Spirituality and the Environment - An Interfaith Dialogue

Rabbi Cahana with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other spiritual leaders

Dalai Lama and Rabbi Cahanadalilama rabbiThursday, May 9, 9:30 AM Chiles Center, University of Portland

With great pride, we share that Rabbi Cahana was honored to be asked to be part of a panel with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 2013 visit to Portland began on Thursday, May 9 at the University of Portland Chiles Center (5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland). His Holiness the Dalai Lama was joined by a religious leader from the Archdiocese of Portland, our Senior Rabbi, Michael Z. Cahana, Imam Muhammed Najieb of the Muslim Community Center of Portland, and Grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim from the Confederated Tribes of Siletz in the interfaith dialogue “Spirituality and the Environment.” Laural Porter, host of KGW News Channel 8’s“Straight Talk,” moderated the discussion.

Read Rabbi Cahana's prepared remarks

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View The Oregonian's photos from the event

Read the Catholic Sentinel article about the event

Read the Portland Alliance article about the event

A Dybbuk

dybbukRabbi Cahana and Cantor Cahana consulted with Lincoln High School Drama during their production of A Dybbuk. Rabbi Cahana also participated in Lincoln’s community panel discussion of the play.


April 25-27, 7:30 PM, May 2-4, 7:30 PM

Lincoln High School Drama presents the greatest Jewish play ever written, “A Dybbuk or Between Two Worlds,” by S. Ansky, adapted by Tony Kushner, and directed by Debbie Lamedman. This story of love and faith is set in a 19th century Polish village where a wedding celebration is interrupted by a supernatural presence. Kushner is a Tony-, Pulitzer-, and Academy Award- winning playwright. Purchase tickets at the door or www.lincolnhighschooldrama.com. Recommended for audiences 10 yrs old and up. 

The Whipping Man

whipping-manRabbi Cahana was invited to consult with the actors and director during the production of Portland Center Stage's The Whipping Man. The play takes place in a Jewish home in Richmond, Virginia, just after the end of the Civil War. There are many Jewish themes, including the meaning of Passover to newly emancipated slaves.