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!!!!!!!