Sunday, December 25, 2011


JAM 2012 is in the works! Although we have plans to premiere a musical event in February (stay tuned!),
JAM '12 is pleased to announce an encore presentation of ACTING OUR AGE!

January 29th, 2pm at the Rose Schnitzer Manor in Zidell Hall!

The Portland Chapter of National Council of Jewish Women are sponsoring this performance as part of their annual meeting. We are thrilled that they have chosen to use Roe Schnitzer Manor for the venue. This will allow all the residents access!

The production will again be directed by Matt Zrebski. The actors will be announced shortly!

We'll post photos of the writers and more info about the plays soon.

Tomorrow I will post an update about plans for Acting Our Age 2012~!!!!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Acting Our Age- HUGE SUCCESS!

There is something very powerful about hearing your words come to life. On August 14th, 2011 the auditorium of the Southeast Community Music Center filled with friends, family and community to hear the plays written by 7 residents of Rose Schnitzer Manor. The writers were amazed by how their short one-act plays came to life on stage.

Illness prevented two residents from attending but a recording of the plays will help them hear the performances.

Applause was mighty following each reading and our resolve is to do it again!

We want to SHOUT OUT our gratitude to our sponsors....The Oregon Arts Commission, The NEA, Cedar Sinai Park, The Mittleman Jewish Community Center, and The Northwest Council of Jewish Women (Oregon Chapter)and Portland Center Stage.....and of course ....

MATT ZREBSKI, playwright, director and teacher for all his efforts!  All the writers delighted in working with him and look forward to future opportunities to do it again!

THANK YOU to our actors: Gavin Hoffman, Paige Jones, and Debbie Lamedman!

Eddy Shuldman teaches the writing class at Rose Schnitzer Manor and coordinates Jewish Arts Month. Todah Rabbah (thanks) Eddy!

And we can't close this blog article without acknowledging our playwrights.....We Love You and hope to see you continue writing plays and stories and poems. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us.

Play 1: Birthday Surprises by Martha Pomeranz
Play 2: Injustices by Francine Stone
Play 3: Food For Thought by Michael Mogell
Play 4: Our Golden Years by Barbara Dubin
Play 5: Forecast: 17 Hours by Ruth Henning
Play 6: Tango by Charlotte Wiener
Play 7: Mrs. Who? By Evelyn Hirsch

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The OLDER BUT WISER Writers of Rose Schnitzer Manor have completed their one-act plays!

We are proud to announce the premiere of these plays on August 14th (SUNDAY), The curtain goes up at 4pm. Doors open at 3:45. The plays should conclude by 5:30pm

These plays will be directed by well known local playwright and director, Matthew Zrebski and will feature local professional actors who will read each play.

Admission is free, however we are asking for a donation of $10 to help pay the bills!

A portion of this event is sponsored by the Oregon Arts Commission and a portion by the Portland chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women.The Mittleman Jewish Community Center has also been a generous supporter of all JAM events.

The Southeast Music Center
3350 Southeast Francis Street
Portland, OR 97202-3066

Surprised to see a JAM event in August? The writers began their work this spring, but illness and other commitments disrupted our who says we can't JAM a little in the summer?

Join us please!

Monday, May 16, 2011

CD Release party

How Cool Is This?

Klezmocracy is one of the finest Klezmer bands you'll hear. They bend the boundaries and the results are stunning.


Klezmocracy at Alberta Rose Theatre on June 11 for their CD release of "Reach".  Minors welcome w/ adult.  For more information please go to or call 502-746-4131 for ticket information.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

JAM 2011 is OVER.....but STAY TUNED!

TWO wonderful projects are still underway.

The Older but Wiser writers at Rose Schnitzer Manor are in the revision stages of their original 1-act plays.
We are searching for a venue and some actors......!  YES, these plays will be read by professional actors in a public setting. The plays are fabulous, even in their infancy. You will want to see these plays!

The kids photo group has been actively putting together their photos. Once we have a venue, we'll host a display of their creative efforts.....

please stay tuned!

Thursday, April 21, 2011


We've taken a break because it's Passover.....that's the way the matzah crumbles!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


A Journey Through GenerationsArt Exhibit by Portland Jewish Academy 5th grade students

Date:  April 12 - May 5, 2011
Location:  Oregon Jewish Museum
                  1953 NW Kearney St.
                  Portland, OR 97209

Family Tree Workshopwith Lisa Kagan
Date: Sunday May 1, 2011
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location:  Oregon Jewish Museum
                  1953 NW Kearney St.
                  Portland, OR 97209

Project price: $18
A perfect project for parents, grandparents and children to do together.


A Journey Through GenerationsArt Exhibit by Portland Jewish Academy 5th grade students

Date:  April 12 - May 5, 2011
Location:  Oregon Jewish Museum
                  1953 NW Kearney St.
                  Portland, OR 97209

Family Tree Workshopwith Lisa Kagan
Date: Sunday May 1, 2011
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location:  Oregon Jewish Museum
                  1953 NW Kearney St.
                  Portland, OR 97209

Project price: $18
A perfect project for parents, grandparents and children to do together.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

JAM @ Neveh Shalom


ORA Art Exhibit Opens
Date:  April 8, 2011
Location:  Congregation Neveh Shalom
               2900 SW Peaceful Land
               Portland, OR  97239

New offerings from all working members of ORA: Northwest Jewish Artists
on exhibit in glass display cases outside the Main Sanctuary. The theme of Gateways will explore both phyical and metaphorical passages.

The exhibit will open on Friday, April 8th, with an introduction in conjunction with
Erev Shabbat services that evening. The Second Shabbat of EVERY MONTH will be known as ORA SHABBAT!
Prayers including the theme of our shows or art will be included. During the kiddush following the service you can learn a little more about the art work from Laura Joy Fendel, fabric artist.

The exhibit will remain on display from April 8 through the end of May.
Admission is free, during all open hours of the Synagogue.


Jewish Community Orchestra Spring Concert
Conducted by John Carter
The Jewish Community Orchestra provides enjoyable music for the Jewish and greater community of Portland. Join us to celebrate Jewish Arts month.

Beethoven Symphony No. 3
Bloch Baal Shem Suite 
       with Yvonne Hsueh, violin

Date: Sunday - April 10, 2011 Time: 3:00 PM Location: At the MJCC 
Cost: Tickets available at the door. $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students. Children under 6 free.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Children's Theater!!!!!

".In Portland."PJA Children's theater performance

 Date:  Wednesday April 6, 2011
Time:  7 pm
Location: Mittleman Jewish Community Center 
              6651 SW Capitol Hwy
              Portland, Oregon

Admission is free.
Enjoy a children's theater performance by Portland Jewish Academy 3rd graders.
Original play written and directed by
 Miriam Feder about the history of Portland. 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

April 5 Call for artists~!

ORA Call for Artists: 
Information meeting for all prospective members

Date:  Tuesday April 5, 2011
Time:  7:15 pm

  Congregation Neveh Shalom (in Zidell Chapel)
               2900 SW Peaceful Land
               Portland, OR  97239

Admission is free, and all are welcome.  Come find out more about ORA's organization, and options for membership.
ORA:Northwest Jewish Artists is introducing a new membership structure, so that all adult Jewish Artists may join.
New membership year begins June 1st, so come to this meeting and have your questions answered.

Can't make it? Write us at your phone number and out membership secretary will contact you!


I'll be posting events as they come up, week by week. To get a sense of what is happening for the month please go to our calendar link above and click in! At the bottom of the calendar is there are complete descriptions of all the events!

Portland Jewish Film Festival19th Annual celebration of Jewish films


Dates:  April 3 - 17, 2011
Location: Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium,
              Portland Art Museum
              1219 SW Park Ave.
              Portland, Oregon

 The Festival celebrates the diversity of Jewish history, culture, and identity through the medium of cinema.  The films, in their abundance, touch on tragedy, embrace humor, and recount the emotional and tangible gains and losses of a people. Highlights of this year’s Festival include: LA RAFLE (THE ROUND UP)    that examines the infamous “Vel’ d’Hiv’ ” round up told through the story of one family;  THE MATCHMAKER  a warm comedy/drama coming-of-age story set in Haifa in 1968, and BREATH MADE VISIBLE    that profiles San Francisco dance pioneer Anna Halprin. 

Tickets are $9 general admission; $8 students, seniors, Portland Art Museum members.
Tickets and Festival passes can be purchased online at

Thursday, March 31, 2011


This is one of the hottest Klezmer bands I have ever experienced!

SUNDAY, APRIL 3RD you can catch them in a very unique concert. 

3pm...The band will rev up their unique sound...You will start tapping your foot, then clap your         
            hands and before you know it you will find yourself on the dance floor!

4pm...Guest artists and audience members are invited to bring their instruments out and JAM with the band!!!!!!!

THE FIRST 50  TICKETS PURCHASED will be rewarded with priority seating. Call the MJCC @ 503.244.0111 and get your name on the list. Tickets are selling fast!  

                  BRING ON THE KLEZMER!

A portion of the cd sales proceeds will be donated to a Japan relief fund!

 Klezmocracy at MJCC
 Jack Falk and Ed Kraus jam with Klezmocracy

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


look to the right of this post and you will see JAM 2011 PIX
CLICK ON  it......!

Shelley Jordon @ OJM!- WOW!

Click on the image to get a larger version!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


I can't think of a better venue for this event.
Come on down to Hair of the Dog....home of remarkable beer and fantastic food.
Bring your poetry and sign up to read or just come to listen.
We're asking for a modest $3 cover charge.

This should be awesome!
See you there! Wednesday March 30, 6-8pm
61 SE Yamhill Street
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 232-6585

Monday, March 28, 2011


Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Well-Being: The Life of Lillian Wald
Jewish Theatre Collaborative
Date: Tuesday March 29, 2011
Time: 7 - 8:30 pm

Location: Mittleman Jewish Community Center 
              6651 SW Capitol Hwy
              Portland, Oregon

Tickets:  $12 Adults
             $ 8 Seniors/Students

Premier performance of a two-person play based on the biography of Lillian Wald, a Jewish social reformer in the realm of urban poverty and pioneer of Public Health. Wald used her ingenuity and social creativity to find solutions to profound social malaises at the turn of the 20th century. 
Presented by Jewish Theatre Collaborative, as part of Women's Heritage Month.

Sunday, March 27, 2011


Family Dynamics with Ruth NemzoffBrandeis Resident Scholar

Date: Monday, March 28, 2011

Time: 7 - 9 pm

Location: Mittleman Jewish Community Center 
              6651 SW Capitol Hwy
              Portland, Oregon
Author Ruth Nemzoff is a resident scholar at Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center.
She will be speaking about her recent book,

Don't Bite Your Tongue: How to
 Foster Rewarding Relationships with Your Adult Children.

Admission is free.

Friday, March 25, 2011


Sorry, I misposted.....

Sunday at OJM the wonderfully funny yet poignant film will screen at 1pm. This is a wonderful educational opportunity for everyone middle school aged and up.

Gain insight about the middle school years, hear local middle schoolers talk about it afterwards!

The film is free.
We are asking for a $5 donation to cover custodial costs.

The Oregon Jewish Museum only seat 50 people....

see you there!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

HEY, HEY, It's Esther Blueberger

This is a wonderful film! A coming of age story perfect for middle and high schoolers as well as adults.

We're showing it at OJM Sunday March 27th at 2pm. The film is free! We are asking for a $5 donation to pay custodians to clean the auditorium. 

This is an educational experience for all! Five middle schoolers have previewed the film and talked about their experiences with cliques, parents, bar & bat mitzvahs, friendships and more! They will lead a talk-back after the film. Their insights are amazing!

I think adults and kids will appreciate this opportunity to talk about growing up. It's a wonderful learning opportunity for  everyone!

Come join us! You will be glad you did!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

OpEn MiKe @ Hair of the Dog!!!! 3/30/11

                Want to read your work ? You can reserve a spot in the line up....or just come listen !
                                              ALL AGES WELCOME!
                     TO RESERVE A SPOT WRITE TO

Monday, March 14, 2011

The week of March 14th

All Week Long: Art work in the lobby of the MJCC...Free admission during regular business hours!

Monday Night:  Part of JAM and Part of The Portland Pride Reading Series: Visiting Mr. Green
Location: The Sanctuary @ Sandy Plaza
                 1785 NE Sandy Blvd.

                 Portland, OR

One of the most produced plays in the world! 86 year old widower, Mr. Green is almost hit by a car driven by young corporate executive Ross Gardiner. Found guilty of reckless driving, Ross is ordered to spend the next six months making weekly visits to Mr Green. What starts off as a comedy about two people who resent being in the same room together develops into a gripping and poignant drama, as family secrets are revealed and old wounds are opened.

Starring Benjamin Farmer & George Fosgate.

Shemaya Blauer
Touch Drawing Demonstration 
Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Time: 6 - 8 pm
Location: Mittleman Jewish Community Center
              6651 SW Capitol Hwy
              Portland, Oregon

Art Spark featuring ORA
Regional Arts & Crafts Council

Date:  Thursday, March 17, 2011
Time:  5 - 7 pm

Location:  Urban Farmer Restaurant
(inside The Nines Hotel)
               525 SW Morrison St
               Portland, OR  97204

Thursday, March 10, 2011

POWFEST is Underway

Portland Oregon Women's FIlm Festival is happening NOW!!!!!!....through Sunday!

On Saturday afternoon two Jewish-themed documentaries will be featured:

"Return" and "Surviving"  @ Hollywwod Theater
A panel discussion will follow this!

For more info go to:

This is a remarkable festival and one not to be missed! JAM is most proud to be associated with this set of events.....see you there!

Monday, March 7, 2011


@ the MJCC: week 1  ART IN THE LOBBY. Free admission. See the fabulous work of Fabric artist -Laurie Fendel, Painter- Sharon Segal, and Paintographer- Ellen Shefi.

If you see something you like feel free to grab an artist's card and call them!

Israeli Art ExhibitFrom Jerusalem's Safrai Gallery

Dates:  March 10 - 13, 2011

Location:  Congregation Beth Israel
                   1972 NW Flanders
                    Portland, OR  97219
Call for info:  503.222.1069

Over 600 works by Israeli artists from the Safrai Gallery in Jerusalem will be on display for four days. Check Beth Israel website for details.


Portland Women's Film FestivalDocumentary Showcase:  ",Return."   and  ".Surviving."

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2011
Time: 3 pm

Location: Hollywood Theater
                 4122  NE Sandy Blvd.
                 Portland, OR  97214

Admission:  $7
RETURN is a first person account adapted from Dr. Fred Sondermann’s memoirs of his trip back to Germany 30 years after the Holocaust. The film walks the viewer through the experience, contemplating victimization, the nature of blame, the appropriate issuance of forgiveness, and the determination to move forward unburdened by ghosts of the past. (32 minutes)

SURVIVING is an intimate portrait of the relationship between the filmmaker and her adoptive mother a Holocaust survivor, as the filmmaker attempts to come to terms with the legacy that she has inherited. (43 minutes)

A Panel Discussion will follow these screenings!

Friday, March 4, 2011

The Arts Through Jewish Eyes- Wonderful!!!!

Sara Harwin, artist and David Fuks , m.c.

SIMPLY wonderful! Last night's program was at times hilarious and other times serious and enlightening. We were treated to insights into the lives of talented souls who call themselves artists, musicians, writers, and propagandists!

Go to our Photos page to see snapshots of last night's panel.

And go to our calendar link above to see what's coming next!

Hint: MJCC art show goes up Sunday morning, March 6th  and remains on display through Friday. Repeat again for the next several artists and new displays each week!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Arts Through Jewish Eyes- March 3rd @ MJCC!

Join us for this wonderful panel discussion with David Fuks as our moderator!

Panelists will include:
Cantor Deborah Bletstein - a new arrival here in Portland, serving as Cantor at Neveh Shalom;  background in opera, musical theater and jazz before becoming a cantor.
Ed Goldberg - popular on-air host for Portland's Classical Music station 89.9;  he is a writer, music critic, and film critic.
Dr. Merritt Linn - a writer of fiction, about to complete a second novel
Joel Luxenberg - young talented musician;  nationally known for his trumpet playing
Wendy Westerwelle - popular actress, singer, writer;  known for her one-woman shows:  Rose;  Soph
Sara Harwin - well known artist known for her high quality artwork and Judaica
     ADMISSION IS FREE ! donations appreciated.
   MJCC  6651 SW Capitol Hwy Portland, OR  503.244.0794
         This event is sponsored by the MJCC, The Oregon 
     Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts