Arts + Culture Events
- Mah Jongg for Beginners - May 28 - June 25
- Mah Jongg for Intermediate Players - May 28 - June 25
- Magevet, Jewish A Cappella - May 28
- Infant Feeding + Parenting Group - May 30, June 6, 13, 27
- Art Gallery Exhibit: A PDX Art Display - Through May 31
- Israeli Dancing - Through July 3
- Poker Party with Rob La Forte - May 30
Tuesday, May 28
at the MJCC
Adult cost: $15.
Youth (ages 18 and under) cost: $10. Register here.
Founded in 1993, Magevet is one of the nation’s premiere Jewish a cappella singing groups. A coed ensemble comprised of undergraduate students at Yale University, Magevet is known for its sweet blend of voices, unique arrangements, and lighthearted sense of humor. The group’s diverse repertoire spans modern Israeli pop and Renaissance choral pieces to Yiddish folk tunes and Zionist classics. The members of Magevet are equally diverse: engineers and historians, Jews and Gentiles, New Yorkers and Californians, all united by camaraderie and a love of singing.
Magevet is devoted to spreading Jewish music to the far corners of the globe, and embarks on two major tours each year, in addition to regular performances throughout the Northeast. In the past few years, our tours have brought us all over the United States and Canada, as well as to Europe, Africa, South America, and Israel Magevet is, incidentally, the Hebrew word for “towel.” Our founding members are in near-complete disagreement about what inspired them to choose such an unusual name for an a cappella group, though many of their accounts involve a sauna.
Supported by the Kostiner Cultural Education Fund.
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.
May 30, June 6, 13, 27
10:00 - 11:30 am, CG305
Cost: $20 Members + Guests.
Drop-in: $6 per class
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 email@example.com by April 15.
Exhibit on display April 29 - May 31
Sponsored by Jewish Federation of Greater Portland
Join us for a fun, introductory Israeli dance class. All levels welcome.
Six people needed.
Through July 3
No class 5/1, 5/8, 5/22, and 6/5.
7:00 - 8:00 pm, CG300
Drop-in: $15 per class
- Song of Miriam Brunch - June 2
- 2019 Call for Artists - June 2
- Jewish Community Orchestra Young Artist Showcase Part 2 - June 2
- Chai Baby/PJ Library Indoor Playground - June 12
- Nosh + Drash with Rabbi Eve Posen - June 13
- Portland PRIDE Parade - June 16
- Portland Jewish Film Festival - June 16
- PDX Business Salon - June 19
- Piano Concert with David Rothman - June 25
Calling all Jewish artists in the Paciﬁc Northwest! ORA is seeking art and fine craft in all media for the 13th Annual Celebration of Art 2019 on November 2 and 3, 2019. All original work, nothing mass produced.
Sunday, June 2
11:00 - 11:30 am
Congregation Neveh Shalom
2900 SW Peaceful Lane
Jury fee: $25 (jury fee can be applied to membership of $50)
For more details.
In partnership with ORA
JCO provides enjoyable music to the Jewish and surrounding communities of the Portland Metro area.
Meyerbeer - Struensee Overture
Lalo - Symphonie Espagnole, op. 21 mvmt. 1
Darah Watts, violin
Barber - Violin Concerto, op. 14 mvmt. I
Paul Lee, soloist
Dvořák - Cello Concerto in b minor mvmt. III
Hailey Kang, soloist
Borodin - Symphony No. 2 in b minor
Sunday, June 2
Tickets available at the door
$10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students.
Children under 6 free.
Join us on the second Wednesdays of every month from September to June for Chai Baby Indoor Playground, with kosher snacks, storytelling, friends and fun! Click here to visit our Indoor Playground page.
For parents/caregivers and their children up to five years old.
Please mark your calendar for our 2019 dates, held on the second Wednesdays each month, from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm in the MJCC Sportsplex. Free and open to the community.
Final Chai Baby of the season: June 12
The 27th annual Portland Jewish Film Festival is produced by the Northwest Film Center and co-presented with the Institute for Judaic Studies. While the Festival celebrates the diversity of Jewish history, culture, identity, and filmmaking, the hope is that these films, and the stories they tell, resonate beyond their settings and speak to universal experiences and issues that confront our common humanity.
June 16 - June 30
All films held at the Portland Art Museum – Whitsell Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the MJCC
If You Build It ... Bringing Major League Baseball to Portland
Hear from Nathan Nayman of Portland Diamond Project, and Tom Goldman, NPR's Sports Correspondent.
Wednesday, June 19
5:30 - 7:30 pm
White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch St, Portland, OR 97209
Details and registration at oregonjcc.org/pdxbiz.
- Mah Jongg for Beginners - July 16
- Mah Jongg for Intermediate Players - July 16
- Israeli Dancing - July 17
- Young Adults Walking Tour of Jewish PDX - July 17
- Shaba-lah Family Shabbat BBQ - July 19
Join us for a fun, introductory Israeli dance class. All levels are welcome. Six people needed to run class.
Wednesdays, July 17 - September 18
7:00 - 8:00 pm, CG402
Cost: $100 Members + Guests.
Drop-in Fee: $15 per class.
Take a walking tour of South Portland through old Jewish neighborhoods. For 20s, 30s, and 40s.
Wednesday, July 17
Happy Hour at 5:30 pm
Tour begins at 6:30 pm
Meet at Lair Hill Bistro
2823 SW 1st Ave
Cost: $7 includes first drink and appetizers.
Register at: oregonjcc.org/yawalkingtour
In partnership with OJMCHE and JFGP
- Art + Spirit Workshop: Entering into the Shiviti - August 1
- Jewish Heritage Night at the Hillsboro Hops - August 19
- 50s+ Walking Tour of Jewish PDX - August 22
Through the traditional Jewish art form known as the Shiviti, we will study, contemplate, and enter into artistic expression. Please bring the medium of your choice—visual and expressive arts, songwriting and composing, sculpture, glass, fabric arts, and more. A half-hour talk on the history, mystical practice, and examples of traditional and contemporary forms will be followed by Q&A, Shiviti gazing, time to create your own Shiviti art work, and debriefing. Rabbi Dr. Goldie Milgram is an artist, educator, author, and spiritual guide honored by the Covenant Foundation and National Jewish Book Council for her innovative programs, books, and resources. Her new book release is Wisdom from Reb Zalman: Embracing the Jewish Spirit (Reclaiming Judaism Press).
Thursday, August 1
In partnership with ORA
Banner photo by Rob Pro Photo.