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