›› 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 (unless otherwise noted) 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.  Next classes: Sunday, June 21.

Every P’nai Or member is welcome to attend any of these classes at no charge. Nonmembers 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.  Next session: Saturday, June 27.

See our online calendar for the specific dates and 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."

This Shabbat, May 29:
Simcha School Family Shabbat and Potluck

Early services for our Simcha School classes. Contact Batya Podos for more information: batsongs@gmail.com.

Next Shabbat, June 6:
Shabbat Morning Services with Our Hazzan, Baruch Morris

Please join us for Shabbat Behalotacha on Saturday, June 6, at 10 am for Shabbat morning services with our Hazzan Baruch Morris and a special teaching from Steve Kaplan, followed by Torah study with John McManus.  It's also the last day of our Simcha School for the year, and they will be having a picnic!

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