Congregations


“Isn’t everyone a part of everyone else?”
~Budd Schulberg

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 largestReform 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.

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 OF OREGON
Rabbi Moshe Wilhelm,
Executive Director
2317 SW Vermont
Portland, OR
503-977-9947
Rabbi@ChabadOregon.com
ChabadOregon.com
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 SW PORTLAND
Rabbi Motti Wilhelm
2317 SW Vermont
Portland, OR
503-381-7119
RabbiMotti@ChabadOregon.com
JPortland.com
Catch the spirit at SW Portland’s Center for Jewish Life! A warm and welcoming community where Judaism is done joyfully and where you are part of the Mishpacha (family).

 

CHABAD OF SE PORTLAND
Rabbi Dov & Chani Bialo
3355 SE Steele St.
Portland, OR
503-752-2258
Rabbi@seportlandchabad.com
SEportlandChabad.com
Do you live in SE Portland? Celebrate the joys of Judaism locally! We offer many opportunities to get involved. Our programs make you feel at home no matter what your level of observance or knowledge.

 

CHABAD OF NE PORTLAND
Rabbi Chaim & Mushkah Wilhelm
2858 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, OR
971-801-2424
Rabbi@JewishNortheast.com
JewishNortheast.com

 

CHABAD OF CLARK COUNTY
Rabbi Shmulik & Tzivie Greenberg
9604 NE 126th Ave.
Vancouver, WA
360-993-5222
JewishClarkCounty.com
Facebook.com/JewishClarkCounty
A community center for families and individuals looking to enhance their awareness, experience and practice of Judaism. Our synagogue, preschool, Hebrew school, women’s group, day camp, holiday events and Shabbat dinners are open to all.

 

CHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF HILLSBORO
Rabbi Menachem Rivkin, Director
Mrs. Chaya Rivkin, Co-Director and Educational Coordinator
965 SW Brookwood Ave.
503-747-5363
Rabbi@ChabadH.com
ChabadH.com
The first and only Jewish center in Hillsboro & Washington County, we serve the entire community’s Jewish needs – Shabbat services, kiddush, Sunday Hebrew school, bar/bat mitzvah classes, weekly classes, women’s club, holiday programs and activities.

 

CHABAD CENTER FOR JEWISH LIFE-SALEM
Rabbi Avrohom & Fruma Perlstein
1370 Crowley Ave. SE
Salem, OR
503-383-9569
rabbi@chabadsalem.com
JewishSalem.com

 

CHABAD OF EUGENE
Rabbi Berel & Rivkah Gurevitch
239 E 14th Ave.
Eugene, OR
541-801-8653
rabbi@jewisheugene.org
jewisheugene.org

 

CHABAD OF CENTRAL OREGON
Rabbi Yitzock and Mimi Feldman
Bend, OR
541-633-7991
Rabbi@jewishbend.com
jewishbend.com

 

CHABAD OF SOUTHERN OREGON
Rabbi Avi & Faigy Zwiebel
1474 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR
541-482-2778
chabadofashland@yahoo.com
ChabadofAshland.org

 

CONSERVATIVE

 

ANSHE SHALOM
Klamath Falls, OR
541-892-3268

 

CONGREGATION NEVEH SHALOM
Fred Rothstein, Executive Director
Daniela Meltzer, 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
Gary Fifer, Executive Director
Rabbi Joshua Rose
Dorice Horenstein, Education Director
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 including Preschool Director Elizabeth Fleishman and Eleyna Fugman, member engagement and outreach.

 

HUMANIST

 

KOL SHALOM
1509 SW Sunset Blvd., Ste. 1E
Portland, OR
503-459-4210
info@kolshalom.org
kolshalom.org
Kol Shalom, Community for Humanistic Judaism, offers a way to be Jewish from a humanist perspective. We welcome all who identify with the history, culture and fate for the Jewish people. We offer a way to celebrate Jewish identity without requiring belief in a supernatural being or adherence to prescribed rituals. Our purpose is to foster community by celebrating Jewish holidays, festivals and lifecycle events; providing education for all ages; and supporting social justice.

 

INDEPENDENT

 

AD OLAM
PO Box 10651
Eugene, OR
541-344-7945
adolam.org

 

BEIT AM
625 NW 36th St.
Mail: PO Box 1143
Corvallis, OR
541-753-0067
beitam.org

 

CENTRAL COAST JEWISH COMMUNITY
c/o David Gomberg
PO Box 113
Neotsu, OR
541-921-1281

 

CONGREGATION SHIR TIKVAH
Rabbi Ariel Stone
Debbi Bodie, Executive Director
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, thought-provoking 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
Facebook.com/HoodRiverHavurah

 

JEWISH COMMUNITY OF CENTRAL OREGON
21555 Modoc Lane, Bend
Mail: PO Box 1773
Bend, OR
jccobend.com

 

MAYIM SHALOM
Southern Oregon Coast
PO Box 307
Coquille, OR
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 in: Beit Knesset at PJA
6651 SW Capitol Hwy.
Portland, OR
503-246-3185

 

TEMPLE EMEK SHALOM
1800 E Main St.
Mail: PO Box 1107
Ashland, OR
541-488-2909
emekshalom.org

 

UMPQUA VALLEY HAVURAH
PO Box 1821
Roseburg, OR
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

 

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
Rabbi Benjamin Barnett
Deborah Eisenbach-Budner, Education Director
Ilene Safyan, Music Coordinator
825 NW 18th Ave.
Portland, OR
503-248-4662
info@havurahshalom.org
havurahshalom.org
Havurah Shalom is a vibrant, diverse and engaged Jewish community. Steeped in Jewish values, Havurah promotes spirituality, learning and acts of social responsibility. In the spirit of giving back to our community, Havurah’s High Holiday services are open to the public and free of charge. We hope you will join us for Shabbat, holiday celebrations and High Holiday services.

 

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
tbieugene.org
 

REFORM

 

 

BEIT HAVERIM
Mark Newman Co-President
Don Spear Co-President
Rabbi Alan Berg
1111 Country Club Road
Mail: PO Box 311
Lake Oswego, OR
503-310-9184
office@beithav.org
beithav.org
Beit Haverim is an open, inviting and spiritually alive Jewish community just outside of Portland in Lake Oswego. We are a diverse community with many interfaith families. We welcome everyone to our Reform congregation of Jews by birth, Jews by choice and Jews at heart. We invite you to visit our congregation, where families and individuals experience the sense of Jewish belonging that comes from shared worship, religious instruction, tikkun olam and social events not too far from home. Affiliated with Union for Reform Judaism.

 

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
541-520-3434
orhagan.org

 

TEMPLE BETH TIKVAH
PO Box 7472
Bend, OR
541-388-8826
bethtikvahbend.org

 

RENEWAL

 

HAVURAH SHIR HADASH
185 N Mountain Ave.
Mail: PO Box 1262
Ashland, OR
541-488-7716
havurahshirhadash.org

 

P’NAI OR OF PORTLAND
9750 SW Terwilliger Blvd
Portland, OR
503-248-4500
pnaiorpdx.org

 

SEPHARDIC

 

CONGREGATION AHAVATH ACHIM
3225 SW Barbur Blvd.
6686 SW Capitol Hwy.
Portland, OR
503-227-0010
ahavathachim.com

 

BEIT YOSEF
4200 SW Vermont St.
Portland, OR
503-295-1170
beityosefportland.wordpress.com

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