Jewish community

Find out more about Portland's Jewish community and legacy.

JewishCommunityPortland and the surrounding region offers a rich Jewish cultural history.

Portland is home to more than 40,000 Jews, and Jewish history in Oregon goes back to 1849. Many Jewish residents helped shape Portland’s future, such as Bernard Goldsmith, the mayor of Portland from 1869-1871, who built the Willamette Falls Locks in Oregon City; Aaron and Jeanette Meier and Emil Frank, of the very successful Meier and Frank department stores; “Soda Pop King” Louis Albert; and Sam Schnitzer of Schnitzer Steel, to name just a few.


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