›› Welcome to P'nai Or!

P'nai Or of Portland welcomes you and invites you to share in the wellspring that is Jewish Renewal!

Our joyous worship is infused with singing, chanting, and dance.  We “pray with our feet” through tikkun olam (social justice) partnerships within and beyond our local community.  We dive deeply into Torah, learning from Chassidic masters as well as other wisdom traditions. And we celebrate the divine image reflected in the rich tapestry of individuals and families – LGBT, Interfaith, Jews by Birth, and Jews by Choice – who journey with us.

P'nai Or means 'Faces of Light' in Hebrew.

Simcha School: The Love and Joy of Judaism

Simcha School, our religious education program for kids in preschool through pre-b'nai mitzvah, meets 2 Saturdays per month. The 5775 season began with a special gathering in our sukkah in October.  But it's not too late to join!

Each session begins with davvening (praying) and singing all together before breaking into separate classes for time with teachers and peers. For more information, contact Batya Podos at batsongs@gmail.com.

And We Have Adult Education, Too!

Our 5775 Adult Ed classes are under way.  Classes are all standalone, so come to as few or as many as can fit into your schedule.

We will have two Adult Education courses taught by experienced members this year. Both classes will be held on the 3rd Sunday of each month and continue into the summer. Melissa Carpenter’s class on “Magic Words in the Torah” (study and discussion of different meanings of a key word), will be from 2:00 to 3:30, and Bob Lowe’s class on “Siddur Study” (history and meanings of prayers in the Shema section of the morning service), will be from 4:00 to 5:30.

Every P’nai Or member is welcome to attend any of these classes at no charge. Non-members are also welcome, and will be charged $10 per class session.

In addition to these Adult Ed offerings, Betty Esthelle is offering a Shabbat Enrichment series on "Being a Mystic in a Scientific World" which meets after services one Saturday per month.  See our online calendar for the specific dates for this series, and for the topics of each Adult Ed class session and Shabbat Enrichment session.

Stay Up-To-Date On All Our Events

Check out our Calendar, or refer to your "Calendar" and "Announcements" mailings for the most up-to-date listing of services, classes, and events. If you're not receiving our weekly announcement emails and would like to, please contact announcements@pnaiorpdx.org and request to subscribe to "Announcements."

Join us on Wednesday, March 4! Fun for all ages!

This Purim will include a show by the Israeli world musician and peacemaker Gabriel Meyer Halevy, accompanied by  Peruvian dancer and percussionist Luciana Proaño.

The evening will begin with a children’s Purim fair at 5:00. Everyone is invited to come at 6:10 to enjoy the kids’ costume parade, song, and puppet show. At 6:30 we will have a stand-up nosh featuring Middle Eastern food.  At 7:00 the teens will present a Purimspiel, we’ll read the megillah (the book of Esther), have a quiz and a Mitzvah Moment, and then (drum roll) the musical show by our guest artists, including some new songs for Purim!

Purim is the birthday of our beloved founding rabbi, Reb Aryeh Hirschfield zt’l, and in his honor Gaby and Luciana are giving their time to help us celebrate b’simcha v’sasson (with joy and unexpected joy).  Please bring a little money to donate for the nosh, socks to donate to Human Solutions, non-perishable food to donate to Neighborhood House, and hamantaschen and party drinks to donate to the joy of the evening.

This Shabbat, Feb 28:
Shabbat Morning Services with Cathy Zheutlin, Linda Zahavi, and Lynn Taylor, followed by Learning with Betty Esthelle

Please join us for Shabbat Tetzaveh/Shabbat Zachor on Saturday, February 28, at 10 am.

After services and oneg, stay for the next in Betty Esthelle's series on "Being a Mystic in a Scientific World." The topic this month is Four Corners, Four Letters, Four Contributions.

Next Shabbat, March 7:
Shabbat Morning Services with Cassandra Sagan

Please join us for Shabbat Ki Tisa on Saturday, March 7, at 10 am.

This will be a short, family-friendly service (10-11 am), followed by Torah study at 11:15 with John McManus.

P'nai Or Shuk

The shuk is open.

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Abraham's Tent Interfaith Day Camp, August 20 - 24, 2012

Abraham's Tent Interfaith Day Camp 2012