The Power of Community


We believe that no child should go to bed hungry. That every senior has the right to live with dignity. That all Jews should be able to live—anywhere in the world—without fear of persecution. That we can inspire the Jewish community of tomorrow. That’s why the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland focuses on helping people in need, rescuing people in danger, and keeping Jewish life strong.  
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The Strength of a People


Your donation to Federation is the one gift that does it all. Through our network of partners and our strategic approach to funding, Federation identifies, supports and addresses the full range of social service issues and community needs with compassion and foresight, today and into the future.

Since 1920, the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland has been your means of connecting with your community, discovering new ways to do good and giving back to those who came before you.

By raising funds that support a broad network of organizations and through innovative programming and initiatives, we are able to meet the ongoing needs of people at home, in Israel and around the world for today and for future generations.

  • On October 20 a ceremonial groundbreaking was held for the new Portland Community Mikvah, a collaboration of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and Oregon Board of Rabbis.

  • Depression is a common and potentially debilitating – but highly treatable – condition. Joseph, a local senior in his 70s suffers from social isolation and bouts of sadness. He noticed that he...

  • Early in freshman year, a friend dragged Rebekah to a Bagel Break at the campus Hillel, a Federation beneficiary. She felt out of place there, intimidated. When she told the Hillel director that s...

  • Because of your support and the help of StandWithUs Northwest, Timna Rockman will be the shelicha or Israeli emissary in the Portland area through May 2017. She will be sharing stories of her life ...

Getting a Gift and Giving it Back


When Mikah lost his mother last year, making him an orphan, the high school senior turned to Jewish Federation for physical and emotional support. The Jewish community had always been a part of his life, and it once again stepped in to help. Hear about how Mikah’s experiences with the Federation have molded his sense of responsibility and leadership, and how he plans to give back to the Jewish community that has given him so much. 


Giving it Back

Hear Mikah tell his story in his own words.

Sustaining Community Support

The Chai Society was created to recognize donors who have supported the Federation Annual Campaign, at any level, for 18 years or more. We will host several events each year for members of the Chai Society and their families.


For more information about the Chai Society, contact Wendy Kahn at 503.892.3015.

Our Mission

Assure the building and strengthening of the Jewish community locally, nationally, overseas, and in Israel, in accordance with Jewish values

Building our community

We work to lead, build and strengthen and renew a dynamic local Jewish community as well as represent its interests and concerns.

Helping those in need

We ensure that members of the local Jewish community facing difficult times, crisis or hardship can turn to us for help.

Jewish life and learning

We support, strengthen and build a vibrant Jewish community through a wide range of cultural and educational offerings.

Israel and oveseas

We extend our help to the most vulnerable Jews in Israel and the Former Soviet Union, while actively supporting the Jewish homeland.