December Calendar 2015

Through Feb. 28
Three exhibits at OJMCHE: Pointing the Way: The Art of the Torah Pointer; Surviving Remnants; and Florence Saltzman: Painter + Printmaker. Oregon Jewish Musuem and Center for Holocaust Education, 1953 NW Kearney, Portland. or 503-226-3600

Dec. 1
Giving Tuesday: Jewish Federation of Greater Portland hosts a phone-a-thon 6:30-8:30 pm at the MJCC and a volunteer project at the Oregon Food Bank. Signup:

AIDS Day program at OJMCHE. See page 64

Dec. 2
Portland Jewish Academy Open House. See students and teachers in action a0 am at PJA, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland. Serving ages 6 weeks through eighth grade.  503-244-0126

The Kosher Baker – Paula Shoyer comes to town hosted by the Portland Kollel. 7:30 pm at the Bargreen Ellingson Test Kitchen. 3232 NW Industrial St. 503-245-5420

Dec. 3
Jazz in Shanghai: The Larry Nobori Band will play swing jazz music that was played during and after World War II in Shanghai. Based on the book, A Night in Shanghai, by Nicole Mones, Mr. Nobori will also talk about the music. 2-3:30 pm at MJCC. Cost $5. Register at

Paul and Alice Meyer receive the Rabbi Joshua Stampfer Community Enrichment Award. See page 64

Dec. 4 & 5
Boom Arts brings back “A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff,” created and performed by Alicia Jo Rabins. 7:30 pm at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center. See page 47

Beit Haverim hosts Scholar-in-Residence Kimberly Hartnett. See page 65

Dec. 5
Season of Light Holiday Benefit Concert for Jewish Family and Child Services and Portland Boyschoir. See page 48

Dec. 6-14
HANUKKAH! Light first candle the evening of Dec. 6. Light all eight candles evening of Dec. 13. For youth and family Hanukkah events, see page 24. For campus Hanukkah events, see page 42.

Dec. 6
Olive Oil & Hanukkah Foods Tasting. Join the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland at New Season Market in Raleigh Hills (7300 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway) from 11 am to 2 pm to find a good oil for your latkes and learn more about federation. 503-245-6219

Mitzvah Menorah Adopt-a-Family Gift wrapping and delivery. To volunteer and for time and location, contact Carrie Kaufman. 503-226-7079, ext. 118, or

Light Up Hillsboro. Chabad Jewish Center of Hillboro Grand Menorah Lighting 4:30 pm at Orenco Station Patio (6221 NE Cornell Road). Music by Ori Rotteman, latkes, doughnuts, clown and crafts.

OJMCHE Sunday Speaker: Anneke Bloomfield shares her story of survival in The Netherlands during the Holocaust. 1-2:30 pm at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, 1953 NW Kearney St., Portland. Free with museum admission. To learn more about Anneke’s story, visit her speaker profile at

Portland Public Menorah Lighting at Director Park. See page 65

Eugene’s Temple Beth Israel Hanukkah Bazaar and rabbi installation. See page 65

Dec. 8
Jazz Stories + Songs: George Fendel, radio host and jazz pianist, will tell personal jazz stories, share CDs, and play piano. 2-3 pm at the MJCC. Free. 503-244-0111

Cabaret duo performs favorites from the Jewish American Songbook. See page 49

Sephardic Winter Film Festival Double Feature: “The Jewish People, a Story of Survival” and “The Jewish Journey: America.” See page 65

Betsy Kauffman and Spilt Milk Comedy Show. 5:30 pm at O’Connors Vault, 7850 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland.

Dec. 11
Hanukkah Family Festival at Congregation Beth Israel. 6 pm in Goodman Hall of CBI, 1972 NW Flanders, Portland. Food carts, latkes, doughnuts. Dance the night away with CBI’s house band Def Schlepper. Bring donation of cooking oil for Lift Urban Portland. RSVP: Marisa at 503-222-1069 or

Maccabees’ Celebration: A Hanukkah Adventure at Congregation Shaarie Torah, 920 NW 25th Ave., Portland. 5:30 pm Adult Cocktail Hour and Games for All; 6:30 pm teen-led Shabbat service and preschool puppet show; 7:15 pm dinner, trivia, dessert. 503-226-6131

Hanukkiyah Challenge: Bring your most creative Hanukkiyah to Beit Haverim (1111 Country Club Road, Portland) for Hanukkah Dinner and Shabbat Service. RSVP required:

Dec. 12
Hanukkah Party at Congregation Shir Tikvah. See page 36

Dec. 13
Portland Jewish Academy’s Wild (South) West Auction. Silent Auction opens at sunset, 4:30 pm. Dinner and Live Auction at 6:30 pm. Hanukkah candle lighting at dinner. Stern Family Ballroom of the MJCC, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland. 503-244-0126 or

Cycle for Good: Portland Jewish Academy: 8-11 am in Studio II of the MJCC. Get a great workout and support PJA! Rent one of our 26 bikes for $25. (Note: you can rent a bike, but have someone else come midway through to ride.) Funds raised will help support service learning programs and/or financial aid scholarships. 503-535-3541

Dec. 14
Kugel Bake Off: Kugel or Keegal? Enter your best recipe in this fun contest and vote for your favorite! Entries due: Monday, at 6:15 pm. Judging/Tasting: 6:30-7:30 pm at the MJCC. 503-244-0111

Dec. 18-20
A Circus Carol. See page 50

Dec. 21
Israeli Folk Dancing at Leedy Grange, 835 NW Saltzman Road, Beaverton. 7:30 pm third Monday of every month through March. 503-313-4552 or

Dec. 31
News Year’s at Noon. 11:30 am-2 pm at the MJCC. Arts & crafts, games, dancing, snacks, pool float and counddown to 2016 at noon. 503-244-0111

Jan. 8-10, 2016
Rabbi David Kosak Installation and celebration. Weekend of full of activities at Congregation Neveh Shalom. 503-246-8831

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