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Spend the Night with Billy Crystal

WHAT Billy Crystal will “tell stories, show film clips and talk about my life and career and the world as I see it.” WHEN 7:30 pm, March 3 WHERE Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Portland TICKETS $65-125 at plus VIP packages available online: portland5.com/arlene-schnitzer-concert-hall

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Iris Erez brings e-motion to Reed dancers

“Dance chose me – I could not not do it,” says Israeli dancer, choreographer and teacher Iris Erez, 45, who arrives in Portland this month for a five-month residency at Reed College. Iris is one of 19 Israeli artists visiting the United States this school year to participate in residencies through the Schusterman Visiting Israeli…

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IRIS EREZ performs “Local (not easy)”

WHAT The Reed Dance Department presents resident choreographer/dancer Iris Erez’s performance of “Local (not easy).” Premiered in 2016, the solo work investigates how space affects and restructures the active body within it. As one who has moved from the city to the village, from singlehood to motherhood, Iris explores how these relocations have also produced…

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Oregon’s modern-day Maccabees

RABBI JOSHUA STAMPFER On Nov. 29, 1947, Joshua Stampfer, then a young rabbinic student in Jerusalem, awoke to the news that the United Nations, the night before, had approved the creation of a Jewish state. Soon after the UN announcement, he joined the Haganah, the underground Jewish defense army that, after statehood, became the Israel…

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Lee Weinstein Reclaims his Heritage

Lee Weinstein, 57, has followed a long path to reclaim his Jewish, liberal, entrepreneurial heritage. He served on the staff of a congressman and a governor, developed the first AIDS nutrition news source in the nation and spent 15 years on Nike’s communication team. Then he quit the corporate world to launch his own boutique…

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Healing the world with the blues

In concerts from Portland to Amsterdam, United by Music North America is healing the world one song at a time. Founded in the Netherlands in 2005 to provide performance opportunities for musically talented people with developmental disabilities, United by Music expanded to North America in 2012. The nonprofit was founded here by a Jewish mother-daughter…

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Community is about coming together

The first Oregon Jews, who came from Germany in the mid-1850s, often lived in other places in America before finding their way out West. Many of them were merchants who helped build a strong Jewish community – founding synagogues, schools, social and charitable organizations and welcoming waves of other immigrants, refugees and survivors who would…

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New ways to build community

Welcome to this wonderful Resource Guide that includes everything about the Jewish community in Oregon and Southwest Washington. We are grateful to Oregon Jewish Life magazine for compiling this important information that connects our Jewish community. The Jewish community of Greater Portland is not impervious to shifting national and local trends, both general and Jewish,…

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