Portland’s west side contains the vast majority of Jewish institutions, and caters to an older, more traditional Jewish population. The challenge for Portland’s Jewish leaders is to engage a new generation of Jews. Many live on the east side, don’t affiliate with a particular sect of Judaism and aren’t looking to pay pricy membership dues at a synagogue or Jewish Community Center.
What are your experiences with the Jewish community in Portland? If you’re not involved, what would you like to see that might get you you to participate?
Ariel Stone: Rabbi, Shir Tikvah
Caron Blau Rothstein: Community Engagement Director, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland
Vanessa Van Edwards: Author