Arts + Culture Events


Israeli Dancing - Wednesdays Through 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.

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

Drop-in Fee: $15 per class

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

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.
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

We are grateful to The Schwartz Charitable Foundation for supporting our 2019-20 Jewish Author Series.

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

Pink Challah Bake - Nov. 14

Pink Challah Bake
Join us for an evening of education, community, fun, and swag! Go home with two challot full of antioxidants and flavor. In honor of breast cancer awareness, Myriad Women's Health will be offering educational resources. BRCA screening and testing by a local physician will be available before the event. Please bring your insurance card.

Thursday, November 14
6:00 pm: Check in and educational opportunity with Myriad (optional)
7:00 - 8:30 pm: Challah Bake

Cost: $18.

Register at

Contact Sara Levine for more information at

Co-sponsored by Congregation Ahavath Achim, Portland Kollel, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, and Congregation Kesser Israel.

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:

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

JFCS Turkey Box Day - Nov. 24

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. 
Sunday, November 24 at the MJCC
9:00am - 12:00pm

RSVP: To help pack boxes or to deliver food boxes, please contact Tavia Berrigan, Development and Volunteer Manager at 503.226.7079 ext. 134, or at

If you are interested in becoming a community partner with either Thanksgiving Mitzvah Day or Adopt A Family, please contact Tavia Berrigan, Development and Volunteer Manager at 503.226.7079 ext. 134, or at

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
Lunch: 11:00 am  
Tournament: 12:00 - 3:00 pm

$36 includes lunch
Enjoy Kosher catered lunch, then stay to play.  
Register by November 17 at 


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

Climate Change: Is it a Jewish Issue? - Dec. 11

Join us for a panel discussion featuring Rabbi Tzvi Fischer and Rabbi David Kosak as well as key experts.
Wednesday, December 11
7:00 - 8:30 pm at the MJCC
Free Admission
For more info contact Bob Horenstein at 503.245.6496.
Register here.

Cosponsored by the Jewish Community Council, MJCC, Portland Kollel, and
Congregation Neveh Shalom

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,
or 503.245.6449.
Sunday, December 15, 
1:00 - 4:00 pm 
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.

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.