Our Century+10 Celebration of Stories

Kindergarten in the Old Days

Neighborhood House opened one of the city’s first free kindergarten programs, for children of immigrants.  
(Photo courtesy of NCJW and Oregon Jewish Museum.)

Neighborhood House was founded in 1905 by the National Council if Jewish Women (NCJW), Portland Section.  They were a visionary group committed to changing lives and the community they lived in.

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Founding Mothers
 NCJW members were strong advocates on behalf of South Portland residents. (Photo courtesy of NCJW and Oregon Jewish Museum.)

"There seems to be an all-prevailing spirit of progress, gentleness, and feeling of good to all in the air in Neighborhood House, which becomes contagious to all watching the work." From The Jewish Tribune, April 8, 1912. (p.103/315)

Sewing School Image

Neighborhood House’s first program was a sewing school for girls. (Photo courtesy of NCJW and Oregon Jewish Museum.)

Our Legacy of Service


Neighborhood House is extremely proud of its legacy of service in

South/Southwest Portland,and very pleased to now bring its

innovative and effective programs to children, families and seniors

across the Portland area. Over a century later, wherever the work leads,

our Board of Directors, staff and hundreds of volunteers are still guided

by our founders’ simple, yet remarkable vision of neighbors coming

together to solve community problems and help people in need.



  Ida Lowenberg

Ida Lowenberg Image
Pioneering social worker, Ida Loewenberg, was hired to be Neighborhood House’s first and highly-regarded Head Worker in 1912. She served the agency until 1945.  (Photo courtesy of NCJW and Oregon Jewish Museum.)