- Shul Life
- Members & Donations
For general inquiries, please call the front desk at 503.226.6131. To reach a specific person, please see their extensions below.
Rabbi Joshua Rose became rabbi at Shaarie Torah in July 2014. He is a native Portlander who previously served as the Senior Rabbi at Congregation Har HaShem in Boulder, Colorado. Before becoming a rabbi he worked for a Jewish justice advocacy group in Washington DC and studied at Harvard Divinity School, where he earned a Master of Theological Studies. Rabbi Rose was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (New York) in 2007. He is passionate teacher of Jewish spirituality and seeks to connect and re-connect people with the beauty and insight of Jewish practice in surprising and challenging ways. Rabbi Rose and his wife Channah, a lawyer, have three sons – Eliav, Akiva and Rafael.
Cantor Aaron Vitells was born and raised in Israel. He graduated from Haddassah Medical School in 1980. After arriving in the US, he became a cantor through self study and has been the cantor of Shaarie Torah since 1999. He is married to Diana and father to Julia and Sophia.
Prior to relocating to Portland, Gary served as Executive Director of Congregation Har HaShem in Boulder, Colorado; a position he held since 2009. At Har HaShem, which is a 450 family congregation, Gary revamped operations to build member engagement, support staff, improve financial performance and enhance facilities. Prior to joining Har HaShem, Gary held varied positions in the private sector from 1977-2009, with experience that included marketing and sales, business operations design and consulting, personnel management and training, and strategy development. Gary has served in numerous volunteer leadership roles in the Jewish community, including Board President, Secretary, Building Committee Chair, among others. He studied Mass Communications at Queens College, and participated in the Jewish Leaders Program at the Kellogg School of Management.
Gary is thrilled to be joining the dynamic team at CST and looks forward to creating and growing Shaarie Torah’s membership, programs, and vision. With his extensive Executive Director experience in the Jewish Community, Gary Fifer will provide a strong foundation for fostering connections and learning at CST and with the greater Portland Jewish community.
Dorice Horenstein has been the Education Director at Shaarie Torah for over 13 years. She moved to Portland from Israel after her army service with the IDF. Dorice received her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a certificate in Linguistics from Portland State University, in addition to a Project Management certificate from the Center of Executive and Professional Development at Portland State University. Dorice has a passion for teaching and learning and readily shares her wisdom, devotion and love of Torah and Jewish traditions with children, teens and adults in our Shabbat programs, religious school for K-5, Wednesday night school for MS-HS, Ivrit B’Ivrit program for Native Israeli speakers, and the adult education offerings. Dorice believes that through fostering leadership in others, we make a stronger, knowledgeable and more dedicated community. In her free time, Dorice enjoys Israeli folk dancing and spending time with family and friends.
Director of The Carl Preschool, Elizabeth Fleishman grew up in the Portland Jewish Community and has been an early childhood educator for over thirty years. She loves to be involved in supporting children exploring their world and learning through creative play, art and movement. Morah (Teacher) Elizabeth cherishes the diverse backgrounds of her students and celebrates that diversity by helping the children learn from each other. She enjoys teaching children Jewish values such as caring for others and our community, inclusion, thoughtful problem solving and respect for all.
Development Coordinator (part-time)
Sarah has extensive project management and development experience. She has a passion for changing and growing organizations.
Member Engagment & Outreach (part-time)
For many years Eleyna has worked as a community organizer and social justice leader in Portland and beyond. She is a founding member of SURJ (Standing Up for Racial Justice) in Portland.
Ilana Rose Cloud works as our Communications Coordinator. She has been working in Jewish organizations on the East Coast for the last three years and is excited to finally be at Shaarie Torah in Portland! Bringing a background in administration and coordination, web/graphic design, and art, Ilana is motivated, hard-working and excited to a part of the team. She is also passionate about Jewish education, especially outdoors, and local food! Ilana has worked on multiple Jewish farms and is co-leading Portland’s Jewish CSA, Tuv Ha’aretz!
Jackie Van Anda
Jackie has worked in non-profit financial management and accounting for over 30 years, in organizations including Mercy Corps NW and the Oregon Ballet.
Administrative Assistant (part-time)
Linda has worked as an administrator in many organizations throughout Portland (NCJW and OAJC). She brings great skills and initiative to the front desk.
Maintenance Supervisor Aleksey Burlay has been with Shaarie Torah for over 21 years. He cares deeply about the building and the workings of the shul. Shaarie Torah is blessed to have him on board.
Head of the Kitchen (part-time)
Please call the office to reach her: (503) 226-6131
Irina, who has a passion for cooking, runs the kitchen and prepares meals for synagogue events, such as Kabbalat Shabbat Dinner, Kiddush, and Holidays.
Cemetery caretaker Bill Schaffler joined the Shaarie Torah staff in June 2000. Emphasizing the care in caretaking, he enjoys caring for the cemetery and working with congregation members and families . Feel free to contact him of any concerns or questions about the cemetery.
Leo works with Bill to maintain Shaarie Torah’s cemetery and the perpetual upkeep of the property.