What started the “Fires in the Mirror”?

Playwright Anna Deavere Smith explores what really happened in Crown Heights in her play “Fires in the Mirror,” which is on stage in Portland Oct. 12-21, 2018. Photo by Mary Ellen Mark By J. Wandres New York City is a collection of neighborhoods called home by diverse ethnic and cultural populations. In Crown Heights more…



As part of our celebration of the arts, Oregon Jewish Life asked arts professionals, educators, supporters and youth to share their ideas about how the arts enrich our community. SUSANNAH MARS Artists Rep Resident Artist “The arts allow artists to share their personal expressions of stories – stories of the past, the present and the…


Nature is Art for the Spirit

Jordan Ackerson is the featured artist of the month for August at The Trainer’s Club, 333 S State St.,  in Lake Oswego. A member of P’nai Or member who has visited Israel on Birthright, Jordan brings his unique eye for detail to his iPhone photo exhibit entitled “Nature is Art for the Spirit.” The exhibit…


Summer reading, had me a blast

PHOTO: This summer, grab a beach towel and an armful of books and head for the beach, the pool, your backyard or … Compiled by Deborah Moon Every summer I catch up on stacks of books that I haven’t found the time to read. Somehow more hours of daylight always translates into longer hours of…


Life imitates art

Photo: Emily Eisele and Blake Stone at the first rehearsal of “I and You.” Photo by Jeff Hayes Artists Repertory Theatre’s final show of the season, “I and You,” has a synchronicity between the play’s two characters and the actors who portray them. “I and You” tells a funny, tender and surprising story of two young…

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