OJMCHE looks back at the determination, resilience, and leadership that have brought Portland’s Conservative congregation through 150 years, preserving tradition while embracing modernity.
In 1869 a group of Polish and Prussian immigrants settled in Portland and founded the city’s second synagogue, Ahavai Sholom, blending traditional religious practices with modern American customs, struggling to find stability in their early days. Three decades later a group of Russian immigrants faced the same challenges when they founded Neveh Zedek Talmud Torah. The two congregations eventually merged, becoming Neveh Shalom in 1961. Always ready to adapt and innovate, today the congregation stands at the forefront of social justice, carrying forward the Jewish values which light their way.
The exhibit gives visitors a view into the history of Neveh Shalom, highlighting some of the events and people who shaped its growth, drawing personal connections between devotion to tradition and the progressive outlook which has characterized the congregation from its very beginning.
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Mel Bochner: Enough Said from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
Mel Bochner (b.1940) consistently probes the conventions of painting and language. Bochner’s text-based works will be on view.
From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation.
Many of the most beloved, uplifting, and romantic songs in musical theater history have one thing in common: The incomparable writing team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. A Grand Night For Singing collects over 30 treasured hits from Rodgers and Hammerstein shows such as Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Carousel, The King and I, and Cinderella; and invites audiences to experience these classics anew through artful arrangements and clever interpretations. It’s “something wonderful” for any lover of classic musical theater.
Directed by SHARON MARONEY
Music by RICHARD RODGERS • Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II • Musical Arrangements by FRED WELLS
Orchestration by MICHAEL GIBSON and JONATHAN TUNICK • Conceived by WALTER BOBBIE
Originally produced by Roundabout Theatre Company, New York City, in 1993.
Spring Monthly Mitzvah Projects
Each month the MJCC and PJA communities will collect items for the monthly mitzvah. Drop off items in the blue bin in the MJCC lobby. Check the display for how you can participate and donate to these worthy causes.
This project reflects the Jewish commitment to Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), providing opportunities to give back to our community.
Please drop off items in the blue bin in the MJCC Lobby.
April – Pet Toys for Cat Adoption Team and Oregon Dog Rescue
Art Gallery Exhibit: The Passover Series
Shlomo Katz, Polish/Israeli, 1937 – 1992
Born in Lodz, Poland, Shlomo Katz immigrated to Palestine when he was eight years old in 1945. Katz developed an original technique of oil painting on a gilded metal surface. The result recalls medieval icons on the one hand, and oriental miniatures on the other. These ancient resources combine to form a totally modern image with a light humorous touch and a noble character. It took a lot of experimentation to translate these images to the graphic art form. The metallic inks of the golden tones and the importance of absolute registration presented just a part of the challenge, but the Katz serigraphs became the ultimate in modern printmaking.
Exhibit on display April 19 – 28, MJCC Lobby
Mah Jongg for Beginners
Learn to play this ancient game. It will give your mind a workout!
April 16 – May 14
10:30 am – 12:30 pm, CG301
Cost: $100. Members: $85.
Join us as Cedar Sinai Park commemorates the victims of the Holocaust on the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. Established by the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, in 1951, the State of Israel marks this day of remembrance with public observances and country-wide minutes of silence. We can do no less than observe this solemn anniversary. Come share your thoughts as we light a yizkor or memoral candle in Rose Schnitzer Manor’s main lobby and gather near the fireplace as we read kaddish and observe our own moment of silence for the 6 million lost.
The Central Coast Community Seder
Wednesday, April 24th, 6pm
B’nai B’rith Camp, Devil’s Lake
In the true spirit of Passover, our doors are open to all. BB Camp staff will lead the Seder with Passover activities and traditions. Please join us for an evening of reflection and celebration.
Kid friendly $18/person
REGISTER at bbcamp.org/seder
You are able to join Rabbi Stampfer’s fall 2018-19 emeritus class online through Congregation Neveh Shalom’s live-stream service. The class is using the book, Introduction to the Bible by Christina Hayes of Yale University. Hayes will be at the class in person Jan. 17 to add extra insight. To view live online on Thursdays at 11 am or watch past classes, please click here: https://nevehshalom.org/stampfer-bible-class/.
*Please note that registration for the class is closed, and we are not able to accept more in-person students.