On May 5, Rabbi Tzvi and Esther Fischer announced they will be leaving our community to move to Detroit this summer. An article in a future issue of Jewish Review will explore their many contributions to Portland’s Jewish community.
“Over the past 15 years, our family has had the great opportunity to be engaged in building our Portland community through the Portland Kollel,” wrote Rabbi Fischer in a letter. “Watching the Kollel community grow from its infancy into a vibrant part of Jewish Portland has been truly rewarding.”
He added that the Kollel will continue to grow with the community under the able leadership of Rabbi Chanan Spivak, Rabbi Boruch Dov Diskind and the rest of the Kollel team.
“Their incredible work over the past 15 years with the Portland Kollel, Maayan Torah Day School, Oregon Kosher, Rachel’s Well Community Mikvah and so much more cannot be overstated,” says Jewish Federation of Greater Portland President and CEO Marc Blattner. “I am close to Rabbi Fischer and can only say his warm demeanor, community openness and brilliant mind made my work at the Jewish Federation easier.”
The Portland Kollel provides vibrant non-synagogue-based Jewish learning. With classes, programs and informal settings throughout the city, the Portland Kollel brings a new perspective of meaning to everyday Jewish life.
Rabbi Fischer’s letter went on to say, “This decision did not come easily. We have been privileged to be a part of the Portland Kollel and its extended community, giving us the opportunity to connect with hundreds of Jewish families, whether in our home or through the various relationships, classes and programs we have been involved with. We have been inspired by the lives we have touched, and the many special people we have come to know during our time here.”