OUR LEADERSHIP & STAFF

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

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

Clergy

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.

Jemi Kostiner Mansfield

Since 2015, Jemi has been the Director of Spiritual Life at Cedar Sinai Park. From 1992 to 2015, she served in a variety of roles at Congregation Beth Israel, most recently as Congregational Affairs Director and, prior to that, as Education and Life Cycle Administrator. Jemi, who has a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from the University of California, Los Angeles, grew up as part of Jewish Portland and in fact graduated from Hillel Academy (the predecessor to Portland Jewish Academy), then housed at Shaarie Torah. 

Interested in learning more about our K-12 educational programs? Email Jude today. 

Jude Kassar

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.

Elizabeth Fleishman

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. 

Interested in membership at Shaarie Torah or have questions about joining? Email Eleyna today. 

Eleyna Fugman

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.

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

Questions about your child’s upcoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah kiddush lunch? Looking to rent a space at Shaarie Torah? Email Ilana today. 

Ilana Rose Cloud

Interested in art and design from the age of three, Ilana has been creating since she could hold a pencil. Here at Shaarie Torah, Ilana produces all marketing & promotional materials, maintains the CST website and social media, and coordinates kiddushes for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, bris’ and baby namings, parties, luncheons, memorial services, and funerals. She has been working in Jewish organizations on both the West and East Coasts for over eight 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! In her spare time, she facilitates a Jewish women’s group in Portland, makes watercolor ketubahs, cards, and more.

Linda works at our front desk and can help you with any and all questions! Want to make a donation in memory or in honor of a loved one? Interested in making an appointment with the Rabbi? Call or email Linda today. 

Linda Harrison-Fintzy

A native Portlander, Linda has worked within the Portland Jewish community for many years and knows it’s history well. She brings skills in organization,  problem solving, and event planning to her role at the front desk. Linda has worked as an administrator in several organizations throughout Portland (NCJW, OAJC, and more). She is also an incredible flutist and actively involved in Beth Israel Sisterhood.

Questions about a statement or want to set up an auto-withdraw for your membership dues? Email Jackie today. 

Jackie Van Anda

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.

Aleksey Burlay

Maintenance Supervisor Aleksey Burlay has been with Shaarie Torah for over 21 years.  He has seen Shaarie Torah through four Rabbis and even used to live in the building before it was renovated. Aleksey knows how everything works and helps keep our synagogue running smoothly. He cares deeply about the building and the workings of the shul. Shaarie Torah is blessed to have him on board.

Irina Burlay

Kitchen Manager & Head Chef
Call the main office to reach her.

Irina has been working at Shaarie Torah for over 15 years. Over those years, she has made thousands of burekas, hundreds of plates of salmon, many pots of soup, and lots of other delicious additions to Kiddush lunch. She has a passion for cooking, running the kitchen and preparing meals for synagogue events, such as Kabbalat Shabbat Dinner, weekly Kiddush lunch, Rosh Hashanah, Passover, and more!

Bill Schaffer

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 with any concerns or questions about the cemetery.

Leo Lopez

Cemetery Caretaker

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

 

 

Tatiana Vashchenko

Kitchen Staff & Facilities

Tatiana works with Irina in the kitchen to create delicious meals for a range of events. 

 

 

920 NW 25th Ave

Portland, OR 97210

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