March 2017 Calendar

Through March 31

Jewish Art Month at the MJCC. Different artists exhibiting each week.

March 1

Portland Hadassah presents author Letty Cottin Pogrebin speaking on How To Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick. 7 pm at MJCC. Fundraising for Hadassah Marlene Greenebaum Breast Cancer Institute. $36. 503-312-2530,

“The Lost Boys of Portlandia” film and a panel discussion with youth who have experienced homelessness. 7- 8:30 pm at Havurah Shalom, 825 NW 18th Ave., Portland. Free.  Nili Yosha, 503-664-8344

March 3

Spend the Night with Billy Crystal. 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Portland.

March 3-4

Iris Erez performs “Local (not easy)” at 7 pm both nights at the Reed College Performing Arts Center, Massee Performance Lab (PAB128). Tickets: $10 general, $5 students/seniors; free for Reed students, faculty, staff; available at the door or online:

March 4

Love, Honor, Respect: Benefit for residents of Cedar Sinai Park. 6 pm at the Hilton Portland. $118.

Bright Voices of the Darkest Hour: Music and the Holocaust. See page 46

March 5

Friends of the Center Brunch featuring Yossi Abramowitz. 10 am-noon at the MJCC. $54 or
$36 under 36.

March 7

MJCC Authors series begins with presentation by Janis Cooke Newman: A Master Plan for Rescue. 7 pm at MJCC. Continues March 14 and 21. Member/$5, guest/$8; Series Pass: Member/$12; guest/$20.
Register at

“The Truce” is the final film in this year’s Sephardic Film Festival. Films, dessert and discussions at 7 pm at Ahavath Achim, 3225 SW Barbur Blvd., Portland.Free. David:

March 9

Nosh and Drash with Rabbi Eve Posen. 1- 2 pm at the Cafe at the J (MJCC). Topic: Purim Torah. Free. 503-535-3555

Hamantaschen Bake Off + Purim Costume Contest. Non-kosher entries are accepted. Purim storytime too! Bake-off entries due: 6:15 pm day of event; tasting/judging: 6:30-7:30 pm at the MJCC. 503-244-0111

March 9-April 1

Golda’s Balcony presented by Triangle Productions. See page 48

March 10

Persian Kabbalat Shabbat service & dinner for Purim! 6:30 pm at Congregation Shaarie Torah, 920 NW 25th Ave., Portland. Prices vary. Childcare available with reservation. 503-226-6131

March 11

Purim Celebration: Around the World with Congregation Shir Tikvah, 7550 NE Irving St.,Portland. Festive meal and family-friendly reading of the Megillah. Customs from Italy, Tunisia and France; treats from Syria and Morocco. 5-7:30 pm. $18/family. 503-473-8227

PURIM: Music and Fun. 6 pm-midnight at Congregation Shaarie Torah, 920 NW 25th Ave., Portland. Games for preschoolers to high schoolers, food, Cha Cha the Clown, facepainting and henna. Megillah reading 7 pm with songs from the musical Hamilton adapted into the Purim Musical “Esther, the Persian Musical.” Dance party and drinks to follow. Free.

Purimshpiel: Menches and Meidels. 6 pm at Congregation Beth Israel, 1972 NW Flanders, Portland. Free. 503-222-1069

March 12

Purim Celebration 9:30 am-noon at Congregation Neveh Shalom, 2900 SW Peaceful Lane., Portland. Megillah reading, Purim carnival for ages 3-11, Hamantaschen. 503-246-8831

Purim Carnival. 11:30 am at Congregation Beth Israel, 1972 NW Flanders, Portland.

March 14

MJCC Authors series with Jennifer K Armstrong, author of Seinfeldia. 7 pm at MJCC. Continues March 21 with local author panel discussion. Member/$5, guest/$8; Series Pass: Member/$12; guest/$20. Register

March 15

Women’s Day of Jewish Learning. See page 61

March 16

Why We Should Buy Art. 6:30 at the MJCC. Come to a lively panel discussion about the joys, benefits and risks of collecting art. Free.

March 19

Taste of Temple. 40 food/drink vendors 5-8 pm
at the Castaway. 503-222-1069

March 24-25

Shabbaton with Rabbi Shefa Gold at Temple Beth Sholom in Salem, Beit Am in Corvallis, and Temple Beth Israel in Eugene. See page 65

March 26-28

PJA/MJCC Used Book Sale: Sunday 10 am-5 pm, Monday, 8 am-7 pm and Tuesday, 8 am-7 pm
Held at the MJCC ballroom. Please be prepared to show ID upon entering.

March 30

Crossing Over: A Musical Haggadah. See page 44

March 31

North Coast Shabbat Services are usually held on the last Friday of the month from March through October. 8 pm at the Bob Chisholm Center, 1225 Ave A, Seaside. March leaders Leonard and Elayne Shapiro. Free. Bev Eastern,

April 2

Oregon Symphony presents Gil Shaham. 2 pm at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall., 503-228-1353

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