›› 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 start January 18, 2015.  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.

See our online calendar for the topics of each class session. The first classes will be on Jan 18.

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."

This Shabbat, Dec 19-20:
Candlelit Kabbalat Shabbat services and Torah story with Melissa and Zahavi Friday night; Chanukah Party Saturday night

Please join us for Shabbat Miketz on Friday, December 19, 7:30 pm:

Friday, December 19th, in honor of Chanukah, we'll have a candlelit service and Torah story with Maggidah Melissa and Zahavi.

Saturday, December 20th: No shabbat services on Saturday morning, but join us for our Chanukah party and potluck Saturday night!  Simcha School at 4 pm; adults arrive at 4:30 for crafts and games (bring latke batter for our Men's Group to fry, along with other potluck items); bring your menorah and candles to LIGHT CANDLES AT 5 PM; latkes are served at 5:30 (families with kids first).

Next Shabbat, Dec 26:
EARLY Israeli-Style Kabbalat Shabbat with Baruch and Cassandra

Please join us for Shabbat Vayigash on Friday, December 26, 5:30 pm:

Do you need a jolt of Jewish between Christmas and New Year’s? Then join Maggidah Cassandra Sagan and our hazzan, Baruch Morris, for Kabbalat Shabbat “Israeli Style” on Friday, December 26, at 5:30 pm. “Israeli Style” means that we will do Kabbalat Shabbat BEFORE dinner, hence the early start. So come straight from work! “Israeli Style” means that we will sing our way through all of the Kabbalat Shabbat psalms and piyutim (hymns) and still be done with services in a little over an hour. “Israeli Style” means that everyone will have a Shabbat meal with friends. If you would like to host a Shabbat dinner or would like an invitation, please contact Mark Nedleman (organizationmatters1@gmail.com, 503-803-2768). And finally, “Israeli Style” means singing at your Shabbat table! We’ll send you home with one or two zemirot (songs) to make your meal more festive. What could be better at this time of year?

P'nai Or Shuk

The shuk is open.

 Peruse the catalog here…









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

Abraham's Tent Interfaith Day Camp 2012