Resource Guide 2020-2021: Congregations

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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