PLAY: “Lifeboat” @ Northwest Children’s Theater
Jan 12 @ 7:30 pm – Feb 4 @ 2:00 pm
PLAY: "Lifeboat" @ Northwest Children’s Theater  | Portland | Oregon | United States


A True Story of Two Teenagers Who Did Not Give Up

A co-production with Northwest Children’s Theater


WHO:                   Co-produced by Corrib Theatre & Northwest Children’s Theater

By Nicola McCartney

Directed by Avital Shira
January 12 – February 4, 2018
Opening Night/Press Night:  Friday, January 12

                                Regular Run: Thursdays-Saturdays@ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm
Northwest Children’s Theater, 1819 NW Everett St., Portland

TICKETS:               $25 regular price; $20 student/group; $15/youth under 18

Brown Paper Tickets: 800-838-3006 or


Sunday, Jan 14: Post-show Talkback, guest TBD

Sunday, Jan 21: Post-show Talkback, guest TBD

Sunday, Jan 28: Post-show Talkback with Charlotte Headrick (Dramaturg)

Sketch by Jan Baross


PORTLAND, OREGON – December 21, 2017. With a bracing true story of determination and hope, Corrib Theatre and Northwest Children’s Theater present Nicola McCartney’s Lifeboat. Directed by Avital Shira and starring Kayla Lian and Britt Harris, this riveting play by an award-winning Irish playwright runs for four weeks, Jan. 12 through Feb. 4, at Northwest Children’s Theater.

Lifeboat is the extraordinary true story of Bess Walder and Beth Cummings. Set during World War II, it is a story of courage, a story of survival and a story of enduring friendship.

On Friday the thirteenth of September 1940, a ship, The City of Benares, set sail from Liverpool bound for Canada. On board were 90 child evacuees escaping the relentless bombing and dangers of war torn Britain. Four days into the crossing, the ship was torpedoed and sank. Only 11 children aboard survived. Of those few, two young girls, Bess Walder (15) and Beth Cummings (14), clung to life as they spent 19 terrifying hours in the water on an upturned lifeboat. With the hopes and dreams upon which they’d set sail, they buoyed one another’s spirits with stories of home, family and adventure. Bess and Beth inspired each other to survive. Lifeboat tells their story.

“At its core, Lifeboat is a play about resilience,” said play Director Avital Shira, daughter of Portland Rabbis Laurie Rutenberg and Gary Schoenberg. “These two young women defy the odds through connection, story and the will to save the other to ultimately survive longer than humans should be able in the middle of the Atlantic.  The world is dark at the moment, and it’s especially important now to harness the power of human resilience and remind ourselves that if we find our common humanity, we have the ability to keep each other afloat.”

Lifeboat packs a wallop because it is fundamentally about life, death and the human spirit. Oh, and it’s a highly entertaining history lesson too: informing the young and reminding the old.”
Theatre Review, New Zealand



This is a true story centered around two teenage girls during the evacuation of British children during World War II. Know as “Operation Pied Piper,” the British evacuation of children began on Friday, September 1, 1939. The ship the young girls in this story were sailing on was the City of Benares. It was carrying 191 passengers (90 of them children) and 216 shipmates, 407 souls all told — 260 perished (79 children) and 147 survived (11 children). Details about this ship and its demise are here.

Mah Jongg for Beginners @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Jan 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Learn to play this ancient game. It will give your mind a workout!



Registration Code: CG200

Mah Jongg for Intermediate Players @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Jan 16 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Take your game to the next level. It will give your mind a workout!



Registration code: CG201

Learn the Art of Jewish Storytelling @ Congregation Neveh Shalom
Jan 16 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Learn the art of Jewish storytelling with professional storyteller Brian Rohr. In this nine class course, Brian will teach the art and skill of performative storytelling, exploring the ancient stories, personal narrative and techniques on how to discover your own unique storytelling voice. Tuition for the three month course is: $150 CNS members / $200 Non-members.

Reading: The Making of a Matriot @ Broadway Books
Jan 16 @ 7:00 pm
Reading: The Making of a Matriot @ Broadway Books | Portland | Oregon | United States
Reading with Frances Payne Adler, author of Making of a Matriot
In The Making of a Matriot, author Frances Payne Adler demonstrates—through poetry and prose—the need for a new conception of national defense through peaceful means, and provides a glimpse of the possibilities.
Definition: Matriot, noun. 1. One who loves his or her country. 2. One who loves and protects the people of his or her country. 3. One who perceives national defense as health, education, and shelter for all the people in his or her country, and the world.
“If national defense is the issue, why not, as poet-activist Frances Payne Adler suggests, a ‘national defense’ budget that defends the people through affordable health, education, and shelter for everyone?”
—Adrienne Rich, in Arts of the Possible
“These poems touch and explore the core of human existence—the wars, the illnesses, but also the love, the courage, the defiance, of which her own writing is an example. Her definition of ‘matriot’ alone makes it worthwhile opening the book.”
—Howard Zinn, author, People’s History of the United States
Poet Frances Payne Adler is the author of five books: two poetry collections, Making of a Matriot and Raising The Tents, and three collaborative poetry-photography books and social action art exhibitions with photographer Kira Carrillo Corser, which have shown in galleries, universities, and state capitol buildings across the country, as well as in the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C. Adler, along with Diana Garcia and Debra Busman, co-edited Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing, winner of the 2009 ForeWord Book of the Year Award for Anthologies. Her current exhibition, Dare I Call You Cousin, is about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and is a collaboration with Israeli artists, photographer Michal Fattal and videographer Yossi Yacov. Adler has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Regional Award, a California State Senate Award for Artistic and Social Collaboration, and the New Millennium Obama Award. Adler, Professor Emerita and founder of the Creative Writing & Social Action Program at California State University Monterey Bay, lives in Portland, Oregon.
OJMCHE Exhibit Tours @ Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Jan 17 @ 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 Feb. 16- May 27

Vedem: The Underground Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto

Vedem Underground examines the literary magazine written by Jewish teens imprisoned at Terezin, a Nazi camp in Czechoslovakia during the Second World War. Using pop-art graphics, drawings and paintings, and the prose and poetry, these brave adolescents secretly wrote and illustrated the longest-running underground magazine in a Nazi camp. Vedem (Czech for “In the Lead”) documented their voices with defiance, humor and heartbreak. The exhibition breaks down their 800 original pages and reconstructs them in the form of a contemporary magazine. Curated by Rina Taraseiskey and Danny King.

To Tell The Story: The Wolloch Holocaust Haggadah

On view in the East Gallery: Commissioned by Helene and Zygfryd B. Wolloch, The Holocaust Haggadah is richly illustrated with lithographic prints by David Wander and calligraphy by Yonah Weinreb that link the story of liberation from ancient Egypt to the Holocaust.

Live Stream Author Talk with Nicole Krauss @ Congregation Neveh Shalom
Jan 17 @ 4:15 pm – 6:00 pm

Watch a live stream of New York Times bestselling author Nicole Krauss in conversation about her newest novel, Forest Dark, at the Jewish Theological Society. In Forest Dark, Krauss entwines disparate narratives chronicling two characters who find themselves at a crossroads in life. Retired New York attorney Jules and Brooklyn writer Nicole each take an unexpected journey, seeking answers in the Israeli desert and coming to terms with the legacy of the ancient land and the modern nation forged from it.

Sponsored by the CNS Sisterhood and the Feldstein Library.

For more info, contact Kaiya Goldhammer, Librarian of the Feldstein Library at Neveh Shalom:

Engage, Enrich, Enliven, Enjoy! with Ruth Tenzer Feldman @ Congregation Neveh Shalom
Jan 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This is child’s play-and more-for adults interested in exploring ways to cultivate creativity, broaden their perspective, foster mental flexibility, and reduce stress. Each session offers tools based on a variety of sources from Einstein to Abraham Joshua Heschel, including current research in neuroplasticity. No particular talent needed. Just bring yourself and prepare to stretch your brain.

CNS members $36 for all sessions, non-members, $54 for all sessions

To reserve your spot, please RSVP by 1/12/18 to Marina Vidrio,


Israeli Dancing @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Jan 17 @ 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.


Registeration code: CG202

Tiferet Shabbat @ Congregation Shaarie Torah
Jan 20 @ 9:15 am – 12:15 pm

Please join Congregation Shaarie Torah for a special Shabbat morning service. At this service, we will include new melodies, explore the service with some reflections on the prayers themselves, and chant according to the Triennial cycle of Torah readings.  It will be a mix of the beautiful and familiar traditional Shabbat morning service and new ideas and energy.  This service meets in the Chapel downstairs on the third Saturday of the month.

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