ALEFBET: Tapestries of Grisha Bruskin @ Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Jun 11 @ 11:00 am – Oct 1 @ 5:00 pm

ALEFBET: The Alphabet of Memory

OJMCHE’s inaugural exhibit in the main gallery features a visually stunning collection of works by Russian Jewish artist Grisha Bruskin, who is featured in Russia’s pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale. Bruskin’s “The ALEFBET: the Alphabet of Memory” features large-scale tapestries draping the walls of the main gallery accompanied by the artist’s preparatory drawings and related gouache paintings, all referencing Kabbalistic and Talmudic teaching, biblical narratives and Russian folklore.

June 11-Oct. 1, 2017
Tuesday-Friday, 11 am-5 pm
Saturday-Sunday, noon-5 pm

Grand Opening: June 11, noon-4 pm. Free



Monthly Mitzvah Project @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Sep 1 – Sep 30 all-day

Throughout the month of September, the MJCC and PJA communities will be collecting Back-to-School Items for Schoolhouse Supplies. Items can be dropped off in the blue bin located in the MJCC lobby.

OJMCHE Exhibit Tours @ Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Sep 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
OJMCHE Exhibit Tours @ Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education | Portland | Oregon | United States
OJMCHE has exhibition tours every Wednesday at 1 pm.
Tours are free with admission and members, of course, can always visit for free. Come early or stay after and enjoy lunch in the museum’s Lefty’s Cafe!
Please join OJMCHE for weekly public tours of the newly reopened museum galleries. Tours last one hour and are lead by museum staff.
Exhibits Oct. 19, 2017-Feb. 4-2018:
I AM THIS: Art by Oregon Jewish Artists, curated by Bruce Guenther, has been organized to showcase work by four generations of artists born Jewish, associated with or living in Portland, and navigating the complexity of aesthetics and self, making and being. The exhibition provides a platform to explore the role of identity and religion in modern art, as first articulated in the writings of the mid-century American art critic Harold Rosenberg.
Munich to Portland, A Painting Saves a Family: On view in OJMCHE’s East Gallery are two paintings by German artist Otto Stein that tell a complex and mysterious story of a family’s desperate flight from Nazi Germany. One painting was left in Germany — traded for a life-saving visa to Switzerland, while the other accompanied a German Jewish family, the Engelbergs, in their eventual immigration to the United States. After an international search in 2016 the two paintings on view at OJMCHE, both haunting, dusky portraits of an unknown young woman, were brought together.
2nd Annual Taste of Giving @ Lagunitas Community Room
Sep 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 Taste of Giving is an annual event designed to showcase the grant making of the OJCF Giving Council and build our community. Join us and other young professionals involved in community work for an evening of connection, conversation and inspiration.

Food and drinks will be served.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Lagunitas Community Room
237 NE Broadway, Suite 300 PDX 97232

Cost: $20 in advance l $25 at the door

Purchase Tickets Here
Israeli Dancing @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

Register code: CG401


Nosh and Drash with Rabbi Eve Posen @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Sep 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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

Topic: The Evolution of Jewish Law

At the Cafe at the J

Free and open to the community

In partnership with Congregation Neveh Shalom

Rivkah & Nica’s Dream Jazz @ The 1905
Sep 14 @ 6:00 pm
Rivkah & Nica's Dream Jazz @ The 1905
Jewish Jazz drummer Rivkah Ross will perform with the all-female Nica’s Dream jazz group.
Rivkah currently sits on the board of Beth Israel’s Jews Next D’or.

Rivkah began to play drums after being inspired by a Sevendust concert in Miami, FL. After a few years of being self-taught and playing in local bands, she attended Broward College in Davie, FL, as a music major and studied jazz drum set and classical percussion. Rivkah played and recorded with a variety of South Florida artists, including Andrew Bayuk, the four-time winner of the American Idol Underground Folk Competition.

In 2008, Rivkah moved to Los Angeles to study drumming at Musicians Institute. While being a student at Musicians Institute, she went on tours around California with Jeff Hershey and the Heartbeats, a 1960’s soul-rock band, and recorded and played with many other local artists. Rivkah opened for Dick Dale, the B-52s, and The New Mastersounds with Jeff Hershey and the Heartbeats. The band went on to complete three European tours, performing multiple dates in Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, and Switzerland. After touring with the band, Rivkah returned to Los Angeles and continued to play and record with two unique all-female jazz bands, Lady Jazz and the Hard Bop Chicks, as well as other artists. She gained an endorsement through Soultone Cymbals while living in Los Angeles, and performed with Stevie Wonder as part of a drum ensemble on Stevie Wonder’s Annual House of Toys at the Nokia Theater. In 2016, Rivkah relocated to Portland, Oregon, where she continues to perform.

Rivkah loves to teach and is a Certified Facilitator for The Rhythmic Arts Project, a non-profit organization that teaches life skills to students with disabilities using hand drums and specialized curriculum. She has worked with students with disabilities, as well as disadvantaged and chronically ill students, and she has a special interest in working with students who face challenges. Rivkah holds a Master of Education with emphasis in Special Education from Southern New Hampshire University.

Rivkah enjoys being out in nature, spending time with loved ones, writing stories, traveling, dancing, hiking, and inspiring and teaching others, especially girls and women, to play drums. Her favorite drummers are Roy Haynes, Cindy Blackman, Terri Lyne Carrington, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, and Sean Reinert.

Meditations of the Heart with Sarah Rohr @ Congregation Neveh Shalom
Sep 14 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Sarah Rohr on Thursday evenings from 7:30-8:30 at Neveh Shalom as she guides you through physical movements and practices to explore, compliment and exalt your heartfelt prayers. For both beginners and students with experience. $10 sliding scale, a portion of the proceeds will benefit ALIYAH. More info:

Rosh Hashanah Shaba-lah Shabbat @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Sep 15 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us and other young families for special Shabbat filled with stories, singing and of course apples and honey!

Free and open to the community

North Coast Shabbat @ Bob Chisholm Center
Sep 15 @ 8:00 pm
The first service for the North Coast Shabbat group will be held on Friday, March31 at 8:00 pm at the Bob Chisholm Center in Seaside.
Services are usually held on the last Friday of the month, from March thru October.
2017 dates and leaders:
April 28  Kim Schneiderman
May 26  Jemi Mansfield and Jennifer Felberg
June 30  Avrel Nudelman
July 28  Neil Weinstein
Aug. 25 Avrel Nudelman
Sept. 15  Jack Falk
Oct. 20  Eddy Shuldman

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