Summer Programs


A Warm Welcome

By Talia Myers I was one of the last people to land in Portland so when I first arrived at Shaarie Torah, I didn’t know what to expect. But when I walked in, I felt an instant sense of relief, because everyone was so inviting and friendly. When I didn’t know where to sit, one of the girls sensed my hesitation and right away yelled out for me to come sit next to her. I couldn’t have asked for a better welcome to J-Build Portland. The next morning was our first day of work, and we spent the day constructing and setting up rain beds at a Habitat for Humanity...

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Building Communities

By Tamar Palgon and Elliot Bromberg (Written following the conclusion of week 1) During our first week on AJSS, our group worked with City Repair to help build mini libraries. The libraries were constructed  out of recycled wood and windows, and contained shelves in which books will be placed for people of different communities to enjoy and share. Anyone can take or leave a book in these boxes, and the hope is that these libraries will help facilitate interaction among neighbors, helping turn neighborhoods into communities. After we built the libraries, we set ...

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J-Build Portland: A Group United

A Recap of J-Build Portland, July 1-7 By Daniel Barondes This week J-Build changed its focus from working with City Repair (during which we built and delivered mobile libraries to various locations in Portland) and teamed up with  Habitat for Humanity, the Sigma Project and Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN). For those readers who struggle with languages (myself, included) PCUN  translates to the Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United. PCUN essentially lends a hand to undocumented migrant workers who find themselves at a loss when it comes ...

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Newer Every Day

By Victoria "Tori" Alfred-Levow My first J-Build Shabbat (June 28-29) was a new experience in many ways. My family only celebrates Shabbat with a Friday night dinner, so the relaxing, activity-free Saturday was a first for this busy Philadelphian. I spent the day with new friends I'd met only a few days before our first Shabbat, but the chill time and shared experiences forged new bonds for our already close group. But before I delve into my reactions to this universal Jewish experience made special by J-Build, here's a detailed look at how 17 teenagers and four ...

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Blog posts and photos coming soon!

June 26, 2013: The first session of the summer program has started with today's arrival of participants!  Blog posts and photos will start appearing soon.    

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