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Call for Artists

art/lab applications open

Call for Artists: Cohort 2022-23

applications open through midnight, september 5

Art/Lab is a 9-month creative laboratory for Portland area contemporary Jewish artists working in a variety of media. The laboratory enables a cohort of artists to explore the intersection of Judaism, creative expression and contemporary culture in order to inspire new works.  Through text study, dialogue, and art practice we want to redefine what Jewish art and culture can be. Read about the artists from our 2021-2022 inaugural cohort here

We are excited to announce the call for artists for our upcoming 2022-2023 Art/Lab cohort. Applications will open on August 1st, 2022. The application deadline is midnight, September 5th.

Kickoff Meeting

Jewish Communal Land Project

kickoff meeting

Jewish Communal Land Project

Sun, July 24, 2022 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM | Eastside Jewish Commons

What might our Jewish community do with a plot of shared land? Imagine inclusive communal style living for connection, projects, celebrations, & more! Come to our first meeting! Enjoy bagels and coffee! Schmooze and connect! Participate in facilitated brainstorming! Discover the Jewish values involved and hear about such projects nationally! Learn the practical legal and real estate market issues involved!

past events

A Gathering on Psychedelics & Jewish Consciousness 

Judaism & the Psychedelic Renaissance

Summer gathering

Judaism & the Psychedelic Renaissance

july 10, 2022 | 10 am - 6 pm, eastside jewish commons

Portland’s only gathering exploring the intersection of psychedelics and Jewish consciousness and culture.

Can psychedelics make Judaism more meaningful? Can Jewish wisdom and practices deepen psychedelic experience? This day-long gathering will explore the confluence between psychedelic and religious experience, ancestral trauma and psychedelic therapy, Judaism’s psychedelic roots, and Oregon’s central role in the psychedelic revival. Featuring some of today’s most prominent voices on the intersection of psychedelics and Jewish thought, this will also be a place for community-building with like-minded folks. For anyone who is Jewish, Jewish-adjacent, or simply interested in exploring the relationship between psychedelics, spirituality, and personal and social transformation.

Speakers/presenters include: Rabbi Zac Kamenetz, Founder and CEO of Shefa: Jewish Psychedelic Support; Jon Dennis, activist and lawyer focusing on the psychedelic industry; Madison Margolin, journalist and co-founder of Double Blind magazine; Rabbi Josh Rose, Director of Co/Lab: Reimagine Jewish, and others.

Art/Lab opening event

From the Ground Up

art exhibit and conversation

From The Ground Up

June 2, 6:30 & Works on view through June 11, at the eastside jewish commons

An evening of art & conversation with the artists from Art/Lab.

What happens when 21st century artistic creativity comes together with ancient Jewish texts and contemporary life? The ten artists in Art/Lab’s first cohort have been learning together since November to find out. Don’t miss this first public presentation of the cohort’s work.
Join us for an evening of art and conversation featuring Art/Lab’s inaugural artists: Michelle Alany, Justin Carroll, Rebecca Clarren, Jennifer Gwirtz, Amy Leona Havin, Daniela Molnar, Jessica Rehfield, Sonya Sanford, Leila Wice and Ahuva Zaslavsky.

jewish business networking group

2022 gathering

Jewish Business Networking Group

First 2022 Gathering

April 12, 11:30 am | At the Eastside Jewish commons | 2420 NE Sandy Blvd

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. At our first meeting, we listened to what you needed. Now, we’ve been planning next steps how we can meet those needs, and have some amazingness that we are ready to share. This will be an open meeting to reconnect, share the plans, receive feedback from you, and engage you in what’s happening next. 

a night to remember

passover seder

passover seder

A Night to Remember: Seder for & with the Houseless

April 7, 2022 | 6-8 pm

On April 7th, Co/Lab is hosting a program, along with Cascadia Clusters and Beacon Village, to bring members of the Jewish Community together with houseless individuals for a Passover style meal (catered by Stone Soup) . At the meal we will reflect on the themes of Jewish “homelessness” and economic vulnerability that are part of the Passover story, and talk about what individuals, the Jewish Community, churches and others can do to make a difference in this moment of crisis in Portland. Contact rabbijosh@colabpdx.org if you’d like to participate or help.

Problem(s) of Meaning: What the Wandering Path of a Wayward Rabbi Means for You

virtual class


Problem(s) of Meaning: What the Wandering Path of a Wayward Rabbi Means for You

Feb. 24 & Mar 3*, 7pm | on Zoom *UpdateD time

In this memoir-as-teaching Rabbi Josh will share his journey from rabbi to non-religious & non-observant Jew as a way to examine what it means to be Jewish in the modern world.  Weaving together theology, personal narrative, philosophy, Jewish stories and core texts, Rabbi Josh will explore the challenges we face in forging an authentic 21st century Jewish identity.  

the purim party that makes a difference

Completely Outrighteous Purim

co/lab x the alberta shul

Completely Outrighteous Purim

march 19, 7 pm | the pickle factory

Get your costume ready and prepare for a great evening with Co/Lab, the Alberta Shul and plenty our friends from around town.

We’ll have outrageous fun while doing the righteous work of helping houseless Portlanders to get into safe and warm “tiny homes.”  OutRighteous!  Money raised from this event will help fund the construction of these homes and aid in giving houseless individuals valuable training in the construction field.  


first cohort gathering


First Cohort Gathering

nov 21 | 10 am | Cohort members only

Art/Lab 2021/2022 Cohort members begin their journey with the first cohort meeting. 

jewish business networking group

launch event

Jewish Business Networking Group

Launching the Network

Nov. 17 | 11:30 AM-1PM | Leikam Brewing,
5812 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97215

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. Join us at our kick-off event for lunch on us and discussion of how this group can serve your needs!

growing hearts

information session


Informational Meeting for Families

Nov. 14 | 11 AM | at the East Side Jewish Commons (2420 NE Sandy Blvd)

Jewish wilderness, creative, and character development experience for bnai mitzvah aged kids. Not your grandpa’s bar mitzvah! We are currently accepting families in the 2021/22 cohort, which will commence in January. Join us to find out more information about the program on Nov 14. 

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