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

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tonight! Ernest Bloch Lecture @ OJM

The Life and Music of Ernest Bloch: Problems and Paradoxes, Lecture by Dr. Alexander Knapp, Music Research Associate, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Date:  Thursday, February 24
Time:  7:30pm

Oregon Jewish Museum
1953 NW Kearney St

General Public:$8
Museum Members: $5

Seating is limited to 50 per lecture. Make your reservations early.
Select this link for secure online reservations

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Portland Women's Film Fest is back!

2010 POW Fest Logo  (Color)

POWfest has joined JAM again this year! Two films will screen Saturday afternoon March 12th at the Hollywood Theater. Both  short documentaries, RETURN and SURVIVING are important films dealing with survivors of WWII.

In early March we'll post more info about these films and the panel discussions set to take place immediately after the films.

The festival runs March 9-13, 2011.  You can get more info about their wonderful festival at:

Monday, February 14, 2011


We've been a bit stymied by the technology required to post a calendar directly on the blog BUT the link to our calendar is in small red print at the top of the blog. Click it and find yourself transported to a detailed calendar. Keep checking the calendar because new events will be added periodically.

Can't find what you are looking for? Leave us a message here and we will post an answer quickly!

If you have trouble with the link then just cut and paste this address into your browser!

thanks for visiting our site!!!!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


A group of 6-8th graders will work with photographers Jo Grishman and Katy Weaver to create photo essays- about their jewish identity and how it is reflected in their daily and family lives.

This is very exciting stuff!  If you know kids then you know how creative they can be!

When they have finished their coursework there will be a one night gallery show. It should be pretty exciting. We don't have a gallery date set stay tuned. This will be on of several pop up JAM events.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

David Biespiel reads @ Powells! Monday Feb 7 @ 7:30 pm

WOW.....David will share some of his writing at Broadway Books as part of JAM in April. Meanwhile, he'll be appearing this week at Powells  
 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd. (800) 878-7323 
Here's the announcement from Powells:
Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces

David Biespiel's Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces (Kelson) cracks open the creative process, inviting readers to take a fresh look at the mysterious pathways of the imagination. Beginning and experienced writers alike — as well as artists, musicians, dancers, and anyone else on a creative path — will benefit from this surprising and fresh perspective.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Jewish Arts Month should only be a month right?
it should be as long as it takes to cover all the amazing opportunities a little shtetl like Portland can offer. we didn't plan to include February....but give a look at this wonderful set of events. How could we not adopt them?!    CHECK OUT THE EVENTS LISTED BELOW! We will soon post a link to a graphics calendar for those of you who want to check out the events in a more visual format.


2/3-2/20  Charlotte Salomon: Life? Or Theatre? @ Disjecta 

2/6     Ernest Bloch- Framing a Vision of the World, OJM 2pm
  rsvp at   or call 503-226-3600
2/8   "The Impossible Spy",  Sephardic Winter Film Series
Congregation Ahavath Achim 3225 SW Barbur Blvd. Call for details call David at 503-892-6634.
February 8, 2011,  7:00 PM  “THE IMPOSSIBLE SPY” 
This riveting film tells the incredible but true story of Elie Cohen, an Egyptian born Jew and top Israeli intelligence recruit whose obsession with his mission as a double agent drove him to his death.  This is the story of the most famous Israeli spy of all time.
(96 Minutes, 1987, in color, UK, Directed by Jim Goddard, English)
Guest Speaker:   Adi Hoter, Major in IDF

2/12  "Human Resources" Ptld Intl. Film Fest (PIFF): Israeli film-

2/13  2pm? Community Orchestra Concert @ mjcc call
        503.244.0111 for more info

2/20  Dave Frishberg concert 7:30-9:30 at the Winningstad
     Portland Jazz Festival

2/26 2pm Three Cohens and the AfroSemitic Experience 

@ the Crystal Ballroom
2/27 2pm Klezmer Brunch featuring Klezmocracy @CBI-Please contact Elana at Congregation Beth Israel at 503-222-1069 to purchase your tickets

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Charlotte Salomon Returns to PDX

This is must-see theater!

Charlotte Salomon's Life? or Theatre? opens Feb 3 at Disjecta Theater. A reception preceding the premiere will begin at 7 pm. Each performance will be followed by a "talk-back." OPB's Emily Harris will facilitate this first session.
is the site to go to to get ticket information!

JAM hasn't officially opened but we are proud to advertise this theatrical run and a fine theater company, Portland's own Jewish Theater Collaborative.

8371 N Interstate 97217 

Adults $20
Seniors $18 
Students $15