Portland Israeli Folk Dance News

  Fall 2017                            Updated 9/18/17

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. $6. Website:  portlandisraelidance.com 

Fulton Park Community Center, 68 Southwest Miles St., Portland, OR 97219

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

1st & 3rd and 5th Mondays of each month at Leedy Grange with Sue & Friends6:30 to 7:00 Beginner's class; 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. dancing & light instruction. With a focus on classic dances. $6/$10 couples. FREE for first timers. Everyone welcome. No experience necessary.
        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, Current class is Sept. 7 thru Oct. 19.
        Info: MJCC 503-244-0111, Allison, 503-314-1567, allisuev@gmail.com

Thursdays nights Cafe Shalom with Allison Victor. 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. intermediate class, and 8 to 10 p.m. open dancing! Class $5. Open dancing $7.

        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.

  Fall 2017 Dance Announcements                                                

See you at Leedy Grange Mondays Oct. 2, 16, 30! 

In Sept. we will have the Beginner's Class 6:30 to 7:00. Open dancing and instruction 'til 9 pm. Email Sue pifdnews@gmail.com for questions. Open to all.

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

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 had Family Hour for the first hour. Thank you for your smiling faces and happy feet. 
Leedy Dancers, if you would like a copy of our dance list which includes 
videos please email me at pifdnews@gmail.com. 


Beginner's class with Allison Wed. Sept. 7-Oct. 19. Drop-ins welcome.
Call the MJCC to register - 503-244-0111


Items of Interest

Nov. 11-12 - Announcing!! Kyklos International Folk Dancers present: 
2017 Fall Folk Dance Festival - Sat/Sun Nov. 11-12
featuring the renowned LOUI TUCKER 

See http://kyklosfolkdancers.org/festival2017/
Location:Polish Hall map3832 N. Interstate…

Oct. 27-30, in the heart of Sonoma Valley --combining the fun and excitement of Israeli dancing with the best of California's wine heritage -- including a first-of-its-kind wine tasting at a dance camp. nirkoda.com

Show off your Nirkoda! Israeli dance pride with…


B'YACHAD '17 Recap

By Debbi Montrose

The Stampfer Center/home of Camp Solomon Schechter is such a beautiful and idyllic setting for us to dance and schmooze together at B'YACHAD every year; and for sure this could not happen without THOSE OF US THERE (you've heard me say over and over each year!).

Having the dance floor so full and running so smoothly has been our "constant" each year; and for sure this also can't be done without our amazing dance leaders too!  Thanks again to you all for your camaraderie and devotion to what makes this weekend so wonderful.

If you go to the website: portlandisraelidance.com, you'll see a tab for B'YACHAD '17. There you will find a list of the dances with videos we learned at B'YACHAD this year. Thank you Deborah and Donna for putting this together. You can also see PIFD News (sites.google.com/site/pifdnews) for links to B’YACHAD and more. And see the photo album at our Facebook site: Israeli Folk Dancing in Portland, OR.

Once again, our amazing PNW session leaders pulled it together for us and helped make dancing so fun and cohesive. I think I danced almost every dance I know and more!  Our energy on that floor sure could fill this world with love like from nowhere else!

Be well everyone, SHANA TOVA to you, and see you on and off the dance floor soon I hope!


PS I think the music CD this year is FANTASTIC (as it is every year). Thank you to Ellie and Dianne for putting it together!  Check with me if you'd like to purchase more at debbirm@aol.com and I'll have Dianne make more.

See photos on Facebook at: B"YACHAD 2017 See dances at portlandisraelidance.com


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 leads monthly Israeli folk dancing for seniors at Rose Schnitzer Manor.

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. 

Fall 2017 - We are still 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


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, Administrator/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