May 2017 Calendar

May 1-31

Monthly Mitzvah Project: MJCC and PJA collect canned fruit for Shavuot for the Neighborhood House Food Pantry. Drop off in the blue bin located in the MJCC lobby. 503-244-0111

May 1

Yom Ha’atzmaut: Celebrate Israel’s 69th year of independence! Israeli music and dancing, arts and crafts, explore Israel in a unique way, hear from teens who have travelled to Israel, food and more. 5-8:30 pm at the MJCC. 503-244-0111,

May 2

Celebrate Our Caring Community. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum will be the featured speaker at luncheon to support Jewish Family & Child Service. 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Tickets complimentary; guests asked to make a gift to support the JFCS mission., 503-535- 4360

May 3

Toxicity to Positivity: Communicating with Challenging People. 6 pm at the MJCC. Code: FIT312

The Anti-Israel BDS Movement & the College Campus: How can it be challenged effectively? Featuring Dr. Kenneth Waltzer, executive director of the Academic Engagement Network. 7 pm in the Stampfer Chapel, Congregation Neveh Shalom., 503-245-6496

May 4

“Heart of Nuba,” the final film in the Film & Action Festival, documents the genocide in South Sudan. Followed by talk back and action opportunities. 7 pm at Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238, at PSU.

Guided Visualization: 6 pm at the MJCC. Code: FIT307

May 5-7

Spring Family Camp. Enjoy a weekend of nonstop family activities and laughs at B’nai B’rith Camp on the Oregon Coast! Adults $118, kids 2+ $85, kids under 2 free. 503-452-3443

 May 7

Portland Hadassah’s Heart Health Program featuring Portland cardiologist. Come indulge and learn about the wonders of red wine and chocolate. Free. 2:30 pm at private home. RSVP 503-312-2530,

A Portland Jewish Film Festival special screening of “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Fall of a New York Fixer.” Written and directed by Joseph Ceder and starring Richard Gere. 4 pm at Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum.

Ovarian Cancer Alliance Survivor and Volunteer Luncheon. 11:30 am-2 pm at the Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd, Portland. Survivors and volunteers free. Guests $20.

Climate Information and Action Fair. 10 am-noon at Havurah Shalom, 825 NW 18th Ave., Portland. Engage with experts from commercial, advocacy and governmental organizations. Free. 503-880-2226,

May 8

Book Launch: Pirkei Imahot, The Wisdom of Mother, the Voices of Women. See page 59

May 9

Healthy Kitchen Power. 6 pm at the MJCC. Code: FIT302

May 10

PDX MOTs monthly happy hour for singles and couples. 6:30-8 pm at White Owl Social Club 1305 SE 8th Ave., Portland. RSVP at

May 11

Nosh and Drash with Rabbi Eve Posen. 1-2 pm, at Café at the J, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy. Portland. Free. May Topic: Pirkei Avot/Imahot: Wisdom for our time. 503-244-0111

May 16

Opening Night: The Importance of Being Earnest. At Artists Repertory Theatre., 503-241-1278

MJCC Gallery opening. See page 43

May 17

American Jews Today: Confronting a Changing and Challenging Climate featuring Dr. Steven Windmueller, Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus Professor of Jewish Communal Service Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. 7 pm at MJCC., 503-245-6496

May 21

Friends of Robison Brunch. Noon in Zidell Hall at Rose Schnitzer Manor, 6140 SW Boundary, Portland. Fashion show sponsored by Dazzle. Cost is $54 for lunch for you and a CSP resident, or $36 for a single ticket. RSVP with payment by May 16 to Nathan Gregg at 971-717-7152

Shir La La Land: A benefit for Congregation Shir Tikvah. Stories by David Fuks; music by Pace Mobile DJ. Wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres. 5-8 pm, at Coopers Hall, 404 SE 6th Ave., Portland. 503-473-8227,

May 24

Yom Yerushalayim: Jerusalem Day. 6 pm at the MJCC. Free. 503-244-0111

10th Annual Sara Glasgow Cogan Memorial Lecture, “The Ten Commandments in the Limelight” with Dr. Jenna Weissman Joselit.7 pm, 333 Smith Memorial Student Union, Portland State University., 503-725-8449,

May 26

North Coast Shabbat led by Jemi Mansfield and Jennifer Felberg. 8 pm at the Bob Chisholm Center, Seaside. Services are usually held on the last Friday of the month, from March through October. 503-244-7060

May 30

Peace Pole Ceremony + Interfaith Shavuot Torah Exploration: 6:30 pm Peace Pole Ceremony; 7:30 pm-midnight: Scholars and clergy of different faiths discuss how Torah centered principles find expression in their faiths and traditions. At Congregation Neveh Shalom, 2900 SW Peaceful Lane, Portland. Free. 503-246-8831,

Shavout Cheesecake Bake Off: Recipes due: Friday, May 26 to Len Steinberg at Cheesecake Due: 2 pm day of event. Tasting/Judging: 5:15-6:15 pm at the MJCC. Winner announced immediately and recipe shared with community. 503-244-0111

June 4

Song of Miriam Awards Brunch. See page 63

June 6

Cedar Sinai Park Annual Meeting: 7 pm in Zidell Hall at Rose Schnitzer Manor, 6140 SW Boundary, Portland.

Many events in the calendar are at the MJCC, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland


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