OUR MISSION STATEMENT

WHAT WE BELIEVE

B'nai Portland is an unaffiliated Jewish congregation devoted to Jewish practice without bias to ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, or level of observance can find religious fulfillment.


IT'S ABOUT MORE THAN SERVICES

WHY B'NAI PORTLAND?

B'nai Portland provides a wide array of religious offerings. In addition to religious school, B'nai Portland serves the evolving needs of the greater Portland Jewish community.

Hebrew Education

Hebrew
Education

Learning Hebrew, Torah, and Tikkun Olam unlock fundamental parts of Jewish observance and provide insight still relevant to today.

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Preperatino for Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Preparation for
Bar/Bat Mitzvah

As the passage into Jewish adulthood, students learn to lead Shabbat service, read from Torah, perform a mitzvah project, and write their d'var.

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Core Judaic Studies

Life Cycle
Events

Celebrate l'dor v'dor, continuation of practicing Jewish ritual, with baby namings, conversions, funerals, weddings, and other lifecycle events.

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Shabbat and
Holiday Services

Recognize time-honored traditions of welcoming Shabbat by participating in celebration and song in the peaceful surrounding of community.

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Community Engagement

Performing Acts
of Tzedakah

We believe in helping to improve the community through dedicated service, acts of kindness, and living the teachings of social justice.

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High Holiday Services

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"Our daughter began at B'Nai Portland this year and we've never seen her so eager to attend classes. In B'Nai Portland we have found a warm, welcoming community."

Jen and Jared Levin

"Both of my daughters grew up at B'nai Portland with Rabbi Laura. We found Laura's approach and the community to be warm, personal and tailored for each of our girls. They have a rich Jewish identity and B'nai Portland and Laura were a huge part of the evolution of that identity."

Kate Fishman

"Rabbi Laura is unlike any spiritual leader I have known. Among her many attributes she exhibits purposeful moral values, mindful spiritual insight, endless enthusiasm, unusual creativity, and boundless loving kindness."

Judy Cutler

"Laura put both of our kids at ease when studying for their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs- her humorous yet no nonsense approach was a great fit for our children and resulted in two memorable ceremonies that we will all remember."

Al and Lori Bloom

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