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Cultural and Interest Groups

Find your place at Neveh Shalom through our various active groups.

From hiking to film, there is something for everyone.



The Neveh Shalom choir, Koleinu, has a rich history in synagogue life at Neveh Shalom. With excellent music selected by Choir Director Becca Stuhlbarg.and accompaniment by Barry Lavine, we take advantage of the wide range of Jewish choral literature available to us. Some of us are experienced singers, and some haven’t sung since elementary school. But, all of us are moved spiritually by the power of music. Join our existing group of singers to enhance services and programs at Neveh Shalom. Koleinu meets on Monday nights from 7:15-8:45pm in the Stampfer Chapel. If you’d like to visit a rehearsal or join the group, please contact Joni Cady at  You can visit our Facebook page at:

dadsnightDad’s Night
Come have a drink with a Rabbi. This community-wide group is open to all Jewish dads and dads raising Jewish kids. We meet in a local pub. No cost, donation suggested. Relevant for parents of all ages.
Dads Night is co-sponsored by Mothers Circle, which is coordinated through CNS and co-sponsored by the MJCC with funding from the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland. “Wife approved”. E-mail to be added to the e-mail list.

filmclubJewish Film Club
We meet on select Sundays, throughout the year to view a Jewish film, enjoy refreshments and shmooze with friends old and new. Anyone who is interested in Jewish films is welcome to attend. If you would like to join our mailing list please e-mail


Wondering Jews Activities for Neveh Shalom’s 65+ and Wiser Crowd

From outings to author visits, special speakers and interesting studies, this group gets together to wonder, learn and connect with others. See a full list of activities and email to be added to the mailing list.

Don’t miss Nosh and Drash: The second Thursday of each month join Rabbi Posen at 10am at the MJCC Lobby for Nosh and Drash, coffee and relaxed discussion.

OraWhiteOnBlackW2ORA – Northwest Jewish Artist
ORA is a group of Jewish artists in the Portland area who have come together to support, share, inspire and showcase our art. We create opportunities to exhibit members’ art and support each other’s artistic development. We welcome new members. Synagogue art shows rotate every few months and art purchases benefit the synagogue as well as the artist. Discover a new artist every time you come to shul!

ORCHESTRAPercy Bernstein Orchestra
Congregation Neveh Shalom’s Percy Bernstein Orchestra provides Jewish musical entertainment to the Portland community. The orchestra features Israeli, Klezmer and Yiddish Swing selections. Percy Bernstein Orchestra has performed for CNS events, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Cedar Sinai, MJCC 100th Anniversary and even the Bite of Portland. For musicians, this is an excellent way to stay involved with CNS and the Portland Jewish community. If you are a musician and would like to participate or if you are interested in having the band perform at you event please contact Jeff Levine at 503.598.6789 or

Rehearsals on Sundays, 10:30am-12:00pm, twice a month.

Shomrei Teva Tayalim/Hikers
Do you like to hike or take walks in the woods? Do you like birds, wildflowers, trees? Want to join other congregants on occasional trips to nearby natural areas? Then Tayalim is for you. In the past year we’ve gone to Woods Memorial and Camassia Natural Areas and Tryon Creek, as well as special hikes on Tu b’Shvat at Hoyt Arboretum (where we conducted a seder while we hiked!) and Pesach at Tualatin Hills Nature Park. We’ve learned Jewish nature prayers on the way, had “sh’ma” moments where we just listened to the sounds around us, and had a good time communing with nature, Jewish style. Watch the e-blast for notices of upcoming hikes or contact Jordan Epstein, 503.245.6580, to be added to the e-mail list.