Peace & Justice: Three Lettering Traditions @ Muslim Educational Trust Community Center
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 31 @ 8:00 pm
Peace & Justice:  Three Lettering Traditions @ Muslim Educational Trust Community Center  | Tigard | Oregon | United States

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.”

During the exhibit, there will be activities on the MET community calendar where the show will be accessible (check the MET calendar

Sara Harwin
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

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.

Kanaan Kanaan

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.

Art Gallery Exhibit: Boris Uan-Zo-li @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Jul 5 – Sep 7 all-day
Art Gallery Exhibit: Boris Uan-Zo-li @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center | Portland | Oregon | United States

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.

THEATER: Adroit Maneuvers @ Imago Theatre
Jul 6 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 22 @ 8:00 pm
THEATER: Adroit Maneuvers @ Imago Theatre | Portland | Oregon | United States

Adroit Maneuvers by Michael Bertish.

This timely and thought-provoking drama portrays a very different view of the personal impacts of war in a touching study of intergenerational trauma and the painful dysfunctions that continue to haunt an entire family. The play is full of music, and discussions of art, philosophy, culture, science and politics on a world stage. As details of the story lay out the facts of the past, the audience can’t help but be reminded of the political climate of the present.

Not suitable for children.


“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”

This well-known anonymous statement from the 1930s (often erroneously attributed to American novelist Sinclair Lewis) is a prophetic warning about the rise of authoritarian regimes. With the recent tragic events of Charlottesville and other flashpoints of intolerance in the news, assaults on members of the LGBTQ community and racial, religious and ethnic minorities, attacks on a free press, and the rise of voices advocating extreme nationalism throughout the civilized world, many say that our current time is reminiscent of the advent of World War II. However, the real test of our time is to avoid the trap of reactionary fear and to commit to healing change. Adroit Maneuvers offers a compassionate, hopeful perspective on bridging these divides that threaten to fracture our humanity.

The play is set in New York City in 1996 at the Dinger family home. The story revolves around an elderly grandmother, Tilde, and her adult grandson, Micky, who comes back to the city for a final visit. Micky is determined to get Tilde to open up about her experiences during the Anschluss in Vienna. Until this point in her life, Tilde has never spoken about living through the Nazi invasion and World War II. As Tilde tells her story, her memories come to life and the characters from her past enter to relive vignettes from the golden era of Vienna’s famous café society. Micky discovers Tilde’s acts of selfless courage and her friendships with world-class figures of the day: Sigmund and Martha Freud, Albert Einstein, and members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Tilde’s story is interwoven with true historical events, and hearing her story gives Micky the courage to be open for the first time about his own deep-rooted secrets.

This timely and thought-provoking drama portrays a very different view of the personal impacts of war in a touching study of intergenerational trauma and the painful dysfunctions that continue to haunt an entire family. The play is full of music, and  discussions of art, philosophy, culture, science and politics on a world stage. As details of the story lay out the facts of the past, the audience can’t help but be reminded of the political climate of the present.

In October 2017, actor/director Tom Hanks said, “If you’re concerned about what’s going on today, read history and figure out what to do because it’s all right there.”  Adroit Maneuvers delves into the history of intolerance and brings us to the realization that we have the power to rise above it all through devoted relationships, humility, compassion and forgiveness.

Film: The Cakemaker @ Living Room Theatres
Jul 13 @ 4:03 pm – Jul 19 @ 5:03 pm
Film: The Cakemaker @  Living Room Theatres  | Portland | Oregon | United States

Thomas, a young German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who has frequent business visits in Berlin. When Oren suddenly vanishes from Thomas’ life, he decides to travel to Jerusalem seeking for answers regarding Oren’s disappearance. Under a fabricated identity, Thomas infiltrates into the life of Anat, his lover’s wife, who owns a small Café in downtown Jerusalem. Thomas starts to work for her and create German cakes and cookies that bring life into her Café. Soon, Thomas finds himself involved in Anat’s life in a way far beyond his anticipation, and to protect the truth he will stretch his lie to a point of no return.

Guaranteed one week-run July 13-19; possible extension for a second week.
  • Director: Ofir Raul Graizer
  • Country: Israel, Germany
  • Genre: Drama
  • Year: 2017
  • Run Time: 01:49:25
  • imdb Score: 7.2/10 (635 votes)
  • Language: English, German, Hebrew
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Sarah Adler, Zohar Shtrauss, Tim Kalkhof, Roy Miller
Mah Jongg for Beginners @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Jul 17 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Learn to play this ancient game. It will give your mind a workout!
Tuesday Mornings
Dates: June 26 – July 24
10:30 am- 12:30 pm, CG400
Cost: $100. Member Cost: $85.
First class held in the Beit Midrash, then in the Cafe at the J.

Mah Jongg for Intermediate Players @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Jul 17 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Take your game to the next level. It will give your mind a workout!
Tuesday Afternoons
Dates: June 26 – July 24
1:30 – 3:30 pm, CG401
Cost: $100. Member Cost: $85.
Cafe at the J

Wondering Jews: Hogan Butte Natural Park @ Hogan Butte Natural Park
Jul 18 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Now that summer is upon us, let’s go and explore our beautiful city together!

Join other 65+ for a special trip to the Hogan Butte Natural Park.

Gresham’s newest park sits on 46 acres on top of Hogan Butte. At the top elevation of 930 feet, take in a stunning panoramic view of Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier, the Columbia River Gorge and the city of Gresham. We will be walking the interpretive half mile paved, ADA accessible loop and enjoy lunch in the picnic area with views of the forest!

Details listed below:

  • 10am – meet at Neveh Shalom to carpool
  • 11:00am – meet in the Hogan Butte parking lot
  • 11:15am -12:15pm – walk interpretive paved trail
  • 12:15pm – gather for lunch. Please bring your own lunch and drinks with you!
  • 1:15 pm – Drive back to Neveh Shalom

Please RSVP by Friday, July 13 so that they know how many people to expect, if you would like to carpool and if you are willing to drive. For questions and to RSVP please contact NEW Membership and Engagement Director, Lindsay von Colditz at 503-239-7313,

Claire Phillips: Oregon’s Legendary Actress and Spy @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Jul 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Author/historian, Sig Unander will highlight the life of Claire Phillips Snyder, the only Oregon woman to ever receive the Medal of Freedom. Claire, a native of Portland, was a stage actress whose espionage and humanitarian work as a guerilla leader during World War II brought her fame and international recognition. Learn about her connection with the Mittleman family. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session.

Cost: $5 for guest, Free for Members

Israeli Dancing @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Jul 18 @ 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. The class starts July 11 and continues every Wednesday through Sept. 12.

Cost: $100 Members + Guests.
Drop-in: $15 per class

Registration information: CG402,

In the Dance Studio

Kabbalah Meditation with Rabbi David Zaslow @ Havurah Synagogue
Jul 19 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Kabbalah Meditation with Rabbi David Zaslow

Beginning on Thursday, June 21 from 5-6 pm, Rabbi David Zaslow will teach an introduction class in Kabbalah Meditation. Participants will learn to understand the chakra system in Judaism known as Sefirot. Rabbi David will uncover the secrets of Jewish mysticism in simple and accessible language, and in ways that can benefit daily life. Class will take place on four Thursdays: June 21 and 28, July 12 and 19 from 5-6 pm. Class fee is $30 and pre-registration is requested by calling 541-488-7716. Available via live streaming for those unable to attend in person. The Havurah Synagogue is located at 185 N Mountain Ave., Ashland.

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