Arts + Culture Events

August

Art Gallery Exhibit: Boris Uan-zo-li - Through Sept. 7

Boris Uan-Zo-li’s artwork reflects his fascinating life, big, bold, varied and colorful. His work is abstract, but his figures are identifiable like the portraits of Woody Allen and personal hero Bob Dylan. Boris was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1938. During the Soviet times, Boris participated in four exhibitions and at one of the exhibitions in the USSR his paintings were withdrawn from the gallery by the Soviet bureaucrat because they did not fit the communist vision. After the fall of communism, Boris’s paintings were exhibited in a number of places, including the Central House of the Artists, one of the most prestigious Russian exhibitions.

Exhibit on display July 5 - September 7

50s+ Walking Tour of Jewish PDX - Aug. 27 (Rescheduled)

Two new dates are available for registration:
Monday, August 20 (cancelled due to air quality),
and Monday, August 27.

Register for your preferred tour date here.

Take a walking tour of South Portland through old Jewish neighborhoods.
Monday, August 27
5:30 pm Happy Hour
6:30 pm Tour Begins
Meets at Lair Hill Bistro
2823 SW 1st Ave., Portland, OR 97201

Cost: $5 per person (includes your first drink and appetizers)
In partnership with OJMCHE, JFGP

Jewish Heritage Night at the Hillsboro Hops - Aug. 21

Join the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and the Mittleman Jewish Community Center for Heritage Night at the Hillsboro Hops game against the Eugene Emeralds!

Tuesday, August 21
7:05 pm
Ron Tonkin Field
4460 NE Century Boulevard
Hillsboro, OR 97214
Cost: $15 (plus applicable fees). Parking is $5 per car at the door (please remember to bring cash before you head to the ballpark).

Tickets can be purchased at: groupmatics.events/event/Jewishcommunity2

In partnership with JFGP

September

Monthly Mitzvah Project: Back to School Items

Each month, the MJCC and PJA communities collect items for different area organizations in Portland.
In September, we will be collecting back to school items for Schoolhouse Supplies. Items may be dropped off in the blue bin in the MJCC Lobby near the Member Services Desk.

Big Truck Day - Sept. 3

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 other activities.

Monday, September 3
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free and open to the community
MJCC Parking Lot

Older But Wiser Story Tellers - Sept. 4

Five members of the Rose Schnitzer Manor writing class, Older But Wiser, will each present a 5 - 7 minute original true story about themselves. These stories are full of humor and wisdom.

Tuesday, September 4
7:00 pm

Free and open to the community.

Pianist David Rothman in Recital - Sept. 6 + 20

Piano virtuoso David Rothman tackles the masterworks of composers Ludwig van Beethoven and Frederic Chopin in a four-part concert series in September and December.
David Rothman was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1962. At age six, he began to study piano, and he was accepted into the Menuhin School in England at age 10. At seventeen, he was accepted into the Curtis Institute where he studied with Mieczyslaw Horszowski.

Thursdays, September 6 and 20
7:00 pm

Cost: $10. Member Cost: $5.
Register here.

Chai Baby/PJ Library Indoor Playground - Sept. 12

Parent/child play in the Sportsplex with snacks, drinks, and storytelling on the second Wednesday of each month.

September 12
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Free and open to the community.
In partnership with PJ Library, Chai Baby, Portland Jewish Academy


Nosh and Drash with Rabbi Eve Posen - Sept. 13

A monthly discussion covering a wide range of topics that draw on our experiences.

Thursday, September 13
Topic: Rosh Hashanah Learning
3:00 - 4:00 pm

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

Mussar with Rabbi Joshua Rose - Sept. 17

Mussar is an approach to 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 17
2:30 - 3:25 pm

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

Community Sukkah Building - Sept. 23

Help build our community Sukkah! Fun for kids and adults! Bring your own decorations or create some while you are here to hang up in the Sukkah! An adult supervises all activities.

Sunday, September 23
10:00 am

Pizza in the Sukkah - Sept. 26

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

Wednesday, September 26
5:00 - 6:30 pm

Cost: $15 per family.
Register by Sept. 23 at: oregonjcc.org/sukkah
In partnership with Portland Jewish Academy

Israeli Dancing - Sept. 26 - Dec. 12

Join us for a fun Israeli folk dance class. All levels are welcome. Six people needed.

Wednesdays,
September 26 - December 12

7:00 - 8:00 pm, CG100
Cost: $100 Members + Guests.
Drop-in Fee: $15 per class.
*No class on October 10 or November 21

Register: oregonjcc.org/registration

October

Monthly Mitzvah Project: Thanksgiving Foods for JFCS

Each month, the MJCC and PJA communities collect items for different area organizations in Portland.
In October, we will be collecting Thanksgiving foods for Jewish Family and Child Services (JFCS). Items may be dropped off in the blue bin in the MJCC Lobby near the Member Services Desk.

Mussar with Rabbi Joshua Rose - Oct. 8

Mussar is an approach to 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, October 8
2:30 - 3:25 pm

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

WomenStrength - Oct. 8, 15 + 22

WomenStrength, a program of the Portland Police Bureau since 1979, has provided free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area. This program has taught self-defense skills to approximately 30,000 women and teenage girls, and personal safety workshops to over 100,000 women and men.

Mondays, October 8, 15, and 22
6:00 - 9:15 pm
Register: portlandoregon.gov/police/womenstrength

Mah Jongg Beginners + Intermediate - Oct. 9 - Nov. 6

Mah Jongg Beginners
Learn to play this ancient game. It will give your mind a workout!
Tuesday Mornings,
October 9 - November 6
10:30 am - 12:30 pm, CG101
Cost: $100. Member Cost: $85.

Mah Jongg Intermediate
Take your game to the next level with other intermediate players.
Tuesday Afternoons,
October 9 - November 6
1:30 - 3:30 pm, CG102

Cost: $100. Member Cost: $85.

Register here.

Election 2018: City Council Candidate Forum - Oct. 9

Featuring Jo Ann Hardesty and Loretta Smith, the top two candidates from the May primary, are vying for the open seat on the Portland City Council being vacated by Dan Saltzman.

Tuesday, October 9
7:00 pm

Free and open to the community.

In partnership with Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, Jewish Community Relations Council, and MJCC

Chai Baby/PJ Libray Indoor Playground - Oct. 10

Parent/child play in the Sportsplex with snacks, drinks, and storytelling.

Second Wednesday of each month:
October 10
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Free and open to the community.
In partnership with PJ Library, Chai Baby, Portland Jewish Academy


Israel Film Series - Oct. 10, 16, 23, 30

Calling all filmgoers! Join us for an array of Israeli films focusing on the topic of homelessness. A discussion with Q&A will follow each film, please see film details for specifics. Films to be announced soon!

Wednesday, October 10, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, October 16, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, October 30, 7:00 pm

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

Registration open soon.

In partnership with the Institute for Judaic Studies

Nosh + Drash with Rabbi Eve Posen - Oct. 11

A monthly discussion covering a wide range of topics that draw on our experiences.

Thursday, October 11
Topic: Noah and the Flood: Then and Now.
3:00 - 4:00 pm

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

Amos Hoffman + Noam Lemish Quartet - Oct. 17

The Amos Hoffman and Noam Lemish Quartet is an inspired blend of jazz and Jewish folk melodies. Originating from over 20 years of collecting songs from their shared Israeli and jazz roots, the quartet’s lyrical and vibrant reimagining of beloved Jewish melodies are captivating audiences around the world.

Wednesday, October 17
7:00 pm
Cost: $15. Member Cost: $10.
Student/Youth: $5.

Register at: oregonjcc.org/quartet

Jewish PRIDE Greater PDX Happy Hour - Oct. 18

Join us for a bi-monthly Happy Hour for Jewish Pride Greater PDX! This is a non-affiliated group seeking to bring together LGBTQA Jews from all walks of life. We invite you to come hang out, have a drink (the first one is on us!), and munch on some appetizers (which are also on us!).

Thursday, October 18
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Location: Cerulean Wine - 1439 NW Marshall

Free and open to the community.

Yom Limmud: Day of Learning for Educators - Oct. 21

Let’s get together for an afternoon of FREE learning for educators. It’s the perfect time to hear from our fellow educators and get inspired as we continue with the year. Lunch included.
Presented by Portland Area Jewish Educators.

Sunday, October 21
12:30 - 4:30 pm

Free and open to the community.

The Great Big Challah Bake - Oct. 24

Come join us for an unforgettable, spiritually-uplifting evening where you will not only learn the art of making Challah, but also its religious significance and beauty of the experience.

Wednesday, October 24
7:00 pm
Cost: $18.

Registration details soon.

In partnership with Kollel, Kesser Israel, Ahavat Achim

Memoir Writing Workshop - Oct. 25 - Nov. 15

"If I tell you my story, you begin to hear your own story," from a Hassidic saying. Learn to write your story in a supportive atmosphere with a writing coach. Dorothy Dworkin is a published author, columnist and writing teacher who will offer prompts, suggestions, and feedback to beginning memoir writers.

Thursdays,
October 25, November 1, 8, 15
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Cost: $50.

Register at: oregonjcc.org/writingworkshop
*Pre-registration is required.

Celebration of Art - Oct. 27 + 28

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

Saturday, October 27 + Sunday, October 28
7:00 - 9:30 pm
Free and open to the community.
In partnership with ORA.

Infant Feeding Support Group - Oct. 30 - Nov. 27

Connect with other nursing parents to share the joys and challenges of breastfeeding. Join the group if you are breastfeeding, formula feeding, pumping, bottle feeding, or supporting a breastfeeding parent. Get answers from Lara Greenberg, a board certifed lactation consultant (IBCLC). Healthy snacks and activities for older siblings provided. Five people needed to run class.

Tuesdays,
October 30, November 6, 13, 27
10:00 - 11:30 am, CG106
Cost: $20 Members + Guests.
Drop-in: $6 per class

No class November 20

Register: oregonjcc.org/registration

Art + Spirit: Creating Art through a Jewish Lens - TBA

Join us to reflect on how spirituality is expressed in painting, photograph, song, dance, poem, clay, and sculpture by Jewish artists. More details to follow.

November

Monthly Mitzvah Project: Holiday Gifts for JFCS

Each month, the MJCC and PJA communities collect items for different area organizations in Portland.
In November, we will be collecting Holiday Gifts for Jewish Family and Child Services (JFCS). Items may be dropped off in the blue bin in the MJCC Lobby near the Member Services Desk.

Rachel Calof - Nov. 4

Follow a dramatized story of Rachel Calof, a Jewish picture bride, as she emigrates from Russia to Devil’s Lake, North Dakota in 1894, to marry a man she has never met. For four years, Rachel and her husband lived in a twelve-by-fourteen foot shack with her in-laws, her husband’s brother, wife and children, two dozen chickens, and a cow. She gave birth to nine children, all of whom survived. She chronicled the story of those years when she was 55 and living in St. Paul. Her manuscript, handwritten in Yiddish, was discovered by her children after her death and eventually published as Rachel Calof’s Story: Jewish Homesteader on the Northern Plains

Sunday, November 4
3:00 pm

Cost: $18. Youth $10.

Registration open at: oregonjcc.org/rachelcalof
Held at Congregation Beth Israel
In partnership with Congregation Beth Israel

Nosh + Drash with Rabbi Eve Posen - Nov. 8

A monthly discussion covering a wide range of topics that draw on our experiences.

Thursday, November 8
Topic: The Torah of Thanksgiving
3:00 - 4:00 pm

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

Mussar with Rabbi Joshua Rose - Nov. 12

Mussar is an approach to 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, November 12
2:30 - 3:25 pm

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

Chai Baby/PJ Library Indoor Playground - Nov. 14

Parent/child play in the Sportsplex with snacks, drinks, and storytelling.

Second Wednesday of each month.
November 14
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Free and open to the community.
In partnership with PJ Library, Chai Baby, Portland Jewish Academy

Jewish Community Orchestra - Nov. 18

More details coming soon!

Sunday, November 18
3:00 pm

$10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students.
Children under 6 free.
Tickets at the door.

Mah Jongg Beginners + Intermediate - Nov. 27 - Jan. 8

Mah Jongg Beginners
Learn to play this ancient game. It will give your mind a workout!
Tuesday Mornings,
November 27 - January 8
10:30 am - 12:30 pm, CG103
Cost: $100. Member Cost: $85.

Mah Jongg Intermediate
Take your game to the next level with other intermediate players.
Tuesday Afternoons,

November 27 - January 8
1:30 - 3:30 pm, CG104
Cost: $100. Member Cost: $85.

Register here.

TBA - Portland Jewish Book Month Celebration

Details coming soon!

December

Monthly Mitzvah Project: Arts + Crafts Supplies

Each month, the MJCC and PJA communities collect items for different area organizations in Portland.
In December, we will be collecting arts and crafts supplies for the Ronald McDonald House. Items may be dropped off in the blue bin in the MJCC Lobby near the Member Services Desk.

Young Adults Latke Ball - Dec. 1

More details coming soon!

Saturday, December 1
7:00 pm

Registration open soon.
In partnership with JFGP

Chanukah Donuts + Dancing - Dec. 2

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 2
2:00 - 4:00 pm

Cost: $10 per family.

Registration open soon.

Jewish PRIDE Greater PDX Happy Hour - Dec. 8

Come join us for a bi-monthly Happy Hour for Jewish Pride Greater PDX! This is a non-affiliated group seeking to bring together LGBTQA Jews from all walks of life. We invite you to come hang out, have a drink (the first one is on us!), and munch on some appetizers (which are also on us!).

Saturday, December 8
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Location: Cerulean Wine - 1439 NW Marshall

Free and open to the community.

Mussar with Rabbi Joshua Rose - Dec. 10

Mussar is an approach to 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, December 10
2:30 - 3:25 pm

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

Chai Baby/PJ Library Indoor Playground - Dec. 12

Parent/child play in the Sportsplex with snacks, drinks, and storytelling.

Second Wednesday of each month.
December 12
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Free and open to the community.
In partnership with PJ Library, Chai Baby, Portland Jewish Academy

Nosh + Drash with Rabbi Eve Posen - Dec. 13

A monthly discussion covering a wide range of topics that draw on our experiences.

Thursday, December 13
Topic: Texts of Inspiration
3:00 - 4:00 pm

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

Pianist David Rothman in Recital - Dec. 13 + 20

Piano virtuoso David Rothman tackles the masterworks of composers Ludwig van Beethoven and Frederic Chopin in a four-part concert series in September and December.
David Rothman was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1962. At age six, he began to study piano, and he was accepted into the Menuhin School in England at age 10. At seventeen, he was accepted into the Curtis Institute where he studied with Mieczyslaw Horszowski.

Thursdays, December 13 + 20
7:00 pm

Cost: $10. Member Cost: $5.
Registration open soon.

Chinese Food + 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.

Tuesday, December 25
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Cost: Adults $15. Youth $10.

Registration open soon. Register by Wednesday, December 19

Israeli Dancing - Begins Dec. 26

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

Wednesday Evenings,
December 26 - February 27

7:00 - 8:00 pm, CG 105
Cost: $100 Members + Guests.
Drop-in Fee: $15 per class.

Register: oregonjcc.org/registration

New Year's Eve at Noon - Dec. 31

Join us for this fun family event as we ring in the New Year! Arts and crafts, games, bouncy house, dancing, snacks, pool float, and our annual countdown to 2019 at noon with the balloon drop!

Monday, December 31
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Pool Float from 12:30 - 2:00 pm

Free and open to the community.

Banner photo by Rob Pro Photo.