Nurturing Jewish Innovation

TischPDX seeks out Jews involved in organizing where they are and offers learning and mentoring to help emergent expressions of Judaism succeed in summoning the future of American Judaism

our vision

TischPDX is an incubator of new Jewish ideas and Jewish spiritual creativity on Portland’s East Side.
Much of the Jewish emerging creativity taking place today in Portland and nationally is happening outside the framework of the organized Jewish community. East Side Portland Jews –  many of whom are young, or queer, or in interfaith partnerships and feel marginalized by traditional Jewish organizations – are innovating a new era of Jewish life, what Rabbi Yitz Greenberg calls  “Third Era Judaism,” and in so doing offer a tikkun (healing) for where organized Judaism has become irrelevant.

TischPDX provides financial support, mentorship and Torah that grounds these emerging local leaders in wisdom and roots them in the ancient so they can meaningfully explore the new and renewed.

TischPDX seeks out Jewish “start-ups” on Portland’s east side and offers Jewish learning and professional mentoring to help our community's emergent expressions of Judaism thrive.

our history

In 2016, TischPDX founders Rabbi Ariel Stone, Kalyn Culler Cohen and Eleyna Fugman, all long time residents of the Portland’s east side, met to discuss the fact that much of the creative Jewish leadership being taken in their community took place outside the framework of the organized Jewish community. Without mentorship, resources and other forms of institutional support, they noticed that many of these creative upstarts can not sustain themselves.

To remedy this situation and bolster Jewish community building efforts on the east side, TischPDX launched its first cohort in August 2018, Elul 5779.

Individuals who have already demonstrated the commitment and ability to create and implement new and innovative secular or spiritual Jewish programs on Portland’s east side were invited to join the inaugural TischPDX Jewish Leaders Cohort in August 2018. You can read more about our cohort below or apply for the newest cohort.

Do you engage Jews on the East Side? Are you looking to gain more traction, create a community, or get support?

be part of an incubator that’s changing Jewish life on the East side of Portland. 


Emerging Jewish Leadership Incubator


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We're an incubator of new Jewish ideas and Jewish spiritual creativity on Portland’s East Side.