Arts + Culture Events

March

JAM Art Show + Sale - Through March 31

March is Jewish Arts Month but the show starts in late February! Enjoy a rotating exhibit in the MJCC lobby featuring 2 young artists shows, ceramics, drawings, fused glass, jewelry, paintings, photography, silk art. Members of ORA: Northwest Jewish Artists will answer questions, accept commissions, and sell their art. Art changes weekly.
A portion of the proceeds benefits the MJCC.

February 25 - March 31.

MJCC Author Series - March 26

Join us for this thought-provoking program that will bring an exceptional line up of authors and special events to our community. Click here for information about each author.
Tuesday, March 26 at 6:30 pm - Michael David Lukas

Guest: $8. Member Cost: $5.
Series Pass: Guest: $20. Member Cost: $12.

Tickets here.

Used Book Sale - March 31 - April 2

Support the MJCC and PJA communities during our annual Used Book Sale. Find thousands of books at great prices!
Book collection: January 14 - March 15.
March 31 - April 2
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Free and open to the community.

A Jewish Studies Sampler - March 31

A Jewish Studies Sampler with Rabbi Jonathan Seidel PhD

Sundays, March 31, April 28, May 12
1:00 pm
Cost: $15

Register: oregonjcc.org/jewishlearning

Four Surveys of Intriguing and Slightly Mysterious Topics.

  • Kabbalah - New Approaches and Discoveries both Scholarly and Popular
  • Jewish Magic: Amulets, Healing and Transformation
  • The Jewish Role in the Development of Science both Empirical and Mystical
  • Israeli Dancing - March 27 - June 26

    Join us for a fun, introductory Israeli dance class. All levels welcome.
    Six people needed.
    Wednesdays
    March 27 - June 26
    No class 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/22 due to holidays
    7:00 - 8:00 pm, CG300
    Cost: $100 Members + Guests

    Register: oregonjcc.org/registration

    April

    Used Book Sale - April 1, 2

    Support the MJCC and PJA communities during our annual Used Book Sale. Finds thousands of books at great prices!
    March 31 - April 2
    Monday, April 1 - 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Tuesday, April 2 - 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

    Free and open to the community.

    The Israeli Elections - April 3

    The Israeli Elections: Status Quo, or Political Upheaval?
    With guest speaker, Herb Keinon
    Join us for a JCRC lecture with Herb Keinon, journalist with the Jerusalem Post for over three decades. He is responsible for covering the prime minister and foreign minister, often traveling with the prime minister on his trips abroad. Keinon has up-close knowledge and an intimate perspective of the country’s political, diplomatic, and strategic challenges.
    Wednesday, April 3
    7:00 pm

    Free and open to the community.
    In partnership with JFGP, JCRC, MJCC

    Jewish Community Orchestra - April 7

    Featuring Daniel Partridge, Horn Soloist
    This program helps to further the growth of local artists by presenting concerts that educate and entertain our audience.
    Berlioz - Overture to Le Corsair
    Bar Niv - Israeli Suite for Strings
    R. Strauss - Horn Concerto No. 1
    Daniel Partridge, soloist
    Lalo - Symphony in G
    Sunday, April 7
    3:00 pm

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

    Good Deeds Month - April 7, 14, 28

    This year, we are expanding our volunteer options into a full month of activities.
    Visit our Good Deeds Month page for all details and for registration information.
    In partnership with JFGP

    April 7 - Serve Meals at Oregon Food Bank
    Portland and Beaverton locations
    Shifts are from 1:00 - 3:30 pm
    Pre-registration is required. Please RSVP to Lenny Steinberg at lsteinberg@oregonjcc.org with your full name, email address, preferred location and any guests that will be joining you.

    April 14 - Passover Box Assembly at the MJCC
    Starts at 8:00 am.

    April 28
    JSERVE - a teen initiative supported by BBYO. Open to 6th - 8th Graders.
    Agape Village. Time TBD.
    Project theme: Houseless community in Portland
    Registration opens April 1.

    Beautify Grounds of Oregon Holocaust Memorial (Register here.)

    Visit our Good Deeds Month page for all details and for registration information.

    WomenStrength - April 8, 15, 22

    Since 1979, the Portland Police Bureau has provided free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops. 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
    April 8, 15, 22
    6:00 - 9:15 pm

    Register at portlandoregon.gov/police/womenstrength

    Mah Jongg for Beginners - April 16 - May 14

    Learn to play this ancient game. It will give your mind a workout!
    Tuesday Mornings
    April 16 - May 14
    10:30 am - 12:30 pm, CG301
    Cost: $100. Members: $85.

    Register: oregonjcc.org/registration

    Mah Jongg for Intermediate Players - April 16 - May 14

    Take your game to the next level. It will give your mind a workout!
    Tuesday Afternoons
    April 16 - May 14
    1:30 - 3:30 pm, CG302
    Cost: $100. Members: $85.

    Register: oregonjcc.org/registration

    Premiere - Chavruta: A Drummer's Bat Mitzvah - April 16

    Join us for the Portland premiere of this 15-minute documentary short by Jodi Darby. The film follows two Jewish Portland artists, drummer/writer/environmentalist Lisa Schonberg and musician/writer/Jewish educator Alicia Jo Rabins, as they prepare for Lisa's adult Bat Mitzvah. The word chavruta refers to the traditional partner-style study of Jewish texts; over the course of one year, the two women delve into a grassroots, feminist, distinctly Portland course of study.
    Tuesday, April 16
    7:30 pm

    Free and open to the community.
    Suggested donation of $5 at the door.

    Art Gallery Exhibit: The Passover Series - April 19 - 28

    Shlomo Katz, Polish/Israeli, 1937 - 1992
    Born in Lodz, Poland, Shlomo Katz immigrated to Palestine when he was eight years old in 1945. Katz developed an original technique of oil painting on a gilded metal surface. The result recalls medieval icons on the one hand, and oriental miniatures on the other. These ancient resources combine to form a totally modern image with a light humorous touch and a noble character. It took a lot of experimentation to translate these images to the graphic art form. The metallic inks of the golden tones and the importance of absolute registration presented just a part of the challenge, but the Katz serigraphs became the ultimate in modern printmaking.
    Exhibit on display April 19 - 28

    A Jewish Studies Sampler - April 28

    A Jewish Studies Sampler with Rabbi Jonathan Seidel PhD

    Sundays, April 28, May 12
    1:00 pm
    Cost: $15

    Register: oregonjcc.org/jewishlearning

    Four Surveys of Intriguing and Slightly Mysterious Topics.

  • April 28: Jewish Magic: Amulets, Healing and Transformation
  • May 12: The Jewish Role in the Development of Science both Empirical and Mystical
  • Israel from the Eyes of the Community - April 29 - May 31

    Art Gallery Exhibit: A PDX Art Display
    Members from the Greater Portland area submitted photos that were taken by them while in Israel. A committee selected the photos on display. During the week leading up to our annual Yom Ha'Atzmaut Celebration (May 8), you can vote for your favorite photo! That evening, we will announce the winners. Submissions to lsteinberg@oregonjcc.org by April 15.
    Exhibit on display April 29 - May 31
    Sponsored by Jewish Federation of Greater Portland

    May

    Memoir Writing Workshop - May 2 - 30

    Mark Twain said it best when he said, "no one has an uninteresting life!" This workshop is an opportunity to explore your life and write your stories. Dorothy Dworkin, an experienced author, columnist, and writing coach, will offer prompts and suggestions to get you started on writing your stories. She will help you organize your memoir with non-critical feedback from your fellow writers and from her years of experience facilitating the writing process. No experience necessary, only a desire to share your experiences with family, friends and fellow "memoirists." Class size is limited to 12.
    Thursdays
    May 2 - 30
    11:00 am - 12:30 pm, CG306
    Cost: $50.

    Register at oregonjcc.org/registration

    Yom HaZikaron - May 7

    This program honors those who have given their lives for the State of Israel.
    Tuesday, May 7
    8:00 pm

    Free and open to the community.

    Yom Ha’Atzmaut - May 8

    Come out and celebrate Israel’s 71st year of Independence! Join in Israeli music, dance, crafts, food and more!
    Wednesday, May 8
    5:00 - 8:30 pm at the MJCC

    In partnership with PJ Library and JFGP

    Newcomer’s Reception - May 21

    Welcome to Portland! Are you new (or kinda new) to the Portland area? We’d love to meet you! You’re invited to a super-informal evening of fun and entertainment where you can meet people that have also recently moved here.
    Tuesday, May 21
    6:30 pm

    Appetizers and Drinks will be served.
    Location is TBA
    Free and open to the community.
    In partnership with JFGP

    Mah Jongg for Beginners - May 28 - June 25

    Learn to play this ancient game. It will give your mind a workout!
    Tuesday mornings
    May 28 - June 25
    10:30 am - 12:30 pm, CG303
    Cost: $100. Members: $85.

    Register: oregonjcc.org/registration

    Mah Jongg for Intermediate Players - May 28 - June 25

    Take your game to the next level. It will give your mind a workout!
    Tuesday afternoons
    May 28 - June 25
    1:30 - 3:30 pm, CG304
    Cost: $100. Members: $85.

    Register: oregonjcc.org/registration

    Infant Feeding + Parenting Group - May 30, June 6, 13, 27

    Share the joys and challenges of breastfeeding, feeding and new parenting! Join the group if you are breastfeeding, formula feeding, pumping, bottle feeding, or supporting a breastfeeding parent. Group moderated by Lara Greenberg, a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). Expert guest speakers will join us for two of the groups to share knowledge on hot parenting topics, including infant gum/tooth care and postpartum mood disorders. Healthy snacks and activities for older siblings provided.
    Thursdays
    May 30, June 6, 13, 27
    10:00 - 11:30 am, CG305
    Cost: $20 Members + Guests.
    Drop-in: $6 per class

    Register: oregonjcc.org/registration

    June

    Jewish Community Orchestra Season Finale - June 9

    Featuring Laura Beckel Thoreson, Mezzo Soprano
    JCO provides enjoyable music to the Jewish and surrounding communities of the Portland Metro area. This program helps to further the growth of local artists by presenting concerts that educate and entertain our audience.
    Meyerbeer - Struensee Overture
    Mahler - Songs of a Wayfarer
    Laura Beckel Thoreson, soloist
    Borodin - Symphony No. 2 in B minor
    Sunday, June 9
    3:00 pm
    Tickets available at the door
    $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students. Children under 6 free.

    Portland PRIDE Parade - June 16

    Join the MJCC and the entire Jewish community as we march together at the Portland Pride Parade for the 3rd annual year. Keep an eye out for events happening all weekend long (jewishportland.org/pride).
    Sunday, June 16
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Downtown Portland

    Banner photo by Rob Pro Photo.