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.

call for artists: art/lab cohort 2022-23

Art/Lab invites Portland area contemporary Jewish artists to apply for the 2022-23 cohort beginning this fall. Be a part of a 9-month artists laboratory that explores the intersection of Judaism, creative expression and contemporary culture in order to inspire new works. This year we will explore the theme of מַחֲלוֹקֶת f. noun (b.h. מַחֲלֹקֶת; חָלַק) division; separation; difference, dissension, strife, faction. 

Our Programs

Explore our 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. Applications are now open for our 2022-23 cohort. Use the link below to learn more and apply. 

Learning/lab

New classes are in the works. Check back here for info. 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. 

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. Co-Working opportunities first Tuesdays of the month at the Eastside Jewish Commons. Come for a nosh, coffee, wifi and community, 9:30 am – 12pm. 

An Oral History of the Jewish Future

This Spring we’ll introduce An Oral History of the Jewish Future 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

This day-long gathering will explore the resonance between psychedelic and religious experience, ancestral trauma and psychedelic therapy, Judaism’s psychedelic roots, and Oregon’s central role in the psychedelic revival. Bringing together some of today’s most prominent local and national voices on the intersection of psychedelic and Jewish thought.

Growing Hearts

Jewish wilderness, creative, and character development experience for bnai mitzvah aged kids. Not your grandpa’s bar mitzvah! Our first cohort began in Jan 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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