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About Us

Havurah Shalom is located in Portland, Oregon, at 825 NW 18th Ave, between NW Johnson and NW Kearney. We have grown from a small group of families meeting in each other's homes in 1978 to our current membership of more than 400 households.

Affiliated with  Reconstructing Judaism, Havurah's progressive approach to Jewish life integrates traditional, communal Jewish practices with the intellectual and political impulses of democracy and pluralism. We are open to all who want to connect with Judaism, including traditional Jewish families, single people, couples of mixed faiths and/or races, and people of all gender identifications.

Empowered and supported by our rabbi, education director, and other staff, Havurah members take leadership roles in governing, educating, providing music, taking social action, davening and reading Torah on Shabbat, and leading and leyning during High Holiday services.  Our High Holiday services, attended by roughly 1,000 people, are open to the public, with no payment or tickets required.

Our emphasis on active involvement distinguishes Havurah from most other congregations and allows members to become truly engaged in Jewish community. It enriches individual experience, deepens family relationships and friendships, and creates a strong, intertwined community. Each member has the opportunity for equal participation in determining the direction and goals of the community.

All are welcome at our High Holidays services, Shabbat services, and holiday celebrations!

How We Are Organized

Havurah Shalom has six different organizational bodies called "clusters":

Kehillah (Community)

Avodah (Spiritual Life)

Hadracha (Governance)

Makom (Place)

Limud (Education)

Tikkun Olam (Social Action)

Each of these clusters is home to many committees. Committees meet and progress in their desired area of focus. These focuses could range greatly, from transparency and inclusivity to climate action, to gardening, or even welcoming new members. Every committee has its own mission and goals, and that's what makes the Havurah community so rich and engaging. Members can be involved in as many committees as they want!

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