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Apr
11
Tue
Community Seder at Havurah Shalom @ Havurah Shalom
Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Havurah Shalom will host a Passover Community Seder on Tuesday, April 11, at 6:00 pm. Adults and children of all ages are welcome!

Back by popular demand, Havurah’s very own Beth Hamon and Adela Basayne will lead the seder. The dinner will be vegetarian, with gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free options.

Please register no later than April 5 at tinyurl.com/Pesac17! To inquire about cost adjustments, contact Rachel at rachelp@havurahshalom.org or 503-248-4662 ext 2.

Nov
6
Mon
Cabaret J – From the Lower East Side, to Broadway, Hollywood, and Beyond! @ Portland State University - Lincoln Recital Hall
Nov 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

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What: A cabaret revue drawn from the American popular songbook with Artist-in-Residence David Spear, featuring PSU student and faculty performers. Preceded by lecture on “The Songs Are You: Jewish Songwriters of the Great American Songbook” with composer and musicologist Aaron Fruchtman.
When: Monday, November 6, 2017 | 6:00pm to 9:30pm (performance begins at 7:30pm)
Where: Lincoln Recital Hall (LH 75)
Cost: Free and open to the public. RSVP requested, but not required.
Contact: Stacey Johnston | judaicst@pdx.edu | 503-725-8449

The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies and the School of Music + Theater present an evening cabaret performance featuring the songs of such Jewish composers as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Kurt  Weill, and Harold Arlen, performed by PSU students and faculty, local professional vocalists, and cantors. The revue will be punctuated by historical, cultural, and musical notes by musical director David Spear, the Judaic Studies Program’s 2017 Artist-in-Residence

Join us before the performance for a guest lecture “The Songs Are You: Jewish Songwriters of the Great American Songbook” with composer and musicologist Aaron Fruchtman.

  • 6:00 pm          Lecture w/ Aaron Fruchtman
    • “The Songs are You: Jewish Songwriters of the Great American Songbook”
  • 7:00 pm            Intermission
    • Free appetizers, Beer/Wine available for cash purchase
  • 7:30 pm             Cabaret Performance
    • Musical direction by David Spear
    • Performances by: Dean Leroy Bynum Jr, Dr. Bonnie Miksch, Sherry Alves, John Gilmore, Cantor Eyal Bitton, Amy Hansen, Pamela South, Anders Tobiason, Danielle Barker, & Maeve Dahlen
  • 9:00 pm             Dessert Reception

    • Desserts, Coffee, and Tea provided

This is the second half of the 2017 Levy Event, which focuses on the nexus between East European Jewish immigrants to the U.S. and twentieth-century American film and music. For information about the first half of the 2017 Levy Event, visit the event page.

This event is sponsored by the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies thanks to the generous support of Larry Levy and Pamela Lindholm-Levy. Cosponsored by the PSU School of Music + Theater.

Dec
11
Mon
“Jewish Luck” (1925) Yiddish Silent Film: Selected Scenes Scored @ Portland State University - Lincoln Recital Hall
Dec 11 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Event Link: http://tinyurl.com/JewishLuckPDX
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/295086217663190/

What: A screening of selected scenes from the silent film “Jewish Luck” (1925) with scores collaboratively written and performed by PSU students under the direction of Artist-in-Residence, David Spear
When: Monday, December 11th at 8:00pm
Where: Lincoln Recital Hall (LH 75)
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Contact: School of Music & Theater – Ian Wallace | iwallace@pdx.edu | 503-725-3011
Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies – Stacey Johnston | stacey8@pdx.edu | 503-725-8449

Please join us for a performance of selected scenes from the Yiddish silent film “Jewish Luck” (1925) with music composed and performed live by PSU Music students under the direction of 2017 Artist-in-Residence David Spear.

The silent film Jewish Luck (1925) was among the first Soviet Yiddish films to be released in the US during the 1920s. Based on Sholem Aleichem’s stories, the film revolves around the daydreaming entrepreneur Menakhem Mendl who specializes in doomed strike-it-rich schemes.

Jewish Luck features some of the finest artistic talents of Soviet Jewry during this period. The original Russian intertitles were written by renowned Soviet Jewish writer Isaac Babel, who later became a victim of the Stalinist purges in the late 1930s.

Thanks to the restoration of Jewish Luck by the National Center for Jewish Film, the moving “images” of Sholem Aleichem’s philosophical daydreamer have been miraculously preserved. A new score will allow contemporary audiences to view and ultimately “hear” this classic Russian Yiddish silent film.

Sponsored by the School of Music & Theater and the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies.

Feb
11
Sun
Jewish Community Orchestra Young Artist Showcase and Silent Auction @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Feb 11 @ 2:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Silent Auction at 2:00 PM, Concert at 3:00 PM

Turina – La Procession du Rocio. Shostakovich – Cello Concerto No. 1 mvmt. 1, Kira Wang, soloist. Mendelssohn – Violin concerto in e minor, op. 64 mvmt. 1, Ian Song, soloist. Smetana – Three Dances from “The Bartered Bride.” Poulenc – Piano Concerto mvmt. 1, Alyssa Shi, soloist. R achmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 2 in c minor, op. 18 mvmt. III, Jenna Tu, soloist.

Tickets are available at the door on the day of the concert.

  • General Admission: $10
  • Senior Citizens: $8
  • Students: $5
Jul
6
Fri
THEATER: Adroit Maneuvers @ Imago Theatre
Jul 6 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 22 @ 8:00 pm

Adroit Maneuvers by Michael Bertish.

This timely and thought-provoking drama portrays a very different view of the personal impacts of war in a touching study of intergenerational trauma and the painful dysfunctions that continue to haunt an entire family. The play is full of music, and discussions of art, philosophy, culture, science and politics on a world stage. As details of the story lay out the facts of the past, the audience can’t help but be reminded of the political climate of the present.

Not suitable for children.

ABOUT THE PLAY

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”

This well-known anonymous statement from the 1930s (often erroneously attributed to American novelist Sinclair Lewis) is a prophetic warning about the rise of authoritarian regimes. With the recent tragic events of Charlottesville and other flashpoints of intolerance in the news, assaults on members of the LGBTQ community and racial, religious and ethnic minorities, attacks on a free press, and the rise of voices advocating extreme nationalism throughout the civilized world, many say that our current time is reminiscent of the advent of World War II. However, the real test of our time is to avoid the trap of reactionary fear and to commit to healing change. Adroit Maneuvers offers a compassionate, hopeful perspective on bridging these divides that threaten to fracture our humanity.

The play is set in New York City in 1996 at the Dinger family home. The story revolves around an elderly grandmother, Tilde, and her adult grandson, Micky, who comes back to the city for a final visit. Micky is determined to get Tilde to open up about her experiences during the Anschluss in Vienna. Until this point in her life, Tilde has never spoken about living through the Nazi invasion and World War II. As Tilde tells her story, her memories come to life and the characters from her past enter to relive vignettes from the golden era of Vienna’s famous café society. Micky discovers Tilde’s acts of selfless courage and her friendships with world-class figures of the day: Sigmund and Martha Freud, Albert Einstein, and members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Tilde’s story is interwoven with true historical events, and hearing her story gives Micky the courage to be open for the first time about his own deep-rooted secrets.

This timely and thought-provoking drama portrays a very different view of the personal impacts of war in a touching study of intergenerational trauma and the painful dysfunctions that continue to haunt an entire family. The play is full of music, and  discussions of art, philosophy, culture, science and politics on a world stage. As details of the story lay out the facts of the past, the audience can’t help but be reminded of the political climate of the present.

In October 2017, actor/director Tom Hanks said, “If you’re concerned about what’s going on today, read history and figure out what to do because it’s all right there.”  Adroit Maneuvers delves into the history of intolerance and brings us to the realization that we have the power to rise above it all through devoted relationships, humility, compassion and forgiveness.

Dec
13
Thu
Pianist David Rothman in Recital @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm

Pianist David Rothman in Recital

Piano virtuoso David Rothman tackles the masterworks of composers Ludwig van Beethoven and Frederic Chopin. The four-part concert series that began in September returns to the J’s  December schedule for the final two performances.

David Rothman was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1962. At age 6, he began to study piano, and he was accepted into the Menuhin School in England at age 10. At 17, he was accepted into the Curtis Institute where he studied with Mieczyslaw Horszowski.

Thursdays, Dec. 13 + 20

Cost: $10. Member Cost: $5.
Register: oregonjcc.org/pianoconcert

Dec
20
Thu
Pianist David Rothman in Recital @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm

Pianist David Rothman in Recital

Piano virtuoso David Rothman tackles the masterworks of composers Ludwig van Beethoven and Frederic Chopin. The four-part concert series that began in September returns to the J’s  December schedule for the final two performances.

David Rothman was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1962. At age 6, he began to study piano, and he was accepted into the Menuhin School in England at age 10. At 17, he was accepted into the Curtis Institute where he studied with Mieczyslaw Horszowski.

Thursdays, Dec. 13 + 20

Cost: $10. Member Cost: $5.
Register: oregonjcc.org/pianoconcert

Jan
1
Tue
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

Apr
16
Tue
Portland Film Premiere – Chavruta: A Drummer’s Bat Mitzvah @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for the Portland premiere of this 15-minute documentary short by Jodi Darby. The film follows two Jewish Portland artists, drummer/writer/environmentalist Lisa Schonberg and musician/writer/Jewish educator Alicia Jo Rabins, as they prepare for Lisa’s adult bat mitzvah. The word chavruta refers to the traditional partner-style study of Jewish texts; over the course of one year, the two women delve into a grassroots, feminist, distinctly Portland course of study.

Free, but suggested donation of $5 at the door.

7:00 pm at the MJCC.

Jun
25
Tue
Piano Concert with David Rothman @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Jun 25 @ 7:00 pm

Piano Concert with David Rothman

Join us for an evening with concert pianist, David Rothman, as he performs works of classical music featuring Beethoven and Schumann.
Tuesday, June 25
7:00 pm
Cost: $10. Member: $5.
Register: oregonjcc.org/pianoconcert

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