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Neshama Carlebach Shabbaton

WHEN: April 7-8 WHERE: Havurah Shir Hadash, Ashland SCHEDULE: Friday evening: Neshama will lead some prayers and songs and tell stories; a highlight will be a  “conversation” with Rabbi David Zaslow talking to Neshama informally before the congregation about her work in carrying on the legacy of her once-in-a-lifetime father. Saturday morning Torah service: Featuring…

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Billy Crystal has some tales to tell

Billy Crystal invites Portlanders to sit down for an informal after-dinner conversation at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall March 3 as he spins stories from his multi-faceted life and career. The evening is part of the comedian/actor/director/author’s “Spend the Night with Billy Crystal” U.S. tour. Calling it a sit-down show, Billy says the audience will…

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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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