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........