What is Portland Young Adult Shabbat?

Portland Young Adult Shabbat

Portland Young Adult Shabbat was a collaborative program that coordinated a rotating weekly Friday night Shabbat service and social gathering, hosted by several local congregations. Each service was developed by and for young adults in their 20s and 30s, and each service had its own flair! In addition, it ran two large cohorts of Shabbat Clusters:  peer-led, in-home Shabbat potluck gatherings for Portlanders especially in their 20s and 30s.

As of 2015, the program has been on hiatus.


Check out a few local organizations that offer similar programs that might be right up your alley if you’ve made it to this website!

Jews Next Dor

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Looking to connect with some Jews your age?
New to the Jewish scene in Portland?
Jews Next Dor (JND), Congregation Beth Israel’s group for 20/30-somethings, is for you! Operating under Portland’s largest Reform synagogue, JND creates opportunities for the young adults of Portland’s Jewish community to come together in a relaxed and open environment. Offering both spiritual and social events, JND is the next big thing in the Portland Jewish scene.

Moishe House Portland

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The five residents of Moishe House Portland organize 7 events a month for 21-35 year old Jews living in Portland, some inside our home and most in the city. Programming ranges from social, religious, cultural, educational, and social service events. Moishe House is a place for young adults to become involved in the Jewish community, to meet others their age, and to develop their Jewish identity at any pace they feel comfortable with. Located in Portland’s hip Southeast neighborhood, Moishe House PDX is walking distance to countless bars, breweries, music venues, dance clubs, cafes, food spots and much more! Visit and like our Facebook page, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

(30s-40s Jewish Peeps aka Members of the Tribe)

Meetup page
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Calling 30s-40s year old MOTs of Portland! Looking for a Jewish place meant solely for you in PDX where you can create friendships and kick back with a good group of people? Best word used to describe what the PDX MOTS meetup group is all about… community. The second best word: fun.
We provide fun adults-only ways to meet our fellow members of the tribe while enjoying what Portland has to offer.  Whether it’s happy hour, meeting at a food truck pod, heading to the latest movie or onto a great trail, Shabbat dinners, Jewish Holiday activities, or of course enjoying some of the other organized Jewish events around town… we endeavor for this meetup group to be a way MOTS in our age range get together more often, make more Jewish friends, have fun and/or meaningful, thoughtful interactions.

Area Congregations

Portland Federation’s Directory of Synagogues

Passport to Jewish Portland


Connect with your community the easy way with Passport to Jewish Portland… with $360 and a simple call, you get a one year*:

  • Membership at the participating synagogue of your choice
  • Membership at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center
  • Membership at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
  • Subscription to Oregon Jewish Life Magazine

* Current non-members aged 22-30 are eligible for this one-time offer.


Have another program to add to the list? Get in touch with us and as long as it’s closely related to the original Portland Young Adult Shabbat mission, we can probably give you a link here!