Embracing a Western Identity + The Jewish Oregon Story

The Shape of Community

“For the Oregon Jewish Community 1971 was a banner year. In the Portland metropolitan area, home to over 85 percent of the state’s Jews, the highlight was the completion of an expensive new Jewish Community Center. In advance of the opening, tours were offered of the ‘magnificent’ new building. Community leaders touted the new JCC as ‘more than just a beautiful , impressive edifice,’ claiming it would be ‘the spirit and hub of Jewish activities, Jewish cultural and social functions, and Jewish education,’ and ‘the symbol and the reality of Portland Jewish Community life . . . filled with fun, warmth and innovation.’” - Ellen Eisenberg

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