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

Poetry at PJA

Naomi visited PJA’s 8th-grade Humanities class where she shared inspiration and insight about writing. She encouraged students to make a habit of writing every day. “Write three sentences every day. They can be about something you noticed, something you are curious about, something that made you sad or happy.” 

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Kehillah's Zoo Schmooze Snooze

The first-ever PJA Zoo Schmooze Snooze was a success! Forty-four participants spent the night at the Oregon Zoo on January 11. Organized by PJA’s Kehillah parent-volunteers, this special event provided behind-the-scenes glimpses of zoo life after hours.

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A Week in the PJA Kitchen (AKA the Project Room)

Students use the kitchen all week long to turn their classroom learning into hands-on practical experiences. Here is a snapshot of all the ways the kitchen was used this week to enrich the learning of students.

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Kim Krikorian, a long-time Preschool teacher at PJA, is one of 30 early childhood educators chosen from across the nation to participate in the Sheva Center Leadership Institute for Early Childhood Professionals, a multi-year initiative operated by the JCC Association of North America. 

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