April 2016 Calendar

Through April 9
Davita’s Harp world premiere presented by Jewish Theatre Collaborative at Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark, Portland. A new play based on the novel by Chaim Potok. 7:30 pm, Thursday-Saturday; 2 pm, Sunday. jewishtheatrecollaborative.org

Through June 13
Ruth Gruber: Photojournalist at OJMCHE. Exhibit features Gruber’s photographs from her groundbreaking reportage of the Soviet Arctic in the 1930s and iconic images of Jewish refugees from the ship Exodus 1947, to her later photographs of Ethiopian Jews in the midst of civil war in the 1980s. Every Friday at 2 pm, the museum will screen “Ahead of Time: Ruth Gruber-The Movie.”  ojmche.org, 503-226-3600

April 1-3
Family Shabbaton: A Weekend of Discovery. The Portland Kollel presents guest lecturer Rabbi Yaakov Salomon at the Sheraton Portland Airport. portlandkollel.org/shabbaton/

April 1
Yad b’Yad Intergenerational singing and stories. Every Friday (no session April 29). Join PJ Library for Yad b’Yad with Kim Schneiderman! 9:30-10:15 am at Rose Schnitzer Manor, 6125 SW Boundary St., Portland. 503-892-7415

PJ Library Southeast weekly story hour. 10-10:45 am at Seahorses, 4029 SE Hawthorne, Portland. Weekly (every Friday) story hour for young families with music and PJ Library books! Free. 503-892-7415

April 2
It’s Magic. Cedar Sinai Park Gala 6:30 pm at the Benson Hotel. cedarsinaipark.org/annualevent 503-535-4360

Shirat Yeladim: storytelling, music, mitzvah and experiential learning for children 3-5 and their parents. First Saturday of the month at 10:45 am at Shaarie Torah, 920 NW 25th Ave., Portland. 503-226-6131

April 2-May 1
The Pianist of Willisden Lane: Play and related events. See page 12

April 3
EUGENE: Temple Beth Israel Dream Auction – Spring Soirée! 4:30 pm at TBI, 1175 E 29th Ave., Eugene. 541-485-7218 or tbieugene.org

“The Mutant Diaries: Unzipping My Genes.” Seattle actress Eva Moon presents this hilarious musical about a decidedly unfunny topic – Ashkenazi women have higher rates of breast cancer due to the prevalence of BRCA mutations. 7:30 pm at Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark St., Portland. Limited seating; Register: oregonjcc.org/mutantdiaries or 503-535-3617

Join PJ Library for a free weekly story hour for young families with music, crafts and PJ Library stories! Every Sunday 9:30-10:15 am at New Seasons Market, 3445 N Williams Ave., Portland. 503-892-7415

April 3-5
PJA/MJCC Used Book Sale:  6651 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland. pjabooksale@gmail.com

April 4
PJ Library Hillsboro Story Hour. Every Monday.  10-10:45 am at Yo Zone, 18033 NW Evergreen Parkway, Beaverton. Free. 503-892-7415

April 6
1,000 Mitzvahs: How Small Acts of Kindness Can Heal, Inspire and Change Your Life. Author Linda Cohen shares a journey from sorrow to inspiration through daily acts of kindness. She presents each mitzvah as a short vignette. 7 pm at the MJCC. Cost: $8; Member cost: $5
oregonjcc.org/1000mitzvahs

April 7
Reel Vs. Real: Muslim Media Stereotypes and Islamophobia. See page 65

Intergroup Community Seder.  See page 30

Indoor Playground with Chai Baby and PJ Library. 10 am-noon of first Thursday of month at MJCC, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland. Playing, running, kosher snacks, storytelling and prize drawings! For parents/caregivers and their children up to 5 years old. Free. 503-535-3539

PJ Library Weekly story hour in Lake Oswego. Every Thursday. Join us for a weekly story hour for young families with PJ Library stories, crafts and music. 9:30-10:15 am at Realty Trust Group, 600 Avenue A, Lake Oswego. 503-892-7415

Music Under the Dome featuring Irving Levin, Congregation Beth Israel cellist for “Kol Nidre,” and esteemed pianist Michael Barnes. 6-8 pm at CBI, 1972 NW Flanders St., Portland.
503-222-1069

Alzheimer’s Association Caregivers Support Group. This support group provides emotional and educational support for caregivers and care partners of people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. 6:30-8:30 pm at Congregation Beth Israel, Portland. 503-222-1069

April 9
Torah Yoga for Preschoolers. 10:30 am-noon, second Saturday of month at Congregation Shaarie Torah, 920 NW 25th Ave., Portland. Co-sponsored by PJ Library. 503-226-6131

BB Camp Bash: Chai-Way to Camp. 5:30 pm at Pure Space, 1315 NW Overton, Portland. Enjoy cocktails, silent auction, dinner, music, dessert and chai way tastings while supporting a new generation of BB Campers. RSVP: bbcamp.org/bb-camp-bash-registration

ASHLAND: “Sisters, Saints, Sinners, Shamans, and Samurais,” a concert of interfaith stories, poetry and music featuring Rabbi David and Debra Zaslow. Proceeds benefit the Rose Circle Mentoring Network and the Havurah. 7:30 pm at the Havurah Synagogue, 185 N Mountain Ave. $5 to $20. 541-488-7716

April 10
Murray Perahia piano recital.
See page 16

April 11
Portland Mayoral Candidate Forum with Ted Wheeler and Jules Bailey. Presented by the Jewish Community Relations Council. 7-8:30 pm at Congregation Neveh Shalom, 2900 SW Peaceful Lane. Free. 503-245-6496 or bob@jewishportland.org

Two events with Rav Gav: Rabbi Gavriel Friedman, Rav Gav, teaches at Aish HaTorah Jerusalem and writes for Aish.com.   “Rav Gav: Power of Speech – Say What?! For Tweens and Teens,” 4:30 – 5:30 pm at the MJCC. Free, includes pizza. . Free. oregonjcc.org/ravgav

April 12
The Sephardic Winter Film Fest concludes with “God’s Slave,” a riveting story based on actual events of a 1994 bombing in Buenos Aires. 7 pm at Congregation Ahavath Achim, 3225 SW Barbur Blvd., Portland. Film and desserts free. 503-892-6634 or jewishfilmportland.org

April 14
The W Connection provides peer-to-peer emotional support from women of all ages who understand what it means to lose a spouse. 1-2:30 pm at Beth Israel, 1972 NW Flanders St., Portland. 503-222-1069

April 15
North Coast Shabbat services will be led by Cantor Deborah Bletstein. Moved from typical last Friday of month due to Passover. Services begin at 8 pm followed by an Oneg Shabbat at the Bob Chisholm Center, 1225 Ave. A, Seaside. All are welcome. Bev Eastern, 503-244-7060

A Little Shabbat. A lively Shabbat full of singing, greeting, stories, eating and new friends appropriate for families with children in preschool, 2 years and older. Free. 5-6:30 pm third Friday of the month at Shaarie Torah, 920 NW 25th Ave., Portland. Cosponsored by PJ Library. 503-226-6131

April 17
Good Deeds Day. See page 58
Jewish Holiday School-Passover. See page 42

April 20
Youth Foundation B’nai Mitzvah: Join the Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation’s celebration of 13 years of teen philanthropy. 5:30-8:30 pm at the MJCC. ojcf.org or 503-248-9328

The Hidden Jews of Hollywood. Spend an entertaining evening with Los Angeles natives and CBI members Ron Silver and Michael Simon, who will take us back to the time when Hollywood studios kept the true identity of their stars hidden. 7 pm at Congregation Beth Israel, 1972 NW Flanders St., Portland. 503-222-1069

April 22-30
HAPPY PASSOVER
First and second night seders are hosted by congregations around the state – see below and our online calendar orjewishlife.com/calendar. See page 31 for Hillel campus seders and seders for children.

April 22
PDX MOTS (30s-40s) adults only seder at Simpatica Dining Hall for ages 30-49. Doors open 7 pm, seder 7:30 pm. $45 includes first glass of wine, dinner and gratuity. It will be a non-kosher, lively affair. The seder will be led by members of the meetup community. meetup.com/PDXMOTS-30s-40s/

April 23
Redemption Song: A Second Night Seder. 6:30 pm check-in at Congregation Shaarie Torah, 920 NW 25th Ave., Portland. Seder full of song, celebration, kosher food and wine, conversation, learning and connection. 503-226-6131 or shaarietorah.org/passover2016

ASHLAND: 30th annual Passover Seder at the Havurah Synagogue. Seder ritual and meal at 5:30 pm at Havurah Synagogue, 185 N Mountain Ave. Rabbi David Zaslow will lead the music-filled, thought-provoking evening. The ritual dinner is catered by Ashland Gourmet Catering. RSVP: 541-488-7716 or havurahshirhadash.org

Community Seder 6-8:30 pm at Havurah Shalom, 825 NW 18th Ave., Portland. Great for all ages. Led by Havurah member Adela Basayne with roles played by other Havurah members and music provided by Havurah musician Beth Hamon. 503-282-8846 ext. 4 or havurahshalom.org

Ovarian Cancer Survivor and Volunteer Luncheon with speaker Dr. Amanda Bruegl, who specializes in gynecologic oncology at OHSU. 11:30 am-2 pm at McMenamin’s Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Portland. Hosted by Compass Oncology, ovarian cancer survivors and volunteers are invited to attend free. Guests are welcome at $20 per person. ovariancancerosw.org/event-2111788

From Slavery to Freedom. Congregation Shir Tikvah seder at 6 pm at the German American Society, 5626 NE Alameda. Register : shirtikvahpdx.org

SW Washington Second Night Community Seder. 6 pm at Congregation Kol Ami, 7800 NE 119th St., Vancouver. RSVP: 360-896-8088

Beit Haverim Seder. Check in 5:30, seder 6 pm at Celebrate Conference Center, 15555 Bangy Road #100, Lake Oswego. RSVP: 503-568-1241 or office@beithav.org

April 26
Let My People Go Dessert Seder. Morgan St Theater pop-up. Join us for an evening of stories and Passover inspired-ice cream sundaes.  7:30-9:30 pm at The Clay Pigeon Winery, 815 SE Oak St. $39 per person includes tea pairings, entertainment and gratuity.  info@morgansttheater.com

April 28
Central Oregon Coast Jewish Community Seder. 6 pm at B’nai B’rith Camp, Neotsu. $18/person
For information: David Gomberg at David@GombergKites.com or Thea Robinson at trobinson@bbcamp.org. Register: bbcamp.org/community-seder/

April 29-May 1
Compassionate Listening Basics Intensive, an experiential weekend workshop presented by Compassionate Listening facilitators Joanie Levine and Yehudah Winter. Deepen your ability to: Listen with the heart, speak from the heart, suspend judgement, maintain balance in the heat of conflict, hold compassion for self and others.  April 29 7-9 pm, April 30, 10 am-5 pm, May 1, 10 am-3 pm. Sliding scale $175-295. To register: 503-287-8737, alanyehudah@gmail.com

May 1
Beth Israel Mitzvah Day. Work on a project that tangibly helps others. Meet at CBI, 1972 NW Flanders, Portland, at 9 am for a pancake breakfast. Choice of over 10 projects. 503-222-1069

May 1-5
Yom Hashoah. See pages 53-55

May 3
Celebrating Our Caring Community. Benefits Jewish Family & Child Services. 11:30 am-1 pm at Multnomah Athletic Club. RSVP: 503-226-7079, ext. 118

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