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The annual Portland Jewish Book Month celebration was expanded this year to reach beyond one book and one month.  It is a six-month celebration with many of the events still to come in March and April!  

The March and April events include an Authors’ Series sponsored by the Mittleman Jewish Community Center:


"Davita's Harp" Book Chat
Monday, January 25
PJA Chapel: 6651 SW Capitol Highway, Portland

Jewish Theater Collaborative + Mittleman Jewish Community Center

"Thresholds" Presentation by author, Sherre Hirsch
Tuesday, March 8
7:00 pm
MJCC: 6651 SW Capitol Highway, Portland, OR
Author, Sherre Hirsch, will explore how to thrive through life’s transitions to live a fearlessly and regret-free-life.
Mittleman Jewish Community Center

"Shelter Us: A Novel"
Presentation by author, Laura Nicole Diamond 
Tuesday, March 15
7:00 pm
MJCC: 6651 SW Capitol Highway, Portland, OR
Author, Laura Nicole Diamond, will share Shelter Us: A Novel whose title is taken from the Hashkiveinu prayer and suggests that Judaism’s power is not in providing firm answers, but rather in guiding us how to act while we are alive.
Mittleman Jewish Community Center

Individual event tickets:
Cost: $8. Member Cost: $5.
Series Pass:
Cost: $20. Member Cost: $12.

For more information on the Authors’ series, including registration information go to or contact Len Steinberg at

In addition, there are a number of events focusing on the novel, Davita’s Harp, written by Chaim Potok. This story concerns American Jewish Communists and part of the book details information about the Spanish Civil War. One of the main characters is a journalist who goes to Spain to report on the war. The Jewish Theatre Collaborative will be presenting a dramatic version of this book for its Page2Stage program in March.

The One-Eyed Watchman: Viewing war through the camera lens
Thursday, March 17
Room TBA
White Stag Block, Floor 3R
70 NW Couch St., Portland

Parking: parking is limited, so we encourage you to use public transportation. However, there is metered parking and a SmartPark lot that is 1 block away on the corner of Naito Parkway and Davis Street.
Hear from Daniel Morrison, a war correspondent/photojournalist, about what a unilateral and embedded journalist does. Mr. Morrison has worked in  El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Beirut, Tel Aviv, Angola Africa,  and Afghanistan. where he has been under fire.

Sponsored by Mittleman Jewish Community Center. For more information, contact Marge Congress at

"Davita's Harp" (Play based on book by Chaim Potok)
World Premiere Production
March 19-April 9
For times and fees, go to
Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark St., Portland
World premiere production of a coming of age story set in 1930's New York City, about how we learn and use faith.
The Jewish Theater Collaborative

Special Post-Play discussion for teens/adults
Wednesday, March 30, Following the 7:30 pm performance
Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark St., Portland 
Sponsored by Havurah Shalom & The Jewish Theater Collaborative. For more information, contact Ruth Feldman at
Special performance of JTC's "Davita's Harp" for older children and their families.
Havurah Shalom + The Jewish Theater Collaborative

Coming in March:

War Correspondents - How they affect the world's view of combat
Details TBD
Hear from a war correspondent about what they do. Mr. Morrison has been both a unilateral and an embed journalist and has been under fire. Details to follow.
















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Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Schnitzer Family Campus
6651 SW Capitol Highway, Portland, OR 97219

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