Oregon Jewish Life 2020-10-28T21:11:08Z https://orjewishlife.com/feed/atom/ WordPress https://orjewishlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/cropped-fav3OR-2-32x32.jpg Staff Writer <![CDATA[Masa Year of Service]]> https://orjewishlife.com/?p=22014 2020-10-28T21:11:08Z 2020-10-28T21:11:08Z

Photo: Previous participants in the Sherut Leumi program.

Aardvark Israel and the Israel Volunteer Association (IVA) have partnered to give Diaspora Jewish youth the opportunity to participate in “Sherut Leumi” – a year of national service in Israel.

Sherut Leumi is a program of social service which gives young people the opportunity to work voluntarily in the sectors of society that need it the most. Participants will be able to choose their volunteer program within the areas of health, education, welfare, and co-existence, as they work alongside Israelis in a meaningful way.

The program is based in Haifa, Israel’s third-largest city. Beautifully set on the slopes of Mount Carmel facing the Mediterranean Sea, Haifa is referred to by some as ‘Israel’s San Francisco.’ There is so much more to the city than the Baha’i Gardens, Haifa’s most popular tourist spot. Haifa is known across Israel for its mixed population of Jews and Arabs who peacefully coexist, and the result is an amazing fusion of Arabic and Jewish cultures throughout the city. With beautiful beaches and exciting nightlife, students will love living in such an amazing, modern, and diverse city.

Participants will spend four days a week volunteering in a field of their choice and one day a week engaged in enrichment activities, including Hebrew classes, field trips, educational seminars, and professional development workshops.

For more information, visit https://aardvarkisrael.com/masa/ or contact them at 1-646-844-7784 (USA); 052-429-3681 (Israel); +972-52-429-3681 (WhatsApp); or info@aardvarkisrael.com.

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Staff Writer <![CDATA[Rabbi Rose is standing by for the LGBTQ community]]> https://orjewishlife.com/?p=22008 2020-10-28T20:40:04Z 2020-10-28T20:35:31Z

Rabbi Joshua Rose of Congregation Shaarie Torah posted the following message on his Facebook page on Oct. 27 and we wanted to share it:

Shalom all.

If you are part of the LGBTQ community or you have friends or family who are, you may be concerned about recent events in the country and what they mean for your civil rights. I share those concerns with you and will be fighting by your side.

For some of you, the anxiety is particularly about the right to marry. Please reach out to me if you are interested in getting married and we will plan your wedding. Love is love and marriage is beautiful and I, and many other rabbis I know in the Portland area and environs, would love to help you take this step toward commitment and togetherness. And by the way, Mazel Tov on your upcoming marriage!

– Rabbi Josh Rose, Congregation Shaarie Torah

Thank you to my friend rabbi Mark Miller for the inspirational idea.

You can reach Rabbi Rose here.

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Mala Blomquist <![CDATA[Chai on Challah]]> https://orjewishlife.com/?p=21945 2020-10-28T18:03:50Z 2020-10-28T18:03:50Z

Although the word challah simply means “loaf” in Hebrew, there is no food more associated with Jewish ritual and tradition than the challah. And based on Instagram photos, the baking craze that has swept the nation during the quarantine shows that home bakers are working on more than sourdough starter.

Whether sweet or savory, we have gathered these 18 recipes to celebrate the challah and its unique place on our table.

SWEET

 

 

Funfetti Challah by Splash of Sherri

What do you get when you mix a ton of colorful rainbow sprinkles with challah dough? A funfetti challah with sprinkles that’s as delicious as it is beautiful.

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Red Velvet Cake Challah by Mandy Silverman

Invented for a daughter’s 10th birthday, this challah is both bread and cake.

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Sweet and Salty Mini Chocolate Chip Challah Buns by Completely Delicious

Mini braided challah buns with chocolate chips and sprinkled with sugar and salt.

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Chocolate Orange Challah by Yin and Yolk

Fruit and chocolate take this challah to the next level (and next course) –
have it for dessert.

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Apple Honey Challah Pull-Apart Bread by Jessie Sheehan

This recipe is the perfect standing-alone-at-the-kitchen-island-tearing-off-and-eating bread.

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Nutella Challah by Desserts Required

This elevates challah whole new level.

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Fresh Peach Challah by Twelve Loaves

Encase the peach pieces into the dough right before it is braided so that they remain soft but don’t become like jam.

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Coffee Cake Challah by The Nosher

This mash-up of two beloved classics will test even the most restrained lover of sweets.

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PB&J Challah by Kveller

A fun and delicious was to connect with a childhood favorite.

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SAVORY

 

Scallion Pancake Challah by Molly Yeh

What happens when a scallion pancake and a loaf of challah make a baby…

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Pesto Stuffed Challah by Wyldflour

This pesto-stuffed challah has swirls of pesto and parmesan through each strand of the braid.

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Cheesy Garlic Bread Stuffed Challah by What Jew Wanna Eat

A buttery, cheesy, garlicky loaf topped with sesame, poppy and wasabi sesame seeds.

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Tomato Stuffed Challah by Little Ferraro Kitchen

Each bite of this loaf has a stunning array of savory tomatoes and herbs.

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Dill Pickle Challah by Shannon Sarna

The dill pickle-ness of this recipe is subtle, with a topping of garlic, red pepper flakes, fresh dill, and sea salt that really shines.

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Za’atar and Olive Challah by Food 52

Made with the Middle Eastern spice and olives, this challah is best dipped in hummus.

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Braided Everything Challah Bread by Butter Loves Company

Here’s a challah that embraces toppings. It’s not your standard poppy or sesame seed challah bread. This challah has everything.

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Chipotle Challah by Always Order Dessert

This loaf embraces the smoky and spicy flavors of chipotle and smoked paprika.

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Hot Pretzel Challah by Jamie Geller

The ballpark meets the Shabbos table with this beauty.

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Amy Hirshberg Lederman <![CDATA[How were YOUR holidays this year?]]> https://orjewishlife.com/?p=21949 2020-10-28T18:03:24Z 2020-10-28T18:03:24Z

The Jewish High Holidays and Sukkot have come and gone and this year, unlike any other, posed new and significant challenges for all of us in different ways because of COVID-19. Yet it also offered new opportunities.

So, on the spiritual report card of life, how did we do?

In years past, we took for granted that we could celebrate holidays together – with family, friends and community members – at services, meals and communal gatherings. We schlepped kugels, briskets and honey cakes across town and happily anticipated the joy of dining together under the night sky in our sukkahs.

Not so easy this year as we painfully accepted, some of us kicking and screaming, the reality of COVID-19 and the varied, dramatic changes it has required of us in how we live, work, socialize and pray.

In spite of that, we still created ways to come together as a Jewish community and nourish our spiritual health, at a time when gathering together was necessarily limited or prohibited in order to protect our physical health.

Online services were abundant, with many of us experiencing the delight and inspiration of “attending” congregations in other cities, even countries. In my own home, I created a special feeling by designing my own mikdash me’at, a sanctuary at home. I placed a white lace tablecloth, flowers, candlesticks and my siddur on my dining room table and tuned in to an early morning service in New York, followed by one in Tucson. The afternoon brought me to Los Angeles, and in the evening, I broke my fast on Zoom with my family.

In a spiritual context, COVID-19 provides an opportunity to enhance our holiday experience rather than limit it. True, this requires us to have a major attitude shift, but historically, Jews have been doing that for years – adapting to the challenges imposed by history, governments and hostile communities.

So perhaps we can see this new year of 5781 as a time when we accept that while we can’t go outward, we can go inward. Into our hearts, minds and souls – to truly reflect on what is important to us and find ways to better ourselves and others. Perhaps this is the year that we commit ourselves, from the privacy of our living rooms as we encounter the world on our computers, to make it a safer, healthier and more equitable place to live.

Maybe this will be the year that we use the time and energy that we will save, by not doing all of the things we have done in the past, to consciously and intentionally look for new ways to contribute our resources, counsel and support to those people and organizations that so desperately need our help. Because while we may not be physically together as we were in the past, we can still do something that will bring us closer to who we want to be and how we want to be as a member of the Jewish community in the future.

 

 

Amy Hirshberg Lederman is an award-winning author, nationally-syndicated columnist,  Jewish educator, international public speaker and attorney. She has written more than 300 columns and essays that have been published nationwide, amyhirshberglederman.com.

 

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Cindy Saltzman https://azjewishlife.com <![CDATA[Resource Guide 2020-2021: Publisher’s Message]]> https://orjewishlife.com/?p=22001 2020-10-28T18:02:53Z 2020-10-28T18:02:53Z

2020 has been a year like no other. We have seen a pandemic, the likes of which the world has not experienced in more than 100 years. We are also experiencing one of the most divisive political and social climates in our nation’s history. Anti-Semitism, racism and unemployment are up, and our economy is tumbling down. Top that off with a crisis in leadership, healthcare, mental health services and education – the perfect storm.

While no one would ever wish this chaos and pain on anyone, some beautiful experiences are happening now too. We are reaching out to one another in more authentic and creative ways. As a country and as individuals, we have felt the need to uncover our most essential values: love, understanding and compassion towards our fellow men and women. It is the flip side of the divisiveness, but just as real.

When in our lifetime have we ever shared a collective emotional
experience with all of the world’s citizens?

And when have we ever had more understanding and compassion toward each other? Seriously, who would ever have thought that the simple act of wearing a mask would become the ultimate symbol of compassion toward our fellow citizens? We are learning.

And finally, we want to sincerely thank you, the Oregon Jewish Life community, and our advertisers for your support and patience at this time especially. For almost 10 years, we have brought you the most comprehensive guide of Jewish resources in Oregon and SW Washington. This 2020-2021 version continues that tradition. Even during these challenging times, and there have been many, we have been so pleased to see our reach and engagement grow. So, thank you again.

As Jews have done for thousands of years, we are all learning to “pivot” and find some light in the darkest of times. We will get through this together and shine on.

With love and gratitude,

Cindy Saltzman, Publisher

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Staff Writer <![CDATA[Resource Guide 2020-2021: Agencies & Organizations]]> https://orjewishlife.com/?p=21952 2020-10-28T18:02:06Z 2020-10-28T18:02:06Z

The first Oregon Jews, who came from Germany in the mid-1850s, often lived in other places in America before finding their way out West. Many of them were merchants who helped build a strong Jewish community – founding synagogues, schools, social and charitable organizations and welcoming waves of other immigrants, refugees and survivors who would come to call Oregon their home. Those later arrivals made their own contributions to Oregon Jewish life.

The first Jewish organization in Oregon, Portland’s Mt. Sinai Cemetery Association, was incorporated in 1856. The Portland chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women organized in 1896, remaining active for nearly 120 years. The B’nai B’rith Building, later to become the Jewish Community Center, opened in 1914; in 1971 the center moved to its present location in Southwest Portland. In 1920 The Jewish Women’s Endeavor joined forces with the Old Men’s Hebrew Fraternal Organization to create “The Jewish Old Peoples Home.” The Federated Jewish Societies, the precursor of today’s Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, organized in 1920 to raise money for a variety of Jewish institutions.

Beneficiaries included the B’nai B’rith Building, the First Hebrew Benevolent Society, Jewish Relief Society, Jewish Women’s Benevolent Society, Jewish Women’s Sewing Society, National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives, Neighborhood House, the Committee on Jewish Orphans, Portland Hebrew Free School, Sisters of Israel Benevolent Society and the South Portland Benevolent Society.

As community and individual needs shifted in subsequent decades, some organizations faded while others evolved, and new groups arose to meet the needs of 21st century America. Following are the organizations that today meet the needs of Jews living in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

AGENCIES/ORGANIZATIONS

ADL PACIFIC NORTHWEST
206-448-5349
seattle.adl.org

AMERICAN ISRAEL PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE (AIPAC)
Oregon and Washington office
206-624-5152
aipac.org

AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE
212-751-4000
ajc.org

B’NAI B’RITH INTERNATIONAL
1120 20th St. NW #300N, Washington, DC
202-857-6600
bnaibrith.org

GIFT (GIVING IT FORWARD TOGETHER)
9604 NE 126th Ave., Ste. 2340
Vancouver, WA
360-524-4830
giftclarkcounty.com

HADASSAH, PACIFIC NORTHWEST REGION
Women’s Zionist Organization of America
Chapters in Bellingham, Corvallis, Eugene, Portland, Salem, Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma
140 Lakeside Ave., Ste. A #36
Seattle, WA
hadassah.org/regions/pacific-northwest

JEWISH BUSINESS NETWORK
9604 NE 126th Ave., Ste. 2340
Vancouver, WA
360-524-4830
thejbn.org

JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL
Bob Horenstein, Director, Community Relations and Public Affairs
9900 SW Greenburg Road, Ste. 220
Tigard, OR
503-245-6496
bob@jewishportland.org
jewishportland.org/jcrc
With representation from a cross-section of the Greater Portland and Southwest Washington Jewish community, the JCRC develops consensus positions to: protect the social safety net, safeguard civil rights, combat anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination, and strengthen local ties to Israel. The JCRC is affiliated with the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the planning and coordinating body for the national organized Jewish community in public affairs advocacy.

JEWISH EVENTS WILLAMETTE VALLEY
2531 Chula Vista Blvd.
Eugene, OR
541-514-2571

JEWISH FAMILY & CHILD SERVICE
Larry Holzman, Board President
Ruth Scott, Executive Director
Caitlin DeBoer, Emergency Aid Program Manager
1221 SW Yamhill St., Ste. 301
Portland, OR
503-226-7079
info@jfcs-portland.org
jfcs-portland.org
JFCS is the key social service agency for Portland’s Jewish community and beyond serving adults, families and children in the Greater Portland area. Our Counseling team provides behavioral health support, telehealth options, and accepts Medicare and some commercial insurance, in addition to sliding-scale options. People with developmental and other disabilities are able to receive supportive training and resources through our TASK & Tikvah Disability Support Services. Our Emergency Aid program provides resources, referrals and support in crisis situations—and our Holocaust Survivor Services program offers vital support services for Portland’s Holocaust survivor community.

JEWISH FAMILY & CHILD SERVICE
Larry Holzman, Board President
Ruth Scott, Executive Director
Caitlin DeBoer, Emergency Aid Program Manager
503-226-7079 ext. 134
CDeBoer@jfcs-portland.org
1221 SW Yamhill St., Ste. 301
Portland, OR
503-226-7079
info@jfcs-portland.org
jfcs-portland.org
JFCS is the key social service agency for Portland’s Jewish community and beyond serving adults, families and children in the Greater Portland area. Our Counseling team provides behavioral health support, telehealth options, and accepts Medicare, Medicaid and some commercial insurance, in addition to sliding-scale options. People with developmental and other disabilities are able to receive supportive training and resources through our TASK & Tikvah Disability Support Services. Our Emergency Aid program provides resources, referrals and support in crisis situations including wildfire assistance statewide – and our Holocaust Survivor program offers vital support services for Portland’s Holocaust survivor community.

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES OF LANE COUNTY
PO Box 5924
Eugene, OR
541-484-2541
jewishfedlc.org/jewish-family-services 

JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER PORTLAND
Marc N. Blattner, President and CEO
9900 SW Greenburg Road #220
Tigard, OR 97223
503-245-6219
info@jewishportland.org
jewishportland.org
Since 1920, the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland assures the building and strengthening of the Jewish community locally, nationally, overseas and in Israel, in accordance with Jewish values.

JEWISH FEDERATION OF LANE COUNTY
Office: inside Temple Beth Israel at 1175 E. 29th Ave.
Mail: PO Box 5924
Eugene, OR
541-484-2541
jewishfedlc.org

JEWISH FREE LOAN OF GREATER PORTLAND
Les Gutfreund, chair
9900 SW Greenburg Rd., Suite 220
Tigard, OR
503-892-7417
freeloan@jewishportland.org
jewishportland.org/freeloan
Loans available for up to $4,000 for life’s “ups and downs,” such as tuition, car repair, medical expense, debt consolidation, housing assistance, etc. Applicants must identify as Jewish, be 18 years or older, have a co-signer(s), and have lived in Oregon/SW Washington for at least 6 months. Visit webpage for complete list of guidelines and application.

JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF OREGON
PO Box 19736
Portland, OR
971-266-0005
sites.rootsweb.com/~orjgs/contact.html

JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF WILLAMETTE VALLEY
nwfam.com/jgswvo.html

JEWISH LABOR COMMITTEE
140 W. 31st St., 2nd floor
New York, NY
212-477-0707
jewishlaborcommittee.org

JEWISH WOMEN INTERNATIONAL
1129 20th St. NW #801, Washington, DC
800-343-2823
jwi.org

JEWISH NATIONAL FUND, PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Boaz Meir, Executive Director
206-760-1188 ext. 977
Jackson Pincus, Campus and Israel Programs Admissions Director
206-760-1188 ext. 941
1455 NW Leary Way #400
Seattle, WA
bmeir@jnf.org | jpincus@jnf.org
jnf.org
Unparalleled in the Jewish philanthropic world, Jewish National Fund-USA’s strategic vision is to build and connect to the land of Israel. Our driving focus has always been to ensure a strong, secure and prosperous homeland for the Jewish people in the land of Israel. Everything we do – every project, initiative and campaign we take on – connects to our vision. We run an American semester abroad high school in Israel connecting the next generation with Israel.

JEWISH WOMEN’S ROUND TABLE
Portland, OR
jwrt.org

JOINT ACTION COMMITTEE FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS (JAC)
847-433-5999
jacpac.org

MAZON: A JEWISH RESPONSE TO HUNGER
10850 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 400
Los Angeles, CA
800-813-0557
mazon.org

MITTLEMAN JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER
Steve Albert, Executive Director
Kelsey Kaplan, Membership + Retention Manager
Beth Germain, Chief Financial Officer
6651 SW Capitol Hwy.
Portland, OR
503-244-0111
mjcc@oregonjcc.org
oregonjcc.org
The MJCC has been a vital part of the community for over 100 years, providing a gathering place for the Jewish community while warmly embracing people of all faiths. Presently, the MJCC offers in-person work out facilities and programs for kids as well as virtual group exercise classes, personal training, and arts + culture programs. The 25-yard lap pool and warm water pool will reopen when we enter Phase 2 of the Reopen Oregon plan.

NA’AMAT USA
21515 Vanowen St. #102, Canoga Park, CA
844-777-5222
naamat.org

OREGON BOARD OF RABBIS
JoAnn Bezodis, Administrator
2900 SW Peaceful Lane,
Portland, OR
971-248-5465
oregonboardofrabbis.org

OREGON JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Julie Diamond, President & CEO
Tara Siegman, Director of Donor Relations and Development Officer
1618 SW First Ave., Ste. 210
Portland, OR
503-248-9328
info@ojcf.org
ojcf.org
OJCF’s mission is to build and promote a culture of giving in Oregon and Southwest Washington that supports a thriving Jewish community now and for generations to come. The foundation promotes strategic philanthropy offering charitable individuals philanthropic tools including donor-advised funds, charitable gift annuities, planned gifts and trusts. In partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, OJCF directs the LIFE & LEGACY initiative in Oregon to promote after-lifetime giving to build endowments and strengthen Jewish organizations for the future.

OREGON JEWISH MUSEUM AND CENTER FOR HOLOCAUST EDUCATION
724 NW Davis St.
Portland, OR
503-226-3600
ojmche.org

ORT AMERICA
75 Maiden Lane, 10th Floor
New York, NY
800-519-2678
ortamerica.org

JEWISH MEDIA

OREGON JEWISH LIFE
Cindy Saltzman, Publisher
Mala Blomquist, Editor-in-Chief
602-538-2955
advertise@ojlife.com
info@ojlife.com
orjewishlife.com
Oregon Jewish Life magazine features engaging content that celebrates the vitality, diversity, challenges and accomplishments of our community. In addition to feature stories and columns, we provide a resource for local organizations to share their news. Jewish organizations in Oregon and SW Washington are invited to share their events and programs by sending information to editor@ojlife.com. Advertising options are available on the website and in our free weekly e-newsletter, as well as the magazine. To receive The Weekly, sign up at orjewishlife.com/ newsletter-sign-me-up.

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Staff Writer <![CDATA[Resource Guide 2020-2021: Congregations]]> https://orjewishlife.com/?p=21955 2020-10-28T18:00:29Z 2020-10-28T18:00:29Z

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, 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.

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 LUBAVITCH OF OREGON
2317 SW Vermont St.
Portland, OR
503-977-9947
chabadoregon.com

CHABAD OF SW PORTLAND
2317 SW Vermont St.
Portland, OR
503-381-7119
jportland.com

CHABAD OF NE PORTLAND
2858 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, OR
503-309-4490
jewishnortheast.com

CHABAD OF CLARK COUNTY
9604 NE 126th Ave., Ste. 2340
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
1400 High St., Ste. A
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

CHABAD OF SE PORTLAND/
PORTLAND CAMPUSES
3355 SE Steele St.
Portland, OR
503-752-2258
jewishsoutheast.com
jewishreed.com

TIGARD CHABAD
Tigard, OR 
971-329-6661
jewishtigard.com

CONSERVATIVE

CONGREGATION NEVEH SHALOM
Fred Rothstein, Executive Director
Michelle Caplan, Membership and Community Engagement Director
Mel Berwin, Director of Congregational Learning
2900 SW Peaceful Lane
Portland, OR
503-246-8831
mcaplan@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, 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
Rabbi Joshua Rose
Jemi Kostiner Mansfield, Executive Director
920 NW 25th Ave.
Portland, OR
503-226-6131
cst@shaarietorah.org
shaarietorah.org
Shaarie Torah is your home for 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. Visit our website to meet our team of dedicated staff – here to welcome you and your family into our hamische community.

HUMANIST

KOL SHALOM
1509 SW Sunset Blvd., Ste. 1E
Portland, OR
503-459-4210
kolshalom.org

INDEPENDENT

BEIT AM
4318 NW Circle Blvd.
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
7550 NE Irving St.
Portland, OR
503-473-8227
shirtikvahpdx.org

HOOD RIVER HAVURAH
hrhavurah.blogspot.com

JEWISH COMMUNITY OF CENTRAL OREGON
21555 Modoc Lane
Mail: PO Box 1773
Bend, OR
541-668-6887
jccobend.com

MAYIM SHALOM
PO Box 307
Coquille, OR
541-266-0470
mayimshalom.us

NORTH COAST SHABBAT GROUP
Bob Chisholm Center
1225 Ave. A
Seaside, OR
503-341-0693

PORTLAND WOMEN’S TEFILLAH
Beit Midrash at PJA
6651 SW Capitol Hwy.
Portland, OR
503-246- 3185

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

COMMUNITY CHAPLAIN
Rabbi Barry Cohen
9900 SW Greenburg Rd., Suite 220
Tigard, OR 97223
503-892-7401
chaplain@jewishportland.org
An employee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, the Community Chaplain works in coordination with the Oregon Board of Rabbis, Jewish Family and Child Service and other communal agencies and organizations 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 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
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
541-488-2909
emekshalom.org

REFORM

BEIT HAVERIM
1111 Country Club Road
Mail: PO Box 311
Lake Oswego, OR
503-568-1241
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; 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
541-434-6551
orhagan.org

TEMPLE BETH TIKVAH
PO Box 7472
Bend, OR
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
6948 SW Capitol Hwy.
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 OF PORTLAND
4200 SW Vermont St.
Portland, OR
503-295-1170
beityosefportland.wordpress.com

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Staff Writer <![CDATA[Resource Guide 2020-2021: Lifecycle]]> https://orjewishlife.com/?p=21960 2020-10-28T17:57:18Z 2020-10-28T17:57:18Z

Jewish life revolves around the cycle of life.

In the Jewish tradition, lifecycle moments from birth to death carry specific rituals, most of which have been used for centuries. These moments truly center us.

Following are the resources that will help you celebrate and mark each stage of life.

MOHELS

A mohel is the person who performs the circumcision in the brit milah ceremony for a male child on the eighth day after his birth. For more information, contact your local congregation.

BRUCE J. BIRK, MD
503-799-2794
portlandmohel.com

RABBI TZVI FISCHER
Oregon Bris Center
503-757- 0606
oregonbris.com

RABBI GADI LEVY
720-315-4266
myhomecircumcision.com

WENDY SMITH, MD
503-241-9528

MIKVAHS (MIKVAOT)

A mikvah is a ritual bath satisfying specific requirements that incorporate “living water” (running or moving water from a God-given source such as rain, snow, ice or a spring). Immersion in a mikvah is performed for ritual purification and a change in status, including conversion. It is used by Jews who wish to observe the Jewish laws concerning family purity or sanctification before a Jewish holiday, wedding or conversion ceremony. The purpose of immersion is not physical, but spiritual, cleanliness. Today, mikvah use has taken on some modern spiritually satisfying meanings. Immersion is often a way of celebrating both happy milestones and the pains of overcoming losses.

JACKSON WELLSPRINGS
2253 Highway 99 N
Ashland, OR
541-482-3776
jacksonwellsprings.com/mikvah

MIKVAH MEI MENACHEM
Ashland, OR
541-482-2778
chabadofashland.org

MIKVAH SHOSHANA/WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER
6612 SW Capitol Hwy.
Portland, OR
503-309-4185
facebook.com/PortlandWomensMikvah

RACHEL’S WELL COMMUNITY MIKVAH
Schnitzer Family Campus, 6655 SW Capitol Hwy.
9900 SW Greenburg Road, Ste. 220
Tigard, OR 97223
971-220-5580
mikvahpdx@gmail.com
jewishportland.org/mikvah
Community Mikvah owned and operated by the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland with supervision by the Oregon Board of Rabbis. Available for traditional and contemporary ritual immersions by all Jews in the Greater Portland area and beyond. Open by appointment only.

SIMCHA VENUES

B’NAI B’RITH CAMP RETREAT CENTER
Lincoln City, OR
503-452-3443
rentals@bbcamp.org
bbcamp.org/rentals
BB Camp Retreat Center is located just a mile from the Oregon Coast and nestled on the waterfront of Devil’s Lake. With various lodging options, facilities, amenities and delicious catering prepared on site, BB Camp Retreat Center is the perfect venue for weddings, conferences, family reunions, employee appreciation parties and everything in between. Overnight accommodations available for up to 300 guests.

MITTLEMAN JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER
6651 SW Capitol Hwy.
Portland, OR
503-244-0111
oregonjcc.org/rentals
Think outside the box when you celebrate your simcha at the MJCC!  We offer a variety of flexible spaces at reasonable rates, and we’re available seven days a week for a wide range of events, such as b’nai mitzvahs, weddings, fundraising galas, meetings, and much more. Inquire about virtual and hybrid event options, using our high-speed internet to stream. Fill out our rental inquiry form today at oregonjcc.org/rentals.

SIMCHA VENDORS

EVERYTHING JEWISH 2.0
Rabbi Chayim E. & Simi Mishulovin
503-246-5437
EverythingJewishPortland.com
Everything Jewish 2.0 is the “mobile” version of Everything Jewish along with its spirit and love. Engage, shop, ask questions or get a nosh. All delivered with Chabad’s signature warmth, joy and open arms. Check our website and Facebook page for locations and times and other updates.

CHEVRA KADISHA/ JEWISH BURIAL SOCIETIES

Chevra kadisha, literally holy society, performs the traditional ritual of preparing individuals for burial. Volunteers carry out the ritual of washing, purifying and dressing the deceased, with men caring for men and women caring for women to maintain modesty even in death. Since Judaism promotes the dignity of all with all being treated equally in death, the deceased is dressed in simple shrouds and buried in a plain wooden (usually pine) box.

PORTLAND AREA

CHEVRA KAVOD HAMET
chevrakavodhamet.org
Includes volunteers from Congregations Neveh Shalom, Havurah Shalom, Shir Tikvah, P’nai Or, Beth Israel, Shaarie Torah, Kol Ami and Beit Haverim as well as unaffiliated.

PORTLAND HEVRA KADDISHA
10220 Southwest Nimbus K2
Tigard, Oregon

503-519-2454
Includes volunteers from Congregations Kesser Israel, Chabad of Oregon, Beit Yosef, Shaarie Torah, and other congregations, as well as unaffiliated.

CORVALLIS AND SALEM

BEIT AM’S CHEVRA KADDISHA
541-753-0067
beitam.org

EUGENE

TEMPLE BETH ISRAEL
541-485-7218
tbieugene.org

AHAVAS TORAH
503-261-3850
ahavastorah.info

CENTRAL OREGON

TEMPLE BETH TIKVAH
541-388-8826
bethtikvahbend.org

JEWISH COMMUNITY OF CENTRAL OREGON
541-815-4912
jccobend.org

FUNERAL SERVICES

HESED SHEL EMET
Oregon Jewish Indigent Burial Society
503-564-8430
jewishportland.org/ourcommunity/hesed-shel-emet

RIVER VIEW CEMETERY FUNERAL HOME
Marcus Terry, Managing Director
8421 South Macadam Ave.
Portland, OR 97219
503-246-6488
info@riverviewcemeteryfuneralhome.com
riverviewcemeteryfuneralhome.com
River View Cemetery Funeral Home was established in 2004 and is conveniently located on the grounds of River View Cemetery in Southwest Portland. The staff of this full-service funeral home is experienced in Jewish burial customs and committed to providing the highest level of quality service to the Jewish community. In addition to Managing Director Marcus Terry, two funeral directors are on hand to assist with arrangements: Gary Sands and Gordy Reece.

CEMETERIES

Many congregations maintain their own cemeteries; see congregations section for contact information.

JEWISH CEMETERY AT RIVER VIEW CEMETERY
0300 SW Taylors Ferry Road, Section 142
Portland, OR
503-287-0066, 503-246-4251
jewishcemeteryatriverview.org

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Staff Writer <![CDATA[Resource Guide 2020-2021: Kids & Teens]]> https://orjewishlife.com/?p=21964 2020-10-28T17:56:45Z 2020-10-28T17:56:45Z

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
9900 SW Greenburg Road,, Ste. 220
Tigard, OR
503-892-7415
rachel@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
pjlibrary.org

PJ OUR WAY
For ages 9-12
pjourway.org

PRESCHOOLS

FOUNDATION SCHOOL
Leah Conley, Director
Congregation Neveh Shalom
2900 SW Peaceful Lane
Portland, OR
503-293-7307
lconley@nevehshalom.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.

THE GAN-GARRET JEWISH PRESCHOOL
9604 NE 126th Ave. #2340
Vancouver, WA
360-256-0859
thegan.org

THE GAN: PORTLAND JEWISH PRESCHOOL
6612 SW Capitol Hwy.
Portland, OR
503-977-7850
portlandjewishpreschool.com

MAAYAN PRESCHOOL
Tia Weniger, Early Childhood Director
Frumie Diskind, Early Childhood Judaic Specialist
2 Touchstone Dr.
Lake Oswego, OR
503-245-5568
info@maayanpdx.org
maayanpdx.org

PEACE GARDEN PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN
Havurah Shir Hadash
185 N Mountain Ave.
Mail: PO Box 1262
Ashland, OR
541-488-8887
havurahshirhadash.org/peacegardenpreschool

POMEGRANATE PRESCHOOL
Temple Emek Shalom
1800 E Main St.
Mail: PO Box 1107
Ashland, OR
541-488-2909
emekshalom.org/education

PORTLAND JEWISH ACADEMY
6651 SW Capitol Hwy.
Portland, OR
503-244-0126
office@pjaproud.org
pjaproud.org

RIGHT START
Rachel Nelson
9900 SW Greenburg Rd., Suite 220
Tigard, OR 97223
503-892-7415
rachel@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.

TEMPLE BETH ISRAEL PRESCHOOL
1175 East 29th Ave.
Eugene, OR
541-345-7314
tbieugene.org/preschool

DAY SCHOOLS

MAAYAN TORAH DAY SCHOOL
Aviel Brodkin, Principal of General Education & Guidance
Rabbi Yerachmiel Kalter, Judaic Studies Principal & Development Director
Tia Weniger, Early Childhood Director
2 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
6612 SW Capitol Hwy.
Portland, OR
503-977-7850
PortlandJewishSchool.com

PORTLAND JEWISH ACADEMY
Merrill Hendin, Principal
Erika Saiers, Director of Early Childhood (Infant-PreK)
Sarah Glass, Admission Director (K-8th grades)
Steve Albert, Executive Director
6651 SW Capitol Hwy.
Portland, OR
503-244-0126
office@pjaproud.org
pjaproud.org
PJA is a community Jewish Day School and Early Childhood program that welcomes families of all backgrounds. Students from 6 weeks through 8th grade thrive in an academically rich environment that honors the whole child. At PJA you will find small classes, dedicated teachers, support services, enrichment opportunities, and a warm and welcoming community.
Accredited by Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) and a member of Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools.

HEBREW/RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS

BEIT HAVERIM RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
Classes: 1111 Country Club Road
Mail: PO Box 311
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
503-568-1241
beithav.org/religious-school

CHABAD HEBREW SCHOOLS
Northeast: 971-801-2424
Southwest: 503-977-9947
Southeast: 503-236-6642
Hillsboro: 503-747-5363
Vancouver, WA: 360-993-5222

CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
1972 NW Flanders St.
Portland, OR
503-222-1069
bethisrael-pdx.org

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
Learning for all ages is part of Havurah Shalom’s mission. Adult education opportunities range from cultural/historical through literary/expressive to spiritual practice. Our Shabbat School (K-6) uses a family cooperative model in which parents teach a staff-guided and supported curriculum. We provide Middle School and High School programs for teens. Learn more at www.havurahshalom.org.

THE 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/school

KOL SHALOM CHILDREN’S EDUCATION
1509 SW Sunset Blvd., Ste. 1E
Portland, OR
503-459-4210
kolshalom.org/childrens-education

NASHIRA EDUCATION PROJECT
7550 NE Irving St.
Portland, OR
503-473-8227
shirtikvahpdx.org/education

NEVEH SHALOM ALIYAH PROGRAM
2900 SW Peaceful Lane
Portland, OR
503-246-8831
nevehshalom.org/learning
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 B’nai Mitzvah, and grow from the many opportunities for meaningful leadership within our inclusive after-school learning environment.

P’NAI OR OF PORTLAND SIMCHA SCHOOL
6948 SW Capitol Hwy.
Portland, OR
503-248-4500
pnaiorpdx.org

SHAARIE TORAH EDUCATION PROGRAM
Sharon Pollin, Ed.D., Education Director
920 NW 25th Ave.
Portland, OR
503-226-6131
shaarietorah.org

SHORESH PORTLAND
2 Touchstone Lane
Lake Oswego, OR
971-266-0481
shoreshportland.com

SHUL SCHOOL
Temple Emek Shalom
1800 E Main St.
Mail: PO Box 1107
Ashland, OR
541-488-2909
emekshalom.org/education

DAY CAMPS

BB DAY CAMP PORTLAND
503-496-7447
pdx@bbcamp.org
bbcamp.org/portland
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 6. Early and after extended care available.

CAMP GAN ISRAEL-VANCOUVER
9604 NE 126th Ave.
Vancouver, WA
360-256-0859
jewishclarkcounty.com

CAMP SEED
6688 SW Capitol Hwy.
Portland, OR
503-245-5420
portlandkollel.org/kids/home

GAN ISRAEL DAY CAMP
6612 SW Capitol Hwy.
Portland, OR
503-246-KIDS (5437)
ganisraelportland.com

MITTLEMAN JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER
Day Camp
Josh Harrington, Afternoon Camp Supervisor
6651 SW Capitol Hwy.
Portland, OR
503-244-0111
jharr@oregonjcc.org
oregonjcc.org/daycamp

PJA SUMMER DISCOVERY
6651 SW Capitol Hwy.
Portland, OR
503-244-0126
pjaproud.org

RESIDENT CAMPS

B’NAI B’RITH CAMP
503-345-9451
info@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
#303 – 950 W 41st Ave.
Vancouver, BC   V5Z 2N7
604-266-2825
campmiriam.org

CAMP SOLOMON SCHECHTER
Mail: 117 East Louisa St., #110
Seattle, WA 98102-3203
206-447-1967
campschechter.org

EDEN VILLAGE WEST
Casey Yurow, Camp Director
Emma Silver, Assistant Director
Nava Sherwood, Operations Manager
6176 McBryde Ave., Richmond, CA
510-560-5610
edenvillagewest.org
welcome@edenvillagewest.org
Eden Village West is an organic farm-to-table Jewish summer camp in Northern CA for rising 3rd-11th graders that integrates culinary arts, organic farming, wilderness skills and homestead crafts. Located on 350 acres on the Russian River in Sonoma County, CA, our campers have the time of their lives while becoming empowered to promote a more environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually connected world. Visit edenvillagewest.org to learn more about camp and register for summer!

URJ CAMP KALSMAN
Office: 3805 108th Ave. NE #100
Bellevue, WA
425-284-4484 (winter)
360-435-9302 (summer)
campkalsman.org

URJ CAMP NEWMAN
Winter Office: 711 Grand Ave. #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.

CHAI ISRAEL
Rachel Nelson
9900 SW Greenburg Rd., Suite 220
Tigard, OR 97223
503-892-7415
rachel@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 immediate post-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.

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.

YOUTH GROUPS

BBYO
Evergreen Region
3801 E. Mercer Way
Mercer Island, WA
971-303-9764
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

JEWISH STUDENT UNION
503-504-1301
jsu.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-education

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
usy.org/regions/pinwheel
United Synagogue Youth: for 9th to 12th-graders

SPECIAL NEEDS RESOURCES

BB CAMP INCLUSION PROGRAM
503-496-7450
bbcamp.org
For campers with special needs and disabilities at B’nai B’rith Camp. BB Camp is proud to be a boundless Kehila (community) of different ages, denominations, backgrounds, languages and abilities. When you’re part of a community like this – one that accepts, and encourages everyone’s strengths – it’s life changing. Campers and staff learn about themselves, relating to others, form a family of friends they’ll have for life, and of course, have a lot of fun.

TASK, YOUR JEWISH CONNECTION TO DISABILITY AWARENESS/JFCS
Janet Menashe, TASK Program Inclusion Specialist
1221 SW Yamhill St., Ste. 301
Portland, OR
503-729-8648
janetmenashe@jfcs-portland.org
jfcs-portland.org

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Staff Writer <![CDATA[Resource Guide 2020-2021: Education Profiles]]> https://orjewishlife.com/?p=21972 2020-10-28T17:56:17Z 2020-10-28T17:56:17Z

CONGREGATION NEVEH SHALOM
2900 SW Peaceful Lane, Portland

Foundation School Preschool: foundationschoolpdx.org, 503-293-7307
Neveh Shalom ALIYAH program: nevehshalom.org/learning/ 503-246-8831

At Neveh Shalom, our goal is for children to feel at home in Judaism. From birth through high school, we offer innovative and engaging educational experiences that nurture our children’s hearts, bodies and minds. Beginning with Tot Shabbat and Foundation School, our youngest learners are immersed in a joyful Jewish environment. Leah Conley leads Foundation School’s programs for children ages 12 months through pre-K.

Kindergarten through 6th graders in our ALIYAH program enjoy a vibrant youth community, led by our Director of Congregational Learning, Mel Berwin. Hebrew, Jewish building blocks, mitzvot, lifecycle, holidays and creative arts are all part of the varied and active curriculum. Shabbat and holiday programming continues through the elementary ages leading students to the awesome milestone of becoming b’nai mitzvah. Our program is dedicated to the inclusion and participation of every child in our community, so that all students can learn with and from each other.

Students in 7th-12th grades continue learning and social connection through in-depth conversation in Tichon, Neveh Shalom’s Wednesday night program for teens, and youth group opportunities through USY.

Although our programming is primarily online this year, we are making the most of new opportunities for small-group Hebrew learning, one-on-one tutoring options, and creative small-group in-person programming. Now, more than ever, community support and effective learning matter! Check our website for the most up-to-date information.


MAAYAN TORAH DAY SCHOOL
2 Touchstone Dr., Lake Oswego, OR
503-245-5568
maayanpdx.org

With large outdoor play areas, a soccer field, indoor gym and performing arts auditorium, Maayan is poised to welcome students preschool through 8th grade this fall. Last year’s academic growth included a “STEM Challenge” and Torah Fair that integrated science in many of the projects. Students studied the science of vision in conjunction with the Jewish concept of looking at people positively. “The kids were enthralled with more science-related experiences,” says General Education Principal Aviel Brodkin. “Our creative students even developed remote-controlled tissue boxes and zipline bridges.”

Accredited by AdvancED, Maayan offers academic excellence in Judaic and general studies for children from 18 months through eighth grade.

“Children in our school feel that they love being Jewish and this begins with experiences that start in our preschool,” says Brodkin.

That vibrant Jewish atmosphere with a focus on Torah study, Israel and living as Jews continues through eighth grade. “Maayan” is Hebrew for a spring of water; at Maayan, teachers seek to instill in each student the love of Torah as a wellspring in their lives.

Maayan’s learner-centered education prioritizes students’ active participation in acquiring knowledge. “Our preschool builds ideas and imagination, teaches kids how to be a friend, and how much joy there is in learning,” says Brodkin.

In elementary school, teachers use current best teaching practices to engage students.
This year, middle school girls will share experiences with residents at Mirabella retirement community thanks to a grant Maayan received from the Legacy Heritage Better Together Program.

The school also will unveil its new nonfiction research library this year.

Judaic Studies Principal Rabbi Yerachmiel Kalter says, “Good education and positive classrooms can inspire students to reach goals that they never before thought possible!”


PORTLAND JEWISH ACADEMY
6651 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland, OR
503-244-0126
pjaproud.org

At PJA, our Jewish values are the guiding principles of our school: study, respect, identity, responsibility, community and appreciation. Our Early Childhood programs provide welcoming and inclusive settings that recognize children’s diverse abilities, interests, needs, and learning styles. All of our students from infant through 8th grade receive a well-rounded education, which helps them develop into children with character who become tomorrow’s leaders.

Our Lower School and Middle School academic programs foster a love of learning by focusing on both critical thinking and creativity. Each subject, lesson, experiment and field trip is treated as one part of an equation that creates a child who is curious about the world and brave enough to explore it.

PJA’s project-based learning approach encourages students to explore many areas of interest and make connections between their studies and the real world. We offer a rich and diverse program in Jewish studies that enhances critical thinking skills steeped in tradition.
Students learn Hebrew as a modern language of communication as well as a way to connect with ancient texts. We offer extensive enrichment programs including music, visual and media arts, drama, service learning and volunteer opportunities, P.E., wellness and health classes. Our Makerspace supports classroom learning and provides a place for students to explore, create, design and innovate. Collaborative and integrated learning gives students the foundation to think for themselves and work for the world.

The Early Childhood program is currently open and follows all guidelines provided by the Oregon Health Authority and Early Learning Division. For K-8th grade, we are currently offering robust online learning that empowers students to be flexible, innovative learners in a caring, supportive community.


THE HAROLD SCHNITZER FAMILY PROGRAM IN JUDAIC STUDIES
PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY
465 UCB, 1881 SW Fifth Ave.
PO Box 751 – JST Portland, OR
503-725-8449
pdx.edu/judaic-studies

A bachelor’s degree in Judaic Studies from Portland State University prepares students to succeed in our interconnected world of diverse cultures and religions. In the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies, professors take the 3,000-year-long history and culture of the Jews as a point of our departure for grappling with urgent human questions about justice and knowledge, tradition and change, and crisis and resilience.

“Thanks to the program’s intimate learning environment, students benefit from the type of personal attention normally associated with small liberal arts colleges while still enjoying the advantages of a major urban university,” says Natan Meir, Lorry I. Lokey Professor of Judaic Studies and Academic Director of PSU’s Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies.

Truly interdisciplinary, the Judaic Studies major explores topics in history, English literature, Hebrew language, religion, and film studies. The program welcomes students of all backgrounds who seek an intensive liberal arts experience and the faculty offer close mentoring to support students’ success. Community partnerships provide opportunities for scholarships, local internships and study abroad.

“We offer an array of scholarships intended to ease financial pressure on students so they can focus on their studies,” says Meir. Scholarships cover from $500 to $7,000 of annual tuition and include the Harold Schnitzer Family Scholarships, which offer Judaic Studies majors up to $7,000 annually for up to four years.

For more information please contact Professor Natan Meir at meir@pdx.edu

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