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Jewish Book Celebration


Ahava Reads
Tuesday, November 8
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Sip d'Vine, 7829 SW Capital Highway, Portland
Discuss Alice Hoffman’s The Marriage of Opposites, a forbidden love story set in early 1800's St. in a Jewish refugee community. About the extraordinary woman who gave birth Camille Pissarro, the Father of Impressionism.
Shaarie Torah

Pageturners: The Marriage of Opposites
Tuesday, November 8
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd., Portland
Read The Marriage of Opposites and join the Pageturners to discuss.
Hillsdale Library Pageturners

Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean
Sunday, November 13
10:30 am
Mirabella Tower, 3550 SW Bond Ave. Portland
Join Ron Silver and Eric Kimmel for salty tales of the Jewish pirates who found revenge, and a whole lot of booty, as they raised havoc in the Spanish New World.
Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Neveh Shalom, Mittleman Jewish Community Center

Pissarro, Pinot & Palette: Impressionism and Beyond
Tuesday, November 15
7:00 - 9:30 pm
Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Highway, Portland
Join Jeffery Hall, an accomplished, local artist, who will talk about his work and how it relates to The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman. Following , participate in a creative art instruction session. Jeffrey will guide you to explore your inner artist in an informal, no pressure environment. Transform a blank canvas into a finished representation. Cost: $36.
Mittleman Jewish Community Center

A Kippah in the Caribbean (2015 movie in Dutch with English subtitles)
Wednesday, November 16
7:00 pm
Havurah Shalom, 824 NW 18th Ave., Portland
Explore the culture of Caribbean Jews from Portugal, The Netherlands, and Brazil, to Curaçao, Suriname, Aruba and the Dutch island of Sint Eustatius. Young Jews explore their lifestyle, including "Jewish Caribbean rap”. Great for all ages.
General Public: $8; OJMCHE Members: $5; Students: $5
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Havurah Shalom, and Institute for Judaic Studies


MJCC Author Series

Janis Cooke Newman
Tuesday, March 7, 7:00 pm
A Master Plan for Rescue

A historical novel set in Berlin and New York highlights America’s anti-Semitism during WWII. A young Jewish man who can fix anything — except his lover’s damaged heart — flees Berlin and Hitler’s rise to power, traveling across the Atlantic aboard the famed refugee ship the SS St. Louis. In New York, a young German-American man crippled by asthma spends summers at Camp Siegfried, a Nazi camp run by the German Bund in Yaphank, Long Island. Also in New York, a 12-year-old Irish boy who has lost the person he loved most in the world dreams up an improbable rescue to save 23 Jewish children trapped in France. Each of these characters and their stories draw closer and closer together, forcing surprising acts of heroism inspired by the idea that people’s lives do not necessarily end with their deaths.

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Tuesday, March 14, 7:00 pm
Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything
Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either — “Too Jewish,” they said — but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, and nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. Seinfeldia celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind the scenes of the show while it was on the air, showing the ways it brought the Jewish culture of modern New Yorkers to a nationwide audience.

Author - TBA
Tuesday, March 21, 7:00 pm

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