Tuesday, April 30, 2013

JAM returns to PDX - MAY 2013

WEEK #1: 

You'll find 4 artists represented in this first week of JAM! Come on down to the MJCC 
(6651 SW Capitol HWY- Portland, OR) at 11 am when the show officially opens!
The show is open daily through Friday at 2pm. When artists are on duty, you may purchase any available art! If you wish to make a purchase but can't find an artist on duty, take a business card and call the artist directly.

          The MJCC staff is not able to sell any art!
  On duty artists will accept checks, credit cards, and cash !

                        Who will be there?

Sharon Segal, painter : 2-6 Tues, 6-8 Wed, 2-6 Thursday

Glenn Decherd, ceramics: 11-2:30 Sun, 11-10 Mon, 2-6 Wed 

Leslie Elder, painter: 10-2 Tues, Wednesday and Friday

Bob Sorkin, photographer: 2:30-5 Sun, 2-6 Monday, 10-2 Thurs

Saturday, April 20, 2013

JAM in MAY (2013!)

This year JAM (Jewish Arts Month) is in May!

ORA artists will display lovely works of art in the lobby of Mittleman Jewish Community Center starting on Sunday afternoon May 5th!

Each week a new group of artists will display their work . 

Let's all go to the lobby!!!!!!! We'll post the names of artists displaying each week and the times when each artist will be available to represent their work,

COME MEET THE ARTISTS! Each week you'll see new art, new artists and have an opportunity to purchase beautiful works for yourself and as gifts.

See you there!

Friday, September 28, 2012



OCTOBER 21 2012   10:30-4:30
MJCC  6651 SW Capitol Hwy- Portland, OR

Art work above painted by founding member Sabina Wohfeiler

Over 20 artists will be on hand to guide you through their worlds of art!

Many of your favorite artists are returning and we'll also have a number of new members and guest artists!

The J Cafe will be open ....come, shop, schmooze, eat, and hear a little jazz! 

It's never too early to  purchase your Chanukah gifts!


Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Eleven residents of Rose Schnitzer have written 5minute 1-act plays during an intensive playwriting workshop with Matt Zrebski.

These plays will be be featured in a public reading on Sunday May 6th, 2012 at Congregation Neveh Shalom  2900 SW Peaceful Lane.  Admission is free and the public is invited!

The readings will begin at 2pm and a brief talk-back will follow at 3pm.

Our writers include:
Ruth Henning, Evy Hirsch, Martha Pommerantz, Fran Stone, Diane Budner, Barbara Dubin, Charlotte Wiener, Betty Leonard, Lilian Steinberg, Marcia WIlson, and Miriam Gerber.

Our Actors include: Paige Jones, Nathan Gale, and Debbie Lamedman

We are ever so grateful to RACC- the Regional Arts and Culture Council who awarded us a grant, funding much of this venture. The Mittleman Jewish COmmunity Center is our financial manager and has helped with publicizing the event. Neveh Shalom has offered us a beautiful and accessible venue. Thank you to our most generous sponsors!

Monday, March 12, 2012

BLUE THREAD @ OJM Sunday March 18th

A new book and new fictional novelist will appear at Oregon Jewish Museum in NW Portland this Sunday at 2pm.

Ruth Tenzer Feldman has been writing books for some time but this is her first fictional novel. The book is a piece of historical fiction that features a time-traveling heroine.

The event will include commentary from some young women readers as well as the author. 
A tallit takes on an important role in the book. To celebrate that, local silk artist Diane Fredgant will also participate in this event and display some of her most colorful tallitot.

This is a special Jewish Arts Moments event.....and it is free!

OJM is located at 1953 Northwest Kearney Street
Portland, OR(503) 226-3600

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Acting Our Age ....ROUND II

Saturday March 10th, 2pm you can hear some wonderfully creative poems and short stories written but the Older But Wiser Writing Class. WHERE? Geezer Gallery in Multnomah Village. Come....it's free and it's fun!

on another note......
Thank you Regional Arts and Culture Council! We have a grant from them to fund another round of plays.

The writers are fantastic....! Not because they are elders in our community but because their talents help bust the myths of our society about what aging means. 

Eleven residents of Rose Schnitzer Manor gather weekly to write poetry, short stories and one-act plays!
The RACC grant allows us to bring Playwright Matt Zrebski on board to teach the residents about the secrets of good playwriting. His insights and humor make for enjoyable classes. His students are just weeks away from finishing up our one-acts. 

Stay tuned for dates and venue information. It's coming soon!

Monday, February 6, 2012


JAM in Transition

We are in a transition!

JAM is moving away from the concept of "month", since we were never able to contain ourselves within a single month anyway!

We'll still call ourselves JAM...but now it will represent 

We'll continue to focus on local artists in a variety of formats and venues....but you can look forward to the events being spread out through the entire year. We will happily promote arts events that are sponsored by various agencies in town and try to fill the gaps where we can!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Amazing Theater! January 30th!!!!!

Have Arab Coffee with a Jew in the New York City of the Middle East.  It’s 1928 and Baghdad is one quarter Jewish.


A production of the Jewish Theatre Collaborative, cosponsored by the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies, the Middle East Studies Center at PSU, Lewis and Clark College Student Activities, Congregation Ahavath Achim, and the Sephardic Cultural Center of Oregon.

Monday, January 30 at Food for Thought Café
Smith Memorial Student Union, Portland State University
1825 SW Broadway (basement level)
7:00 pm / $10 dollars
For information and tickets for performances visit: http://www.jewishtheatrecollaborative.org/performance-cafe_baghdad.html

Sunday, January 15, 2012


We just finished writing our evaluation for the Arts Builds Community Grant we received in 2011. Jewish Arts Month wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of this granting organization.
Our planners worked hard to document each and every event held. We took copious notes and learned a lot. We made a few mistakes but we had numerous successes. 
Stay tuned. We will soon post what is scheduled for JAM 2012~
We chose not to apply for another OAC grant this year. RACC is supporting our Playwriting for Seniors program (Acting Our Age!)
We hope the community will now contribute financially to support our JAM endeavors. In fact, we are seriously contemplating a name change.
It will still be JAM....but we are thinking that Jewish Arts Moments might be a more accurate idea. Spring will become a season of Jewish Arts Moments...more than can possibly be contained within a month!
Care to donate? Send a check written to the Mttleman Jewish Community Center with JAM written on the memo line c/o
6651 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland 97201
See y’all soon!               

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Monday @ Neveh Shalom - Portland Oregon

Klezmer will rock the house Monday evening...8861 SW Peaceful Lane, Portland OR 97221
call 503.246.8831 for more information!

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 plans....so 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 albertarosetheatre.com 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.