Portland’s UnShul

Join us on Shabbat and experience spiritual intimacy, heart opening meditation and dialogue, joyful, uplifting prayer and a community filled with thoughtful, loving, compassionate people committed to a justice filled, safe and abundant world.

At the UnShul we don’t just welcome LGBTQI+ people, our rabbi teaches queer Torah, shows up at Pride and the Trans Family Reunion and our membership reflects every color of the rainbow.

We don’t just welcome those in interfaith families, we explore Spirit through a deep honoring of all the world’s wisdom traditions and we delight when members share insights from Taoism, Buddhist, Hindu yogic practice and more.

Our community has a balanced membership from folks in their twenties to their seventies.

We can’t wait to meet you!

UnShul 2019 Offerings

Shabbat Happenings:

Shabbat Morning Service 10:00 am twice a month:

  • Second Saturday & Third Saturday Shabbat service meets at the home of Rabbah D’vorah.
    • Lyrical, musical, joyful, meaningful, heart opening, transcendent—all words used to describe Shabbat morning davenning with Rabbah D. On Second Saturdays we lift our voices in prayer together from 10-12 and then dive deeply into meditation and mystical Torah study from 12-1. Together we will open Judaism’s deep well of wisdom through the lens of the Zohar, Sfat Emet, and other mystical commentators.
    • On Third Saturdays we lift our voices in prayer together from 10-12 and then explore the Torah portion from 12-12:30 using the lush foliage outside the windows. This service integrates one of the best qualities of our previous Torah hikes and elevates our intraconnectedness with nature and all of Creation.
    • If you yearn for a beautiful Shabbat morning service in an intimate environment, these services are for you.
  • Friday night with the Rabbah, rotating at different homes around Portland, 7 pm, one Shabbat every month
    • We gather in Beloved Community to learn a little, sing a little, talk a lot and eat a beautiful meal that you help create with your pot luck contribution. Please join us!
  • Rabbi Debra Kolodny —Jewish Perspectives and Practices for Personal Ethical Development
    • Being the most kind, honorable, compassionate and ethical person we can be within our families, communities, business interactions, work and more is paramount to the observant Jew. Today we will explore the ancient and modern practice of Musar/ethical development, diving into inspiring teachings from Rabbi Kalman Kalonymous Shapira of the Warsaw Ghetto. We will also learn a timeless, universal and effective practice to support our own personal development and leave renewed, refreshed and reinvigorated. Click here to listen to the teaching.

Additional Events:

  • Holy Wow! Celebrating Jewish Time in Community: Every year we hold a Seder and Chanukah party and we would love to share the High Holy Days with you too!
  • Pop up social action events: Vigils, marches and gatherings several times a month supporting the Water Protectors, Immigrant and Refugee rights, Rising Up Against Hate, Rising Up in support of Women, LGBTQ peoples, Muslims, those without documentation, Black Lives Matter, Climate Change, Living Wage, Homeless awareness and more (Pioneer Square, Dawson Park, etc. determined by what is happening in the moment!)

Digital Membership Option

Through the wonders of modern technology we are inviting out of town folks and others who can’t be physically present to drink from the well of our joyous prayer and learn from Rabbah D’vorah and our whole community through our deep Torah discussions.

We will be Zooming our twice monthly (2nd and 3rd) Shabbat morning services live! You can be with us, even if you can’t be in the room. We start at 10 am and end at 12:30 pm, and we will also be saving the services on a link so you can access it at any time.

We would so love to have you join us!  If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, we are offering it for just $240 a year donation, which comes out to only $10 per service.  You can pay via paypal with a monthly recurring donation of $20, or a one time payment (http://bit.ly/2uFu9N1) or by sending a check made out to As the Spirit Moves Us sent to Rabbah D’vorah at 3651 SW Custer Street, 97219,

In addition to sending your payment, email us to confirm your intent, so we will be sure to send you the Zoom information: unshuladmin@asthespiritmovesus.com


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Rabbi Debra Kolodny (Rabbah D’vorah)

Rabbi Debra Kolodny (Rabbah D’vorah) is a veteran of several social justice movements, bringing a spiritual perspective and an activist’s passion to racial and economic justice, women’s, environmental, peace and LGBTQ causes since 1981.

They currently serves as the spiritual leader of Portland’s UnShul and is a social justice consultant, helping to build advocacy coalitions, teaching “Interrupting Hate in Public Spaces” and supporting labor-management partnerships. They just launched the Portland Spirit Led Justice Alliance to support, expand and amplify the contribution of spiritual leaders and communities in justice campaigns.

From 2002 until 2011 they served as Executive Director of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, the headquarters organization of the Jewish Renewal Movement. They moved to Portland to serve P’nai Or as its rabbi, then led Nehirim-a national retreat and advocacy organization for LGBTQ Jews. In 2016-June 2017 they served as Executive Director of Resolutions Northwest.

Since 1998 Rabbah D’vorah has worked at the intersection of faith traditions, a place she considers to be a fulcrum of power and potential.  Rabbah D’vorah was the facilitator of the National Religious Leadership Roundtable from 1998-2004, helping shepherd this interfaith consortium of Welcoming and pro-LGBTQ faith traditions housed at The Task Force. For the next six years they retreated annually at Kashi Ashram, learning from Guru Ma Jaya Sati Baghavati. In 2011 they co-created and co-taught with Ibrahim Baba, z’l’’ (may his memory be a blessing) a Sufi Sheikh and the former Provost of the Starr King Seminary a week-long Jewish/Sufi workshop filled with mystical practice, prayer and text study. In 2015 they conceived and co-led Bosom of Abraham: Rocking our Sufi, Jewish and Christian souls with Sufi Guide Arifa Byron and UCC Pastor Jennifer Brownell. This Portland inter-spiritual prayer, learning and practice community  brought chant, zikr, learning and meditation together in a unique experience that transcended dialogue and cultivated expanded consciousness. They has also been a tai chi practitioner since 1996.

In addition to their spiritual practice, leadership and activism, Rabbah D’vorah has taught in hundreds of venues on the topics of Judaism and sexual orientation, gender identity, meditation, prayer, environmentalism, Eco-Kashrut, Restorative Justice, mysticism, peace, deep ecumenism, healing the wounds created by religion and more. They published Blessed Bi Spirit: Bisexual People of Faith in 2000, as well as dozens of essays and interviews in anthologies and magazines.

Rabbah D’vorah graduated from Cornell in 1981, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1985 and from the ALEPH Jewish Renewal Seminary in 2011.