Spotlight on Portland Kollel

The Jewish Review is featuring a profile of each of the 18 local beneficiary agencies of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland’s 2022 Annual Campaign.

PORTLAND KOLLEL / 503-245-5420
AREA OF SERVICE: Jewish Adult Education
2022-23 ALLOCATION: $16,900
SERVICES: Portland Kollel is a vibrant source of Jewish learning and programming in Portland. We provide classes and programs for all demographics at locations throughout the city, empowering people to discover their Jewish connection.

Portland Kollel is a vibrant source for non-synagogue-based Jewish learning for everyone including Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, unaffiliated or anywhere in between. With classes, programs and informal settings throughout the city, the Portland Kollel brings a new perspective of meaning to everyday Jewish life.
“Our main goal is to assist people through their personal journeys and establish a personal connection with them,” says Kollel CEO Rabbi Chanan Spivak. “To achieve this objective, we plan to expand our team at the Kollel in the coming months. With more staff, we can provide greater support, education and inspiration to individuals within the community.”
The Kollel supports and collaborates with numerous Jewish organizations in Portland including synagogues, schools and the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland by teaching classes and lending resources. 
“The Federation has shown us its unwavering support and guidance throughout our organization’s journey,” says Rabbi Spivak. “Since our inception, they have played a pivotal role in our growth and success. The Federation has also addressed various community needs and relationships, enabling us to concentrate on our mission and vision. We consider the Federation as our invaluable partner and friend.” 
The Kollel also offers teen programming through NCSY and Jewish Student Union clubs in schools. 
In addition, Oregon Kosher was founded by the Portland Kollel in 2007 and has since become the premier Kosher supervision agency in the Pacific Northwest.
You can read about previous growth at the Portland Kollel in the Jewish Review (see staff growth on page 8 in the Oct. 27, 2021, Jewish Review and see more about the expanded space at


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