October Monthly Mitzvah @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Oct 1 – Oct 31 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.

Welcome Basket Items for teens moving out of homelessness
•    Second Home (Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon)

Leonard Bernstein at 100 Exhibition @ Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Oct 3 2019 – Jan 24 2020 all-day

Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebrates the life and work of Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), the great Jewish American composer and conductor who dedicated his life to making classical music a vibrant part of American culture.The exhibition features photographs, personal items, papers, scores, correspondence, costumes, furniture, and audio and video recordings. A vocal booth gives visitors the chance to sing lead in West Side Story. The exhibition is the most comprehensive retrospective of Bernstein’s life and career ever staged in a museum setting.

Curated by the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live ® in collaboration with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Bernstein Family. Presented in cooperation with the Bernstein Family, The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc., Brandeis University, and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Generous support for this exhibition is from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation and the Collins Foundation.

Literature of Modern and Contemporary Jewish American Women Writers
Oct 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Willa Schneberg teaches (guides) a six-session overview of “Literature of Modern and Contemporary Jewish American Women Writers”  through Literary Arts’ Delve Seminars begins Sept. 17.

In this seminar, we will discuss the “other” Jewish American writers — not Bellow, Roth, Pinsky or Chabon, but work by Jewish American women writers who have created a different canon. We will discuss work by Susan Sontag, Cynthia Ozick, Adrienne Rich, Marge Piercy and others arguably of their stature. These Jewish women writers are not defined by the Jewish male writers’ gaze. They do not perpetuate stereotypes of the Jewish mother as martyr, or as the controlling Jewish woman. They are writers who may be mothers or child-free, partnered or not, straight or non-heterosexual, observant or secular, of Ashkenazi, Sephardic or Mizrachi backgrounds. We will explore the particular light Jewish women writers shine on the American Jewish experience and why their profound contributions to literature have often been overlooked.


I, Etcetera: Stories by Susan Sontag
Cannibal Gallery by Cynthia Ozick
Split at the Root: An Essay on Jewish Identity by Adrienne Rich
He, She and It by Marge Piercy
A Few Words in the Mother Tongue by Irena Klepfisz
The Moon is Almost Full by Chana Bloch
Divinity School by Alicia Jo Rabins
Paper is White by Hilary Zaid
Getting Home Alive by Rosario Morales and Aurora Levins Morales

Willa Schneberg is a poet, ceramic sculptor, interdisciplinary artist, photographer and curator. She is the author of five collections and received the Oregon Book Award for In the Margins of the World. Her poetry and visual art have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including American Poetry Review, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and the Tikkun anthology.

Pizza in the Sukkah @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Oct 16 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Pizza in the Sukkah

Join friends and family for an evening of great food, schmoozing, singing, and storytelling!
Wednesday, October 16
5:00 – 6:30 pm

Cost: $15 per family.
Register by Oct. 13:
In partnership with Portland Jewish Academy

Sukkot Extravaganza @ Congregation Kesser Israel
Oct 16 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us for music, fun and delicious food in the Kesser Sukkah! All ages are welcome!

Israeli Dancing @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Israeli Dancing

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

October 16 – December 18
No class November 27
7:00 – 8:00 pm, CG100

Cost: $90 Members + Guests.
Drop-in Fee: $15 per class

Dad’s Night Out in the Sukkah @ RSVP for location
Oct 16 @ 7:30 pm

Come have a drink with Rabbi Kosak in his Sukkah as we kick of the Dad’s Night Out Series. Dad’s Night Out is planned by a group of guys who like having a reason to head out, get to know other dads, and have a drink with clergy. Open to all dads raising Jewish kids. Any stage of parenting. $5 suggestion. RSVP:

Wise Aging for 55+ @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wise Aging for 55+ (NEW SERIES!)

This workshop series, developed by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, is designed to help participants explore the years beyond mid-life as an opportunity for growth and discovery. Each session will include opportunities for personal sharing, contemplative listening, basic mindfulness practice, and Jewish text study. Participants will need to read the book Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit by Rabbi Rachel Cowan & Dr. Linda Thal (not included in the registration fee). Instructors: Christine Gilmore and Naomi Harwin. 
Thursdays, October 10, 17, 24, 31
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, SI100

Cost: $125.

Bible Class with Rabbi Isaak @ Congregation Neveh Shalom
Oct 17 @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

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

Introduction to Judaism
Oct 17 @ 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 affiliation. 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. Register here,

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