›› 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 and 1 Sunday per month. The 5774 school year is complete.  Registration for 5775 will be coming soon.

Each session begins with davvening (praying) and singing all together before breaking into separate classes for time with teachers and peers. Sundays include Israeli folk dancing. For more information, contact our education director, Deanna Cohen, at deannacohen2013@gmail.com.


And We Have Adult Education, Too!

Each year, we have a theme for our monthly adult education series.  We've completed our journey for 5774, but here's the description of what we did:

This year's theme is Midrash Mania! Let's journey together through a communal exploration of traditional and modern midrashim-the stories and analyses of Torah that flesh out, inform, inspire and sometimes shock us into higher levels of spiritual understanding and awareness.

Every month we'll study 5-8 midrashim on the Torah portion of that week, unpacking their significance for our lives, our relationships, our spiritual practice and more. In each class we'll also have the opportunity to create our own midrashim.

The class will meet you exactly where you are, whether this is your first exploration of midrash or you've been drinking from the well for decades. Bring your heart, soul, mind, curiosity and creativity and together we will swim in the moods, motifs, metaphors and sometimes mishegas of our glorious tradition!

Adult Ed meets once a month on a Tuesday evening. Free for members; $10 per class for non-members. All are welcome.

Stay tuned for the theme and schedule for 5775, with classes starting in September or October of 2014!  Classes are all standalone, so come to as few or as many as can fit into your schedule!


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.


Rabbah D'vorah's Vacation

Rabbi Debra Kolodny will be on vacation for the month of July and will not be answering emails during that month. Here’s who to contact for what in July:

- Rabbinic emergency (e.g., funerals), Council, policy or other governance questions: President Diane Cohen-Alpert, dianeca1@frontier.com

- Simcha School (childhood education) or bat or bar mitzvah coordination: Principal Deanna Cohen, deannacohen2013@gmail.com

- Summer Shabbat services: Melissa Carpenter, melissatz@comcast.net

- Music (Cantor and Choir Director): Baruch Morris, bmorris@blk-ink.com

- Bikkur Cholim (visiting the sick) committee: Rivka Gevurtz, rivkagevurtz@comcast.net

- Spiritual Direction, Chant group, Shiva minyanim: Linda Zahavi, zahavi3@comcast.net

- Administrative questions (website, email lists, schedule, membership, etc): Gayle Lovejoy, admin@pnaiorpdx.org


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