Portland Jewish Academy is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and is proud of our partnership with them in strengthening our local Jewish community as well as the global community.











Portland Jewish Academy students receive a well-rounded education, which helps them develop into children with character who become tomorrow’s leaders. Our rigorous academic programs foster a love of learning by focusing on both critical thinking and creativity. Each subject, lesson, experiment and field trip is treated as one part of an equation that creates a child who is curious about the world and brave enough to explore it.

Spotlights on Programs at PJA

The Mishkan and Your Kitchen

Kitah Gimel - 3rd grade has been learning about the mishkan. Mishkan is the Hebrew word used in the Torah to refer to the tabernacle, the portable sanctuary that the Israelites carried with them in the wilderness.

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A Kindergarten Lesson for a Difficult Week

The topic in Kindergarten this week was bullying. The lesson was planned before Wednesday’s show of violence in our nation's capital. When adults are spewing hatred, it can be so frustrating for teachers and trusted adults, who are trying to guide children and establish concepts.

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Author Visit

Award winning author Amy Hest made a virtual visit to PJA Lower School on December 3rd - all the way from New York City! Amy Hest has written more than fifty books including the Plum Street series, the Charley books, Remembering Mrs. Rossi and When Jessie Came Across the Sea.

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Book Donation

This week, our stalwart Service Learning Coordinator, Elana Cohn-Rozansky, drove all the way to Mill City, Oregon and back. In her trunk were boxes upon boxes of books to be donated to students who were impacted by the Beachie Creek Fire in September.

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