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Arts + Culture Events


PDX Business Breakfast Series - Jan. 24

Why I Chose Portland Over Pardes Hanna or Silicon Valley

Panelists include:
Dan Schoenbaum, CEO of Cooladata
Skip Newberry, Technology Association of Oregon
Moderator Steve ‘Rosy’ Rosenberg, Oregon Israel Business Alliance
Wednesday, January 24
7:15 - 9:15 am
at Sentinel Hotel
Tickets and sponsorships available.

2018 - Make it Your Best Year Yet - Jan. 25

This 90 minute mini-retreat will have you take a time-out to reflect and integrate your learnings from last year. Begin to understand the key to your fulfillment in the coming year, and create a personal plan to get you from where you are now to where you’d love to be. Led by Certified Professional Coach Christine Gilmore.
Thursday, January 25
6:00 - 7:30 pm, FIT204
Cost: $20. Member Cost: $10.

18th Annual Community Havdalah - Jan. 27

Sponsored by the Jewish Women’s Round Table and its member organizations (MJCC), for the community and the residents of Cedar Sinai Park. The service will be led by Flip Frisch, Congregation Kol Ami. Refreshments to be served following the event.
Saturday, January 27
6:30 pm
Cedar Sinai Park, Rose Schnitzer Manor, Zidell Hall
Free and open to the community.

MJCC/PJA Used Book Sale - Jan. 28 - 30

Proceeds to benefit the Portland Jewish Academy Library and the MJCC facilities. Sale is open to everyone!
Sunday - Tuesday
January 28 - 30
At the MJCC


Mozart Cycle with David Rothman - Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27

The Complete Mozart Cycle with Pianist David Rothman every Tuesday in February.
Mr. Rothman is a piano virtuoso. In 2002, he played all of the Beethoven sonatas from memory in a period of five weeks. In 2015, he performed the complete works of Frédéric Chopin. Now David Rothman tackles all of the piano sonatas of the great classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

David Rothman was born in Toronto, Canada in 1962. At six, he began to study piano, and at ten, he was accepted into the Menuhin School in England. At seventeen, he was accepted into the Curtis Institute where he studied with Mieczyslaw Horszowski.
February 6 - February 27
2:00 - 3:15 pm
Per concert: Cost: $10. Member Cost: $5.

College Info Night - Feb. 6

Admission to college can be fraught with rumor, speculation and anxiety. This program, led by Julia Surtshin from College Ahead, will provide parents of high school students with information about the current landscape of college admissions. The program will demystify the process, thereby decreasing anxiety and stress for both parents and students alike.
At the end of the evening parents will understand:
- Current Pressures Faced by Colleges and How They Impact Admission
- What Colleges are Looking for in Applicants
- Financial Aid Basics
- The Timeline for College Admission
- ACT & SAT Options
- What Parents Can Do to Support Their Teens
- Resources: Information and Support
Tuesday, February 6
6:30 pm
Free and open to the community.

Nosh + Drash with Rabbi Eve Posen - Feb. 8

A monthly discussion covering a wide range of topics that will draw on our experiences.
February’s topic: How to be a Friend.
Thursday, February 8
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Cafe at the J
Free and open to the community.
In partnership with Congregation Neveh Shalom

Gun Safety Presentation - Feb. 8

Learn common sense steps we can all take to reduce gun injuries and deaths among children.
Thursday, February 8
6:00 pm
Free and open to the community.
In partnership with Portland Jewish Academy, and Moms Demand Action

Concert Weekend with Neshama Carlebach - Feb. 10 - Feb. 11

Saturday, February 10: Come Together! Songs of Unity for a World Divided
Join Neshama Carlebach at Congregation Shaarie Torah for an intimate evening of music, food, drink, and singing. In addition to beautiful singing together, Neshama and Rabbi Rose will reflect together on how music and Jewish community can help create unity at a time of division.
4:00 pm at Congregation Shaarie Torah
920 NW 25th Ave, Portland, OR 97210
$18 per ticket.

Sunday, February 11: PDX Community Concert with Neshama
Join Neshama Carlebach and her full band at Congregation Neveh Shalom for a soulful concert that will raise the spirits of Portlanders of all ages. Neshama Carlebach, a leading superstar in Jewish Entertainment, is continuing the legacy established by her father, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Like her father, Neshama's talent and charisma captivate and endear her to people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds. Neshama has performed and taught in cities worldwide, has sung on the Broadway stage, has sold more than one million records, and was a six-time entrant in the 2011 Grammy Awards.
Doors: 4:30 pm. Show: 5:00 pm. Meet + Greet for Concert Patrons: 4:00 pm.
At Congregation Neveh Shalom
2900 SW Peaceful Ln, Portland, OR 97239
Adults: $18. Children & Seniors: $10. Concert Patrons: $180/Couple.

Buy Tickets Here.

MJCC Summer Day Camp Info Fair - Feb. 11

Learn about summer camp programs, register and meet camp staff!
Sunday, February 11,
10:00 am - 1:00 pm at the MJCC

Jewish Community Orchestra Young Artists Showcase - Feb. 11

Young Artist Showcase
Turina - La Procession du Rocio
Shostakovich - Cello Concerto No. 1 mvmt. 1 - Kira Wang, soloist
Mendelssohn - Violin concerto in e minor, op. 64 mvmt. 1 - Ian Song, soloist
Smetana - Three Dances from “The Bartered Bride”
Poulenc - Piano Concerto mvmt. 1 - Alyssa Shi, soloist
Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2 in c minor, op. 18 mvmt. III - Jenna Tu, soloist

Sunday, February 11
3:00 pm - concert.
2:00 pm - silent auction
$10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students.
Children under 6 free. Tickets at the door.
In partnership with the MJCC

Mussar with Rabbi Joshua Rose - Feb. 12

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, February 12
2:30 - 3:25 pm
Free and open to the community.
In partnership with Congregation Shaarie Torah

Short Stories with Harley Sachs - Feb. 15

Author of Threads of the Convenant, Harley Sachs will share his collection of twenty-one short stories about Jewish life in small town America centering around two main characters. Each story depicts another aspect of what it means to be a Jew in a small town as each character comes to realize his own identity.
Thursday, Feb. 15
6:30 pm
Cost: $5.

Mah Jongg for Beginners - starts Feb. 20

Learn to play this ancient game.
It will give your mind a workout!
Tuesday Mornings
February 20 - March 20
10:30 am - 12:30 pm, CG203
Cost: $100. Members: $85.

Mah Jongg for Intermediates - starts Feb. 20

Take your game to the next level. It will give your mind a workout!
Tuesday afternoons
February 20 - March 20
1:30 - 3:30 pm, CG204
Cost: $100. Member Cost: $85.

Purim Carnival - Feb. 25

Come take part in this fun and family-friendly event! Games, costumes, prizes and more!
Sunday, February 25
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Free and open to the community.
In partnership with Portland Kollel

Coach Approach: Successful Communication - Feb. 27

Sharpen your communication skills in this fun, participatory, and interactive workshop. Learn the three key skills which will transform your personal and professional relationships. Develop the tools to handle difficult conversations and interactions more effectively, and take your listening skills to the next level. Discover the transformational power of acknowledgement. Led by Certified Professional Coach Christine Gilmore.
Tuesday, February 27
6:00 - 7:30 pm, FIT205
Cost: $20. Member Cost: $10.

Commitment Deadline for 2018 JCC Maccabi Games® - Feb. 23

2018 JCC Maccabi Games® and ArtsFest®
Exciting Opportunity for Jewish Athletes and Artists Ages 13-16!
This past summer, Team Oregon had 17 athletes participate in several sports including basketball, baseball, lacrosse, and soccer during the 2017 Games held in Miami, FL. Our delegation not only had an incredible time in their respective sport but also loved meeting new friends from all over the world, spending time with host families, and exploring a new area of the country!

This year, both the Games and ArtsFest will take place from August 5 - 10. The Games will be held in Orange County, CA, while ArtsFest will take place down the road in Long Beach, CA.

Sports include: basketball, baseball, flag football, ice hockey, lacrosse, softball, girls volleyball, dance, star reporter (sports journalism), swimming, table tennis, tennis, and track and field.

Arts include: acting/improv, culinary arts, dance, musical theatre, rock band, visual arts, and vocal music.

We plan on expanding our 2018 delegation when we head down to California to represent our community. If you or someone you know is interested in joining our delegation for this summer, whether as an athlete or artist, please contact Len Steinberg at or 503.535.3555.

Commitments must be made by February 23.


JAM Art Show + Sale - during March

March is Jewish Arts Month! Enjoy a rotating exhibit in the MJCC lobby. Members of ORA: Northwest Jewish Artists will answer questions, accept commissions and sell their art. A portion of the proceeds benefits the MJCC!

Weekend in Quest - March 2- 4

The 2018 scholars-in-residence will be Dr. Rena Lauer and her husband, Dr. Yiftakh Osterlow of Oregon State University. They will each give two lectures on the topic of “Gendered Judaism: Jewish Masculinity and Femininity in the Premodern World.” Also included in the Shabbaton will be Shabbat services, led by Rabbi Joshua Rose of Congregation Shaarie Torah, catered Kosher-style meals, social time, and entertainment.
March 2 - 4, 2018
For more information go to or contact Mimi Epstein at
In partnership with the Institute for Judaic Studies

2018 Friends of the Center Brunch - March 4

A trailblazing female in the world of stand-up comedy, Carol Leifer will join us as our guest speaker. She is a four-time Emmy nominee who has written for such shows as Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, The Larry Sanders Show, and the Emmy Award-winning Modern Family, for which she won a 2012 Writers Guild Award.

Sunday, March 4
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Individual Tickets: $54
Age 36 and under: $36
Table of Eight: $432

MJCC Author Series - March 6, 13, 20

Join us for this thought-provoking program that will bring an exceptional line up of authors and special events to our community.
Tuesday, March 6
7:00 pm - Tom Teicholz
Being There: Journalism 1978-2000

Tuesday, March 13
7:00 pm - Susan Simon
Almost a Minyan

Tuesday, March 20
7:00 pm - Ani Tuzman
The Tremble of Love: A Novel of the Baal Shem Tov

Individual event tickets:
Cost: $8. Member Cost: $5
Series Pass:
Cost: $20. Member Cost: $12.

Nosh + Drash with Rabbi Eve Posen - March 8

A monthly discussion covering a wide range of topics that will draw on our experiences.
March’s topic: Passover Torah
Thursday, March 8
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Cafe at the J
Free and open to the community.
In partnership with Congregation Neveh Shalom

Mussar with Rabbi Joshua Rose - March 12

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, March 12
2:30 - 3:25 pm
Free and open to the community.
In partnership with Congregation Shaarie Torah

Upgrade Your Money Beliefs - March 22

Your beliefs about money affect your life every day. They color your relationships, and shape your home and career. Explore where your money beliefs come from, how they may be keeping you stuck, and how to move to different beliefs. Contains no number crunching at all! Led by Certified Professional Coach Christine Gilmore.
Thursday, March 22
6:00 - 7:30 pm, FIT206
Cost: $20. Member Cost: $10.

Art + Spirit Workshop - March 25

Singer, artist, teacher, writer, ordained Maggid Cassandra Sagan will lead our second in a series of workshops called Art + Spirit. Cassandra will offer experiential learning focused on text-based study, discussion, movement, and story that will provoke new ideas for expressive art. Participants are encouraged to bring sketch materials, laptops, manuscript paper, or other materials.
Sunday, March 25
2:00 - 4:30 pm
Cost: $18
In partnership with ORA Northwest Jewish Artists

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