Greater Portland Hillel is a college-based organization that serves Jewish students from all around the Portland area.  PDX Hillel primarily serves the campuses of Portland State University, Lewis and Clark College, University of Portland, and Reed College. While each of these campuses has its own distinct personality, Hillel is the only student run organization that has the ability to connect students on multiple campuses through Jewish, cultural, and social justice programming.

 Hillel programs are open to all students.




Jewish Holidays

Passover 12 GroupWhether it be a Passover Seder, a game of dreidel, or gathering leaves to build a sukkah, Portland Hillel knows how to celebrate.  With hundreds of vibrant traditions in the Jewish faith and dozens of Jewish holidays, there is always something to celebrate.  Holiday events are held both on campus as well as in the community.

Kabbalat Shabbat

Shabbat BoysPortland Hillel students look forward to a meaningful Shabbat service and homemade dinner.  With a guitar and familiar tunes, students gather for a brief service, and then enjoy a dinner prepared by student chefs.  Shabbats are held at alternating campuses, check calendar for specific location and time.

Vent with a Venti

VentiOur weekly coffee discussion group where students come together and talk about the latest hot topics in modern Jewish life. Students debate topics like 'Kosher vs Organic", what it means to be a "modern" Jew, or political concerns about the middle east.  Most importantly, over bagels and coffee, students come together each week for meaningful Jewish conversation.

Jews & Brews Happy Hour

Jews n BrewsCome to a Happy Hour "where everybody knows your name," or at least wants to know! Jews & Brews Happy Hour is an 18+ event, open to all students.  It provides a non-intimidating environment where students can meet new people, catch up with old friends, and enjoy some free appetizers.

Alternative Spring Break

Tap TapSpend your spring break giving back.  Portland Hillel has served in Portland, NY City, Israel, and New Orleans.  Alternative Spring Breaks allow students to perform community service from a Jewish perspective.  Check our calendar or talk to our staff for more info.

Birthright Israel

Birthright GroupThe trip of a life time! And it's FREE.  Birthright Israel brings students with at least one Jewish parent to Israel for 10 days.  The trip is jam packed with cultural, religious, and social activities.  From Camels, to the city of Tel Aviv, it's an amazing opportunity for your Jewish students.  Check out events page for details or email

Peer Network Engagement Internship

PNEIThe internship establishes a cohort of 3 - 5 student interns charged with building relationships with their uninvolved peers and connecting them with Jewish resources and opportunities on campus.  Applications open in Spring or email

Portland Hillel Leader Meetings

Want to get more involved? Have your own ideas about Jewish campus life? Stop by a Leaders Meeting any time! We want to hear from you.

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