For general inquiries, please call the front desk at 503.226.6131.  To reach a specific person, please see their extensions below.


RRoseJoshua Rose  
Ext. 101

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.

20150902_114251Aaron Vitells

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.




Liz Field
Interim Executive Director




Jude Kassar
Interim Education Director
Ext. 106

Jude has several years of experience in teaching and developing curriculum for Jewish education, and has a deep knowledge of Jewish tradition and values. Jude, who has been an active member of Congregation Shaarie Torah for two years, has a B.A. Summa Cum Laude in Hebrew and Women’s Studies from the University of Minnesota, a J.D. Cum Laude from Ohio State University, and is a member of the Oregon State Bar. Please join us in welcoming Jude into her new role with Shaarie Torah! Jude, who is part-time, may be reached at; or in the office at (503)226-6131 ext. 106.


Elizabeth FleishmanElizabeth Fleishman
Preschool Director
Ext. 107

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)

DSC_1546Eleyna Fugman
Member Engagment & Outreach (part-time)
Ext. 102

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
Communication & Life-Cycle Events Coordinator
Ext. 103 and find her on Facebook

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
Bookkeeper (part-time)
Ext. 104

Jackie has worked in non-profit financial management and accounting for over 30 years, in organizations including Mercy Corps NW and the Oregon Ballet.

Linda_headshotLinda Harrison
Administrative Coordinator (part-time)
Ext. 100

Linda has worked as an administrator in many organizations throughout Portland (NCJW and OAJC). She brings great skills and initiative to the front desk.

DSC_1573Aleksey Burlay
Facilities Manager

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.

Irina Burlay
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.

DSC_1814Bill Schaffler
Cemetery Supervisor

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 Lopez
Cemetery Supervisor

Leo works with Bill to maintain Shaarie Torah’s cemetery and the perpetual upkeep of the property.