Friday, January 21, 2011


We are so pleased to welcome Klezmocracy to JAM. One of the finest Klezmer bands around, this group will rock the house!

Do you have a musical instrument you love to play? GOOD NEWS! Following the Klezmocracy Concert, there will be a jam session....yup....COME JAM AT JAM!!!!!!

More information will follow, but for now...mark your calendars : April 3rd at the MJCC 3pm.

It's time to rock the house!!!!!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011


OK, it's not JAM season yet....but this is so important for everyone to see!

Oregon Jewish Museum once again has developed an astonishing exhibit about Ernest Bloch, composer and photographer...and more.

Many activities are coming: lectures and a concert!
go to 
for more information!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Blessed Be Her Memory

Baruch Dayan Emet.
Debbie Friedman z"l , was legendary in her ability to create Jewish Music for our world. She had the unique ability to also spread her music around the world, as a healing salve to a people in need of physical and spiritual healing.

She struggled with personal illness for years and in the end the music that helped heal thousands of others failed to help her heal from pneumonia. She passed away yesterday, January 9th leaving us with a legacy of music and an important lesson: that music, and indeed all art can heal.

She wrote the song Mourning into Dancing.
play this in honor of her good works.

May her memory be a blessing to the world and may we be inspired to create healing art in an effort to support what she started .

Saturday, January 1, 2011

It Is...and It Isn't

While it isn't officially a part of Jewish Arts Month (JAM) here in Portland, the Portland Jazz Festival will be serving up some amazing music!  And it comes in mid-February! JAM will launch our festival sometime in late February....but we're proud of this JAZZ Festival and encourage everyone to check it out!!!!!!  has the complete schedule...but this is the gist of the festival (below) .....


The 2011 Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Portland Jazz Festival presented by US Bank will be held Friday, February 18 through Sunday, February 27 at venues throughout Portland. The week-long festival will include jazz education and outreach along with a series of concerts all supporting the 2011 theme,Bridges and Boundaries: Jewish & African Americans Playing Jazz Together.
Among this year’s headliners are the SFJAZZ Collective, in the world premiere of new repertoire paying homage to African American pop icon Stevie Wonder; NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston, performing solo piano in support of his new release, The Storyteller, and autobiography, African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston; celebrated clarinetist Don Byron and his new project dedicated to the great Jewish entertainer, Mickey Katz – a reunion of the groundbreaking and virtuosic klezmer ensemble that recorded Byron’s eponymous Nonesuch album and spearheaded the klezmer revival in the 1990s; a special performance by The 3 Cohens, featuring siblings, trumpeter Avishai Cohen, saxophonist/clarinetist Anat Cohen, and pianist Yuval Cohen; famed African American violinist Regina Carter will return to Portland, presenting her newest project, Reverse Thread, which traces the musical history of African cultures, including tribes of Ugandan Jews; saxophonistJoshua Redman - son of African American saxophonist Dewey Redman and Jewish American dancer Renee Shedroff – leading his new project, James Farm, that includes both African American and Jewish American musicians; and the Portland Jazz Festival’s new Artistic & Community Ambassador, bassist Esperanza Spalding (who will lead her new Chamber Music Societyin an exclusive Portland area engagement).