Event Briefs Aug. 5

PDX Business Series: Build Your Biz and Eat it Too

The Mittleman Jewish Community Center’s (now virtual) business series invites three Portland-based food entrepreneurs to share their journey from first recipes, to first farmers markets, to first class airplane fare. Join the fascinating discussion at noon, Aug. 20, via Zoom.
The panel will feature three professional foodies: 
• Jessica Hilbert: Founder, Marketing & Sales, Red Duck Foods, redduckfoods.com. Red Duck Foods offers a line of condiments worth quacking about. Made from simple ingredients you know and trust, Red Duck’s ketchups, BBQ sauces, taco sauces and cocktail sauce deliver flavor.
• Valerie Roth: Founder, Mind Your Manna, mindyourmanna.co. Mind Your Manna distills plant- powered nutrients down to their essentials to create healing remedies crafted to sustain the mind, body and soul. Think of the brews as a drinkable daily multivitamin.
• Jenn Topliff:  Founder, Roons, eatroons.com. Roons are delicious coconut macaroons, made by hand and dipped in real chocolate.
The program will be moderated by David Forman, an attorney at Tonkon Torp LLC who specializes in growth-oriented legal strategies, and among other areas, his practice emphasizes food and beverage businesses because he loves to nosh.
Registration will be through Zoom. You can find the link and more information at oregonjcc.org/arts-culture/pdxbiz. The page also provides a form for those who want to make an $18 donation to support the free event.

After "Spy Behind Home Plate," MJCC offers "Heading Home"

At the end of July, the Mittleman Jewish Community Center and the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education co-presented the film "The Spy Behind Home Plate." The documentary by Aviva Kempner tells the true story of Morris “Moe” Berg, the enigmatic and brilliant Jewish baseball player turned spy. 
This was the first time MJCC offered a virtual film screening for our community, and it was met with tremendous success. Moe’s life was fascinating and tangled in a cloud of mystery. The film mixes real footage from declassified files from the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and contemporary interviews. 
We were fortunate enough to have Edward Hershey, author of The Scorekeepers and local Portlander, to give a deep dive into the film and Moe’s life. During the program, we discussed how Moe Berg is best explained as a mystery. He was such an odd duck. He was learned and had a sense of humor. Yet he was a loner and after what most would consider a storied career as both a baseball player and spy, the last 20-30 years of his life were quiet and yet another mystery in his life. Anytime someone would bring up his possible time as a spy, he would simply put one finger over his lips and say, “shh.”
The MJCC will present another film, "Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel," in partnership with the Men’s Club of Neveh Shalom. The film will be available to stream Aug. 7 until midnight on Aug. 9 and then join us Aug. 11 at 6:30 pm for a Zoom discussion of the filmmakers led by Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger. A stirring story of sports, patriotism and personal growth, "Heading Home" charts the underdog journey of Israel’s national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. The link to stream the film and invitation to join the discussion will be provided after the registration deadline on Aug. 6.

BB Camp and BBYO plan busy August

B’nai B’rith Camp and BBYO have a full slate of virtual activities in August. For registration information for any of these program, visit bbcamp.org/virtual-eve.
6-7:30 pm, Thursday, Aug. 6: Israeli Dancing. Our Spring Israeli Dance session was a blast.
6-7:30 pm, Thursday, Aug. 13: BB Camp Trivia (for Campers ONLY). Win a prize for your cabin at Overnight Camp 2021.
6-7:30 pm, Thursday, Aug. 20: Family Skit Night. Have you ever created and performed a skit with your whole family? Gather the entire gang, and create a skit to share with the BB Camp community. Or just come to watch the show! 
7- 8:30 pm, Sunday, Aug. 30: Last Campfire of Summer. Join BB Camp Song Leaders from across the decades. Campfire and s’mores optional, but highly recommended.
3-4 pm, Sunday, Aug. 16: BBYO Teen-Led Programs for 8th Graders. Meet new teens, get involved with the BBYO community and hear about personal BBYO experiences.
3-5 pm, Sunday, Aug. 23: BBYO 8th Grade Family Information Session. Session for teens and parents to find out what goes on in BBYO throughout the year, and how your teen can get involved. 


Relational engagement during social distancing

JPRO PDX presents Dr. Ron Wolfson as he shares his insights on Relational Engagement During the Time of Social Distancing, noon, Aug. 6, on Zoom. For details, email Saul: skorin@pjaproud.org.
Dr. Wolfson is a visionary educator and inspirational speaker and a cofounder of Synagogue 3000. He is author of Relational Judaism: Using the Power of Relationships to Transform the Jewish Community and several other books.

See more virtual events at: jewishportland.org/community-calendar/online-events



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