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.
Interim Executive Director (part-time)
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.
Education Director – (part-time)
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!
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)
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 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
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 Coordinator (part-time)
Linda has worked as an administrator in many organizations throughout Portland (NCJW and OAJC). She brings great skills and initiative for 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.