Portland Israeli Folk Dance News

  May 2017                            Updated 5/11/17

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  

Mon. May 15, 6:30 to 9 pm, join in Israeli folk dancing with Sue & Friends, Leedy Grange. Debbi, Benita and I will team teach Rona, a fun jazzy circle dance choreographed by Sefi Aviv in 1987. This dance reminds me of the time a few years ago I danced with Arlene and Ravid in Santa Barbara, outdoors on a beautiful warm night. Something we can't do in Portland much!

I am taking requests for the playlist for the 15th. Please send me dance suggestions by 5/13.

Keep dancing in mind, body, and spirit!

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 

Tuesday nights Cafe Shalom, POSTPONED FOR NOW. New location tba. 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., intermediate class $10 (price includes open dance), and 8 to 10 p.m. open dancing, great for beginners too! $5 with Allison Victor

        Location: Cafe Shalom tba 

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

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

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.

  Spring 2017 Dance Announcements                                                

See you at Leedy Grange Mondays May 1 & 15!

No May 29.

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. 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. 


Weds, April 19 - June 28

Call the MJCC to register - 503-244-0111


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



From Nona: Hi Everyone!!

I just wanted to remind you that Vancouver’s Annual Israeli Dance Workshop “BELEV ECHAD” is just around the corner....  May 12th – 14th, 2017

This year we are very excited to host the wonderfully talented master teacher and all round amazing guy, YARON CARMEL!!

It’s a fun filled weekend of dance, good friends, great food and lots of surprises!!

Set in the backdrop of beautiful Vancouver we start with a beautifully catered community Shabbat Dinner.

Over Saturday and Sunday we offer 3 teaching sessions, a catered lunch, a fun Country Line Dance afternoon session, a beautiful Havdalah service, dance performances and a fun and energetic party!!

For more info, hotel arrangements or for registration forms, contact me off list at: nmalki@shaw.ca

We have already dug in and begun the work towards producing a fun and exciting workshop weekend!!  


We hope that you can be here to join us on our dance floor!


Nona and the VIFS Executive

From Donna: Vancouver BC Israeli Dancing is hosting Yaron Karmel for a dance workshop and party on May 12-14.
The registration fee is $110 (Canadian) which includes all sessions, lunch, party and workshop music and video.

Nona needs to know now how many dancers from Portland to expect--please register asap. For reg form please email Donna at donna@donnacolestudio.com

We can discuss carpools and hotels at dancing--see you soon!

- Donna


Mark your calendars! 


A Landmark Event Bringing the World Together Through Dance

June 8 through June 11, 2017

See http://israelidanceinstitute.org


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.

  • 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