Generously funded by the A. Victor & Betty Rosenfeld Leadership Development Endowment Fund of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation

PDX Pathways is your guide to creating stronger connections within your Jewish community! 


Meet other young Jewish professionals and participate in: 

  • Small-group professional mentoring
  • Learning about local Jewish organizations
  • Networking with Portland business leaders
  • Giving back to the Jewish community 


Applications for our fourth cohort have closed. Recruitment for cohort five will begin in Fall 2020. 

  • Meet our Pathways Partners

    Partners are experienced leaders from a range of professions with significant leadership experience and wisdom to share with younger members of our community.

How PDX Pathways works

Group Leaders (Mentors)

As experienced and successful community and business leaders from a range of professions, industries and occupations, Mentors are exceptional role models, with significant wisdom to share with younger members of our community. In their role, Mentors guide and support small groups of PDX Pathways participants in both their career development as well as their engagement in Portland's Jewish community.

Participants (Mentees)

Welcome from any professional industry or occupation, applicants should be able to articulate clear goals and objectives for their participation in PDX Pathways. If selected, participants will be placed into small groups that will meet with Group Mentors monthly during the course of the program. Participants are also asked to attend a series of leadership development, community education, and skill building workshops and meetings.

The Matching Process

After the recruitment and application period for participants has concluded, Federation professionals and Pathways alumni will review the applications submitted, conduct interviews, and facilitate the matching and group assembly for the 4th cohort. Matches will be made based on applicants' goals and the relevant expertise of the Group Leaders/Mentors.


“I really enjoyed that I learned so much about all the programs and offerings available to Jews here in Portland. That was incredibly valuable!”

“I liked the overall rapport that the cohort had with each other. I think there were some dynamics that allowed to folks to gently be held accountable and challenged in productive ways.”

“It was awesome. I wish there could have been more group events with all of the mentors and all of the program participants.”

“We had an opportunity to share challenges in communicating at work. That was helpful in knowing that I am not alone in my experience!”

“I found that the affirmation from them surrounding my career path and my Jewish identity to be the most helpful. Plus, given that my groupmates came from different sectors of the human service/nonprofit world, I learned quite a bit about navigating different partnerships.”

We believe all participants of PDX Pathways will come away with new and meaningful connections and skills that can advance their career and social networks. We also hope participants will leave the program feeling inspired and moved to become more involved in Jewish life in the greater Portland area.

Community Partners

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It is important to acknowledge that not everyone who satisfies the eligibility criteria will be invited to participate in the program. PDX Pathways will attempt to create groups and match each to one group mentor. Therefore, dependent on the career field, goals, interests and the particular skill-set of our group mentors, PDX Pathways may not be able to find an appropriate match for all interested applicants. Matches will be made based on applicants’ goals as well as the expertise of the group mentors.