Congregation Ahavath Achim is Portland's Sephardic Synagogue. The community was founded by Sephardic Jews from the Island of Rhodes and mainland Turkey in the early 1900s and still maintains much of the traditional Ladino-Sephardic customs and traditions of the Ottoman Empire. Our congregation welcomes Jews of all backgrounds and is proud to include Ashkenazim in addition to Sepharadim.
Congregation Ahavath Achim is a welcoming synagogue with programs and events for members of all ages. We offer weekly classes, cultural and educational programs, as well as prayer services every Shabbat and all holidays. We offer services every Shabbat led by members of the community. Our prayer services are offered in the traditional Sephardic styles, incorporating melodies from Rhodes, Turkey, Morocco, Yemen, and many other Sephardic countries. A drasha related to the weekly Torah portion is given by our rabbi who infuses current events and practical applications to make the sermon more relevant to our lives.
Following Shabbat morning services, the community in invited to a lunch prepared by our Kitchen Committee which is accompanied by a discussion led by Rabbi Kaplan. Our Shabbats also feature traditional Sephardic community lunches following services that are open to everyone.
In 2017, the Congregation launched a new Sephardic Cultural Center dedicated to enhancing Sephardic community life in Portland. The SCC features new programs like a Sephardic Film Series, Sephardic guest lectures, international trip to various Sephardic communities, and more. We look forward to welcoming you!