Intro to Judaism student, Brad S., writes,

I am curious about the histories of the congregations where our classes meet. Could we have a peek into the past about these places?  I’d like to get an appreciation of the history of Jews & Judaism in this area.

Response:

Hi, Brad,

Some local synagogue history will be covered during the class, “The American Jewish Community.”

We definitely encourage our students to visit the local synagogues. Both Beth Israel and Neveh Shalom offer tours of their facilities on request.

The Intro to Judaism class does not currently offer the exact content you suggest.  Here are some links to synagogue histories:

History of Jews in Portland, Oregon (article by Judith Margles of the Oregon Jewish Museum)