HANS COPER—LESS MEANS MORE Exhibition @ Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Jun 6 – Sep 22 all-day

HANS COPER—LESS MEANS MORE features the sculptural work of Hans Coper (1920-1981), a radical Jewish artist of the mid-twentieth century who was at the vanguard of British studio ceramics, pushing the boundaries of clay and forms of abstraction in his work. Guest curated by Sandra Percival, founding Director and Curator of Zena Zezza, the exhibition presents nearly 50 works by Coper including his Spade, Thistle, Ovoid and Cycladic forms drawn from an extensive collection of his work in England’s York Art Gallery, a rarely seen Portland collection, and a cluster of works from collectors and California institutions. Coper left Germany for England as a Jewish refugee in early 1939. The exhibition also includes works by celebrated ceramicist Lucie Rie, also a Jewish refugee, along with a small selection of related contemporary and modern artworks. Coper was described as “gentle, yet shattering” and Less Means More opens a conversation into the complexities and contradictions embedded in his life and work.


Betty LaDuke: EARLY WORK: curated by Bruce Guenther, Adjunct Curator for Special Exhibitions, features works created in the 1960s by one of Oregon’s most internationally recognized artists, Betty LaDuke, recipient of the Governors Art Award 1993. Centered in her identity as a first generation Jewish American, the early graphic works are based on memories of the vibrant street life of the immigrant neighborhoods of New York and stories from the Jewish bible. The works form a foundation for understanding the evolution of her long career as a narrative, image-based artist driven by deep social and political engagement.

Bible Class with Rabbi Isaak @ Congregation Neveh Shalom
Aug 22 @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

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

50s+ Walking Tour of Jewish PDX @ Lair Hill Bistro
Aug 22 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

50s+ Walking Tour of Jewish PDX

Take a walking tour of South Portland through old Jewish neighborhoods.

5:30 pm Happy Hour
6:30 pm Tour Begins

Meet at Lair Hill Bistro.

Cost: $7 per person (includes first drink and appetizers). Register at:

Co-sponsored by the MJCC, JFGP, and OJMCHE.

Fourth Fridays with Congregation Neveh Shalom’s Rabbi Eve (age 0-6) @ Contact Rabbi Eve for location
Aug 23 @ 5:15 pm

Welcome Shabbat with Congregation Neveh Shalom’s Rabbi Eve Posen with music and stories.  Potluck dinner to follow.  Contact Rabbi Eve Posen for location:

Co-sponsored by PJ Library.

Shabbat in Gabriel Park with Rabbi Hannah & Hazzan Baruch @ Gabriel Park
Aug 23 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Shabbat in Gabriel Park with Rabbi Hannah & Hazzan Baruch @ Gabriel Park

Friday, Aug 23, 5:30-8:30 pm at the picnic tables off SW Vermont St in Gabriel Park for our third “Shabbat in the Park” of the summer led by Rabbi Hannah and Hazzan Baruch. We’ll start with a potluck picnic (vegetarian/fish) at 5:30, and the service itself will start around 6:30. Having a Shabbat service once a month during the summer has become a beloved tradition at P’nai Or. There will be picnic tables and benches, but please bring a camp chair for your comfort if you wish.

Shabbat on the Plaza at Neveh Shalom @ Congregation Neveh Shalom
Aug 23 @ 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm

Join Congregation Neveh Shalom for their weekly Shabbat outdoors on the plaza! From now through September, every Friday night at 6:15 pm, you can enjoy our beautiful Portland summer evenings singing, praying and schmoozing outside on our upper plaza!

If the weather doesn’t allow us to be outside, we will meet in the Stampfer Chapel.

Sunday Morning at Kesser: Krispy Kreme, Coffee & Talmud @ Congregation Kesser Israel
Aug 25 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Start your week off right, every Sunday morning at Kesser Israel!
Minyan @ 8 am, Breakfast and Talmud @ 9 am.
From the Beginning, “Brachos Daf Beis”:
Our Gemara group will be starting the Talmud from the first Mishna in Shas. If you haven’t yet learned the Talmud, there’s no better time to start!
Enjoy Krispy Kreme donuts, coffee & more!
Required Text: Artscroll Berachos, Volume I
Sunday Parkways @ North Park Blocks
Aug 25 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Portland’s Sunday Parkways began in 2008, closing streets to cars and opening them to bicycles. Sunday Parkways is an annual event series that’s offered on one Sunday a month from May through September. Perfect for riders of all skill levels, these community rides let cyclists take their time and roll through the neighborhoods that make up the heart of the city.
This Sunday the route is the Green Loop of Downtown and Central Inner Eastside and goes right by OJMCHE. Come visit the museum, which will be tabling in the North Park Blocks with the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and Mittleman Jewish Community Center. Stop by and say hi! Find out more about Sunday Parkways here.
This route inspired by the Green Loop presents a bold new concept featured in the Central City 2035 Plan that envisions a linear park connecting nearly a dozen districts. This linear park will stop by countless cultural hot spots like the Portland Art Museum, North Blocks and the Rose Quarter. It’ll be a playground for all ages.
Free Public Tours of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial @ Oregon Holocaust Memorial
Aug 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Please join OJMCHE for free public tours of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial.

While the Oregon Holocaust Memorial is open during all park hours, on the following summer Sundays of July 28, Aug 25, and Sept 22, knowledgeable OJMCHE docents will be on hand to give tours of the Memorial from 1-2pm. Many docents are Holocaust survivors and family members with personal stories to share.

The Memorial was dedicated in 2004 and, as the stewards, OJMCHE works to teach the lessons of the Holocaust, pay homage to those who lost their lives and provide hope that future generations will learn to honor the rights of all people. Each year hundreds of school children tour the Memorial with OJMCHE docents. To schedule a tour for your school or organization click call 503-226-3600.

The Oregon Holocaust Memorial is located in Washington Park at the intersection of SW Washington Way & Wright Avenue.

Kesser Israel’s Summer BBQ @ Cook Park
Aug 25 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us at Cook Park in Tigard for a BBQ, a ballgame and a fun for the whole family. Kesser Israel’s annual BBQ is this August!

Bring your friends, your kids, and your favorite outdoor activities! Mark your calendars, you don’t want to miss this.

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