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Arts + Culture Events

April

Monthly Mitzvah Project - Portland Homeless Family Solutions

In April, we will be collecting toiletries and new underwear for Portland Homeless Family Solutions. Please drop off items in the blue bin in the MJCC Lobby.

Art Gallery Exhibit: Israel from the Eyes of the Community - April 10-30

Art Gallery Exhibit

Israel from the Eyes of the Community
View photographs submitted by members of the Greater Portland community that they took while traveling in Israel. Visit this exhibit the week before our annual Yom Ha’Atzmaut Celebration on April 18, and vote for your favorite photo in the MJCC Lobby!

Winners will be announced April 18 at our celebration.

Exhibit on display April 10 - 30.
In the MJCC Lobby

Sponsored by Jewish Federation of Greater Portland,
PJ Library, Institute for Judaic Studies


Young Adult Snowshoeing Adventure - April 22

It's Earth Day! What better way to spend it then to be outdoors in what might be this year's final opportunity to snowshoe! We will be led by Josh Lake, founder of Outdoor Jewish Adventures, who will help us to explore survival skills from the perspective of Jewish teachings, emphasizing the roots of these skills in Jewish values as well as their spiritual components. Sunday, April 22

Meet at 7:45 am (8:00 am departure)
at Albina Press Coffee Shop, 5012 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
We will explore White River Canyon or Teacup - Mt. Hood
Cost: $15 (covers snowshoe rental, snow park pass, snacks)
Register here.
Weather permitting (a full refund will be given if the need to cancel or postpone occurs).

WomenStrength - April 23

WomenStrength is a program of the Portland Police Bureau. Since 1979, they have 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, April 9, 16, and 23
6:00 - 9:15 pm
In the Ballroom
Register: portlandoregon.gov/police/womenstrength

Israeli Dancing - April 25 - June 27

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

Wednesdays, April 25 - June 27
7:00 - 8:00 pm, CG302
Cost: $100 Members + Guests.
Drop-in: $15 per class
Register: oregonjcc.org/registration
In the Dance Studio

Sara Glasgow Cogan Memorial Lecture - Timothy Snyder - April 25

Join us for the 11th Annual Sara Glasgow Cogan Memorial Lecture featuring Timothy Snyder of Yale University.

Wednesday, April 25
7:00 pm
Held at PSU. More information will be available soon at pdx.edu/judaic.
Free and open to the community.
This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of Professor Emeritus Nathan Cogan and OJMCHE. Co-sponsored by the JFGP, the Russian Flagship program, the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project, OJCF, and the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at PSU

May

Monthly Mitzvah Project - Neighborhood House Food Pantry

During the month of May, the MJCC and PJA communities will be collecting canned fruit for Shavuot for Neighborhood House Food Pantry. Items can be dropped off in the blue bin located in the MJCC Lobby.

Infant Feeding Support Group - May 1, 8, 15, 29

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 certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). Healthy snacks and activities for older siblings provided. Five people needed to run class.

Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15 and 29.
10:00 – 11:30 am, CG305
Cost: $20 Members + Guests.
Drop-in: $6 per class
In the Ballroom
Register: oregonjcc.org/registration

Guided Visualization: Meet Your Future Self! - May 1

Spend a relaxing 90 minutes guided through a short visualization during which you will meet your “future self.” Come away with a strong sense of connection to your ideal self, and a reconnection to your own hopes, dreams, and inner wisdom. Led by Certified Professional Coach Christine Gilmore.

Tuesday, May 1
6:00 - 7:30 pm, FIT305
Cost: $20. Member Cost: $10.
Register: oregonjcc.org/registration

Newcomers' Mixer: Welcome to Portland! - May 7

Are you new (or kind of new) to the Portland area? We’d love to meet you! You’re invited to an informal evening of fun and live music where you can meet and network with people who have also recently moved here. RSVP here. 21+.
Monday, May 7
6:30 pm

Appetizers and drinks will be served.
Held at Cellar 503
4407 SW Corbett Ave
Free and open to the community.
In partnership with JFGP

Chai Baby + PJ Library Indoor Playground - May 9

For parents/caregivers and their children up to 5 years old. Play. Meet friends. Run. Have a Kosher snack. Sing and listen to stories.

Wednesday, May 9
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
In the MJCC Sportsplex
Free and open to the community.
In partnership with PJ Library, Chai Baby, and Portland Jewish Academy

Nosh + Drash with Rabbi Eve Posen - May 10

A monthly discussion covering a wide range of topics that will draw on our experiences. May’s Topic: Pirkei Avot/Imahot: Wisdom for Our Time

Thursday, May 10
3:00 - 4:00 pm
In the Cafe at the J
Free and open to the community.
In partnership with Congregation Neveh Shalom

Mussar with Rabbi Joshua Rose - May 14

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, May 14
2:30 - 3:25 pm
Free and open to the community.
In the Ballroom
In partnership with Congregation Shaarie Torah

Mah Jongg for Beginners - May 15 - June 12

Learn to play this ancient game. It will give your mind a workout! First class in the Ballroom, then in the Cafe at the J.

Tuesday Mornings
May 15 - June 12
10:30 am - 12:30 pm, CG303
Cost: $100. Members: $85.
Cafe at the J
Register: oregonjcc.org/registration

Mah Jongg for Intermediate Players - May 15 - June 12

Take your game to the next level. It will give your mind a workout!

Tuesday Afternoons
May 15 - June 12
1:30 - 3:30 pm, CG304
Cost: $100. Members: $85.
In the Cafe at the J
Register: oregonjcc.org/registration

Lilia! A One Woman Show - May 17

The internationally acclaimed one-woman show, Lilia!, about the extraordinary life of Oscar-nominated actress Lilia Skala, written and performed by her granddaughter Libby Skala, will be presented on:
Thursday, May 17
7:00 pm
Tickets: $18.
at the MJCC (6651 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland).

"Libby Skala is magnetic! Marvelous! Cloaked in magic!"
- The New York Times
Register here.

June

Monthly Mitzvah Project - The Pongo Fund and Dove Lewis

During the month of June, the MJCC and PJA communities will be collecting pet food and gently used towels for The Pongo Fund and Dove Lewis Animal Hospital. Items can be dropped off in the blue bin located in the MJCC Lobby.

PDX Business Breakfast Series #3 - June 5

The View of Three Venture Capitalists: Lessons from Early Stage Venture Investing
Panelists include:
Edith Dorsen, Women’s Venture Capital Fund
Diane Fraiman, Voyager Capital
Cheryl Krane, Fluffco, LLC
Eric Rosenfeld, Oregon Venture Fund, Moderator

Tuesday, June 5
7:15 - 9:15 am
7:15 - 8:00 am Networking + Breakfast
8:00 - 9:15 am Program

White Stag Block
70 NW Couch St.
Tickets and sponsorships available.
Vegetarian breakfast provided.
Kosher breakfast available upon request.
Register: oregonjcc.org/pdxbiz

Mussar with Rabbi Joshua Rose - June 11

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, June 11
2:30 - 3:25 pm
Free and open to the community.
In the Ballroom
In partnership with Congregation Shaarie Torah

Jewish Community Orchestra Season Finale - June 10

JCO provides enjoyable music to the Jewish and surrounding communities of the Portland metro area.

Humperdinck –Excerpts from “Hansel and Gretel” Overture Song of the Sandman, Evening Prayer and Dream Pantomime Hexenritt
Rubin Goldmark – Adon Olam
Bantock – Hamavdil; Hebrew Melody
Korngold – Cello Concerto in C, op. 37
Diane Chaplin, Cello
Meyerbeer – Le Prophet Ballet Music

Sunday, June 10
3:00 pm
Tickets are available at the door on the day of the concert.
$10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students. Children under 6 free.
In the Ballroom

Chai Baby + PJ Library Indoor Playground - June 13

For parents/caregivers and their children up to 5 years old. Play. Meet friends. Run. Have a Kosher snack. Sing and listen to stories. Have a blast!

Wednesday, June 13
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
In the MJCC Sportsplex
Free and open to the community.
In partnership with PJ Library, Chai Baby, Portland Jewish Academy

Nosh + Drash with Rabbi Eve Posen - June 14

A monthly discussion covering a wide range of topics that will draw on our experiences. June’s Topic: Rosh Hodesh Torah

Thursday, June 14
3:00 - 4:00 pm
In the Cafe at the J
Free and open to the community.
In partnership with Congregation Neveh Shalom

Portland PRIDE Parade - June 17

Join the MJCC and many other Jewish organizations from our community as we march together at Portland PRIDE. More details to follow!

Sunday, June 17

Israeli Folk Dance Workshop - June 23

More details to follow!
Saturday, June 23
4:30 - 11:30 pm

Outdoor Summer Concert Series

Our 2nd annual outdoor summer concert series will begin in June! Watch for announcements on musicians and other summer dates! All concerts will be held outside on The Green, behind PJA.