Portland Israeli Folk Dance News

Summer/Fall 2019                                          Updated 9/4/19

For news blasts visit Facebook page  Israeli Folk Dancing in Portland, OR .
Questions? Email Sue at pifdnews@gmail.com

Where to Israeli folk dance in the Portland metro area:

             Ongoing IFD sessions and classess in the Portland area      

Sunday evening: at Fulton 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. beginning Israeli dances, and open dancing to 11:00 p.m. with Donna Cole. $6. Website:  portlandisraelidance.com 
Fulton Park Community Center, 68 Southwest Miles St., Portland, OR 97219
        Info: Donna, 503-645-4160, SundaySession@portlandisraelidance.com

Monday evening: 1st & 3rd and 5th Monday nights of each month, Leedy Grange with Sue & Friends7:00 to 9:00 p.m. dancing & instruction. With a focus on classic dances, some newer, and now a splash of International! $6/$10 couples. FREE for first timers. Everyone and all levels welcome. No partner or experience necessary.
        Leedy Grange in Cedar Mill, 835 NW Satlzman Rd., Ptld., 97229 
        Info: Sue Wendel at pifdnews@gmail.com
        Website: PIFD NEWS  sites.google.com/site/pifdnews
Israeli Folk Dancing in Portland, OR 

Tuesday evening: Rhona Feldman teaches a beginning Israeli folk dance class on Tuesdays at Garden Home Rec Center, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Beginning Israeli Folk Dancing for Adults. See  http://www.thprd.org/activities/search-classes-and-camps/
Starts Tues. Oct. 15, see flyer below.

Wednesday evening: Beginning Israeli Dance Class with Allison Victor at the MJCC. Call MJCC to register. Weds. 7 to 8 pm. Drop-ins welcome. Summer term beginning class runs thru Sept. 25, see flyer below.
        Info: MJCC 503-244-0111, Allison, 503-314-1567,  allisonvictor@comcast.net
Dancing is canceled on 9/11 will resume on 9/18  

NEW Wednesday morning: Beginner's Israeli and International folk dance class with Sue Wendel. Leedy Grange, 10 to 11 am, starts Sept. 18th, see flyer below.
        Leedy Grange in Cedar Mill, 835 NW Satlzman Rd., Ptld., 97229 
        Info: Sue Wendel at pifdnews@gmail.com

Thurs, evening: 8:45 to 11:00 p.m. Israeli dance couples session with Avi Tayar. Intermediate to advanced level. Dancers usually come as partners. Congregation Ahavath Achim. $7.

       Info and to be put on mailing list: ifd.pdx@gmail.com and/or debbirm@aol.com. Please contact before attending as session dates may vary.

Thursday evening: Cafe Shalom with Allison Victor. 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Israeli dance intermediate class, and 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. open dancing! $12 for class and open dancing. $7 open dance only.
        Location: 8936 SW 17th Ave, Portland, 97219
        Info: Allison, 503-314-1567,  allisonvictor@comcast.net
        Facebook: Cafe Shalom, Israeli Folkdancing in Portland, Oregon

Fridays: David Rutizer teaches Israeli and International folk dancing: Beginning Class 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Intermediate level class 3:00 to 4:30. Starts Sept. 20 thru Nov 29, at the Elsie Stuhr.

See http://www.thprd.org/activities/search-classes-and-camps/

Sue Wendel, editor and publisher, PIFD News

Send dance news anytime to Sue at pifdnews@gmail.com for posting here or on Facebook.

 Summer 2019 Dance Announcements                                       

Hello Israeli folk dancers and friends,

Folk dancing is a great way to meet friends old and new, exercise to classic and new dances (up to 7,000 steps if you count), increase brain power, and enjoy the music of this wonderful and fun Israeli cultural tradition. See PIFD News - History of Folk Dance in Portland, OR for our own unique history in Portland! And join - Israeli Folk Dancing in Portland, OR - Facebook page to see news blasts.

Keep dancing in mind, body, and spirit!
Sue Wendel, Editor, PIFD News


Hello Leedy folk dancers and friends,

Leedy dancing 1st, 3rd, and 5th Mondays:

Sept. 2, 16 & 30...etc. 

Mimi Epstein along with Team Leedy ran the sessions through August 5th while I was away. Many, many thanks for stepping up to the task. Team Leedy members: Bonnie Bliesner, Shannon Cahill-Weisser, Lynne Chassin, Mimi Epstein, Rhona Feldman, Melinda Holtzman,  Debbi Montrose, David Rutizer, and Jackie Pelner-Frankle. Along with Mimi, these dancers set-up, taught  dances, and took care of myriad administrative tasks, and more. Thank you!!

With joy and togetherness in dance.

PS. Leedy Grange is having an Ice Cream Social, Sat. Sept. 14th,noon to 2 pm. I'll be having a dance participation demo at 1 to 1:30!

Israeli and International Folk Dancing at
Leedy Grange Hall, 835 NW Saltzman Rd. 97229
7:00-9:00 pm, 1st, 3rd, and 5th Mondays.

Enjoy easy (7 to 7:30 ish) to intermediate level dances with this friendly group. Newcomers welcome, no experience or partner is necessary. We focus on classic Israeli dances with a splash of the newer, and a now dash of International. $6/$10 couple. Free for first timers. For questions or to be added to the Leedy Grange or PIFD News email list, please email Sue at pifdnews@gmail.com


Rhona's Fall Tues. beginner's class starts Oct. 15, drop-ins welcome.
at Garden Hone Rec Center 7475 SW Oleson Rd. Portland 97223. 

Register online at http://www.thprd.org/activities/search-classes-and-camps/
Rhona has been an Israeli Folk dancer for more than 30 years. Her experience includes performing in the local dance groups in Seattle and New York and teaching beginner Israeli Folk Dancing in Seattle for the past 5 years. She encourages her students to have fun while learning a variety of dance steps and patterns to the numerous styles Israeli Folk Dancing has to offer.  
Allison's Wed. summer beginner's class, drop-ins welcome. Call the MJCC at 503-244-0111. Runs thru Sept. 25.



2019 B'YACHAD Israeli folk dance weekend!!

B’YACHAD Northwest ’19 was Friday, August 23-Sunday, Aug 25 at The Stampfer Center / Camp Solomon Schechter, Olympia, Washington. It was a wonderful weekend of dance, dining, nature, Shabbat and schmoozing. For more info contact Debbirm@aol.com.


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Together in dance!

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Portland Israeli Folk Dance News website serves the Israeli folk dance community in Portland, OR, and sends out occasional email announcements about dance events. Please visit  and "like" the Facebook page – “Israeli Folk Dancing in Portland, OR” for the most current  announcements about Israeli folk dancing around town.

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For a rich history of Israeli folk dancing in Portland please see our History of Portland IFD page on this site.