Arts + Culture Events

September

Drop-in Israeli Dancing - Sept. 18, 25

Join us for a fun, introductory Israeli dance class. All levels are welcome.
Wednesdays, September 18, 25 
7:00 - 8:00 pm, CG402

Drop-in Fee: $15 per class.
No class on September 11
Register: oregonjcc.org/registration

Young Adult Adventure: Swing into the Jewish New Year - Sept. 22

Ring in 5780 with the young adult community at Tree-to-Tree Aerial Adventure Park! Work on team building and communication skills as you soar through six courses containing a total of over 60 obstacles and 16 zip lines.
Sunday, September 22
Meet at MJCC parking lot to carpool at 9:30 am
or at Tree-to-Tree, 2975 SW Nelson Rd., Gaston at 11:00 am.

Cost: $30 per person (includes snacks and adventure experience)
Space is limited. Register by September 19 oregonjcc.org/treetotree
Co-sponsored by Jewish Federation of Greater Portland

Confronting Antisemitism and Intolerance - Sept. 22

For Jewish Educators, Parents, and Students in Grades 6 - 12
Find out what you can do. This interactive, discussion-based workshop presented by the Anti-Defamation League provides practical tools for responding to antisemitism and hate in our society.
Sunday, September 22
1:00 - 4:00 pm

Free and open to the community.
Register: jewishportland.org/antisemitism
Co-sponsored by Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, and ADL - Pacific Northwest.
Presented by Portland Area Jewish Educators and The Jewish Community Relations Council

October

Gates of Light with Rabbi Joshua Rose - Oct. 7

Gates of Light is a 13th century Kabbalistic text that influenced all later Jewish mystics. Its exploration of the many names of God deepens our understanding of the Torah, ourselves, and the world.  
It will help us understand Kabbalah and give us spiritual-practical insights into Jewish living. Join Rabbi Joshua Rose for a look into the book Sha’arei Orah - Gates of Light.

Monday, October 7
2:30 - 3:25 pm

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

WomenStrength - Oct. 7, 14, 21

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
October 7, 14, 21
6:00 - 9:15 pm

Register: portlandoregon.gov/police/womenstrength

Piano Series Concert - Oct. 10 + 24

Thursdays, October 10 and 24
7:00 pm at the MJCC

Thursday, October 10

  • Mozart Sonata in C Major K330
  • Beethoven Sonata in F Minor “Appassionata” Opus 57
  • Intermission
  • Chopin “Funeral March” Sonata Opus 35

Thursday, October 24

  • Mozart Sonata in D Major K576
  • Beethoven Sonata in C Major “Waldstein” Opus 53
  • Intermission
  • Chopin Sonata in B Minor Opus 5

Cost: $10. Member Cost: $5.
Register: oregonjcc.org/pianoconcert

Nosh + Drash with Rabbi Eve Posen - Oct. 10

A monthly discussion covering a wide range of topics that draw on our experiences. 
Thursday, October 10
11:30 am - 12:15 pm - New Time!

Topic: Preparing for Sukkot - Who will you invite to your sukkah?
Free and open to the community.
In partnership with Congregation Neveh Shalom

Wise Aging for 55+ - Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31

This workshop series, developed by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, is designed 
to help participants explore the years beyond mid-life as an opportunity for growth and discovery. Each session will include opportunities for personal sharing, contemplative listening, basic mindfulness practice, and Jewish text study. Participants 
will need to read the book Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit by Rabbi Rachel Cowan & Dr. Linda Thal (not included in the registration fee). Instructors: Christine Gilmore and Naomi Harwin. 
Thursdays, October 10, 17, 24, 31
10:00 am - 12:00 pm, SI100

Cost: $125. 
Register: oregonjcc.org/registration

Community Sukkah Building - Oct. 13

Help build our NEW community Sukkah! Fun for kids and adults! Bring your own decorations or create some while you are here to hang up in the Sukkah! Tools and supplies provided.
Sunday, October 13
10:00 am

Supported by the Cookie and Merritt Yoelin Fund at OJCF
 

Pizza in the Sukkah - Oct. 16

Join friends and family for an evening of great food, schmoozing, singing, and storytelling!
Wednesday, October 16
5:00 - 6:30 pm

Cost: $15 per family.
Register by Oct. 13: oregonjcc.org/sukkah
In partnership with Portland Jewish Academy
 

Israeli Dancing - Oct. 16 - Dec. 18

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

Wednesdays
October 16 - December 18
No class November 27
7:00 - 8:00 pm, CG100

Cost: $90 Members + Guests.
Drop-in Fee: $15 per class
Register: oregonjcc.org/registration

Organize Yourself for Success: For Grades 5 - 12 - Starts Oct. 21 + 29

Find Your Future Workshop
Organize Yourself for Success: For Grades 5 - 8 and 9 - 12 NEW!

Help your student start the school year off right by learning new study skills to maximize their efficiency and decrease stress. Focus on time management, prioritization, goal setting, and binder organization. This motivation-based approach builds students’ academic confidence and organizational skills. Instructor: Tina-Marie Baskin   
For Youth Grades 5 - 8
Session II: Mondays
October 21, 28, November 4, 11 
4:00 - 5:15 pm, SI102B

Cost: $56. Member Cost: $48.

For Youth Grades 9 - 12
Session II: Tuesdays
October 29, November 5, 12, 19   
4:00 - 5:15 pm, SI103B

Cost: $56. Member Cost: $48.
Register: oregonjcc.org/registration

Film + Conversation with Author Aimee Ginsburg Bikel - Oct. 28

MJCC Author Series Event
Film Screening and Conversation with Author Aimee Ginsburg Bikel

Join us for an engaging evening featuring a screening of legendary Theodore Bikel's z"l critically acclaimed documentary, film In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem, followed by a lively audience discussion with Aimee Ginsburg Bikel, widow of Theo, and Director of The Theodore Bikel Legacy Project. 
Monday, October 28
7:00 pm
Cost: $10. Member Cost: $8.

Register: oregonjcc.org/bikelfilm
Sponsored by the Kostiner Cultural Education Fund 

Mah Jongg Classes - Oct. 29 - Dec. 10

Mah Jongg for Beginners
Learn to play this ancient game. It will give your mind a workout!
Tuesday Mornings
October 29 - December 10
No class November 26

10:30 am - 12:30 pm, CG101
Cost: $110. Member Cost: $90.
Register: oregonjcc.org/registration
 
Mah Jongg for Intermediate Players
Take your game to the next level.
Tuesday Afternoons
October 29 - December 10
No class November 26
1:30 - 3:30 pm, CG102

Cost: $110. Member Cost: $90.
Register: oregonjcc.org/registration

Your College Coach: For Youth Grades 10-12 - Starts Oct. 30

Find Your Future Workshop: Your College Coach: For Youth Grades 10 - 12
Receive and utilize the tools and resources you need to make the college application process smoother. Learn how to choose the school that is right for you. Get the scoop on application management, deadlines, tests, essays, financial aid, and scholarship resources. Instructor: Tina-Marie Baskin 

Session II: Wednesdays
October 30, November 6, 13, 20   
4:00 - 5:15 pm, SI104B

Cost: $56. Member Cost: $48.
Register: oregonjcc.org/registration

November

Celebration of Art - Nov. 2-3

Local Jewish artists from ORA will have their artwork on display and for sale. Food, drinks, and other vendors will also be present.
Saturday, November 2 - 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Sunday, November 3 - 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Free and open to the community.
In partnership with ORA

Gates of Light with Rabbi Joshua Rose - Nov. 4

Gates of Light is a 13th century Kabbalistic text that influenced all later Jewish mystics. Its exploration of the many names of God deepens our understanding of the Torah, ourselves, and the world.  
It will help us understand Kabbalah and give us spiritual-practical insights into Jewish living. Join Rabbi Joshua Rose for a look into the book Sha’arei Orah - Gates of Light.

Monday, November 4
2:30 - 3:25 pm

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

Memoir Writing Workshop - Nov. 7 - Dec. 19

Memoir Writing Workshop - Write Your Own Story Now!
with Dorothy Dworkin
Every life is unique, interesting and special, and everyone has a story to share. No writing experience is necessary to join fellow storytellers in writing your story. In this workshop, you will be helped to remember the events of your life and write your memories in a supportive, non-threatening environment with a professional writing coach.  
Thursdays, November 7 - December 19
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
No class on November 28

Cost: $60.
Register at oregonjcc.org/memoir

Talk with Jamie Bernstein - Nov. 11

MJCC Author Series Event - Talk with Jamie Bernstein
Join us for a talk with Jamie Bernstein on her memoir, Famous Father Girl, in conjunction with the exhibition Bernstein at 100! and Jewish Book Month. Jamie Bernstein is a writer, narrator, broadcaster, and filmmaker who has transformed a lifetime of loving music into a career of sharing her knowledge and excitement with others.
Monday, November 11
7:00 pm

OJMCHE Members Cost: $12.
General Public Cost: $15.
Register: ojmche.org/tickets/a-talk-with-jamie-bernstein
Held at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Organized by the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education with support from the Mittleman Jewish Community Center and Institute for Judaic Studies 

Nosh + Drash with Rabbi Eve Posen - Nov. 14

A monthly discussion covering a wide range of topics that draw on our experiences. 
Thursday, November 14
11:30 am - 12:15 pm - New Time!

Topic: Giving Thanks
Free and open to the community.
In partnership with Congregation Neveh Shalom

Jewish Community Orchestra - Fall Concert - Nov. 17

Meyerbeer - Overture to Les Huguenots
Vaughan Williams - The Wasps Suite
Beethoven - Symphony No. 5
Sunday, November 17
3:00 pm

$10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students.
Children under 6 free. Tickets at the door.
More info: jewishcommunityorchestra.org

Film Screening - American Creed - Nov. 20

Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State, and David M. Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, come together from different points of view to investigate the
idea of a unifying American creed. Their spirited inquiry frames the stories of people striving to bridge deepening divides in different communities around the country.
Director Sam Ball will join us for an in-depth conversation following the film. 
Wednesday, November 20
7:00 pm

Cost: $10. Member Cost: $8.
Register at oregonjcc.org/americancreed

JFCS Turkey Box Day - Nov. 24

JFCS - Turkey Box Day
Jewish Family & Child Service will join with other community groups to brighten the holiday season for individuals in need, families, Holocaust survivors, and other older adults through the Thanksgiving Food Box Drive. We need volunteers like you to assemble and deliver the Thanksgiving Boxes. 
More details on how to register coming soon!

Sunday, November 24

Mah Jongg Tournament - Nov. 24

Be part of this historic MJCC event: our first-ever Mah Jongg Tournament! Enjoy the thrill of competition and the camaraderie of playing Mah Jongg together. There will be fun, food, friendship, and lots of prizes!  Experienced and newer players are welcome. There will be no instruction. Bring your 2019 NMJL card, but leave your coin purse at home. 
Sunday, November 24
Brunch: 11:00 am  
Tournament: 12:00 - 3:00 pm

Enjoy Kosher catered brunch, then stay to play  Additional details and cost coming soon.
Register by November 10 at oregonjcc.org/mahjtourny 
 

December

ORA Holiday Art Sale - Dec. 1-6

Looking for a great holiday gift? Local artists from ORA will be in the MJCC lobby all week selling all forms of artwork. 
Sunday - Friday, December 1 -  6

Gates of Light with Rabbi Joshua Rose - Dec. 9

Gates of Light is a 13th century Kabbalistic text that influenced all later Jewish mystics. Its exploration of the many names of God deepens our understanding of the Torah, ourselves, and the world.  
It will help us understand Kabbalah and give us spiritual-practical insights into Jewish living. Join Rabbi Joshua Rose for a look into the book Sha’arei Orah - Gates of Light.

Monday, December 9
2:30 - 3:25 pm

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

Nosh + Drash with Rabbi Eve Posen - Dec. 12

A monthly discussion covering a wide range of topics that draw on our experiences. 
Thursday, December 12
11:30 am - 12:15 pm - New Time!

Topic: Finding Light - Chanukah learning
Free and open to the community.
In partnership with Congregation Neveh Shalom

Bodies of Water - Dec. 15 or 17

Mothers and tween/teen girls, please join us for a program that introduces you to Mikvah as a path to body positivity from a Jewish perspective. Framed along with other healthy practices like mindful eating and Jewish yoga, this experience is a special way to explore how Mikvah is relevant in a modern Jewish life. Watch a demonstration immersion (individual will wear bathing suit), explore different ceremonies for Mikvah use, learn simple ways to bless our food, and get a taste of Jewish mindfulness practices.  
Look for registration details in early fall.  For more information contact Caron Blau Rothstein, caron@jewishportland.org
or 503.245.6449.
Sunday, December 15, 
1:00 - 4:00 pm 
  OR 
Tuesday, December 17
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Co-hosted by Rachel's Well Community Mikvah (Operated by the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland) and the MJCC

Young Adult Latke Ball 21+ - Dec. 21

Join us for the annual Latke Ball! Come celebrate Chanukah with food, friends, games, drinks, and dancing.
Saturday, December 21
Check back for more details on location and cost!
In partnership with JFGP

Chanukah Donuts + Dancing - Dec. 22

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 22
2:00 - 4:00 pm

Cost: $10 per family.
Register: oregonjcc.org/donuts
 

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 2020 at noon with the balloon drop!
Tuesday, 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.