Shaarie Torah plans first community-wide fund-raiser

PHOTO: Michael Allen Harrison Michael Allen Harrison will bring his rare concert grand piano to Congregation Shaarie Torah for two firsts – his first performance at Congregation Shaarie Torah and the Conservative congregation’s first community-wide fundraising event (see below). Portland pianist and composer Michael Allen Harrison is well known for his December concerts at The…


Octogenarian’s art reflects colorful life

PHOTO: Boris Uan-Zo-li, his wife, Sventlana, and his son, Alexander, around their kitchen table in front of a wall full of paintings by Boris. Photo by Polina Olsen   Boris Uan-Zo-li’s artwork reflects his fascinating life. Big, bold, varied and colorful, his paintings cover the walls of his Beaverton split-level home. The work is abstract,…



The Mittleman Jewish Community Center has announced that renowned broadcast journalist Susan Stamberg will headline the Center’s annual Friends of the Center Brunch on Sunday, March 4 at 10:00 AM.  The Brunch represents the Center’s largest fundraising event of the year, and will include the induction of two new faces to the Oregon Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, as well announcing the winners of this…


Artists JAM at the J in March

Jewish Arts Month returns to the Mittleman Jewish Community Center for the eighth year with a series of weeklong exhibits by local Jewish artists. ORA: Northwest Jewish Artists organizes the event. “ORA’s Jewish Art Week was first held at MJCC for one week in March of 2009,” says ORA President Esther Liberman. “It featured an…


Neshama brings music of unity to Portland

PHOTO: Neshama Carlebach. Photo by Michael Albany   Neshama Carlebach returns to Oregon for two February concerts (see below). Last year, when Neshama returned to the world stage after a four-year hiatus from performing, we featured her on the cover of our March issue. Neshama is once again singing the beloved songs of her late…


Anandi was born to sing

Portland jazz singer Anandi Gefroh hails from a long line of musicians. Her maternal grandmother, Nina, a classically trained singer, toured with the international production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Her mother, Rachel Faro, is a songwriter and producer, and her father is Nick Gefroh, a veteran jazz drummer and longtime local disc jockey. So…

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