Photo: Young adults competed to see who could create the best topping/decorated latke at the Jews Next Dor Chanukah party.
Portland is fortunate to have several organizations hosting events for young adults. The organizations below shared their February events and invite all to attend.
JEWS NEXT DOR
Jews Next Dor (dor is Hebrew for “generation”) is open to Jews in their 20s and 30s across the Portland area.
Congregation Beth Israel (no membership required) has relaunched the young adult group with one event per month combining spiritual and social components. The post-pandemic return began with a JND Chanukah Kickoff in December 2022.
“There are so many folks looking for connection and community, and I think this is a lovely way to find it,” says Shain Zins, who coordinates Jews Next Dor.
ShabBrunch, Feb. 11, 10:30 am: This event for Jews in their 20s and 30s will be a great opportunity to celebrate Shabbat with a short and sweet service and a catered brunch following. Tickets are $10. RSVP at bethisrael-pdx.org/community/jnd/.
You can also join the JND mailing list and find future events on the website or by contacting Shaina at 503-222-1069 or email@example.com.
The Moishe House model supports young adult leaders in their 20s and early 30s, allowing them to create vibrant Jewish communities for themselves and their peers. Moishe House hass been in Portland since 2008.
Text 503-908-3394 to RSVP for all events except Restorative Yoga.
Torah and Tea, Feb. 2, 7-8:30 pm: Join us at Portland Moishe House for (departing resident) David’s last Torah and Tea talk!
Portland Pop-Up Light Show, Feb. 4, 6-8 pm: The Portland Light Festival is an amazing weaving of art and technology, with pop-up shows throughout the city. Location TBD.
Tu B’Shvat Celebration, Feb. 5, 1-3 pm: Come celebrate the New Year for the trees at Moishe House. After tea, take a walk to see some heritage trees nearby.
David’s Farewell Potluck Shabbat, Feb. 10, 6:30-9 pm: Join us at Moishe House to wish David leich l’shalom before his upcoming travels following his successful stint hosting well-attended events at Moishe House. Text 503-908-3394 with the potluck dish you plan to bring.
Jackbox Game Night, Feb. 16, 6:30-8:30 pm: Friends at game night have really enjoyed interactive games like Cards Against Humanity and charades. We’d love to bring that same energy to an evening spent playing games from Jackbox studios. Bring your charged cellular device and some friends for a night of fun at Moishe House.
Moishe House Goes to Mardi Gras, Feb. 21, 5-7 pm: Did you know that Portland has an amazing annual Mardi Gras parade? Dress up and dance in the street with us. The parade down North Mississippi starts at Victoria Bar, and we can stop at many local businesses along the way.
Restorative Yoga Shabbat, Feb. 24, 7:30-9 pm: Welcome Shabbat with this special yoga event at People’s Yoga on NE Killingsworth. Amanda Davidowitz (inspiredheartwellness.com/yoga) will guide you through a series of gentle, supportive, restorative yoga poses, while film and TV composer Harlan Silverman plays meditative cello music to encourage a deeper surrender to rest. Bring your own mat. Register at tinyurl.com/bdfcdmnt. This event is $25. If cost is a barrier, request a free ticket sponsored by TischPDX on sign-up form.
Moishe Pod-WestPDX, a two-person Moishe House on Portland’s west side, is hosting three fun events this month. Part of a global nonprofit that builds peer-led Jewish community for young adults, Moishe Pod arrived in Portland in April 2022.
RSVP for any of these events at moishepodwestpdx.com/events.
Tu B’Shevat Seder, Feb. 6, 7-9 pm: Experience a call to action and learn about climate change as part of a seder for Tu B’Shevat. We will honor the trees, celebrate this holiday and engage in learning together.
Secret Roller Disco, Feb. 16, 7-9 pm: Join us for Portland’s worst kept secret, the Secret Roller Disco! Skate rentals are available.
Happy Hour with MOTs, Feb. 23, 6-8 pm: Join us as we collaborate with MOTs (Members of the Tribe) for this happy hour at Lucky Labrador on Quimby. Learn about their offerings available once folks age out of the Moishe House demographic.
OneTable is a national nonprofit that empowers young adults (21-39ish) to find, share and enjoy Shabbat dinners. The social dining platform makes it easy to host or attend a Shabbat dinner.
OneTable provides simple DIY tools so people can experience Shabbat dinners in their neighborhood.
To find a dinner to join or to become a dinner host, visit onetable.org.
MEMBERS OF THE TRIBE
MOTS is a Meetup group of Portland-area Jews (mid-30s to mid-50s) that turns 10 this year. Past events have included potlucks, happy hours and hikes. Adam Schwartz recently became the third organizer in the group's 10-year history.
To join a MOTS event (including the happy hour with Moishe Pod above) or to learn more, visit meetup.com/pdxmots-35-54.
Young women invited to brainstorm on building Portland Hadassah
Hadassah will host an online conversation this month to help build a new Hadassah young women’s presence in Portland.
The brainstorming session will be on Zoom at 7 pm, Feb. 22. Women ages 30 to 50 are invited to share their ideas and be part of Hadassah’s expansion.
Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, was founded before Israel was a state and before women could vote. For 100+ years, Hadassah has worked to find and implement solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing each generation. Together, Hadassah and its 300,000 members help women find their voices to advance health equity and fight hate and antisemitism in the United States. Thanks to the medical system in Israel that Hadassah helped create, new treatments and scientific breakthroughs are saving lives around the world.
Register at events.hadassah.org/PortlandYoungWomen. The Zoom link will be sent after you register.
For questions, contact Hadassah West Area Engagement Director Deanna Migdal at firstname.lastname@example.org.