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Havurah Shalom: Portland's Reconstructionist Community

Havurah Shalom is a Reconstructionist Jewish community based in Portland, Oregon. During the last 40 years, we have grown from a small group of families meeting in each other's homes to our current membership of 500 households.

Our mission is to provide a vibrant, diverse, participatory Jewish community steeped in spirituality, learning, and acts of social responsibility.  As we enact our mission, we are guided by these values.

Our many committees and teams are organized in the following six groups we call clusters. Members are invited to join as many as they feel comfortable participating in.

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; we welcome all identities.

Empowered and supported by our 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 over 1,000 people each year, are open to the public with no payment or tickets required.

Our emphasis on active involvement distinguishes us 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 to determine the direction and goals of our organization.

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

Havurah Clusters & Committees

Community Brochure for 2021-22 / 5782

This year's community brochure lists many of the events, classes, and activities planned for the year 5782.

Affiliations

Reconstructing Judaism – The Jewish Reconstructionist movement sprang from 20th century American concerns about egalitarianism, the democratic process, and a focus on the community as arbiter of Jewish imaginative practice and theology. 

Community of Welcoming Congregations (CWC) – An association of congregations in the Portland metropolitan area that welcome and affirm people of all sexual orientations and identities.

Metropolitan Alliance for the Common Good (MACG) – An organization of community-based institutions in and around Portland that works to create a strong, non-partisan civil sector voice to address economic, social, and environmental issues affecting our community.

Transparency & Inclusivity

Havurah Shalom aspires to be a transparent and inclusive community. To that end, we have developed guidelines to evaluate our communication and processes a set of reminders that we employ in our effort to be as transparent and inclusive as possible. See our Transparency & Inclusivity Guidelines.

Long Range Plan

Havurah is currently working on a new Long Range Plan. Our previous Long Range Plan, published in 2014, highlights our vision for the coming years. You can find a one-page Overview of the Plan here and the entire Long Range Plan here. We are currently working on a new Long Range Plan.

Growth Report

Tom Berg and Deborah Eisenbach-Budner prepared this insightful report about Havurah’s growth and the decisions Havurah needs to make based on those projections.

Sun, October 2 2022 7 Tishrei 5783