• The smoke and ash enveloping Portland and much of the West Coast has confined many of us to our homes. We are the lucky ones. As of Sept. 11, 500,000 Oregonians were under some level of evacuation notice with more than 40,000 evacuated from their ...

  • “Throughout time, the shofar has been a way for Jews to connect with others near them.” The Oregon Board of Rabbis and the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland invite you to use our ancient traditions to connect anew with Shofar Across Oregon...

  • I would wager that most of us associate the sounding of the shofar with High Holiday worship. An ancient people, we have used the shofar for other purposes. During crises, we sounded the shofar to express alarm and to call everyone together to sh...

  • The Jewish New Year of 5781 will be greeted in dramatically different fashion than the way we welcomed the years before COVID.
    When Rosh Hashanah begins the eve of Sept. 18, COVID-19 will keep many who normally attend High Holiday services at home...

  • “This year is going to be different,” said Kesser Israel Rabbi Kenneth Brodkin in the introduction to a Zoom conversation he and his wife, Aviel, led about celebrating the holidays during a pandemic. Rabbi Brodkin offered some practical tips f...

  • Despite the limitations of a worldwide pandemic, many events, mitzvah opportunities and services are on tap to celebrate and observe the High Holy Days in 2020 including Mitzvah Morning to aid hungry and homeless on Sept. 27, and BB Camp Rosh Hash...

  • Most students in Oregon have begun the school year in online or distance-learning settings. The three Portland-area Jewish day schools each received funds from the Greater Portland Jewish Community COVID Emergency Fund to support distance learning.

  • The world of programming is evolving around us, and most, if not all, are embracing this new digital world of virtual film festivals, cooking demos ... and the Mittleman Jewish Community Center fall authors series.

  • Jewish Family & Child Service board of directors voted unanimously to appoint Ruth Scott as executive director: “She has always been the right person for the job.” Ruth recruited Hannah Holstein as the new development director effective Sept....

  • MJCC to reopen pools, courts, sportsplex; MJCC Enrichment Camps begin; Chabad welcomes Reed freshmen; PSU classes begin on Yom Kippur; New Wise Aging session; JFCS hires finance manager; Monthly Mitzvah: Mezuzah; Families parade through Big Truck...

  • Chef Michael Solomonov gave a live cooking demonstration for the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland last year. This year he will present a free Rosh Hashanah interactive virtual cooking demonstration at 5 pm, Sept. 14.
    The renowned Philadelph...

    During the 28 years I have been writing about and participating in the Jewish community of Greater Portland, my admiration for and support of the Jewish Federation has grown. When I moved to Clark County, Wash., in 1992, I was hir...

  • On Sept. 1, Marc N. Blattner celebrated 10 years as president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland.
    JFGP Board Chair Lauren Goldstein describes Marc as an incredible person and leader: “He’s a warm and caring collaborator, frie...

  • The new Jewish Federation of Greater Portland Young Adult Board held its inaugural retreat on Zoom for four hours Aug. 23. Board members are Jake Sullivan, Hope Peskin-Shepherd, Sarah Howard, Stuart Zeltzer, Ben Morgan, Hannah Holstein and Shayna ...

  • PSU’s Adam Allina named SWU Emerson Fellow; Portland Moishe House seeks two roommates; Apply now for part-time Serve the Moment Corps


 In recognition of the sudden change of circumstances faced by many individuals and families in our community due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jewish Free Loan Program of the Jewish Federation has expanded its offerings.

Individuals who have been impacted by the COVID-19 virus and require a loan may be eligible for a no-interest loan of up to $1,000 with no cosigners. The number of these types of loans is limited.

Loan repayments will begin after 120 days and will be divided into equal payments of $28/month for 36 months.

For more information, call 503-892-7417 or click here.



Thanks to the local Jewish community’s COVID-19-Emergency Campaign, funds are available to help individuals and families weather the economic storm triggered by the pandemic that threatens our health.

For more information or assistance about the JFCS Emergency Aid Program, contact Ruth Scott at RScott@jfcs-portland.org.



Many organizations offer online programs. Visit jewishportland.org/community-directory for websites.

Mittleman Jewish Community Center offers virtual programming: oregonjcc.org/live-events and oregonjcc.org/at-home

Congregation Neveh Shalom streams services:  nevehshalom.org/virtual-services/
Congregation Beth Israel streams services: bethisrael-pdx.org/worship/watch-services-live/

Congregation Shir Tikvah has Shabbat morning study and prayer on Zoom; for link: office@shirtikvahpdx.org

Hillel International has launched Hillel@Home: welcome.hillel.org/hillelathome/


See all online events at:



Deborah Moon

Editor, Jewish Review


Jewish Federation of Greater Portland

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