Hanukah Party + parade

Hanukah Party + Parade!
Friday, Dec 3rd 6pm-9pmWe’ve missed our in-person Hanukah Party SO much! When we dance the horah until the spices fall off the shelf. We are infusing all the love from the past Hanukahs and bringing you a beautiful celebration of light, liberation, and community!

This year we’re gonna do it up SAFELY by celebrating outside in front of the Alberta Shul building. We’ll have all the things you love, but instead of a hot tub we’ll have a neighborhood parade! Boozy drinks! Klezmer band! Lanterns & menorah lighting! Latkes!

The Alberta Shul
4450 NE 20th Street 
Portland, OR 97211

We need extra volunteer help this year! Sign up here!Michelle Alany, a gorgeous, long haired woman playing the violin with a red rose tucked behind her ear.
Klezmer music by Michelle Alany & her band!TicketsInfo 
– Dress warmly! We will have some heaters and some fires.
– Make sure you have your dancing shoes on! We’re gonna rock it!
– Bring your menorah and we will light up the Shul!
– Bring things that light up! Work on a lantern for the parade. This would be a sweet activity to do during the Festival of Lights leading up to our Hanukah Party! We will have lanterns to decorate too.
– We ask that all participants be vaccinated. If you are not, we look forward to seeing you when it’s super safe.

Text block that says: Hanukah Parade! Klez music by magical Michelle Alany! Songs with the Queertet!  Light the menorahs (bring yours)!   Perhaps, potato leek soup! Latkes! Lemon cream curd sufganiyot! Warm drinks! Surprise light-up art! 
Food + Drink
Cash / Venmo Bar:
– A warm boozy drink of some kind
– A warm non-alcoholic drink of some kind
– Manishewitz Jell-o shots
– Beer, Wine, Cider, Soda Waters

Included with Ticket
– All the latkes you can eat! Our AMAZEBALLS vegan + gluten free recipe that’s so good you will never know the difference!
– If we have enough volunteers to help with set-up there will be sufganyot! 

Sign up to volunteer here!Schedule
6pm Gather & decorate
6:30pm Parade
7pm Lighting the Menorahs (bring yours), sharing the blessings, community songs!
7:30pm-9pm Music outside the Alberta Shul 

**General Schedule. Could change up a bit.**
We are SOOOO excited!
And we really need your help this year! Jeff Goldblum dressed up in cheetah print for our Hanukah party. So excited he squeezes each of his hands in a fists, moves them side to side and bites his knuckle
As many of you know we dream BIG! Often dream bigger than our britches! So sign-up to volunteer! Some ideas about what we are looking for!

-Set-up / breakdown
-Parade crosswalkers
-Bartend- Are you a baker? Have access to a commercial kitchen? Can we commission you to fry our special sufganiyot with lemon cream curd?
These are just a few ideas!

Volunteer!Other Hannukah Events There are so many great things happening this year! Here are a few special specials!
5:00 PM  7:00 PM
Eastside Jewish Commons
2420 NE Sandy Blvd. | Portland, OR 97232
Register Here
 TISCHPDX DANCE PARTYSaturday, December 4, 2021
7:30 PM  10:30 PM
Eastside Jewish Commons
2420 NE Sandy Blvd. | Portland, OR 97232

Come bring some light into the darkness with dance! The dance-a-thon will loosely follow the Chanukah story as folks dance their hearts out and eat some snacks from Jerusalem Rose. All are welcome.
Contact Caryn cshebowich@gmail.com with questions and song requests.
 VOLUNTEER W/ IMMIGRANT MUTUAL AID COALITIONMorning 12/3 + Morning / Afternoon 12/4
See full schedule and sign up here!

Come volunteer with the Immigrant Mutual Aid Coalition! We are a partnership of members from local immigrant rights and social justice organizations that provide culturally appropriate food boxes, hygiene/baby supplies and other needed items. IMAC formed in response to the 2020 wildfires and has been operating the distribution site in Milwaukie ever since. We largely serve members of the Latinx and immigrant communities so please let us know if you have any Spanish experience, though it’s not recruited to volunteer. We need volunteers for our prep day, the Friday before, to unload the truck from the food bank and get everything ready. Then there are also shifts on Saturday to help distribute and load up supplies for families. Thank you and if you have any questions feel free to reach out to imacoregon@gmail.com !

(Belated) Year End Update 2018

Thank you for your donation to the Alberta Shul. We would like to update you on our passionate work these past 18 months as we worked to purchase and restore the historic Tifereth Israel building, The Alberta Shul.

Over 100 donors, including you, were able to raise $35,000 – and for this, we truly thank you. Although we made a second offer and worked on a new contract with the owner, ultimately we were unable to find a reasonable agreement and the property has been put back on the market.

We’ve had so much momentum and we are also very proud of our many successes. We have received over 1,000 volunteer hours from you and other members of our community. The organizing team has put in hundreds of hours this year including 5 work retreats.

We have received in-kind donations from architects, city planners, builders, historians, restaurants, organizational development consultants, rabbis and other local Jewish professionals. We have knocked on neighbor’s doors, presented at neighborhood associations, and spoken to Jewish organizations and congregations throughout Portland.

And we’ve had many amazing events! Over the past year we hosted multiple community open houses, a rockin’ Hanukkah party, a glorious Purim parade on Alberta Street, a bike-through Sukkah on Sukkot during Sunday Parkways, and a huge community-wide Shabbat. As you can see we’ve dreamed, connected, planned and celebrated!We see a bright future ahead. We have discovered during this process that we have a strong community, hungry for Jewish events and activities on the Eastside.

In 2019, with your continued support we will be addressing that need by hiring a part-time community organizer who will continue activating our volunteer base. They will be helping to create monthly programs for our community, manage our day to day affairs and help us explore a membership model.

We will continue to meet on the Eastside and explore and use community spaces for events. We are so grateful for your support. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about that process.

We continue to ask for your support and participation. If you’d like to make an additional donation before the end of year, visit our Go Fund Me Page. Invite your friends, family, neighbors to follow The Alberta Shul Facebook page for the most up to date Shul news and community events.

We are so glad to have you with us on this journey.


Annie Rose, Eleyna, Minka, Sara and Yehudah

The Alberta Shul Organizing Team

Proposed Usage

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 way to create programming nearer to many of their current and prospective congregants.
Alternate minyanim
Shabbatons led by invited visiting clergy

Arts Space
for Jewish artists local and visiting to both creating art and showcasing that art
Jewish theater companies, local and national
Musical performances, Jewish or non-Jewish

Small weddings, b’nai mitzvah, brit milah, naming ceremonies
Jewish speakers, local and national

Social Justice/Advocacy
Meeting Space
Town Halls
Fundraising Events
Community Dialgoues

Ongoing Groups
Local groups already meeting Havdallah Yoga Group, Rosh Chodesh groups, etc

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 participants’ connection with Judaism, and created a strong and vibrant Jewish community. Many members began as unaffiliated Jews and have since joined synagogues; others have found in these events meaningful ways to practice Judaism outside of synagogue life. In addition to this informal organizing one of our members also works for a local congregation and serves as a liaison between congregations in Portland and the more informal Jewish community. Jewish community leaders have long recognized the need for an East Side Jewish community space that provides programming, activities, and religious events that respond to the needs and interests of the East Side Jewish population. The last page of this proposal lists more information on the authors of this proposal.

Permanent Jewish spaces, both religious and non-religious, have proven to be excellent organizing tools to bring unaffiliated Jews of all ages together. The Moishe house model, developed over the past 10 years, demonstrates this clearly in Portland and other cities.  In the summers of 2014-2015, we also had a pilot project on Portland’s East Side called Mikdash that offered innovative programing and, importantly, provided a hub for our growing community and garnered the support and enthusiasm of funders and young Jews alike. Synagogue-led groups would also be able to make use of this space, and benefit from its location.


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.

From 1914 until 1952 the building was known as the Alberta Shul, and was the home of Congregation Tifereth Israel. When the synagogue outgrew the space and put it up for sale it received an offer to purchase from a growing local church. But when the congregation’s real estate agent learned that this was to be an African American church, he pressured them not to sell. This is their response.

“We regard such pressures as being violative of the principles of Americanism, of Judaism, of Christianity, and of common decency… To deprive any group of people the right to meet and to worship merely because God chose to make them a part of the colored majority of mankind is repulsive to Americans who love their country agnd the great principles of democracy […] In the event you refuse to close the sale, we desire to be released from our listing agreement so that we may ourselves consummate the moral agreement we have entered into.”

The sale went through, and the building has been home to communities of faith and arts groups ever since.

Preserving this building also means preserving powerful stories of Jewish activism and integrity.

The Neighborhood

Portland’s east side is a vibrant and continually growing area. The Alberta area, where this building is located, has seen an immense influx of new residents in the past 15 years. 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. A recent study done by the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland uncovered that there are almost twice as many Jews living in the metropolitan area than had been previously assumed and that a large majority of them live on Portland’s East Side. How many on the East Side? Ten thousand!

People are drawn to living in Portland for its emphasis on neighborhoods, excellent walkability and bicycle commuting. Synagogues and Jewish community centers on the West Side of Portland are inconvenient if not completely inaccessible for many. A Jewish community space in the Alberta neighborhood is much more accessible to East Side residents, particularly from the surrounding neighborhoods of Alameda, Laurelhurst, Concordia, Irvington, Concordia, Sabin, Piedmont, Humboldt, Mississippi, Woodlawn, Kenton, Overlook, and Arbor Lodge. As Portland’s lived environment continues to shift towards greater density, this accessibility will become increasingly important. Alberta street is a frequent transit bus line, and is easily accessible from the surrounding neighborhoods, the downtown area and neighborhoods further to the east, south, and north.