Congregations 2018-19


Almost from the moment Jews arrived in Oregon, they have sought to meet the spiritual needs of the community.

The first Jewish New Year services in the Oregon Territory were held in 1856 in the gold-rush boomtown of Jacksonville in southern Oregon, where German- Jewish immigrants had movedfrom the California gold fields.

During the first 100 years of Jewish life in Oregon, congregations emerged, merged and evolved to meet the ever-changing spiritual, lifecycle and community needs of an increasingly dispersed and diverse population.

Congregation Beth Israel, the first Jewish congregation west of the Rocky Mountains and north of California, was founded in Portland in 1858 and continues today as the state’s largest Reform congregation.

Congregation Ahavai Sholom, a Conservative congregation, was founded by Jews originally from Prussia, in 1869. Congregations Neveh Zedek and Talmud Torah began in 1892 and 1893, respectively, and eventually merged with Ahavai Sholom in 1961 to form Congregation Neveh Shalom.

In 1902 Congregation Shaarie Torah organized as an Orthodox congregation, purchasing its first building in 1905. (The congregation is now affiliated with the Conservative movement.) By the 1960s, Oregon’s synagogues had stabilized to include today’s Congregations Beth Israel, Neveh Shalom, Shaarie Torah, Ahavath Achim and Kesser Israel, all in Portland; Temple Beth Israel in Eugene; and Temple Beth Sholom in Salem.

Corvallis had to wait until 1974 before Beit Am arrived. That same decade, Portland saw its first new congregation in many years – Havurah Shalom, founded in 1978.

The decades since have seen continued growth and diversity within Oregon’s Jewish community, with vibrant new congregations in the greater Portland area and throughout the state and region offering options from Jewish Renewal to Chabad Hasidism and Humanistic Judaism.

Central Oregon now has three congregations – Temple Beth Tikvah, a Reform congregation founded in 2008; the independent Jewish Community of Central Oregon; and Chabad of Central Oregon.

This year saw the arrival of a new Portland congregation. The UnShul shifted from an event- and activity-based group to a congregation in the Renewal tradition.

On the following pages, you can find the congregations and outreach groups that now serve the Jewish communities of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

 

CHABAD

Chabad is dedicated to providing every Jew, regardless of background,

philosophy or level of commitment, an open door environment for enriching

Jewish life. Each Chabad center is supported by the community it serves.

CHABAD OF OREGON

2317 SW Vermont

Portland, OR

503-977-9947

CHABAD OF SW PORTLAND

2317 SW Vermont

Portland, OR

503-381-7119

JPortland.com

CHABAD OF SE PORTLAND

3355 SE Steele St.

Portland, OR

503-752-2258

JewishSoutheast.com

CHABAD OF NE PORTLAND

2858 NE Sandy Blvd.

Portland, OR

971-801-2424

JewishNortheast.com

CHABAD OF CLARK COUNTY

9604 NE 126th Ave.

Vancouver, WA

360-993-5222

JewishClarkCounty.com

CHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF HILLSBORO

965 SW Brookwood Ave.

Hillsboro, OR

503-747-5363

ChabadH.com

CHABAD CENTER FOR JEWISH LIFE-SALEM

1370 Crowley Ave. SE

Salem, OR

503-383-9569

JewishSalem.com

CHABAD OF EUGENE

239 E 14th Ave.

Eugene, OR

541-801-8653

jewisheugene.org

CHABAD OF CENTRAL OREGON

Bend, OR

541-633-7991

jewishbend.com

CHABAD OF SOUTHERN OREGON

1474 Siskiyou Blvd.

Ashland, OR

541-482-2778

ChabadofAshland.org

 

CONSERVATIVE

CONGREGATION NEVEH SHALOM

Fred Rothstein, Executive Director

Lindsay von Colditz, Membership and Community Engagement Director

Mel Berwin, Director of Congregational Learning

2900 SW Peaceful Lane

Portland, OR

503-246-8831

info@nevehshalom.org

nevehshalom.org

Portland’s welcoming and egalitarian Conservative congregation, Neveh Shalom offers a dynamic array of religious services, top-tier Jewish education programs from preschool through adult, social justice, cultural and social activities, and much more. CNS creates and deepens relationships to Judaism and our community. Our Senior Rabbi David Kosak, Assistant Rabbi Eve Posen, Cantor Eyal Bitton, Rabbis Emeritus Daniel Isaak and Joshua Stampfer, and our community, look forward to welcoming you. Come find your place with us!

CONGREGATION SHAARIE TORAH

Rabbi Joshua Rose

Elizabeth Fleishman, Preschool Director

Eleyna Fugman, Membership Engagement & Outreach

920 NW 25th Ave.

Portland, OR

503-226-6131

cst@shaarietorah.org

shaarietorah.org

Shaarie Torah is revitalizing Conservative Jewish life in the heart of Northwest Portland. An inclusive, egalitarian and multigenerational synagogue since 1905, Shaarie Torah offers innovative Jewish programming, services and activities for every age and interest. Join us for a Shabbat, Saturday morning Kiddush or just stop by and say hi! Come meet our team of dedicated staff – here to welcome you and your family in our hamish community.

 

HUMANIST

KOL SHALOM

1509 SW Sunset Blvd., Ste. 1E

Portland, OR

503-459-4210

kolshalom.org

 

INDEPENDENT

ANSHE SHALOM

Klamath Falls, OR

541-892-3268 /541-882-5146

BEIT AM

625 NW 36th St.

Mail: PO Box 1143

Corvallis, OR 97339

541-753-0067

beitam.org

CENTRAL COAST JEWISH COMMUNITY

c/o David Gomberg

PO Box 113

Neotsu, OR 97364

541-921-1281

CONGREGATION SHIR TIKVAH

Rabbi Ariel Stone

Katie Schneider, Education Director

7550 NE Irving Ave.

Portland, OR

503-473-8227

info@shirtikvahpdx.org

shirtikvahpdx.org

Congregation Shir Tikvah is an independent congregation on Portland’s Eastside. We accept Jews from all different backgrounds and acknowledge different ways of practicing and living Jewishly. In addition to services every Friday and Saturday, we have lively Shabbat Torah study, engaging children’s education programs for Pre-K thru b’nai mitzvah and festive celebrations. Our open, thoughtprovoking approach invites you to live Judaism with us through study, prayer, music and acts of social justice.

HOOD RIVER HAVURAH

Columbia River Gorge

hoodriverhavurah@gmail.com

hrhavurah.blogspot.com

JEWISH COMMUNITY OF CENTRAL OREGON

21555 Modoc Lane, Bend

Mail: PO Box 1773

Bend, OR 9709

jccobend.com

MAYIM SHALOM

Southern Oregon Coast

PO Box 307

Coquille, OR 97423

541-266-0470

mayimshalom.us

NORTH COAST SHABBAT GROUP

Meets at: Bob Chisholm Center

1225 Ave. A

Seaside, OR

503-244-7060

PORTLAND WOMEN’S TEFILLAH

Meets: Beit Midrash at PJA

6651 SW Capitol Hwy.

Portland, OR

ericahg@comcast.net

UMPQUA VALLEY HAVURAH

PO Box 1821

Roseburg, OR 07470

541-677-0575

umpquavalleyhavurah.org

 

ORTHODOX

CONGREGATION KESSER ISRAEL

6698 SW Capitol Hwy.

Portland, OR

503-222-1239

kesserisrael.org

AHAVAS TORAH SYNAGOGUE

2935 Onyx St.

Eugene, OR

541-844-1340

ahavastorah.info

 

OUTREACH

COMMUNITY CHAPLAIN

Rabbi Barry Cohen

6680 SW Capitol Hwy.

Portland, OR

503-892-7407

chaplain@jewishportland.org

An employee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, the Community Chaplain works in coordination with the Oregon Board of Rabbis and Jewish Family and Child Service to provide pastoral care/counseling and to serve as a resource for all Jews across our community.

JEWISH ENCOUNTER GROUP

Portland, OR

503-349-5381

GESHER – A BRIDGE HOME

10701 SW 25th Ave.

Portland, OR

503-246-5070

ourjewishhome.org

PORTLAND’S UNSHUL

Portland, OR

503-396-9191

asthespiritmovesus.com/unshul

RELIGION OUTSIDE THE BOX

Portland, OR

503-908-4472

rotb.org

 

RECONSTRUCTIONIST

HAVURAH SHALOM

Benjamin Barnett, Rabbi

Deborah Eisenbach-Budner, Education Director

Adela Basayne, Program Director

825 NW 18th Ave.

Portland, OR

503-248-4662

info@havurahshalom.org

havurahshalom.org

Havurah Shalom is a diverse, egalitarian, welcoming and engaged Jewish community for people of all ages, gender identifications and backgrounds. As a part of the Reconstructing Judaism movement, we envision a just and compassionate world in which creative Jewish living and learning guide us toward lives of holiness, meaning and purpose. Our members work together to promote Jewish spirituality, learning, and social action. A decades-long tradition, our High Holiday services are free and open to all.

TEMPLE BETH ISRAEL

1175 E 29th Ave.

Eugene, OR

541-485-7218

tbieugene.org

TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM

1274 Cunningham Lane S

Salem, OR

503-362-5004

tbsholom.org

TEMPLE EMEK SHALOM

1800 E Main St.

Mail: PO Box 1107

Ashland, OR 97520

541-488-2909

emekshalom.org

 

REFORM

BEIT HAVERIM

1111 Country Club Road

Mail: PO Box 311

Lake Oswego, OR

503-310-9184

beithav.org

CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL

Michael Z. Cahana, Senior Rabbi

Josh Kashinsky, Executive Director

Ben Sandler, Education Director

1972 NW Flanders St.

Portland, OR

503-222-1069

resources@bethisrael-pdx.org

bethisrael-pdx.org

Congregation Beth Israel, affiliated with Reform Judaism since 1879, is a vital center of Oregon Jewish life. Our historic campus serves as a house of prayer, a house of study, and a house of assembly, hosting religious services, celebrations, and ceremonies; preschool, religious school; and opportunities for congregants of all ages to engage in education programming, social action, and advocacy on local and national levels. CBI’s beautifully maintained cemetery is located in southwest Portland.

CONGREGATION KOL AMI

7800 NE 119th St.

Vancouver, WA

360-896-8088

jewishvancouverusa.org

OR HAGAN: LIGHT OF THE GARDEN JEWISH COMMUNITY

PO Box 5582

Eugene, OR 97405

541-520-3434

orhagan.org

TEMPLE BETH TIKVAH

PO Box 7472

Bend, OR 97708

541-388-8826

bethtikvahbend.org

RENEWAL

HAVURAH SYNAGOGUE

185 N Mountain Ave.

Mail: PO Box 1262

Ashland, OR

541-488-7716

havurahshirhadash.org

P’NAI OR OF PORTLAND

Rabbi Hannah Laner

Hazzan Baruch Morris

Zmira Lovejoy, Administrator

9750 SW Terwilliger Blvd.

Portland, OR

503-248-4500

admin@pnaiorpdx.org

pnaiorpdx.org

Our joyous egalitarian worship is infused with singing, chanting and dance. We dive deeply into Torah and other Jewish texts. We “pray with our feet” through Tikkun Olam partnerships, working for social, environmental, and economic justice. Hannah Laner, our new rabbi, leads services for Shabbat and holidays. Rabbi Hannah is also a cantorial soloist, an ordained maggidah (Jewish storyteller) and professional Jewish educator who infuses her teaching with a passionate love of Torah and tradition.

 

SEPHARDIC

CONGREGATION AHAVATH ACHIM

3225 SW Barbur Blvd.

6686 SW Capitol Hwy.

Portland, OR

720-315-4266

ahavathachim.com

BEIT YOSEF

4200 SW Vermont St.

Portland, OR

503-295-1170

beityosefportland.wordpress.com

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'Congregations 2018-19' have 3 comments

  1. October 18, 2018 @ 8:02 am Nancy Garson

    Historic/Genealogical Question please.

    I am presently researching my husband’s l,y which includes Theresa Melis Reichman , sister or 1st cousin of Rabbi Markus Aron Melis, both originally from Prague. Rabbi Melis was the spiritual leader of Ahavai Sholom Congregation until his death in 1882. He is buried in their cemetery. This is as far as I have been able to discover about the Rabbi..

    Unfortunately for my purposes, it seems that Ahavai Sholom is no longer in existence. Can you kindly direct me to a repository of the records and information of the congregation so I may continue further research? I would be most appreciative.

    Thank you.

    Washington, DC

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    • October 18, 2018 @ 9:07 am Deborah Moon

      Hi Nancy,
      Ahavai Shalom and Neveh Zedek merged in 1961 and became Congregation Neveh Shalom, which now maintains both cemeteries. You can reach them at 503-246-8831 or info@nevehshalom.org.
      Good luck in your search.

      Reply

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