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 moved from 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,
On the following pages, you can find the congregations and outreach groups that now serve the Jewish communities of Oregon and Southwest Washington.
CHABAD CENTER FOR JEWISH LIFE-SALEM
1370 Crowley Ave. SE, Salem, OR
CHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF CLARK COUNTY
9604 NE 126th Ave. #2340, Vancouver, WA
CHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF GRESHAM
CHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF HILLSBORO
965 SW Brookwood Ave., Hillsboro, OR
CHABAD LUBAVITCH OF OREGON
6612 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland, OR
CHABAD OF CENTRAL OREGON
CHABAD OF EUGENE
1400 High St. #A, Eugene, OR
CHABAD OF LAKE OSWEGO
Lake Oswego, OR
CHABAD OF NORTHEAST PORTLAND
2858 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR
CHABAD OF NORTHWEST PORTLAND
CHABAD OF SOUTHERN OREGON
1474 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, OR
CHABAD OF SW PORTLAND
6612 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland, OR
THE LEVIYITZCHAK CHABAD HOUSE
Reed College and SE Portland
3355 SE Steele St., Portland, OR
TIGARD CHABAD JEWISH CENTER
CONGREGATION NEVEH SHALOM
Fred Rothstein, Executive Director
Michelle Caplan, Director of Congregant Connections
Mel Berwin, Director of Congregational Learning
2900 SW Peaceful Lane, Portland, OR
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, Associate Rabbi Eve Posen, Cantor Eyal Bitton, Rabbi Emeritus Daniel Isaak, and our community, look forward to welcoming you. Come find your place with us!
CONGREGATION SHAARIE TORAH
920 NW 25th Ave., Portland, OR
1509 SW Sunset Blvd. # 1E, Portland, OR
4318 NW Circle Blvd., Corvallis, OR
CENTRAL COAST JEWISH COMMUNITY
c/o David Gomberg
PO Box 113, Neotsu, OR
CONGREGATION SHIR TIKVAH
Eastside Jewish Commons
2420 NE Sandy Blvd.
Mail: 1631 NE Broadway St. #314
HOOD RIVER HAVURAH
JEWISH COMMUNITY OF CENTRAL OREGON
21555 Modoc Lane
Mail: PO Box 1773
PO Box 307, Coquille, OR
NORTH COAST SHABBAT GROUP
Bob Chisholm Center
1225 Ave. A, Seaside, OR
PORTLAND WOMEN’S TEFILLAH
Beit Midrash at PJA
6651 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland, OR
UMPQUA VALLEY HAVURAH
PO Box 1821, Roseburg, OR
CONGREGATION KESSER ISRAEL
6698 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR
AHAVAS TORAH SYNAGOGUE
2935 Onyx St., Eugene, OR
Rabbi Barry Cohen
JEWISH ENCOUNTER GROUP
GESHER – A BRIDGE HOME
10701 SW 25th Ave., Portland, OR
RELIGION OUTSIDE THE BOX
825 NW 18th Ave., Portland, OR
Havurah Shalom is a vibrant, diverse, participatory Jewish community steeped in Jewish values promoting spirituality, learning, and acts of social responsibility. We welcome people of all ages, gender identifications, and backgrounds. As a part of the Reconstructing Judaism movement, we envision a just and compassionate world where creative Jewish living and learning guide us toward lives of holiness, meaning, and purpose. A decades-long tradition, our High Holiday services are free and open to all.
TEMPLE BETH ISRAEL
1175 E 29th Ave., Eugene, OR
TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM
1274 Cunningham Lane S, Salem, OR
TEMPLE EMEK SHALOM
1800 E Main St.
Mail: PO Box 1107
Rabbi Alan Berg, Rabbi
Jaime Gross, Temple Administrator
Shelli Hutchinson, Religious School Director
1111 Country Club Road, Lake Oswego, OR
Beit Haverim, “House of Friends,” is an inviting inclusive Reform congregation located in Lake Oswego. We welcome Jews by birth, by choice, and at heart, along with members who may identify as interfaith, multi-ethnic, and LGBTQ+. We are committed to ending systemic racism and hate in all forms, theory and practice. Join us in worship, educational programming and our religious school which conveniently meets Sunday afternoon during the school year.
CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL
1972 NW Flanders St., Portland, OR
CONGREGATION KOL AMI
7800 NE 119th St., Vancouver, WA
OR HAGAN: LIGHT OF THE GARDEN
PO Box 5582, Eugene, OR
TEMPLE BETH TIKVAH
PO Box 7472, Bend, OR
185 N. Mountain Ave.
Mail: PO Box 1262
P’NAI OR OF PORTLAND
Rabbi Hannah Laner
Zmira Lovejoy, Administrator
6948 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland, OR
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.
CONGREGATION AHAVATH ACHIM
Melissa Abu, Synagogue Administrator
Mark Abolofia, Membership Chair
Richard Matza, Treasurer
6686 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland, OR
We offer services every Shabbat led by Rabbi Sholom Skolnik and members of the community. Our prayer services are offered in the traditional Sephardic styles, incorporating melodies from Rhodes, Turkey, Morocco, Yemen, and many other Sephardic countries. A drasha related to the weekly Torah portion is given by our rabbi who infuses current events and practical applications to make the sermon more relevant to our lives. Following Shabbat morning services, the community is invited to a lunch prepared by our Kitchen Committee which is accompanied by a discussion led by Rabbi Skolnik.
CONGREGATION BEIT YOSEF
4200 SW Vermont St., Portland, OR
6688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR