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.  

Co/Lab gives you a new way to explore Jewish ideas and values. This is not your grandmother’s Judaism – but we bet she’d love it.  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 current slate
of events, gatherings, classes, and more

Art/Lab

This 9-month creative laboratory for Portland area contemporary Jewish artists explores Jewish and contemporary themes and presents artists’ work at dynamic, public facing events. You can learn more about our fabulous ’22-’23 cohort of artists by clicking below. 

Learning/lab

Learning/Lab is a range of one-time and ongoing classes with that distinctively Co/Lab mix of creativity, insight and fun, moving beyond the page to Jewish cooking, baking, art, music. 

Don’t miss our new series Pub Torah on December 15th!  Click below to learn more and register

poetry: psalms in search of  home

Co/Lab helped raise the bar on Portland Jewish artists and artistry with this November ’22 event.  Click below to learn more about the event and the poets Dan Alter, Daniela Naomi Molnar and Alicia Jo Rabins.

An Oral History of the Jewish Future

An Oral History of the Jewish Future is done in partnership with the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. The project will highlight the work of Portland change-leaders and regular folks who are redefining what “Jewish” looks like in the 21st century.

Judaism and the Psychedelic Renaissance: A Portland Gathering

We’re gearing up for our 2nd gathering exploring the resonance between psychedelic and religious experience, ancestral trauma and psychedelic therapy and  Judaism’s psychedelic roots. Click below to see presentations and photos  from the first gathering – and let us know if you’d like to be involved this year (Summer ’23).

SOME SCENES FROM JUDAISM AND THE PSYCHEDELIC RENAISSANCE (MORE VIDEOS HERE)

Thank you to Anna Wilcox for her work on capturing the day with this and the other videos)

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.  Join the conversation!

Who is Co/Lab for?

Where is Co/Lab?

Co/Lab is everywhere!  We’ve hosted programs at the East Side Jewish Commons, in parks and open spaces, local bars, and funky restored warehouse spaces, among others. Check each event for location and registration information.  

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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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