Monthly Mitzvah Project: Socks @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Jan 1 – Jan 31 all-day

Monthly Mitzvah Project – January

Each month, the MJCC and PJA communities will collect items for the monthly mitzvah. These projects reflect the Jewish commitment to Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), providing opportunities to give back to our community.

Please drop off items in the blue bin in the MJCC Lobby.

January – New and gently used socks for Janus Youth Programs

Rabbi Isaak: “Nine Essential Things I’ve Learned about Life” @ Congregation Neveh Shalom
Jan 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

This class at Congregation Neveh Shalom will be based on Rabbi Kushner’s newest book, Nine Essential Things I’ve Learned about Life. $36, which includes the book.

Register at: 503.246.8831;

Proceeds with support the Feldstein Library.

Yad b’Yad @ Rose Schnitzer Manor, CSP
Jan 3 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am

Seniors and young families enjoy an inter-generational celebration of stories and songs each Thursday.

Join Kim Schneiderman for this weekly inter-generational story hour for young families with music, PJ Library books, and the residents of Cedar Sinai Park.

Bible Class with Rabbi Isaak @ Congregation Neveh Shalom
Jan 3 @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Come study and discuss the Bible with Rabbi Isaak at Neveh Shalom.

Introduction to Judaism Course @ various local synagogues
Jan 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This 18-week course is taught by members of The Oregon Board of Rabbis, representing a variety of Jewish affiliations. A carefully constructed curriculum includes Jewish history, life cycle events, holidays, ritual and daily practice, theology, study of Torah and contemporary Jewish America. While not a conversion class, most OBR members consider it a prerequisite for students beginning study for conversion. Classes 7-9 pm, Thursdays, at rotating Portland area synagogues.

Torah Troop for 3rd-5th Graders @ Congregation Neveh Shalom
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Torah Troop for 3rd-5th Graders

1st and 3rd Shabbat every month at 10:00am

Torah Troop allows families at Congregation Neveh Shalom to move into the main sanctuary while still enjoying youth-oriented activity. At 10:00am, families meet in the main service. After the beginning Torah service, youth join their friends for a lesson on the Torah portion (parsha) of the week with adult leaders, and come back to help lead the Adon Olam at the end of the service.

As always, we end with our community for lunch!

Beginning Israeli Folk Dancing for Adults @ Garden Home Rec Center
Jan 8 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Rhona Feldman will be teaching a beginning Israeli folk dance class on Tuesdays at Garden Home Rec Center. Congrats! Please pass on to friends and fam who might be interested.
GH31521 / Winter 2019
Jan 8, 2019 – Mar 19, 2019
7:30 to 8:30pm | Tue
$82 | $73.75SR | $102.5OD
Garden Home Recreation Center
About the teacher: New to Portland, Rhona has been an Israeli Folk dancer for more than 30 years. She currently dances at Fulton, Cafe Shalom, and Leedy Grange. Her experience includes performing in the local dance groups in Seattle and New York and teaching beginner Israeli Folk Dancing in Seattle for the past 5 years. She encourages her students to have fun while learning a variety of dance steps and patterns to the numerous styles Israeli Folk Dancing has to offer.

Portland Israeli Folk Dance News website serves the Israeli folk dance community in Portland, OR, and sends out occasional email announcements about dance events. Please visit  and “like” the Facebook page – “Israeli Folk Dancing in Portland, OR” for the most current  announcements about Israeli folk dancing around town.


Moments of the Heart: 8-week class @ Congregation Neveh Shalom
Jan 8 @ 7:30 pm – 1:26 am
Moments of the Heart- The 4 Relationships Everyone Must Have
Join educator and author Dorice Horenstein for this eight-week class (Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm, Jan. 8-Feb. 26).
Explore how to live life wholeheartedly. Moments of the Heart/ Rigei Lev is her upcoming book, focusing on Jewish thought and practice, Hebrew language and spiritual connection. Our heart has a tremendous influence on how we view life, how we act and how we build relationships. Just as the heart has four chambers, we will explore four different types of relationships: with oneself, with others, with the Creator, and with special and once-in-a-life time moments that define us, that give us the essence of who we are.
Dorice  arrived in Portland,  from Israel, after meeting her soon-to-be husband while volunteering on a kibbutz. In the States, she received her BA in English Literature and a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. She taught hundreds of children and adults, Jews and non-Jews, the gems of Judaism, with an emphasis on the Hebrew language. Dorice has worked in synagogues and a private school, led sessions for NewCAJE and Spring Conference of the North by Northwest Region of Women’s League of Conservative Judaism organizations, and was the Education Director at a synagogue in Portland for 16 years. Together with her husband, Bob, Dorice has three children. She enjoys dancing in her spare time.
Moments of the Heart is about the four relationships one should experience in their life-time! It is a book that encourages readers to live fully and wholeheartedly. Our heart has a tremendous influence on how we view life, how we act, and how we build relationships. In the Bible, the word heart—or in Hebrew, lev (לב)—is mentioned no fewer than 202 times. If one takes the first and last letter of the Torah, the word created is lev, heart. And so, my book is a compilation of entries that enable us to find inspiration, direction, concepts and encouragement to live a better life. It is about the universal experience of being human-through the Jewish lens. Join us to find out what are the four relationships that will help create the best YOU possible!
Chai Baby + PJ Library Indoor Playground @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Chai Baby + PJ Library Indoor Playground

Join us on the second Wednesdays of every month from September to June for Chai Baby Indoor Playground, with kosher snacks, storytelling, friends and fun!

For parents/caregivers and their children up to five years old.

Please mark your calendar for our 2019 dates, held on the second Wednesdays each month:
January 9
February 13
March 13
April 10
May 8
June 12

Free and open to the community.

In partnership with PJ Library, Chai Baby, and Portland Jewish Academy.

Israeli Dancing @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Jan 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Israeli Dancing

Join us for a fun, introductory Israeli folk dance class. All levels are welcome. Six people needed to run class.

Wednesday Evenings,
Dec. 26 – Feb. 27

Cost: $100 Members + Guests.
Drop-in Fee: $15 per class.

Registration information: CG105,