Artists Sara Harwin, Kanaan Kanaan and Inga Dubay love letters. They explore the tradition of sacred letters in Hebrew, Arabic & English calligraphy in many forms of art expression. They each have a creative voice dedicated to peace & justice.
Their will be an opening forum for the exhibit at 7 pm June 2. This event is open to all.
“Inga Dubay, Kanaan Kanaan and I come from three different lettering traditions, yet when we each speak about our journeys, we seek to touch upon a sacred, spiritual path,” says Sara. “We will be speaking on the evening of June 2 at 7 pm preceding the Interfaith Iftar, traditional breaking of the fast during the month of Ramadan.”
Sara was feaatured on the February 2014 cover of Oregon Jewish Life in conjunction with the exhibit she created: “Illuminated Letters – Threads of Connection.”
Her love of both art-making and Jewish learning come from being raised in a home filled with Yiddishkeit, Her early Jewish education at the Sholem Aleichem Institute in Detroit, Michigan and many years at Camp Tamarack enriched her sense of Jewish community. Later, she studied Hebrew and art history of the Middle East at the University of Michigan where she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. At Michigan she gained first-hand experience in printing under the tutelage of artist and author Emil Weddige. Upon her arrival in Portland, Oregon in 1969, she went on to study clay work with Wally Schwab at Marylhurst College, incorporating her figurative approach to art onto dishware and freestanding sculptures. Her work has been exhibited internationally in numerous group and one-woman gallery and museum shows, while her ritual items are widely treasured by individuals and communities.
Inga Dubay’s work encompasses calligraphy, painting, drawing and printmaking. She taught at the Oregon College of Art and Craft for twenty-five years and was Book Arts Department Head for six years. Inga currently teaches at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. She has also taught at Portland State University for eight years and has conducted numerous workshops including as faculty at international calligraphy conferences. She has been a guest lecturer at Reed College’s Paideia, Scriptorium, and Art Department. She studied at Mills College and received a B.A. in Painting & Drawing from the University of Oregon with graduate study at the Art Academy in Oslo, Norway, the University of Oregon and the University of California at Berkeley. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in juried and invitational exhibitions as well as shown in publications including Letter Arts Review, Lettering Arts and featured on Art Beat, Oregon Public Broadcasting. Her essay, The Write Stuff, appeared as an Op-Ed in The New York Times.
Mr. Kanaan’s background is both interesting and diverse. He was born and raised in Amman, Jordan, in a Palestinian refugee camp. An artist by training, Kanaan studied at the College of Fine Arts at Baghdad University prior to immigrating to the U.S. in 1994. After moving to Portland, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Graphic Design from PSU 1999, and in 2006, earned his Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Mixed Media from Warnborough University in Ireland. For the eight years, Kanaan was an adjunct professor in PSU’s art department where he’s taught courses in interactive media, Web design and computer graphics. Since 2011, he is serving PSU as the Middle East Student Retention Specialist. He continues to be an active artist, regularly participating in both solo and group shows.
Boris Uan-Zo-li’s artwork reflects his fascinating life, big, bold, varied and colorful. His work is abstract, but his figures are identifiable like the portraits of Woody Allen and personal hero Bob Dylan. Boris was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1938. During the Soviet times, Boris participated in four exhibitions and at one of the exhibitions in the USSR his paintings were withdrawn from the gallery by the Soviet bureaucrat because they did not fit the communist vision. After the fall of communism, Boris’s paintings were exhibited in a number of places, including the Central House of the Artists, one of the most prestigious Russian exhibitions.
Join us by the big trees just past the playground off of NE 37th Avenue for live music and to welcome Shabbat!
Pack a picnic dinner and bring a friend. Live music starts at 6 pm; informal prayers and songs start around 6:30 pm.
Service animals welcome; please leave family pets at home.
From now through September, every Friday night (except 4th Friday) at Congregation Neveh Shalom, you can enjoy our beautiful NW summer evenings singing, praying and schmoozing outside on our upper plaza! If weather doesn’t allow us to be outside, we will meet in the Stampfer Chapel.
Birthday block party planned as KBOO, 90.7FM celebrates 50 years broadcasting community radio
FAMILY FRIENDLY AND FREE TO THE PUBLIC
noon Julie and the Wayves
12:45 welcome and event announcements
1:15 Grateful Buds
2:00 Bread and Roses
2:30 Zahira and Rising Buffalo Tribe
3:15 Pacific Underground
3:45 Bottleneck Blues Band
5:00 The Stops
6:15 Los Supremos De Los Hermanos Flores
7:00 Ayatollah and King Tim 33 & 1/3
7:30 Blue Flamez
8:15 Deena B
8:45 Rich Hunter
9:30 Mic Crenshaw
This family friendly, free to the public, all-day multicultural event honors the people that make KBOO Community Radio happen.
On August 11th, to commemorate its 50th birthday, KBOO will transform a block near its studios into a festival area. Activities will include music performances, activities, station tours, food, beverages and ways to connect with grassroots organizations.
KBOO has been at the heart of the action of much of Oregon’s cultural and political life for almost five decades. All people in our region benefit from a deeper understanding of our collective heritage.
KBOO shares an unflinching, lived truth – that community radio remains a source of revolutionary thought, that KBOO will express its beliefs (no matter how different they might be) with honesty and earnestness. KBOO will persist in providing an alternative to mainstream media – one that lifts up the voices of the unheard.
KBOO works toward empowering our community to express themselves, toward facilitating a space for resistance, and toward creating a tool for critical listening for another 50 years.
Join KBOO and celebrate!
Join Congregation Neveh Shalom’s Rabbi Eve at Rieke Playground for a special story. Fun for all ages!
Co-sponsored by PJ Library.
Mussar is an approach of self-awareness and personal development that is grounded in deep reflection on Jewish texts and on spiritual practices that guide us toward greater control over our thinking and behaviors.
2:30 – 3:25 pm
Free and open to the community.
In the Ballroom.
In partnership with Congregation Shaarie Torah
Mah Jongg for Beginners
Learn to play this ancient game. It will give your mind a workout!
Registration Information: CG403, oregonjcc.org/registration
Cost: $100. Member Cost: $85.
First class on Aug. 14 will be held in Ballroom B, then in the Cafe at the J. No class on September 11.
Mah Jongg for Intermediate Players
Take your game to the next level with other intermediate players.
Registration Information: CG404, oregonjcc.org/registration
Cost: $100. Member Cost: $85.
In the Cafe at the J. No class on September 11.
Join us for a special tour of R.B. Kitaj, A Jew Etc., Etc. with Bruce Guenther, Adjunct Curator for Special Exhibitions.
Free with admission; free for members!