Thursday, December 16, 2010



Once in a while it is worthy to focus on the art work of someone great.
The Jewish Museum in Paris currently features his work.

During JAM, Portland's Jewish Theater Collaborative will feature a production based on the life of Charlotte Salomon, a contemporary of Nussbaum. It will be interesting to compare HER work WITH NUSSBAUM'S!  Be sure you get tickets to this wonderful production Feb 3-20, 2010

The ezine Jewish Daily features a lovely look at a wonderful artist, Felix Nussbaum, whose life and talent were cut short by Auschwitz.

Here is a quote from the article written by Eunice Lipton:

And what is so horribly painful considering Nussbaum’s life is that he was all there before the Holocaust, and everything he was and did was a sign of life. But after he was killed, these qualities were turned into the traits of a victim—signs of desperation and hopelessness, imminent loss, passivity. That is the interpretive injustice I referred to earlier. But he didn’t die, he wasn’t dead, until he was killed. It is his life that one experiences at the Jewish Museum in Paris and why the exhibit is not depressing.

Take a look at what else she has to say. It is a wonderful article. You'll want to fly to PARIS, just to see the exhibit!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Jewish Community Orchestra Joins JAM!

We are pleased to welcome the Jewish Community Orchestra to JAM. They bring one concert to our festival and are already thinking about what special programming they can provide for 2012!!!

April 10, 2011  3pm at the MJCC....we'll have more information about tickets and program as we approach the event.

WELCOME musicians! We are thrilled to have you on board!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Great News!....thank you OAC!!!

We received fantastic news yesterday!

The Oregon Arts Commission has awarded Jewish Arts Month 2011 a stunning grant of $5,250.

Their trust and support mean so much to us. We still need to raise additional funds, but with this award, hopefully others will pitch in to help us on our way.

Won't you consider making a tax deductible donation to  JAM?
It's as simple as writing a check to the MJCC (Mittleman Jewish Community Center) and write JAM in the memo line. (6651 SW Capitol Hwy, PDX 97219)

 MJCC's development director took our ideas and put them into a cohesive and persuasive grant. Thank you Helen Gundlach! The MJCC is a partner in our efforts and is also our fiscal manager.

 A matching gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust should yield additional tax benefits. We aren't tax advisors but if you look at the OCT website you can get more info about how it all works.

YAHOOOOOO!!!!!! we are on our way!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Jewish Film Festival joins JAM!


The Portland Jewish Film Festival explores themes of spirituality and Jewish identity throughout all parts of the world, especially how American Jews perceive themselves in a larger social context. The films, in their abundance, touch on tragedy, embrace humor, and recount the emotional and tangible gains and losses of a people.
2011 dates: April 3-17, 2011   Stay tuned for a schedule.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Calendar is Building!

We're still in the process of shaping our calendar but the events are beginning to take shape.

Dates are still tentative for some of the events listed.....but we will have a full calendar accessible by the public, shortly!

••Sundays thru Fridays in the month of March: A Rotating Art Exhibit in the lobby of the MJCC
      with demonstrations!
••Thursday, March 17 ORA Northwest Jewish Artists are featured at the RACC sponsored ART SPARK
    location will also be provided by a local musician (TBA)!
•• SHELLEY JORDON,  member of the pilot cohort of the JERUSALEM CULTURAL FELLOWSHIP      
    will talk about her experience this summer in Israel and Berlin as well as discuss her newest works.
date/time/venue TBA.

NEW THIS YEAR:  Children's Programming
Student photography exhibit.....venue, dates and times tba
Children's film festival....stay tuned!

Folk Dancing, music concerts, theater, film........

Friday, November 19, 2010

Children's Programming for JAM!!!!!

We are so pleased to have a committee of young teens developing programming for JAM this year!
Because they are minors, we don't want to print names or photos here.

What is impressive is their enthusiasm and desire to be involved in the community. They are doing "on the job" training...learning how to run meetings, brainstorm ideas, and the "art" of follow through!

They'll be writing their own posts HERE soon!

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Oregon Arts Commission Grant Hearing

We went to Salem this morning to listen to the Art Builds Communities Grant Hearings. JAM submitted a grant and we wanted to see/hear the process.

We listened to numerous grant proposals. Each has its merits and flaws. The committee was remarkable in their ability to remain focused and to treat each proposal with absolute integrity.

I learned so much about the process and even more about what constitutes a solid grant. I don't envy the committee their task to make decisions. Following each grant I had to stifle the urge to jump up and shout...."That is such a cool idea! this!" 

We heard positive statements about our grant and it was a lovely thing to hear, but the  same was true for many, many grants we listened to. We will wait patiently, work on additional fund raising efforts and try to build a fund that will see JAM into the future. The official word should come sometime in December.

Grant writing is hard work!  Kudos to Helen Gundlach for her efforts to bring JAM grant dollars.... and now it's time for our community to step up and support this annual festival. Grassroot financial support will assure the future of JAM. Please consider supporting JAM!

Tax deductible donations can be made to the Mittleman Jewish Community Center (MJCC). Please write JAM in the memo line. Matching gifts to the OREGON CULTURAL TRUST will yield a tax credit!
Questions? send inquiries to


Monday, November 8, 2010


Annual Readings by Jewish Writers and Poets
Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
At the Oregon Jewish Museum
Rosalyn and Solomon Menashe Auditorium
1953 NW Kearney Street, Portland
Suggested donation $5; free for OJM members.
 Five prominent Jewish poets and writers will read from their personal collection for our annual poetry reading, established in 1999.
Alison Apotheker 's first book of poems, Slim Margin was released in 2008.  Her poetry has been published in many literary magazines, including Alaska Quarterly ReviewMid-American Review, and Prairie Schooner.  Her work has received the C. Hamilton Bailey fellowship from Oregon Literary Arts, twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and was recently featured on the Garrison Keillor’s NPR radio show, "The Writer's Almanac."  She teaches writing and literature at Portland Community College.
Gigi Rosenberg is an author and presentation coach. She writes about motherhood, Jewish Italy, and the writing life. Her essays and articles have been published by Seal Press, The Oregonian, Oregon Humanities Magazine, Parenting, and Writer’s Digest. Her book, The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing, will be hot off the press from Random House in December 2010. As a presentation coach, Gigi draws on her background in theater and communications to teach artist entrepreneurs and business people how to make stellar public presentations.
Willa Schneberg, recipient of the Oregon Book Award in Poetry, is the originator and organizer of O.J.M.'s annual Oregon Jewish Writers' Reading, now in its 11th season. Her work was included in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror Anthology, was heard on the Writer’s Almanac, and can be seen on busses and Max trains in Portland. In October, she taught poetry workshops at “Write on the Sound” in Edmonds, WA, and at Wordstock.  She has just returned from a “Bearing Witness" Retreat at Auschwitz-Birkenau. 
Floyd Skloot has published 17 books, most recently Selected Poems: 1970-2005, which won his second Pacific NW Booksellers Award in poetry, a memoir entitled The Wink of The Zenith: The Shaping of a Writer's Life, and a collection of new poems, The Snow's Music. Skloot is the recipient of three Pushcart Prizes, the PEN USA Literary Award, and two Oregon Book Awards, and his work has been reprinted in The Best American Essays, Best Spiritual Writing, Best Food Writing and Best American Science Writing. He lives in Portland.
Jack Turteltaub is a Portland native and licensed clinical psychologist who currently maintains a private practice in the city.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and his graduate degrees from Wayne State University.  He has been published in a number of literary journals, most recently in DrashHazmat and Cloudbank.   He belongs to two writing groups in Portland and loves, among other things, hiking, movies

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Renowned klezmer clarinet and mandolin player, Andy Statman is coming to Portland! Purchase tickets in the Neveh Shalom office, or reserve will-call tickets by phone (with Visa/MC, minimum $25 charge, 3% credit-offset donation requested. Tickets $18 per person, $50 per family (parents and all children living at home age 21 and under).| View this dotCal Event here:
Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 6:30pm
2900 SW Peaceful Lane, 97239

Friday, October 15, 2010

AVISHAI COHEN- comes to pdx!

Although it isn't part of JEWISH ARTS MONTH , this blog will attempt to post highlights of the Jewish Arts in the Portland community.


PDX Jazz, the presenting organization of the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Portland Jazz Festival presented by U.S. Bank, announces the October 23rd appearance by Avishai Cohen. The Israeli-born and Paris-based EMI-France recording artist is set to perform at the Winningstad Theater, an intimate 300 seat venue located within the Portland Center for the Performing Arts. This rare Portland area performance by the celebrated bassist will begin at 7:30 PM.
Cohen is a musician who has been called a jazz visionary of global proportions by DownBeat, and was declared one of the 100 Most Influential Bass Players of the 20th Century by Bass Player Magazine. Cohen is not only renowned around the world as an influential double bassist and profound composer, but also as a visionary bandleader that is following in the footsteps of Charles Mingus, Dave Holland, Jaco Pastorius, Ray Brown, Charlie Haden, Stanley Clarke, and even Sting.
*Note: Limited seating is available for this event.
Tickets may be purchased online at
or in person at the PCPA box office.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

JAM 2011 Update

Last year JAM became a reality thanks to the generosity of The Oregon Arts Commison, National Endowment for the Arts and some individual donors.

We had numerous sponsors who will be identified in the next blog posting. Special thanks needs to go to The Mittleman Jewish Community Center (MJCC) who not only took on fiscal management responsibility but also donated space and staff time to make this possible.

A new grant has been written to the OAC and we hope that they might be willing to offer us funding one more time. This financial assistance will allow to concentrate on fine tuning our festival while looking for other financial resources.

Last year we developed a template for hosting a Portland area Jewish arts festival. Our planning team reviewed, studied and evaluated everything we did. We learned so much and we're determined to make year two more exciting - a festival that will reach more broadly across age groups and spread across the broader community.

Above all, we will need to find ways to financially support JAM. We can't become dependent on grants for our future.

Do you want to be involved as a planner? Write to us! or to eddy shuldman at

Would you consider a tax deductible donation? Donations large and small are needed. Send your check to the MJCC but write in JAM donation on the memo line. Your contribution will be a statement of your support to building networks throughout our community through the arts.

Stay tuned for info re: JAM events. I think you will be pleasantly surprised!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

JAM returns ...spring 2011

We're busily writing grants and dreaming our schedule.

Would you like to help?  Post a note here or send an email to

We need dreamers and we need do-ers!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Israeli Aritst in PDX- Pamela Silver

This lovely invitation appeared in the ORA artist email box...thought we would post it here!

I just wanted to invite you to the exhibition at the Littman gallery portland university where I will be exhibiting at the
Littman Gallery
Exhibition: Littman Gallery PSU Smith Building, 1825 SW Broadway
Exhibition Dates: August 5-27
Conference: August 1-8
Exhibition Opening Reception: August 5, 5-7 p.m.
I am from Jerusalem Israel and would love to meet up.
Best wishes,
Pamela Silver

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

PLANS FOR JAM 2011- under way!

Yup, we're planning!
We've begun writing grants, looking at options, dreaming up possibilities.

Do you have an idea?
post it here!

Want to get involved?
write to and let us know!

Jewish Arts Month....Portland Oregon.....spring 2011

A perfect match!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Shelley Jordon : Jerusalem welcomes Oregon artist!

Shelley was a featured artist in JAM 2010.....and now following a research trip to Berlin, Shelley will  spend a month in Jerusalem. Check this out!!!!!!!
Elise Bernhardt
President and CEO
Foundation for Jewish Culture

Uri DromiDirector General
Mishkenot Sha’ananim

Invite you to meet the Pilot cohort of the

Shelley Jordon, visual artist / Nicole Kraus, writer
Jonathan Safran Foer, writer / Josh Sirefman, urban planner
Reggie Wilson, choreographer

In the presence of Mayor Nir Barkatand Ruth Cheshin, President of the Jerusalem Foundation

Mishkenot Sha’ananim
Monday, June 14th
Reception at 6 pm
Opening of Shelley Jordon’s exhibition, “Flying / Falling”, at 6:30 pm
Introduction to Fellows at 7 pm

Rsvp to Ofira at Mishkenot 
02-629-2215, by Wednesday, June 9, 2010



Shelley Jordon

Shelley Jordon is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores the intersection between interior and exterior worlds and connections between past and present experiences. A recipient of a 2010 Oregon Arts Commission Individual Fellowship Award, a Fulbright-Hayes Group Travel Research Grant to Yemen and Tunisia, a 2010 OSU Center for the Humanities Fellowship Award, and an Oregon Artist’s Fellowship Award in Painting, her artwork has been exhibited in numerous venues nationally and internationally, including the Frye Museum in Seattle, Washington, the Oregon Biennial at the Portland Art Museum, the Northwest Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum, and the Portland Biennial, at the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME. Her films have been screened at international film festivals in Hamburg, Germany, Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles, CA.  She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and her MFA from Brooklyn College, also in New York. Jordon, a Professor of Art at Oregon State University, was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome last spring.

Nicole Krauss

American novelist and graduate of both Stanford and Oxford universities, Krauss had her first novel, Man Walks into a Room published in 2002. Her second novel, The History of Love became an international bestseller, and topped the lists in Israel as well. The book received France's Prix du Meilleur Livre √Čtranger and Amazon's #1 Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Orange, British Book Award, M√©dicis, and Femina prizes. Krauss's books have been translated into more than thirty languages and her writing has been published in newspapers and magazines, including:  the New Yorker, Harper, Esquire, the New York Times and others.

Jonathan Safran Foer 

American author Safran Foer graduated from Princeton University with a degree in philosophy. His senior thesis examined the life of his maternal grandfather, a Holocaust survivor. The thesis later became his novel Everything Is Illuminated (2002) for which he won the National Jewish Book Award and the Guardian First Book Award. In 2005, Liev Schreiber wrote and directed a film adaptation of the novel. In his second book, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2005), Safran Foer tells a story of a nine year old boy whose father dies tragically in the 9/11 destruction of the World Trade Center buildings. The book uses many nontraditional writing techniques known as visual writing. His use of these techniques earned him both praise and criticism. The book's movie rights were jointly purchased by Warner Brothers and Paramount. Safran Foer also wrote a libretto for the opera titled Seven Attempted Escapes from Silence, which premiered at the Berlin State Opera in 2005. In 2009, Safran Foer published Eating Animals. He works as an editor on different writing projects and leads writing workshops at Yale University and New York University.

Joshua J. Sirefman

Joshua Sirefman is an urban planner, president and founder of Sirefman Ventures, Inc.

Between 2007 and 2009 he served as Senior Vice President, US Development at Brookfield Properties and was responsible for all development activity across the United States for publicly traded commercial real estate company with approximately $20 billion in assets.

He was a senior member of Bloomberg Administration (2004-2006), working with Deputy Mayor to develop and advance economic development strategies to enhance the business climate, diversify NYC’s economy, and improve quality of life.  In June 2006 agreed to Mayoral request to run the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

Between 2002 and 2004 he was Chief Operating Officer at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, responsible for overall policy and strategic direction, coordination of priority initiatives, external affairs and general organizational management.

Among the projects he was involved in: Coney Island, New York Harbor, Lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn.  He received his Master in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.


Reggie Wilson

Reggie Wilson (Artistic Director and performer) founded his company, Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group, in 1989. Wilson draws from the movement languages of the blues, slave and spiritual cultures of Africans in the Americas and combines them with post-modern elements and his own personal movement style to create what he now calls "post-African/Neo-HooDoo Modern dances." His work has been presented nationally and internationally.

Wilson is a graduate of New York University, Tisch School of the Arts and has lectured, taught and conducted extended workshops and community projects throughout the US, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. He is the recipient of the Minnesota Dance Alliance's McKnight National Fellow (2000-2001). Wilson is also a 2002 BESSIE New York Dance and Performance Award recipient for his work The Tie-tongued Goat and the Lightning Bug Who Tried to Put Her Foot Down and a 2002 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. He has been an artist advisor for the National Dance Project and is a Board Member of Dance Theater Workshop. Most recently, in recognition of his creative contributions to the field, Wilson was named a 2009 United States Artists Prudential Fellow and is the recipient of the 2009 Herb Alpert Award in Dance.

His current work, The Good Dance – dakar/brooklyn had its World premiere at the Walker Art Center in November 2009 and NY premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in December 2009.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Historic Jewish Portland-May 23!

A Walking Tour of Historic Jewish Portland
Sunday, May 23, 2010
10 a.m.  to 12 p.m.
 In the early 1900's, Eastern European and Sephardic Jews settled in South Portland.
It was a close and largely self-contained neighborhood. There were kosher butcher shops and bakeries, a Jewish orphanage and an old age home, social activism and immigrant benevolent societies. There were schools, a library with Yiddish books, and the Neighborhood House, a focal point with a Hebrew school, citizenship classes, and youth activities.
 In 1958 Portland voted to create the South Auditorium Urban Renewal District and bulldozers demolished 54 blocks of the immigrant community.
Despite this, today there are intact reminders of the way life used to be. See historic buildings, hear first-hand memories and read period newspaper accounts as you walk through the old neighborhood.
Meet at Lair Hill Market, 2823 S.W. First Ave.; $8 per person ; for more information or  to register, please reply to this message or email
This event is a benefit for the Jewish Federation of Portland.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


We'd love to hear from you!

We're thinking about a poetry slam,  a dance, big name concerts......

REALLY.....what would you like to see?

We're writing  grants, dreaming dreams, and recruiting volunteers to help us make things happen.

Why not join us?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Portland's Jewish Theater Collaborative raises funds!

The first show has sold out but a few tickets are left for the second show. Here's the info I lifted from their website. If you can't make the performance, consider cutting them a generous check!


We Invite You To Travel Back In Time
To The Sultry Cabaret Of Pre-War Europe

with excerpts from


Cantor, Off-Broadway & International Chanteuse

Rebecca Joy Fletcher


$36 per person
Reply to or call 503-512-9582
Hosted by the Oregon Jewish Museum
1953 NW Kearney, Portland view map

LIMITED to Two Intimate Performances
in OJM's art deco screening room

Please make your reservations to celebrate at either show:

7:00pm Wine & Hors D'oeuvres
7:30pm Performance & Program
8:20pm Toast
8:00pm Wine & Hors D'oeuvres
8:20pm Toast
8:45pm Performance & Program

Thanks to Jewish Federation of Greater Portland for their seed support of JTC
and the Oregon Jewish Museum for generously hosting this event.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

JAM 2010 IS OVER....Hello JAM 2011

We have begun the evaluation process for JAM 2010 and welcome any and all commentary that will help us reflect on our well as assist us in planning for next spring!


Thank you Oregon Arts Commission for your most generous grant!

Thank you Mittleman Jewish Community Center: Lisa Horrowitz, Helen Gundlach, Jordana Levenick, Beth Germain, Marissa Brown, Rosanne Levi, and the amazing custodial staff!

Thank you ORA: Northwest Jewish Artists!

Thank you Team Planners: Esther Liberman, Eddy Shuldman, Abby Myers, Sharyn Schneiderman, Cantor IdaRae Cahana, Priscilla Kostiner, Barbara Steinfeld , and Ed Kraus!!!!!!!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Jewish Theater Collaborative closes out JAM

Happy Hour with Sholem Aleichem

Date: Sunday, April 25, 2010
Time: 5 - 7 pm
Food for Thought Cafe
Smith Hall, Portland State University
1620 SW Park Avenue
Portland, Oregon  97201

A storytelling and Klezmer rocking celebration of Sholem Aleichem’s yartzeit
Presented by Jewish Theatre Collaborative, and The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies

Admission: Free

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Write to the Heart

Rose Schnitzer Manor Writers will demonstrate their skills in story telling Thursday May 22nd at the Older but Wiser Writers Cafe located in the heart of Rose Schnitzer Manor.

Cosponsored by Jewish Arts Month and Cedar Sinai Park in Portland, this will be a special evening.

Jazz pianist and KMHD radio DJ personality George Fendel will provide musical entertainment from 6:45 to 7pm (ish) and then our writers will take to the microphone and wow the audience with their poetry and stories. 

Refreshments will be available!
Bring a hankie or will laugh until you cry, and you certainly be touched by their more sobering memories.

Monday, April 19, 2010


Judge this book by its cover!
Five dutiful writers who are also residents of Rose Schnitzer Manor  have just assembled their first anthology. The group assembled in October and have been meeting weekly to write personal narratives, poetry and more!

The Older But Wiser Writers Cafe will be staged in the Zidell meeting room at Rose Schnitzer. Beer, wine, and other refreshments will be available to their eager audience. Will you be there?

This is one of the last events happening under the Jam "umbrella" for 2010.


Thursday, April 15, 2010


Dates:  April 15 - 25, 2010

Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium,
Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Ave.
Portland, Oregon
The 18th annual festival will feature 12 movies from 8 countries!
Watch your Jewish Review for a complete film information guide.

General admission tickets are priced at $8. There is a discount for students, seniors and Portland Art Museum members.
A festival pass for admission to all 12 films is available for $50 from the Institute for Judaic Studies ( ).
Pass holders are entitled to express entry. Festival director Merridawn Duckler encourages the purchase of festival passes as the best way to help IJS, which created the Portland Jewish Film Festival and presents it today with the Northwest Film Center. 
Purchase passes by phone at 503-246-8831 or send a check to IJS, 2900 Peaceful Lane, Portland OR  97239. 
Individual tickets may be purchased at the door or from the NWFC: 503-221-1156, or
Schedule & synopses of films:

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Put A PDX Spin on the CHOSEN- Wednesday !

Join us for some great conversation about the play THE CHOSEN, see the wonderful video featuring familiar faces....and talk with us about growing up Jewish.

Tim DuRoche with Portland Center Stage will lead the conversation. The play is wonderful and you will just adore the video! 


Date: Wednesday - April 14, 2010
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Mittleman Jewish Community Center
              6651 SW Capitol Hwy
              Portland, Oregon
Explore themes in Chaim Potok’s The Chosen (adapted for the stage by Aaron Posner - now on stage at Portland Center Stage) through a discussion from a distinctly Portland perspective. Local figures will join the conversation about fathers and sons, coming of age, the power of silence, and the Portland atmosphere in the 1940s. Open to everyone.  
Admission free, but registration required: Click here to register
Sponsored by MJCC, Portland Center Stage. Call 503.244.0111
or go to: to register

Saturday, April 10, 2010


YUVAL RON Ensemble  
Mystical Music of the Middle East- Concert for Unity
Date: Tuesday, April 13
Time: 7pm
First Unitarian Church Sanctuary,
1211 SW Main
Portland, Oregon
Tickets: $15 at the door or online

An inspirational celebration of Sacred Hebrew, Sufi, and Armenian devotional music, poetry, dance and story telling.
For more information write to or see