WHO WE ARE

Welcome to Maayan Torah Day School

Maayan, located in Portland Oregon, was founded by local members of the Jewish community who believe that a Torah day school is central to Jewish life in Portland. "Maayan" is the Hebrew term for a “spring of water.”  At Maayan, we seek to instill in each student the love of Torah, as a wellspring in our lives.


Maayan offers values based education and inspires children to love Judaism and Mitzvoth.  Our rich academic program features academic excellence in secular studies and preparing our students for future success.  In addition, we offer academic excellence in our text driven Torah/Judaic studies program. Further, our student-engaged learning environment is just what children need to help them reach their personal and academic potential.


Maayan is a Jewish school with a warm and inviting atmosphere. Maayan is proud to welcome students and families from across the broad spectrum of the Jewish community of greater Portland (SW Washington and Oregon), as well as new Portland residents from around the world.  


Maayan Torah Day School is a member of Oregon Federation of Independent Schools (OFIS).  Maayan is also an affiliate of the National Society of Hebrew Day Schools, accredited through AdvancED, and is a registered 501 c 3 organization.


We look forward to meeting you personally, and learning more about how we can serve you.  

OUR GOALS

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Inspire Children to Love Judaism

Maayan Torah Day School strives to imbue every child with a lifelong love of Torah.  The relationships and Jewish experiences that we cultivate, inspire children with inner strength, resilience and a lifelong sense of purpose.


We provide a Jewish values based program that develops Middot Tovot, love of Hashem, commitment to Mitzvot, Israel and the Jewish people.


We give children the opportunity to develop Torah learning text skills, which enables them to access Torah wisdom their whole lives. Most importantly, we focus on the joy and meaning found in Torah & Mitzvot.

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High Student Achievement

We aim for high student achievement in both Judaic and General Studies. Our accreditation review from AdvancED noted our strength in learning and teaching.


We have strong systems  for advancing student progress through national/state standards.  Our teachers provide the environment and expertise needed for students to develop analytical, evaluative and critical thinking skills.


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Student Centered Learning Environment 

​​​​​​​Maayan education promotes student engagement as the vehicle for motivating students. Students' active involvement in learning, is a key to their acquisition of knowledge at Maayan.


Our student centered philosophy recognizes the greatness of each child and what they bring to the world around them.

MAAYAN'S LEADERS

Aviel Brodkin

Principal

Rabbi Kalter

Head of Judaic Studies

Esther Fischer

Preschool Director

Bre

Office Manager


WHY MAAYAN?

Why I send my kids to Jewish Day School

If Jews care so much about "informed choice," isn't providing their young with a Jewish education the best way to keep them informed?

FAQ's about Torah Day School

  • “How will your kids get a good secular education?”
  • “They can learn everything they need to know in sunday school!”
  • “It’s so expensive. How can you afford it?”


AVIEL BRODKIN

Principal & Founder

Aviel Brodkin has worked in both adult and children’s education since the year 2000. While living in Israel, and pursuing her degree in speech and language pathology, she taught at two post high school Judaic studies seminaries.  In that capacity, Aviel capitalized on her years of training in Judaic studies education as she taught Jewish texts to young adults. Shortly after moving back to the United States in 2003, she began to work as an elementary Judaic instructor at the Beren Academy in Houtson, Texas.  Aviel felt like “she came home” when she entered the elementary ed classroom, teaching 3rd and 5th grades, and middle school resource.


When Aviel and her family moved to Portland, Oregon in 2005, Aviel focused her on developing women’s and children’s educational programs for the local community. She led Matan, an educational Mother Daughter Bat Mitzvah program, and parenting workshops for local Jewish families of all backgrounds.


In early 2011, Aviel began the ground laying work for opening the doors for Maayan’s preschool, where she currently serves as the principal for the K-8th grad e elementary school. She believes that a Jewish education is a gift, giving joy and meaning for a child to take with them on their life journey. “Jewish wisdom, the Torah, is our rich inheritance that every Jewish child deserves to receive.” Coupling these ideas with maximizing student engagement and the student centered learning environment, she describes herself, “as being passionate about helping children to recognize their “Gadlut”, or greatness, that each individual child brings to the world through their actions.”