Portland Israeli Folk Dance News

Winter  2020                                        Updated 1/21/20

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. $7. 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. 7 to 7:30 is for beginners. 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 evenings, starts Jan 21 to March 17, 7:15 to 8:30 pm. Beginning Israeli Folk Dancing for Adults with Rhona Feldman. Garden Home Rec Center. See flyer below.

Wednesday evening: Beginning Israeli Dance Class with Allison Victor at the MJCC. Call MJCC for dates and to register. Weds. 7 to 8 pm. Drop-ins welcome. Starts Jan. 8. See flyer below.
        Info: MJCC 503-244-0111, Allison, 503-314-1567,  allisonvictor@comcast.net

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. CONTACT FOR NEW LOCATION. 
Info and to be put on mailing list: ifd.pdx@gmail.com and/or debbirm@aol.com. Please contact before attending as session location and 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 at Elsie Stuhr Center in the spring. Details to come.

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 Israeli Folk Dancing in Portland, OR.

 Winter 2020 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


Mon. Leedy Grange folk dancing

Please join the Leedy Grange Israeli folk dancers on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Mondays of each month. 7:00 to 9:00 pm, at Leedy Grange Hall, 835 NW Saltzman Rd., Portland 97229. Mimi will be running the session along with Team Leedy through March. Email Mimi with any questions mimiepstein42@comcast.net

Together in dance,


Dancers Needed! Feb. 27 and Feb. 29 for performances

From Rhona: I’ve been contacted by the Conestoga Community Center about putting together an Israeli Folk dance performance for their Cultural Celebration on Thurs. Feb 27 from 6:30 - 7:25.

I’ve also been contacted by a synagogue in Lake Oswego about dancing/performing at their fundraiser on Sat Feb 29th. I don’t have a lot of info yet and am not sure it they want a teach or a performance. I should know more soon. Please let me know if you are interested/available for this event too. rhonaf@comcast.net

Rhona rhonaf@comcast.net


Hello Leedy folk dancers and friends,

Mon. Feb. 3, 17, March, 2, 16, 30
Leedy Grange Hall, 835 NW Saltzman Rd. 7:00-9:00 pm

Join in for exercise and fun folk dancing at Leedy Grange with Sue & Friends every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Mondays, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Enjoy Israeli and International dances with this friendly group. No partner necessary. 7 to 7:30 is beginners level instruction and dancing.. 7:30 to 9 is intermediate level instruction and dancing classical and newer. First time free. $6 / $10 couple. For details please visit Portland Israeli Folk Dance News at www.sites.google.com/site/pifdnews, and  for questions please email Mimi and Sue at pifdnews@gmail.com.

With joy and together in dance.
Mimi & Sue

Jan 25th - Leedy dancers directed by Debbi will perform Beresheet.

Jan 26th, Sunday night in Seattle! 
A dance party with special guest choreographer " Ilai Spiezak" teaching one of his new dances!
Since Ilai happens to be in Seattle for a few days, this dance evening will be combined this with
a  special milestone...
Dianne & Ellie will celebrate their 30 years of teaching IFD!
Dancing from 7:30pm until 10:30pm
There will be refreshments & extended hours, and more details to follow soon.
The dance party will be held at the usual location in Seattle

Related news: 

Feb. 12, 2020 - (also posted on Community PageFellow folk dancer Sara Harwin - Noon Time Talk at OJMCHE with Sara Harwin, February 12, 2020 Noon - 1pm, free and open to the public, Portland artist [and Israeli folk dancer] Sara Harwin talks about her creative process and her on-going work with Illuminated Letters, currently on view for the Winter Lights Festival. Details at ojmche.org.


April 18-20, 2020 - Mimi invites you to:

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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.