›› 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.

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, Jan 31:
Shabbat morning services with Rabbi Andrew Hahn, "The Kirtan Rabbi"

Please join us for Shabbat Beshalach on Saturday, January 31, 10 am:

Rabbi Andrew Hahn, aka "The Kirtan Rabbi," will be in Portland Jan 30-31!  On Friday night, he'll be leading Kirtan-style services at Shaarie Torah; on Saturday morning, he'll be leading services at P'nai Or; and on Saturday night, he'll be giving a concert at Shaarie Torah.  More details:

Friday night, Jan 30, 6:30 pm, 920 NW 25th Ave: Rabbi Hahn will co-lead the Kabbalat Shabbat Services with Rabbi Josh Rose, followed by Shabbat dinner.  Tickets for dinner can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1021876.

Saturday morning, Jan 31, 10 am, 9750 SW Terwilliger Blvd: Rabbi Hahn will lead services at P'nai Or. (no charge!)

Saturday night, Jan 31, 7 pm, 920 NW 25th Ave: Kirtan Concert at Shaarie Torah.  Tickets for the concert can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1021876.

Next Shabbat, Feb 7:
Shabbat morning services with Melissa Carpenter; Tu B'Shvat seder with Harriet Cooke and Beth Hirschfield

Please join us for Shabbat Yitro on Saturday, February 7, 10 am:

Melissa Carpenter will lead Shabbat Morning services.

And Saturday evening at 6:13 pm, we have a special event!

Tu B’Shvat Seder & Radio Play
(inspired by Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything)
"The Sap is Rising: An Optimistic, Radical Response to Climate Change"

Please join us for an interfaith evening of inspiration, prayer, story, and song as we celebrate the New Year of the Trees in the Jewish tradition.

We will join with the rising energy of the trees at this season to explore the Connections between our ECONOMIC SYSTEM and CLIMATE CHANGE and seriously entertain optimistic, equitable, inspiring, radical responses.

The play will be followed by Havdalah and a Tu B’Shvat seder including ritual fruits, song, and story.

All are welcome to attend!

Please arrive early for light refreshments.

Doors open at 5:45. Play starts promptly at 6:13!

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