You’ve spent years learning the alef bet, months studying your Torah portion and countless hours completing your mitzvah project … now you get to celebrate!
For many freshly minted Jewish “adults,” that means a glamorous party full of glitz and glitter. Others want another shot at a favorite activity of their youth (which in reality continues for several more years).
“From services to sports parties, pool parties, video dance parties and more, the Mittleman Jewish Community Center offers versatile spaces, kosher catering and access to everything necessary to create a memorable experience,” says Bethany West, MJCC rentals and events manager.
A gaga pit, indoor soccerplex, basketball courts and pool can add a splash of sports fun for the bar or bat mitzvah who enjoys active time with their friends.
Indoor, outdoor, divisible rooms offer options for virtually any size party.
Century Catering (Allen Levin), certified kosher caterer under the supervision of Oregon Kosher, provides kosher dining with either meat or dairy menus available, because the center has separate meat and dairy kitchens.
At Providence Park, sports fans celebrating their b’nai mitzvah can have a complete stadium experience. The bar/bat mitzvah can have a party that includes stadium tours; display of photos and images on the video board; Timbers, Thorns and/or Timber Joey in attendance to sign autographs at the party; and photos taken on the field. Arcade game rentals, inflatables, DJs, photobooths, face painters and more can be arranged.
Party capacities in outdoor event spaces range from 175 people in the sports lounge to 4,000 people on the field. For indoor parties, choose from seating for 12 in a pavilion suite to 150 seated or 300 standing in the KeyBank Club.
Centerplate, Providence Park’s exclusive in-house catering company, even has kosher meal options.
Oaks Park offers a “lovely, turn-of-the-century” reception hall/ ballroom. For those wanting a youthful thrill, Oaks Park also offers amusement park rides during the spring, summer and early fall, as well as roller skating year round. Various settings can accommodate from 60 to 400+ guests, with outdoor picnic areas able to accommodate even more. The indoor event space offers many options for catering and decorating, with antique carrousel animal displays and historic photo displays easy to incorporate.
Oaks Park has an on-site caterer who is happy to customize menus. Arrangements can also be made for off-site caterers.
Grand Central Restaurant & Bowling Lounge not only has two floors with private rooms for parties from 10 to 500 people, it also features 12 boutique bowling lanes and a game room with more than 20 games. Dance floor, DJ set-up, karaoke, Wii games and casino-style event services are available. An audiovisual system makes slide shows and videos a breeze.
Grand Central’s full restaurant has an extensive event menu. Buffet options include grilled top sirloin and oven-roasted salmon, or a gourmet pizza buffet or fiesta bar.
Outside desserts are welcome, and the staff is willing to look at outside catering options or solutions for those seeking kosher meals.
Crowne Plaza Lake Oswego offers one-on-one consultation to go over the theme and vision of the event. Tenured banquet staff help ensure a seamless event.
Crowne Plaza can accommodate parties ranging from 30 to 200 guests. On-site catering provides a wide range of menu choices and can arrange for a limited number of kosher meals. Off-site caterers are not allowed.
The event staff at ClubSport in Tigard is experienced in facilitating private events from eight to 800+ people. Parties can be held in the full restaurant, which includes TVs throughout to play slide shows, a wireless microphone, 10- foot projector/screen, pool table and full-service bar.
A large conference room is great for dances.
Sports-minded guests can reserve the basketball/volleyball courts for 200+ people, the largest rock gym in the northwest (45-feet tall), and an indoor or outdoor pool.
All food is provided by on-site catering, though desserts can be brought in by arrangement.
The Nines can accommodate 20 to 500 guests. The Nines ballroom and pre-function space is large enough to accommodate a fun-filled event for the young people and an area for the adults to enjoy a plated meal. The ballroom has 18-foot ceilings, and what seems to be endless space, to make the visions a reality. Dance floor and staging are provided complimentarily.
The on-site caterer provides a wide range of menu options. The Nines does not have a kosher kitchen on property, however thanks to a partnership with the local kosher caterer, kosher meals can be ordered with advance notice.
With several properties in downtown Portland, Provenance Hotels offers a wide range of venues. Each hotel boasts a distinct art story and unique architecture, so families can find the perfect location to help create an unforgettable event. Celebrating the Golden Age of Hollywood Cinema, Hotel deLuxe exudes glamour with beautifully appointed ballrooms and an outdoor Rooftop Terrace. Chic and modern, Hotel Lucia is home to the largest collection of black and white photography by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Hume Kennerly and pairs traditional meeting space with the edgy feel and fun, casual ambiance at Portland Penny Diner.
Provenance Hotels offer spaces that can accommodate groups of 10 to 450. Off-site caterers are permitted only on the Rooftop Terrace at Hotel deLuxe.
The Benson Hotel has a long-standing reputation of providing our Jewish community outstanding bat and bar mitzvah receptions and dinners. For small events, the Benson can provide kosher meals. For larger gatherings, we can provide kosher-style meals. We have dedicated kosher serviceware available at all times. With the wide variety of events spaces available, the Benson can accommodate receptions for the youth and adults in separate areas, plus dinner in its own area with spaces for 15 to 300 people.
On-site catering supplies all the food for Benson events.
Nature and fun combine for interesting venues at The World Forestry Center, which has an extensive list of caterers to meet any budget or menu need. The natural slate dance floors of Cheatham Hall, which also has the option of a rotating mirror ball, and Miller Hall create an atmosphere for a perfect dance party.
A private cocktail hour in the Discovery Museum can be arranged. The museum provides a fun and entertaining environment to kick off the event. Then most events move to one of the banquet halls for dinner and dancing. Up to 400 can be seated on the large plaza.
However and wherever you celebrate your transition to Jewish adulthood, just remember, “You’ve earned it.”