register here:

Chinese Food and a Movie - Dec. 25

Join the community for this yearly tradition! Enjoy a Kosher Chinese-inspired lunch, watch a family-friendly film, and participate in other activities and crafts.

Monday, December 25
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost: $10/plate

Register here:

New Year's Eve at Noon - Dec. 31

Join us for a fun family event as we ring in the new year with games, a bouncy house, arts + crafts, snacks, dancing, pool float, and a balloon drop at noon. This event is free and for all ages.

Sunday, December 31
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Pool float from 12:30 - 2:00 pm

Sponsored by MJCC Day Camp

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