Co/Lab is a new initiative for Portland’s Jewish community: Live and interactive public events, wide-ranging cultural presentations and performances, and rich educational opportunities. 

But here’s the thing: While Co/Lab is a place to explore Judaism, it’s not a synagogue or religious organization. Whatever your background or wherever you’re going: If you’re interested in  exploring what Judaism has to say about our lives and our world, connecting with others and discovering something new, Co/Lab is for you.

Our Programs

Explore our 2021-2022 slate
of events, gatherings, classes, and more

Art/Lab

A 9-month creative laboratory for Portland area contemporary Jewish artists that will engage the Portland Jewish community. Together a cohort of artists explore Jewish and contemporary themes and then share their work and process at dynamic, public facing events. The first Art/Lab event for the public is in January 2022. 

Growing Hearts

Jewish wilderness, creative, and character development experience for bnai mitzvah aged kids.  Not your grandpa’s bar mitzvah!  Informational meeting for families on November 14th.  We are currently accepting families in the 2021/22 cohort, which begins in January. 

Jewish Business Networking

A small-business networking group for Jew(ish) or Jewish-adjacent professionals. A place to connect with other businesses, develop client referrals, address your challenges and build mentorship opportunities. Launch event at Liekam Brewing November 17, register now

Learning/lab

A range of of one-time and ongoing classes with that  distinctively Co/Lab mix of creativity, insight and fun. Traditional Jewish texts, as well as experiences that will move beyond the page to Jewish cooking, baking, art, music. A range of brilliant Portland creatives, mavens, adventurers and rabbis  lead the way.

Seeing Voices: A Gathering on Psychedelics & Jewish Consciousness 

“Was Moses Tripping?” asks an author of a Times of Israel article. We’ll face this intriguing question with seriousness and heart at this large Spring gathering.  We’ll also explore psychedelic therapy for intergenerational trauma and how Jewish values guide us in considering equity implications for BIPOC and poor communities. Seeing Voices will be held in Spring 2022. Smaller gatherings happening in Fall and Winter 2021.

Completely OutRighteous: A Purim Celebration & Collaboration between Co/Lab & The Alberta Shul

The festival of Purim is all about fun and righteousness. You probably know that Purim is associated with wild costumes and drunken festivities. You may not know that tzedakah – giving to those in need  –  is central to the holiday.  Well, Co/Lab and local Portland Jewish gem The Alberta Shul aim to maximize both the outrageous fun and the righteous giving. We’re building a pull-out-the stops, over-the-top, City-wide Purim party to raise money for a local organization that serves Portland’s houseless population.  Happening in March 2022.

Let All Who Are Hungry Come and Eat: A Seder for & With the Houseless

Each year we begin our seder with an invitation to those who are poor to come and join us as we eat the ‘poor person’s bread’ (matzah).  And then we literally close our doors.  Not this year!  Co/Lab wants to bring the Haggadah to life and make this Passover different as we join together in safety and security with those who are unseen and marginalized in our own city. The seder will happen in April 2022.

Jump in to the Lab!

There are three ways to get involved in Co/Lab.

  1. Attend events that interest you! It’s that simple. Sign up to hop on our email list, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
  2. Share an idea! All of our  programs come from people in the Portland community like you who sit and brainstorm with Rabbi Josh. Have an idea for an event? Curious about a Jewish take on an important topic? Email  rabbijosh@colabpdx.org or fill out our contact form whether you have the next great Co/Lab concept, or just want to sit down over coffee to schmooze. 
  3. Collaborate with others building these great events. At least 1/2 the fun is connecting with other people like you, adding your voice to the mix, and helping us create. Email  rabbijosh@colabpdx.org or fill out our contact form to get involved.

For you.  Your mother was Jewish. Your dad was.  Or your friend’s parents growing up were Jewish.  Your partner is Jewish or even … some of your best friends are Jewish.  Or, you’re just you and you’re interested in what’s happening at Co/Lab.  You get the idea: if you want to connect to Co/Lab we want you to hang out with us. 

Co/Lab is not a synagogue or a spiritual community – but we love those spaces! In fact, our founder, Rabbi Josh Rose, was a congregational rabbi for 14 years.  We plan to invite Portland’s many wonderful rabbis to participate in our programs, and we welcome those for whom synagogue life is central and those for whom it is not.

Who is Co/Lab for?

Where is Co/Lab?

Our programs will be at locations around Portland and we will be proud to host events at the fabulous new site of the East Side Jewish Commons.  

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Newish and Jewish in Portland

there is a lot of creative energy in jewish portland right now. here are just some of the other people doing new and innovative work.

Religion Outside the Box/Rabbi Brian Mayer
Shulchan.pdx: Exploring Spirituality, the Arts and Civic Engagement Together/ Rabbi Steven Moskowitz/ (Facebook group)
TischPDX: Emerging Jewish Leadership Incubator/Eleyna Fugman & Rabbi Ariel Stone
Alberta Shul: a Jewish grassroots organizational hub

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