Calendar

Jan
9
Tue
Sephardic Winter Film Festival @ Congregation Ahavath Achim
Jan 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

THE LAST JEWS OF BAGDAD. A film by Carole Basri, a Jewish American lawyer and filmmaker of Iraqi-Jewish descent. This film captures the story of the plight of over 160,000 Iraqi Jews and their persecution, torture, and escape from Iraq between the years of 1940 and 2003. Ms. Basri will be present for the showing of this film in Portland, and she will engage the audience in a conversation about the history of Jewish Baghdad and its rapid disappearance after 1940. The timing of this event is especially relevant due to the recent collective efforts of JIMENA and other Jewish organizations strongly urging US Government officials to keep the Iraqi Jewish Archive from returning to Iraq.
English language, Produced by Carole Basri, 110 minutes, Speaker: Carole Basri

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

For parents/caregivers and their children up to 5 years old. Play. Meet friends. Run. Have a Kosher snack. Sing + listen to stories. Have a blast!

In the MJCC Sportsplex!

Free and open to everyone!

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

OJMCHE Exhibit Tours @ Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Jan 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
OJMCHE Exhibit Tours @ Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education | Portland | Oregon | United States
OJMCHE has exhibition tours every Wednesday at 1 pm.
Tours are free with admission and members, of course, can always visit for free. Come early or stay after and enjoy lunch in the museum’s Lefty’s Cafe!
Please join OJMCHE for weekly public tours of the newly reopened museum galleries. Tours last one hour and are lead by museum staff.

Exhibits Feb. 16- May 27

Vedem: The Underground Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto

Vedem Underground examines the literary magazine written by Jewish teens imprisoned at Terezin, a Nazi camp in Czechoslovakia during the Second World War. Using pop-art graphics, drawings and paintings, and the prose and poetry, these brave adolescents secretly wrote and illustrated the longest-running underground magazine in a Nazi camp. Vedem (Czech for “In the Lead”) documented their voices with defiance, humor and heartbreak. The exhibition breaks down their 800 original pages and reconstructs them in the form of a contemporary magazine. Curated by Rina Taraseiskey and Danny King.

To Tell The Story: The Wolloch Holocaust Haggadah

On view in the East Gallery: Commissioned by Helene and Zygfryd B. Wolloch, The Holocaust Haggadah is richly illustrated with lithographic prints by David Wander and calligraphy by Yonah Weinreb that link the story of liberation from ancient Egypt to the Holocaust.

Bridging Identities: On Being LGBTQ, Jewish and Pro-Israel @ Congregation Neveh Shalom
Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Explore the following questions with Arthur Slepian, the founder and president of A Wider Bridge (AWB)–a pro-Israel organization that works to deepen the connections between the LGBT communities of Israel and North America.

  • What has been the progress of the LGBTQ community in Israel, and what challenges remain?
  • How can one successfully engage progressive people with Israel at a time when there is so much antagonism towards Israel on the left?
  • How can the LGBTQ communities of Israel and North America learn from and support one another, especially in the aftermath of our own recent elections?

A Wider Bridge was founded in 2010, has staff in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, DC and Tel Aviv, and brings its programs to cities across North America.  Arthur has several decades of experience as a leader in both the Jewish community and the LGBT community, along with a successful career as a leader in the business world. Arthur lives in San Francisco and serves on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Federation of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Co-sponsored by: Congregation Neveh Shalom, Jewish Pride Greater PDX, Neveh Shalom  Keshet, Jewish Federation of Portland, Congregation Beth Israel and A Wider Bridge.

 

Bridging Identities: On Being LGBTQ, Jewish and Pro-Israel @ Congregation Neveh Shalom
Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm
Join Israel360 in welcoming Arthur Slepian, the founder and president of A Wider Bridge (AWB), a pro-Israel organization that works to deepen the connections between the LGBT communities of Israel and North America. We will be exploring the progress of the LGBTQ community in Israel and what challenges remain. How can one successfully engage progressive people with Israel at a time when there is so much antagonism towards Israel on the left? How can the LGBTQ communities of Israel and North America learn from and support one another, especially in the aftermath of our own recent elections?

A Wider Bridge was founded in 2010, has staff in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, DC and Tel Aviv, and brings its programs to cities across North America.  Arthur has several decades of experience as a leader in both the Jewish community and the LGBT community, along with a successful career as a leader in the business world. Arthur lives in San Francisco and serves on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Federation of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Co-sponsored by: Congregation Neveh Shalom, Jewish Pride Greater PDX, Neveh Shalom  Keshet, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, Congregation Beth Israel and A Wider Bridge.

Israeli Dancing @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

Register: oregonjcc.org/registration

Registeration code: CG202

Jan
11
Thu
Nosh + Drash with Rabbi Eve Posen @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Jan 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A monthly discussion covering a wide range of topics that will draw on our experiences.

January’s topic: Jewish Texts and When Does Life Begin

In the Cafe at the J

Free and open to the community.

In partnership with Congregation Neveh Shalom

Capital Campaign Kickoff Celebration @ Congregation Kesser Israel
Jan 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us to celebrate our upcoming new building at our Capital Campaign Kickoff Event. This complimentary, adults only event will be fun, classy, and informative.

-View plans and project timeline

-Open bar and hors d’oeuvres

-Share ideas for the new space

-Celebrate our community’s future

7-9 pm | Adults Only | Free of Charge

RSVP by Jan. 3

6698 SW Capitol Hwy

Jan
12
Fri
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Shabbat Service
Jan 12 @ 6:00 pm

Please join Congregation Beth Israel as we celebrate Dr. King’s enduring legacy and welcome Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell as our keynote speaker. Our service will include music from the NW Gospel Choir and CBI’s Kol Echad Choir. Free and Open to the public.

Jan
14
Sun
2018 JCC Maccabi Games® and ArtsFest® Information Meeting @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Jan 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Jewish Community Center Association of North America (JCCA) has invited the MJCC to send a delegation of athletes and artists to the JCC Maccabi Games® and ArtsFest®!

This year, both the Games and ArtsFest will take place from August 5 – 10, 2018. The Games will be held in Orange County, CA, while ArtsFest will take place down the road in Long Beach, CA.

Sports include: basketball, baseball, flag football, Iice hockey, lacrosse, softball, girls volleyball, dance, star reporter (sports journalism), swimming, table tennis, tennis, and track and field.

Arts include: acting/improv, culinary arts, dance, musical theatre, rock band, visual arts, and vocal music.

We plan on expanding our delegation this coming year when we head down to California to represent our community. If you or someone you know is interested in joining our delegation for this summer, whether as an athlete or artist, please contact Len Steinberg at lsteinberg@oregonjcc.org or 503.535.3555. Commitments must be made by February 23, 2018.

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