Congregation Kesser Israel

6698 SW Capitol Hwy.                   Mailing Address

Portland, OR 97219                        PO Box 80811

503-222-1239                                     Portland, OR 97280                     Like Us on Facebook

Weekly Classes


It's Time To Talmud Class

With Rabbi Brodkin

Join us on Sunday mornings for a deep dive into the laws of Brachot. Led by Rabbi Brodkin after shacharit.

Sundays at 9:00 am at Kesser Israel | 6698 SW Capitol Hwy.


Daf Yomi

With Rabbi Fischer

The Daf Yomi Shiur takes place every morning 45 minutes before Shacharis.

The Shiur is sponsored by the Portland Kollel.

For more information please email | At Kesser Israel | 6698 SW Capitol Hwy.



Kesser Kids' Time


Join us for Kids' time at Kesser!

Every second and fourth Shabbat of the month during the school year. Come and enjoy a Jewish Family Experience. We play fun games, sing, do Torah food crafts, and so much more!


Programs for children of ages 2-11. Coordinated by Morah Tehila.


For more info please email Jodi at

Community Programming

Events &

Seudah Shlishit Revamped - Potluck Style!


Come together at this holy time each week to schmooze, eat, sing, and share some words of Torah.


Every Saturday immediately following Mincha.


Bring a sealed, packaged food or drink. Want to prepare a salad or other dish? Bring your sealed, packaged ingredients and make your dish in the Kesser kitchen.


Would you like to share a D'var Torah? Anyone is welcome to speak.

Sign up with Adam:


Questions? Ideas? Contact A.Y.:

Good Deeds Month - April 2019


Kesser Israel is co-sponsoring Good Deeds Month, where we join the greater Portland Jewish community in performing Mitzvot throughout the month of April.


Sunday, April 7: Serving meals at the Oregon Food Bank.


Sunday, April 14: Assembling Pessach Gift Boxes at the MJCC.


Sunday, April 28: Beautify Grounds of Oregon Holocaust Memorial at Washington Park, and assisting the J-Serve project: a Houseless Community in PDX

The Cost of Pesach - My quest for financial peace as an observant Jew

With Rabbi Ken Brodkin


How does Halacha guide us in balancing our budgets with honoring the holiday of Pesach?...How much should we spend on Mitzvot?...Help, how do I not go into debt?...At what point is it appropriate for a Jew to accept Tzedaka funds to make Pesach?...What is an appropriate Halachic and Hashkafic perspective on the cost of Pesach and other Mitzvot?...


Shabbat HaGadol, April 13, 2019


Approximately 10:45 am


PLUS ~ Join us after Shul for a deluxe Kiddush

The Pesach Lowdown…


Women are invited to join several rebbetzins in the community for helpful Pesach “how-tos," ideas, recipes and shortcuts!


Join us and you will get the inside scoop on prepping for Pesach.  Bring your questions for our panel discussion, plus bring your own helpful suggestions and delicious recipes to share.


Monday April 8


8:00 pm at the Brodkin Home


RSVP to for address

Maot Chitim - Passover4All 2019


Passover is just around the corner, and as always, we have an obligation to ensure that everyone has the ability to participate.  To that end, we’re preparing the Maot Chitim project, Passover4All, which will take place Sunday April 14th at the MJCC.  This event is open to both kids and adults (young children should be supervised).  Some tasks require lifting/carrying items that weigh 10-25 pounds, so be sure to eat a good breakfast before you come!


If you’ve helped before, you know what to expect.  If you haven’t, the event is broken up into 3 stages.


1. 8:30 – 9:00 Setting up the room and building the boxes.

If you know how to use a tape gun and make a flat box into a cube, or shlep bags and boxes from place to place, you are fully prepared to help with this step.


2. 9:00 – nooish Packing the boxes.

Using an assembly line approach, we fill the boxes with matzoh, potatoes, apples, eggs, wine, candy, etc. Complete boxes weigh approx. 25 pounds and will need to be carried to a staging area.


3. 10:30 - ? Deliver boxes

Routes will be assigned and typically involve delivering 2-4 boxes.  You will be provided with addresses and names for who you’ll be delivering to.  If you need a map, please let Jon Perrin know when you RSVP.


To RSVP, email Jon Perrin ( with the number of people who will be coming and what job you would like to do.


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