Diane Fredgant speaks in Silk!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe spiritual qualities of Diane’s work speaks in a visual/tactile language only the should can understand. Diane is the coordinator of our Celebration of Art ’18, VP of ORA  and a founding member. Drop in to chat with Diane to learn about painting on silk!

For more information go to: https://www.youtube.com/user/sparksofspirit        to see a preview of all of artists!

Esther Liberman, ORA president

Beadalong2017ThreeSeparateThis is a first in a series of preview introductions to our upcoming Art show at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center (6651 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland OR) on October 27-28, 2018. (Check out our video link below for more info!)

Esther is a co-founder of ORA NW Jewish Artists and this is our 13th annual Art Show.

An accomplished bead artist, Esther lovingly creates magical pieces that are expertly crafted. She’s also a dynamite Mah Jong player and instructor! This is her third year as president of ORA. Her dedication to our humble organization is remarkable!

Want to see more? Check out our Youtube video preview of ORA’s 13th annual Celebration of Art! https://youtu.be/wIGy_piBe6k

Art & Spirit Workshop

IMG_0888The Mittleman Jewish Community Center co sponsored a wonderful workshop with ORA Northwest Jewish Artists.

The students were accomplished painters, ceramicists, mosaic, fiber, glass artists, and poets. Rabbi Goldie Milgram guided the group through activities to bring warmth and trust into the room. She presented visual prompts, midrash, text study, and music before launching us to imagine, sketch, write, draw, design.

Inspiration came  to us not only for the creation of new works, but also for the creation of more opportunities to use text study for the inspiration of new works.

Thank you MJCC…Thank you ORA leadership….and most especially, thank you Rabbi Goldie!

Want to learn more about Rabbi Goldie Milgram? Go to: http://www.reclaimingjudaism.org




September 25, 2015


Come see the light and explore the work of Oregon Jewish artists on Oct. 17 and 18.

The Saturday evening Taste of Art preview party will fill the Mittleman Jewish Community Center ballroom to the max with original works of art, an array of tasty foods and beverages, live entertainment, and a preview and sale of Sunday’s art exhibition and sale. The preview party will run from 7 to 9:30 pm, Oct. 17.

The Ninth Annual Celebration of Art exhibit and sale starts the next morning at 10:30 am in the MJCC ballroom. Jewish artists and their work will be on hand until 4:30 pm, Oct. 18. Admission to both events is free. Both are hosted by ORA Northwest Jewish Artists, the only arts organization devoted to promoting art created by Jewish artists in Oregon and Washington.

ORA’s mission includes connecting artists with art lovers and collectors of all ages. Last year’s opening night event was a huge success, drawing crowds of fun-loving adults. This year’s Saturday evening party will feature wine and food tastings, as well as tastings from Ambacht Brewing (including its famous Matzobrau beer) and Gompers Gin, an Oregon distillery named for Herman Gompers, a Holocaust survivor and participant in the USC Shoah Foundation video testimonial program. Live music will be provided by the popular band The Noted, whose musical offerings are sure to be crowd pleasers. Jazz pianist George Fendel and classical and jazz musician Rich Garber will provide music on Sunday as visitors browse the aisles of art.

For every $25 spent on art at Saturday’s Taste of Art or Sunday’s Celebration of Art, the buyer will receive a raffle ticket toward one of five prize packages. Prize packages include a fabulous date night downtown at the Westin Portland, a Hillsdale/Multnomah basket and an Art of Cooking package. The raffle drawing will be held at 4 pm on Sunday; you need not be present to win.

More than 25 Jewish artists will have their works on display and for sale. ORA artists work in a variety of media including paint, fiber, stone, ceramics, beadwork, photography, precious metals, fused glass, silk and collage. Over the years ORA has expanded its membership to include artists outside the Portland metropolitan area. In recent years many talented male artists have become active members of the collective, augmenting a core of dedicated women founders.

To see what other events ORA artists participate in, visit northwestjewishartists.org/events.html.

ORA means “light” in Hebrew. Remember to light up your evening on Saturday, Oct. 17.

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Jewish Arts Month (JAM)

JAM Located at:

Mittleman Jewish Community Center
6651 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland OR

A different set of artists each week in March…
Each exhibit goes up on Sunday, and comes down on Friday.

Week #1 (Feb 28 – March 4)
Glenn Decherd, Ellen Green, Brauna Ritchie, Wendy Russell, Sharon Segal

Week #2 (March 6-11)
Jane Means, Diane Moeglein, Diane Russell, Joyce Shields, Bob Sorkin

Week #3 (March 13-18)
Diane Fredgant, Ros Kane, Esther Liberman, Diane Russell,
Eddy Shuldman, Julia Waco


All art is available for sale
Admission is free