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JOURNALIST SUSAN STAMBERG TO HEADLINE MJCC’s FRIENDS BRUNCH

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…

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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…

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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…

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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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Voices in “Pericles Wet” remind scholar of Havurah

When Shakespearean scholar Daniel Pollack-Pelzner saw a new adaptation of “Pericles,” the playwright’s use of women’s voices reminded him of the gender-neutral prayers he grew up with at Havurah Shalom. This month Portland Shakespeare Project presents the world premiere of “Pericles Wet,” a visceral reimagining of Shake­speare’s “Pericles, Prince of Tyre.” Commissioned by Portland Shakes…

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Israel’s L-E-V returns to White Bird Uncaged

Israel’s acclaimed dance company L-E-V returns to White Bird Uncaged with Sharon Eyal’s riveting “OCD Love,” Nov. 16-18 (see details below). Six powerful dancers perform work inspired by complexities of love and obsessive-compulsive disorder. L-E-V first performed with White Bird two years ago, where they left a lasting impression with two boldly sensual works, “Sara…

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ORA shines light on art for 11th year

PHOTO: Visitors at last year’s Celebration of Art browse at artists’ booths in the MJCC. Art will tickle all your senses at the 11th annual Celebration of Art at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center the last weekend in October. Admission is free to both events. ORA Northwest Jewish Artists returns to the MJCC for their…

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Michelle Alany: Bringing people together with music

Classically trained violinist and vocalist Michelle Alany draws on an eclectic background to perform fiddle-driven Sephardic, klezmer, Balkan and Mediterranean soul music. “I consider songs a vehicle for culture and language,” says Michelle, now in her early 30s. She describes her musical focus as “celebrating differences and appreciating similarities. … Music can reach that space…

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