Portland Israeli Folk Dance News

Fall  2020                                        Updated 11/28/20

For news blasts visit Facebook page  Israeli Folk Dancing in Portland, OR .
Questions? Email Sue at pifdnews@gmail.com

Join in! Israeli folk dancing with Sue & Friends
Mon. Nov. 30, 2020      Zoom      7 to 8:00 pm Pacific Time

Special guest teacher is Cindy Merrill!!
Cindy has danced at every Israeli dance session in Portland, attended B'Yachad NW, and has organized, danced and taught at numerous community presentations. Before moving to Portland, Cindy danced in Chicago and now returned to that group as well via Zoom.  On Monday the 30th, Cindy will teach the beautiful Hachol Yizkor, by Gadi Bitton, 2009. “The Sand will Remember.” 

Please familiarize yourself with the dance by watching the video of Hachol Yizkor. It will enhance your Zoom learning experience on Monday!

I asked Cindy to choose her favorite dances from our dance list for the evening's playlist:

  1. Ma Navu

  2. Lo Ahavti Dai

  3. Danse by Eyal Eliyahu, 2015 (line dance that Allison taught last week)--Sue reviews

  4. Henai Ma Tov (line version)

  5. Hachol Yizkor -- Cindy teach. Choreographed by Gadi Bitton, 2009. “The Sand will Remember.”

  6. Boker

  7. Od Yavo Shalom Aleynu (Salam)

  8. Libi

  9. Ashrei Ha’ish

  10. Hora Nirkoda

  11. Erev Ba


PLEASE review Danse  and Hachol Yizkor.

Doors open 6:45 PST if you want to say hi. Dancing starts at 7:00.

Topic: Folk dancing with Sue & Friends with Cindy Merrill!!
Time: 6:45 - 8:00 pm Pacific Time
Date: Mon. Nov 30, 2020

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This link is now permanently posted on Facebook 'Israeli Folk Dancing in Portland, OR" and website at sites.google.com/site/pifdnews.

Best to dance,

If you want to donate to JFGP Covid Relief Fund
My Monday dance sessions are free to all. If you are inclined: The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland (FFGP) is accepting donations to its COVID-19 Relief Fund. Donations have kept many Jewish service organizations viable during these uncertain and trying times. To contribute to the JFGP's Covid Relief Fund, please go to https://www.jewishportland.org/covid19relief

If you need Covid related info or services
If you want to know about Covid-19 relief services for tri-county Jewish communities, contact Congregation Neveh Shalom Covid19 Outreach and Services (CNSCOS) at: 
Web nevehshalom.org/covid/19/
Email covid19@nevenshalom.org
Phone: 971-990-5682

By the way, I'm now accepting tips for Monday's folk dance sessions through Venmo, at SueKernWendel. Proceeds will be donated to the JFGP Covid Relief Fund; and for the 30th session, Cindy. Thanks!
About PIFD NewsPortland Israeli Folk Dance News website serves the Israeli folk dance community in Portland, OR and the Pacific NW, and sends occasional email announcements to its email list about folk dance news.
Please visit  and "like" the Facebook page – “Israeli Folk Dancing in Portland, OR” for the most current announcements. Submissions of regional Israeli folk dance announcements are welcome. Send to Sue Wendel, Facebook admin & website editor, at pifdnews@gmail.com.

If you wish to subscribe, change address, or unsubscribe from PIFD News or Folk Dancing with Sue & Friends email list, just let me know --  Sue at pifdnews@gmail.com.

Here are some items of interest:

10/28/20 From dancer David Rutiezer:
 I finally have my 
new fall show/ kids’ songs show online, on my website! 
I also have a free digital download of my 9-song kids’ 
songs album The Kid In Me, available to all donors to my 
Go Fund Me campaign! I’m proud of my album, if I do 
say so myself, and this would make a great 
holiday-season gift! http://www.creativedavid.com


Israeli folk dancing is alive and well in these pandemic times----we can dance virtually!

See the article about virtual folk dancing in Portland, OR in the May 13th edition of the Jewish Review https://cdn.fedweb.org/fed-29/2/JR%2520May%252013%2520final1.pdf

See this article about virtual dancing around the world in Tablet (thanks Rhona for sending) https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/community/articles/israeli-folk-dance-during-pandemic

Virtual session with Sue & Friends Mondays  7 pm to 8:00 pm PT
Mostly classic Israeli, some new, and some International too.

Those on my email list received our dance list to date.  I'll send a reminder and playlist Monday to the email list. To be added the email list send name to Sue at pifdnews@gmail.com.
Sue on Zoom 2.jpg
Best to dance!

-- Check out Ira's Israeli folk dance session Mondays at 4 pm Pacific Time. www.youtube.com/user/iraweisburd

-- On Facebook almost daily at 3 pm is Ayal Family Dances. They have tons of recorded sessions too. 
-- For sessions all over the world check out http://www.nirkoda.com/virtual

Allison's class at the MJCC 
Wednesday night class/session on zoom through the MJCC. email Allison allisonvictor@comcast.net, or call the J for details. 503-244-0111.

Sue & Friends Dance Notes:

We learned/reviewed the dance Stam Yom Shel Chol - Just an Ordinary Day, by Schmulik Gov Ari, 1984. A perfect dance with a humable melody that celebrates the small stuff in life. :-) See the dance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcHJU7Kstac

We are pleased to add a beautiful new dance by Ira Weisburd. Words and music by Anna Alcaide. Luna Sefardita (`Sephardic Moon’)  of Ladino inspired style "is the song of Alina, a girl who personifies the history of the Sephardic people and leaves Toledo [Spain, during the Inquisition], embarking on a long journey of exile, following the traces of the moon..."  
See Ira teaching the dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnHiqowp7uU

Info about an international dance we learned: Lubili Se Dvama Mladi, pronounced: LEEbilee Say DVAHmah M'LAHdy. 
Choreographed by Richard van der Kooij. Bulgarian.

The title translates as "Two young people were in love". The Song is from the 2001 movie "Winged Migration" where it is called "Le Retour des Grues" (The return of the cranes). The dance suggests to me how cranes move. Thanks goes to Laura Tattoo from Kyklos for her help gathering the info.

I first learned the dance at a Kyklos local international session that meets on Sunday nights online about a month ago (Mimi dances in the group). I fell in love with the melody and dance and want to share it with you. I find it kind of soothing in these unsettling times.  

This 2:42 min video includes the music  Le Retour des Grues and clips from the film. Enjoy.


The photos are from our May 11th session!


5/13/20 - Jewish Review article by Deborah Moon about virtual Israeli folk dancing in Portland, OR.(page 2) 

Together in dance,
Sue Wendel, PIFD News editor, and session leader at Leedy Grange

Hi PIFD News dancers,
For now there are many virtual dance sessions
all over the world. See 


Hora Wiki

Do you know tid-bits about Israeli folk dances?
This is a message from Larry Denenberg: Hello. This note is about HoraWiki, the treasury of Israeli folkdance
information that anyone can edit. http://horawiki.org/

I'm trying to improve HoraWiki's coverage of individual dances. There's
already a bunch of fascinating stuff. For example, did you know that...

... the composer of BeSof Ma'agal won a Grammy Award for his more famous
tune, Under the Boardwalk? http://horawiki.org/page/BeSof_Ma%27agal

... the original of Sonata is instrumental, but has versions with lyrics
in at least nine languages? http://horawiki.org/page/Sonata

... Le'ehov Im Efshar is from a Hindi movie?
http://horawiki.org/page/Original_Music (scroll to Le'ehov and click the
"performed" link in the right column; really don't miss this one)

... the chorus lyrics of Yesh Lanu Tayish are not from the original, but
from parody "We Have a Rebbe"? http://horawiki.org/page/Yesh_Lanu_Tayish

I'd like to collect more such unusual facts about individual dances, even if not quite as surprising. It could be stories about the music, about how a dance came to be created, unusual versions or ways it's done
wrong, unique performances, gossip (especially salacious, of course) about the choreographer, anything interesting that we'd like topreserve. Note that I haven't mentioned the word "useful" anywhere.

So if you know anything about particular dances and you'd like to help, you can either stick it into HoraWiki yourself (that's why it's a wiki) or send it to me and I'll add it. Let's get that stuff out of your head and written down where everyone can enjoy it!

Everyone stay safe. We'll be dancing together soon.

/Larry Denenberg

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. Dates TBA.

        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 class, TBA 7:15 to 8:30 pm. Beginning Israeli Folk Dancing for Adults with Rhona Feldman. Garden Home Rec Center.

Wednesday evening class: 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. Dates TBA
        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. 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 may be cancelled, and 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 class: David Rutizer teaches Israeli and International folk dancing at Elsie Stuhr Center Fridays 3:00 to 4:30. Date TBA David david@creativedavid.com or

Stay healthy until we can dance together in person!

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 Israeli and International dances (up to 7,000 steps if you count), increase brain power, and enjoy the music of these wonderful and fun Israeli and International cultural traditions. 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 about cancellations and future upcoming folk dance events. 

Keep dancing in mind, body, and spirit!
And stay safe and healthy until we can meet again.
Sue Wendel, Editor, PIFD News


Hello Leedy folk dancers and friends, we're on TV!

Picture capture from JOTV Episode 4.

I am excited to share JOTV's just released Episode 4 The Curious and Creative, which features Israeli folk dancing (starts at 3:15). I am so grateful to all the dancers who attended that night of fliming! And thank you to the JOTV team for featuring this fun and cultural activity as part of Epsiode 4 -- as they artistically highlight our love of Israeli dance for their viewers to learn about and enjoy.
Jewish Oregon TV Epidsode 4 The Curious and Creative 

With joy and together in dance.


Thank you for reading PIFD News! Stay healthy.
Find news blasts at Facebook: Israeli Folk Dancing in Portland, OR

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.

To subscribe, change address, or unsubscribe from PIFD News or Leedy Grange email list, send request to Sue at pifdnews@gmail.com.

For a rich history of Israeli folk dancing in Portland please see our History of Portland IFD page on this site.