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.
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
Torah Troop allows families at Congregation Neveh Shalom to move into the main sanctuary while still enjoying youth-oriented activity. At 10:00am, families meet in the main service. After the beginning Torah service, youth join their friends for a lesson on the Torah portion (parsha) of the week with adult leaders, and come back to help lead the Adon Olam at the end of the service. As always, we end with our community for lunch!
Continue the fun and warmth of Congregation Neveh Shalom’s Tot Shabbat with Kiddush Club. We sing, dance, hear a Torah story and more! 1st Shabbat of the month with Rabbi Eve Posen, 3rd Shabbat of the month with Gershon Liberman. Both followed by Kiddush lunch.
Experience the joy of Shabbat! A fun and engaging service for families with kids 5 and under. Join Congregation Neveh Shalom’s early childhood educators: Levia, Amy and their good friend Shabbos Mouse for our liveliest Shabbat service. Enjoy singing, dancing, storytelling and more! Stay for a kiddush lunch and become a part of our young family community.
For the first time ever, OJMCHE is participating in the Smithsonian’s annual Museum Day, on Saturday September 21. To celebrate museums, cultural centers, and even zoos, Smithsonian Magazine is offering free admission to locations across the 50 states. One ticket admits two guests. If you’ve been to OJMCHE before, bring a friend to show them around, and if you haven’t visited us, now you can come for free: get OJMCHE tickets here.
Young Adult Adventure – Swing into the Jewish New Year!
Ring in 5780 with the young adult community at Tree-to-Tree Aerial Adventure Park! Work on team building and communication skills as you soar through six courses containing a total of over 60 obstacles and 16 zip lines.
Sunday, September 22
Meet at MJCC parking lot to carpool at 9:45 am or at Tree-to-Tree, 2975 SW Nelson Rd., Gaston at 11:00 am.
Cost: $30 per person (includes snacks and adventure experience)
Space is limited. Register by September 15: oregonjcc.org/treetotree
Co-sponsored by Jewish Federation of Greater Portland
While the Oregon Holocaust Memorial is open during all park hours, on the following summer Sunday of September 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.