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Our Community


  Shalom and welcome to CNS! We are a congregation that believes in the vitality of the Jewish people. Our community is filled with individuals and families who enjoy living a Jewish life that is dynamic, challenging, creative and inspirational. We welcome those new to Judaism, interfaith couples and families, and those who have a long affiliation with the rich traditions of Conservative Judaism. We truly are egalitarian and welcoming to all! CNS is the oldest and largest Conservative synagogue in Portland.


We are located in the heart of Southwest Portland, easily accessible from all points in the metropolitan area in a beautiful facility that was totally modernized and updated in 2008 featuring the largest Jewish library in the Northwest, three chapels, a boutique-style gift shop, and plenty of parking.

What's New at Neveh Shalom


Rabbi David Kosak (Senior Rabbi of Congregation Shaarey Tikvah in Beachwood, Ohio) Will be visiting us the weekend of April 17-18

We will be providing free babysitting for Friday Eve and Saturday morning/Eve, please call our office at 503.246.8831 by Wednesday, April 15, 2pm to RSVP.

Friday, April 17 
6:15pm Kabbalat Shabbat Services, Main Sanctuary  Rabbi Kosak will lead services and present a brief sermon

7:15pm Oneg Shabbat, Sanctuary Vestry


Saturday April 18 

9:00am  Shabbat Morning Services & Kiddush Lunch, Main Sanctuary  - Rabbi Kosak will lead services, read Torah, and present a d'rash on the weekly Torah reading.

Following Lunch (1:00pm)  - Rabbi Kosak will teach a class (approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour)

6:30pm- 8:48pm Saturday Programming, Stampfer Chapel

Rabbi Kosak will lead Mincha (afternoon service)

Light supper (seudat shlishit) - schmooze with Rabbi Kosak

"Town Hall Q & A" - ask Rabbi Kosak (almost) anything you want

Rabbi Kosak will lead Ma'ariv (evening service)

Rabbi Kosak will lead Havdalah (ending Shabbat)

CLICK HERE For information about Neveh Shalom's Rabbi Search 

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May 15-17, Save the date for a weekend celebrating Rabbi Daniel Isaak's 22 years at Neveh Shalom. Do you have pictures and special memories to share? We are collecting jpg photos for a memory book, as well as 100-300 essay-style reflections of the impact Rabbi Isaak has made in your life and in our community. Please send them to our committee at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Friday, May 15

7:30pm Special PDX Live! to kick-off a weekend of celebration


Saturday, May 16

9:00am Morning Shabbat service and kiddish luncheon

Reservations for luncheon requested.  To RSVP, please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-246-8831.  No cost.

7:00pm Fancy-Dress Dinner & Frivolity

Put on your dancing shoes and let loose with music by  

3 Leg Torso  as we laud our Rabbi with a night of jubilation!

$54 per person

Reservations required at tinyurl.com/rabbiisaak or 503 246-8831


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PDX Live! JR. - April 24, 5:30pm
PDX Live! expands for Young Families! Join us for a spirited Kabbalat Shabbat service for young familieswith children 0-8 led by Cantor B and Kim Schneiderman. Come at 5:30 for a fun-filled service, followed by a DELICIOUS Shabbat dinner, play time and dessert. $20 a family - RSVP here


$2,000 could be available for your child to attend Foundation School this fall. For those who qualify, Right Start will provide funding to help you ensure your child has the right start on developing a life rooted in Jewish values and traditions. More information here!
Right Start is proudly brought to you by the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland. Matching funding provided by the National Jewish Right Start Program, an initiative of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor.



shavuot showdown2015CNS Shavuot Showdown - Saturday Night, May 23

Come one, come all to the CNS Shavuot Showdown! - Join us for an evening of learning, fun and food! Come for one part or all of the night's festivities!


5:15pm Young Families Program

6:00pm Delicious Pizza Dinner - $6.50 a person (ages 2 and up), please RSVP in advance at tinyurl.com/shavuot15

6:45pm Cheesecake Taste Off -Sign up to compete at tinyurl.com/cnscheesecake

All cakes must be submitted to Rabbi Posen by Friday, May 22 at noon.

7:00pm The Story of Sinai with Rabbi Eve Posen

7:30pm Pub Style Torah Trivia - Who will be crowned the CNS Torah Champ? Quiz your way through the Torah! Suited to 3rd graders and up (with open Chumash)

9:00pm Ma'ariv

9:30pm Tikkun Leyl Shavuot



Parshat haShavua: Tzav   Leviticus 6:1-8:36/ Shabbat haGadol



The Shabbat immediately prior to the beginning of Passover is known as Shabbat haGadol, grammatically mistranslated as the Great Shabbat. Its primary referral is to the penultimate line in the special Haftarah from the prophet Malachi who predicts the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord, a reference to the coming of the Messiah. In Jewish tradition it was thought that the messiah would arrive on or around Passover since the original redemption form Egypt came at this time. It is the reason we anticipate the coming of Elijah who is to announce the coming of the messiah at the seder meal. (It is also no coincidence that Easter falls at this time.)

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Read Rabbi Eve Posen's Blog here - Updated Weekly

Coming Events

SUN, April 5

1:00pm Special Shomrei Teva Nature Hike for Pesach

SUN, April 12

Men’s Club Holocaust remembrance program

FRI, April 17

Sharing Shabbat

SUN, April 19

Shomrei Teva “Earth Day” event at Creekside Restoration Site

10:45am Book Talk @Neveh "Ministry of Special Cases."

WED, April 22

Sisterhood showing of “Blessed is the Match” (info p.12)

FRI, April 24

5:30pm PDX Live! Jr.

$20/family RSVP at tinyurl.com/pdxlivejr2

6:15pm High School Graduation Shabbat -

SAT, April 25

9:00am ALIYAH 5th and 6th grade families lead this special Shabbat Morning Service, open to the entire community.

Rabbi Isaak Weekend Celebration May 15-16

Fri, May 15    

7:30pm PDX Live!

Sat, May 16

9:00am Morning Shabbat service and luncheon

7:00pm Fancy Dress dinner and frivolity - http://www.tinyurl.com/rabbiisaak

Sun, May 17

Collaborative Jewish Wedding


Shabbat Times

Congregation Neveh Shalom | 2900 SW Peaceful Lane | Portland, OR 97239 | Tel: 503.246.8831 | Fax: 503.246.7553
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