Kids & Teens 2018


The Jewish people have treasured books and learning for millennia.

Even our central prayer, the Shema, includes the instruction: “Take these words which I command you this day and teach them faithfully to your children.”

The Jews of Oregon have taken this task to heart.

For almost as long as Jews have been in Oregon, there have been schools to help facilitate the transmission of knowledge to the next generation.

Since the founding of the Portland Hebrew School in the early 1900s, opportunities for Jewish education have blossomed along with the growth of the Jewish community. Portland now offers three day schools, and Hebrew and religious schools are spread across the state.

Informal education is widely available too. Youth groups and camps, both day and overnight, immerse youth in Jewish life. At Jewish camp, children experience a range of activities from arts to sports all in a Jewish setting. Jewish values, culture and traditions permeate the campers’ days through song, food, art and dance.

In recent years many programs such as PJ Library have arrived to reinforce the link between schools and parents, while also engaging families who have no other connection to the Jewish community.

On the following pages, you will find the resources you need to ensure your family can enjoy the sweetness of Jewish life available in our communities.

 

FAMILIES

PJ LIBRARY PORTLAND

Rachel Nelson, Director of

Educational Initiatives

6680 SW Capitol Hwy

Portland, OR

503-892-7415

rachelr@jewishportland.org

jewishportland.org/pjlibrary

PJ (Pajama) Library, a Jewish Federation program, supports families raising Jewish children through the gift of high-quality Jewish children’s books and music, along with resources, events and programs. ALL Jewish families – dual heritage, single parent, same sex couples, traditional, cultural, etc. – with children ages 6 months through 8 years are encouraged to enroll AT NO COST to you as part of our community’s commitment to creating a vibrant Jewish community for all.

PJ LIBRARY EUGENE-SPRINGFIELD

PO Box 5924, Eugene, OR 97405

541-484-2541

jewishfedlc.org/pj-library/

 

PJ LIBRARY IN OREGON

Oregon outside of Portland metro including Salem, Corvallis, Ashland and Bend.

503-452-3443

bcharlton@bbcamp.org

pjlibrary.org

 

PJ OUR WAY

PJ Our Way is the extension of PJ Library for 9-11 year olds! PJ Our Way gives 9- to 11-year-olds the autonomy to pick a FREE book each month from four selections.

pjourway.org

 

PRESCHOOLS

 

THE CARL PRESCHOOL: A COOPERATIVE JEWISH PRESCHOOL

At Congregation Shaarie Torah

Elizabeth Fleishman, Preschool Director

920 NW 25th Ave.

Portland, OR

503-226-6131

preschool@shaarietorah.org

thecarlschool.com

The Carl Preschool is a cooperative Jewish preschool open to all, providing a warm, fun and creative environment where your child will laugh, learn and grow. Come explore with us!

 

FOUNDATION SCHOOL

Leah Conley, Director

Congregation Neveh Shalom

2900 SW Peaceful Lane

Portland, OR

503-293-7307

leahc@foundationschoolpdx.org

foundationschoolpdx.org

For over 60 years, Foundation School has embraced our youngest learners – sparking imaginations, instilling a sense of wonder, and providing the building blocks for the next generation of creative and confident problem-solvers. The children who are part of the Foundation School legacy embrace an “anything is possible” approach to life where they are asked to wonder, encouraged to inquire, and participate in the process of bringing young families together for a lifetime of friendship.

 

GAN-GARRET PRESCHOOL VANCOUVER

9604 NE 126th Ave.

Vancouver, WA

360-256-0859

TheGan.org

A learning environment that fosters creativity, curiosity and compassion. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach. Exceptional teachers | Beautiful classroom | Creative playscape. Offering a full day program with extended care options.

 

THE GAN: PORTLAND JEWISH PRESCHOOL

Mimi Wilhelm, Director

6612 SW Capitol Hwy.

Portland, OR

503-977-7850

Mimi@PortlandJewishPreschool.com

The Gan inspires curiosity, creativity and compassion in a joyful Jewish environment. Children interact with materials as they explore, experiment and discover. We foster a love for lifelong learning and create a vibrant community.

 

PEACE GARDEN PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN

Havurah Synagogue

185 N Mountain Ave.

Mail: PO Box 1262

Ashland, OR 97520

541-488-8887

havurahshirhadash.org

 

MAAYAN PRESCHOOL

2 SW Touchstone Dr.

Lake Oswego, OR 97035

503-245-5568

info@maayanpdx.org

Maayanpdx.org

 

PORTLAND JEWISH ACADEMY

6651 SW Capitol Hwy.

Portland, OR

503-535-3536

pjaproud.org

 

POMEGRANATE PRESCHOOL

FOR THE ARTS

Temple Emek Shalom

1800 E Main St.

Mail: PO Box 1107

Ashland, OR 97520

541-488-2909

emekshalom.org

 

RIGHT START

Rachel Nelson

6680 SW Capitol Hwy.

Portland, OR

503-892-7415

rachelr@jewishportland.org

jewishportland.org/rightstart

Right Start provides funding to qualified families to help ensure children have the right start on developing a life rooted in Jewish values and traditions. The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland has made this gift available to the Jewish communities of Portland and SW Washington. Matching funding is provided by the National Jewish Right Start program, an initiative of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor.

 

TEMPLE BETH ISRAEL PRESCHOOL

1175 East 29th Ave.

Eugene, OR

541-345-7314

tbieugene.org

 

DAY SCHOOLS

 

MAAYAN TORAH DAY SCHOOL

Aviel Brodkin, General Studies Principal

Rabbi Yerachmiel Kalter, Judaic Studies Principal

Esther Fischer, Early Childhood Director

2 SW Touchstone Dr.

Lake Oswego, OR

503-245-5568

info@maayanpdx.org

Maayanpdx.org

Maayan Torah uses the best practices in education and focuses on the needs and progress of each student from 18 months to eighth grade. Our nurturing philosophy supports our students to develop their strengths and gives them a life-long connection to Judaism. We are dedicated to developing an environment of academic excellence and high student achievement. We seek to instill the love of Torah and Mitzvot as a wellspring, “Maayan,” in students’ lives.

 

MAIMONIDES JEWISH DAY SCHOOL

Rabbi Shneur Wilhelm, Principal

6612 SW Capitol Hwy.

Portland, OR

503-977-7850

RWilhelm@PortlandJewishSchool.com

PortlandJewishSchool.com

Maimonides Jewish Day School is committed to educating the whole child, providing personalized, meaningful, and empowering Judaic and General Studies education for the 21st century student to be a life-long learner.

 

PORTLAND JEWISH ACADEMY

Merrill Hendin, Principal

Sarah Kahn Glass, Admission Director

Steve Albert, Executive Director

6651 SW Capitol Hwy.

Portland, OR

503-244-0126

office@pjaproud.org

pjaproud.org

PJA is a Jewish community day school accredited by Northwest Association of Independent Schools and a member of Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools. At PJA, we think for ourselves and work for the world. Our curriculum integrates Jewish learning and values with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) through a project-based learning approach, providing a foundation for success in high school, college and life. Each PJA student experiences small classes, dedicated teachers, and a community that is open to all.

 

HIGH SCHOOLS

 

ALEXANDER MUSS HIGH SCHOOL IN ISRAEL

Hod HaSharon, Israel

Regional contact:

JNF, 1455 NW Leary Way #400, Seattle, WA

206-760-1188 ext. 941 |

ahartnig@jnf.org

amhsi.org

 

HEBREW/RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS

 

BEIT HAVERIM RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS

Classes: 1111 Country Club Road

Mail: PO Box 311

Lake Oswego, OR 97034

503-310-9184

beithav.org

 

CHABAD HEBREW SCHOOLS

Northeast: 971-801-2424

Southwest: 503-977-9947

Southeast: 503-236-6642

Hillsboro: 503-747-5363

Vancouver, WA: 360-993-5222

A Hebrew school in YOUR neighborhood! Educating kids so their love of Judaism won’t expire at their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Chabad Hebrew schools are contemporary learning centers that welcome every Jewish child, regardless of background/ religious observance.

 

CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

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

Our nationally accredited Religious School and state certified Preschool guide students to apply Judaism’s teachings to their personal lives and our world; our adult education programming enriches both those new to Judaism and more advanced students.

 

CONGREGATION KOL AMI EDUCATION

7800 NE 119th St.

Vancouver, WA

360-896-8088

jewishvancouverusa.org

 

HAVURAH SHALOM EDUCATION

825 NW 18th Ave.

Portland, OR

503-248-4662

havurahshalom.org/lifelonglearning

Havurah’s educational offerings include a wide range of Adult Learning opportunities; Shabbat School (K-6) based on a staffguided, family cooperative model, with parents as teachers; Middle School; and High School. Learn more at https://www. havurahshalom.org.

 

HEIMANN FAMILY WISDOM GARDEN HEBREW SCHOOL

Havurah Synagogue

185 N Mountain Ave.

Mail: P.O. Box 1262

Ashland, OR 97520

541-488-7716

havurahshirhadash.org

 

KOL SHALOM CHILDREN’S EDUCATION

1509 SW Sunset Blvd., Ste. 1E

Portland, OR

503-459-4210

kolshalom.org/childrens-education/

 

THE NASHIRA EDUCATION PROJECT

Rabbi Ariel Stone

Katie Schneider, Education Director

At the Tucker Maxon Oral School

2860 SE Holgate Blvd.

Portland, OR

503-473-8227

education@shirtikvahpdx.org

shirtikvahpdx.org

Shir Tikvah’s innovative program encourages students to connect to Judaism in a rich and lasting way. We offer 18 Sunday sessions per year and congregation-wide celebrations for the whole family. It’s fun, meaningful and on Portland’s eastside.

 

SHAARIE TORAH EDUCATION PROGRAM

920 NW 25th Ave.

Portland, OR

503-226-6131

shaarietorah.org

 

NEVEH SHALOM ALIYAH PROGRAM

2900 SW Peaceful Lane

Portland, OR

503-293-7306

nevehshalom.org/aliyah-k-6/

Neveh Shalom is known for our warm and vibrant youth community. ALIYAH students in grades K-12 experience holidays and traditions, gain strong Hebrew language skills, celebrate Bnai Mitzvah, and grow from the many opportunities for meaningful leadership within our inclusive after-school learning environment.

 

P’NAI OR OF PORTLAND SIMCHA SCHOOL

9750 SW Terwilliger Blvd.

Portland, OR

503-248-4500

pnaiorpdx.org

 

SHUL SCHOOL

Temple Emek Shalom

1800 E Main St.

Mail: PO Box 1107

Ashland, OR

541-488-2909

emekshalom.org

 

DAY CAMPS

 

BB DAY CAMP PORTLAND

Liz Broberg, Camp Director

503-496-7447

pdx@bbcamp.org

bbcamp.org

Located at Congregation Beth Israel, BB Day Camp offers a warm and welcoming camp experience filled with art, dance, water play, martial arts, gymnastics, music, Jewish enrichment and Shabbat celebrations for campers entering kindergarten through grade 5. Extended care and bus transportation available.

 

CAMP GAN ISRAEL-VANCOUVER

9604 NE 126th Ave.

Vancouver, WA

360-256-0859

tzivie@jewishclarkcounty.com

JewishClarkCounty.com

 

CAMP SEED

6688 SW Capitol Hwy.

Portland, OR

503-245-5420

portlandkollel.org/kids/camp

 

GAN ISRAEL DAY CAMP

6612 SW Capitol Hwy.

Portland, OR

503-246-KIDS (5437)

info@cgiportland.com

cgiportland.com

Part of the largest network of Jewish camps in the world, Portland’s Gan Israel Day Camp has provided modern Jewish children from diverse backgrounds an amazing Jewish summer (and winter break) experience since 1984.

 

MITTLEMAN JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER

Day Camp

6651 SW Capitol Hwy.

Portland, OR

503-244-0111

oregonjcc.org/daycamp

 

PJA SUMMER DISCOVERY

6651 SW Capitol Hwy.

Portland, OR

503-244-0126

pjaproud.org/summer

 

RESIDENT CAMPS

 

B’NAI B’RITH CAMP

Michelle Koplan, Executive Director

Ben Charlton, Camp Director

503-452-3443

bcharlton@bbcamp.org

bbcamp.org

Located on the beautiful Oregon coast, B’nai B’rith (BB) Camp is a vibrant and inclusive Jewish camp serving the Pacific Northwest since 1921. BB Camp has been a home away from home for generations of campers of different ages, backgrounds, denominations and abilities. Our unique culture is built on sharing fun experiences in a welcoming environment that inspires all campers to grow and develop enduring Jewish identities.

 

CAMP MIRIAM

950 W 41st Ave. #303

Vancouver, BC

604-266-2825

campmiriam.org

 

CAMP SOLOMON SCHECHTER

Zach Duitch, Executive Director

Josh Niehaus, Director of Innovation & Programming

Mail: 117 East Louisa St., #110

Seattle, WA 98102-3203

206-447-1967

info@campschechter.org

campschechter.org

Camp Solomon Schechter has a 60-year tradition of fun, friendship, and Jewish education immersion in the Pacific Northwest. Camp creates a unique, welcoming, and spiritual community for youth entering 1st-12th grades. Schechter’s spectacular 180-acre wooded facility located near Olympia WA, features a private lake, river, miles of hiking trails in pristine forests and wetlands, and outdoor adventure courses (ropes course, zip line, giant swing, and climbing tower). At Schechter, Judaism and joy are truly one!

 

URJ CAMP KALSMAN

425-284-4484 (winter)

360-435-9302 (summer)

campkalsman.org

 

URJ CAMP NEWMAN

Winter Office: 711 Grand Avenue,

Suite 280

San Rafael, CA

415-392-7080

campnewman.org

 

CAMPERSHIPS

 

ALBERT J. KAILES MEMORIAL CAMP SCHOLARSHIP FUND OF OJCF

https://ojcf.org/grants-and-scholarships/receive-a-scholarship/

Scholarships are available for Jewish youth and teens from Oregon attending Jewish overnight camp within the United States. Must demonstrate financial need.

 

BUNKCONNECT

jewishcamp.org

The Foundation for Jewish Camp also offers first-time camper families another opportunity to save. Through this program, eligible families pay introductory prices ranging from 40-60% off the camps’ listed rates.

 

JWEST CAMPERSHIP PROGRAM

onehappycamper.org

 

ONE HAPPY CAMPER

jewishcamp.org

The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland is proud to provide incentive grants for up to $1,000 for your child’s first summer at Jewish overnight camp.

 

CHAI ISRAEL

Rachel Nelson

6680 SW Capitol Hwy.

Portland, OR

503-892-7415

rachelr@jewishportland.org

jewishportland.org/travelisrael

Jewish Federation of Greater Portland provides 18% of the published cost for an Israel experience for ALL Portland-area teens (up to $1,800). Grants also available for immediatepost- high school eligible gap year programs. For those enrolled in a congregational high school program, the Oregon Board of Rabbis continues its Teen Israel program in partnership with the Arthur Krichevsky Fund at OJCF, the teen’s home congregation and JFGP.

 

YOUTH GROUPS

 

BBYO

Portland: 503-345-9451

Eugene: 503-349-6605

bbyo.org

 

CTEEN PORTLAND

Portland, OR

971-801-2424

jewishnortheast.com

 

JEWISH CUB SCOUTS PACK 739

(grades 1-5)

Portland, OR

Arden Edy: 503-975-3355

 

JSU-PORTLAND

503-504-1301

 

JR NCSY

503-504-6430

oregon.ncsy.org

 

NCSY

6688 SW Capitol Hwy.

Portland, OR

oregon.ncsy.org

Oregon: 503-757-3037

Portland: 503-504-1301

Eugene: 503-261-3850

 

NORTH AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEMPLE YOUTH

Congregation Beth Israel, Portland

503-222-1069

bethisrael.org/youth

 

OREGON JEWISH COMMUNITY YOUTH FOUNDATION

1618 SW First Ave., Ste. 210

Portland, OR

503-248-9328

ojcf.org

The Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation empowers Jewish teenagers to take action by grant making, volunteering and advocating for causes that align with their Jewish values. The program strives to develop future community leaders.

 

PORTLAND RISHONIM/UNITED SYNAGOGUE YOUTH

Neveh Shalom: Rabbi Eve Posen,

503-246-8831 ext. 136

Shaarie Torah: 503-226-6131

portlandrishonim.org

United Synagogue Youth: for 9th to 12th-graders.

 

SPECIAL NEEDS RESOURCES

 

BB CAMP INCLUSION PROGRAM

Shayna Sigman, MSW; Inclusion Coordinator

Ben Charlton, Camp Director

503-496-7444 ext. 7018

ssigman@bbcamp.org

bcharlton@bbcamp.org

bbcamp.org

For campers with special needs and disabilities at B’nai B’rith Camp.

 

TASK, YOUR JEWISH CONNECTION TO DISABILITY AWARENESS/JFCS

Janet Menashe, Disabilities Inclusion Specialist

1221 SW Yamhill St., Ste. 301

Portland, OR

503-226-7079 ext. 122

janetmenashe@jfcs-portland.org

jfcs-portland.org

 

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