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

Liz Field joined Shaarie Torah in July to serve as Interim Executive Director. Liz is an organizational consultant who specializes in leadership transition, assessment and development. She has served in an interim leadership role in several Oregon nonprofits, has led executive search processes, and has consulted on a range of governance, strategy, and management issues. Earlier in her career, Liz was employed by the World Bank and, before that, at an international agricultural research institute in West Africa. Liz has a B.A. from Amherst College and M.B.A from Yale University.




Jude Kassar
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! 


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
Ext. 102

Raised in a small rural town in Northern California, Eleyna is no stranger to the importance of having a strong knit community you can lean on.  As an experienced community organizer and active member of Portland’s Jewish community, she loves that her job is to help congregants connect with one another and make Shaarie Torah their community.  She excels at welcoming the stranger and making sure newcomers feel at home. When she is not working on building engagement and outreach programs at Shaarie Torah, Eleyna is also passionate about adult Jewish learning.  She is the Board Chair for the Institute for Judaic Studies, and actively works with several local organizations to increase opportunities for learning and connection for young Jews on Portland’s east side.

She has a BA in American Civilizations from Brown University with a concentration on Faith-Based Community organizing.

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

Ilana Rose Cloud starting working at Shaarie Torah in December 2015 and works as our Communications & Life-Cycle Events Coordinator. She has been working in Jewish organizations on both the West and East Coasts for over six years. Ilana brings a background in administration/coordination, web/graphic design, and art. She is also passionate about Jewish education, especially around the outdoors and local food! Ilana has worked on multiple Jewish farms and previously co-lead Portland’s Jewish CSA, Tuv Ha’aretz!


Jackie Van Anda
Ext. 104

Jackie Van Anda began working at Shaarie Torah in May 2016 as a consultant thru The Bookkeeping Collaborative, a small company providing financial management services to non-profits in the Portland area.  Jackie has filled a variety of roles in social justice oriented non-profit organizations (including Mercy Corps NW) in 6 states and Puerto Rico over more than 30 years.  Along the way she studied Economic Ethics and obtained a Master of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary in New York.  Her motivation for doing this work comes from a strong commitment to improving people’s lives, and she is happy to support organizations and congregations in meeting their missions by keeping finances clear and understandable.  In recent years she has volunteered with Accounting for International Development in Malawi and Nicaragua.

Linda_headshotLinda Harrison
Administrative Coordinator
Ext. 100

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

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