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“EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT MEZUZAHS BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK”

Written by: Karen Tolvstad

Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019

2:00pm.

If you grew up Jewish, it’s probably always been there at your front door. If you’re a non-Jewish Rose Schnitzer Manor resident, you may have wondered about the diverse little gems of art marking most of our apartment entryways.

The mezuzah is one of the more prominent examples of Jewish material culture. The word mezuzah means doorpost, but it has come to mean the parchment scroll placed on the doorpost that is inscribed with verses from Deuteronomy that start with, “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One”.It goes on to command us “Thou  shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” “Thou shalt write them upon the door-posts of thy house, and upon thy gates.” These are the watchwords of our faith.

Some people believe that the mezuzah provides special protection over the residents of the home where it hangs, and when they pass by a mezuzah some people have the custom of kissing it (usually touching the mezuzah with their hand, then kissing their hand).

Who better to answer all your questions about these lovely pieces of art than our own multi-talented Eddy Shuldman.  Our beloved volunteer and arts activist, Eddy will discuss the “Art of the Mezuzah: loving, kissing, binding and teaching”. We’re certain you’ll come away a little more enlightened about a captivating subject.

Join us:

Goodman Living Room, Harold Schnitzer Center for Living

Cedar Sinai Park

Contact:

cathy.zheutlin@cedarsinaipark.org


Drumming up some excitement with Percussionist Steven Skolnik!

Written by: Karen Tolvstad

Thursday, July 25, 7:15 p.m., Zidell Hall

Like your jazz infused with beats from other lands? Percussionist Steven Skolnik is a must hear!

Steven studied  western classical percussion at Lewis and Clark College in Portland. While  there he also studied West African hand drums with the late Ghanaian master drummer – and Portland favorite – Obo Addy, and jazz performance under esteemed NW musician Dan Balmer.

Since graduating from Lewis & Clark College in 2013, Steven has toured  the country performing, traveled to Taiwan to perform jazz, released a solo CD of original percussion music, recorded on a handful of albums as a musical collaborator, and started his own music teaching company.

Today Skolnik continues to perform regularly with local musicians  of various styles as well as continuing to teach percussion classes.

This Portland percussion whiz is moving fast! You won’t want to miss this free  performance, Thursday, July 25, at 7:15 p.m in Zidell Hall.


From “Gentleman’s Agreement” to “Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg”, Judaism in mainstream America post WWII – a lecture by Ron Silver

Written by: Karen Tolvstad

 Monday, July 1, 7:00 p.m., Zidell Hall

At the end of WWII, hard hitting plays like “Home of the Brave” and Academy Award winning movies like “Crossfire” and “Gentleman’s Agreement” shined a spotlight on antisemitism in America.  But that focus softened and by the early 1950’s, the Goldbergs were America’s favorite neighbors, featured in that new medium called television.

Join us Monday, July 1 at 7:00 p.m. in Zidell Hall as Ron Silver, retired Assistant U.S. Attorney – and a man who knows first-hand about religious and racial bigotry in America, offers a multimedia exploration of this cultural shift.

Mr. Silver practiced law for 39 years. Before his 2015 retirement, Ron handled Civil Rights matters for the U.S. Department of Justice for close to 30 years and has lectured on civil rights topics throughout the country. He’s served on the Adult Education Committee at Congregation Beth Israel for many years and every year creates a lecture that interweaves the Jewish experience and civil rights. He regularly lectures on civil rights issues for Bar Associations throughout the Northwest.

Enjoy Mr. Silver’s informative presentation Monday, July 1, at 7:00 p.m. in Zidell Hall.


“LIVING WHILE DYING” — A STORY OF LIFE. A STORY OF DEATH. FINDING JOY IN THE JOURNEY — AN AWARD WINNING FILM BY CSP’S CATHY ZHEUTLIN

Written by: Karen Tolvstad

Saturday, July 20, 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Zidell Hall

Join us to meet CSP’s new Spiritual Life Coordinator, Cathy Zheutlin, and view her insightful, inspiring documentary, “Living While Dying”, based on conversations with her mom and others making the journey.

Cathy had the good fortune of having two parents alive in their 90s. She became fascinated with the idea of mortality. The inspiration for her film came when her mother’s partner, Clair, learned he had terminal cancer. “We had a dying man in the living room,” she recalls. “I am a filmmaker so I asked if I could film him; he said ‘yes.’”

This impetus, coupled with Cathy’s natural curiosity and what she calls a desire to push the envelope of consciousness, resulted in “Living While Dying.”

Cathy is hosting two viewings of her film, and following up each with a discussion and Q and A session. Don’t miss her amazing story, Saturday, July 20, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in Zidell Hall.

 


BARBEQUING CSP STYLE  — CHILLIN’ WHILE WE NOSH!

Written by: Karen Tolvstad

July 2, 9, 16, August 18 and 20, 11:30 a.m., Rose Schnitzer Manor Courtyard

Enjoy the summer with six barbeques this year for Cedar Sinai Park residents, friends and families. Each event features its own theme and live entertainment!

    • July 2: Join in to celebrate Independence Day with our annual red, white and blue “patriotic” barbeque.
    • July 9: “Ride ‘em cowboy!” at our Western-themed barbeque.
    • July 16: We travel to Rome while dining in our own backyard for our Italian barbeque.
    • August 13: Enjoy “Grilling by the Sea” with a menu full of surprises.
    • August 20: Bring your hula hoop, it’s our “Back To School” BBQ/Luau.

Mark your calendar for these special, festive occasions! They all start at 11:30 a.m. in the Rose Schnitzer Manor Courtyard. We’ll see you there!


JAZZ AT CEDAR SINAI PARK! KICK BACK WITH SAXOPHONIST NICOLE MCCABE

Written by: Karen Tolvstad

Sunday, July 14, 1:30 p.m., Zidell Hall

Nothing cools down a hot a July afternoon better than smooth, live jazz!

Join us as Nicole McCabe, based in Portland but nationally recognized jazz alto saxophonist, performs free in Zidell Hall, Sunday, July 14 at 1:30 p.m. 

Performing work inspired by such greats as Cannonball Adderley, Kenny Garrett, Sonny Rollins, and others rooted in the bebop and post bop eras of jazz, McCabe can be seen performing with her quartet throughout our area.

She has performed alongside some of the most notable musicians around town, including Alan Jones, Joe Manis, Ron Steen, Charlie Porter, and internationally known John Patitucci and Paquito D’Rivera.

Ms. McCabe can be seen frequently in venues such as the Fremont Theatre, The 1905, Living Room Theatres, and she has a monthly gig at the Teutonic Wine Company. Don’t miss this special performance, Sunday, July 14 in Zidell Hall at 1:30 p.m.!


TWO FREE “SNEAK” PREVIEWS: THE OREGON SINFONIETTA’S PRE-PERFORMANCE REHEARSALS

Written by: Karen Tolvstad

Thursday, July 11, and Thursday, July 18, 7:15 p.m., Zidell Hall

The award-winning Oregon Sinfonietta, the flagship performing ensemble of the Chamber Music Society of Oregon, conducted by Dr. Donald Appert, is a full symphony orchestra of about sixty musicians that draws together community musicians from the greater Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington metropolitan area.

On Thursday, July 11, and Thursday, July 18, the Oregon Sinfonietta rehearses for free for you at CSP, at 7:15 p.m. both days in Zidell Hall.

Now in its 47th season, the orchestra will also be in full concert on Friday, July 19, at 7:00 p.m. on the lawn at Bethany Vineyard and Winery in Ridgefield, Washington. Admission for this concert is $15.  Enjoy!


EN PLEIN AIRE: THE POWER OF PAINTING OUTDOORS – ART WITHOUT PASSPORTS

Written by: Karen Tolvstad

Thursday, June 20, 10:30 a.m., Zidell Hall

Summer is here! Time to grab your folding chair, palette and paints and head for the park for some inspiration and painting. Better yet, travel free with us to meet the masters of Plein Aire – literally, painting in outdoor daylight. Artists as prolific as Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh to Winston Churchill all left the confines of their studios for the empowering experience of painting and drawing out of doors, in the landscape.

Greg Lewis, Senior Artist with the Oregon Society of Artists will explore how impressionists capture what the eye sees, and the heart expresses.

Join us for this delightful journey into the power of art, Thursday, June 20, at 10:30 a.m. in Zidell Hall.

Presented in collaboration with the Oregon Society of Artists.


RESTORING CSP’S TORAHS: GET AN UP-CLOSE VIEW OF THIS SACRED ACTIVITY

Written by: Karen Tolvstad

Wednesday, June 26, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Zidell Hall

Join us for an enlightening, once-in-a-lifetime experience as Congregation Beth Israel shares its’ 160th anniversary celebration, Torah Connects project with the residents of  Cedar Sinai Park.

Funded through the generosity of our great friend and supporter, Marcy Tonkin, CSP’s portion of this year-long Beth Israel restoration project offers a unique opportunity to connect with Torah, our community’s history, and the restoration process.

An expert Sofer – or Torah scribe, will evaluate our sacred scrolls, making repairs as needed. He will follow this up with a lecture on the topic at 3:00 pm.

The event gets underway at 1:00 p.m. in Zidell Hall. You won’t  want to miss a  minute of this sacred process. After the lecture, gather with us at 4:00 p.m. for a reception honoring our visiting Torah scribe and Marcy Tonkin in Marcy’s Bar (Goodman Lounge).


Friends of Robison Annual Mah Jongg Tournament!

Written by: Karen Tolvstad

June 23, 12:30 p.m., Zidell Hall

Our first Friends of Robison Mah Jongg Tournament was such a terrific fund and friend raiser, we decided to do it again this year! We cordially invite you and your Mah Jongg-savvy friends to join us for an afternoon of friendship, light refreshments and, of course, Mah Jongg.

To join the fun, just fill out our easy registration form. Paste this address into your browser, https://cedarsinaipark.org/giving/mahjongg/  If you prefer print, contact Alison Burger, 971-717-7147, alison.burger@cedarsinaipark.org.

Spend a little, give a lot. 100% of your $30 fee goes to enhancing the lives of the treasured elders living on our campus. Please be a part of this great, meaningful cause!

 


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