Portland Israeli Folk Dance News

    Spring 2019                                               Updated 5/18/19

Hello Portland Israeli folk dancers and friends near and far! 

For latest 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 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, 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.
Beginning Israeli Folk Dancing for Adults SUMMER
Starts Tues. June 25, 2019 (see flier below) Drop-ins welcome.
7:30 to 8:30pm | Tue
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. 

Wednesday evening: Beginning Israeli Dance Class with Allison Victor at the MJCC. Call MJCC to register. Weds. 7 to 8 pm. Drop-ins welcome. Spring term beginning class starts March 27th. See flier below.

        Info: MJCC 503-244-0111, Allison, 503-314-1567,  allisonvictor@comcast.net

Thursday evening: Cafe Shalom with Allison Victor. 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Israeli dance intermediate class, and 8 to 10 p.m. open dancing! $12 for class and open dancing.

        Location: 8936 SW 17th Ave, Portland, 97219

        Info: Allison, 503-314-1567,  allisonvictor@comcast.net
        Facebook: Cafe Shalom, Israeli Folkdancing in Portland, Oregon

Wed. or Thurs, evening: 8:45 to 11 p.m. Israeli dance couples session with Avi Tayar. Congregation Ahavath Achim. $5.
       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.

Sue Wendel, editor and publisher, PIFD News

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

 Spring/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), 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! And join - Israeli Folk Dancing in Portland, OR - Facebook page to news blasts.

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



Hello Leedy folk dancers and friends,

Join in Monday May 20, 7 to 9 pm for Israeli and International folk dancing at Leedy Grange! We will continue to review new dances taught recently like David Melech, the Croatian dance Aj Lipo Ti Je, Sharm a Shekh, and Hame Antezet taught by David. Here is a link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKh71akzP68.

With joy and togetherness in dance.

Team Leedy is doing an excellent job in helping to run sessions and I want to thank everyone for pitching in. I hope that this team spirit will continue and evolve, to nurture leaders, and to make folk dancing a rewarding leading and dancing experience for all! 

In particular, I want to thank the following team members: Bonnie Bliesner, Shannon Cahill-Weisser, Lynne Chassin, Mimi Epstein, Rhona Feldman, Melinda Holtzman,  Debbi Montrose, David Rutizer, and Jackie Pelner-Frankle. These dancers lead sessions, teach dances, open and close Leedy Grange, and take care of myriad administrative tasks, and more. Thank you all!! It does take a village.

Looking forward to seeing you on the dance floor!


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

7:00 to 9:00 pm. 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 Summer Tues. beginner's class, drop-ins welcome.
Rhona's beginning class 6/25 - 8-13 at Garden Hone Rec Center 7475 SW Oleson Rd. Portland 97223. Please help spread the word to friends and family!


Allison's Wed. beginner's class, 3/27-6/26, drop-ins welcome.

Toronto IsReal Dance Festival 2019 (June 28-30)

Dear Dancers,

Take advantage of our early bird prices … up to May 15th

Dance workshops, Special couple session, Line dancing, Dance parties in the evenings, Shabbat Dinner … of course all meals included.

We have with us this year the talented and energetic choreographers

Eran Bitton & Elad Stamer. Both will lead and teach us their and other popular dances throughout the festival.


Registration is available on our website www.israelidancetoronto.com



As this year the festival falls on a very eventful weekend in Toronto (there are a few big festivals and parades) the hotel is very full so please book your room early.

And don’t forget our pre festival party Thursday night June 27th, we will have Elad and Eran with us and this evening has been a huge success in the past few years.  We plan to keep it that way so plan to be there.

Check our website soon for more information


Sincerely yours,

Sofie Azen / Inbal Dery 


Register now!
B’YACHAD Northwest ’19!!
Friday, August 23-Sunday, Aug 25
S RA E L I   DA N C E   W E E K E N D
At The Stampfer Center / Camp Solomon Schechter,
Olympia, Washington

or email Debbirm@aol.com


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Together in dance!

Sue Wendel, FB Administrator/Website Editor


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.

Submissions of regional Israeli folk dance event announcements are welcome. Send to Sue Wendel, Facebook admin team & website editor, at pifdnews@gmail.com.

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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.