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Havurah Shalom is located at 825 NW 18th Ave, Portland, between NW Johnson and NW Kearney. Scroll down to see how you can take public transportation to Havurah and where you can park if you drive here.

Founded in 1978, Havurah has grown from a small group of families to a membership of nearly 400 families. Affiliated with Reconstructionist Judaism, our 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, educator and music coordinator, 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 Holidays services. Our High Holiday services, attended by roughly 1,000 people, have been open to the public, with no payment or tickets required, for more than 30 years.

The 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!

Parking & Public Transportation

Thanks to a generous offer from Legacy Health Systems, Havurah members can park in the Legacy corporate office parking lot, at 1919 NW Lovejoy, on Friday nights, Saturdays, and Sundays - in the "visitor" spaces (marked "V" below) and, at especially large gatherings, in spaces 20-37 along the Lovejoy side of the lot.

Please do not park in any other spaces in the parking lot! We are very grateful for Legacy's generous offer of parking spaces during our weekend events, and we want to honor Legacy's request that we not use other spaces in the parking lot.

These streetcar stops are near Havurah Shalom:

  • East-bound stop on the North-South line is at NW Lovejoy and 18th Ave.
  • West-bound stop on the North-South line is at NW 18th Ave and Northrop.

These bus stops are near Havurah:

  • East-bound stop for Bus #77 is at NW Everett and 19th Ave.
  • West-bound stops for Bus #77 are at NW Glisan and 19th Ave and NW Glisan and 16th Ave.

These links provide helpful information about timing:

Directions to Our Cemetery

Directions from downtown Portland to our cemetery, which is a section of the Jones Cemetery at 5656 SW Humphrey Blvd:

  • Take Highway 26 West toward Beaverton.
  • Take the Sylvan Exit.
  • Turn left at the light at the top of the exit ramp and cross over the freeway.
  • Turn left at the second light onto SW Humphrey Blvd.
  • Turn right onto SW Hewett.
  • Take an immediate left into the parking lot of the Vineyard Church. As you drive up through the parking lot, the cemetery entrance will be straight ahead.
  • Park in the church parking lot (except on Sunday mornings), and proceed on foot into the cemetery.
  • Continue up the paved path toward the circular drive to the right. The oldest section of Havurah's cemetery is just beyond the circular drive, marked by hedges along the left and back and a wire fence on the right.
Mon, October 23 2017 3 Cheshvan 5778