Creating a Caring Community: More Than Chicken Soup
Hear from our Community Chaplain, Rabbi Barry Cohen
11:30 am – 1:30 pm | Congregation Neveh Shalom - 2900 SW Peaceful Lane
(Kosher Lunch Provided)
Rabbi Cohen is a graduate of the University of Michigan and was ordained by the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. His affiliations include the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the National Association of Jewish Chaplains and the Oregon Board of Rabbis. His passions as a chaplain and rabbi are to build relationships with individuals and families and attend to their pastoral/spiritual needs: to teach, inspire, and motivate. He is the proud father of teenage twins, and he also loves story-telling, interfaith work, and social action. In addition, he strives for spiritual moments while mountain bike riding, playing tennis, or listening to jazz, blues, or rock and roll.
Dr. Langer is a medical oncologist, Practice President, Director of Compass Oncology’s Genetic Risk Evaluation and Testing (GREAT) program, and Medical Director of Cancer Genetics for US Oncology. In addition to over 20 years of experience in genetic research at some of the nation’s leading institutions, she has advanced subspecialty expertise in breast cancer, lung cancer and lymphomas. Dr. Langer is well-known for her caring spirit. It is important to her that her patients are comfortable and feel that their needs are being heard and addressed. She believes strongly in evidence-based medicine and in being a steadfast advisor to her patients throughout their treatment journey. When not working, Dr. Langer has a rich family life with her artist husband and two children. She loves theater and travel, and is a self-proclaimed foodie.
Dr. Kostiner Simpson has been a member of the Portland Jewish community since her family moved here in 1974. She attended Hillel Academy, graduated from Beaverton High School, and received her BA at UC San Diego. She earned her MD at George Washington University School of Medicine in DC, Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Colorado in Denver, and Genetics Fellowship at UC San Francisco. She has worked as a Clinical Geneticist at Kaiser Permanente since 2002, and has been the Department Chief for 11 years now. She is married to Eric Simpson; they are members at Congregation Neveh Shalom and have two young children who attend Portland Jewish Academy. In her free time, Dana enjoys earning Splat points at Orangetheory Fitness, building legos with her husband and kids, and going to Blazer games. In her introspective moments, she ponders how a family of four can generate so much laundry and clutter.
Panelist Talia Schwartz is a breast cancer survivor, wife, mother of three (including a recent bat mitzvah), and inspirational speaker, formerly working for Jansen Pharmaceuticals in Neurology Medical Affairs and Post Hoc Analysis before turning her attention to being a stay at home mom. She grew up in Los Angeles and attended UCLA. A fluent Hebrew speaker thanks to her Israeli mother, she then attended Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, where she met her husband. They moved to Corvallis in 2007 and love living and raising their family in the PNW.