Arts + Culture Events

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.

Israeli Dancing - Wednesdays

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

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.

Register here.

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

ORA Art Preview
Join us for a fun and exciting evening that brings together ORA’s talented artists, plus free food and beverage tastings. Be the first to preview and purchase the artists’ new and affordable art, including photography, fabric, jewelry, paintings, pencil drawings, pottery, wood, sculpture and more. You can purchase art before the main event on Sunday the 28th.
Saturday, October 27
7:00 - 9:30 pm
Free and open to the community. In partnership with ORA.

ORA Art Exhibit and Sale
You won’t want to miss the 13th Annual art exhibit and sale (free admission) in the MJCC Ballroom. Hosted by ORA – Northwest Jewish Artists, the only arts organization devoted to promoting art created by Jewish artists in Oregon and Washington. Perfect for Chanukah (December 2nd) and hostess needs.

Sunday, October 28
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
MJCC Ballroom
Free and open to the community.

Co-sponsored by MJCC, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, and ORA:Northwest Jewish Artists

Israel Film Series - Oct. 30


Calling all film goers! Join us for an array of Israeli films focusing on the topic of homelessness. A discussion with Q&A will follow each film.
Purchase tickets at oregonjcc.org/film

Zrubavel

Tuesday, October 30 | 7:00 pm

Cost: $8. Member $5.

The personal dramas of the immigrant Zrubavel family and the universal inter-generational cultural struggles that come with assimilation are depicted in this first feature film made by Ethiopian Israelis. This film explores the tensions that develop when the children of a dignified patriarch reject his constant guidance to preserve their traditions, to work hard and to obtain the education required to succeed in the modern society in which they live, in the country that they love—one in which he himself will remain an outsider. One of the best feature films from Israel in the past few years. Drama - 70 minutes



Lost Boys of Portlandia

Sunday, November 11 | 7:00 pm | At Kol Ami
7800 NE 119th St, Vancouver, WA 98662

Cost: $8. MJCC or Kol Ami Member $5.

Meet local Israeli filmmaker, Nili Yosha and Executive Director for Outside the Frame. OTF was founded with the idea of helping homeless youth value themselves as productive members of society and create films about issues that matter to them and share them with the public. In a riff on Peter Pan, homeless youth of Portland, OR debate if and how to return to mainstream society while creating their own film version of the iconic story.
Documentary - 24 min.

Supported by: Institute for Judaic Studies

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

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 - A Memoir with Music - Nov. 4

In memory of Rachel Calof, great-grandmother to the Perkel family, local community members.

Follow this dynamic theatrical 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. Their descendants are proof of her triumph over adversity. A team of four artists from Hollywood transformed her memoir into this award winning performance.
This dramatized story is based on Rachel Calof’s Story: Jewish Homesteader on the Northern Plains published by Indiana University Press.

Sunday, November 4
3:00 pm

Cost: $18. Youth $10.
MJCC and Congregation Beth Israel Member Cost: $15.

Registration open at: oregonjcc.org/rachelcalof
Performance at Congregation Beth Israel 1972 NW Flanders St., Portland
In partnership with Congregation Beth Israel

Portland Jewish Book Month Celebration - Nov. 4, 8, 27

Featured Book: The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis.
The Book Smugglers is the true, nearly unbelievable story of ghetto residents of Vilna, "The Jerusalem of Lithuania," who rescued thousands of rare books and manuscripts and cultural treasures--first from the Nazis and then from the Soviets--by hiding them on their bodies, burying them in bunkers, and smuggling them across borders. It is a heroic story of conscious resistance to thwart the German’s attempt to wipe out not only Jewish lives, but also Jewish existence. These scholars, librarians, and writers risked their own lives to save literature and art.

The public is invited to participate in all of the exciting and interesting events listed below:

  • Pages and Pixels Book and Film Discussion
    Sunday, November 4, 4:00 pm
    Neveh Shalom, 2900 SW Peaceful Lane.

    Join us to discuss the Jewish Book Celebration selection, The Book Smugglers,by David Fishman. Following discussion, the 2011 film Aftermath (Poklosie) will be screened. Called the most controversial film in the country's history, Aftermath tells a fictional account of a real life event in a Polish town in 1941, and its aftermath in the present day. For more information, email: kgoldhammer@nevehshalom.org. Sponsored by Neveh Shalom.
  • Brown Bag Lunch Discussion with Rosalyn Kliot
    Thursday, November 8, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
    724 NW Davis St. Portland.

    Part of the OJMCHE series of informal lunchtime conversations. Bring a lunch or buy a brown bag lunch in Lefty’s Cafe and join us in the museum’s auditorium for a lively give and take as we share and explore ideas, experience, and expertise. November features Speaker’s Bureau member Rosalyn Kliot, who will share her story, from origins in Vilna and Lodz, to life in Oregon today. The public is welcome.
  • Chasing Portraits: A Film by Elizabeth Rynecki
    Tuesday, November 27, 7:00 pm
    Whitsell Hall, Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland.

    This film documents Elizabeth Rynecki's quest to find the art works, close to 800 paintings and sculptures, of her great-grandfather lost during the Holocaust. Decades later, Elizabeth sought to rediscover his legacy; setting out on a journey to find what had been lost but never forgotten. Elizabeth Rynecki will be present at the showing, and there will be a Q and A following the film. This program is in conjunction with the exhibitions, Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross, Portland Art Museum, and The Last Journey of the Jews of Lodz, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. This event is sponsored by Northwest Film Center, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Institute for Judaic Studies, OJMCHE, and Portland Art Museum. The public is welcome. There will be a minimal charge.

Additional details and programs here.

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

Art + Spirit: Creating Art through a Jewish Lens - Nov. 11

Join us to reflect on how spirituality is expressed in painting, photograph, song, dance, poem, clay, and sculpture by Jewish artists.
Sunday, November 11
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Cost: $18.
Registration open at oregonjcc.org/artspirit.

Israel Film Series - Nov. 11


Calling all film goers! Join us for an array of Israeli films focusing on the topic of homelessness. A discussion with Q&A will follow each film.
Purchase tickets at oregonjcc.org/film

Lost Boys of Portlandia

Sunday, November 11 | 7:00 pm | At Kol Ami in Vancouver, WA

Cost: $8. MJCC or Kol Ami Member $5.
7800 NE 119th St, Vancouver, WA 98662

Meet local Israeli filmmaker, Nili Yosha and Executive Director for Outside the Frame. OTF was founded with the idea of helping homeless youth value themselves as productive members of society and create films about issues that matter to them and share them with the public. In a riff on Peter Pan, homeless youth of Portland, OR debate if and how to return to mainstream society while creating their own film version of the iconic story.
Documentary - 24 min.

Supported by: Institute for Judaic Studies

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

Poetry Night at the J - Nov. 15

Join local poets, Justin Carroll, Bill Durham, and more as they share their poems and stories with the community.
Thursday, November 15
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Free and open to the community

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. 20 - Dec. 18

Mah Jongg Beginners
Learn to play this ancient game. It will give your mind a workout!
Tuesday Mornings,
November 20 - JDecember 18
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 20 - December 18
1:30 - 3:30 pm, CG104
Cost: $100. Member Cost: $85.

Register here.

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
7:30 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.

Register at: oregonjcc.org/donuts

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.