• On Dec. 29, 114 people on the Cedar Sinai Park campus received their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Those receiving vaccines included 65 CSP staff and 49 residents in the four households of the Harold Schnitzer Center for Living and post-acute care patients in Robison Jewish Health Ce...

  • The convergence of the economic and health crises caused by COVID and the rise of extremism have pummeled local restaurants and small businesses this year. In response, a Shop Local movement seeks to keep those businesses viable. Recent vandalism at three Middle Eastern/Israeli-style restaurants ...


    The pandemic has made many aspects of education more difficult this past year. But it gave Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education staff precious time to develop online resources to support Holocaust and genocide education, which Senate Bill 664 mandated to begin ...

  • Jewish Disability Advocacy Month 2021 kicks off at 7 pm, Feb. 3, with “Our Time, Our Fight,” featuring world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman. The monthlong series of virtual programs will feature a wide variety of opportunities for empowerment, education and advocacy.

  • Four Portlanders have been invited to join the 2021 Cohort of the Glass Leadership Institute of the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL Pacific Northwest region has expanded its Glass Leadership Institute to include Portland with its traditional Seattle class. 
    Portlanders Sarah E. Rohr, Lauren Gold...

  • Sharona Shnayder, a former PDX Hillel board member, and Wanda McNealy founded Tuesdays for Trash during their final semester at Portland State University last year. Now the duo has teamed up with @ourstreets to plan a worldwide virtual cleanup to celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish New Year for T...

  • Congregation Beth Israel Executive Director Josh Kashinsky is one of 52 professionals accepted into the four national cohorts of UpStart’s Change Accelerator program.
    UpStart’s Change Accelerator equips intrapreneurs – the bold leaders making meaningful change within our community’s Jewis...

  • This EXTRA edition of the Jewish Review is designed to create a written memorial of the horrendous events of Jan. 6, 2021. We feel it is important to document the statements and programs from our local Jewish community in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021, violent insurrection at the United States Cap...

  • PHOTO: The Jan. 9 Community Wellness Havdalah provided an opportunity to find healing in Jewish tradition. Rabbi Barry Cohen said the spices remind us to use all of our senses to nourish our souls. See recording at jewishportland.org/wellnesshavdalah.

    Long before rioters stormed our Capitol, Br...

  • With a few changes, the following are the comments Rabbi David Kosak delivered on the evening of Jan. 6 at a hastily arranged communal gathering after the attack on the U.S. Capitol Building. 
     On Jan. 6, our nation’s Capitol came under attack, not from a foreign power, but by American cit...

  • Fire investigators from the Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire and Rescue are asking for the public’s help investigating a suspicious fire at a building on the grounds of Congregation Beth Israel in Northwest Portland. 
    “There is no indication that this was an anti-Semitic event,” sa...

  • PHOTO: Rather than spend another year of college online, Jesse Rothstein (in mask) headed for Israel on a Masa Journey. Here he joins other Masa participants at the Kotel (Western Wall).


    When I was sent home from Chapman University in Orange, Calif., in March 2020, we were in...

  • PHOTO: Second from left, Mitchell Kaiser, from Vancouver, Wash., participated in SciTech in 2013.  


    Local high schoolers with an aptitude in STEM are invited to apply for SciTech 2021, the Technion Israel Institute of Technology’s summer international science research camp on...


    As a student at the University of Oregon, I moved home in March to finish the term virtually. If I’m being honest, I didn’t love taking my courses from home.
    I had been to Israel on the Alexander Muss program for a semester during my junior year in high school. One of my frie...

    A humorous play on elder advocacy by Portland Jewish playwright Darlene Zimbardi comes to the virtual world in February as part of the Fertile Ground Festival of New Work 2021.
    A program of the Portland Area Theatre Alliance, Fertile Ground will present 37 projects for the 12th an...


    Portland Jewish Academy seventh-grader Jake Chisholm did not let a global pandemic interfere with his yearlong community service project to raise funds for the Portland Backpack Project. The project provides backpacks full of food to kids who are experiencing food insecurity. 


 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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