Portland Israeli Folk Dance News

  June 2017                            Updated 6/11/17

Hello Portland Israeli folk dancers and friends near and far! 

For latest news visit Facebook page Israeli Folk Dancing in Portland, OR -- Israeli Folk Dancing in Portland, OR  

Where to dance in the Portland metro area:
             Ongoing IFD sessions and classess in the Portland area      

Sunday nights at Fulton, 8 to 9:00 p.m. beginning dances taught and review, and open dancing to 11:00 p.m. with Donna Cole. $4. Website:  portlandisraelidance.com 

Includes International dance warm-up with Bill Nelson, 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. 
Fulton Park Community Center, 68 Southwest Miles St., Portland, OR 97219

Info: Donna, 503-645-4160, SundaySession@portlandisraelidance.com

1st & 3rd (and sometimes 5th) Mondays of each month at Leedy Grange6:30 to 7 pm beginner's intro class; 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. easy dances & instruction, 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. intermediate and open dancing with Sue Wendel & Friends.With a focus on classic dances. $6/$10 couples. FREE for first timers.
        Leedy Grange in Cedar Mill, 835 NW Satlzman Rd., Ptld., 97229 
        (see leedygrange.org for directions).
        Info: Sue, pifdnews@gmail.com
        Website: PIFD NEWS  sites.google.com/site/pifdnews
Israeli Folk Dancing in Portland, OR 

Wednesday nights, Beginning Class with Allison Victor at the MJCC. Call MJCC to register. Drop-ins $15. Weds, April 19 thru June 28. No class 5/31.
        Info: MJCC 503-244-0111, Allison, 503-314-1567, allisuev@gmail.com

Thursdays nights Cafe Shalom with Allison Victor,  New day, price &  location. 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., intermediate class, and 8 to 10 p.m. open dancing, great for beginners too! 

        Location: 8936 SW 17th Ave, Portland 

        Info: Allison, 503-314-1567, allisuev@gmail.com
        Facebook: Cafe Shalom, Israeli Folkdancing in Portland, Oregon

Thursday nights, 8:30 to 10:45 p.m. couples dance session with Avi Tayar. Congregation Ahavath Achim. $5.
       Info and to be put on mailing list: ifd.pdx@gmail.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.

  Summer 2017 Dance Announcements                                                

Sat., June 17th - Good Journey Luncheon for Steve and Esther Carver 

who are moving to Nebraska to help with his family's cattle ranch.  


To honor their enormous contributions to our Shaarie Torah community, friends are organizing a special "Nisia Tovah" (Good Journey) and will honor them at a special Kiddush luncheon to be held on June 17, 2017 after Shabbat services. We hope you will join us.  All are welcome. Services begin at 9:30am. Esther will lead Shacharit at 9:30am and Steve will give the d'var Torah. 


We have found a new home for Cafe Shalom after much searching! 

Thurs. June 8 - It's a lovely space, long dedicated to and shared by different dance groups. 8936 SW 17th Ave, Portland

Although we needed to change to Thursdays, we're fortunate to find an open evening in this lovely place! Class 7-8pm. Open Dance 8-10pm

This Thursday, along with celebrating our opening, we'll celebrate birthdays of Yafit, Barb, and ?

Please wear dance shoes that will protect the floor. Please bring covered water bottles too!
Parking lot!!

Thurs. June 29The last Thursday of this month will be Esther's "See you later" party...her last night dancing here before her move to Nebraska!!! She will be at B'Yachad too!

Can't wait to celebrate with you in dance!! ❤️Allison


See you at Leedy Grange Mondays June 5 & 19! 

Special family nights too!

See photos at Facebook - Israeli Folk Dancing in Portland, OR

Special: Family Israeli folk dancing, Monday, June 5th and 19th, Leedy Grange, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Open dancing til 9.

Come learn stories behind the steps and music, and enjoy this creative approach to the easy and fun dances. This special hour before regular dancing is suitable for parents and their kids K and up. To attend or for questions, please email Sue at pifdnews@gmail.com. Facebook: Israeli Folk Dancing in Portland, OR. Regular danacing 7:30 to 9:30.

Dancing at Leedy focuses on classics created between mid-1950s to about 2000, with a sprinkling of modern dances. Taught by Sue and guest teachers.   $6/$10 couples at the door. FREE for first timers. This summer we are adding Family Nights for the first hour. Thank you for your smiling faces and happy feet. 
If you would like a copy of our dance list which includes 
videos please email me at pifdnews@gmail.com. 


Sun. June 11th Oldies and Sun. 
June 18th Esther send-off

68 SW MILES STREET, Portland, OR

JUNE 11th
FROM 7:30-10:00pm
Open dancing program 10:00-11:15pm

Bring (or email) your favorite requests!
$5 at door

Also, the following Sunday June 18 will be Esther's last time dancing at Fulton for a while, as she is moving to the midwest.
I hope you all can come to Fulton dancing and give Esther a big send-off as she begins her new adventure!



Weds, April 19 - June 28

Call the MJCC to register - 503-244-0111


Dance sessions and celebrations at Fulton with Donna. See Portlandisraelidance.com



SAVE THE DATE - B'YACHAD 2017 AUGUST 18-20. Olympia, WA.


Registration is now open! See B'YACHAD reg page on this site. 


2017 Portland, OR Recaps

Jan. 2, 2017 - Mimi teaches Sheleg Al Iri at Leedy Grange.

For more recaps see Past PIFD News page on this site.
See the most current announcements and photos on Facebook: Israeli Folk Dancing in Portland, OR.

      Folk Dancer News & Mitzvahs                                                             

Israeli Folk Dancers: Are you or someone you know doing great things 
related to or outside of dancing? Send info to pifdnews@gmail.com. 
We are happy to post and promote it! Please visit the Community Page on this site too.

Sue Wendel teaching public speaking at PCC.
I will be teaching two public speaking classes in July through PCC Community Ed. One is for people who want to increase their speaking skills, and the other class is more like a coaching session where people would bring in a speech to polish. Would you please pass this info on to anyone you think might be interested? 

Folks can register on line by clicking below. The classes are non-credit, short-run, and fun. Thanks for your help. 

All the best,
Sue Wendel

Public Speaking for All Saturdays July 8-29


  • Rachel Stern offers Torah Yoga for kids first Saturday of each month at Shaari Torah, 10 to noon.
    See Community Page this site for details.

  • Mimi Epstein to lead monthly Israeli folk dancing for seniors at Rose Schnitzer Manor.
  • Cafe Shalom Dancers at Robison break during construction. Will return in Spring 2017 when we find a new coordinator.

The Cafe Shalom Dancers have been visiting and entertaining residents at Robison Health Center for over 20 years. They have danced every other month, 6:30 to 7:30 pm. We will be on hiatus until Jan. 2017 during construction at Robison. 

We are looking for a Cafe Shalom Dancers' coordinator. The coordinator confirms dates (we dance every other month) with Jennifer at Robison, works with Duane to confirm dances, outreaches to dancers, and coordinates with Sue for publicity. Please help us continue this mitzvah tradition of over 20 years! Contact Debbi if interested. debbirm@aol.com

Update 2017 - ON HOLD. Israeli folk dance exhibit in planning for 2017. 
PIFD News has created a new page on this site to keep you updated on this exciting project. 


Thank you for reading PIFD News! 

For info, comments, to join (change email address, or unjoin the pifdnews email list), or to send Israeli folk dance related announcements for our Facebook site, please email Sue at pifdnews@gmail.com

Beginning in 2017 for the latest news, visit and like our
Facebook page -- Israeli Folk Dancing in Portland, OR.

Together in dance!

Sue Wendel, Adminisrator/Editor/Publisher


For past news please see Past PIFD News Archives on this site.
For a rich history of Israeli folk dancing in Portland please see our History of Portland IFD page on this site. For great things we do outside of dancing see Community Page