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.

September Monthly Mitzvah @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Sep 1 – Sep 30 all-day

Monthly Mitzvah Project

Each month the MJCC and PJA communities will collect items for the monthly mitzvah. Drop off items in the blue bin in the MJCC lobby. Check the display for how you can participate and donate to these worthy causes.

This project reflects 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.

School Supplies & Backpacks for low income, immigrant and refugee students
•    Schoolhouse Supplies
•    IRCO (Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization)
•    Catholic Charities

Sunday Morning at Kesser: Krispy Kreme, Coffee & Talmud @ Congregation Kesser Israel
Sep 1 @ 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
Big Truck Day @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Sep 2 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Big Truck Day – SAVE THE DATE!
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
at the MJCC

Come out to see police vehicles, fire trucks, limos, race cars, construction trucks, and more! Enjoy food stations, games, and live music. Free and open to the community.

Partners Portland @ Portland Kollel
Sep 2 @ 7:10 pm – 8:00 pm

Unity Through learning.

Study Torah with a partner and make connections with Jews from across Portland. Hot drinks, light snacks, and study resources will all be made available.

Join Portland as we learn one on one. Bring your learning partner or ask us to provide one.

Shmirat Haguf – Jewish Yoga for Women @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Sep 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Shmirat Haguf - Jewish Yoga for Women @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center

Shmirat Haguf – Jewish Yoga for Women
Focus on deepening the bond between your physical body and your vitality of spirit. Cultivate a curious and compassionate relationship with yourself as a spiritual act. This practice will offer a safe space to explore our breath, functional movement, fluidity and resistance, strength, and relaxation in a community of women. Women of all ages and experience are welcome. Instructor: Rachel Stern

Made possible by a grant from the Women’s Giving Circle of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland. 

Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24
8:00 – 9:15 pm, FIT126A

Cost: $40. Member Cost: $32.
Drop-in Cost: $12. Member Cost: $10.

Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24
8:00 – 9:15 pm, FIT126B

Cost: $40. Member Cost: $32.
Drop-in Cost: $12. Member Cost: $10.

Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26
8:00 – 9:15 pm, FIT126C

Cost: $40. Member Cost: $32.
Drop-in Cost: $12. Member Cost: $10.


Chai Baby + PJ Library Indoor Playground @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Sep 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us on the first 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 5 years old.
Chai Baby resumes Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

2019-2020 dates held on the First Wednesday of each month (with the exception of January, when it is Jan. 8): 
September 4, 2019
October 2, 2019
November 6, 2019
December 4, 2019
January 8, 2020
February 5, 2020
March 4, 2020
April 1, 2020
May 6, 2020
June 3, 2020

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

Israeli Dancing @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Sep 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Israeli Dancing

Join us for a fun, introductory Israeli dance class. All levels are welcome. Six people needed to run class.
Wednesdays, July 17 – September 25 (NO CLASS ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11)
7:00 – 8:00 pm, CG402

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


Bible Class with Rabbi Isaak @ Congregation Neveh Shalom
Sep 5 @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

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

Women’s Philanthropy Three part Financial Empowerment Series -JFGP
Sep 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Women’s Philanthropy Three part Financial Empowerment Series – Jewish Federation of Greater Portland

Sept. 5, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Adulting All of those questions you’re afraid to ask! (i.e., How do I make a budget? How do I manage my debt from student loans to credit? Can I save for the future now? Create a personalized financial action plan.

Nov. 3, 9:30 am -11:30 am, Transitions Planning for life! How do you financially prepare for death, divorce, losing a job, having a baby, needs of your children from throwing a bar/bat mitzvah to college, to paying for a wedding? What do you need to know about insurance? Create a personalized action plan.

Dec. 8, 9:30 am -11:30 am Retirement How do I take care of myself and those that follow me? Who should you talk to help you with estate planning? How do you prepare to avoid widow worry? 401k/IRA, insurance 101 and asset management. Create a personalized action plan.

All three locations to be determined (tbd).
Sign up for one or all. Registration details available starting March 18.

Questions contact: Wendy Kahn, Associate Director of Financial Resource Development,

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