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Arts + Culture Events

Aug./Sept.

The Maccabeats - Summer Concert - Aug. 27

Everyone loves being outside in Portland during the summer and so do we! Join our community for this new program which will take place through the summer. You’ve probably seen them on YouTube®, now see them live! Based out of Yeshiva University in New York, this American-Jewish acappella group specializes in covers and parodies of contemporary hits.

All concerts will be held on our lawn. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Listen to the Maccabeats. Candlelight-Hanukkah

Sunday, August 27
6:30 pm
Each concert is $5 per person.
Tickets at: www.oregonjcc.org/concert

Sponsored by JCC Association’s Making Music Happen Centennial Grant initiative, funded by a grant from Marvin J. Pertzik and the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation. Additional support provided by Congregation Beth Israel, Havurah Shalom, the Holzman Foundation, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, Anna and Eric Kodesch, Congregation Neveh Shalom, PJ Library, the Leonard and Lois Schnitzer Charitable Supporting Foundation, Congregation Shaarie Torah, Shir Tikvah, Jonathan Singer of Barg Singer PC, a real estate and business law firm.

Big Truck Day - Sept. 4

Fun for the whole family!
Come out to see police vehicles, fire trucks, limos, race cars, construction trucks, and more! There will also be food stations, games, live music, and more.

Monday, September 4
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Free and open to the community.

Happiness Talks with Sharon Rose - Sept. 7

Learn about happiness through science, philosophy, religion, and psychology. Sharon Rose, retired college educator, shares strategies to make our lives more content.

Thursday, September 7
2:00 pm

Free and open to the community.

Mussar with Rabbi Joshua Rose - Sept. 11

Mussar is an approach of self-awareness, and personal development that is grounded in deep reflection on Jewish texts and on spiritual practices that guide us toward greater control over our thinking and behaviors.

Monday, September 11
2:30 - 3:25 pm

Free and open to the community.
In partnership with Congregation Shaarie Torah.

Nosh + Drash with Rabbi Eve Posen - Sept. 14

A monthly discussion covering a wide range of topics that draw on our experiences. Topic: Prepare for the High Holidays.

Thursday, September 14
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Cafe at the J

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

Rosh Hashanah Shaba-lah Shabbat - Sept. 15

Join us and other young families for a special Shabbat filled with stories, singing, and of course apples and honey!

Friday, September 15
3:30 - 5:00 pm

Free and open to the community.

Mah Jongg - Sept. 19 - Oct. 17

Learn to play this ancient game. It will give your mind a workout!
Tuesdays,
September 19 - October 17
10:30 am - 12:30 pm, CG100
Cost: $100. Member Cost: $85.
Click here to register

October

Art + Spirit: Creating Art /Jewish Lens - Oct. 1

Join us to reflect on how spirituality is expressed in a painting, photograph, song, dance, poem, work of clay, and sculpture by Jewish artists. Participate in a guided study of the High Holiday prayer “Ki Hinei Kachomer - For We Are Like Clay” to help you create a preliminary response to the prayer in your own art form. Bring art materials, and a protective table covering if appropriate. Led by Rabbi Dr. Goldie Milgram, MSW, founder and Dean of the Institute for Jewish Spiritual Education.

Sunday, October 1
2:00 pm

Cost: $18

Register: oregonjcc.org/Art-spirit

Community Sukkah Building - Oct. 1

Join friends and family as we come together and build our community Sukkah. Bring your own decorations to hang up in the Sukkah!

Sunday, October 1
10:00 am

Exhibit Opening: Jews of Africa - Oct. 2

Jews of Africa – A Photographic Journey through Ancient and Awakening Communities

Jewish photographic documentarian, Jono David showcases 59 images from his four-year project documenting Jewish life, culture, and history in 30 African countries and territories. The exhibition features numerous anecdotal narrations and “Jewish African Voices” - video commentaries from people across the Jewish African world.

Monday, October 2
6:00 pm

Exhibit displayed October 2 - December 31

Improv Comedy Club - Oct. 3 - Dec. 5

Improv Comedy Club: 3rd - 6th grade
Learn the basics of improv theater! Learn short-form games that teach the skills of listening and responding, working together as a group to create a story on the spot, and building self-confidence. Work towards a demo that showcases your favorite improv games, and shows off your new comedy chops!

Tuesdays, October 3 - December 5
3:45 - 4:45 pm
No class Nov. 21
Cost: $95/student
Register here: oregonjcc.org/Improv
In partnership with Portland Jewish Academy (PJA)

Israel Film Series: Turn Left at the End of the World - Oct. 3

Calling all filmgoers! Join us for an array of Israeli films ranging from drama to comedy to suspense! A discussion will follow each film.

Turn Left at the End of the World
Tuesday, October 3
7:00 pm

Cost per film: $8. Member Cost: $5
Series Pass: $20, Member Cost: $12

Register here: oregonjcc.org/film

In partnership with IJS

Tiny Talkers - Baby Sign Language Classes - Oct. 4 - Nov. 1

Sign, Sing and Play (9 months - approx. 2.5 yrs.)
Learn and discover sign language with your child. Class includes numerous strategy tips, ideas, and specific demonstrations of how to teach certain signs, especially abstract ones, which are more challenging to teach without proper guidance.

Wednesdays, October 4 - November 1
10:00 - 11:00 am
Cost for session: $90.
Register here (CG103)

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
Register here
Drop-in Cost: $15/family (CG104)
5 class punch card: $60 (CG105)

Pizza in the Sukkah - Oct. 10

Join friends for an evening of great food, schmoozing, singing, and storytelling!

Tuesday, October 10
5:00 - 6:30 pm

Cost: $15 per family

Registration link coming soon (register by October 4).

Free and open to the community.
In partnership with PJA.

Israel Film Series: Yolki Palki - Oct. 10

Calling all filmgoers! Join us for an array of Israeli films ranging from drama to comedy to suspense! A discussion will follow each film.

Yolki Palki
Tuesday, October 10
7:00 pm

Cost per film: $8. Member Cost: $5
Series Pass: $20, Member Cost: $12
Register here: oregonjcc.org/film

In partnership with IJS

Our Heritage and Our Health - Oct. 15

Ashkenazi Jewish Genetics Disease and the Founder Effect

Learn the genetic conditions which occur more frequently in Jews of Ashkenazi descent. Focus on the most common – Gaucher disease.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
Contact Diana Lindemann to reserve your
space: diana2504@msn.com.
Lunch is included.

Sunday, October 15
12:30 - 2:30 pm

Free and open to the community.

In partnership with Portland Hadassah, JFGP, Cedar Sinai Park, Jewish Family and Child Services.


Israel Film Series: I Had a Dream - Oct. 17

Calling all filmgoers! Join us for an array of Israeli films ranging from drama to comedy to suspense! Discussion to follow.

I Had a Dream
Tuesday, October 17
7:00 pm

Cost per film: $8. Member Cost: $5
Series Pass: $20, Member Cost: $12

Register here: oregonjcc.org/film

In partnership with IJS

Israeli Dancing - Oct. 18 - Dec. 27

Join us for a fun, introductory Israeli dance class. All levels are welcome. Six people needed to run class. 10 week class

Wednesdays, October 18 - December 27
7:00 - 8:00 pm
$100 Members and Guests
$15 drop-in.
No class on 11/22. CG101

Author Talk: Edward Hershey - Oct. 19

In his memoir, “The Scorekeeper,” Portlander and retired journalist Edward Hershey reflects on Jewish-American culture in the 1950s and 60s when his New York neighborhood was “as Jewish as Ivory soap - 99 and 44/100s pure.”

Thursday, October 19
6:00 pm
Cost: $5

Register here: oregonjcc.org/Hershey

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: oregonjcc.org/film

Taste of Art - Oct. 28

Local Jewish artist from ORA will have their artwork on display and for sale. Food, drinks and other vendors will also be present.

Saturday, October 28
7:00 pm

Free and open to the community.

In partnership with ORA

November

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: oregonjcc.org/Gfelt

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.

December

Books and Bagels + Chanukah Gift Fair - Dec. 3

Celebrate Jewish Book Month in two different ways! Join our community for a bagel nosh and
story time in the PJA Library. Then, stop by the Chanukah Fair. Craft and Fine Artists will share their treasures along with music and books galore! A latke lunch will be served at Cafe at the J.

Sunday, December 3
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Story time 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

In Partnership with PJA.

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 rachelr@jewishportland.org.

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: oregonjcc.org/donuts

Chinese Food and a Movie - Dec. 25

Join the community for this yearly tradition! Enjoy a 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

Register here: oregonjcc.org/movie

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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