Calendar for May

Through May 1
The Pianist of Willesden Lane: a one-woman show. This magnificent evening captures the story of the Kindertransport as Mona Golabek plays and shares her mother’s story. Portland Center Stage, Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave., Portland. 503-445-3700

Through June 13
Ruth Gruber: Photojournalist at OJMCHE. Exhibit features Gruber’s photographs. Every Friday at 2 pm, the museum will screen “Ahead of Time: Ruth Gruber-The Movie.”, 503-226-3600

May 1 & 2
Yom Hashoah speaker Eva Kor, who surivived Mengele’s infamous experiment on twins at Auschwitz. 4 pm, May 1 at Congregation Beth Israel, 1972 NW Flanders, Portland. Repeats 7:30 pm, May 2 at LaSells Stewart Center, Corvallis.

May 3
Celebrating Our Caring Community: Jewish Family & Child Service fundraising luncheon. 11:30 am-1 pm at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Free but reservations required: 503-226-7079 ext. 118 or

Breaking the Silence: Stories of Courage from Our Elders. 7 pm reception, followed by panel discussion at Pacific Northwest College of Art, 511 NW Broadway, Portland. 503-226-3600

May 3-29
“Grand Concourse,” a play of compassion and forgiveness. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., Portland. 503-241-1278

May 4
Yom Hashoah Memorial Service. 7 pm at Congregation Neveh Shalom, 2900 SW Peaceful Lane. Presented by Oregon Board of Rabbis. 503-246-8831

What have we learned about genocide? Scott Straus speaks at 7:30 pm at the LaSells Stewart Center, Corvallis.

May 5
Reading of the Names. 10 am-6 pm at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland. “Unto Every Person is a Name: Yom Hashoah – A Day of Remembrance.” 503-245-6219

Building the case against perpetrators of genocide. Lawrence Douglas speaks at 7:30 pm at the LaSells Stewart Center, Corvallis.

May 6
Social Justice and Mobility: A student conference. 9 am-5 pm at the Native American Longhouse, OSU, Corvallis.

May 6-7
P’nai Or Shabbaton with Rabbi Jack Gabriel. All events at 9750 SW Terwilliger Blvd., Portland. 7:30 pm Friday: Kabbalat Shabbat concert with davenning: “Let the Good Times Roll.” 1 pm Sat.: potluck and teaching: “Humor as the Ally of Prayer and Wisdom.” 7:30 pm Sat.: Havdalah and teaching: “Inside the Palace of the Grand Master.” Joel Glick: 503-293-9092

May 7
Honor the Journey: Pacific NW Hospice Foundation Gala. 6 pm at the Oregon Golf Club, West Linn. $100.

Shirlandia, an evening of stories, spirits and celebrations. See page 60

May 9
Portland Kollel’s 10th Anniversary Celebratory Wine Event, 7 pm at the MJCC. Five-course gourmet dinner with wine pairing. Ticket $72. Tickets:

May 10
Yom Hazikaron: Honor those who have given their lives for the state of Israel. 8 pm at the MJCC. or 503-244-0111

May 11
Yom Ha’atzmaut. Delicious Israeli food, activities and games for all ages, art, music and Israeli dancing. 5:30-8:30 pm at the MJCC. or 503-244-0111

May 12
Nosh and Drash with Rabbi Eve Posen. Discussion on What is Holiness? 1-2 pm at Cafe at the J. or 503-244-0111

May 16
Oregon Ballet Theater Performance, 7-8 pm at the MJCC. OBT2 is the new junior performing company of Oregon Ballet Theatre. Dance program includes new works, Crush, Duende and Na Floresta, and Napoli Pas de Six. Appropriate for all ages. or 503-244-0111

May 17-June 12
“The Skin of our Teeth” at ART. See page 41

May 19
IMPACT: Women’s Philanthropy invites women donors to this thank you event. The Loaded Brush, Portland’s premier painting studio, will provide instructions and materials to create a masterpiece. Casual attire, smocks provided. Ticket price of $36 includes light noshes and wine (Kosher dietary laws observed). RSVP by May 5. 503-245-7413

Above and Beyond: The Untold Story. 7 pm at Congregation Shaarie Torah, 920 NW 25th Ave., Portland. 8:45 pm wine and dessert discussion follows film about Jewish American pilots who flew for Israel in its War of Independence. Childcare available. Free. RSVP required: 503-226-6131 or

UO Pioneer Award. See page 33

May 20-21
Kavana: Pray like you mean it. See page 64

May 22
Lag B’Omer Celebration: 9:30 am at Congregation Neveh Shalom, 2900 SW Peaceful Lane, Portland. The Neveh Shalom ALIYAH Jewish Learning Program welcomes all families to Lag B’Omer outdoor back-to-nature festival. Fire, food and fun. Free. 503-246-8831;

May 23
Tales of the Spirit Rising: Jewish Stories of Life-Transforming Moments. An intimate conversation with Rabbi Arthur Waskow and Rabbi Phyllis Berman. 6:30 pm at Congregation Shir Tikvah. RSVP at

May 24
Book Talk: Growing Up Twice. 7-8 pm at the MJCC. Author Aaron Kirk Douglas describes his experience as a gay man mentoring through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Register:

May 26
Happiness Talks, 2-3:15 pm at the MJCC. Learn about happiness through science, philosophy, religion, and psychology. Sharon Rose, retired college educator, shares strategies. or 503-244-0111

June 5
Alicia Svigals in Concert. 7 pm at Neveh Shalom, 2900 SW Peaceful Lane, Portland. Alicia Svigals is a leading klezmer fiddler and founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics. $18 general; $10 students.

ORA, NW annual meeting open to all Jewish artists. Each artist is invited to bring up to three pieces of their art work. During our meeting, we will tour the assembled art, discuss upcoming exhibits and nosh. 2 pm at Neveh Shalom, Room 102. Art collective membership does not require jury participation, but to exhibit and sell items at ORA events, complete an application to jury at:

Song of Miriam Brunch. See page 65

June 8
96th Annual Meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland. 4:30-6 pm at Congregation Neveh Shalom. Free. 503-245-6219

For kids and teens events, see page 59

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