Save the Alberta Shul

4550 Ne 20th

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Proposed Usage

Events The Alberta Shul would operate as a non-profit, and would provide programming as well as renting space for events. First priority for use of the space would go to Jewish groups, individuals, and organizations. Shabbat and holiday services. For west side congregations in Portland this center can be used as an outreach space, a … Continue reading Proposed Usage

The Community

A coalition of Jewish teachers, organizers, business people, and friends have been professionally and informally organizing and hosting innovative Jewish events on Portland’s East Side for over 10 years. We have brought together hundreds of Jews by hosting Passover seders, monthly Shabbat dinners, summer outings, and outdoor High Holy Days services. These events have increased … Continue reading The Community

Background

Just two blocks off bustling NE Alberta street, an unassuming building once known as the Alberta Shul holds a rich history of NE Portland Jews, African-American Churches and most recently artists.

The Neighborhood

Since around the time of the sale of the Alberta Shul, this neighborhood has been the heart of Portland’s African American community; but the neighborhood has rapidly gentrified, displacing many long term residents. Many of the young single Jews, younger Jewish families, unaffiliated Jews, and Jewish retirees who have been moving to this area are concerned about these changes and interested in creating space for all residents, past and present.

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