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Arts + Culture Events

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.

Art Gallery Discussion: Peace and Justice - Dec. 16

Artists Sara Harwin, Kanaan Kanaan and Inga Dubay explore the tradition of sacred letters in Hebrew, Arabic and English calligraphy in many forms of art expression. They each have a creative voice dedicated to peace & justice.

“Inga Dubay, Kanaan Kanaan and I come from three different lettering traditions, yet when we each speak about our journeys, we seek to touch upon a sacred, spiritual path.” - Sara Harwin.

Opening Discussion
Sunday, December 16
4:00 pm

Exhibit on display through February 22.

Pianist David Rothman in Recital - Dec. 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.

Thursday, December 20
7:00 pm

Cost: $10. Member Cost: $5.
Click here to register.

Family Movie Showing - Dec. 25

Join us for a free, family-friendly movie in the MJCC Ballroom!
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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!

all ages | games | bouncy house | arts and crafts | snacks | dancing | pool float |
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.
Sponsored by MJCC Day Camp
Supported by PJ Library

January

Nosh + Drash with Rabbi Eve Posen - Jan. 10

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

Thursday, January 10
Topic: Parshat Bo - What does it Mean to Walk into Freedom?

Free and open to the community.

In partnership with Congregation Neveh Shalom

Mussar with Rabbi Joshua Rose - Jan. 14

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, January 14
2:30 - 3:25 pm

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

College Info Night + Fair - Jan. 15

Calling all teens and parents! Curious to know what your options are after high school graduation? Interested in learning more about Jewish life on college campuses? Join Julia Surtshin from College Ahead, and other professionals who will share the ins and outs of life after high school. Come learn about the college admission process, financial aid, as well as non-traditional post-high school program opportunities.
Tuesday, January 15
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Free and open to the community.

20s - 30s Cosmic Havdalah - Jan. 19

Join us for Havdalah on the mountain! Meet at Mt. Hood Ski Bowl for Havdalah and then hit the slopes for Cosmic Tubing. Carpooling arrangements will be made prior to the event.
Saturday, January 19
6:45 - 9:15 pm

Cost: $30, includes rental gear and snacks.
Mt. Hood Adventure Park at Ski Bowl
87000 East Highway 26, Government Camp
Tickets: oregonjcc.org/cosmichavdalah

PJ Library MLK Day of Service - Jan. 21

Join PJ Library and other partner organizations for a special day of service for preschoolers!
Monday, January 21
10:00 - 11:30 am

Free and open to the community.

Mah Jongg for Beginners - Jan. 22 - Feb. 19

Learn to play this ancient game. It will give your mind a workout!
Tuesday Mornings
January 22 - February 19
10:30 am - 12:30 pm, CG200

Cost: $100. Members: $85.
Register here.

Mah Jongg for Intermediate Players - Jan. 22 - Feb. 19

Take your game to the next level and become an expert!
Tuesday Afternoons
January 22 - February 19
1:30 - 3:30 pm, CG201

Cost: $100. Members: $85.
Register here.

Jewish Heritage Night with Portland Winterhawks - Jan. 23

Wednesday, January 23
More details to come.

Author Talk with David Fishman - Jan. 27

Join David Fishman, author of The Book Smugglers as he brings a gripping and compelling book to life with his recounting of how he came to learn about this story, illustrated by many photographs.
Sunday, January 27
1:00 pm

Portland State University, Browsing Lounge Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238, 1825 SW Broadway.
Free and open to the community.
This event is sponsored by Congregation Beth Israel, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Portland State University’s Judaic Studies Program, and Congregation Shaarie Torah.

February

19th Annual Community Havdalah - Feb. 2

A short service will be led by a member of the community.
Saturday, February 2
7:00 pm

Cedar Sinai Park, Rose Schnitzer Manor, Zidell Hall
Free and open to the community.
Sponsored by the Jewish Women's Round Table and its member organizations (MJCC), for
the community and the residents of Cedar Sinai Park

MJCC Summer Day Camp Info Fair - Feb. 10

Learn about the MJCC Summer Day Camp programs, register, and meet camp staff!
Sunday, February 10
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Jewish Community Orchestra - Young Artists Showcase - Feb. 10

Four winners will be selected to perform one movement of a concerto with the JCO. To apply, go to jewishcommunityorchestra.org and click on Young Artists Competition.
Sunday, February 10
3:00 pm

Cost: $10 adults. $8 seniors. $5 students.
Children under 6 free. Tickets at the door.
In partnership with the MJCC

Mussar with Rabbi Joshua Rose - Feb. 11

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, February 11
2:30 - 3:25 pm

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

Chai Baby/PJ Library Indoor Playground - Feb. 13

Parent/child play in the Sportsplex with snacks, drinks, and storytelling.
Second Wednesday of each month
February 13
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 - Feb. 14

A monthly discussion covering a wide range of topics that draw on our experiences.
Topic: Different Learners, Different Temperaments: A Rabbinic Perspective on Recognizing our
Strengths and Weaknesses
Thursday, February 14
3:00 - 4:00 pm

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

Family Flicks - An American Tail - Feb. 17

Come to the MJCC for a Sunday afternoon of family fun! We will be playing a family classic, An American Tail (Rated G), on the big screen. Popcorn and snacks will be provided.
Sunday, February 17
3:00 pm

Cost: $10 per family
Tickets: oregonjcc.org/familyflicks

Jewish PRIDE Greater PDX Happy Hour - Feb. 21

Come join us for a bi-monthly happy hour for Jewish Pride Greater PDX! This is a non-affiliated group seeking to bring together LGBTQ+ 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, February 21
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Location: Cerulean Wine - 1439 NW Marshall
Free and open to the community.

March

JAM Art Show + Sale

March is Jewish Arts Month but the show starts in late February! Enjoy a rotating exhibit in the MJCC lobby. Members of ORA: Northwest Jewish Artists will answer questions, accept commissions, and sell their art. A portion of the proceeds benefits the MJCC.

Weekend in Quest - March 1 - 3

A Shabbaton weekend of study and community. The 2019 Scholar-in-Residence will be Professor Naomi Sokoloff from the University of Washington Seattle. Professor Sokoloff will present on Poems and Prayers: Modern Jewish Writers Reinterpreting Tradition.
March 1 - 3
For more information go to weekendinquest.org and/or contact Mimi Epstein at mimiepstein42@comcast.net.
Held at the Holiday Inn Express in
Astoria, Oregon
In partnership with the Institute for Judaic Studies

Friends of the Center Brunch - March 3

Kosher Soul and The Cooking Gene
Come hear Michael W. Twitty, a James Beard Award-Winning Author, independent scholar, culinary historian, and historical interpreter. Twitty prepares, preserves, and promotes African-American foodways and its parent traditions in Africa and throughout the African Diaspora, including its legacy in the food culture of the American South. Michael is a Judaic studies educator from the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area.
Sunday, March 3, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Individual Tickets: $54. Age 36 and under: $36. Table of Eight: $432.
Sponsorships available

Register here.
RSVP by February 26, 2019

Also honoring new inductees to the Oregon Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
and presenting the Harry Glickman Scholar Athlete Awards.

Mah Jongg for Beginners - March 5 - April 2

Learn to play this ancient game. It will give your mind a workout!
Tuesday Mornings
March 5 - April 2

10:30 am - 12:30 pm, CG202
Cost: $100. Members: $85.
Register here.

Mah Jongg for Intermediate Players - March 5 - April 2

Take your game to the next level and become an expert!
Tuesday Afternoons
March 5 - April 2
1:30 - 3:30 pm, CG203

Cost: $100. Members: $85.
Register here.

Mussar with Rabbi Joshua Rose - March 11

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, March 11
2:30 - 3:25 pm

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

Chai Baby/PJ Library Indoor Playground - March 13

Parent/child play in the Sportsplex with snacks, drinks, and storytelling.
Second Wednesday of each month
March 13
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 - March 14

A monthly discussion covering a wide range of topics that draw on our experiences.
Topic: What I Learned in Guatemala.
Thursday, March 14

3:00 - 4:00 pm
Free and open to the community.
In partnership with Congregation Neveh Shalom

MJCC Author Series - March 5, 12, 19

Join us for this thought-provoking program that will bring an exceptional line up of authors and special events to our community. Check back soon for authors and event details!
Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 19 at 7:00 pm

Guest: $8. Member Cost: $5.
Series Pass: Guest: $20. Member Cost: $12.
Tickets: oregonjcc.org/authorseries

Art + Spirit Workshop - March 10

Willa Schneberg, poet and ceramic artist, will join us for a two-hour workshop based on poems by Jewish poets that are in part inspired by biblical texts. Discussion, prompts, visualizations, and opportunities to write, sketch, move, and imagine will be provided.
Sunday, March 10
2:00 - 4:00 pm

Cost: $18.
Tickets: oregonjcc.org/art-spirit
In partnership with ORA Northwest Jewish Artists

Israeli Dancing

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 here.
Spring class dates: March 27 - June 26.

Used Book Sale - March 31 - April 2

Support the MJCC and PJA communities during our annual Used Book Sale. Finds 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.

Banner photo by Rob Pro Photo.