The unsettling, fast-moving and unpredictable world of life with COVID-19 is upon us. As we’re all discovering, a worldwide pandemic disrupts everyone on an unprecedented scale. COVID-19 represents a challenge to all of us in varying degrees. For some, it is frustrating and a grave inconvenience. For others, it is life changing, scary and a very real threat. For all of us, it represents the opportunity to ensure that our community does what we do best—come together and support one another.

Community Closures and Online Offerings

Cedar Sinai Park is closed to all visitors due to its vulnerable population. https://cedarsinaipark.org/covid-19-announcements/
Chabbad of Oregon suspended all in-person gatherings. Community members are invited to schedule a 15 min call with the rabbi. jportland.com
Congregation Beth Israel offices are closed and virutal services attendance is encouraged. bethisrael-pdx.org
Congregation Havurah Shalom moved most programs to Zoom and services are live-streamed. havurahshalom.org
Congregation Kesser Israel all minyanim and programs suspended with hopes to create online opportunities soon. kesserisrael.org 
Congregation Kol Ami will offer many Zoom programs for adults and kids. jewishvancouverusa.org
Congregation Neveh Shalom has cancelled all on site events through March 31; Friday evening and Saturday morning virtual services:  nevehshalom.org/virtual-services/ 
Congregation Shaarie Torah has ceased all gatherings. shaarietorah.org
Congregation Shir Tikvah canceled or postponed all in-person activities until further notice. shirtikvahpdx.org
Mittleman Jewish Community Center is closed through Tuesday, March 31, 2020 but is offering online at-home classes.  oregonjcc.org

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education is closed. ojmche.org
NCSY moved to online gathering. https://westcoast.ncsy.org/virtual-programming/
Portland Kollel moved to online learning only. portlandkollel.org
PDX Hillel has canceled all in-person activities immediately. Online program details posted on facebook.com/PDXHillel/ and instagram.com/pdxhillel/
Portland Jewish Academy, Ma'ayan Torah Day School and Maimonides Jewish Day School are moving to online learning.

Community Calendar for Local Online Offerings

Many local and national organizations are providing online content, classes and live sessions to keep people educated, informed and even entertained, but most importantly... connected.

Online Offerings Beyond Portland

The Kitchen (San Francisco) has recorded the Shabbat blessings for communal singing along (or learning!).


Craig Taubman and Rabbi David Wolpe are leading “Shabbat InSpirit,” scheduled for 6:00 Eastern/ 3:00 Pacific on Fridays. 


BBYO has created bbyo.org/OnDemand to offer teen experiences and support as well as support to teen educators.


OneTable has resources for Shabbat and how to Shabbat Alone, Together


Hilel has created Hillel@Home to create community and connection among Jewish college students.

 

Chabad.org has launched an online page to ensure that the mourner’s Kaddish will be said in synagogue.

 

PJ Library Resources for Quarantined Families

 

Running list of streaming services worldwide

 

 

Additional COVID-19 Information and Resources

 

We are all dealing with a dynamic and challenging situation as the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread worldwide, including in the United States and Canada. Given that this is a public health crisis, our most important sources of information are the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preventionthe Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Health Organization

 

Important Information