14th of January 2012 / Serving Oregon & Southwest Washington since 1959

Book sale, poetry reading benefit Jewish Academy

This year’s used book sale to benefit the Portland Jewish Academy library will kick off with a reading by Claire Warton, parent of two PJA middle school students.  read more »

Two new exhibits at OJM

The Oregon Jewish Museum will host an opening reception 5:30-7:30 p.m., Jan. 18 for two new exhibitions—one focusing on women’s suffrage and the other a collection of artwork looking at the realities of wartime.  read more »

Local heroes promoted in local comic production

Portland comedian/Second City alum Augi Garred and award-winning PBS writer Slash Coleman will present the world premiere of “Big Plastic Heroes” on Jan. 21  read more »

Benefit features Holocaust survivors on ‘This Is Your Life’

The Institute for Judaic Studies and the Northwest Film Center will host a program in January to benefit the upcoming 20th Portland Jewish Film Festival set for April 15-29.  read more »

Portland Playhouse nails Angels in America

Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Angels in America, Part 1: Millennium Approaches” is not a Jewish story, but it incorporates some key Jewish elements that make the play of special interest to Jewish audiences.  read more »

PJA students hear writer Eric Kimmel

Author Eric Kimmel read some of his stories to students in kindergarten-sixth grade at Portland Jewish Academy Nov. 30.  read more »

African rights worker’s play, life tied to anti-Semitic experience

At the start of “Rash,” Jenni Wolfson appears onstage in a green peasant skirt and khaki top to the sound of cascading gunfire. Her long brown hair is unceremoniously pulled back with a black scrunchie.  read more »

Woody Allen at the Schnitz

Woody Allen and His New Orleans Jazz Band will perform in Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 27.  read more »

Hadassah Hanukkah Gift Fair set Dec. 11

This year’s Hadassah Hanukkah Gift Fair will celebrate the 100th anniversary celebration of the founding of Hadassah with “100 Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah,” 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 11, at Congregation Neveh Shalom, 2900 SW Peaceful Lane.  read more »

Profile Theatre offers Miller’s ‘The American Clock’

Twenty actors will take on multiple roles in a series of intimate vignettes accompanied by familiar songs when Profile Theatre presents its next “Two Night Fling” of play reading Dec. 4 and 5.  read more »

Umberto Eco wades into ‘Protocols’ conspiracy

That “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” the notorious anti-Semitic tract about a Jewish conspiracy to control the world, still has currency in parts of the world today was no deterrent for Umberto Eco.  read more »

Havurah hires Ilene Safyan

Havurah Shalom has hired Ilene Safyan as the congregation’s first music coordinator  read more »

Gift fair Dec. 11 offers ‘100 Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah’

To launch the 100th anniversary celebration of the founding of Hadassah, “100 Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah” will be the theme of this year’s Hanukkah Gift Fair 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 11, at Congregation Neveh Shalom.  read more »

Polina Olsen looks back across old Jewish Portland

These are the stories of Jewish Portland, whose roots stretch back to the gold rush, whose heart is “the old neighborhood” of South Portland and the memories of its residents and whose identity is alive and well in synagogues and community institutions.  read more »

New zine for NW Jewish experience

Seth Kaplan has issued the first number of a little and literary zine featuring writing by young Jews.  read more »

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