Adventures in the Pacific Northwest

In town:  great music, great culture, great farmer’s markets, great parks, great food, great soccer games.
Just outside town:  the great outdoors!

Sometimes we’ll get out into the wilds of the Pacific Northwest for a reason: initial bonding around the campfire at Mt. Rainier, building a Sukkot “home” at Opal Creek, finding new winter skills at Mt. Hood, drawing the year to a close on the Deschutes river.

Sometimes, it will just be for the rush of the Multnomah Falls, the majesty of the Columbia River Gorge, the sea stacks and lighthouses of the Oregon coast.

Then head home to the city where independent bookstores share space with open-mic cafés, where the public art is bike-lock friendly, and where builders, designers, artists, and makers thrive in a community that knows that “Portland weird” isn’t an insult, it’s an expression of love.


Pacific NW

Scott Lake, OR

4 days of camping and hiking the Obsidian Trail and Mt. Scott with campfire singing and our poetry slam

Seattle, WA

3 days of fun and culture in Seattle, from the Underground Tour to the Seattle Art Museum and Arboretum

Mt. Hood, OR

3 days of fun in the snow, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and igloo-building

Deschutes RIver, OR

5-day camping and rafting trip along 50 miles of the Deschutes River, with visits to Warm Springs Reservation and Smith Rock

Cannon Beach, OR

Weekend trip to the Oregon Coast to explore the seashore and estuary ecosystems

Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, OR

3-day Sukkot retreat, including hikes, meditation, building a sukkah, living off the grid, and unplugged talent show

Eugene, OR

Weekend visit to university of Oregon, with programs at Hillel and Akiva and time to explore

Columbia River Gorge, OR

Hikes, visit to Multnomah Falls Lodge, and fresh salmon from the Columbia

Portland Oregon sign and city scene


Powell's City of Books

Explore the world’s largest independent bookstore

Portland Night Market

The Portland Night Market blends food, culture, music, drinks and retail together for an adventurous evening in the Industrial District.



The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science centers, from the submarine to the planetarium, and the whole world in between

Timbers/Thorns Soccer Game

Be sure to pick up a songsheet for the cheers and don’t be afraid to wave a giant Portland flag in the stands

Vintage Fun

$0.25 will buy you a game at the vintage video arcade, and a few bucks more will get you a seat and a great meal at the gorgeous restored Bagdad Theater. Then head to the glossy floor of the old-time roller rink at Oaks Park — Thursday night with a live organist — and skate like your great-grandparents did 100 years ago!

Forest Park

For a quick hike with friends or a deep-woods meander on your own, you can’t beat Portland’s Forest Park. Bring a water bottle and a camera: this truly wild 8 square miles is all here in town.

Mt. Tabor

Being long-extinct hasn’t cramped Mt. Tabor’s style as one of Portland’s most lovely volcanic peaks. It’s a great place for a run or a picnic, and it’s the only place for the blistering speed — and preposterous contraptions — of the Adult Soap-Box Derby.



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