Monthly Mitzvah Project: Socks @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Jan 1 – Jan 31 all-day

Monthly Mitzvah Project – January

Each month, the MJCC and PJA communities will collect items for the monthly mitzvah. These projects reflect the Jewish commitment to Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), providing opportunities to give back to our community.

Please drop off items in the blue bin in the MJCC Lobby.

January – New and gently used socks for Janus Youth Programs

Used Book Collection @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Jan 14 – Mar 15 all-day


Support the MJCC and PJA communities by donating books for our annual Used Book Sale.

Book Collection Drive: January 14 – March 15. Donate your used books to the MJCC. Drop off at the front desk. Need a pickup? Email to schedule pickup. No encyclopedias, please.

The Book Sale will be at the MJCC March 31 – April 2
Free and open to the community.


Rabbi Isaak: “Nine Essential Things I’ve Learned about Life” @ Congregation Neveh Shalom
Jan 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

This class at Congregation Neveh Shalom will be based on Rabbi Kushner’s newest book, Nine Essential Things I’ve Learned about Life. $36, which includes the book.

Register at: 503.246.8831;

Proceeds with support the Feldstein Library.

Live-Stream Rabbi Stampfer’s Class: “What’s So Good About the Good Book?” @ Congregation Neveh Shalom
Jan 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

You are able to join Rabbi Stampfer’s fall 2018-19 emeritus class online through Congregation Neveh Shalom’s live-stream service. The class is using the book, Introduction to the Bible by Christina Hayes of Yale University. Hayes will be at the class in person Jan. 17 to add extra insight. To view live online on Thursdays at 11 am or watch past classes, please click here:

*Please note that registration for the class is closed, and we are not able to accept more in-person students.

Yad b’Yad @ Rose Schnitzer Manor, CSP
Jan 17 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am

Seniors and young families enjoy an inter-generational celebration of stories and songs each Thursday.

Join Kim Schneiderman for this weekly inter-generational story hour for young families with music, PJ Library books, and the residents of Cedar Sinai Park.

Bible Class with Rabbi Isaak @ Congregation Neveh Shalom
Jan 17 @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Come study and discuss the Bible with Rabbi Isaak at Neveh Shalom.

Intro to Judaism: Winter/Spring Term @ Various synagogues
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Intro to Judaism: Winter/Spring Term @ Various synagogues | Portland | Oregon | United States


Winter/Spring 2019 Session begins January 17. This 18-week course is taught by members of The Oregon Board of Rabbis, representing a variety of Jewish affiliation. A carefully constructed curriculum includes Jewish history, life cycle events, holidays, ritual and daily practice, theology, study of Torah and contemporary Jewish America. While not a conversion class, most OBR members consider it a prerequisite for students beginning study for conversion. Classes 7-9 pm, Thursdays, at rotating Portland area synagogues, course fee $360 includes class materials. Register online or contact JoAnn Bezodis, Class Facilitator, at 971-248-5465, or by email at Website:




Education Administrator


Rabbi Goldie Milgram presents Wisdom from Reb Zalman @ P'nai Or of Portland
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Rabbi Goldie Milgram will offer a workshop about her new book, Wisdom from Reb Zalman: Embracing the Jewish Spirit, published by Reclaiming Judaism Press. The book is a collection of 250 vignettes about Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (1924-2014), founder of the Jewish Renewal movement.

Reb Zalman was a spiritual leader with a deep commitment to interfaith work. He was initiated into Sufism, served as World Wisdom Chair at Naropa University (the only accredited, Buddhist-inspired university in the Western hemisphere), and was one of the rabbis whose meeting with the Dalai Lama was chronicled in “The Jew and the Lotus.” His friendship with the Berrigan brothers, two activist Jesuit priests, inspired him to start the Shalom Center, a Jewish organization advocating for social and environmental justice. His blending of traditional Judaism with mysticism, social justice work, and spiritual practices filled with joyful singing and dancing has led to the Jewish Renewal movement, now with dozens of synagogues in the United States and abroad..

Please contact P’nai Or’s administrator, Zmira Lovejoy, at, with any questions.

You can read more about the book at

Tiferet Shabbat @ Congregation Shaarie Torah
Jan 19 @ 9:15 am – 12:15 pm

Please join Congregation Shaarie Torah for a special Shabbat morning service. At this service, we will include new melodies, explore the service with some reflections on the prayers themselves, and chant according to the Triennial cycle of Torah readings.  It will be a mix of the beautiful and familiar traditional Shabbat morning service and new ideas and energy.  This service meets in the Chapel downstairs on the third Saturday of the month.

Torah Troop for 3rd-5th Graders @ Congregation Neveh Shalom
Jan 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Torah Troop allows families at Congregation Neveh Shalom to move into the main sanctuary while still enjoying youth-oriented activity. At 10:00am, families meet in the main service. After the beginning Torah service, youth join their friends for a lesson on the Torah portion (parsha) of the week with adult leaders, and come back to help lead the Adon Olam at the end of the service. As always, we end with our community for lunch!

For advertising information, please contact