SSarah-Philipsarah Philips
Religious Coordinator

Sarah is an experienced song leader and Jewish educator who minored in Jewish Studies in college. She connects with Judaism through culture, music, food, and community, and loves helping others find their own connections through JND. Sarah is also a resident of the Portland Moishe House, where she loves bringing the city’s many young adult communities together. When not doing Jewish things, Sarah works as an environmental educator, and is always looking for new hiking buddies!

Eli-WallEli Wall
Happy Hour Coordinator

Eli was born and raised in Portland, attended Tulane University in New Orleans, and spent five years working on Wall Street in New York City before returning home to Portland in 2012. He plays competitive tennis in the USTA, enjoys playing guitar and seeing live music shows.

Laura-RobbinsLaura Robbins

Laura has been a board member of JND, and a Portland resident, since September 2015. Originally hailing from the East Coast, Laura loves to explore the breweries, rock climbing walls, and hiking trails the Pacific Northwest has to offer. She lives in SE with her husband and their Aussiedoodle.

Anna EpsteinAnna Epstein
Engagement Coordinator

Anna was raised in SW Portland, currently lives in SE, works in NE, and finds yummy food in NW. After graduating from the University of Oregon, Anna spent some time in Israel and then returned to Portland where she can be found hiking, biking, running, and spending time with family and friends. She especially enjoys exploring new pizza places and drinking coffee.


Stuart has enjoyed being involved with Jews Next Dor since he moved to Portland. Congregation Beth Israel’s support, and its many volunteers, have enabled the group to thrive. He looks forward to the spiritual and social events JND has planned for 2016.

Ariella-BrennerAriella Brenner

Ariella has been on the JND Board since January 2011. She loves seeing so many new and returning people at the events, and that the group keeps getting stronger as time goes on. Aside from Jewish events around town, you might see Ariella taking care of a foster golden retriever, skiing on Mt. Hood, checking out cool new home automation technology or playing board games.

Hannah HermanHannah Herman

Hannah moved to Portland in late summer of 2014 looking for a fresh start on the West Coast. After graduating from the University of Georgia and 2 years of living on the North Shore of Chicago, Hannah journeyed to Israel and participated in a Masa program jointly with the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and Kibbutz Lotan. Hannah now enjoys a very busy life with her interior design company, Design Fli, JND, singing in an a capella group, Moishe House, and other professional endeavors.



Please say hello at events, friend us on Facebook, and let us know if you have suggestions or would like to help plan an event.  We’re looking forward to a great year!

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Click here to read this article in the
September issue of Oregon Jewish Life

JND has done a number of social action projects for the Ronald McDonald House. We were honored to receive these letters of thanks for the work we've done for them: