Congregation Shalom Bayit, originally incorporated as JCCO (Jewish Community of Central Oregon) is one of the earliest Jewish communities here in Central Oregon, dating back nearly 30 years. Our founders built a meaningful Jewish community in a city with virtually no history of Jewish life and where nearly everyone is a transplant. Our people are down to earth and have solid values regarding their personal and communal lives. Shalom Bayit’s story is about the power and possibilities of a community now being connected to an international movement that shares its commitment to pluralism and creative religious expression.
We have always been an inclusive and participatory Jewish community that honors the diversity of our Jewish heritage, linking modern life to the ancient traditions of our people by providing opportunities for Jewish education, spiritual growth, and worship in Central Oregon.
When the congregation first organized itself in 1993, it took the name Jewish Community of Central Oregon partly because it wanted to be open to Jews of all backgrounds and partly because it was the only Jewish game in town. For years, the congregation flourished, growing to roughly 85 families and developing a culture of pluralism. Among its most well-attended programs was a weekly Torah study group. In 2001, the congregation was able to purchase its own facility, making it Oregon’s sole dedicated synagogue building east of the Cascade Mountains. Today there are other choices but we continue to be the open, welcoming congregation that we have always been.
Our services take place at our Synagogue, Shalom Bayit. We have respect for all branches and pathways of Judaism, and our services often have a traditional feel with non-traditional content. We are proud to be a growing and active Jewish community with a permanent part-time Rabbi, Shabbat services several times a month, a religious school offering youth and adult education, and many family activities.
See https://www.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/shalom-bayit-opens-doors — to the info about Shalom Bayit on the Reconstructing Judaism site.
Shalom Bayit offerings include:
• Friday night and Saturday Shabbat services
• Havdalah services
• Holiday celebrations
• Youth and adult Jewish education
• Adult liturgy classes
• Torah study
• PJ Library
• Central Oregon Jewish Youth (COJY)
Events & News
We often send out a Newsletter, including Shalom Bayit events and other community information.
If you would like to receive our Newsletter, please contact us.
Your children are welcome! We love kids, and there is a play room with toys available at Shalom Bayit Synagogue. Parents are responsible for supervising their children. We suggest that parents bring books, stickers or other appropriate toys to entertain their children during services.
Memorial Plaques for the Shalom Bayit Synagogue Memorial are available to honor loved ones’ Yahrzeits and to support the Synagogue. Please contact us for prices and ordering information.
Please contact us and can assist you in pre-need or immediate need arrangements in our dedicated Jewish burial area.