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Eastside Jewish Commons

For decades, eastside community members have dreamed of creating opportunities to engage in Jewish life closer to where they live, work, and play. Now, this dream has come to life! After a four-year process involving community engagement and organizing, we proudly opened our doors in July 2021 at NE 24th and Sandy.

The Eastside Jewish Commons (EJC)’s mission is to create and sustain a joyful, inclusive, and inspiring community space on Portland’s eastside where people can connect, learn, and grow.

Our values are:

  • Inspiring: We inspire the opening of  hearts and minds, ignite curiosity and embrace innovation,

  • Inclusive: We are welcoming, accessible, and inclusive to all interested in Jewish life.

  • Joyful: We uplift each other by coming together in a place where we all feel seen and heard and can celebrate and honor what unites us.

Our vision includes:

  • Regular programs for children, teens, and adults offered by 24 Jewish community partners as well as individuals and other organizations.

  • Services on Shabbat and holidays, offered by multiple congregations.

  • Counseling, massage, yoga, and other wellness services.

  • A social action hub.

  • A cultural hub for films, concerts, lectures, and more.

  • A learning center for all ages.

  • A program site for children and teens when schools are out.

  • Elder programs for social connection and links to essential services.

  • A social hub across the spectrum of Jewish life.