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Kehillah Shir Tikvah mourns the death of our beloved member Gary Teasdale, z”l , beloved husband of Nehama Bennet-Teasdale, grandfather of Shir Tikvah community members Chason, Aurora, Eowyn, Karys and Renly, and father and grandfather to many others.
Tzedakah in Gary’s memory can be sent to Congregation Shir Tikvah.

With great sadness, Congregation Ahavath Achim announces the passing of Ray Daniel, z”l, father of Pamela (Ronald) Sidis and Sharon, Linda and Theresa.  He is survived by five grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He passed away Friday, Jan. 12.

Congregation Beth Israel mourns the loss of Marlene Diane Ruden, who passed away on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024.
Marlene is survived by her husband, Edward Ruden, son Seth Ruden, daughter Lila Klein, daughter-in-law Jennifer Ruden, and grandchildren Eliana Ruden, Will Ruden, Elijah Klein, and Shayna Klein. 

With great sadness, Chabad Southwest Portland announces the passing of Dr. Donald Epstein, z”l, Tuesday, Jan. 16.
The funeral was held Monday, Jan. 22, at Riverview Cemetery. 
For nearly four decades Dr. Epstein took a leadership role in the development of Chabad and in particular its shul. He chaired the committee to purchase Chabad’s first Torah, led the brachos at the morning service and led by example through contributing towards every phase of development.

With great sadness, Congregation Ahavath Achim, Congregation Neveh Shalom and Jewish Family & Child Service announce the passing of Janet Menashe, z”l. She is lovingly remembered by her husband Jerome Menashe, her daughter Erika Menashe, and her siblings Diane (John Baringer) Lefkow, Michael Lefkow, Joe (Joanne) Menashe, and Denise Menashe. She passed suddenly on Sunday, Jan. 21.
Janet worked for JFCS as a tireless disabilities advocate, joining the staff in 2015, serving the community until 2022. Janet continued to keep in touch with former clients – and them with her – after her retirement. She found her way into this work primarily because of her wonderful daughter, Erika. Janet once shared with a colleague in an interview, “I love my daughter so much, and she’s my passion to do this work.” 
Janet never said no to a client, providing them with crucial counsel on complex topics like Social Security benefits, as well as driving them to and from events and appointments; running errands for them; and taking calls at all hours, to offer support and sometimes just a supportive ear. 
A mother of a JFCS client with disabilities once shared: “Janet was such a wealth of information, she had a broad-based knowledge of disability rights. Most of all she answered many of my questions clearly and that helped me to lower my stress about these issues. She did an excellent job and let me know I could call her any time. I really appreciate Janet and the job that she did to help me with my child’s disability issues. She is an invaluable resource. I feel so fortunate to have her guidance.”

Congregation Beth Israel mourns the loss of Alan Templer, z”l, who passed away Saturday, Jan. 20, at the age of 79.
Alan is survived by his Wife Lea, Daughters Barbra (Adam) and Pam (Mike), Grandchildren Hannah, Abigail, Theodor, Audrey and Isabel, Sister Bev (Jerry).
Donations in Alan’s memory can be made to NA’AMAT USA or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Congregation Neveh Shalom is sorry to announce the passing of Vern Beck, z”l, on Monday, Jan. 22. He is lovingly remembered by his children Laura (Rabbi David) Kosak, and Eric (Trish) Beck, and grandchildren Shayah and Amitai Kosak, and Maddox and Dane Beck.

It is with deep sadness that Congregation Shaarie Torah announces the passing of Frieda Gass Cohen, z”l, Beloved mother of Richard (Ellen) Cohen and Susan Branch. Frieda died Wednesday, Jan. 24. She was 103 years old.
She is survived by her children, Rick (Ellen) Cohen and Susan Branch; grandchildren Jason (Tara) Altman, Anthony Altman, Joseph Altman, Michael Altman, Rebecca Berman and Anissa Cohen; great-grandchildren Lio Aguilera, Zachary (Zoe) Altman and Lauren Altman; and great-great-grandson Jackson Altman. She was predeceased by husband Benjamin Cohen, z”l.
The funeral was held Sunday, Jan. 28, at Shaarie Torah Cemetery
Donations in Frieda’s memory may be made to the Shaarie Torah General Fund. It would also be very meaningful to order extra Hamentaschen this year to honor her untiring dedication to CST Sisterhood’s annual project.

It is with deep sadness that Congregation Shaarie Torah announces the passing of Ben Arron, z”l. Ben died early Tuesday morning, Jan. 2, 2024 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 64 years old.
He is survived by his wife, Francine, children Alexa and Zachary, father Max Wyszogrodzka, sister Zahara Wyszogrodzka, in-laws Jerry and Dora Newman, sister-in-law Sheri Newman (John) Jones and brother-in-law Joel (Dawn) Newman.
He was predeceased by mother Shura Wyszogrodzka, z”l.
The funeral was held Friday, Jan. 5, in Seattle.
Ethel Jocelyn Birnbach, z”l, passed away Thursday, Jan. 4 at the age of 96.
Ethel Birnbach (nee Katz) entered this world in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1927, born to Louis Katz and Lillian Levitt. Her journey was one marked by remarkable achievements and dedicated service. At the young age of 19, she graduated with distinction from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, earning her degree in civil engineering—a testament to her early brilliance and commitment to learning.
Her professional path led her to notable contributions in the field of aeronautics, beginning at Chance Vought Aircraft post-graduation. She continued to pave her way, making significant strides at NACA, a predecessor to NASA, where her expertise and dedication left an indelible mark.
Her work extended far and wide, taking her to the remote corners of Alaska, where she played a pivotal role in designing elements of the DEW (Distant Early Warning Line) for the defense department—a testament to her dedication to national security.
Later in her career, she found herself contributing her expertise to The Bonneville Power Administration in Oregon, leaving yet another legacy in her wake.
Beyond her professional accomplishments, Ethel was a force in the competitive world of contract bridge, achieving national recognition and earning her place among the top 500 players in the country. Her passion for the game was matched only by her talent, making her a respected figure among her peers.
Ethel’s legacy lives on through her two devoted sons, Jack (Melanie) and Gerald (Donna). Her memory will be cherished by all those whose lives she touched. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to be made to the Jewish Family and Child Service of Portland in honor of Ethel’s compassionate spirit and commitment to helping others.
Congregation Neveh Shalom is sorry to announce the passing of CNS member Josif Sheinkman, z”l on Jan. 5, 2024. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Inna Sheinkman; his daughters Lana (Joe Ahadian) Sheinkman and Alla (Justin) Pierce; and two grandchildren. The funeral was held Monday, Jan. 8, at Ahavai Shalom Cemetery.
Lee Berne, z”l, passed away of natural causes on Jan.7, 2024, surrounded by her four sons, four daughters-in-law, and several of her grandchildren. Lee was born in the Bronx in 1931 and grew up living in the same building as her parents (Louis and Edna Fenton, z”l), sister (Ronnie Wood, z”l), brother (Howie Fenton, z”l), and aunts, uncles, and cousins. Lee followed in her cousins’ footsteps as a cheerleader at James Monroe High School. 
Lee met the love of her life, Frank Berne, z”l, and they were married in 1953, shortly before they followed the rest of her family across the country to Portland, Oregon. After giving birth to her four sons, she was primarily a homemaker until she began 25 years of work at Standard Insurance. Lee and Frank worked hard, saved, and invested wisely, enabling them to pay off their mortgage, put their kids through college, and have enough for frequent trips to Lake Tahoe or Reno with their lifelong friends, Hy and Lilly Evans. 
Lee was one of the most upbeat, optimistic, positive, supportive, and loving people. Her smile would light up the room. She made sure everyone understood that a family member will always be a beloved family member and that nothing could or would break those bonds. Every new daughter-in-law was welcomed in and made to feel like a true daughter. Every toast was dedicated “To my bee-yoo-tee-ful family!” Lee would never allow anyone to say anything bad about any of her kids, each of whom was her favorite. And her family’s friends became her family as well - she was “everyone’s bubbe.” 
Lee is survived by her sons (Rick, Steve, Keith, Craig), daughters-in-law (Audrey, Peggy, Rosalie, Jan), grandchildren and their spouses (Aaron and Luisa, Alexa and Chris, Alisha and Cooper, Bridge and Fanny, Andrew and Lenora, Anna and Wes, Arielle and Jacob, Avi, Eli and Gina, and Rachel), and her great-grandchildren (Jenelle, Meri, Isaac, Grace, Lucy, Henry, Teddy, Aliza, Elyse, Kennedy, Violet, Milaya). Mom, we can finally get the last word – we love you more!

We mourn the loss of Marc Kashinsky, z”l, who passed away on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024.
Marc is survived by his wife Eileen Eisenberg, his son Josh (Michelle) Kashinsky, his granddaughters Rosie and Fiona Kashinsky, and his sister Susan (Bob) Schrader.
The funeral will be held today, Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. Shiva will be held Sunday, Jan. 21 at 3 pm at Congregation Beth Israel. Shiva Minyan will take place at 3:30 pm. 
Donations in Marc’s memory can be made to Congregation Beth Israel .

It is with sadness we share that Allan J. Sherman, 92, passed away Dec. 5. He died at the Rose Schnitzer Manor, where he had lived for more than a year. 
Allan was born and raised in Portland. He graduated from Grant High School, then completed two years of college at the University of Oregon before enlisting in the Air Force. In 1957, he met and married his wife, Marjorie. After two years of electronics training, he was sent overseas as part of the war effort, to Korea for six months and then Japan for two years.
Once his tour of duty was up, he joined the family business, Henry Sherman and Company, first as a shipping clerk, then as a traveling salesman and ultimately as its CEO. He did that for 42 years. After retiring, he delivered blood for the American Red Cross and read and tutored kids in a K-3 program for more than 10 years. Allan was also a committed leader in the Jewish community in Portland, serving as president of Congregation Neveh Shalom and its men’s club. He also served on the board of the Jewish cemetery. 
Allan loved to travel. He and Marge visited Europe, South America, Hawaii and many other destinations closer to home over their 65-year marriage. A former athlete, a baseball player and golfer, he did his Jack LaLanne-type exercises every morning, well into his 80s. He loved to throw a baseball and play frisbee on the beach. Often described as the “life of the party,” Allan particularly loved to dance. A devoted friend, Allan went out to lunch every Wednesday, for the last 20 years, with the same group of guys, even as the ten dwindled to three.
Allan is survived by his wife; Marjorie; his daughter Laura and her husband Barry; daughter Karen and husband Bill; son Ken and wife Jen; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

It is with deep sadness that Congregation Shaarie Torah announces the passing of Jane Hytowitz, z”l, beloved wife of David Hytowitz. Jane died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023. She was 74 years old.
She is survived by her husband, David, daughters Rebecca and Teresa, brother Charles Swirsky, sister Mary Lou Swirsky and many nieces and nephews scattered throughout the country.
The funeral was held on Monday, Dec. 18, 2023 at Shaarie Torah Cemetery.

It is with deep sadness that Congregation Shaarie Torah announces the passing of Bernard Jolles, z”l. Bernard died Sunday evening, December 17, 2023. He was 95 years old.
He is survived by his daughters, Jacqueline (Steve Wise) Jolles and Abbe (Henry Hemmendinger) Jolles, grandchildren Sydney and Julien Hemmendinger and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by parents Dora and Harry Jolles, z”l, sister Joan Slovin, z”l and children Howard and Caroline Jolles, z”l.
The funeral was held on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023 at Shaarie Torah Cemetery.

Congregation Neveh Shalom regrets to announce the passing of Bobbie Altmark, z”l, on Dec. 21, 2023 at the age of 79. She is lovingly remembered by her son, Asa (Debra) Altmark; her grandchildren, David & Eric Altmark, and her brother, Jerry Gellis.
The funeral was held on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2023 at Ahavai Shalom Cemetery.

Congregation Neveh Shalom is sorry to announce the passing of Celina Beatriz (Levinton) Jacobson, z”l, on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2023. Celina is the daughter of the late Leon and Flora Levinton, z”l. Celina is loved and remembered by her children, Deborah (Ariel) Levy, Issac (Reli) Jacobson, Lucas Jacobson, and David (Katie) Jacobson; her grandchildren, Kayim, Orr, Val, Ella, Kali, Ronen, Jonah, Zev, and Zelda; her late brother Sergio, z”l (Dora) Levinton; and her nephew Pablo; a wonderful extended family; and dear friends. 
The funeral will be held today, Jan. 3, at 10:30 am at Neveh Zedek Cemetery (7925 SW Canyon Lane, Portland). 

With great sadness, Chabad of Oregon announces the sudden and untimely passing of Rebbetzin Rochel Chaiton of blessed memory on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2023 in Las Vegas, NV.
Immediately after their marriage in 1988, Rebbetzin Chaiton joined her husband, Rabbi Yossi Chaiton, as a Chabad Shlucha in Portland.
For over three decades, she shared the joy and sweetness of Yiddishkeit and was integral in developing Portland’s Jewish community. Hundreds of children learned Aleph Bet and experienced a “joyful Jewish beginning” under her tutelage, and her classroom was full of her lively and happy art.
She deeply cared about individuals and would make an extra effort to reach out to those who had no family or place to celebrate Shabbat. When she would host a women’s class, it would not only lift the soul, but her celebrated desserts would lift the spirit as well. As an attendant of Mikvah Shoshanah, she was appreciated for her gentle, kind, and discreet manner. She had the unique ability to selflessly celebrate and encourage those around her.
After she and Rabbi Chaiton moved to Las Vegas closer to their grandchildren, she consistently stayed in touch with community members, sharing an encouraging word and taking pride in their growth.
She is survived by her husband, Rabbi Yoseph Chaiton and her sons: Rabbi Dovber (& Mushkah) Chaiton of Las Vegas and Shmueli Chaiton of Brooklyn, N.Y. and grandchildren.
The funeral will be held today, Jan. 3, in New York’s Old Montefiore cemetery, in proximity to the Ohel of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Shiva will be in New York and then in Las Vegas.
Donations can be made to Chabad of Summerlin, specifying it is for the Rebbitzen Rochel Chaiton memorial fund, where Rabbi Dovber Chaiton serves as a Rabbi. Condolence notes and memories can be sent to his email

It is with deep sadness that Congregation Shaarie Torah announces the passing of Shelli Stern, z”l Sunday, Nov. 12. She was 74 years old.
She is survived by her stepmother, Myra Jackson; sisters Abby (Rick) Menashe and Suzi (Bob) Fiore; stepbrothers Todd Coblens, Ross, z”l (Sarah) Coblens, and Glen (Mia Birk) Coblens; cousins Tom (Mary Jane) Stern, Eve (Les Gutfreund) Stern, and Sharon (Steve Rallison) Stern; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Sol Stern, z”l, Sylvia Stern Jackson, z”l and Hy Jackson, z”l.
The funeral will be held Thursday, Nov. 16 at 2 pm at Shaarie Torah Cemetery, 8013 SE 67th Avenue in Portland.
It is with deep sadness that Congregation Shaarie Torah announces the passing of Ralph Hockley, z”l, beloved father of Cliff Hockley. Ralph died Wednesday, Nov. 8 in Dallas, TX. He was 98 years old.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Glover Hockley; children Denise Hockley, Cliff (Julie) Hockley, Heidi (Greg) Hargis, Kirk (Michelle) Harris and Kris (Donna) Harris; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 10th at 2 pm Central Time at Congregation Shearith Israel in Dallas, TX. The service may be viewed live online at or
Elizabeth Christine Feves, z”l, known to her loved ones as Chris, passed away peacefully Nov. 25 at her home in Sherwood, Ore. She was born Feb. 26, 1949 in Chicago, Ill., to Dr. Victor Gregory and Dr. Cecilia Dolores Gregory. Chris was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Michael Gregory of Walnut Creek, Calif.
Chris is survived by her loving husband, Michael Feves; and their children and stepchildren, Leira Feves Rodreguez, Victor Feves, Jordana Levenick and Margot Pearmine; as well as her sister, Victoria Leary. Chris leaves behind three wonderful grandchildren, Sadie Levenick, Henry Levenick and Jax Pearmine.
Chris was a strong, smart and compassionate individual who had a deep love of animals, especially horses. In her late 30’s she acquired her first horse when her mother knew someone who wanted to give their horse away to a good home. Anyone involved with horses knows that there is no such thing as a ‘free’ horse. Mickey was the beginning of a new lifestyle for Chris. Eventually, Chris and her husband Michael built a horse boarding and training facility in Sherwood, Ore. Chris competed in dressage, jumping and eventing, but mostly she just wanted to be around horses and other animals. Throughout her life she cared for and loved over a dozen dogs and countless cats, not counting the strays that she found homes for.
In addition to equestrian activities, Chris loved downhill skiing, watercolor painting, reading and traveling with her husband in their Airstream trailer.
Chris attended Laurelhurst Elementary School in Portland, and she spent most of her high school years at Summerhill School in England while her mother attended medical school in Maryland. Upon her return to the United States, she earned a BS degree in Geology at Portland State University where she also worked as a teaching assistant. After gaining several years of experience working as a geotechnical engineer, she returned to school at Texas A&M University to work on a Ph.D. degree in Geotechnical Engineering.
Chris’ professional career included a wide range of experiences. She was a team leader at the Basalt Isolation Project at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Richland, Wash. She conducted numerous site investigations and monitored construction at many projects in the Pacific Northwest including construction of the Satsop Nuclear Plants in Elma, Wash. Chris and her husband Michael founded Earth Dynamics and worked together on many geophysical field studies and rock testing projects.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m., Nov. 29, 2023, at Ahavai Shalom Cemetery Chapel, 9323 S.W. First Ave., Portland, OR. No flowers please. Contributions in her memory may be made to Forward Stride at or to an animal welfare organization of your choice.



David Alan Goldfoot z”l passed away in Austin, Texas Oct. 8, 2023, at the age of 81. Born in Portland, Ore., on August 2, 1942, to Maurice and Mildred Goldfoot, David grew up with his older sister, Nadene, in a multicultural community. All who knew him described David as brilliant, kind, fun loving, creative, and a wonderful friend. At just ten years old he became the first Jewish child to be named Prime Minister of Portland’s Junior Rose Festival. In 2003, his lasting influence on his community was honored when he was knighted as Sir David Goldfoot of Rosaria. In 1964 he graduated from Reed College and married Heather Birnie, also from Portland. David later graduated from OHSU with a Ph.D. in Medical Psychology. He was a widely respected psychologist who specialized in working with individuals with anger problems and sexual addictions. David will be remembered by his loving wife, Lorraine Broll, sons Joel (Jill Jodar) and Josh (Matthew Berry), daughter, Michelle, sister, Nadene Goldfoot, and his beloved poodle, Roxy. He was a devoted father who taught his children to love learning and to treat all people equally. As a partner, he was beyond compare supportive, kind, patient, and thoughtful. There will be a celebration of David’s life later this fall in Austin. In lieu of flowers, contributions in David’s memory may be made to Cancer Research Institute (www.


Theodore Mark “Ted” Zell z”l passed away Nov. 3, 2023, at the age of 86. Born May 28, 1937 in Portland, he lived nearly all his life on the same street, attending Ainsworth grade school, Lincoln High School, and the University of Oregon .After graduating from college, he joined the family business, Zell Bros., where he worked six days a week alongside his father, uncles, and cousins until retirement. In 1962, he married Carol Janz, and they had two children, Adrienne Zell (Alan Hungate), and Peter Zell (Carla). Ted and Carol were married 55 years until Carol’s death in 2017. Ted had many hobbies, including showing cars, trap shooting, model trains, collecting clocks and barometers, travel, and relaxing with his family and dogs at their beach house in Ocean Park, Wash. Ted greatly enjoyed spending time with, and was very proud of, his three grandchildren, Andrew, Joseph, and Abby Hungate. Ted spent the last few years of his life at Robison Jewish Health Center where he played a lot of bingo and made new friends. 


Jacqueline Plitman z”l, born in Agen, France, passed away peacefully, Oct. 8, 2023 in Toulouse, France. An artist, ever gracious hostess, lover of travel and proud mamina, she leaves behind a legacy of her three daughters: Sonia Marie Leikam (Theo), Catherine Fixe Chapin (Bill) and Isabelle (Rick) and five grandchildren Alexa, Nico, Alexandre, Benjamin and Daniel.
Family, friends and kehillah will gather to observe the thirtieth day since the passing of Jacqueline, daughter of Alexandre and Sonia z”l, in fulfillment of the mitzvah of nikhum avelim (comforting mourners) Monday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 pm at Leikam Brewery, 5812 E Burnside in Portland. Please join us in the Meal of Consolation afterward by bringing a vegetarian dish to share.

With great sadness, Congregation Ahavath Achim the passing of Rene Emily Varon, a’’h, also known as “Auntie Em,” sister of Sol Varon. She passed away Oct. 19 in Seattle, Wash. The Funeral was Monday, Oct. 23 in Seattle.

The Board and Musicians of the Portland Chamber Orchestra are mourning the passing of our beloved Music Director/Conductor, Yaacov (Yaki) Bergman z”l, who died Sept. 20, 2023. 
Under the leadership of Maestro Bergman, PCO has become one of Portland’s most progressive and daring ensembles with its mission devoted to artistic fusion and multi-arts concepts, and programs that promote cultural and social diversity.
With his innovative programming and fusion of the arts, Yaki turned the PCO into “the intimate symphony with infinite imagination.” For 21 years, Yaki has led the orchestra with passion, enthusiasm, and creative energy that mirrored his love of the music he created. He opened the portal into the history of human emotion and expression, and provided an essential framework for contemporary entertainment which will continue to fill our lives. 
Susan Barbara Mosler (Popick) z”l died comfortably at home Sept. 27, 2023, at the age of 82. 
Born June 25, 1941 in Portland, Ore., to Hyman and Rachel (Honeo) Popick, Susan grew up in Northeast Portland where she graduated from Grant High School and then moved to Seattle where she graduated from the University of Washington.
Susan is survived by her three grandsons, Sam Matterazzo, Ben Robinett and Max Matterazzo; her daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and John Matterazzo; her son-in-law, David Robinett; her sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Larry Veltman; and her two nieces, Amy and Julie Veltman. She is also survived by her large extended family whom she loved and took great interest in. She was predeceased by her daughter, Lesley Robinett z”l; and her former husband and best friend, Laurence Mosler z”l.
Services and a memorial gathering were held in Portland, Ore., Oct. 1, 2023. Remembrances may be made to the Lesley Robinett Memorial Fund at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, benefiting melanoma research and patient and family services.
Congregation Beth Israel mourns the loss of Ted Rubenstein z”l, who passed away on Sunday, Oct. 1, surrounded by his family. 
Ted is survived by his spouse Davia Rubenstein, daughters Susan (Barry) Menashe, Sunny Rubenstein, and Marcy Lehman, grandchildren Lauren Menashe, Jordan (Jackie) Menashe, and Max Lehman, great-grandchildren Miles and Sutton Menashe and sister Helen Stern. Ted was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Anne Rubenstein z”l. 
A memorial service was held Thursday, Oct. 5 at Congregation Beth Israel.
Donations in memoriam can be made to the Oregon Food Bank, Legacy Home Hospice, and the Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education. 
Congregation Beth Israel mourns the loss of Pearl Trachtenberg z”l, who passed away Saturday, Oct. 7.
Pearl is survived by her son, Bruce S. Trachtenberg, and her nieces, Meryl Horowitz and Eleanor Wachs. Pearl was preceded in death by her husband, Irving Trachtenberg z”l, and her son, William Trachtenberg z”l.
A funeral service was held Wednesday, Oct. 11 at Landau Chapel at Beth Israel Cemetery.
Donations in memoriam can be made to the Oregon Food Bank or to Cedar Sinai Park.
Congregation Beth Israel mourns the loss of Marc Koenigsberg z”l, who passed away Monday, Oct. 2.
Marc is survived by his wife, Cheryl Kratz, his brother, Paul Koenigsberg, nephew, Todd Koenigsberg, niece, Amy Remick, grand-nephews Dylan Koenigsberg and Brady Remick, and  grand-nieces Haley Koenigsberg and Olivia Remick. Marc was preceded in death by his parents, Sylvia and Irwin Koenigsberg z”l, and his brother, Elliot Koenigsberg z”l.
A memorial was held Sunday, May 15, at the home of Paul Koenigsberg. Donations in Marc’s memory may be sent to the American Cancer Society.
Jill Klanfer z”l passed Oct. 7, 2023, in Portland, Ore., surrounded by family. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio on April 27, 1961. The daughter of Michele Lurie and Murray Klanfer z”l.
Jill is survived by her mother, her beloved brother Jay Klanfer and his wife, Nicole, and her other mother Marlene Klanfer. Her nieces Jordan and Maya Klanfer were the loves of her life. She was dearly loved by her extended family, Andrea, Howard, Debbie Wedren, Jeff Wedren, Janna Fraboni and their children Gabrielle, Noa, Chloe, Beckett and Stella Wedren.
Donations can be made to The Murray and Jill Klanfer Memorial Fund, c/o Lynn Krumholz, to provide Reiki, massage and other therapies for cancer patients at Montefiore Hospice through the Menorah Park Foundation at 27100 Cedar Road, Beachwood, Ohio 44122.

Norma May Rosenberg z”l was a titan, who woke up every day with the engine running, eager to learn and leave a meaningful impression on everything and everyone she touched. She was 94 years old, with plenty of gas left in the tank.
Vibrant wife of the Lester J. Rosenberg z”l, persistent mother of Steven “Rosy” (Ellen Lippman) Rosenberg and Lee “Rosy” (Partner-Pamela Roussos) Rosenberg, inspirational grandmother of Mara Rosenberg, Ilyana Rosenberg and Noa Rosenberg, fully engaged aunt to all of her nieces and nephews, a force of nature in her leadership work in the community, and an integrally spirited ally, mentor and moral compass to a nation of friends.
Norma grew up in San Antonio, Texas, daughter of the late Melville May and late Ethel Sacks, and sister to the late Melville May Jr. She lived her adult years in the Chicago area. So much to share in-between; words in this short bio will not properly do justice to her impact. Better to speak with those that knew her directly; there are so many across Chicago, the US and Israel.
Memorial contributions may be made to an organization that she and Lester helped build over decades and an organization that she literally gave her life to--Israel Tennis and Education Centers. If you would like to do so, Norma instructed us this is the absolute best way to honor her; the family agrees. You are welcome to share with anyone who would like to make a donation to support the Norma Rosenberg Children’s Fund, which has now been established in memory of Norma. Please visit the ITEC website donation page, or mail your donation to Israel Tennis & Education Centers, 3275 West Hillsboro Boulevard Suite 102 Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Congregation Neveh Shalom regretfully announces the passing of Sandra Nathanson, z”l on Aug. 17, 2023. She was the beloved wife of Dr. Milton Nathanson, z”l; cherished mother of Larry (Lyn Kugel) Nathanson, Neil (Leslie Hamilton) Nathanson, and Mark Nathanson; proud grandmother of Philip Nathanson, Sabra (George) Drummond, Mira Nathanson, Keep Nathanson, Dana Nathanson, and Sam Nathanson; loving sister of Nisson (Laura Fochtmann) Schechter; devoted daughter of Harry, z”l and Martha Schechter, z”l. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. The funeral was held in Birmingham, Mich. on August 21.
Congregation Neveh Shalom regretfully announces the passing of Rosalie Goodman, z”l on Aug. 25, 2023 at the age of 94. Born Feb. 5, 1929 to Mike and Sadie Horenstein, Rosalie was a lifelong Portland resident. 
Rosalie and her sister, Lorraine (Lippoff), enjoyed an idyllic childhood, filled with family and friends in Old South Portland. She attended Shattuck Grade School and Commerce High, now Cleveland.
Rosalie was married to Harold Goodman, the love of her life, for more than 53 years. She and Harold were co-owners of the Ethan Allen stores in the Portland area until 2005. They raised two children, Sharlene Goodman Harvey (David) and Craig Goodman (Leslie) Rosalie fiercely loved her family, which now includes five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. Her energetic and optimistic outlook left smiles in her wake.
A longtime member of Congregation Never Shalom, Rosalie also volunteered at Cedar Sinai Park and Oregon Jewish Museum and Holocaust Education Center. She will be missed.. A private funeral was held on Sunday, August 27 at Ahavai Shalom Cemetery.
Congregation Neveh Shalom regretfully announces the passing of Charla Berkeley, z”l on August 27, 2023 in Savannah, Georgia at the age of 66. She is survived and remembered by her sisters Gail (Mark) Sherman and Eva (Randall) Woods, and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by an older sister and brother.

Sheldon Spielman, MD, z”l died Sunday, Aug. 6, in the company of his family at Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center.
Spielman was born to Leo and Lillian (Rosenberg) Spielman in 1931. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University and the New York University College of Medicine, this native New Yorker first came to the Northwest to visit a classmate practicing in Seattle. He moved his family to Portland the following year. Sheldon joined Kaiser’s OB-GYN program in 1966 and practiced there until his retirement in 1993. Dr. Spielman touched many lives, having delivered thousands of Oregonians there.
Known for his dry humor and retelling familiar jokes at the dinner table, Sheldon also loved opera and built fine furniture. An avid outdoorsman, he took his family hiking, fishing and backpacking all over Oregon, most of Washington and significant parts of Idaho and Montana.
Dr. Spielman is survived by his wife, Ruth (Lurie) Spielman; his children, Abbie Spielman, Deborah Spielman Fleming and Daniel Mark Spielman; and five grandchildren.

When Audrey Sara (Englebardt) Zalutsky z”l, “Nunni” to her family, moved from Chicago to Salem in 1960 with her husband, Morton Zalutsky, her mother, Augusta, in Schenectady, N.Y., pulled out her atlas to find it. “Oh, that is far,” she said, Chicago being the farthest west anyone in her family had ever lived. And while Audrey struggled to adapt to the rain that first year, soon she never wanted to live anywhere else than her beloved Portland. 
Audrey passed away Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023, at Washington Gardens Memory Care in Tigard, after a near 15-year battle with Alzheimer’s, with her beloved husband of 66 years, and her family at her side. Born April 9, 1935, in Schenectady, N.Y., to Augusta, a homemaker, and Samuel Englebardt, a lawyer, Audrey was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She met Mort while they were still in high school at a cousin’s birthday party, where the girls had to put one shoe in a basket for the boys to choose from.
Audrey loved dance and school, and excelled at both. She grew up surrounded by a large extended family, including her two brothers, Marvin and Carl. At Knott Terrace High School, she was the captain of the cheerleading team and a dancer and also one of the top students. Audrey majored in sociology at Skidmore College, where she was a member of the Periclean Society (Phi Beta Kappa) and continued to pursue her love of dance. After college, Audrey and Mort married and moved to Chicago, where he studied law at the University of Chicago and she worked as a secretary in a doctor’s office, and where Jane was born. 
After law school, they moved to Salem, Ore., in 1960, where Diane was born. From the beginning of her life in Portland, Audrey was active at Congregation Neveh Shalom and the Jewish Community Center, teaching in the Sunday School and pre-school. She continued to dance with a local company as well. When their son, Sam, born in Portland, started grade school, Audrey returned to school at Portland State University to get her Master of Social Work in the early 70s.
Audrey was active in the Jewish community and a loyal supporter of the arts, especially Chamber Music Northwest and Portland Center Stage. She spent over 25 years as a medical social worker at Good Samaritan Hospital, counseling patients and families during and after their hospital stays. Whether in her professional or personal life, people always recognized Audrey’s warm personality and generous spirit.
For all of her obvious kindness Nunni was also fierce. Fiercely intelligent, fiercely moral, fiercely loyal. And she believed in her family and friends fiercely. She immersed her children in the arts because it brought her so much joy. She studied classical piano for many years and also studied painting. She was obsessed with the New York Times crossword puzzle, enjoyed trying new Portland restaurants, and had a strong sweet tooth, especially loving chocolate and ice cream. Her favorite activity was weekends on the Oregon Coast with Mort, where she could walk for hours.
She is survived by Mort, Jane Zalutsky and Mark Kantor of Cle Elum, Wash.; Diane Zalutsky Alexander and Kent Alexander of Atlanta; Sam Zalutsky and Ed Boland of New York City; grandchildren, Nicki and Kayla Alexander, and Josh and Lane Kantor, as well as her brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Kathy Englebardt of Niskiyuna, N.Y.; sister-in-law Sabra Englebardt of Boulder, Colo. Her beloved brother, Marvin Englebardt, predeceased her.
The funeral was held Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, at Congregation Neveh Shalom, led by Rabbi Eve Posen, with the burial at Ahavai Shalom cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Daughters Against Alzheimer’s (

Congregation Neveh Shalom regrets to inform you of the passing of Neal Jablon, z”l on Aug. 12, 2023. He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Sheryl Jablon; his brother, Robert (Cara) Jablon; his children, Michelle (Randall Goldenberg) Iimori-Goldenberg, Marc (Tanya) Jablon, Keith (Holly) Jablon, Eric (Lissa) Bader, and Chelsea Jablon; and his grandchildren, Andrew, Brandon, Caitlin (Michael), Alyssa, Evan, Kada, Adam, Youki, Ava, and Dylan. His funeral was on Tuesday, August 15th in New York.

It is with sorrow that Congregation Kol Ami announces the death of Glenn Griswold, the brother-in-law of Anna and Steven Heffron. Glenn died  Aug. 15 in New Hampshire. He was 72 years old. Our condolences to Anna and Steven as well as to their extended family.

Anna (Chana) Tilow z” l, passed away at the age of 95 on July 2. She was passionately devoted to Labor Zionism and Yiddish culture as well as her family. Her children include Aki Fleshler, former President of Congregation Kesser Israel in Portland. After living in New York, Ohio, and Connecticut, she moved to Portland in December 2022 and resided at Rose Schnitzer Manor. 
She was born Oct. 19, 1927, in New York City, the only child of Pearl (Perel) and Samuel (Shulem) Weiner. Her parents were activists in the Farband, an organization of Yiddish-speaking Labor Zionists. When Mrs. Tilow was young, they moved to Akron, Ohio, where her parents became Farband leaders in the Midwest, and Shulem taught in one of the organization’s schools. She spoke proudly about the time her family hosted a fundraising event for a fiery young Zionist named Golda Myerson, who eventually became Prime Minister Golda Meir.
When she was 12, her family returned to New York City, where she became active in Habonim, a Labor Zionist youth organization. She was so inspired by the idea of a Jewish state that she joined a small group of American Jews planning to start Kibbutz Gesher Haziv. After getting an Associate’ Degree in Nutrition, she planned to run the kibbutz kitchen.  
Her plans changed in 1948 after she fell in love with Maurice (Moishe) Fleshler in a training camp for would-be kibbutz pioneers. They married, and after becoming pregnant, they decided it would be too difficult to give birth and raise the baby on a new kibbutz, so they stayed in New York City, where they had two sons, Aki and Dan, and Mr. Fleshler got an engineering degree. They subsequently lived in several small towns in Pennsylvania, where Mrs. Tilow began a career as a hospital dietician. In her limited spare time she also ran a small catering company with Eastern European recipes she’d learned from her mother, including pot roast,tongue with tomato sauce, kasha varnishkes and huluptzes (stuffed cabbage).
In early 1967, the Fleshlers moved back to New York City where, tragically, Mr. Fleshler died from a heart attack at age 40. In 1970, she married William Tilow, who had three sons from a previous marriage, and moved to Woodbridge Connecticut, a suburb of New Haven. After handling the daunting responsibility of managing—and cooking great meals for—a household filled with rambunctious boys, she was widowed again in 1984. 
Undaunted, Mrs. Tilow rebuilt her life yet again, moving to Hamden, Connecticut and working in several hospitals in the New Haven area. She became the president of the local chapter of Na’amat, an Israel-focused organization dedicated to uplifting women and children. After retiring in her late 60s, she travelled extensively, was an active participant in the New Haven Yiddish Club and read stories to disadvantaged children at the Hamden Library. At the age of 80 as a member of Temple Beth Shalom in Hamden, she studied for and celebrated the Bat Mitzvah she’d never had in in her youth.  
In addition to her sons, Aki Fleshler and Dan Fleshler and stepsons Seth Tilow, Josh Tilow and Adam Tilow, she is survived by grandchildren Eva, Shoshana, Lillie, Julia, Kaniel, Dylan and Jessica and great-grandchildren Ayla, Zoe, Yehezkel and Eliora.
Burial was July 3 in the Congregation Kesser Israel Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to Na’amat USA (

Arnold Cogan z”l died Friday, July 14 in Portland at the age of 90. 
Cogan was born Dec. 3, 1932, in Bath, Maine, and moved to Portland in 1948. He graduated from Grant High School in Portland and studied engineering at Oregon State University, where he met Elaine Rosenberg. The couple were married in 1952. 
After serving in the United States Army, Cogan returned to Portland and worked in engineering. He later joined the City of Portland’s planning department, working on the design of Pioneer Courthouse Square, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and the Swan Island Industrial Park. Cogan was named the state’s first land use planning director after working to establish the Department of Land Conservation. 
Cogan joined Congregation Neveh Shalom shortly after moving to Portland; he was President of the congregation from 1988-1990 and chaired multiple long-range planning projects with the congregation. 
Cogan is survived by his wife, Elaine Cogan; children Leonard Cogan, Mark (PJ) Cogan, and Suzanne (Bob) Van Brocklin; sisters Carol Koranda and Judy Ross; grandchildren Elizabeth, Kate, Meg, David, Annabelle, and Rodrigo; and great-grandchildren Jovie and Remy.
A private burial was followed by a July 17 memorial service at the Stampfer Chapel at Congregation Neveh Shalom.

Congregation Kol Ami is saddened to announce the death of Hazel Lucille Harden z”l, mother of Kol Ami member Phil Harden. Hazel died on July 15. There will be a family memorial later in the summer. 

It is with deep sadness that Congregation Shaarie Torah announces the passing of John Harold Calvin z”l, beloved stepfather of Annette Demsey (Erik Richmond). John died on Wednesday morning, July 19, 2023. He is survived by his wife, Mary; five daughters: Elizabeth (Ingrid), Melissa (Peter), Sarah (Cynthia), Karen (Jim) and Annette (Erik); and seven grandchildren: Joshua, Brennan, Anna, Noah, Grace, Owen and Gabriel.

Ruth Friedel z”l of Portland, Oregon passed peacefully away on July 22, 2023, surrounded by family. She was 78 years old. 
Dr. Friedel was born in New York to Frank and Bess Friedel. She earned a bachelor’s in physical therapy and a master’s in psychology from New York University. She worked and trained at Albert Einstein Hospital Complex in The Bronx for 10 years and studied dance in her spare time. She moved to Portland and continued graduate school at Pacific University, earning a doctorate in Psychology. She went on to teach at Pacific University and at Oregon Health Sciences University. Dr. Friedel had a successful psychology and group therapy practice in Portland for over 30 years and founded the Northwest Institute of Group Therapy and Psychodrama. 
Throughout her life she gave of herself generously to family, friends, and the community. Among her accomplishments she was proud to have volunteered for the Oregon Psychological Association, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, Jewish Family and Child Service, and the Maimonides Medical Society. She embraced life and enjoyed dancing, singing, travelling, gardening, and being out in nature. She stated, “I like to laugh, love to dance, like to play the classical guitar but am a novice and not very good at it.” 
Dr. Friedel is predeceased by her loving parents, Frank and Bess, and by her sister Sue Pereira. She is survived by her former husband, George Kaysen, and their daughter Debra Kaysen, grandson Evan Wickstrom, and her former husband, K.R. Satyanarayan, and their daughter Meera Satyanarayan. She is also survived by brothers William and David Friedel, her sister-in-law Judy Friedel, and nieces and nephew Liz, Rachel, Gwenn and Gabriel. The family invites you to join them for a Celebration of Life at the Ainsworth House & Gardens on August 6th, 2023, at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Friends of Hopewell House or to the Portland Audubon Society.

Congregation Neveh Shalom regrets to announce the passing of Sima Goshiyevich z”l, who died on June 21, 2023. She is lovingly remembered by her husband, Isaak Goshiyevich; her granddaughter, Elena (Gene Telengator) Goshiyevich; great-granddaughter, Diana Telengator; and her cousin, Peter (Alla) Tolchinsky. The funeral was held Sunday, June 25th.

Congregation Neveh Shalom regrets to announce the passing of Miriam Avivah Cohen z”l, mother of Lisa Cohen (Scott) Greenfield. She was beloved by so many, and her passing will leave an enormous void. She was preceded in death by William (z”l), her husband of 50 years. Miriam is remembered by her brother Eli Dubrow, her sister Ruth Kremer, her two adoring daughters (Lisa & Nancy), and five precious grandchildren (Mayah, Tali, Sophie, Daniel, & Jack). The funeral was held in Los Angeles Sunday, June 25th.

Martin Bruce Vidgoff was born Jan. 30, 1943 and died June 19, 2023. He was the son of Dr. Ben Vidgoff and Laura Horwitt Vidgoff and the brother of Dr. Jaclyn Vidgoff. Martin graduated from Lincoln High School in Portland in 1961 and from Harvard College in 1966 with an A.B. degree cum laude in government. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School in 1969, where he was president of the student Law Association. 
Martin became a member of the Oregon State Bar in 1969 and initially worked as an associate of the Miller Nash firm in Portland. Next Martin served as Deputy County Counsel for Multnomah County. In 1978 he followed Multnomah County Counsel George Joseph to the Oregon Court of Appeals, where Martin served as staff attorney for 23 years. 
Martin was known for his formidable intellect and precise memory of the law. He was very much an old-fashioned gentleman, and could quite often politely point to the precise volume in the Oregon Reports where one could find the answer to a legal question. He was given to murmuring (or occasionally muttering) profound insights into the law, delivering lengthy monologues on the assassination of JFK, and telling humorous stories about the political insights of his cats Ishmael and Barnaby. 
Former Appeals Court Chief Judge Mary Deits stated that Martin drafted more than 1,100 opinions for the Court of Appeals during his years of service to the Court. Judge Deits also referred to Martin’s “ability to write a perfectly worded opinion in a difficult case-often in a matter of hours.” Many of his opinion drafts dealt with Oregon land use law. Former Oregon Supreme Justice William Riggs stated Martin drafted “just about all of the landmark land use decisions for [the Court of Appeals] for a long time.” 
Martin’s humor was legendary. When he graduated from Stanford Law School, he wrote about himself: “I had a normal childhood except for never catching the mumps. Then I went to Harvard, where I caught the mumps.” Martin was preceded in death by his parents; his sister; and many close family members. Martin’s burial and funeral were held June 22, 2023, at the Neveh Zedek Cemetery Mausoleum, in Beaverton, Ore.

It is with tremendous sorrow that Congregation Kol Ami announces death of Roger Mikota Friday, June 23. Please consider a donation in Roger’s memory to either or the Congregation Kol Ami Jan Herson School Fund at 

Congregation Shir Tikvah mourns the passing of Susan Turner ז”ל, who died Monday, June 26. Her funeral was held Sunday, July 2, at the Shir Tikvah Cemetery at Riverview.

Congregation Neveh Shalom regrets to announce the passing of Rev. Jeffry Barnes, z”l on July 3, 2023. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Shirley; children, Arzélie (Jeff) McAllister, Rachel (Chris) Hertel, and Prairie (Cal) Bryant; grandchildren, Méabh and Ziva, Aled Hertel, Amalia Prohofsky, Aneurin and Auggie Bryant; and great-grandchild, Grey Prohofsky.

It is with great sorrow that Congregation Kesser Israel announces the passing of dearly beloved member Shirona Lurie a”h.
Shirona is survived by her husband Alan and daughters Leora and Lianne.
Her funeral was held June 11 at the Shaarie Torah Cemetery Chapel.

Congregation Beth Israel mourns the loss of Julian Block z”l, who passed away June 10.
Julian is survived by his wife Zelda Block, son Robert Block, daughter-in-law Letty, daughter Nadine Block, son-in law Patrick Vennebush, and grandsons Alexander and Elijah Vennebush.
Julian was preceded in death by his parents Nathan and Ruth Block and sisters Lillian Iglitz and Marilyn Block.
A funeral was held June 12th at Congregation Beth Israel. . 
The family encourages donations in Julian’s memory to The 92nd Street Y , the Israel Religious Action Center or other organizations that support the arts, democracy, or education.

Congregation Neveh Shalom regrets to announce the passing of Terry Abrahamson, z”l, who died June 11, 2023. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard Abrahamson, z”l, and is lovingly remembered by her sons Benjamin Abrahamson and Nathan Abrahamson.
The Funeral was held Thursday, June 15, at Ahavai Shalom Cemetery.

Congregation Neveh Shalom regrets to announce the passing of Mira Shoykhet, z”l, who died on June 14, 2023. She is lovingly remembered by her brother Yury (Bella Sheykman) Shoykhet and her son Alexander Apopyan.
The Funeral was held Friday, June 16, at Ahavai Shalom Cemetery.

Congregation Nevah Shalom are saddened to announce the passing of Phyllis Roberts Spielman, z”l, mother of member Loren R. Spielman, on May 30 at her home in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Loren, his wife Michelle, and their children Julia and Micah will remember Phyllis as a loving parent, a devoted grandmother, and a passionate advocate for equality, justice, and the rule of law.  
The funeral will be held at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn, NY.
Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the extended Spielman family, along with our prayers that a clear and loving recollection of Phyllis will remain with her family and friends.  
May the family be comforted along with all other mourners in Zion and may the memory of Phyllis Roberts Spielman, z”l be for them a blessing.

Rick Thomas Haselton, a”h, (Daniel Meir ben Avraham v’Sarah) passed away May 17, 2023, at the age of 69. Rick is survived by his wife, Sura Rubenstein; daughter, Malia (Molly) Haselton, a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps stationed at Camp Pendleton in California; sister, Diane (Haselton) Landers and her husband, Greg Landers, of Portland; nephew, Tom Landers, of Portland; and many Schantz and Wilcox aunts, uncles and cousins and their children.
Rick was appointed to the Oregon Court of Appeals by Gov. Barbara Roberts on March 3, 1994.
At that time, he was 40 years old and had been in private law practice for some 14 years, most of them at the Lindsay, Hart, Neil & Weigler firm. He had joined the firm of Haglund, Kirtley & Kelley just before his appointment to the appellate court, and the HKK firm took out an ad in the Oregon Bar Journal announcing their newest partner – and congratulating him on his appointment to the Court of Appeals. 
When he retired on Dec. 31, 2015, his 21 years of service on the Oregon Court of Appeals made him the longest-serving judge in the history of that court. He had been Chief Judge of the court since 2012 and continued to hear cases as a senior judge for several years.
Rick was born Nov. 5, 1953, in Albany, Ore. His parents divorced early; his mother, Shirley Schantz Haselton, was a teacher at what is now West Albany High School and later became a professor in the School of Education at Oregon State University. 
Rick said recently that a photo of “Little Ricky” playing in his bathtub expressed his essence. He had never changed from that little boy, happy to be splashing, making a mess and just enjoying life. He took such delight in everyday blessings and the wonders of the world around him. He loved a good milkshake, his daily “medicinal” glass or two of red wine, good Scotch, old and new friends, books, ballgames and mowing the lawn.
He loved family – Sura so much that they celebrated three separate weddings (there’s a story there!). Most of all, he loved being a father – he and Molly were a team, often co-conspirators, and the best of buddies. This last August, the Great American Father-Daughter Cross-Country Road Trip from Virginia to California was a special memory, complete with commemorative travel mugs and great stories from stops along the way.
A onetime altar boy in Albany, Rick embraced Judaism as an adult, found joy in its rituals and wisdom, and abiding friendships across the spectrum of Jewish life. As the “Orthodox judge” at the Oregon Court of Appeals, he appreciated the Court staff’s efforts to accommodate his religious practice – and took a measure of delight in how his non-Jewish carpool mates always worried about leaving early enough on dark winter Fridays so he could be home in time for candlelighting. 
Rick graduated from what is now West Albany High School and then earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University in 1976.  He received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1979, then returned to Oregon to serve as a clerk to the late Alfred T. “Ted” Goodwin, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which covers nine western states, before beginning work with the Lindsay Hart law firm.
He considered the Oregon Court of Appeals the place he was meant to be. His clerks became a part of his family, and he delighted in their achievements. 
In the Jewish community, he served on the boards of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, Portland Jewish Academy and Congregation Kesser Israel, where he also served as president. He also served on the Jewish Community Relations Council, where he was especially interested in the Overseas Special Projects. 
Other community activities included the Senior Law Project (as volunteer lawyer) on the Multnomah County Legal Aid Service Board of Directors, the ACLU of Oregon, the Volunteer Lawyers Project and various Oregon State Bar committees, including a stint at chair of the Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners.
Recently, and repeatedly, he would say, “I’ve had a blessed life.” He was grateful for everything he had, appreciative of every grace and someone who made every moment brighter. A mensch. 
Donations in Rick’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice or one of the charities Rick enjoyed giving his time and money to: ALS Association of Oregon, Congregation Kesser Israel, Maayan Torah Day School, the Portland Kollel, the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, the Marine Corps Association Foundation, De La Salle North Catholic High School, Cedar Sinai Park and St. Mary’s Academy.

Robert (Bob) “Tiger” Zelinka, z”l, died May 21, 2023, at the age of 93. He is survived by his significant other, Roslyn Millet; children, Karen, Robyn, Leslie “Choo” (Matt), Phillip (Mary) and Edy (Tim); grandchildren, Jaren, Joseph, Mallory, Shaun, Kara, Joshua, Zachary, Brittney, Curtis, Cody and Jamie; and great-grandchildren, Mya, Jason, Jude, McKenna, Maisen, Nora, Maggie, Ezekiel, Peyton, Delilah and Reilly. He was preceded in death by his brother, Leonard; his wives, Audrey, Marilyn and Corrine “Corky”; significant other Sue; and grandson, Kelly.
Zelinka was born May 31, 1929, and grew up in Los Angeles, Calif. He was an unstoppable Fairfax High School All-City guard and captain of the ‘47 eleven. He was a 3-year letterman and excellent student, who also found time to give back to the community as a camp counselor and swim and ski instructor for children.
He discovered early on that he was an excellent athlete. He later graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical fitness, becoming the first college graduate of his eastern-European immigrant family.
Zelinka’s athletic ability and love of football created a lifelong passion and career that he loved. At junior college, he won a national championship as a guard for the Santa-Ana “Don’s” and led them to the Jr. Rose Bowl. He then became a UCLA Bruin, coming in as a junior in 1950, proclaiming himself “mighty rough to handle.” As a senior, he was touted as saying, “I’ll bust ‘em up and break ‘em in little pieces.” He took football very seriously and would stop at nothing to be the best.
In 1952 and 1953, Zelinka took his Naval Training Center San Diego football team to the Poinsettia Bowl and Salad Bowl, respectively.
His coaching career would be what he was ultimately famous for. At age 25, “Tiger,” as he soon came to be known, became a Beaver when he was named assistant head football coach at Oregon State. He was the youngest coach in OSU history and, until recently, in the United States. 
Tiger quickly took Oregon State to the 1956 Rose Bowl as Pacific Coast Conference champions. He found himself in the newspapers nearly weekly because of his success coaching Oregon State. The press followed his coaching style and his personal life, including his marriage and the arrival of his children.
In 1962, Zelinka won big. He and his star player, Heisman Memorial Trophy winner, Terry Baker, won the Liberty Bowl. It was an epic game and would go down in Oregon State history as one of the best wins ever.
Zelinka’s Oregon State coaching career ended in 1965 after another run at the Rose Bowl. A new head coach moved Zelinka out, and the Beavers have never played in another Rose Bowl. 
Zelinka went on to become a Head Linesman for the Pacific Coast Conference and officiated many bowl games over the years. He spent time in the offseason trading lumber and continued to do that following his officiating career until the time he retired.
Zelinka has been inducted into the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, Oregon State University Hall of Fame and Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. He was known well for being a faithful friend and even continued to meet with his high school sports club, The Unicorns, monthly until the day he died. He was larger than life. Bob “Tiger” Zelinka will forever be known simply as Coach.
Zelinka’s family said he passed away peacefully at the Los Altos home of his significant other’s family. To everyone, he was a football star, great friend, a funny man and life of the party and truly a remarkable man who lived a big, bright, remarkable life. To his family, he was a loving partner, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who made a big impact on the world and in their lives and who will forever be in their hearts.
Services will be held at 11 am, Thursday, May 25, 2023, at Beth Israel Cemetery, 426 SW Taylors Ferry Road, Portland.
Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the Mittleman Jewish Community Center Harry Glickman Scholar-Athlete Award.

Howard Martin Cohn, z”l, passed away on May 21, 2023. Howard is survived by his daughter, Susan Cohn; grandchildren, Dylan, Sean and Kalia Savage; and great-granddaughter, Kelsea.
Howard was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Cohn; his brother, Booth Colman; and his sister, Sharlene Bender.
A funeral was held May 23 at Beth Israel Cemetery.
Donations in Howard’s memory can be made to St. Jude’s Hospital, The Wounded Warrior Project or Rose Schnitzer Manor. 

Grigoriy Shabashevich, z”l, passed away May 19, 2023, at the age of 68. He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Vera Shabashevich; his son, Roman (Callie) Shabashevich; his brothers, Marat (Inna) Shabashevich and Michael (Larisa) Shabashevich; and grandchildren, Ari and Eva. In addition, Grigoriy is survived by his loyal dog, Luna.
Grigoriy was born on March 17, 1955, in Gomel, Belarus, to Khava and Arkady Shabashevich. In Gomel, Grigoriy lived the first half of his life, where he served in the Soviet army and subsequently started a family.
In 1991, Grigoriy embarked on a new chapter in his life, immigrating to America alongside his wife, Vera, and their son, Roman. Through hard work and determination, they built a life in Beaverton filled with many cherished memories.
Grigoriy’s wife and devoted partner, Vera, will profoundly mourn his loss, as she unwaveringly stood by his side through the most joyous and the most challenging times of his life. Their connection will forever remain unbreakable.
Grigoriy took great pride in watching Roman flourish and become a remarkable individual while carrying on his father’s legacy and starting a loving family of his own.
The Shabashevich family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude for the overwhelming support, thoughts and prayers received during this challenging time.
Grigoriy Shabashevich will be remembered as a devoted family man and a source of inspiration. His legacy will forever live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to have known him. 
He was a member of Congregation Neveh Shalom. The funeral was May 23 at Ahavai Shalom Cemetery.

Almaz Mulugeta, z”l, passed away May 5, 2023, in Ethiopia. She was the mother of Portlander Kalkidan (Mimi) Ezra, who organized a Portland Momentum trip to take Jewish moms to Israel in 2022. For the past couple of months, Ezra has traveled frequently to Ethiopia to visit her mom.
Mulugeta was born in 1955 in a village called Fitche, in Ethiopia. She spent 16 years teaching mathematics at the Cathedral school. In 1992, Mulugeta and four friends could not stand by and watch as families disintegrated and children were forced onto the streets. They pooled their finances to set up Goh Family Welfare organization, which served the community for a couple of years. After that, she got involved in raising her grandchildren and continued to live a meaningful life. She was beloved by many family members and her community at large. 
To preserve her legacy, Ezra has established the “Liyou Foundation,” named for Mulugeta’s daughter who died at an early age. 

Miriam Bazelon Richman, z”l, passed away on May 4, 2023. Miriam was the mother of Jim (Michael) and Ken (Marilyn) Richman; grandmother of Kama (Joe Earhart) Simonds, Chris (Melissa) Richman, Taylor (Sarah) Richman and Callie (Noah) Barish of Portland; and of Rachel (JP) Young, Lauren (Jason) Crane and Ricki (Matt) Alva of Chicago. She was a great-grandmother of 18. 
A funeral was held in Chicago on May 10.
Congregation Neveh Shalom and Congregation Beth Israel extend condolences to the extended Barish/Richman family
Donations in Miriam’s memory can be made to WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Prayer Book Fund or your favorite charity.


Isaac Frankel, z”l, a longtime member of Congregation Kesser Israel, died at his home in Israel on April 29, 2023.  The funeral was held May 1 in the Modi’in-Maccabim-Reut cemetery.
Mr. Frankel was born in Hungary and was a child survivor of the Holocaust. He and his wife, Sylvia, moved to Oregon in the mid-1970s. He was a key member of Congregation Kesser Israel for decades, reading the Torah on every Shabbat and on holidays. In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Bat-Ami Frankel; son, Boaz; and two grandchildren.

John Shipley, z”l, passed away on May 2, 2023. John is survived by his children, David, Ann (Ben) and Thomas (Megan); and his grandchildren, Rosa, Joe, Owen, Fiona, Alex and Henry.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Julian and Erna Shipley; his wife, Joan Lesman Shipley; daughter, Katherine Alexandra Shipley; and sister ,Marianne Buchwalter.
The family will hold a private funeral with a celebration of life at a future date. Friends can email if they would like information.
 Congregation Beth Israel offers condolences to the family.

Rosalind Bailor, z”l, passed away April 29, 2023, in New Jersey at the age of 92. She was the beloved sister of Dora (Jerry) Newman of Portland.
The funeral was held May 2.
Congregation Shaarie Torah offers condolences to the family.



Semion Stolyar, z"l, passed away in late April at the age of 78. Semion is loved and remembered by his wife, Larisa; stepson, Dmitriy (Alla) Shore; grandchildren, Daniel, Benjamin, Rebecca, Jacob; daughter, Nataly (Igor) Mogilevsky; grandchildren, Arthur (Elizabeth), Erika (Jake), Kevin; and great-granddaughter, Lyanna.
The funeral will be 11 am, April 26, 2023, at Ahavai Shalom Cemetery.
Rikvah Malka (Rivkah bat Zohara), z"l, passed away in late April. She was the mother of  Yossi (Judy) Malka.
The family will hold shiva hours April 26, 2023, at their Lake Oswego home.
Alden Schwimmer, z”l, passed away in Los Angeles on April 22, 2023, at the age of 98.  He was the father of John (Rosemary) Schwimmer of Portland.
Ronald Sobel, z”l, passed away on April 18, 2023.  Ronald is survived by his wife, Elaine Sobel; and his stepchildren, Scott Ankersen and Brent and Valerie Burroughs.
The family will hold a memorial service on Sunday, May 7, at 4 pm at Congregation Beth Israel.
Donations in Ronald’s memory may be sent to the National Alliance on Mental Illness at
Lev Astrakhan, z”l, passed away on April 16, 2023, at the age of 103. Lev is loved and remembered by his sons, Boris (Tatiana) and Alex (Svetlana, z”l) Astrakhan; and three granddaughters, Alisa, Nadine and Natalie.
Lev was a decorated World War II veteran with the Soviet Army.
He was a member of Congregation Neveh Shalom. The funeral was April 17 at Ahavai Shalom Cemetery.
Ruth Kaplan, z”l, passed away on April 12, 2023, at the age of 100, in Damascus, Ore. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Kaplan. She is survived by her cousin, Nathan Singer; nieces, Rebecca Baer, Sheryl Kelly and Barbra Stern; and nephews, David Chassman, David Singer, Martin Singer and Doug Singer.
She was born on Oct. 11, 1922, in Portland. Ruth loved her neighbors and was always so thankful for the love and support she was given by others. She will be especially missed by her neighborhood pets, who she faithfully loved and fed. A memorial was held on April 25, 2023, at Willamette National Cemetery.
Mark L. Danish, z”l,  Mordechai Elihu ben Shlomo Reuven, died on April 3, 2023, in Dallas, Texas, at the age of 70. He is survived by his wife, Louise; sisters, Susan Danish, Tracy Frankel, Kimberly Rosenberg and Debbie Plawner; brother, Scott Danish; and stepmother, Carol Danish of Portland.
A private family memorial was held. Donations in Mark’s name can be made to the American Heart Association, ASPCA or the
U of O Duck Athletic Fund.
Beverly Shirley Kerness Unger, z”l, of Portland, Westbury, N.Y., Salt Spring Island and Victoria, British Columbia, and La Jolla, Calif., passed away on April 1, 2023 at the age of 98. She is survived by her children, Jane Unger, Martha Rothstein, Thomas Unger and Sally Unger; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was born on June 13, 1924, to Sara and Morris Kerness, both immigrants from Kiev. She graduated from Simmons College in 1944. After earning a master’s degree in social work at Columbia University, she worked as a social worker for the Red Cross and the Jewish Board of Family and Child Services before earning certification to practice as a psychiatric social worker. She leaves behind dear friends of all ages and nations. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Robert “Bob” Samuel Unger. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Victoria Symphony, the Beverly Kerness Unger Scholarship Fund (c/o Trustees of FR HS Alumni Scholarships, P.O. Box 2519, Fall River, MA 02722-2519), or the Salt Spring Island Foundation’s Unger Family Fund for Children and Their Mothers and Senior Women in Need (online at
Elizabeth Hecht Zackheim, z”l, passed away on Feb. 15, 2023. Lizzie is missed deeply by her parents, Miriam Hecht and Ivan Zackheim; her brothers, Eli and Sam and their wives, Beth and Yi Wang; her niece, Lark; her aunts, uncles, cousins and a grandmother; and many, many friends.
Lizzie was born on Earth Day, April 22, 1982, in Portland. You could say she was a gift to the Earth. She attended preschool at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center and school at Ainsworth Elementary, West Sylvan Middle School and Lincoln High School. She began working in restaurants in high school and preferred that to going to her college classes at the University of Oregon.
Lizzie helped Laurelhurst Market open its doors over a decade ago and worked there for life, hostessing, managing and serving. She was exceptional at her job, probably because she loved her co-workers, her employers and the people she served. Her dedication and imagination were critical during the pandemic.
Lizzie made friends everywhere and forever. She never let go of her friends, and they never let go of her. Lizzie loved her friends, her family, her work, her friends’ pets and children, the volunteers and volunteering at the restaurant at Albertina Kerr. She made us all laugh a lot, she made us smile, she helped us and she made us soup. She gave blood. She loved the beach and making pickles. She was a Master Recycler. A wonderful mind powered her awesome sense of humor. She loved life. Her calendar was full. She just didn’t live long enough.


Julie Saltzman Leuvrey, z”l, passed away on March 31, 2023. Julie was the wife of Eric Leuvrey; mother of Nicolas and Ali Leuvrey; and sister of Jeff Saltzman, Barb Lovre (Randy) and Dan Saltzman (Liz Burns).

She was a member of Congregation Beth Israel.

Julie earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California-Santa Barbara, where she received the Santa Barbara City Club award, which is given annually to the top six women graduating with liberal arts degrees.

She formerly served as Co-President of the Oregon Pacific Investment and Development Company, which was founded by her father Jack Saltzman, z”l, and has grown into the owner/manager of multifamily housing, retail and industrial properties in three states.  

The family will hold a private memorial on April 3.

Donations in Julie’s honor may be made to the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute or the Alzheimer’s Association.


Stan Federman, z”l, recently of Hillsboro, died March 22, 2023, at the age of 98. He is survived by sons, David and Mike; niece, Erica; nephew, Jeremy; and cousins. Stan was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine, and brother, Donald.

No memorial service is planned. The family suggests that any memorial donations be made to the Oregon Humane Society.

Stan was a longtime newspaper reporter who lived in Milwaukie for more than 60 years.

Stanley Federman was born in Utica, N.Y., on Nov. 11, 1924. He grew up in New York City. One of his fond childhood memories was summers spent at the Camp Arrowhead boy's camp at Lake St. Catherine, Vt.

Stan was drafted into the U.S. Army when he was 18 years old. During World War II, he was a radio operator attached to several artillery units and the 115th Infantry Regiment in support of the 29th Infantry Division. He landed on Omaha Beach, Easy Red sector, on the morning of June 6, 1944, during the D-Day amphibious assault. His recollection of D-Day was first published in The Oregonian newspaper in 1974 for the 30th anniversary of the Allied invasion. After making landfall, Stan participated in the liberation of France and supported the assault force at the Battle of Saint-Lô. He later saw occupation duty while stationed in Scharding, Austria, during the summer of 1945.

After he returned to the states, Stan earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and was the editor of The Ohio State Lantern newspaper. He began a newspaper career that spanned more than 40 years, with early stops at the Long Island Daily Press and The Fresno Bee. He moved to the Portland area in the mid-1950s and was the advertising director at the Milwaukie Review weekly newspaper for seven years. He transitioned to The Oregonian and became a staff writer, a position he held for 30 years until he retired. His assignments included labor, state politics, human interest stories and the Portland/Washington Park Zoo.

In his spare time, Stan worked as a freelance writer and was published in many popular magazines, including Smithsonian, American Way and WWII History. His articles covered a diverse range of storytelling, from the timeless game of bocce played in San Francisco's Ghirardelli Square to the pioneering dentistry of Paul Revere.

Stan met his wife, Lorraine, when they were both active with the Portland Civic Theatre. They married in 1957 and moved from Portland to Milwaukie in 1960. They were married for 60 years until Lorraine's death in 2018 at the age of 89.

An avid sports fan all his life, Stan coached youth baseball teams for several summers during the 1970s. He participated in bowling leagues in Milwaukie and Gladstone, and played on a senior softball team after he retired. In later years, he had a trio of basset hounds who kept him active with daily walks.



Celia Hinkle, z"l, died Saturday, March 25, 2023, in Keizer, Ore. She was 76 years old.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Ross Hinkle; son, William Jason Ross Hinkle; daughter, Michelle Louise (Christian) Andrews; five grandchildren, Doron, Abe, Nathanael, and Lily Andrews and Ariana Maurman; brothers, Sydney (Barbara) Steinbock and Jerry Steinbock; and sister, Gail (Chris) Menke.

Celia was predeceased by her parents, Philip and Hilda Steinbock; brothers, Nathan Jay Steinbock and Irving Steinbock; sisters, Helen Sharon Carter, Lottie Kaufman and Ruthie Subotnick; and daughter, Jennifer Hinkle (z"l).

The funeral was March 28 at Shaarie Torah Cemetery.



Bertha Goldman, z”l, passed away on March 15, 2023, in Beverly Hills, Calif. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Erica Goldman and Jeffrey Druckman of Portland; her son and daughter-in-law, Seth and Sheryl Goldman of Los Angeles; seven beautiful grandchildren; and six adorable great-grandchildren. 

She was buried in the Goldman family plot at Mt. Hebron in Queens, N.Y., next to her husband, Samuel Goldman, who predeceased her on Nov. 4, 2000.

‘Mrs. Goldman’ was a superlative elementary school teacher, and a longtime volunteer at the Friends of the Beverly Hills library bookstore, where her immense knowledge of books was valuable to the staff, corps of volunteers, and those who came to browse and buy.

Donations may be made to the Tikvah Fund or to Congregation Kesser Israel,



Norman Ronald Druckman (Ron), z"l, passed away on March 14, 2023, in south Florida surrounded by family. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Druckman; son, Jeffrey Druckman (Erica Goldman); daughter, Lisa (Jeff) Newman; and step-children, Barry Bender, Stacey Bender and Candi Schwartz.

A career in the textile business culminated with his formation of a textile manufacturing company in Elberton, Georgia. At its height, the company created hundreds of jobs and sold products internationally. An innovative employer and loving husband and father, Ron was a self-made, self-taught man with a wide range of interests and a deep love of reading and learning.

Donations may be made to the Tikvah Fund or Congregation Kesser Israel.


Josephine “Jody” Zubrow Klevit, z”l, passed away March 9, 2023. She is survived by her sister, Estelle Goldstein; daughters, Rachel Klevit (Jerry Sale) and Sarah Hopkins (Paul); son, Ben Klevit (Adi); and grandchildren Jonathan and Rebekka Ziegler, Sam and Max Hopkins, and Daniel Klevit.
Jody is predeceased by her lifelong love and best friend, Harvey; her beloved daughter, Lisa Klevit-Ziegler; and her sister, Valentine Chilk.
She was a member of Congregation Neveh Shalom.



Tom (Chagai) Lowinger, z”l, passed away March 6, 2023. Chagai is survived by his children, Sarah LeClair and Dan Lowinger, as well as their spouses and children, and his sister-in-law, Charlotte White and her extended family.

He was a member of Congregation Kol Ami in Vancouver, Wash.

The funeral was March 9 at Congregation Kol Ami’s Kehillat Olam Cemetery in Northwood Park.



Nathan Fendrich, z"l, passed away in March 7, 2023, at the age of 88. He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Beatrice Fendrich; children, Jack (Pam) Fendrich, Sharon (Mark Epstein) Fendrich, David (Mycah) Fendrich, Adam (Julie) Fendrich and Risa (Jane Adam) Blythe; and grandchildren, Talia Valdez and Max Epstein, Gabby Fendrich and Sasha Fendrich, Olivia and Max Fendrich, and Milo Blythe.

Born and raised in Eugene, Nathan had traveled to Mexico and Cuba before he decided to go to Israel in 1973. He spent a couple of months studying archaeology and persuaded a friend who worked at a local TV station to get him press credentials. He had planned to take photos of an archaeological dig at Tel Qasile. But Nathan and his Leica camera were swept up in the Yom Kippur War in 1973. As the war began, he hitched a ride to military headquarters and presented his U.S. press pass and passport to a harried press officer, who gave him Israeli press credentials. An IDF unit allowed him to join them and take photos for the 19 days of the war. In 2018, Nathan donated intimate portraits of Israeli soldiers and battles to an appropriate home in the National Library of Israel. You can see part of the collection at

The burial was in Eugene at the Eugene Masonic Cemetery on March 8 with Rabbi David Kosak of Congregation Neveh Shalom officiating.



Bob Lieberman, z”l, passed away March 2, 2023, in Vancouver, Wash. He is survived by his wife, Jan; their children, Barry and Debbie; and Debbie’s husband, David, and their children.

Bob and his wife Jan were part of the original group of founders of Congregation Kol Ami. Bob's contributions to the Vancouver Jewish congregation have come in many ways, but primarily in his attention to detail when it came to the congregational budget and financial affairs and his willingness to always offer physical labor when it came to moving chairs, building a sukkah, maintaining the Torah and helping in the library.

Funeral services were March 5 in the Congregation Kol Ami sanctuary followed by a graveside service at Kehillat Olam, Kol Ami’s cemetery in Northwood Park.



Muriel Adler, z”l, passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 23, 2023, surrounded by her loving husband, Irv Adler; daughters, Joyce Adler and DeBi Strode; and son-in-law, Ran Strode. She is also survived by grandchildren, Daniel, Sarah, Zac, Bonnie and Chauncey; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Muriel was one of the founding members of Kol Shalom, Community for Humanistic Judaism, in Portland.

 Muriel’s amazing life’s journey was long, full and accomplished. Here are few snippets of her remarkable life.

Muriel was born in Chicago, Ill., Dec. 12, 1926, to immigrant parents. At age 19, she married the love of her life, a sailor (Irv) and remained married to him for 76½ years until her death.

A model trendsetter for many of the woman of her generation at a time when women were expected to stay home and be a housewife, Muriel had other ideas and dreams. She pursued her passions and went to junior college when her youngest daughter was 5 years old. She earned a bachelor’s degree and a full scholarship to Northwestern University, where she earned a master’s degree in Sociology. She became a professor and taught Sociology at Wright Jr. College. When teaching and sociology no longer quite fit her dreams and goals, she returned to school at Jane Adams College of Social Work (University of Illinois, Chicago Campus) earning an MSW. She then went on to have  a very successful private practice – a career that she was passionate about. She also worked for Traveler’s Aid with international adoptions and travelled to Korea several times.

Muriel cared deeply for human rights and equality for all. She tried to cure the world of social injustices by fighting for civil rights, marching with Martin Luther King Jr. and trying to integrate her “white” neighborhood in the 1960s.

In 1989, grandbabies brought Muriel and Irv to Oregon, where she continued working as a therapist until she retired at age 80. Muriel and Irv were pivotal to the creation and growth of Kol Shalom, where she continued to try and cure the world of its injustices. She was proud to call herself a cultural and humanistic Jew. She embraced culture from her Jewish heritage, to her love of music, theater, opera, dance, art, books, travel and food. She enjoyed nature, beach walks and laughing.

Yes, she enjoyed life to the fullest. She and Irv were models for active aging. Age was only a number to them. At least until that wretched Alzheimer’s disease took her brilliant mind, little by little and bit by bit. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (

The best way to honor her memory is to continue her fight against social injustice. Volunteer, email your elected officials, and get out and just talk to folks. Hug often and pursue your own passions.

A celebration of her life is planned for May 14, 2023.




Roberta (Bobby) Berwin, z”l, passed away on Feb. 24, 2023, at the age of 79 in Overland Park, Kansas. She is loved and remembered by her husband, Harvey Berwin; her children, Portlander Mel Berwin, Katie (Chaim) White, and Brent (Kasia Bloch) Berwin; and 10 grandchildren including Lev, Nava and Ami Weingrad (of Portland). Services are being held in Overland Park, Portland and St. Paul, MN.

shiva minyan service is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 27, at 5 pm in the Stampfer Chapel at Congregation Neveh Shalom (2900 SW Peaceful Lane, Portland, OR 97239).



Sylvia Nemer Davidson, z”l, civic leader and hostess extraordinaire, died Feb. 22, 2023, in Portland at the age of 100.  She is survived by her two sons, Jerry Nemer and Philip Nemer (David), of Portland; and by six stepchildren.

There will be a graveside service at 2 pm, Monday, Feb. 27, 2023, at Beth Israel Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, C. Girard Davidson, who died in 1996. Her first husband, Norman Nemer, died in 1964.

She was born in Portland April 14, 1922, to Marie (Murph) and Joe Schnitzer.

Davidson attended Stanford University and graduated from Reed College in 1947. She served as a WAVE in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Her commitment to and leadership of numerous causes have been recognized by the community and by her associates. She was honored by the Oregon Jewish Welfare Fund, the Harry S. Truman Freedom Bell Award, the Forrest E. Rieke Achievement Award in Community Health Planning and by the March of Dimes Community Service Award.

Ms. Davidson served on the Multnomah County Planning Commission, the Multnomah County Home Rule Charter Commission, the City of Portland-Multnomah County Consolidation Commission, the Metropolitan Arts Commission and the Portland State University Goals Commission.

For more than 20 years she committed herself to the critical issues of health care. She served as an active member and as chairwoman of two Oregon State Health Commissions. She was President of the Northwest Oregon Health System Agency from 1980 to 1987. She was active in the National Health Planning and Development Commission, American Health Planning Association, Oregon Legislative Committee on Health Cost Containment, the Oregon Legislative Committee on the Medically Needy, the Oregon Health Council, and Oregon Health Decisions. In 1976 she authored the publication Alternatives in Nursing Home Care.

She also served on the Board of Directors and as Chairwoman of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Oregon Symphony Association and the Oregon World Affairs Council.

Long active in Democratic Party politics, Davidson served as Chairwoman of the Oregon Adlai Stevenson for President Campaign, Co-Chairwoman of the Oregon Frank Church for President Campaign and as Alternate Delegate to the Democratic National Conventions of 1946, 1960 and 1968. She was Coordinator for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Campaign Primary. Remembrances may be sent to Planned Parenthood or to your favorite charity.


Marcia Wilson, z"l, passed away on Feb. 21, 2023, at the age of 94. She is loved and remembered by her sons, Matthew (Lesley Fisher) Glasser; Larry (Jane) O'Glasser; Martin Glasser; daughter, Nancy Doyle; grandchildren, Benjamin (Avital) O'Glasser; Molly (Charles Koransky) O'Glasser; Elliot O'Glasser; Adam Glasser; Mira Glasser; Aaron (Sheri Lawal) Doyle; Austin (Rachel Rhoten) Doyle; Eva Glasser; Abraham Glasser; (Honorary) Evan Fisher; (Honorary) Ava Fisher; and great-grandchildren, Noam O'Glasser; Ronan O'Glasser; Chase Koransky; Maya Koransky; Theresa Doyle; and Alasdair Doyle.

A memorial service is scheduled for Feb. 26, at 1 pm in Zidell Chapel at Congregation Neveh Shalom (2900 SW Peaceful Lane, Portland, OR 97239). The service will be followed by a meal of condolence with the family.




Jennifer Frankel Bergenfeld, z”, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 3, 2023. She was the oldest daughter of Congregation Kol Ami member Ed Frankel.

Funeral services are expected to be the week of Feb. 6 in New York. Kol Ami plans a local shiva minyan.

Kol Ami offers condolences to Ed, his daughter, Rachel, and their extended family on this terrible loss.


Paul Norr, z"l, passed away on Jan. 25, 2023. He was the loving husband of Helaine Gross; the father of Aaron (Leanne) Norr; grandfather of Romi Norr; and brother of Elaine (Edward) Newman and Susan (Roger, z"l) Sunkle.

He was a long-time member of Congregation Neveh Shalom. The funeral will be held at Ahavai Shalom Cemetery (9323 SW First Ave., Portland 97219) on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 1 pm.



Sarah Melching, z”l, passed away Jan. 20, 2023, at the age of 75. She is survived by her husband, Rick, and extended family.
She was a member of Congregation Kol Ami. She lived in Camas, Wash. Straub’s Funeral Home and Columbia River Cremation are handling arrangements.



Victoria Cordova, z”l, passed away Jan. 18, 2023, at the age of 81. Victoria is loved and remembered by her sister, Myrna Cordova of Seattle; and many cousins including Jack Cordova of Seattle and Congregation Neveh Shalom member Lee (Sheri) Cordova of Portland.

Victoria was born in Seattle on Oct. 30, 1941, to Morris and Lily Cordova. Her early education included attending Franklin High School where she achieved a close to perfect GPA. She attended Whitman University and received a degree in political science; she then became a Fulbright Scholar and joined the United States State Department and became a Cultural Affairs Officer. She had a 30 + year career and was posted in Latin America, Europe, Canada and West Africa.  She retired to Washington, D.C., and lived in Northwest Washington until her passing. 

Her interests included music (she was a proficient flute player through high school and later in life developed skills as a cellist, joining others in a small ensemble). She loved the opera and musical performances. Victoria was a volunteer at the Kennedy Center as a member of the Women´s Committee of the National Symphony Opera greeting and welcoming patrons to open rehearsals and special performances of the NSO, as well as participating in instrument petting zoos for children, and other activities. She was a garden docent at the Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Garden (former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post) located in Northwest Washington, D.C., less than one-third of a mile from Victoria´s house. She was a 20-year veteran docent at Hillwood. She had a life long fondness for cats and her friends have found a foster home for her beloved Pasha.

She developed a rapidly progressive illness in 2020 and spent her last days in her home in Washington, D.C.  The family is most grateful for the team of care managers, care givers and hospice nurses who made it possible for her to remain at home as she wished. Her youngest first cousin, Dr. Lee Cordova, who lives in Portland, had the privilege of overseeing her medical care and support services during the last year of her life.

Her eldest first cousin, Jack Cordova,  lives in Mercer Island, Wash., and enjoyed her occasional visits to the West Coast. 

This well-educated and interesting woman will be missed by her family and the long-term friends who were so attentive to her during her illness.

Funeral services were  held Jan. 22, 2023, at Machzikay Hadath Cemetery adjacent to the Sephardic Brotherhood Cemetery in Seattle.



Norman Barnett, z”l, passed away Jan. 5, 2023, at the age of 87. Norman is survived by his wife, Eve-Ellen; five children, Jonathan, Amy, Samuel, Daniel and Jedidiah; grandchildren, Reuben, Victoria Tess and Ellie Grace; and beloved extended family.

Norman was predeceased by his parents, Herman and Goldie, and his sister Florence.

Congregation Kol Ami offers condolences to Eve and their extended family.

Norman’s family will host a funeral service on Monday, January 9 at 3 pm at River View Cemetery in Portland. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research in Norman’s name.



Alan Stone, Shmuel ben Moshe, z”l, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the age of 84. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn; children, Marissa Fraser, Omi McCarthy, Jason Stone and Shanthi Stone; brother, David Stone; and two grandchildren.

He was a former member of Congregation Kesser Israel.

His funeral was held Jan. 6 in the Chabad section of River View Cemetery, Portland.



Paul A. Thompson, 83, passed away on Dec. 5, 2022, due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He is survived by son, David (Doreen) Thompson of Oregon City; daughter, Paula of Eugene; sister, Michele (Jerry) Kallberg of Aloha; five grandchildren, Sarah, Shelby, Mitch, Persia and Roya; two great-grandchildren, Reagan and Chloe with another, Sadie, on the way.

He was predeceased by his loving wife and high school sweetheart, Nancy Thompson, in 2008. They had a wonderful, loving marriage of 49 years. He was also predeceased by brothers, Tom and Bill.

He began an amazing career at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, serving as athletic director from 1970 to 1984. He also held the same position at the Jewish Community Center in Dallas, Texas, 1985-1996.

Paul graduated from Springfield High School in 1957 and was selected to the Oregon Shriners Football Team and outstanding football player 1956. While in high school, a friend bet him a dime that he couldn’t win the state diving championship; he took that bet then trained for two weeks at the University of Oregon swimming pool and won the 1957 state high school diving championship. He also held high school and college javelin records.

He served in the US Marine Corps and graduated from Pacific University. At Pacific University, he played football and received and all conference lineman award. He also battled for the “boxer” at Pacific University and kept it’s whereabouts to himself but loved to tell the stories.

With his love of sports and teaching he was a coach at David Douglas High School and Portland State. He coached a Multnomah Athletic Club/Gymnastics team to second place in Nationals.

Upon retiring, Paul and Nancy returned to their roots and built a beautiful home in the McKenzie River Valley and Paul began his next chapter as a master wood carver. He carved beautiful carousel animals featured at the Albany Carousel – the alpaca and lioness. Each animal took two years to carve.

He was an avid golfer and enjoyed many winter seasons with friends in Yuma, AZ.

He loved his family deeply, was always ready with a funny story and a laugh. He was always supportive, caring and had the biggest heart.

A Celebration of Life will be held at noon, Feb. 4, at Musgrove Family Mortuary. For further information, go to



Judith Kosak, z”l, passed away Jan. 2, 2023, in Massachusetts. She was mother of Portland Rabbi David (Laura) Kosak, Deborah (Jeff) Gussoff and Andrew (Jennifer) Kosak; and the beloved sister of Michael (Phyllis) Shankman. Judith is also survived by countless nieces, grandchildren and a loving extended family.

The funeral will take place on Jan. 5 in New Rochelle, N.Y., at 8 am PST. It can be viewed at

There will be a shiva service and gathering at Congregation Neveh Shalom (2900 SW Peaceful Lane, Portland) 5-8 pm, Jan. 10 with a light meal of consolation on Rabbi Kosak's return to Portland.



Sander Lipman, z”l, passed away on Dec. 28, 2022, in Michigan. He was the beloved husband of Lynn Tarnoff Lipman; father of Dr. Brooke (fiancé Ben Handelsman) Weingarden and Alexa Lipman; grandfather to Maya Weingarden, and Gavin and Shane Handelsman; brother of Shelley (Stuart, z"l) Schochet and Fayanne (Mitchell Zidel) Kuttler; brother-in-law of Cindy (Steven, z"l) Posen and Andee (David) Liberman; uncle to Rabbi Eve (Duncan Gilman) Posen and many other nieces and nephews; son of Rabbi Max Lipschitz, z"l and Miriam Lipschitz, z"l. He is also survived by his former son-in-law, Mathew Weingarden, his caregiver, Vicki Littelton, and his faithful canine companion, Ari.

The funeral will take place on Friday, Dec. 30 in Livonia MI, and will be officiated by his niece Rabbi Eve Posen, along with Rabbi Aaron Bergman, Rabbi David Nelson, and Hazzan Daniel Gross



Hannah Jane Bryson, z”l, passed away Dec. 27, 2022. Hannah is the daughter of Kindra and Sean Bryson and the older sister of Clara and Jack Bryson. She is also the granddaughter of Wendy and Rodger Mikota, the niece of Josh and Erin Mikota, and the close cousin of Amelia and Nora Mikota.

Funeral services will be on Thursday Dec. 29 at 2:15 at Congregation Kol Ami’s Kehillat Olam cemetery at Northwood Park. Shiva will be that evening at 7:00 at the Bryson's home in Vancouver.

Kol Ami hopes the Bryson and Mikota family feel held up and supported by the Kol Ami community following the surprising death of a young person.



Shoshana Lynn Blauer Miller, z”l, passed away on Dec. 25, 2022, at the age of 66. Shoshana is survived by her husband, Stephen Miller; sons, Evan (Samantha Boyle) and Sam (Karen Rogel-Miller); and sisters, Jan Blauer Chima (Ndubuisi Chima), Karen Blauer (Dvora Mencher) and Shemaya Blauer. 

She was a member of Congregation Beth Israel.

A shiva minyan was held Dec. 27 at the Eastside Jewish Commons.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date in 2023.



Barry Hornstein, Baruch David ben Ya’akov v’Sarah, z”l, passed away on Dec. 22, 2022, at the age of 81. Barry is survived by his wife, Kathleen Hornstein; children, Heidi Hornstein, Gretchen (Allen) Holloway, Jack (Victoria) Hornstein and Betsy Hornstein; grandchildren, Brody Holloway, Jackson Hornstein and Jameson Hornstein; siblings, Maury Hornstein and Helene Searcy.

Barry was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Sarah Hornstein, z”l.

The funeral will be held on Dec. 27 at 2 pm at Congregation Shaarie Torah Cemetery, 8013 SE 67tthAve., Portland.



Dr. William Baer, z”l, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, at the age of 84. Bill is survived by his wife, Sydney; children, Allison Baer and Louis Baer (Geryl); grandchildren, Lyle and Faryn Baer; and sister, Betty Baer Krieger (Lewis). 

Bill was preceded in death by his first wife, Joan Teckler, and parents, Louis and Mirian Baer.

The family invites friends to join them for a funeral on Monday, Dec. 26, at 11 am at the Beth Israel Cemetery.

Donations in Bill’s memory can be made to Legacy Devers Eye Institute, Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research or a charity of your choice.


Victoria Rezvanipour, z”l, passed away Dec. 16, 2022. She was the wife of Joseph Khajehzadeh, z”l, and the oldest of six children. She is remembered by her children, Ben Abraham (Libby Jochnowitz) Kahn, Shiva (Dorel) Busuioc, Benjamin (Amy) Kahn and Behyar (Lia Lam) Khajehzadeh; her grandchildren, Yoni (Rebecca) Kahn, Shannel (Elias), Juline, Mathew, Jared and Sydney; and her great-grandchildren, Zolly, Yoshi, Amari and Cairo.

A memorial service was held at Congregation Neveh Shalom Dec. 18.



Suzanne Horenstein, z"l, passed away Dec. 6, 2022. She was the mother of  Steve Horenstein, Scott Horenstein and Todd Horenstein; and the grandmother of Congregation Kol Ami Executive Director Sam Clarno.



James "Jim" Harold Winkler, z”l, businessman, philanthropist and civic leader, passed away in Portland Nov. 22, 2022, at age 72 due to complications from an infection. Jim is survived by his wife, Susan Winkler; children, Jordan Winkler (Cristin Campbell), Julia Winkler (Jonas Jacobson) and Jacob Winkler (Edith); grandchildren, Maxwell Jacobson, Miriam Winkler, Margot Winkler and Talia Winkler; siblings, Victor Winkler (Korina), Bernice Skoro (Carl), Beverly Greenfield (Chuck) and Fern Schlesinger; and many nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his sister, Velma Almo.
Jim was born July 20, 1950, in Mallersdorf, Germany, to Polish and Austrian Holocaust survivors living in a United Nations displaced persons’ camp. In 1951, he and his family emigrated from Germany to the United States to settle in Portland. Jim graduated from Grant High School in 1968, where he was a speech and debate champion, ranked third nationally. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University in 1972.
After graduation, Jim intended to become a philosophy professor but returned to Portland when his father fell ill. He eventually attended the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College as a night student while starting his business career by day. There, he met his future wife, Susan Swire. The couple married in 1980 and enjoyed a love-filled marriage marked by a shared passion for the arts and the joys of raising their three children.

Jim was active in the city’s Jewish community. In 2013, he received the 14th Annual Rabbi Joshua Stampfer Community Enrichment Award. He was a member of Congregation Beth Israel.

As a community leader, Jim dedicated himself to board service focused on the arts, Jewish community and health care. He served as a trustee of the Portland Art Museum for over 25 years and also served Cedar Sinai Park (as capital campaign chair and president), the OHSU Foundation and several other arts and Jewish organizations.

Jim was president of Winkler Development Corporation, a real estate development and investment company responsible for dozens of projects in the Pacific Northwest. Through Winkler, Jim was involved in the acquisition, rehabilitation and operation of residential and commercial real estate, including aiding Cedar Sinai Park to acquire four low-income housing projects for seniors in downtown Portland.

Oregon Arts Watch says he was known and admired for his key role in the DeSoto Project, which in 2007 transformed the former Daisy Kingdom fabric building and warehouse on Portland’s North Park Blocks into the thriving center of an art gallery and museum district. The redevelopment became a crucial factor in the revival of the North Park Blocks, buttressed by its proximity to nearby galleries such as Elizabeth Leach and Blackfish, and the move in 2015 of the Pacific Northwest College of Art to a campus just a couple of blocks away. What emerged was an art district that is now home to the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. OJMCHE Director Judy Margles praised Jim’s moral vision to “catalyze a neighborhood” around the arts.

Jim was recognized for his vision, expertise and embrace of innovative development techniques. He received several awards during his career, including an Urban Land Institute Global Award for Excellence, the highest recognition in the real estate field, for his transformation of a former hospital in North Portland into Adidas Village, the Adidas America headquarters.
Donations in his memory can be made to Cedar Sinai Park, the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, or a charity of your choosing.
The family invites you to join them for a memorial service in celebration of Jim’s life at 3 pm, Thursday, Dec. 15, at Congregation Beth Israel, 1972 NW Flanders St., Portland. A reception will follow.



Olivia Danna Wilner Schaeffer, z”l, died unexpectedly Nov. 6 of complications related to an aortic valve replacement in Portland. She was 78 years old. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Benson Schaeffer, and her three brothers, David Wilner, Justin Wilner and Adam Wilner, all of California. She was preceded in death by her effervescent and magnetic daughter, actress Rebecca Schaeffer.

Danna Wilner was born in Atlanta in 1943 near the army base where her father, Daniel, was stationed and her mother, Lucile, made a home. She grew up in Los Angeles, Baltimore and New York City. She married – early and well – to Benson Schaeffer in 1963 and gave birth to Rebecca in 1967. Danna received an M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Oregon in Eugene. In 1980, the family moved to Portland, where Danna taught English and creative writing at Portland-area colleges and universities. She regularly published short stories, poems, articles and reviews.

When Rebecca left home at 16 for New York to become an actress – she was cast in the television shows “One Life to Live” and “My Sister Sam” and also in several movies, notably “Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills” and “Radio Days” – Danna’s interest turned to the theater, and she began writing plays. “City Women,” an evening of one-act plays set in world capitals, premiered in 1988.

Danna could not have been prouder of her daughter, a young woman of uncommon grace and wisdom. BDR (Benson-Danna-Rebecca, as she always signed the many birthday and holiday cards she sent) were a close-knit trio. Rebecca may have flown the nest early, but the family always spent the holiday season together, several times on fabulous trips to some far-flung land. In 1986, they went to Warsaw, Bialystok, Vienna and Budapest. The next year, it was the Amazon, Rio Negro and Manaus.

One of the highlights of Danna’s life was visiting Rebecca on the set of a movie she was filming in Rome and Venice. Danna would write about this trip, with its light, joy, love and humor, in her acclaimed one-woman play years later. It was the last time she would see her daughter.

Everything changed on July 18, 1989, when Rebecca was shot on her doorstep in Los Angeles by an obsessed fan.

Rebecca’s murder divided Danna’s life into “before” and “after.” Danna managed to survive her daughter’s murder, and by some accounts even thrive. Danna was the rarest of human beings, one who could face and absorb anguish head on while at the same time remaining open to the world and its wonders. She welcomed new experiences and hard work. Danna spent two years lobbying for gun control. In 1989, she co-founded Oregonians Against Gun Violence with Nan Whittaker, and in 1991, she went to Washington, D.C., to work in support of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (known as the Brady Bill), which was signed into law in late 1991 by President Clinton.

If Danna had an idea, she followed it. If she wanted to pursue a passion, she pursued it. In 1996, Danna and her brother, Adam Wilner, founded BookRadio, an audio website focused on presenting book reviews and author interviews – a podcast, in essence, well ahead of its time. In 2003, she decided to go back to school and earn another M.A., this one in counseling psychology from Lewis and Clark College, after which she spent a happy decade in private practice in downtown Portland.

In 2013, she closed her counseling practice to focus on her writing and performance. For a lark – Danna loved a lark! – she created a fortune teller character, Madame Olivia, a literate thinker with a talent for delivering encouraging, nonreligious advice and character readings.

 Danna’s greatest professional achievement was the creation of her one-woman show “You in Midair,” which she described as Rebecca’s story through her own perspective. It debuted at the Portland Fertile Ground Festival in 2017 and enjoyed a successful run at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2018. In his review, critic Kristopher Haines wrote, “Schaeffer’s brisk one-woman show is almost surely to be the most devastating piece of theatre this year. That said, somehow there’s room for completely unexpected humor, mostly dealing with the unrealistic expectations of outsiders about how grief should be processed. The show’s greatest asset is its honesty, its unashamed willingness to tell the truth. Ms. Schaeffer has no time for weak platitudes. She’s the kind of person who finds solace in a book of quotes about death, because they are real, and not designed to bring comfort to someone who can’t be comforted, and knows it.”

Danna was a brilliant, active woman driven to pursue her curiosity, but that was only one side of her. She was deeply interested in others, and as she came to know them, she was always present, cognitively, emotionally and empathetically. Danna was, what some would say, a menschen kenner, a people knower. Danna saw deeply into people, the good and the bad, and emphasized the good.

As time passed, and the children of her friends grew up, they became Danna’s friends. Delia, the grown daughter of a friend of Benson’s, recalls that Danna was always interested in her life, even when she was very small. Barbara, one of Rebecca’s dearest friends, became a dear friend of Danna’s after Rebecca died. Barbara recollects that Danna taught her how to live, inspiring her to remain curious about the world, to try to connect with people on a deeper level, and always, no matter what, to be brave.
Danna befriended and championed a young Czech woman who was starting a cleaning service in Portland. Martina recalled how once Danna called her a “badass” for deciding to open her own business: “I didn’t know what that meant. I knew what bad meant, and I knew what ass meant. I thought I had done something wrong! Then she explained it to me, and I will just never forget how we laughed.”

Her adult niece, Davina, recalls how Auntie Danna often told the story of meeting her when she was 10 days old, exclaiming over how magnificent she was, already holding up her head and looking around at the world. She wrote in an email, speaking for everyone who knew Danna, “It felt so good to be loved by her.”

Matthew "Matt" Earl Rudolph, z”l, passed away on Aug. 31, 2022. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Janise Rudolph (Hasson); his father, Robert Rudolph; mother, Terrye Rudolph (Stein); and his grandparents, Hyman and Blanche Stein. He is survived by his brothers, Jeff Rudolph and Steve Rudolph (Sheryl); his four children, Seth Rudolph, Danielle Carley (Rudolph), Brett Rudolph (Stephanie) and Corey Rudolph (Michelle); and many grandchildren. Matt was very fortunate over the years to have a best friend who was considered family, Jerry Palumbo.
Matthew was born in Portland April 21, 1953. He grew up in Southwest Portland and attended Wilson High School. He was a three-sport athlete who seemed to enjoy baseball the most. He played catcher and was nicknamed "Matt the cat" by his teammates. Matt even tried out for the minor leagues. As an adult, he shifted his passion to golf and played in tournaments, with buddies and toted his kids to courses, too. Brett recalls being "wowed" as his dad swung and subsequently sailed golf balls over the back net at the end of the driving range!
Matt built a successful career and provided for his family working in the electronic sales industry. He enjoyed taking his two eldest children on work trips, which provided them with fond memories of the Northwest.
Matt’s first wife was Andrea Caron, the mother of Seth and Danielle. They remained friends until the day of his passing. Matt and his second wife, Jani, added two boys to the family, Brett and Corey.
Matt and Jani are now laid to rest, together, at Ahavai Shalom Cemetery in Portland. 


Portland native Ruben J. Menashe, z”l, who enriched the Portland community through his community involvement, philanthropy and as founder of the Ruben J. Menashe, Inc. real estate development company, died peacefully at home on Nov 7, 2022. He was 89. Ruben is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Menashe; brother, Albert L. (Bette Lynn) Menashe; son, Jack R. (Madeleine) Menashe; granddaughter, Ella Menashe; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Ruben Jack Menashe was born in Portland at the old St. Vincent’s Hospital on Dec. 2, 1932, to Fortuna and Jack R. Menashe.

Ruben attended Hosford grade school in the Ladd’s Addition before his family moved to the Alameda area, where he attended Beaumont grade school and Grant High School. Growing up, Ruben worked in his father’s restaurant during summer vacation. While in high school, he was tapped to model the Willy Wolf Sweater by Kandel.

At Grant, Ruben was active in student government and served as student body president. Ruben earned three varsity letters in football at Grant and played on both of Ted Ogdahl’s undefeated State Championship teams (1949 & 1950) as both offensive and defensive tackle. The 1949 and 1950 Grant Generals were considered by many as the best PIL football teams ever. Ruben was honored to be voted All-City in 1949, All-City and All-State in 1950 and was named the outstanding lineman in the 1951 Shine All-Star Game. While he excelled at sports and student government, one of his favorite experiences was singing in Jean Vancil’s school choir.

Upon graduating from Grant in 1951 Ruben was recruited by several large west coast universities for football, but decided to follow coach Ogdahl to Willamette University. At Willamette, Ruben was again elected student body president, and was voted “Little All-American” in football. Ruben was a member of Cardinal Key, an honorary society recognizing excellence of leadership, scholarship and character. He also was a member of the Economics Honor Society and the Arnold Air Society. Ruben graduated from Willamette in 1955 with a B.A. degree in economics and an ROTC commission in the US Air Force.

In the Air Force, despite his desire to become a pilot, Ruben became a Photo Radar Intelligence Officer, stationed in Japan for three years. These years were described by Ruben as the “freest time of my life.”

After his honorable discharge, Ruben joined his best friend, John Kent, in Gilroy, Calif., where they started a construction and building business. Ruben and John learned the business from the ground up. In 1962, after two and a half very successful years in California, Ruben was ready to return to Portland, his family and the rain. Once home, he founded his own real estate development and construction business, Ruben J. Menashe, Inc. It quickly gained a reputation for exceptional quality and customer service, and has been continuously active in single-family, multi-family, commercial, land and investment property development for 60 years.

Shortly after his return to Portland, Ruben was called by high school and college friend, Gino Pieretti, who set Ruben up on a blind date with Elizabeth (Liz) McBride. Obviously, the couple clicked; they were married for more than 58 years.

In 1965 the couple was blessed by the birth of their son, Jack. When Jack married Madeleine Krys in 1998, they gained a beautiful daughter. And, in 2000, they were excited to welcome a granddaughter, Ella Krys Menashe. She was the light of Ruben’s life.

Ruben was very active in the Portland community, donating generously both his resources and time to numerous organizations and serving on the boards of the St. Mary’s Home for Boys, the Portland Metropolitan Home Builders Association, the Rask Family Memorial Fund and Congregation Beth Israel. Ruben was particularly devoted to the betterment of the Robison Home in Southwest Portland. While on the Robison Board, he chaired the Building Committee for four years. He also chaired the Long-Range Planning Committee, which led to the concept of the need for an assisted living facility. Ruben Co-Chaired the building of this project, The Rose Schnitzer Manor, with Jordan Schnitzer and Milt Carl.

In 2009, Ruben was inducted into the Grant High School Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2016 he was added to the Portland Interscholastic League (PIL) Hall of Fame, and in 2014 the Oregon Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

Ruben is a recipient, with his wife Elizabeth, of the Rabbi Joshua Stampfer Community Enrichment Award.

He will be remembered by many for his love of family, his generosity, friendly nature, his integrity, his honesty, his sense of humor and especially his humility.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, at 11 am at Congregation Beth Israel, 1931 NW Flanders St., Portland.

Donations in Ruben’s memory made be made to the charity of your choice.

Memories may be added to his virtual wall at



Ari Ronel Goldschmidt, z”l, passed away Oct. 28, 2022, at the age of 37.  Captain Goldschmidt, BSN, PMHNP, is survived by his parents, Robert and Michele Goldschmidt of Portland; his wife, Chrystal; his children, Micah and Ayla from his first marriage; five stepchildren, Chrissy, Daniel, Matthew, Sammy and Izack; two brothers, Ian and Lee; and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. 

A captain in the United States Army Reserves, Ari served his country for the past 18 years and shared that commitment to friendship and service with his large community of friends, colleagues and co-workers for all his life. Most of all, Ari was a family man. He deeply loved his family and enjoyed celebrating with them in many wonderful ways. 

Ari was born to Robert and Michele Goldschmidt on July 7, 1985, in New York City, the second of three sons. The family moved to Portland, where they were active at Havurah Shalom with Michele leading services and training b’nai mitzvah students.

Ari joined the Reserves at age 18 and spent one year in Iraq. He graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing degree and quickly gained high-level skills in several areas of nursing. He earned a Master’s degree in Psychiatric-Behavioral Health Nursing and spent his last few years as the lead nurse practitioner at a residential behavioral health facility. 

Ari was happiest surrounded by and sharing life with his family. He loved gourmet cooking, fancy cake baking and mixology. He loved traveling, seeing new places and sharing active pursuits like hiking and fishing. Most of all, Ari loved celebrating life-cycle events with family, including both Jewish and Christian customs to honor his blended family. Although Ari and Chrystal shared only four years together, those years were filled with a lifetime of love and beautiful memories. 

Ari leaves a legacy of committed service and caring for others with an impact that was deeply felt by all who knew him. He will be greatly and dearly missed. Michele and Robert have moved to Colorado to be closer to Ari’s family. Havurah Shalom sends condolences to the family. 

A memorial service was held Nov. 6, 2022, in Denver.


Nov. 23, 1986 - Oct. 28, 2022
Leora Lily Werner (Stein), z”l, died Oct. 28, 2022, at age 35 due to complications from bacterial meningitis in her hometown, Portland. She is survived by her husband, Ben Werner; children, Lilah (age 4) and Asa (9 months); sister, Joanna Stein; mother, Shera Sinell; father, Randy Stein; stepfather, Andrew Ehrlich; and stepmother, Susan Steindler.
A memorial service will be at 1:30 pm, Dec. 4, at Havurah Shalom.

Leora lived a rich and beautiful life pursuing her passions for family, music, good food, the environment and gardening. Her smile and open-hearted nature drew people to her, and she had a gift for nurturing loving relationships, with many friendships lasting decades. Leora adored building a joyful home with Ben for Lilah and Asa, filled with love, music, singing, laughter, cooking and silliness. Leora was an accomplished violinist and avid cyclist.
After graduating from Whitman College, Leora’s career began with AmeriCorps, working to combat food insecurity, and progressed to Marketing Manager at Whole Foods Market and finally Marketing Director at FLO Analytics. Leora was a beloved colleague who made countless contributions to her community. She served as a board member for the Portland Fruit Tree Project, volunteered with Zenger Farm and sang in the ViVoce Choir to name but a few.



Melanie Goodman Eckstein, z"l, passed away Oct. 30, 2022, at the age of 99½. She is loved and remembered by Congregation Neveh Shalom members, her son, Jerome (Lisa) Eckstein; and her granddaughter, Laura Eckstein.


Leonard Bergstein, z”l, passed away on Oct. 17, 2022, at the age of 76. Leonard is survived by his wife of 38 years, Betsy Bergstein; children, David Bergstein, Mikhael (Evan) Romain and Danelle (RD) Romain; four grandchildren; and brothers, Art and Zac Gordon.
Bergstein was born in New York City on Nov. 13, 1945, to Theresa and Abraham Bergstein. He attended Wesleyan University and earned his law degree from New York University School of Law. He moved to Oregon in 1972. 
He was a veteran political consultant, lobbyist and KGW commentator, who had been scheduled to provide on-air election night commentary on KGW next month.
He was a legislative aide to Gov. Bob Straub and was an aide to Neil Goldschmidt when Goldschmidt was mayor of Portland and later U.S. secretary of transportation. Bergstein started his own consulting firm, Northwest Strategies, a leading political firm with primarily corporate clients for more than 40 years. He was an adviser to Oregon Supreme Court Justice Betty Roberts, Multnomah County Commissioner Gladys McCoy, City Commissioner Charles Jordan and Mayor Vera Katz.
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) paid tribute to Bergstein on Twitter: “Len was instrumental with my start in public life by helping me earn a place with Gov. Straub on Oregon’s board of nursing home administrators. I’m eternally grateful for his presence in my life and will miss him greatly.”
Bergstein was an enthusiastic Portland booster who advised local political campaigns and nonprofits, including, mostly recently, the Albina Vision Trust, which is seeking to revitalize Portland’s historically Black Albina neighborhood that was divided by the construction of Interstate 5. He was actively working to advance the trust’s work at the time of his death.
He was a member of Congregation Beth Israel. A private family funeral was held with a Celebration of Life planned at a later date.


Lorry Lokey, z”l, died Oct. 1, 2022, at his Atherton, Calif., home. He was 95. He is survived by daughters, Basya Lokey, Miriam Khaka and Ann Lokey; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Lokey was born in Portland Oct. 27, 1927.

Lokey was a longtime supporter of the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at Portland State University. Lorry played a hugely significant role in the development of our program at a crucial moment of growth. Not only did he create the Lorry I. Lokey Chair in Judaic Studies at PSU, held by Natan Meir since the establishment of the position, but he also established two other very important funds in Judaic Studies at PSU, one for library acquisitions and the other to enable students and faculty to study and do research in Israel. His generosity has had a huge and lasting impact on the work of PSU’s Judiac studies department.

At the University of Oregon his gifts for academic programs and facilities ultimately totaled more than $150 million, he embarked on a rescue mission in 2004 that led him to jump-start six urgently needed building projects. Although he was never a student there, Lokey treated the UO as generously as his alma mater Stanford University and three of Israel’s leading universities.

Lokey attended Stanford University, from which he attained a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1949. He also served in the US Army during World War II. One constant in his life was his love of journalism: from being an editor of the Stanford Daily to his work on the Pacific Stars & Stripes to an early job for United Press. Combining his journalism and public relations experience led him to start Business Wire. 

Over the years, Lokey gave hundreds of millions of dollars to charity, much of it centered on education, medical advances and the Jewish community. His largesse stemmed from the success of his company, Business Wire, a press release distribution service he founded in San Francisco in 1961. The 2006 sale of that company to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway for $600 million allowed Lokey to become one of the Bay Area’s most generous philanthropists.


Estelle Diamond, z"l, passed away on Oct. 4 in Fort Meyers, Fla., at the age of 93. She is loved and remembered by her niece, Congregation Neveh Shalom member Nancy Diamond. 

Manfred Leo “Dick” Heimann, z”l, passed away on Sept. 27. He is loved and remembered by his dear wife, Mary Heimann; daughters, Nicole Heimann (Robert) Sacks and Illisa Heimann (Eric) Polis; and grandchildren, Jacob Aaron Sacks, Adina Polis and Kylie Polis. The funeral was held in Las Vegas, Nev., on Oct. 2. 
Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the extended Heimann/Sacks/Polis family.

Lea Mae Hecht, z”l, passed away on Sept. 21, 2022, at the age of 93. Lea is survived by her brother, Robert Mesher; daughter, Beverly (Rob) Hecht-Levy; son, Bruce (Anne) Hecht; grandchildren, David (Caity) Abouaf, Michael Abouaf, Aaron Levy (Hailey Poyser), Hailey Hecht and Karley Hecht; and great-grandchildren Aiden Abouaf and Lyla Abouaf. Lea was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Hecht.
Lea was born May 29, 1929. 
She was a member of Congregation Beth Israel.
The funeral was held Sept. 23 at Shaarie Torah Cemetery.
Donations in Lea’s memory can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Deborah Levy, z"l, passed away on Sept. 15, 2022, in Massachusetts.  Deborah is loved and remembered by brothers, Jonathan (Nancy Stone) Levy, members of Portland’s Congregation Neveh Shalom, and David (Keily) Levy of Washington, D.C.; sister, Judith (Kenneth Rodgers) Yaldatel of Cape Cod, Mass.; a niece; nephews; and cousins.

Walter Kotkins, z”l, passed away on Sept. 11, 2022, just shy of his 97th birthday. He was the beloved father of Congregation Shaarie Torah’s former president Steph Kotkins.
Walter is survived by his children, Steph (Edith), Frederick (Karyn) and Ronald (Eve); grandchildren, Sarah, Naomi, Jimmy, Jasper, Kaylee, Jaclyn, Bryanna, Andrea and David; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by wife, Adaline “Sissy” (z”l), brother, Buddy (z”l) and granddaughter, Melinda (z”l).
The funeral was held Sept. 13 at Shaarie Torah Cemetery.
The family requests that remembrances be made to the Shaarie Torah Cemetery Fund.

William Rogoway, z”l, passed away in early September 2022. He was the father of Congregation Kesser Israel member Ben (Abby) Rogoway.
The funeral was held Sept. 8 at Harbor Lawn Mt. Olive Mortuary and Memorial Park in Costa Mesa, Calif. 

Dr. Hal Michael Bass, z”l, passed away on Sept. 4, 2022. He was the father of Kol Ami’s previous rabbi, Rabbi Aviva Bass. 
Congregation Kol Ami offers condolences to Rabbi Bass, her children and her extended family. Cards may be sent to Rabbi Bass at 10667 Lake Shore Dr., Wellington, FL 33414.

Vicki Wiese, z”l, the sister of Congregation Kol Ami member Stacey Segal, passed away in early September 2022.
Vicki had been struggling with cancer, but her death was unexpected. Kol Ami sends condolences to Stacey and Kevin, their children Isaac and Olivia, and their extended family.

Galina Taycher, z”l,  passed away on Aug. 23, 2022. She is survived by her son, Anatoliy “Nathan” Taycher, and her grandson, Roman Taycher, both of the Portland area.
Galina Taycher was born on May 13, 1930, in the daughter of electrical engineer Shaul Clayman and his wife, Emma Kurlat, in the sunny and joyous city of Odessa, Ukraine, the Jewish capital of humor on the Black Sea shore. She had a very energetic, outgoing personality and was the height of good company. She liked to sing and dance, played the piano and loved to tell anecdotes.  When World War II started, Galina was 11 and was evacuated with her family to Kazakhstan. They spent more than three years there until her city was free of Nazi occupation and they were able to return home.
In 1946, she met her husband, Semyon, and they spent the next 71 years together until his death. After the war, there were feelings of peace, happiness and a better life despite all of the obstacles they had to face. Galina became a pediatrician and specialized in children’s neurology, treating birth traumas and kids with cerebral palsy. She worked over 30 years at the same clinic and had the highest qualifications in her area of expertise. She lived in SW Portland for the past 28 years. The family attended Congregation Neveh Shalom.  She would always make sure you had enough or more then enough to eat when you visited. 
She is buried at the Ahavai Shalom cemetery next to her husband (who died almost exactly five years before she did).

Sandra Landskroner, z”l, passed away on June 21, 2022, at the Vancouver Hospice; she was surrounded by her loving sons, Kevin and Kyle; grandson, Max; and sister and brother-in-law, Gerri and Mark London.
Sandy was born to Bessie and Maurice Krass in Vancouver, British Columbia. She attended the University of British Columbia and graduated with a B.Ed. She later received her M.Ed. from the University of Oregon. Sandy spent decades teaching in the Portland School District. She specialized in teaching children with dyslexia. An entrepreneur, Sandy built a cookie business called Campus Cookies. Her business was featured in The Oregonian.
Sandy was married to Charles Landskroner (deceased). She moved to Vancouver, where she married Ed Oser.
Sandra is survived by her husband, Ed Oser; sons, Kevin (Staci) and Kyle (Anne) Landskroner; grandson, Max Landskroner; sister Gerri (Mark) London; and nieces and nephews, Dana, David (Rachel), Noah, Gabriel and Aliya London; and many cousins.
The funeral was at Temple Shalom with Rabbi Carey Brown officiating. Burial was at Temple Shalom Cemetery in Vancouver, British Columbia.  
The family wishes to thank to the staff at the Weinberg retirement community and the very caring nurses and doctors at the Vancouver Hospice. 



Susan Fadem, z”l, passed away on Sept. 3, 2022. Susan is survived by her daughters, Kimmie (Ray) Fadem Donlon and Michelle (Josh) Kashinsky; three amazing granddaughters, Rosie Kashinsky, Fiona Kashinsky and Cecilia Charlotte Donlon; brother, Mark (Audrey) Sherman; sister, Wendy (Mike) Flotken; niece Diane (Michael) Packman; nephew, Bryan Fadem; great-nieces and nephews, Amanda (Michael) Stein, Josh (Allison) Packman and Ben (Aviva) Packman, Cynthia (Sharon) Fadem and Michael Fadem.

Susan was preceded in death by her first husband, Rod Fadem (father of Kimmie and Michelle), and second husband Richard Andersen.

The funeral will be held Sept. 9 in St. Louis, Missouri. Portland Shiva was Sept. 6 at Congregation Beth Israel.

Donations in Susan's memory can be made to the OLLI Scholarship Fund of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Washington University in St. Louis.



Bobby Weinstock, z”l, died peacefully of cancer at home Aug. 31, 2022, with his beloved wife by his side. He is survived by his wife, Ann Augustine; his sister, Sue Weinstock; his brother, Richard Weinstock (Susan); his sister-in-law, Rena Fox; his nephews, David and Danny Adler, and Mac Weinstock; his niece, Karly Weinstock; and a multitude of friends. Bobby was preceded in death by his brothers, Michael and Billy Weinstock.

Bobby was born to Milton and Anne Weinstock in Philadelphia May 5, 1954. He studied psychology as an undergraduate at Clark University and as a graduate student at Emory University. During his 68 years he maintained close relationships with people he knew from childhood, college and graduate school. He moved to Portland in 1980 and spent the next four decades in social services creating programs to help homeless and vulnerable adults. Bobby became one of Portland's most compassionate and effective housing advocates. He believed: "The health of our city is tied to our willingness to invest in the creation of an abundant and affordable supply of housing for all of our citizens." He had a strong and abiding commitment to social justice and created a team that has helped thousands of individuals find their permanent homes.

Bobby’s final community organizing project will be a Celebration of his Life that he planned, to be held at 1 pm, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, at the Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland. All are welcome. Donations may be made in Bobby’s name to the Northwest Pilot Project:, select “In Memory Of” and enter Bobby's name.



Victoria Russell, z”l, (Victoria bat Luna) passed away on Aug. 29, 2022, at the age of 93. She is survived by children, Diane Russell, Susan Russell Andrews, Melinda Russell; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A small family funeral was held at Shaarie Torah Cemetery. Shiva Minyan was held Sept. 4, 5 and 6 in the chapel at Congregation Shaarie Torah.

A celebration of life will be held in late October at the Rose Schnitzer Manor.



Susan Gerson, z”l, passed away Aug. 25, 2022. Susan is survived by her children, Eleonore (Gregg) Reiter and Joanie (Bob) Rosenbaum; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Susan was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Gerson.

The family is planning a private memorial service. Condolences may be sent to Congregation Beth Israel to be forwarded to the family.

Donations in Susan's memory can be made to Rose Schnitzer Manor and the Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education.



Martin Faveluke, z”l, passed away Aug. 24, 2022. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne (Gibler) Faveluke; and sons, Alexander and Fred Faveluke.

Martin was born Jan. 31, 1940, to Eugene and Estelle (Shank) Faveluke in Portland. He was often truant in grade school, riding his bicycle to spend time more productively playing on the B17 bomber at Art Lacey’s gas station in Milwaukie. He went to Cleveland High School and played French horn in Portland Junior Symphony.

Martin diligently studied used car salesmanship and ski team management for three years at Reed College. After being told it would take another two years to graduate, he switched to Lewis and Clark and got a degree in economics in one year. He enlisted in the Army, shoveled snow in Boston, learned to fly, and was then stationed in the Phillipines where he worked as an cryptanalyst and got a grand tour of Asia. He came home, earned his J.D. from Lewis and Clark and passed the Oregon Bar.

Martin found himself employed as a bookkeeper for his parents’ business before he could read and he never retired. He was a lead soldier manufacturer, survey crew assistant, steam press operator, tailor, cryptanalyst, photographer, English teacher, car salesman, airshow and charter pilot and flight instructor, attorney, judge, bicycle repairman, garbage truck driver, water system operator, lobbyist, financier, landlord, business manager, father, grandfather and friend. He put his heart into everything he did and tried to help everybody he could along the way.

Funeral services were held Aug. 29 at Congregation Kol Ami’s cemetery in Northwood Park with Rabbi Elizabeth Dunsker officiating.


Stephen Yoken, z"l, passed away on Aug. 19, 2022, in Tulsa, Okla., at the age of 79. Stephen is survived by his wife, Sharli (Chamberlain) Yoken; his brother, Richard (Debbie) Yoken; five children: Jonathan (Jennifer) Yoken of Portland, Craig Yoken, Jennifer Yoken, Justin Yoken, and Jackie (Matt) Ramage; as well as six adored grandchildren: Hannah, Rachel and Elie Yoken of Portland, Brooks Ramage, and Sarah and Andrew Yoken.

The funeral took place Aug. 26 in Cambridge, MA.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the extended Yoken family.



Dr. Philip J. Reiter, z”l, passed away on Aug. 17, 2022. Philip is survived by his children, Barbara (Tom) Rosenabum, Gregg (Eleonore) Reiter and Scott (Judy) Reiter; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Philip was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Reiter.

The family is planning a private memorial service.

Donations in Philip's memory can be made to Rose Schnitzer Manor and the Robert Peltz (z"l) High Holidays Funds for Food at Congregation Beth Israel. Condolences may be sent to Congregation Beth Israel to be forwarded onto the family.


Dr. Howard H. Sussman, z”l, passed away surrounded by his children July 14, 2022. He is survived by children, Sarah (Nicolas), Rai Sue (Bernie), and Daniel (Patricia); grandchildren, Alec and Magali Saint-Arnaud, Avigdor and Neilda Jean Sussace, and Ariella and Lilah Sussman; sister-in-law Ceevah Sobel and her husband, Irwin; sister, Roberta Olman; and nephew and niece, Steven Sussman and Sally Khandadash.

He was predeceased by his parents, Maurice D. Sussman, lawyer, and Sarah (Sally, née Rosenfeld), and sister, Laura. His wife, Neilda Sussman (née Freedman), passed away in 2014.

Howard was born Oct. 21, 1934, and spent his childhood in northeast Portland, part of a large extended family closely tied to the city’s Jewish community. Summer jobs in Portland included selling shoes in a relative’s store and helping to build the Morrison Bridge.

He graduated from Grant High School as valedictorian in 1952. In his later years, when asked who Grant High’s rival was he responded: “Grant had no rivals.”

He earned his BS from University of Oregon, followed by an MS in Biochemistry and an MD from Oregon Health Sciences University. After spending much of the 1960s on the East Coast doing medical residencies at the National Institutes of Health and NY Presbyterian Hospital, he returned to the West Coast in 1970 to take a faculty position in Pathology at the Stanford School of Medicine.

Stanford’s Pathology Department had just been formed and Howard took on the role of organizing the clinical pathology laboratory into a functional research and testing lab. His interest in medical research and computer systems led him to work with computer scientist graduate students to automate Stanford Hospital’s clinical laboratory operations. The system that they put in place was adopted by Stanford Hospital and used as the base of the medical record and billing system for the next thirty years. He also collaborated with and mentored countless scientists, eventually publishing over 80 scientific papers.

Professionally, he was known as a forward-thinking director, always looking to integrate the latest technology into the clinical laboratories, and supporting advances in the field.  He was a regular presence in the laboratories, taking a personal interest in staff and their welfare.

Upon his passing, many of those whom he worked with over the years fondly recalled his friendship and guidance of their professional growth. To quote one laboratory colleague, “His insightful smile, glare, and/or perplexed look provided us with the instant feedback we needed to navigate through our professional journeys. We all loved your dad!” Later in his career he consulted on hospital laboratories and collaborated with scientists in the US and abroad, including Vietnam, China, and Mexico. He often brought  his wife Neilda along on his travels.

Always athletic, he was a standout in handball as well as baseball, and was the 1955 University of Oregon handball champion. Baseball was a particular love–he played at the U of O and happily coached his children’s little league and softball teams. Other athletic feats included climbing and summiting Mount Hood in the early 1950s (after which he decided not to pursue more mountain climbing), skiing, and swimming. Always up for adventure, he went free-diving for abalone – once. He would sometimes walk or bike to work a few miles away, or go on long bike rides after work or on the weekends. He used his athleticism in the lab and kitchen to catch dropped test-tubes or glasses with his foot, like a hackysack, to prevent them from shattering.

Howard’s interests ranged far beyond medicine and sports. He had a unique sense of humor, sometimes juvenile, always dry. His love and retention of history was legend, as was his appetite for reading and his extensive home library. He could converse on a myriad of topics, including obscure battles, pre-Roman history, sports, and politics. A colleague wrote that he was  “as interested in and able to talk about Shackleton in the Antarctic, obscure aspects of the First World War, or 19th century Clipper Ships, as any of the ongoing issues of a busy laboratory operation.  This was perhaps what I enjoyed most about him

He would expound on biblical and pre-Judaic history each year while conducting Passover seders surrounded by guests, and he participated in a monthly salon, the Saturday Morning Club. Howard lived an aesthetic life: he had style, enjoyed art and music, and cultivated friendships with a wide range of people. He loved cars, and a special treat for his kids was to go for a ride in his 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS, which he bought new and drove across the country, or the 1950 Willys-Overland Jeepster, the first car he and Neilda bought together.

Howard met Neilda, the love of his life, on a blind date while living in Washington, DC, in the 1960s. She followed him to San Francisco, where they married in 1970. They raised three children in the Ladera neighborhood of Portola Valley, and their home became a meeting place for their families and large community of friends. Howard was a devoted family man and proud and kind father to his children. He was always there to see his kids off to school and for nightly family dinners.

After the passing of his love, Neilda, Howard turned to his battle with Parkinson’s disease.  In his later years he was well-cared for at Palo Alto Commons. The family wishes to especially thank Rita, Hazel, Jean and Chris, caregivers who all treated him with loving competence, skill, and respect. He will be missed by many.

The family suggests donations in his memory to Peninsula Open Space Trust, HIAS, Jewish Family and Child Service, or to the charity of your choice.

Maxine (Michlah Asnah bas Chayim Leib) Gutfreund, z”l, passed away
Aug. 11, 2023, at age 86, surrounded by family. 

She was the beloved wife of the late Sander Gutfreund; mother of Keith (Myrna), Leslie (Eve Stern) Gutfreund of Portland, Lynn (John) Steele, Jeffrey Magid (Leah), and the late Isaac Gutfreund; grandma of Ashley Gutfreund, Max (Marissa) Gutfreund, Jacob Malkin, Benjamin Malkin, Dena Malkin, Olivia Gutfreund, Stephanie (DJ) Magid-Clark, Alana Steele and Drake Steele.

The funeral was Aug. 15 in Detroit. Les sat shivah at his sister’s home in Michigan.

There will be a shivah minyan locally in memory of Maxine this Sunday Aug.21, 4 pm, at the MJCC.

Phyllis Sohn (Peryla Bas Moshe), z”l, passed away Aug. 11, 2022. She is survived by son, Adam (Amy) Sohn, members of Congregation Kesser Israel.


Shirley Hodes, z"l, passed away July 31, 2022, at the age of 95. She is loved and remembered by her husband of nearly 75 years, Stanley Hodes; son, Greg (Chris) Hodes; daughter, Francine (Mark) Abolofia; grandchildren, Emily (Bill) Shields, Spencer (Marisa) Hodes, Beth Hodes, Rey Abolofia, Jay (Ruth) Abolofia; and eight great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Aug. 2 at Ahavai Shalom Cemetery (9323 SW First Ave, Portland, OR 97219).

Yaakov (Jerome Barry) Cohen, z”l, passed away July 23, 2022, at age 82. Survivors include his wife, Linda Naslund; son, Kevin Cohen; Linda’s daughter, Maryanna Malelu; and daughter-in-law, Laura Grushcow.
He was a member of Congregation Kesser Israel when the congregation was at the Meade Street Shul.
The funeral was July 27 at the Shaarie Torah Cemetery with Rabbi Chayim Mishulovin of Chabad officiating.

Betty Perritt, z”l, passed away July 23, 2022. She was the mother of Congregation Kol Ami member Gillian Pope.
Kol Ami offers condolences to Gillian and her extended family.

Melvin Swire, z”l, passed away July 21, 2022, at the age of 95. He was predeceased by his dear wife, Janet Swire, and is loved and remembered by his son, David (Sally) Swire; daughter, Karen (Larry) Renicker; granddaughter, Ellen (Matt) Bronstein; grandson, Sam (Zeva) Swire; granddaughter, Natalie Swire; grandson, Evan Ferns; and two great-grandsons.
The funeral took place July 22 at Ahavai Shalom cemetery.
Congregation Neveh Shalom extends condolences to the extended Swire family.

Joyce F. Saltzman, z”l, passed away July 21, 2022, in Bulverde, Texas, at the age of 90. Joyce is survived by her sister, Carolyn (Gary) Weinstein, of Portland; son, Jay (Carmen) Saltzman; grandchildren, Sarita Saltzman, Joshua Saltzman, Veronica Espinoza, Monica Barrera and Jessica Carlos; 11 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Irving (Irv) Saltzman, z”l; parents, Violet and Jacob Rapoport, z”l, and sister, Sharon Hardwick, z”l. 
The funeral was July 26.
Congregation Neveh Shalom extends condolences to the extended Weinstein/Saltzman family.

Alice Turtledove Meyer, z”l, passed away July 19, 2022. Alice is survived by her children, David, Sarah and Andrea Meyer; and grandchildren, Eliana and Naomi Meyer.
Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Paul R. Meyer, z”l, and brother, Harry L. Turtledove, z”l.
The day after her passing, the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education sent out a tribute that noted:
Yesterday our community lost a true woman of valor. Alice Turtledove Meyer was a native Oregonian, born Aug. 23, 1929, in Portland. She lived a life of community building and fierce activism. Numerous organizations benefited from her tireless and dedicated volunteerism.
Perhaps – and unequivocally from our vantage point – Alice’s crowning achievement began in 1989 when she and Rabbi Joshua Stampfer worked together to found the Oregon Jewish Museum. Alice served as the first president and chaired numerous committees over the years. As a chair of the exhibition committee, Alice spearheaded the museum’s first major exhibition, “Echoes: A Century Survey,” the work of Arnold Mesches. Three years running, Alice chaired the Gala dinner and art auction. Alice was also active in the Oregon Jewish Historical Society and eventually served on the board of the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center, which merged with the Oregon Jewish Museum in 2014. Alice’s consummate chairing of the committee overseeing the publication of Ellen Eisenberg’s landmark history of Oregon Jewry from 1950 to the present followed in 2016. Alice guided the committee through a complicated process to commission and oversee the writing of the manuscript. Before the pandemic, Alice volunteered at the museum with Eve Rosenfeld to work on the Beth Israel records in our archives.
Alice held a deep and profound commitment to social justice. …
Visionary leadership, passionate and thoughtful political outlook, steadfast and intelligent values, and impressive editorial skills led Alice to apply herself to her priorities and then, almost invariably, to accomplish her objectives. The museum’s reading room bears Alice’s name. Given her curiosity and ceaseless intellectual fervor, it is especially fitting that her memory will shine brightly in a place of study.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 pm, Aug. 7, in the main sanctuary at Congregation Beth Israel. Guests are welcome to attend in person or via livestream on the Congregation Beth Israel website.
Donations in Alice’s memory can be made to the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education or Indivisible Civics.

Linda Rae Waters, z”l, of Lake Oswego, formerly of Atlanta, lost her battle with cancer on July 19, 2022. She was 64. She is survived by her husband, Arthur Waters; son, Jordan Kohn; daughter, son-in-law and grandson, Alexis, Ohad and Anaiah Kohn-Amidor; bonus daughter, Audrey Waters; stepson, Joshua Waters; and bonus sister, Judith Silverstein.  
Born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y., Linda earned her liberal arts degree from Boston University and her master’s degree from Case Western University in Social Work. Linda worked in Atlanta as a psychotherapist, LCSW, for 35 years. 
Graveside services were held July 22 at Arlington Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choosing.
Congregation Beth Israel offers comfort to the family.

Lawrence Stuart Black, z”l, passed away July 10, 2022, at age 92. Larry is survived by his wife of 67 years, Susan; his five daughters, Jennifer (Steve Hanns) Black, Patty (David Estes) Boday, Katie (Jay) Willoughby, Sally (Jake) Douglas and Diana Harrell; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Larry was born Aug. 19, 1929, in Portland. His parents, Alec and Rose Levine Black, immigrated to Iowa from Lithuania before settling in Portland. Larry graduated from Grant High School in 1947 and went on to attend the University of Oregon, majoring in business and playing football. He became a lifelong Ducks fan.
In 1954, he met the love of his life, Susan Wendel, in Gearhart, Ore. Three months later, they were married and off to New York, where Larry received his MBA at NYU. After graduating, they returned to Portland and settled in Beaverton before finding their forever home in Lake Oswego, known as Dohterdale Farm.
Larry established his investment firm, Black and Company, Inc. Later, it became one of the first locally owned Pacific Northwest firms to hold seats on the New York Stock Exchange.
Contributing to the community was one of Larry’s passions. He felt it very important to give back and did so generously. He was a longtime donor to the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland. He was on a variety of boards, including Portland State University, Metropolitan Family Service and The Oregon Symphony. Larry founded the original Classic Wines Auction that was initiated by MFS and chaired the OMSI Auction
Donations in his memory/honor may be made to Metropolitan Family Service or OMSI.



Raisa Perlina, z"l, passed away July 13, 2020, at the age of 85.

She is loved and remembered by her daughter, Ella Stern; granddaughter, Anna (Michael Lipke) Stern Lipke; and two great-grandchildren Samuel and Alexis Lipke.

The funeral will take place Friday, July 15, at noon at Neveh Zedek Cemetery 7925 SW Canyon Ln Portland, OR 97225. Our community is welcome to help ensure a minyan.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the extended Perlina family.


Jean Hasson, z”l, passed away July 6, 2022, at age 100. Jean was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Milton Hasson. She is loved and remembered by her children, Suzanne Lowy, Kathy Hasson and Mark Hasson; her grandchildren, Lisa Luethe, Brian Lowy and Shira Hasson Schiff; and great-grandchildren, Madeline Luethe, Ted Luethe, Grace Lowy, Eilah Ziliak and Ezri Ziliak.

She was a longtime Neveh Shalom congregant. The funeral will take place Friday, July 8, at 1 pm at Ahavai Shalom Cemetery 9323 SW First Avenue, Portland, OR 97219.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the extended Hasson family.

Rick Spielman, z”l, passed away in his sleep following complications from Parkinson’s disease on July 5, 2022, at age 76. Spielman is survived by his sons Raf and Kenji Spielman.
Spielman was the co-founder of the popular Portland bagel chain Spielman Bagels & Coffee, which he launched with his son Raf. Initially the business was a small cafe where they would roast shade-grown coffee in house. In 2011, the duo opened on Southeast Division Street and initially made their “Portland style” bagel in batches of no more than a dozen daily. The bagels, which are made from a sourdough starter and kettle-boiled, soon became the focus of the company.
A former political science professor, Rick Spielman moved his family to Portland from Oakland in 1988 to teach at Lewis and Clark College, later also teaching at Willamette University. He was an avid birder, which sparked his initial interest in the environmental impact of coffee.
Rick Spielman sold the majority share of the business in the mid-2010s, but continued in its day-to-day operations until four or five years ago, running the Division Street location, now run by Raf. Spielman Coffee & Bagels has four Portland locations and sells bagels wholesale to more than 50 vendors in Portland and Salem.


JoEllen Miller, z”l, passed away July 5, 2022, at the age of 90. JoEllen was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel A. Miller. She is loved and remembered by her daughters, Robin (Steve) Rayel, Cheryl (Bud) Peizner and Jody (Rob) Twain; as well as seven grandchildren, Steven (Sarah) Rayel, Lauren Rayel, Elise (David) Alexander, Aaron (Liat Turkenitz - Bride to be) Peizner, Gabriel (Devin) Peizner, Madelyn (Tygh McGilvrey - Husband to be) Twain, and Eli Twain; and four great-grandchildren, Samuel Rayel, Avery Joy Alexander, Isaiah Alexander and Jacob Alexander.

She was a longtime congregant of Congregation Neveh Shalom.

The funeral will be private for family.



Martin (Marty) Weinstein, z”l, passed away July 4, 2022, after a fall resulting in major injuries. Marty is survived by his mother Elaine Weinstein, brother Jerry (Bhing) Weinstein, sister Roberta Weinstein, and nephew David Weinstein.

Born in 1959, Marty was preceded in death last fall by his father, Sanford (Sandy) Weinstein.

He was a very intelligent, kind-hearted man. He had a terrific sense of humor and a talent for telling hilarious jokes (and some not so hilarious). He had a unique gift for friendships with a long list of dear friends which goes back to his early childhood.

He was a good athlete, having a great golf swing and getting a hole in one at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. Another favorite sport of Marty's was squash.

Marty was also a lover of books and a voracious reader. He had a library with hundreds of books dealing with political science, literature, philosophy, religion and modern detective stories. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a triple major in International Studies.

For several years, Marty worked for Pollin Hotels at the Portland International Airport. He had many good friends in his life. He maintained close friends from grade school through college and beyond. He was always happy to encourage friends who needed a lift. Marty was a good man. One of his dearest friends recently told us that "Marty was the most genuine person she'd ever met."

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, July 10, at 11 am in the main Sanctuary at Congregation Beth Israel. Guests are welcome to attend in-person or via livestream

The funeral will be followed by a burial at Neveh Zedek Cemetery, where Marty will be buried next to his beloved grandfather, Arthur Weinstein.

Donations in Marty's memory can be made to the Oregon chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Congregation Beth Israel and the Oregon Food Bank.


Carolyn Frances Reznikoff, z”l, passed away May 20, 2022.
Carolyn is survived by her husband, David Porter; daughter, Sasha Porter (Pyxie Starr); sisters, June Reznikoff (David Simon) and Laura Olson (Steve Olson); nieces, Erika Zarco (Travis Higginson) and Charlotte Simon; and cousins, Claudia Bernard (Howard Herman) and Nancy Bernard.
She was the eldest daughter of Ruth and Simon Reznikoff, z”l. She was born in St. Louis, Mo., June 3, 1947. She graduated from Pitzer College and earned her MSW at San Diego State. While there she started one of the nation’s first shelters for homeless youth. After graduate school she followed her sister June to Portland, where she lived the rest of her life. In 1979 Carolyn married David Porter, with whom she lived a challenging and deeply satisfying life for 43 years. They had one daughter, Sasha Porter, who lives in Olympia, Wash.
Carolyn had found her calling as a social worker in hospitals, home health, and hospice for over 30 years. She found working in hospice particularly rewarding. She supported the dying and their loved ones in making the transition from life to death, and from this experience she developed skills and understanding which were to serve her well in her own dying process.
After retiring from social work, Carolyn became a master basket weaver, learning and practicing traditional Native American basket-making techniques.
Carolyn had health problems that began early in life when, as an infant, she lost a kidney due to kidney disease. Throughout her long and complex health odyssey, Carolyn sought and found the joy in life.
A memorial service will be held in August.




Mel Campf, z”l, passed away on July 1, 2022, at the age of 84. He is loved and remembered by his wife, Susan Campf; his sons, David and Scott Campf; sister, Joan Campf; and grandchild, Shrieve Archer.
The funeral was held July 3 at Neveh Zedek.
Congregation Neveh Shalom extends deepest condolences to the extended Campf family.


Anzhelika (Jane) Lazutkina, z”l, passed away on June 4, 2020, at the age of 95. Anzhelika is survived and loved by her daughter, Irina Lazutkina; son-in-law, Serge Ioffe; grandson, Anatoliy Ioffe; and great-grandsons, Oren and Leo.
Congregation Beth Israel offers condolences to the family.


Alvin Manly Leon Klass, 90, of Canby, passed away June 2, 2022, from complications of diabetes and congestive heart failure. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his children, Gregory, Daniel (Iman), Kayla (David) and Leah (Keith); grandchildren, Kamen Klass, Marli Klass, Lila Reich, Leila Klass and
Anisa Klass; great-granddaughter, Kyrie Klass; and nieces and nephews, Dana Schull (Dave), Mikel Lomsky (Amy) and Lee Vogt. He was preceded in death by his son, Bradley; and sister, Rhoda Lomsky.
Alvin was born Nov. 12, 1931, to Joe and Rose Klass in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. After Alvin graduated from high school the family moved to Portland. He received his Certificate of Naturalization while serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
Alvin studied at Portland State University and received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Oregon Medical School, now OHSU, in 1963. He interned at Los Angeles County Harbor General Hospital, completed his residency in ophthalmology at OHSU, and entered private practice in Northwest Portland in 1968. In 1989 he closed his practice to become the administrator of the Teamsters Medical Center, retiring in 1999.
In 1978, Alvin’s sister introduced him to Nancy. Alvin and Nancy were married 44 years.
Alvin was active in the Washington County Master Gardener Program for many years receiving the Master Gardener of the Year award twice for volunteer services.
After retiring Alvin volunteered with the Clackamas County Money Management Program and the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Alvin enjoyed reading, music, opera, traveling and cooking.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In memory of Alvin, the family suggests a donation be made to the Lan Su Chinese Garden or a garden of your choice.

Keith Koplan, z”l, passed away June 2, 2022, after a battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Merle, and their six children.
Per his wishes, there will not be a funeral.
Keith was instrumental in the building of Congregation Kol Ami’s beautiful synagogue in Vancouver, Wash. He served as a co-chair for the building committee, and his touch and taste can be seen everywhere. His education and experience with furniture and design were integral to the style seen throughout Kol Ami’s space. He chose the fabric for the chairs in the sanctuary, the paint colors, the carpet, etc. 
Donations of furniture that he and Merle made to the congregation over the years are still found in many of the rooms of the building. 
“Our community was lucky and so very grateful to be the beneficiary of his many gifts of time, talent and treasure,” reads the announcement from Kol Ami. 

Robert (Bob) Epstein, z”l, passed away May 30, 2022. He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Mimi Epstein; his sons, Neil (Elizabeth) Ashman-Epstein and Mark (Sharon Fendrich) Epstein; and his grandchildren, Talia Valdez and Max Epstein, and Deena and Sylvia Epstein. 
Robert was born to Morrie and Sylvia (nee Ruttenberg) Epstein April 17, 1940, in Philadelphia.  He was raised in a Modern Orthodox synagogue there. Bob was married to college sweetheart, favorite dance partner, and love of his life Miriam “Mimi” Epstein for more than 57 years. 
Bob attended Central High School in Philadelphia (which he frequently said was the highest quality institute of learning he attended), followed by Penn State.  Between college and medical school, he served 5½ years as a US Naval officer, attaining the rank of Lieutenant.  He served in Admiral Rickover’s nuclear navy on the the U.S.S. Bainbridge and U.S.S. Truxton. He then attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, and ultimately made his career as a physician and partner at the Portland Clinic for 25 years, caring for patients both in the office and at St. Vincent Hospital.  His patients often expressed appreciation for a doctor who took the time to listen carefully and build a relationship with them.
Bob was an early member of Havurah Shalom in Portland and was instrumental in hiring the first rabbi for the congregation. He served six years as president of the steering committee and also worked in many positions as a community volunteer, teaching Hebrew and history, and leading services. He also served on the national Reconstructionist Federation for six years.
He was a dedicated physician for 25 years and a prominent member of the Portland Jewish community. In addition to his roles at Havurah Shalom, he helped run the Weekend in Quest program and was a part of the Florence Melton Adult Mini School. 
The funeral was on June 2 at the Havurah Shalom cemetery.
Donations may be made in his memory to the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, Havurah Shalom, the Cedar Mill Branch of the Washington County Community Library Service, or an institution close to your heart. May his memory be a blessing.


Leonora Gitlina, z”l, passed away May 27, 2020. She is loved and remembered by her mother, Inna Gitlin; her sister, Irina (Alex Berkovich) Gitlin; and niece, Anna Berenbeym. 
Leonora was a member of Congregation Neveh Shalom. The funeral was June 1 at Ahavai Shalom Cemetery. 

Stan Eastern, z”l, passed away May 26, 2022, at the Robison Jewish Health Center. He is loved by his wife, Bev Eastern; his daughters, Michelle Gradow (Steve), Lesley Taub (Howard) and Susan Eastern; his grandchildren, Jamie, Shelby, Lily Taub and Mallory Gradow; and siblings, Sam Eastern, Joe Eastern, Shirley Sidis and Evelyn Blatt. 
Stan was born in Seattle, the middle of five children. He married Bev in 1958 and then served three years active duty in the Navy. He reached the rank of lieutenant commander and was in the reserves for 18 years. A graduate of the University of Washington, he worked as a CPA in Portland, where he and Bev raised their family. The couple were recipients of the Sussman Award from the American Jewish Committee.
Stan was a pillar of the community, leading with heart, humor and keen common sense. He served and enriched our Jewish community in so many capacities. He served as treasurer, president and board chair of Cedar Sinai Park during 50 years of volunteering. The beloved patriarch of the Eastern family passed away at Robison Jewish Health Center/Harold Schnitzer Center for Living.
The funeral was May 29 at Neveh Zedek Cemetery. 
Congregation Neveh Shalom and Congregation Beth Israel extend condolences to the extended Eastern family. 

Alicia Lippman, z”l, passed away on May 24, 2022, at the age of 32. Alicia is survived by her husband, David Lippman; mother, Janice Pekema; father, James (Dianne) Pekema; mother-in-law, Mardi Schnitzer Spitzer; father-in-law, Steven Lippman; brothers, Jesse (Kristen) Pekema, Marc (Juliana) Routzong and Scott (Sharon) Routzong; and brother-in-law Marc (Kellie) Lippman.
Donations in Alicia’s memory can be made to the Houston Children’s Chorus or to the UT Southwestern Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center Hematologic Malignancies Program.
Congregation Beth Israel offers condolences to Alicia’s entire family.




Helen Giangreco, z”l, passed away May 21, 2022, at age 99. She was the mother of Tony Giangreco of Vancouver, Wash., and grandmother of Lisa and Anthony Giangreco.

Tony is in Boston this week with his siblings and their families. Congregation Kol Ami will hold a shiva minyan in person to support Tony through his mourning on Sunday, May 29, at 7 pm. Kol Ami extends condolences to Tony, Lisa, Anthony and his family on this difficult loss.


Edith Coltoff, z”l, passed away May 16, 2022, in Belle Harbor, NY. She was the stepmother of Portlander Dave (Debra Perrin) Coltoff.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the extended Coltoff family.


Irving Fink, z”l, died peacefully May 16, 2022, at age 95. He is survived by his wife, Susie; daughters, Susie Zucker (Cliff) and Mara Trumbull (Patrick); son, Andrew Fink; step-daughters, Stephanie Siegel (Jeff Whalen) and Lisa Siegel (David Stein); nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. His son Kenneth Fink predeceased him.

Born in Detroit, a grocer by trade, Irving was the essence of kindness. His final years were happily spent at the Sarasota Bay Club.

Congregation Beth Israel offers condolences to the family.


Randy Grossman, z"l, passed away May 8, 2022. He is survived by his sons, Jordan (Dana Hori) Grossman, Aaron (Mghi Tran) Grossman, and Nathan (Morgan Brown Grossman) Grossman; and five grandchildren.
Following the private burial, there will be a memorial service for family and friends at 2 pm, Thursday, May 12, in the Stampfer Chapel of Congregation Neveh Shalom.

Marilyn Grunbaum, z”l, passed away on May 4, 2022. Marilyn is survived by son, Eric Grunbaum; Eric’s partner, “daughter of her heart,” Eliah-Isha Perona; sister, Barbara (Lew) Brown; brother, Richard (Maida) Klein; and sister, Janet (Ron) Henson. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Israel and Gertrude Klein; husband, Hans Grunbaum; and son, Michael Grunbaum.
A private funeral was held May 9.
Donations in Marilyn’s memory can be made to Oregon Ballet Theatre, Guide Dogs for the Blind or MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). Congregation Beth Israel offers condolences to the Grunbaum family.

Jean Leona Layton, z”l, passed away peacefully in Portland, April 28, 2022, at age 96. Jean is survived by her children, Abby Gail Layton, Jeffrey Irvin (Miriam) Layton and Larry Irvin (Vandhy) Layton; her grandchildren, Marah Amberlyn Strauch, Daniel Stephen Menasche, Tommy Layton (Ann Kitchen), Irvin Layton and Luis Layton; and her great-grandchildren, Ryleigh Star Layton and James Heroux Layton.
Born June 18, 1925, to Olga and Samuel Lewin, Jean was a member of a pioneer Jewish family of the Northwest dating back to the mid-1800s. She grew up in Seattle, where she attended the University of Washington, graduating with a B.A. in art and interior design.
Jean married the love of her life, Irvin D. Layton, in 1947. Irv founded Layton Home Fashions, a successful Portland home-goods manufacturer. The couple became lions of Portland society in the late 20th century, with Irv serving as president of Congregation Beth Israel. Irv passed away in 1998.
Drawing on her creative talents and education, Jean filled her home with art and beauty, entertaining her guests and creating an atmosphere of magic for her three children. She brought the same passion for art and design to her role as a docent at the Portland Art Museum. A painter herself, Jean created vivid scenes in watercolor and oil.
A lifelong athlete, Jean enjoyed tennis and golf and won a decathlon at Multnomah Athletic Club in her 70s. She loved exploring abroad – in Europe, Mexico, Asia and Polynesia – and even in her last days remained curious about new ideas, new possibilities and the people around her.

Mikhail Benikov, z”l, passed away on May 2, 2022. Mikhail is survived by his wife of 67 years, Yelena Benikov; son, Yury Benikov; daughter-in-law, Lena Benikov Avakyan; daughter, Yanina Benikov; son-in-law, Zach Mayzlin; grandchildren, Alex Benikov, Dmitriy Mayzlin, Michelle Benikov and Leana Mayzlina (Alfonso Perez); and great-grandchild, Mason Yury MacFarland.
A funeral service for Mikhail was held May 6 at Beth Israel Cemetery. Donations in Mikhail’s memory can be made to Jewish Family & Child Service.

Dr. Jordan Popper, z”l, passed away in St. Louis Park, MN, on April 30, at the age of 92. Dr. Popper is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ann Tenenbaum Popper; his children, Deborah Popper of Portland, Ben Meyers of Naples, FL, Rebecca (Kevin) McGrath, and Rachel Popper of Minneapolis; and his grandchildren, Joshua, Alexis and Addison McGrath.
Congregation Neveh Shalom extends its deepest condolences to the extended Popper family. 

Lucille K. Neusihin, z”l, passed away April 10, 2022, at age 98. She is survived by daughter, Lisa Neusihin; son, Gareth Leeds; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Irving Neusihin. 
Lucille was born June 29, 1923, to Mary Ann (Horseskin) and Ezekiel Ketcher in Stilwell, Okla. She was a member of Congregation Neveh Shalom.
A funeral was held April 14 at Ahavai Shalom Cemetery.

(Note: a brief death notice was included in the March 2 Jewish Review. The following is drawn from an obituary written for the Oregon Psychoanalytic Center.) 
Marianne Buchwalter, z”l, passed away Feb. 17, 2022, two months shy of her 98th birthday. 
The OPC Board would like to acknowledge Marianne for her presence and commitment to the development of our analytic society from our very beginning, the early study group, followed by the Oregon Psychoanalytic Foundation and today’s OPC. Her loss was not only for us, but for many cultural institutes all over Portland, where she was an ardent member, contributor and advocate.
Marianne was born in Berlin and had a happy childhood until Hitler came to power. She was Jewish and wrote in her autobiography, Memories of a Berlin Childhood, “in early October of 1938, we vacated the apartment where I lived 8 of my 14 years.” Among other things, an unexpected letter came informing her parents that “I, Marianne Vali Schybilski, a student in the … fourth year of high school, need not return. I am no longer welcome, I was kicked out.”
In 1939 (the last year that Jews were able to leave Germany and escape concentration camps and death) her family arrived in Portland. She graduated from Grant High School in 1941, attended Reed College and finished her undergraduate studies at Stanford in 1945. She attended the Columbia University School of Social Work in NYC, graduating in 1948 with a master’s degree in Psychiatric Social Work and then studied at the London Tavistock Clinic. While at Columbia, she met and married Fred Buchwalter in 1948. They moved to Portland and raised four children. Fred had a successful business, and like Marianne, was involved in many cultural institutes in the city. He was the president of OPC’s early study group, and with Dr. Siegfried Berthelsdorf and Roscoe Nelson, drew up the legal papers to create the Psychoanalytic Society.
My husband and I were friends with Marianne and Fred since the ’60s when my own involvement with psychoanalysis and our society was intense,” writes friend Selma Duckler. “She was passionate about psychoanalysis, and especially about the development of it in Portland. Always an activist, she was supportive in every aspect. They were both generous with time, involvement, money. When I brought analysts to speak in Portland, she opened her home and entertained them. A wonderful cook, she did it all herself.”
“Her vitality, energy, intellect and love for psychoanalysis were an inspiration to us, and I write this, for memoriam, but also that it is our inheritance from her, and I feel it is everywhere in this group we have become. She was so proud of the development she lived to see.”



Norman Wapnick, z”l, passed away April 23, 2022. He is loved by his wife, Suzan Wapnick; his daughters, Janice (Mike) Shainsky, Karen (Joel) Salzberg, and Cindy (Paul, z”l) Buker; his siblings, Kay (Julian) Kien, and Helene (Bob) Sokolsky, z”l; his grandchildren Jen and Beth Salzberg, Steven (Kayla) and Charlie Buker, Sam (Blaire) and Zack Shainsky; and his great-grandchild Sylas Shainsky.

He was a longtime member and past-president of Congregation Neveh Shalom.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am, April 27, at Congregation Neveh Shalom in the Stampfer Chapel.



Craig Abraham, z”l, passed away April 23, 2022. Craig is loved and remembered by his wife, Kathy Abraham; daughters, Melissa (Dan) Rubin, Holly Abraham (Robbie Long); and grandchildren, Jack & Leo Rubin, and Nya & Robbie Jr. Long.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends deepest condolences to the extended Rubin/Abraham/Long family.



Peter Wollstein, z”l, passed away in Los Angeles at age 88. He was a longtime member of Congregation Neveh Shalom. Pete is loved and remembered by his wife, Judith Geller Wollstein; daughter, Linda (Brent Krischevsky) Wollstein; son, Bruce (Barbara) Wollstein; grandchildren, Elizabeth (David) Lohrmeyer, Katherine Wollstein, Joann (Patrick) Corrigan, Brandon Bieber and Samantha (Kayla) Bieber; and great-grandchildren, Samuel, Kristen and Rebecca Lohrmeyer and Quinn, Liam and Evan Corrigan.

The funeral was April 24 at Neveh Zedek Cemetery.



Donna Winkler, z”l,  (Deborah bat Chonie v'Naomi) passed away April 13, 2022, at the age of 89. She is survived by her children, Erik (Annette Dempsey) Richmond, Michael (Sue) Richmond, Kimberly (Mike) Reynolds, and Merrill (Mary) Richmond; her grandchildren, Grace, Owen, Emily (Andy), David (Annie), Leslie (David), Sean (Christy) and Ben; and her great-grandchildren, Jonah, Louis, Madison, Olivia and Nathaniel.

Donna was surrounded by family and loved ones at the time of death. The funeral was April 15 at Shaarie Torah Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Red Cross, where Donna was a Super Volunteer.



Susan (Susie) Wolff Desmond, z”l, passed away on April 11, 2022. Susie was survived by her husband, Thomas Desmond; her son, Joel Lavin (Anna Spickerman), and daughter, Emilie Bennett (Andre Bennett); her grandchildren, Lila and Solomon Lavin and Nina and Ava Bennett;  and her brother, George Wolff (Karen Wolff).

A celebration of Susie's life and a brunch reception will be held on Friday, May 6, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Congregation Beth Israel, 1972 NW Flanders St., Portland. All are welcome to attend.

Donations in Susie's memory can be made to the Alzheimer's Association and to 
Maple Creek Miniature Schnauzer Rescue.



Karen Fishel, z”l, passed away March 1, 2022. She is survived by her brother, Brad Fishel (Susan); her nephews, Simon (Shannon) and Noah Fishel; her grandnieces, Nora and Quinn Fishel; her cousins, Barb Lovre, Julie Leuvrey, Dan Saltzman, Jeff Saltzman, Bernie Druck, Jackie Druck, and Peggy Spott; her sisters-of-the-heart, Barb Attridge, Tami French, Sandra Etlinger and Linda Schaefers; and by multitudes of other friends who loved her dearly.
Karen was born in Portland on March 28, 1948. She grew up at Congregation Beth Israel. Her brother was a longtime board member of Cedar Sinai Park, and Karen was a longtime supporter of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland.

In the early days of her career, Karen worked at Nike in football promotions, but her passion for helping others less fortunate soon took her on a lifelong path in the nonprofit sector, serving on boards and fundraising for various causes she loved. The ultimate expression of her life’s passion was co-founding Dress for Success Oregon in 1998 with her good friend, Barb Attridge.
As co-founder of Dress for Success Oregon, Karen devoted herself to creating a space where women could redefine themselves, emerge from poverty or addiction or abuse, gain self-confidence and self-worth, and fulfill their dreams of success. She empathized with every woman’s story, cried with them when things were sad, laughed with them when they improved and celebrated their new place in the world.

Karen raised significant funding for Dress for Success; she had a way of finding people and convincing them to join her in her good works. She could turn the most reluctant philanthropist into an enthusiastic donor with her tenacity, charm and passion. In 2016, she was honored with the Portland First Citizen Award with Barb Attridge for founding Dress for Success. She has left us an important legacy.
In addition to Dress for Success, Karen consistently sought ways to have a meaningful impact on our community, particularly helping women and children, and animals. She was the first person each year to adopt a family at Christmas and convince others to do the same. Karen's love of animals led her to donate often to Go Fund Me sites for people who needed help with vet bills. She exhibited deep concern and kindness for others in so many ways that it is hard to describe them adequately. Her devotion to dogs was unparalleled. Her Facebook page was often filled with photos of lost or lonely dogs looking for homes. Her beloved Tibetan Terriers, Acey and Archie, filled her life with joy and connection.
The perfect tribute to celebrate Karen's life – a fundraising event in her honor for a cause she loved – will be at the annual Dress for Success gala, which is called Celebrate Success, on Friday May 13. If you would like to attend or make a donation in Karen's honor, visit



Jack Wolinsky, z”l, passed away April 1, 2022. He is survived by his children, Carol Veatch (Lamar), Alan Wolinsky and Joan Kahn (Gary); grandchildren, Melanie Frank (Daniel), David Veatch, Benjamin Kahn and Emily Kahn (Benjamin Ficker); and seven great-grandchildren and 11 nieces and nephews. Jack was predeceased by his parents, Samuel and Anna Wolinsky, brothers Louis Wolinsky and Leo Wolinsky, and sister Edythe Davis.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 19, 1924, Jack was known for his razor-sharp wit, enterprising nature and devotion to his family and the Jewish community. From his time as a young boy during the Depression, he showed remarkable entrepreneurial skills. As a youngster, he sold newspapers and ice cream on the streets of Cleveland and hawked bags of roasted peanuts at the baseball stadium. Later on, he successfully bought, built up and sold many businesses in Ohio and Florida, including gas stations, a car rental franchise, print shop and general store, which he laughingly called “a real life ‘schmatta mart.’”

After graduating from high school, Jack attended The Ohio State University before enlisting in the Army Air Corps in 1943, where he served in the South Pacific as a medic. In 1948, he married Maxine Horwitz. They lived for several years in Elyria, Ohio, and moved back to Cleveland in 1960, where they remained for nearly two decades.

Following a 10-year stint in Florida, Jack moved to Portland in 1990, where he fully took part in Jewish communal life, forming strong ties with fellow congregants at Neveh Shalom. For many years, he was an avid participant of the “Morning Minyanaires” and relished his role as the synagogue’s Gabbai. He also made many friends through his poker group that regularly met at Rose Schnitzer Manor.

While living in Portland, he served as executive director of the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and as an employment specialist for AARP. Well into his 80s, he was the manager of his condo building, keeping the place ship shape and even changing residents’ lightbulbs.

His funeral was held April 4 followed by shiva services at Congregation Neveh Shalom. Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the extended Wolinsky family. Donations in Jack’s memory may be made to Congregation Neveh Shalom, the Oregon Food Bank or NAMI Oregon.



Terry Howard, z”l, passed away March 31, 2022, at age 94. Terry is survived by sons, Jeffrey Howard (Michele) and Kevin Howard (Deborah Walker); daughter, Robyn Howard; granddaughters, Ella Howard and Rita Howard Michaels (CJ); great-grandchildren, Oliver and Kenzi Michaels; nephews, Joel and Mark Feldman; and niece, Jodi Feldman Gubman. Terry was preceded in death by her husband, Norman (2008), brother, Robert Feldman (2010), and sister-in-law, Dottie Feldman (2022).

Terry (Tova) was born in 1928, in New York City, a year and a half before the great stock market crash. Her parents, Ida and Julius Feldman, immigrants from Minsk, Russia, had only grade-school educations. Ida had arrived as a child with her sister and parents, while Julius seemed to have arrived as a young man. Terry was the first born, her brother Bob arriving four years later. They were a household of seven since they continued to live with the grandparents and their Aunt Sarah. Multigenerational households were not unusual, and certainly not for folks with very limited incomes, but the financial stress of the era must have been significant.

Only recently did the family discover that her father, the only income earner in the family and the owner of a tavern in Patterson, N.J., committed suicide when Terry was 9 years old and her brother 5. No one in the family had ever spoken about this suicide until her son, Kevin, discovered the truth. The newspaper article he found indicated Julius may have experienced depression. Terry said they were never allowed to speak about it since suicide was considered a sin. She said she wasn’t allowed to attend the funeral of her father, and every picture of him had been destroyed by her aunt. Kevin found a man at the Patterson Jewish Home who had been at the cemetery where Julius was buried, and he sent a picture of the gravestone, which caused Terry to cry and remember hard times.

It was this hard life that, no doubt, helped form her personality. After the death of Julius, Grandma Ida took over the tavern, sold it a couple of years later and then moved to Columbus, Ohio, in 1940. There she ran a liquor store business with her loving uncle Abe. Ida continued to be the sole bread winner for her two kids, her sister and her mother, who was blind.

Terry grew up speaking Yiddish to her grandparents, who spoke no English. She grew up in an Orthodox setting until they moved to Ohio. Judaism and education, along with cooking and baking, were the mainstays of her childhood. Terry’s Jewish identity was lifelong. She became a member of the women’s Zionist organization Hadassah starting in her teen years. Mom went on to be the president of Hadassah chapters in Detroit, Florida and finally in Vancouver, Wash. The community of friends she made in each place gave her much joy and purpose, knowing they were helping a cause they were all devoted to. Terry also became the president of the synagogues they belonged to in Detroit and Florida.

Terry and Bob were very bright and hard working. Terry skipped a couple of grades and then finished college, Ohio State University, in three years with a degree in accounting and business. She married Norman Howard four years later in 1952. At the age of 45, Terry received her master’s degree in education. She dedicated herself to educating inner city kids in Detroit, teaching business and office skills at Pershing High School. She used to say it was the most centrally located high school since it was the only one with members from every gang in Detroit. With bars over the windows and armed guards checking back packs at the doors, she remained there undeterred for 25 years. She was very proud of the nice letters she received from students thanking her for helping make them employable.

At the funeral, Kevin shared a few memories of her personality:

My Mom, very unlike my Dad, never told a joke intentionally. At the same time, my Mom said some of the funniest things I can remember. I had first gone to college as a pre-law student. My Mom said, “You know, with the way you write your name, you could be a doctor.” Of course, this ignored the fact that I couldn’t stand the sight of blood, but she was right about my handwriting illegibility. After a couple of years in college I came home to say I was changing my major to packaging engineering, something my parents had never heard of. My Mom asked, “Is that a euphemism for being a bagger at Kroger’s?” I assured her that it was a legit profession. It may have been that same visit when she said “Kevin, you used to have a photographic memory, but I think your film got overexposed at some point.”

My parents loved traveling. As a young family we always took a two-week trip to someplace new every year. Once all the kids had left and they retired, they travelled extensively all over the globe, often with Elder Hostel and on many cruises. They particularly enjoyed the trips with lots of expert speakers and historians.

My wife, Deb, and I moved to Portland area in 1988, and my parents came to visit on a regular basis. My parents were very suburban city oriented. The first time we drove them through the Columbia Gorge, my Mom looked out the car window and asked “Now who’d go all the way up there and plant a tree?”  On another trip here we drove them up to our log cabin on Mt. Adams. The cabin is on 20 acres and as we drove my Dad asked, in his New York accent way, “When the hell will you have time to mow 20 acres?” I said Dad, it’s the coolest thing, it’s called a forest, no mowing necessary. My Mom and Dad were a good pair in their shared misunderstanding of nature.

My parents decided to move to Vancouver in 2005, after spending two summers renting a furnished apartment in Portland. My argument for them to move from their beloved Florida retirement in sunny, warm Clearwater to rainy, cold Portland was that they’d be able to form a relationship with their 7-year-old granddaughter Ella, even if they’d have to put up with me. They bought a house within walking distance of our home and we spent lots of time together. My Mom cooked and baked wonderful foods and loved having people over for grand multicourse meals. She loved sharing Shabbat and High Holiday meals and prayers and I’ll miss those forevermore.

My Mom and Dad were married 56 years, until his passing in 2008. I was always impressed with how they sought out new communities as they moved from place to place, and finding lots of new friends, and feel particularly fortunate that they decided to conclude their lives near us.

I thank my lucky stars for having had parents who wanted the best for their children, who valued education, hard work and being ethical in all you do. No matter what, my parents never left any doubt that I could depend upon them in times of need. I will miss them forever.

Burial was April 4, 2022, at Ahavai Shalom Cemetery, Portland.

Donations in her memory may be made to Hadassah.


Sivia Kaye, z”l, passed away on March 27, 2022. Sivia is survived by daughter, Beth Kaye of Portland, and grandchildren, Aviva Kaye-Diamond and Noah Diamond. She is also survived by son, Glenn Novarr, daughter-in-law, Alison Carper, and grandchildren, Grace and Julian Novarr, all of New York City; brother, David Karan of Long Island, and other members of their extended family. She was predeceased by her husband, Bernard Kaye, and parents, Harry and Lily Karansky of Boro Park, Brooklyn.
She was a member of Congregation Beth Israel.
Sivia was buried in the Havurah Shalom Cemetery in the Jones Pioneer Cemetery on March 30, 2022.  The family held a private shiva minyan and plans a memorial gathering at a later date.  
Donations in Sivia’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, the Harold A. Schnitzer Diabetes Institute at OHSU or your local public broadcasting station.  


Donald Martin Simon died Tuesday, March 22, 2022, of natural causes at the age of 92. He passed peacefully at his assisted-living facility lovingly attended by family, facility staff and hospice.
He was born April 1, 1929. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1946 and from the University of Oregon in 1950. He retired as a colonel in the Army Reserve after 30 years. He was a member of Congregation Beth Israel. Donald was Regional Sales Manager for Graphic Arts Center and VP of Paul O. Giesey/Adcrafters.
Donald was preceded in death by his wife, Harriet Simon, and long-time companion, Delores Hovey. He is survived by his brother, Howard J. Simon (Dee) Beaverton; daughter, Roslyn Simon, Portland; son, Alan Simon (Katia Campos) Seattle, Wash.; and three grandchildren, three nephews and two nieces.
A private service has been held. Donations in his memory may be made to the charity of donor’s choice.


Myron Koppel Weintraub, z”l, passed away March 27, 2022, in Modi’in, 
Israel, at the age of 75. Myron is loved and remembered by his wife, Marilyn Stone Weintraub, and daughter, Neveh Shalom member Sabra Weintraub. 
Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the extended Weintraub family.

Beverly Galen, z”l, passed away peacefully Feb. 11, 2022. Bev is survived by her children, Lindsay, Edward (Ann), Christie (Marshall), and Davis; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; her brother, Howard Weiner (Kim); and brother-in-law, Morris Galen.
Born in New York Feb. 27, 1927, to doting parents Beatrice and George Weiner, Beverly was gifted with high energy, a sunny disposition and a keen sense of style. She moved to Portland and attended Lincoln High School where she met the love of her life, Bill Galen, and quickly became his favorite photography subject, a role that continued until his death in 2020.
Bev and Bill married March 23, 1946, while Bill was in medical school. They shared an extraordinary marital bond for over 74 years. While he was building his medical career, Bev kept busy raising a family and discovering the rewards of volunteer work. After completing her degree in Fine Arts at Portland State in 1969, she volunteered for countless arts organizations, serving on the boards of the Portland Art Museum, Portland Opera and Oregon Symphony among others and fundraising for the Arts and American Cancer Society. Bev and Bill loved a good party and lit up the dance floor at the gala events she helped to plan.
Together they traveled the world, filling albums with photographs of their adventures and loved wintering in Palm Desert. Bev worked every NYT crossword puzzle, and adored her bridge, book, wine and dance club pals. She never lost the glow that attracted people to her; and continued to make new friends into her 90s. 
The family thanks Loving Care Providers for the dedicated care she received over the past few years. Donations in Bev’s memory may be made to Portland Art Museum, Portland Opera, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, or the organization of your choice.

Linda Faye (Potter) Hochman, z”l, passing away March 8, 2022, in Prescott, Ariz. She was predeceased by her sister, Carol Ginsberg, and her husband, Stanley Hochman. She is survived by her brother, Congregation Neveh Shalom Past President Irving (Arlene) Potter; her three children, David (Sarah) Hochman, Joe (Angela) Hochman and Leah Hochman; her seven grandchildren; and her partner of the past several years, Bill Cadwallender. 
Linda was born in Portland on July 3, 1940. Shortly after Rabbi Joshua Stampfer, z”l, arrived in Portland, she had the honor of celebrating the first bat mitzvah ever celebrated in Oregon. 
Her funeral was held March 10 followed by shiva services in Phoenix and Prescott. 
Congregation Neveh Shalom extends deepest condolences to the extended Hochman/Potter family.
Dreama Herndon, z”l, passed away on March 9, 2022, in Virginia. She was the mother of Congregation Neveh Shalom member Beth (Liza) Milliner.
The service was held on March 14 in Roanoke, Va. 


Eric Flamm, z”l, died of cancer on March 6, 2022, at his home in Portland. He was 56 years old.  With him were his wife, Robin; their children, Olivia and Jonah; and his brother, Michael. He is also survived by his mother, Ellen, and his sister, Maya.
Eric was born in New York City in 1965 and raised in Northfield, Minn. From childhood, he had a sweet and gentle spirit. As a teenager, he was both conventional and unconventional. He played youth hockey – a rite of passage in Minnesota – and was an Eagle Scout like his father. But Eric also enjoyed listening to music that never appeared in the Top 40, and he sported a Mohawk for a time. And he loved to tinker with his old Volkswagen Super Beetle.
Eric was at heart an adventurer who loved to travel. After high school, he backpacked through Europe in 1983 with two friends. The following year, he moved to Portland to work at radio station KCNR. After studying English literature and learning Mandarin at Lewis & Clark College, he biked across the country from the Pacific to the Atlantic in 1989.
Eric was always curious about other cultures, cuisines and customs. For the next five years, he lived and worked in Taipei as a journalist. He polished his Mandarin skills, embraced tea drinking, immersed himself in the expat life and even participated in dragon boat racing. 
But he also became interested in exploring his Jewish identity and moved to Israel in 1994. He learned Hebrew, found an apartment near the beach in Tel Aviv and surfed every morning before he went to work at a footwear software company. Two years later, Eric became an Israeli citizen and received his draft notice. He could have chosen sentry duty in Tel Aviv, but that was not his way – he always had a deep sense of obligation and service to community and country. He volunteered for combat and joined an artillery unit in the Negev Desert.
But Eric’s reserve duty in the Israeli Army largely consisted of patrolling Palestinians in the West Bank. This experience made a lasting impression, convincing him that the occupation was morally unjust and politically as well as economically unsustainable. For the rest of his life, he was a peace activist who advocated for Palestinian rights and the “two-state” solution. He also served as the president of the Portland chapter of J Street for several years.
Eric met Robin Miller, his soulmate and life partner, in Tel Aviv in 1998. They married in 2000 and moved to Portland the following year.  Olivia was born in 2002 and Jonah in 2004. As a family, they celebrated life together with love, friendship, adventure and, above all, plenty of laughter.
Eric may have seemed easygoing and laid back to casual observers. But he was also organized, disciplined and methodical. Every morning, he first took care of what he needed to do. Then he focused on what he wanted to do. Every day presented new opportunities, and he wanted to take full advantage of them.
Eric was a creative and artistic person who curated his family’s life in photos and videos, maintained a regular blog (portdaddia) and crafted greeting cards with clever graphics. He also wrote constantly, and in 2019 published Portland Zionists Unite, a collection of short stories.
Eric cherished the great outdoors and the active life. Although he loved his Portland home, Hood River was his happy place. The prevailing west winds made it perfect for windsurfing or kiteboarding (he switched later in life). At other times, skiing, hiking and biking with family or friends brought him endless joy and satisfaction.
Eric first battled – and defeated – cancer in 2005. He was consistently grateful and appreciative for the additional years he had with family and friends. He was also relentlessly positive – the essence of who he was – and incredibly generous to friends, causes and the community. As important, Eric always looked for the best in people and never assumed the worst. Even when someone tried his patience or sought to take advantage of him, he remained good natured and even tempered.
The family held a memorial service at Havurah Shalom on March 10 and requests donations in his name to J Street or Friends of the Columbia Gorge.


Lillian (Laya) Morgenstern, z”l, passed away March 6, 2022. She was the mother of Joyce (Al) Siciliano and Arlene (Paul) Koenigsberg of Portland; grandmother of Todd Koenigsberg, Amy (Josh) Remick, Josh Drinkard and Annie (Tim) Dixon; and great-grandmother of Dylan and Haley Koenigsberg, Brady and Olivia Remick, Ainsley and Mason Drinkard, and Russel and Gavin Dixon.
Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, Albert “Happy” Morgenstern.
The funeral service was held March 10 in Philadelphia. Shiva was held in Portland March 13 at the home of Amy and Josh Remick.
Donations in Lillian’s memory can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Congregation Beth Israel sends condolences to the entire Koenigsberg family.


Lois Urman, z”l, passed away March 3, 2022. She was the mother of Steven Urman (Vicki Romm), Carol Urman (Ron Entwisle), and Susan Urman Odegaard; sister of Patricia Reader; grandmother of Julia (Drake) Radditz, Evan (Megan) Urman, Erin Odegaard and Andrea Odegaard; and great-grandmother of Kit Michaela.

Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin James Urman, and by her parents, Maxwell Silverstein and Elizabeth (Fischbach) Silverstein.
There will be a funeral service held at Beth Israel Cemetery on Sunday, March 6 at 2:30 pm.
​​​​​​​Donations in Lois' memory can be made to the Urman Family College Communication Fund at Congregation Beth Israel.

Joanne Bonime, z”l, passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

She was the mother of Todd (Brenda Ellering) Bonime, Bart (Teryn) Bonime,
and Julie (Fred) Braden; mother-in-law of Jina Bonime; grandmother of Matthew and Brooke Bonime, and Ellis and Josh Braden.
Joanne was preceded in death by her husband, Mortimer Bonime. 
There will be a funeral service held on Monday, March 7, at 11:30 am, in the Main Sanctuary at Congregation Beth Israel. Family and friends are welcome to attend either in-person or via the livestream link:
The funeral will be followed by a private burial at Beth Israel Cemetery.
Shiva will be held at The Town Club on March 7 from 3-5 pm. Contact Beth Israel for location.
​​​​​​​Donations in Joanne's memory can be made to the American Lung Association.


Michael Roy Shenker, z”l, Mendel ben Chana Sara v'Eliezer haCohen, passed away on Monday evening, Feb. 28, 2022. He is survived by brother Mylen, (Roz) Shenker; sister, Rosalind (Bill) Cooper; and children, Michael, Anthony, Troy and Samantha.

A shiva minyan will be held via Zoom on Thursday, March 3, at 7 pm. For link, contact Congregation Neveh Shalom or Congregation Shaarie Torah, both of which extend condolences to the family.


Matilda Rosenberg, z”l, Mazel bat Avram, passed away Feb. 25, 2022, in Overland Park, Kansas. She was the beloved sister of Congregation Shaarie Torah member Isaac (Charlotte) Tevet. She also is survived by her husband, Marty Rosenberg; sister Sarah (Ira) Korman; children, Eli (Amy), Alanna (Joe) and Joey (Maya); and grandchildren, Mira, Aliza, Leor and Levi.

She was born April 13, 1952, in Portland to Albert and Alegre Tevet, Holocaust survivors and part of a tiny remnant of the Greek Jewish community that survived the Holocaust.

To have known Matilda Laura Rosenberg was to be splashed with Mediterranean sunshine.
She was incredibly loved by those she held dear – family, close friends, colleagues and the hundreds of families she served in a distinguished social work career.
At a Sunday afternoon symphony or hike through the Arboretum she would be approached by women and men and thanked for meaningful kindnesses she extended to a loved one.
Matilda passed away at age 69 after a 2 1/2 year battle with a pernicious cancer.
In that time, she had many personal triumphs foremost amongst which was her children blessing her and Marty, her husband of 44 years, with four grandchildren, Mira, Aliza, Leor and Levi.
Matilda was thrilled to welcome Amy Parison to the family as the wife of her eldest son, Eli.
Recently, she spent long stretches with all her children and grandchildren.
When Hurricane Ida hit New Orleans in late August she helped her daughter Alanna and grandchildren evacuate from the devastation. She invented the game of “in and out” to run with Aliza at rest stops with Levi tucked under her arm.
The whole family spent a remarkable Rosh Hashanah on Cape Cod organized by Eli and Amy.
Joey and Maya built a small “nona and papa” house in their Berkeley backyard that allowed for visits that went months at a stretch during which worries about illness vanished on the stiff bay breeze.
Matilda went to Israel during the 1973 Yom Kippur War to work on an agricultural kibbutz while workers were off defending Israel. After six months she traveled with a longtime Portland, Oregon friend to Crete, where they slept in a cave and were awaken by a herd of goats and their tinkling bells.
Upon her return, she met, fell in love and married Marty. They settled in Kansas City for career reasons and to dive into a richer Jewish life with their children.
When she turned 36, she and her husband took their three children, then ages 3, 6 and 9, to Japan for six months. She was enlisted as an English tutor by a group of women in their outer Tokyo neighborhood and in return they taught her about Japan.
Living in Kansas, she was wholly dedicated to enhancing her family’s life and experiences, mastering the cooking of the most exquisite Sephardic foods.
She was director of social work at Village Shalom from 2002 to 2007 and director of social work at Aberdeen Village from 2007 to 2019 She earned her master’s degree in social work in 2007 from the University of Kansas.
At Village Shalom, where she was one of few Jewish staffers, she made every effort to secure careful treatment and care of residents who were Holocaust survivors, explaining to her coworkers that the elderly men and women had survived haunting tragedies and deserved the best.
She researched her own family’s Holocaust years and internment in Auschwitz. She accompanied her husband to Washington on business trips to meet with historians and scholars at the U.S. Holocaust Museum to learn more about Greece during the war years, when Germans like Kurt Waldheim terrorized the innocent.
She traveled back to her parents’ hometown in northern Greece and saw the Salonika ghetto where they were forced to live. On a cold misty night, a barking German shepherd on a rope nearby, she and her daughter and husband walked the remote train depot where her family was brutally forced on a horrific train to Auschwitz.
In Auschwitz, she located and lingered in the barrack where her mother was interned.
As the family story become clearer, Matilda spoke about it at a variety of Kansas City locales.
On Dec. 1, she was one of three women speakers at the program, “Our Mothers Were in Auschwitz,” at Union Station in conjunction with the landmark Auschwitz exhibit. Many of her friends on hand were unaware that she was fearful that she would not have the stamina to convey all that she wished to impart. She bravely and triumphantly excelled in her presentation.
A bit earlier, she surprised and turned the tables on her journalist husband on his 70th birthday, arranging to interview him for StoryCorps at a mobile studio outside the Nelson-Atkins Museum. With eyes shining and voice honeyed with love, she tenderly questioned him about his life and their shared journey recorded for the U.S. Library of Congress.
To mark their 40th wedding anniversary they went on safari to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana with a group of Kansas City friends. On Robben Island she talked with a guide who had been imprisoned with Nelson Mandela. As she recounted her parents’ Holocaust years the man looked intently at her and said Robben Island imprisonment was a picnic compared to Auschwitz.
On safari, each morning as they rose in the predawn hours she greeted all with, “Another morning in paradise” with her trademark exuberance, as they went out to find giraffes, zebra, jacanas and malachite kingfishers.
After her grandchildren arrived, her most loved experiences were family centered. In January, after picking up Mira from preschool late afternoon, the two would visit a Berkeley park. As Mira finished the mini-ice cream cone nona gave her she would hold on to her nona’s coat as she pretended to chase her – both squealing in glee.
In New Orleans, she would often walk Aliza to Bayou St. John, picking up many pebbles en route for Aliza to toss into the water, before the two leisurely strolled the neighborhood looking for “johnny pump” hydrants and chicka-chickas scratching under porches.
Lately, she loved to play a game she made up for her granddaughters and their new brothers. “Who is the be-be, who is the bon-bon?” she would smilingly ask with a bit of Ladino accent. “I’m the bon-bon, he’s the be-be,” the girls would shout, ecstatic, accents replicated.
Messages of support and condolence have flooded in, warm and deeply felt. A niece told Matilda she modeled her marriage after her. A friend wrote Matilda that her “goodness has made an indelible mark.”
The funeral was Feb. 28. A shiva minyan will be held via Zoom on March 6 at 5:30 pm. Contact Congregation Shaarie Torah for the Zoom link.


Eghbal Rostamian, z”l, passed away Feb. 21, 2022, at age 94. He is loved and remembered by his wife, Behjat; children, Congregation Neveh Shalom member Mojgan (Doug Edwards) Rostamian, Eli Rostamian, Shahan Rostamian and Fariba (Mark) Mutschler; and four grandchildren.


Helen Ann Bernstein, z”l, passed away Feb. 17, 2022, at age 76, in Portland. She is survived by her beloved son, Niall Monaghan; daughter-in-law, Coco Cioroiu; and grandson, Declan; sisters, Gertrude Bernstein, Shirley Bernstein and Joan Rea; and a brother-in-law, Ed McVicker. Her brother, Edmond Bernstein preceded her in death. She also leaves nieces and nephews in Seattle, Florida and Portland.

She was born April 3, 1945, in Philadelphia to Minnie and Nathan Bernstein, the youngest of five children. She graduated from Girls’ High in Philadelphia and West Chester State College. Helen's life journey after college took her to Washington, D.C., Plainfield, N.J., Korea, New York City, and Portland, Ore.
Her life in NYC was filled with work, friends, family, dance, theater and love. She moved to Portland in 1996, where once again she surrounded herself with loved ones and her life's passions. Helen's work life was dedicated to seniors. In NYC she worked in the Senior Programs at Marymount College and at the 92nd Street Y. In Portland, she was Executive Director of Store to Door, a non profit that shops for and delivers food to seniors and people with disabilities.

Donations may be made to Store to Door, Cedar Sinai Park in Portland, or a place of your choosing.


Marianne Buchwalter, z”l, passed away Feb. 17, 2022, at age 97. Marianne is loved and remembered by her children, Juliet (Doug Strohl) Buchwalter, Andrew (Kate Rowe) Buchwalter, and Charles (Lisa) Buchwalter; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Feb. 20 at Ahavai Shalom Cemetery.


Mary Kathleen Johnston, z”l, passed away Feb. 16, 2022. Mary is loved and remembered by her husband of 50 years, Phil Johnston; and her three daughters and their families, Congregation Neveh Shalom members Anne Johnston and Sam Silverberg (Benny, Ella, Ava and Miles), and Maura and Phil Bellaria (Mary Catherine, Jaqueline and John), and Shannon Johnston (Riley).

Burial is at Good Shepherd Cemetery in Huntington Beach, Calif.


Barry Horwitz, z”l, passed away Feb. 15, 2022, at the age of 74, in Carpenteria, Calif. He is loved and remembered by his sister, Congregation Neveh Shalom member Addie (Bruce) Banasky.


Gerel Blauer, z”l, passed away Feb. 9, 2022, at age 91. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, in 2012 after 58 years of marriage. The couple raised four daughters, Janis, Shoshana, Shemaya and Karen. She is also survived by grandchildren, Chikodi Chima, Ejike Chima, Udie Chima, Kelechi David Chima, Evan Miller and Sam Miller; and great-grandsons, Teo Chima, Avi Chima and Wallace Chima.

Gerel Green was born Jan. 30, 1931. She attended B’nai B’rith Camp as a child. For most of her life, she was involved at Congregation Beth Israel, including taking an active role in the Temple Sisterhood. She also helped establish the Beth Israel archives. She was active at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center and served a term on the Robison Jewish Home board. She spent 40 years as a tour guide for the Urban Tour Group, providing tours for school students designed to share the history, culture, architecture and resources of Portland. Gerel was an avid gardener and played tennis from her teens until her late 80s.

The family will have a private burial. A memorial service will take place on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 3 pm at Congregation Beth Israel (1972 NW Flanders Street). Link to watch on website: Link to stream: 


Pam (Sami) Fenton, z”l, passed away suddenly on Feb. 6, 2022, in Portland. She was the beloved niece of Lee Berne, mother of Abbie Fenton, sister of Scott & Carol Fenton and Cliff Feingold, and cousin of Keith & Rosalie Berne and Craig & Jan Berne.

Private arrangements are being made.


Robin Joy (Vidgoff) Mesher died peacefully in her sleep at her home Feb. 3, 2022, at age 83, of complications related to kidney failure. She was surrounded by her entire family and she was elegant and graceful until the very end. Robin is survived by her husband of 63 years, Robert "Bob" Mesher; children, Page (Lynn) Mesher and Tracy (Robert) Moir; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren: Lauren (Alex) Robinson; Jacquelyn (Marcus) Lefton; Harrison Moir; Paige Claire "PC" Mesher; Sydney Mesher, and Finn and Tatum Robinson. Robin was preceded in death by her brother, Sheldon Vidgoff.

Born July 6, 1938, to Abe and Sally Vidgoff, Robin was a Southwest Portland girl her entire life. She attended Catlin Gabel Grade School and Lincoln High School, where she was in the first graduating class (1956) of the current building on Southwest Salmon Street. She enrolled at the University of Washington, but left after one term to go to Eugene and the University of Oregon where she could be with a young man she was dating, Robert "Bob" Mesher. Bob and Robin were married in 1958 and raised two children.

In 1972 Robin combined her lifelong love of fashion and savvy business instincts and opened her first clothing store as a tee shirt and jeans retailer in Seaside called The Cover Up. She was a pioneer at the time – a woman small business owner – and she absolutely refused to be told that a man had to co-sign for any of her business contracts. Her retail career lasted until the early 1990s; she owned and operated 11 upscale women's clothing stores in Portland, Salem, Corvallis, Albany and Eugene.

Robin was a lover of music from jazz and Broadway to Frank Sinatra and the Rolling Stones (who she saw in concert at age 81). She loved to travel with Bob. They traveled the world together, but their favorite retreat was their beach house on the South Prom in Seaside, which they bought in 1965. She and Bob have been Oregon football season ticket holders since 1980. She was passionate in her unwavering dedication and love for children's charities; education and the arts, as she served on the boards of Young Audiences of Oregon, Boys & Girls Aid, Lincoln High School Alumni Association and Albertina Kerr.

The funeral was Feb. 6, 2022, at Congregation Beth Israel. Donations in Robin’s memory may be made to Young Audiences of Oregon or to the Robert & Robin Mesher Scholarship Fund at the University of Oregon.


Sandy (Shmuel Lev) Leeder, z”l,  passed away in early February in Israel. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Akiva and Amanda Leeder, of Portland. Congregation Kesser Israel extends condolences to the family on the loss of Akiva’s father. 


Joan Moses, z”l,  passed away on Feb. 1, 2022, in New Jersey at the age of 85. She was the beloved sister of Dora (Jerry) Newman, of Portland’s Congregation Shaarie Torah.

She is survived by her sisters, Dora Newman, Rosalind Bialor and Anna Sanchez; her children, Scott, Ari and Betsy; and her seven grandchildren.


Henry Olshin, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, just two weeks shy of his 89th birthday. Henry is survived by his brother, George Olshin; sons, Joshua and Andrew Olshin; their spouses, Sheryl Olshin and Rebecca Mischel; and three beautiful grandchildren, Emma, Solomon and Benjamin Olshin.

The youngest of three sons, Henry was born Feb. 12, 1933, in the Bronx to Rose and Jacob Olshin. He lived with vigor in the New York metropolitan area throughout his life.  

Yeshiva, NYC taxi driving (“school”), the US Army, City College and a master’s program in Hospital Administration at Columbia University prepared him for his life of engagement with and service to community, Judaism, his family and friends.  

After raising two boys with her, Henry tenderly cared for his beloved wife, Sophie Marie Olshin through seven years of cancer.  Their love was rich and deep. He was lucky to enjoy both a long and loving marriage to Sophie and a loving and supportive partnership with Marsha Warshaw, later in life.

A religious Jewish man, often called on to lead services in key and make a minyan, Henry regularly welcomed non-Jewish friends to participate in the family’s seder meals.  A lover of Klezmer music and Yiddish, he enjoyed building and displaying his Judaica collection. 

Henry was proud to support Cascadia Clusters, a nonprofit founded by his son Andy that hires and trains houseless Portlanders in the construction trades to build housing and support structures for use at houseless villages.  You can honor Henry with a donation to Cascadia Clusters


Allene Mendelson Klass, a pioneer in the historic fight for reproductive rights, passed away Jan. 18, 2022. Allene is survived by her children, Gregory Klass, Daniel Klass, Kayla Reich, and Leah Klass; her grandchildren, Kamen Klass, Marley Klass, Lila Reich, Leila Klass, and Anisa Klass; and her brother, Robert Mendelson. She also leaves behind her Rottweiler, Honeybear.

She was known by her family to have a vibrancy of spirit that spread into every aspect of her life. Outside of her family, her achievements and hard work echoed across the United States and touched countless lives. Allene founded Lovejoy Surgicenter in 1971, becoming Oregon's first independent abortion service provider.
Allene was born Allene Rae Mendelson Oct. 7, 1938, in Portland to Al and Leona Mendelson. After completing high school, she attended University of California-Berkeley and University of Oregon to earn her Bachelor of Science and become a Registered Nurse. She met her future husband, Alvin Manly Klass, while in nursing school. After she finished college, she returned to her family business, a small rehabilitation hospital in Northwest Portland.
Allene married Alvin Sept. 4, 1960, in Portland. The couple exchanged vows at Temple Beth Israel, and their wedding was officiated by Rabbi Emanuel Rose.

In 1971, she had the opportunity to provide life-changing care to women. Allene and her mother established the first free-standing Ambulatory Surgical Center that provided abortion services in Oregon, beginning a lifetime of hard work and paving the way for reproductive freedom and social justice. Lovejoy Surgicenter allowed patients to be seen with the same quality of care as major hospitals, but at a lower cost. This provided an ideal setting to make abortions more readily available, changing the accessibility of needed procedures. "I had no idea what a big, important thing I was doing," Allene said in 1998, "Even though I would never need an abortion, I felt very strongly that it was a woman's right." Against bomb threats, arson, daily harassment, anthrax scares, death threats, and more, she persevered to maintain the rights of others. She continued this important work until she retired in 2021.
Allene traveled across Mexico, Israel, Italy, France, Egypt, the Dominican Republic and more. No one could deny her sense of fashion and how she carried herself with pride for her work and the life she had built. Allene had a bright smile that lit up any room and will always be remembered. She spent the last few years of her life living in Seaside, enjoying coastal living and sharing her home with friends and family.
A Celebration of Life is to be held in Portland in spring of 2022.


Victor Gutnik, z”l, passed away Jan. 28, 2022, at the age of 81. Victor was predeceased by his wife, Zinaida, and is loved and remembered by nephew, Vitaliy Zamakhover, and sister, Fenya Zamakhover. 
Victor was a Neveh Shalom congregant. His funeral was Jan. 31 at Ahavai Shalom Cemetery. 


Annabelle (Dolly) Goldberg, z”l, Hannah Basa bat Yitzchak v’Melucha D’rira, passed away Jan. 25,
2022, in Seattle. She was the beloved mother of Michelle, Ken (Jeri) and Jerry; and grandmother of Hunter, Sophie and Jake. She was predeceased by her husband, Leonard, z”l, in 2019.
Dolly was born Aug. 23, 1933, in Salinas, Calif., to Charles and Minnie Finkelstein, along with sisters Beverly and Helaine. 
Her life’s achievements were many, but nothing was more important to her than her family and friends – and serving them their favorite foods as one of her many forms of caring. In their seventh decade of marriage, her adoring husband, Leonard, died in 2019, leaving a hole in her heart that was irreparable. They are united once again, for eternity.
Dolly met Len while she was a nurse at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco, where he was interning to become a cardiologist. After raising three amazing children, she enrolled at Portland State University, where she graduated with honors with a degree in political science and urban planning.
Her passion was knowing about and providing for others, including formal holiday meals for 30 family members, friends and soon-to-be friends a dozen times a year for the past 40 years. Her pride and joy was her certified-Kosher second kitchen, from which she could prepare food to be taken into the synagogue.
Len called her his queen, and we were all blessed to be within her regal sphere.
The funeral was Jan. 30, 2022, at Shaarie Torah Cemetery. The family suggests donations to Kline Galland Hospice in Seattle or Hadassah.

David Arthur Markewitz, z”l, passed away on Jan. 23, 2022, in Ashland, Ore., at age 75. He is mourned by his brother, Milton Markewitz; and by his children, Mia Markewitz Davis, John Markewitz, Grant Markewitz and Erin Markewitz Salehrabi.
He was born in Worchester, Mass., June 29, 1946, but grew up in Portland. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1964.
Burial was at Shaarie Torah Cemetery on Jan. 26.


Yosef David Hasson, z”l, Yosef David ben Avrohom v’Miriam,  passed away peacefully in his sleep on Jan. 13, 2022, in Tzfat, Israel. He is survived by his beloved wife, Esther Sara; his children, Miriam, Emily, Molly and Alena; and his grandchildren, Tony, Zahra, Ben and Sophia.
He was an active congregant at Shaarie Torah for nearly two decades and enjoyed being part of the Men’s Club in the years prior to moving to Israel.
His funeral was held in Tzfat last week.


Leo Arfer, z”l, also known as "Leo the Lion," passed away Dec. 31, 2021. He is survived by beloved friends and family including his wife, Patti; daughters, Hannah Fisher and Rory Lindo; his son, Ethan Arfer; his daughter-in-law, Christinia Lively; his three wonderful grandchildren, Sophia, Wilson and Soleil; his sisters, Enid and Laura; stepdaughter, Netanis Waters; and son-in-law, Paljeet Singh.
Leo was born in the Bronx, N.Y., May 9, 1949, to Anne and Leonard Arfer. He grew up on Long Island, graduating Kings Park High School in 1968 and soon after enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served in the Vietnam War. Vietnam became the inspiration for his career in photography, and he would often return to the country throughout his life. Upon completion of his service, Leo moved from New York to Portland where he met his wife Kathy Fisher. Together for 40 years, Leo and Kathy raised two beautiful kids, Hannah and Ethan.
As a photographer, Leo was the President the Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers and taught business photography at Mt. Hood Community College. His commercial career spanned over four decades specializing in film photography for food, furniture and architecture, although his favorite subject was taking photos of his wife Kathy.
Leo retired in 2012 so he could devote himself to the care of Kathy through an illness that ultimately led to her passing in 2013. Later he met Patti Waters and they married in 2017.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; his sister, Gail; and his wife, Kathy.

Memorial services will be held in-person and on Zoom at 10:30 am, Jan. 7, 2022, at Congregation Beth Israel.


Robert Furman, z”l, died at the hospital Dec. 21, 2021, surrounded by his wife Nanette, his sons Ben and Jake and daughter-in-law Brooke.

Bob was a member of Congregation Kol Ami in Vancouver, Wash. He was related to many in the congregation, and so Kol Ami sends condolences not just to his wife and sons, but as well to his brothers and sisters-in-law and nephews and grand nieces, who are also in mourning.

Funeral services for Bob Furman will take place December 23 at 1 pm at Kol Ami’s Kehillat Olam cemetery at Northwood Park in Ridgefield. This will be a graveside funeral, but we ask everyone to please come wearing masks.

Shiva minyan via Zoom at 7:02 pm Dec. 23. For the link to join the shiva minyan, email

Mark Peterman, z”l, died Dec. 12, 2021, at age 74 of acute myeloid leukemia after a hard year of illness. His life was one of family and professional dedication. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Judy; his son and daughter, Daniel (Chloe) and Abbie; and two cherished granddaughters, Samantha and Harper.

Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., to Milton and Muriel Peterman, May 31, 1947, he grew up a serious student and an avid skier. He was the older son in a family of high expectations. His sister, Jan Peterman Kahn, predeceased him. His younger brother, David Louis Peterman, is a physician in Boise, Idaho. Mark and Judy graduated college in 1969 as Michigan Wolverines (a lifelong devotion), after which Mark went to Columbia Law School and then came west to Portland. He began his legal career at the Rives, Bonyhadi and Hall law firm. In 1989, the Rives firm became Stoel Rives, Oregon's largest law firm. Mark's practice covered complex corporate work, punctuated every five years by adventurous sabbaticals with his family in Japan, England, Kenya, France, Senegal and The Gambia. Within the law firm, Mark was known for integrity, steely humility, fairness and the excellence of his work.

In 1998, the business world drew him away from Stoel Rives to a mortgage-servicing business that went from Wilshire Financial Services Group, Merrill Lynch, Bank of America to IBM. By the mid-2000s, Mark had an inside view of the coming financial meltdown, which he viewed with serious concern. His efforts to recommend caution were not heeded, but later he had the chance to redress this in part by serving as a director of the Kroll Bond Rating Agency. Kroll was established in 2010 to restore trust in the kind of bond credit ratings that were so poorly done in the runup to 2007.

Throughout Mark's years as a lawyer, he devoted each winter to skiing, mostly on Mt. Hood and Mt. Bachelor, but also in British Columbia and a bit in Europe. This led to buying a place in Park City, Utah, at the foot of a 10,000-foot-elevation ski lift.

He served on the board of Congregation Beth Israel. Mark had a deep interest in theater and served on the boards of Storefront Theater and Third Rail Repertory Theater. In retirement, Mark indulged in two distinct interests: collecting Depression era WPA (Works Progress Administration) prints and completing increasingly difficult bike trips. Riding with Skyline Velo, he began with the STP (Seattle to Portland). He twice rode the Markleeville Death Ride – 125 miles with 15,000 feet of climbing in one day in the High Sierra mountains, the second time when he was 71 years old.

In lieu of flowers or other gesture of condolence, Mark's family suggests a donation in memory of Mark to Congregation Beth Israel Endowment Fund, 1972 NW Flanders Street, Portland, OR 97209 or Jan Kahn Fund, Grand Rapids Civic Theater, 30 Division Avenue N., Grand Rapids, MI 49503.


Julie Burger, z”l, passed away the night of Dec. 16-17, 2021, in Virginia. Julie is survived by her husband, Les, and her sons and grandchildren.

Julie served in the leadership of Congregation Kol Ami in Vancouver, Wash., for many years and in many ways. The congregation’s announcement noted, “There are volumes of books to be written about the incredible life she lived and the important work she did, not just for us, but for the Red Cross, for Holocaust survivors and for our country as a whole. She will be mourned and greatly missed. Our condolences to Les and their sons and families.”

Shiva will be 4 pm, Jan. 4 on Zoom. Email for link.

Julie died at the memory care facility where she had begun living. Funeral and shiva arrangements are pending.


Millard Gulledge, z”l, passed away Dec. 13, 2021, at age 75. Millard is loved and remembered by his brother, George Gulledge; daughter, Rebecca Gulledge; niece, Cassie Naron: and the regular attendees of Congregation Neveh Shalom’s Morning Minyan.

The funeral was held Dec. 16 at Ahavai Shalom Cemetery.

Congregation Neveh Shalom sends deepest condolences to the extended Gulledge family.


Elliot Lubarsky, z”l, passed away Dec. 13, 2021, at the age of 93. Elliot is loved and remembered by his dear wife, Diana; children, David (Sarah) Lubarsky, Joshua (Rachael) Lubarsky, Rebecca (James) Hardy and Naomi (Lawrence) Fink; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral was held Dec. 17 at Ahavai Shalom Cemetery

Congregation Neveh Shalom sends deepest condolences to the extended Lubarsky family.


Melva Hamer, z”l, passed away Dec. 13, 2021, at age 97. Melva is loved and remembered by her children, Steve Hamer, Neveh Shalom members Sheryl (Ray) Robert, and Scott Hammer; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Dec. 15 in Carmel, Ind.

Congregation Neveh Shalom sends deepest condolences to the extended Hamer/Robert family.


Rose Simkin, z”l, passed away Dec. 6, 2021, at age 96. Rose is loved and remembered by her sons, Isaac (Susan Rosenzweig) Simkin and Linnaeus (Jan Reed) Simkin; sister, Lillian Schreiber; and granddaughter, Alanna Simkin.

She was interred in Los Angeles, Calif.

Congregation Neveh Shalom sends deepest condolences to the extended Simkin family.


Marianne Pennekamp, z”l, passed away Dec. 3, 2021, in Freshwater, Calif., at age 97. She was the beloved aunt of Portlanders Cliff and Julie Hockley.

Born in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1924 to parents Jules and Lilly (nee Loewenthal) Hockenheimer, Marianne lived a full and giving 97 years. Her younger brother, Ralph, now 96 and a recent inductee into the French Legion of Honor as Chevalier, pays tribute to their parents in his autobiographical book, Freedom is Not Free.

Marianne and her family escaped France and were able to immigrate to America.

On May 14, 1941, Marianne turned 17 in the harbor of Casablanca on the fabled refugee ship, the S.S. Winnipeg.

Her full obituary may be read here.

Congregation Shaarie Torah sends condolences to the entire family at this time.


Gary William Brounstein passed away Nov. 22, 2021, at age 79. Gary is survived by his brother, Dale Brounstein; sister-in-law, Cherrie; sister, Carol Buckle; and the nieces and nephews who loved their 'Uncle G'.

Gary was born Aug. 17, 1942, the eldest son of Bernard and Celia Brounstein. He grew up in Northeast Portland, graduated from Grant High School and earned an AA degree at Chemeketa Community College.

He worked for the Oregon Employment Division for more than 30 years in social service programs and job counseling. Through his work, he lived in several different cities in the state, with Lebanon being his favorite. He lived most of his life in Portland.

When Gary was a young child, his parents were told that he would never walk. For years, his mother took him on the bus across town to the Jewish Community Center for physical therapy and swimming. And he did learn to walk.

Gary's physical disability meant that he had to work twice as hard to achieve what he wanted to accomplish. He was an avid weightlifter, a big fan of wrestling, and loved listening to his collection of rock and roll vinyl and CDs. Gary embraced the free spirit of the ’60s. It is that spirit, his unique character and positive attitude are what will be missed most by family and friends.

Gayle Rosenthal, z”l, passed away Nov. 29, 2021, in Dallas, Texas, at age 78. Gayle is loved and remembered in Portland by her sons, Scott (Anna Davis) Weinrobe and David Weinrobe; daughter, Kathy Kaplan; and grandchildren, Joshua and Ravi. 
A memorial service is scheduled in Dallas, Texas.
Congregation Neveh Shalom sends our deepest condolences to the extended Rosenthal/Weinrobe family.

Itai Dewar, z”l, passed away Nov. 27, 2021, at age 64. Itai is loved and remembered by his sister, Loren (Mark) Troen; brother, Daniel Dewar; niece, Lindsay (Bruce Conners) Horst; and great-nephew, Ernie. 
Itai was a teacher of Congregation Neveh Shalom’s ALIYAH’s fifth-grade class for many years, as well as a Hebrew tutor and adult education instructor. He was also the resident caretaker at Neveh Shalom. 
Neveh Shalom Director of Congregational Learning Mel Berwin shared the following tribute: Itai Dewar, z”l, was one of the first teachers I hired when I joined the staff at CNS. He was entirely dedicated to his 5th graders for the past 10 years, as well as to his adult Beginning Hebrew learners and all the students he tutored, and to the whole congregation as caretaker of the shul. 
Teaching was his joy, as was learning. It seemed like each year, he added new languages and new instruments to his collection. Piano. Banjo. Harp. He was ageless and poetic – he answered every question with a story, and, no matter how many stories he told, I never understood the linear timeline of his life. He especially loved sharing stories from his time in the Peace Corps and his years in Israel; but he took equal interest in his students, gathering their stories as much as he shared his own. He gathered friends as well, from all over the world, from all backgrounds, and from all the chapters of his life. 
We will deeply miss his humility, curiosity, kindness, dedication and gentle soul. It is hard to imagine Neveh Shalom or ALIYAH without him.
A funeral was held Dec. 1 at Ahavai Shalom Cemetery. Congregation Neveh Shalom sends our deepest condolences to the extended Dewar family


Phil Kane, z”l, passed away Nov. 24, 2021, at age 84. Phil is loved and remembered by his children, Lee Kane and Shoshana (Steven) Silver; grandchildren, Samuel and Sophie Silver; brother, Lynn Kane; sister-in-law, Ruthanne Gould; stepson and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Leslie Petcher; and his niece Sara Kane; and nephew. Phil was predeceased by his wife, Rosalind, just a few short weeks ago.
Phil was a regular participant in Neveh Shalom’s Morning Minyan and regular services.
He was buried Nov. 28 at Ahavai Shalom Cemetery.
Congregation Neveh Shalom sends our deepest condolences to the extended Kane family.


Laurel Rebecca Rann, z”l, (Laurel bat Levi HaLevi) passed away on Nov. 14, 2021, in Colorado. She is survived by her daughter, River Paul; father, Lenny Rann; sister, Rachael Arielle (Todd) Page; brothers, Jacob Yeider and Pal Emery; and nephew, Daniel Page.
 A memorial service will be held at 11:30 am, Dec. 10, in the Congregation Shaarie Torah chapel.


Eliyahu Kay, z”l, was murdered Nov. 21, 2021, in Jerusalem, at the hand of a Hamas terrorist. Eliyahu Kay, 26, was the nephew of Congregation Kesser Israel congregants Allen Levin and Lydia Lipman. 
Eliyahu Kay was a passionate Jew and Zionist, who moved his life to Israel from South Africa. He served Israel in the IDF, and his driving goal was to live his life as a Jew in the holy land. He was murdered while walking in the old city to his work. Eliyahu was an example to all of us in his life. He will never be forgotten.
On behalf of the congregation, Rabbi Kenneth Brodkin extended sincere condolences to Allen and Lydia, and to the entire extended family. 


Dave Frishberg, z”l, passed away in Portland Nov. 17, 2021, at age 88 following a prolonged illness. Frishberg is survived by his wife, actor April Magnusson; two sons from a prior marriage; and a host of nieces and nephews.
The Grammy Award-nominated songwriter, jazz pianist and singer won critical acclaim for his witty and often nostalgic songs. Over six decades, many of Frishberg’s songs, such as “Peel Me A Grape,” “I’m Hip,” “My Attorney Bernie,” “You Are There” and “Heart’s Desire,” became famous in jazz and cabaret circles. The New York Times described him as “the Stephen Sondheim of jazz songwriting.” 
He was most popularly known, however, as the songwriter responsible for “I’m Just a Bill,” performed by Jack Sheldon as part of ABC-TV’s Schoolhouse Rock! series of animated shorts. Brought on to the project by his friend, musical director and fellow jazz musician Bob Dorough, Frishberg contributed a number of songs to the series, including “Seven-Fifty Once a Week” and “Walkin’ On Wall Street.”
He was born March 23, 1933, the youngest of four children. Frishberg grew up in a Conservative home in a Jewish neighborhood in St. Paul, where he became a bar mitzvah and learned to read Hebrew.
Frishberg briefly attended Stanford before returning home, graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Journalism. He served in the Air Force and eventually moved to New York to pursue a career in music. He quickly became a sought-after sideman in the city’s 1960s jazz scene, performing with such legends as Zoot Sims, Al Cohn and Gene Krupa.
In 1971, Frishberg decamped for Los Angeles, working as a studio musician, contributing to the NBC variety series “The Funny Side” starring Gene Kelly, and recording his own songs and performing them in clubs around the country and world.
In 1986, he made Portland his home, where he continued to write and record. Until recently, he performed at familiar jazz haunts throughout the city, both in his one-man shows and as an accompanist to some of Portland’s greats, including jazz singers Rebecca Kilgore and Nancy King.
Four of Frishberg’s albums received Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Vocal, and he appeared on NBC’s The Tonight Show, CBS’s Sunday Morning, and NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion and Fresh Air, bringing him wider recognition, greater acclaim and more fans.
Donations in Frishberg’s honor may be made to MusiCares, a nonprofit organization established by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to provide health, financial and rehabilitation services for music people in times of need. 


Olivia Horenstein, z”l, passed away Nov. 15, 2021, of natural causes. She was surrounded by her children. She is survived by her children, Judy (Ross) Crosby, David (Judy) Horenstein and Toni (John) Devers; five grandchildren, Olivia (Eric) Benson, Aaron Crosby, Matthew Crosby, Christopher (Kayla) Horenstein and Andrew Horenstein; and two great-granddaughters, Chloe, and Ashley Benson. Olivia was predeceased by her husband, Max, and her three siblings, Frank, George and Margaret. Her two half-brothers, Howard Hassell and Andy Prock, also predeceased her.
Olivia was born June 10, 1923, in Plainview, Texas, to Frank and Rosa Mae Hassel. She was one of four children. She moved to Oregon in 1936.
She worked for the Corp. of Engineers. Olivia met her future husband, Max Horenstein, on the sand just off the Boardwalk in Seaside. They married six months later on Feb. 22, 1947, and remained married until Max passed away in 2002.
Olivia was fun-loving, gregarious and full of mischief. Her contagious laugh and radiant smile could, and did, light up the room. She enjoyed going to the casino, spending time with her family, sledding with her grandchildren, walking and hiking. She was deeply loved by her family and numerous friends and will be sorely missed every day.
Holman’s Funeral Service handled arrangements. A graveside service was held Nov. 18 at Shaarie Torah Cemetery.

Steve Kantor, z”l, passed away Nov. 14, 2021. He was the husband of almost 50 years to Elaine; father of Ali (Ian) Kestel and Lindsay (Joel) Krivosha; grandfather of Eddie Krivosha, Abby Krivosha and Abel Kestel; brother of Laura (Irv), Karl and Anita (Alan) Ruderman.
Steve was a CPA and attorney specializing in trust and estate planning, charitable planning and business law. He graduated from the Northwestern School of Law in 1974 and from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s in accounting and business statistics in 1971. He was a partner at Samuels Yoelin Kantor, where he practiced for 44 years.
He and Bob Glasgow drafted bylaws and articles of organization for the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation. He served as president of OJCF and Jewish Family & Child Service and on the board of B’nai B’rith Camp. Steve and Elaine were OJCF Legacy Society honorees in 2016. He also served as chair of Ronald McDonald House Charities and was past trustee of the Nature Conservancy.
Above all, Steve was a dedicated family man and a dear friend to many.  He was known for his beautiful singing voice, his love of cooking delicious meals for everyone who crossed his path, and his incredible sense of humor.  He could always make you laugh.
The funeral was held Nov. 17 at Congregation Beth Israel. The funeral was followed by a private burial at the Beth Israel Cemetery.
Donations in Steve’s memory can be made to B’nai B’rith Camp.


William Leisner, z”l, passed away Nov. 4, 2021, in Los Angeles, Calif., at the age of 91. William is loved and remembered by his wife, Lynda; son, Congregation Neveh Shalom member Jay (Rochelle) Leisner; daughters, Debra (Steave) Trelut and Kim Kramer; grandchildren, Joshua Leisner, Hanna and Jeremy Kramer; and brother, Joseph (Jerry) Leisner.

The funeral is being held in Los Angeles.


Leonard Springer, z”l, passed away Nov. 2, 2021, at the age of 84. Len is loved and remembered by his wife, Arnette; son, David (Joanne) Springer; brother, Norman Springer; and grandchild, Anna.

A funeral was held Nov. 8 at Neveh Zedek Cemetery. Congregation Neveh Shalom sends condolences to the extended Springer family.


Stuart Alan (Stu) Davis, z”l, passed away Nov. 2, 2021, at the age of 86. Stu is loved and remembered by his wife, Reena; children, Elizabeth (Ron Jacobs) Davis, Alexander (Esther Goldberg-Davis) Davis and Anna (Scott Weinrobe) Davis; and grandchildren, Sophie, Hannah, Sammy, Yonah, Koby, Micah, Ami, Joshua and Ravi.

Stu was a longtime Neveh Shalom leader and friend.

A private funeral was held. Congregation Neveh Shalom sends condolences to the extended Davis family.


Ira Gottlieb, z”l, passed away Nov. 2, 2021, at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Julie K. Gottlieb; his son, Justin L. Gottlieb; and daughters, Katherine Gottlieb Jackman (Scott) and Anne E. Gottlieb; his grandsons, Ian and Leo Jackman; and his sister, Hermine Kasten (Gerry) of Denver.

He was a longtime member of Congregation Neveh Shalom.

He was born Sept. 3, 1938, in the Bronx, New York City, the son of Joseph S. Gottlieb, a pharmacist and postal worker, and Jay Rice Gottlieb. He graduated from the City College of New York in 1960 with a degree in economics. He was a co-captain of the 1960 Lacrosse Team and an Honorable Mention in the 1960 All American Lacrosse team. He was a distinguished military student and graduate in the CCNY Reserve Officers Training Corps. He served in the United States Army as an Infantry officer. Thereafter, he worked as an outside salesman with New England as his territory. With his savings and the GI Bill, he entered the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1965 and graduated in 1968.

Upon graduation, he accepted an offer by the Honorable Arno Denecke to clerk at the Oregon Supreme Court. After his clerkship, he worked as an attorney for the Multnomah County Legal Aid Service. Later he taught family law as an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School for 10 years. He was the principal founder of the law firm Keller, Gottlieb and Gorin. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and for many years he was listed among the Best Lawyers in America. He is also in the City College of New York Athletics Hall of Fame.

Donations in his memory may be made to Congregation Neveh Shalom, OHSU Foundation, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association or City College of New York.

Interment was at the Ahavai Shalom Cemetery Mausoleum.

Congregation Neveh Shalom sends our deepest condolences to the extended Gottlieb family,


Sondra Greenberg, z”l, passed away Oct. 29, 2021, at the age of 86. Sondra is loved and remembered by her daughter, Sue Denny; sons, Steve (Katie) and Michael (Rose) Greenberg; and four grandchildren.

Burial was at Neveh Zedek Cemetery.

Congregation Neveh Shalom sends condolences to the extended Greenberg family.



Elizabeth "Liz" Jane Plotkin, z”l, passed away Oct. 9, 2021, of natural causes after a long-fought and difficult battle with a serious illness. She was surrounded by her loving daughter and music. She is survived by her daughter, Natali Plotkin of Portland; Catherine Ramsey of Virginia; Max Plotkin of Chicago; and Rachel Plotkin of California.

Liz was a member of Kol Shalom Congregation and is remembered by friends and colleagues as being warm, kind, caring, wise and fun to be around. She was quick to laugh and see the positive side of things as well as the good in everyone.

Liz was born May 11, 1953, in Milwaukee, Wis. She lived in Portland for over 35 years, primarily in southwest Portland in the Garden Home and Multnomah Village area.

Liz graduated with a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She worked as a career counselor at Career Crossroads, where she was the sole proprietor. She was also a longtime member of a group of career counselors in private practice in the Portland area.

She gave back to her community through her work as a career counselor and her many volunteer activities.

Among her charitable endeavors, she volunteered with her daughter for many organizations, including the Portland Revels, Portland Homeless Family Solutions and the Oregon Food Bank. While working as a career counselor and life coach in her private practice, Liz briefly opened a tea shop in Multnomah Village.

In her spare time, Liz liked to travel to the Oregon Coast and to sunny places. She loved to attend civic events with her daughter and friends. She also enjoyed going to local favorites like the Japanese Gardens.

A memorial service will be held at 1 pm, Nov. 12, 2021, at Holman's Funeral and Cremation in Portland.



Muriel Lezak, z”l, passed away on Oct. 6 in Portland at age 94. She was a pioneer the field of neuropsychology. She is survived by daughters, Anne and Miriam, and nine grandchildren. Her son, David, died in 2014. Her husband, Sid, died in 2006.

Muriel Elaine Deutsch was born on Aug. 26, 1927, in Chicago to Sylvia (Friedman) and Lester Deutsch. Her husband, Sidney Lezak, who was Oregon’s U.S. attorney for 20 years, died in 2006.

She graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in general studies in 1947 and a master’s in human development in 1949. That same year, she married Sidney Lezak, a lawyer. They soon moved to Portland, where he would serve as the United States attorney in Oregon from 1961 to 1982.

She received a doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Portland in 1960. Dr. Lezak worked at clinics and taught psychology at Portland State College (now University) and the University of Portland from 1949 until she began her 19-year tenure at the V.A. hospital in 1966. In 1985, she left to teach at the Oregon Health & Science University, where she was a professor of neurology, neurosurgery and psychiatry until 2005. She long had a private practice, and she continued to see patients until a few years ago.

She helped pioneer the field of neuropsychology, becoming an expert in evaluating and rehabilitating brain injury. In 1976, she published Neuropsychological Assessment, which quickly became – and remains – the field’s standard text. The next edition, to be published in 2023, will be titled Lezak’s Neuropsychological Assessment.

Read about her pioneering work in brain injuries in the Nov. 1 New York Times article



Jim Meyer, z”l, passed away on Shabbat, Oct. 23, 2021, at 85. Jim is loved and remembered by his wife, Lora; children, Mark & Marcia Meyer (Portland), Tom & Shawn Fields-Meyer (Los Angeles) and Richard & Erika Meyer (Portland); his brother, Les (Marie Dalton-Meyer) Meyer (Burlington, Vt.); grandchildren, Shana and Alex, Ami, Ezra and Noam, and Avi, Dalya and Orly; and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was an exemplary leader of both the Jewish and wider communities in Portland and Oregon. He was active in the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland since1966, serving as board chair 1970-72; campaign chair 1988-89; treasurer 2018-21; and in multiple roles over the years. He was a founding board member of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, and served as its second board president. He also served on the board Congregation Neveh Shalom. Over decades, Jim also served on multiple state and city boards and on general community boards, including Oregon Community Foundation.

A Memorial Service was held Oct. 25 in the main sanctuary of Congregation Neveh Shalom, with a private interment.

At the service, his son Rich quoted a former aide to an Oregon governor, who said, “Jim always stood out as the best model of Oregon citizenship – a busy individual who gave generously of their time to advance the public interest.” Rich added, “That was Dad.”

He was even more committed to his family, Rich said: “He made it a priority to show up for all our events. If it was important in our lives, it was important for him to be there.”

Son Tom recalled the last time the extended family was all together for what it calls a “MeyerFest,” at Thanksgiving two years ago. Jim shared a list he had written in response to a sermon in which Rabbi Daniel Isaak had asked congregants to consider what they’d do if they won the lottery. The list was of ways “Dad felt he had won the lottery": being born into the freedom of America, his loving parents Larry and Ruth, his education at Harvard and Harvard Business School, the blind date that turned out to be Lora….”

After graduate school, Jim and Lora moved to Portland from Boston in 1960 , expecting to stay in the west “for a year or two,”he often said. In 1961, he got an unusual opportunity to acquire an old-line industrial distribution business, Goodyear Rubber & Supply Co. He managed that business until he sold it in 1983. After that, Jim was an investor in Portland small businesses and real estate.

(To access an oral history interview with Jim Meyer held at the Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education, contact archivist Alisha Babbstein,


Ed Wiener, z”l, Yitzchak Beryl ben Rivka, passed away on Oct. 24, 2021. He is survived by three children, Linda Wiener (Dr. Joel Datloff), Wendy Herz and Shari Levinson (Marshal Spector); nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A private funeral was planned. A shiva minyan will be held at Congregation Shaarie Torah at 5 pm, Oct. 28. Vaccination and masking required.



Nearly 77 years ago in Jerusalem, in the midst of World War II, a young British soldier married the daughter of the Chief Sephardic Rabbi of the Old City. The chuppah was raised on the rooftop of the Porat Yosef Yeshiva with a clear view of the Western Wall. Rabbi Ben-Zion Chai Uziel, Chief Sephardic Rabbi of what was then Mandatory Palestine, joined Naomi’s father in conducting the ceremony.
The couple, Louis and Naomi Horn, z”l, passed away within a few dozen hours of each other Oct. 20 and 22 in Salem, where they were beloved members of the Jewish community. Louis would have been 102 on Nov. 2, and Naomi celebrated her 100th birthday last May 25.
On two days, Thursday and Friday, their Salem friends and synagogue family traveled to Portland for funerals at the Kesser Israel Cemetery, first for Louis and a day later for Naomi, who was laid to rest beside her husband just hours before Shabbat.
“They were 100 percent Jewish in the deepest, deepest ways,” said Rabbi Eli Herb of Temple Beth Shalom, which the couple joined when they moved to Salem in 1949. Lou served as the congregation’s president for three terms, and Naomi was twice president of the sisterhood. “They were members, teachers – machers  – in the best sense of the word.”
Though they had no children of their own, they founded the temple’s religious school, taught Sunday School for many years, and also gave private lessons for bar and bat mitzvahs. 
Todd Silverstein, a longtime friend who spoke at the funerals, remembered both for their deep devotion to each other, to family and friends, to Israel and to the Jewish people. He closed his eulogies for both with “Sunrise, Sunset,” one of the couple’s favorite songs, and one he said that “Lou would sing at the drop of a hat.”
Lou was born in London, England, but grew up in Birmingham, where his father, Abraham, an immigrant from Lodz, Poland, worked as a master tailor. Lou, the oldest of four boys, enlisted in the British Army in March 1941, serving in Egypt and Iraq before being sent to the Palestinian Mandate administered by Great Britain. There he met Naomi, the daughter of 
HaRav Ben-Zion Mordechai Hazan, a noted kabbalist and a founder of the Porat Yosef Yeshiva, who had been born in Iraq. 
Lou liked to tell the story of going to a synagogue service with Naomi’s father, who spoke no English, and being invited to lead the prayers. At the end of the service, Rabbi Hazan was pointing in Lou’s direction, speaking with other rabbis. Lou was nervous, but he later learned that his future father-in-law was telling others, with pride: “You see this man in military uniform? He knows how to pray in Hebrew, and he is soon to marry my daughter, Naomi.”
In 1947, the young couple moved to Britain, and, after Lou’s military service, came to the United States. They lived in several states – including a memorable, if brief, time working at a dude ranch near Tucson, Ariz., owned by one of Lou’s aunts – before deciding to join friends in Salem.
Both Lou and Naomi worked for the State of Oregon – Naomi in the Department of Education, where she was an evaluator for teacher certification, and Lou in the Department of Commerce, from which he retired as assistant Corporation Commissioner. 
Lou is survived by nieces and nephews and a number of cousins, including Karen Danner in the Portland area, and many close friends in the Salem Jewish community.
Naomi, who was one of nine children, is survived by a brother, Avihail, in Israel, a large extended family, and, of course, her and Lou’s Salem Jewish community.
(To access an oral history interview with Naomi Horn held at the Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education, contact archivist Alisha Babbstein at

Rosalind (Ros) Kane, z”l, passed away on Erev Shabbat, 
Oct. 22, 2021, at the age of 81. Ros is loved and remembered by her husband, Phil Kane; son, Daniel (Leslie) Petcher; sister, Ruthanne Gould; stepson, Lee (Gina Rosito) Kane; and stepdaughter, Shoshana (Stephen) Silver. 
The funeral was Oct. 26 at Ahavai Shalom Cemetery in Portland.
Congregation Neveh Shalom and Congregation Shaarie Torah extend condolences to the extended Kane family.

Marilyn Hasson, z”l, passed away on Motzei Shabbat, Oct. 16, 2021, at the age of 91. Marilyn is loved and remembered by her son, Barry (Leslie) Hasson; 10 grandchildren, Brett (Stephanie) Rudolph, Corey (Michelle) Rudolph, Nicole (Joe) Imatani, Tracy (Elizabeth) Hasson, Michelle Hasson, Lauren Hasson, Jenna Hasson, Jason (Kaitlin) Johnson, Seth Rudolph and Danielle Rudolph; and 11 great-grandchildren, Jaden, Riley and Harper Imatani; Clyde and Calvin Rudolph; Isabel, Alex, Abel and Evelyn Rudolph; and Lucia and Brady Johnson. Marilyn was predeceased by her children, Michael Hasson, z”l, and Janise Rudolph, z”l.
She was born Dec. 2, 1929. She helped manage the Hasson Co. real estate offices her son Michael founded in 1991. She was a long-time member of Congregation Neveh Shalom. 
There will be a private interment for family and friends. 

Dr. Allan Israel Frankel passed away Oct. 7, 2021, in Los Angeles, Calif., after a two-year battle with prostate cancer. He is survived by his children, Josh (Amy) of Portland, Aaron (Carrie) and Shira (Andy); eight grandchildren; sister, Estelle (Steve); niece, Miriam; nephew, Elon (Katie); and his dear friend Larry (Trish).
Born in 1951 in New York to Holocaust survivors, Allan spent most of his childhood in Northern California before attending UCLA for undergraduate and medical school. He finished second in his class at the UCLA School of Medicine and worked for two decades as a private practice internal medicine doctor. In the early 2000s, he transitioned his career to focus on cannabis medicine.  As the founder and CEO of Greenbridge Medical, he became one of the world’s leading authorities on cannabis dosing. Allan traveled the world to see patients and consult with other cannabis experts. Allan had a tremendous passion for medicine and will be remembered as a highly skilled and empathetic physician. He was also an innovator who helped develop two medical software programs  – Chartscape and eScript.
Allan could always be counted on for a joke and making people laugh.  His patients would often comment about how his sense of humor made them feel at ease despite uncomfortable health conditions.  His sarcasm and sense of humor will be greatly missed by his family and friends. 
Donations in his memory can be made to the Oregon Holocaust Memorial and Education Endowment Fund at OJCF or the Red Cross.  As an alternative, please consider making a blood donation in his honor. The generosity of others through blood transfusions helped sustain him the last year of his life. 
A celebration of life is scheduled for Nov. 7 at 4 pm on Zoom:


Ellana Arkin Blau, z”l, passed away Sept. 14, 2021, in Portland at the age of 85. She is survived by daughter, Caron Blau Rothstein; son-in-law, Ari Rothstein; and their sons, Jonah, Jesse and Samuel.

Born in 1935 in pre-state Israel to Malca and Yehuda Arkin, younger sister to Joseph and Leah, Ellana grew up on the family farm in Mazkeret Batya. When other Eastern European Jews headed to the shores of America, her ancestors settled in Palestine, creating the first successful agricultural settlement by observant Jews. Generations toiled the soil, planting orange groves and supporting what ultimately became the modern state of Israel.

Unlike the majority of her female peers, she didn't get married young and start a family. She wanted something different. Ellana served with distinction in the Israeli Air Force. With college not a viable option for most women in her place and time, she chose life in the burgeoning metropolis of Tel Aviv. She worked as a civilian with the military, enjoying all the art and culture Tel Aviv had to offer, traveling abroad on budget adventures, and crafting an education out of seeing, experiencing and doing.

In 1971, she met a dazzling visitor to Israel whose charm and charisma led to a whirlwind romance and international courtship. H. André Blau, a Holocaust survivor who resettled in California, and Ellana were married in October 1971 in San Francisco; they welcomed daughter Caron in 1972. They lived in Oakland where Ellana became the consummate hostess and homemaker, dedicated volunteer, lifelong learner, devoted wife and mother, and thoughtful friend that so many people knew and loved dearly.

André died in 1998, and Ellana relocated, dividing her time between Baltimore with Caron and her family and Boynton Beach, Fla. She was as devoted a mother, mother-in-law and Safta (grandmother) as anyone could imagine.

Three years ago, Ellana returned to the West Coast, joining Caron's family in Portland where they had moved a decade prior. The quality time together with their mother and Safta is something Caron, Ari, Jonah, Jesse and Samuel will always cherish.

She is buried in Mazkeret Batya, by her mother's side.

Donations in her memory may be made to Rachel%u2019s Well Community Mikvah c/o the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland.


Kevin Noah Howerton, z”l, passed away Sept. 5, 2021, at age 37 in Portland.
He was born Feb. 15, 1984, in Pensacola, Fla. While his legal name was Kevin, everyone (except his family), knew him as Noah. As a child, Noah lived in Pensacola, San Diego, Mililani, Hawaii, back to San Diego, and on to River Vale, N.J., where he graduated from Pascack Valley High School. He attended Arizona State University for one year, continued his education at Santa Barbara City Community College and graduated with a degree in psychology from Humboldt State University. Following college, he pursued work in computer science. In spite of his psychology degree, his real talents lay in coding, and he was fluent in several computer languages but most interested in Python. Over the years, he lived and worked in Brooklyn and San Francisco, settling in Portland. He missed New York for its diversity and vitality and dreamed of returning one day.
While untraditional in his expression, his Jewish identity and heritage were important to him. Noah is remembered by his family for the flash of his dimples and the mischievous sparkle in his eyes when he smiled. His humor was quick, insightful and incisive. He was intelligent, offbeat, empathetic and reflective. He was kind, loving and giving. Following a snowboarding accident in his teens, he struggled greatly with chronic pain and the accompanying mental health issues. Despite this, he lived his life with dignity and participated as fully as he could.


Jerrold ‘Jerry’ Matin, z”l, passed away peacefully Aug. 9, 2021, after Parkinson’s disease took its toll. He is survived by loving wife, Geri; sister, Joanne; daughters, Laura, Kimberli (Charles) and Stephanie (Bill); extended family, Lori (Barry), Pamela (Jeff), Bruce (Teri); grandchildren, Rich (Bobbi), Ashley, Kyle (Katrina), Jason, Anna and Sarah; and great-grandchildren, Hava and Harrison.
He was born Sept. 14, 1927, to Leo and Esse Matin in Portland, where he resided his entire life. He attended Grant High School and graduated from Stanford University. He was a member of Tualatin Country Club for 72 years where golf and Thursday night gin rummy were his passion, as was the B’nai B’rith Men’s Camp. His life’s work was selling and manufacturing in the furniture business.
He married Yvonne in 1964, and a later in life marriage to Geri Reiter was filled with love and laughter. They were ogether for 37 years, which included 23 fun-filled years of extended stays in Maui. The trips stopped when puppy Jake joined the family and traveling ended. He was totally a “Great Guy.” We will miss his smile, sense of humor, the old jokes and his love of life.
Jerry was preceded in death by brother, Ron. 
Remembrances may be made to Sherie Hildreth Ovarian Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 327, Gladstone, OR 97027.


Gerald Cogan, a long-time resident of Portland, passed away on Sept. 10, 2021, about one month shy of his 92nd birthday. Gerry is survived by his children, Laurie, Deborah, Marjorie and Daniel Cogan; and siblings, Arnold Cogan, Carol Koranda and Judy Ross; and two grandchildren, Cory Hoffman and Emma Cogan.

Gerald Lee Cogan was born on Oct. 7, 1929, the third of six children of Anne and David Cogan of Bath, Maine. The family belonged to Beth Israel Congregation where Gerald became a bar mitzvah. Gerald graduated from Morse High School in 1946 and then attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, for two years, and continued his studies at the University of Portland after the whole family moved to Portland, Ore, in 1948. He went on to pursue a career in dentistry, receiving his DMD from OHSU School of Dentistry in 1953. He married Zadell Joy Myerson in 1952. In 1953, he joined the army and served as an army dentist in Texas and Maryland. 

After his army service, Gerald returned to Portland and started a dental practice with Dr. Duane Paulson. Dr. Eugene Skourtes later joined the practice. In 1970, the three dentists founded Willamette Dental Group. Gerald was a pioneer in creating dental plans that emphasized preventive care, which was a departure from the traditional fee-for-service model of care. The first free-standing Willamette Dental clinic was built on Jefferson Street in Portland and opened in 1976. The practice expanded to the large clinic system it is today, with more than 50 clinics in multiple states.

Gerald was part of a large extended family on both east and west coasts, and together with Zadell raised four children in their house in northwest Portland: Laurie Cogan, Deborah Cogan, Marjorie Cogan and Daniel Cogan.

Gerald was an active and enthusiastic supporter of Democratic party politics, serving as campaign manager for several Democratic candidates. He also represented Oregon on the Democratic National Committee for eight years and attended three Democratic National Conventions. He was a member of an organization called The Campaigners, with whom he wrote and performed in satirical comedy songs and sketches put on to raise funds for Democratic causes. He was also a strong supporter of the creation of Emily’s List, which raises funds for women in the Democratic Party who are running for office.

He contributed to the community in numerous other ways. He was a leader in the successful campaign to fluoridate the water in Portland to reduce tooth decay.  He practiced pro bono dentistry in low-income communities. He was active in the Portland City Club. He served as president of his synagogue, Congregation Neveh Shalom, for two years (1974-76). He was an early opponent of the Vietnam War and participated in several protests. 

Gerald had a great appreciation of the English language. He enjoyed writing and tried his hand at writing plays and screenplays, sending some of them to Hollywood. In recent years, his pet project was his writing a book exploring the special significance of the Preamble to the United States Constitution. In earlier years, he acted in several plays in local Portland theater venues. He also proudly competed in the State of Oregon Senior Spelling Bee and won first place in 2000.

He also loved Oregon’s great outdoors and often took his children on hikes in nearby Macleay Park and parks in the greater Portland area such as Eagle Creek, as well as cross-country skiing on Mount Hood. He spent vacations with his family at Rockaway Beach and at Crescent Lake, and always looked forward to the many fly-fishing trips he took over the years.

As a sports fan, Gerald enjoyed taking his children to many sporting events to see the Portland Beavers, Buckaroos and Trailblazers. He was a lover of opera, Broadway musicals and comedy.

Among his other hobbies was the making of many home movies. Some of the best remembered were trick movies with home-grown special effects.  

Gerald also loved blueberries and made it his project to become skilled at baking anything and everything with blueberries – muffins, pies and more.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to ACLU Foundation of Oregon,, or Emily’s List,



Sandy (Sanford) Weinstein, z”l, passed away Sept. 6, 2021. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Elaine; sons, Jerry (Bhing) and Marty; daughter, Roberta; grandson, David; sister, Carol Albaum; and a large family of cousins, nieces and nephews.

A native of the Northwest, Sandy graduated from  the University of Washington.  He was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity.

Sandy enjoyed a 55-year career in the insurance-and-estate-planning profession, retiring to pursue his lifelong passion for physical fitness and athletic endeavors.  He excelled in golf, tennis, racquetball, and running.  The Cascade Runoff was a favorite. His main athletic passion, however, was racquetball, being a cofounder of the Rose Festival Racquetball Tournament.

Sandy was a modest and humble man, not seeking recognition for the many ways he helped people who needed a lift.  He was greatly admired for his integrity and professionalism.

His greatest joy and concern was his beloved family.

Sandy’s wishes were that there not be a funeral and that remembrances may be made in his memory to the Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education, Congregation Beth Israel,  the Oregon Food Bank and National Alliance on Mental Illness-Oregon chapter.

Congregation Beth Israel sends condolences to the entire Weinstein family.


Edward Anchel (Yisrael ben Yona), z”l, passed away the evening of Aug. 30 in Naples, Fla. He is loved and remembered by his sons, Congregation Neveh Shalom member David (Debra) Anchel, and Michael Anchel; daughter, Jennifer Lightner; and granddaughter, Keryn Anchel. 
Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the extended Anchel family.

(Leland) Lee Hersh, z”l, passed away on Aug. 29 in Los Angeles, Calif., at the age of 83. Lee is loved and remembered by his younger sister, Congregation Neveh Shalom member Hilarie (Joel) Wasserman; his treasured wife of 62 years, Betty; sons Marc, Ross and Loren; six grandchildren; brother, Robert Hersh; and several nieces and nephews. 
Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the extended Hersh family.


Anatoly Markus, z"l, passed away Aug. 28, 2021, at age 91. Anatoly is loved and remembered by his wife, Roza Markus; daughter, Anna (Leon) Radutsky; and granddaughter, Victoria. 
Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the extended Markus family. 




The family of Harold Pollin, z”l, announces with great sorrow that he passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, at his home in Portland. Harold’s immediate family include the love of his life, his wife, Jane, and five children, Sharon, Andrew, Dave (Kirsten), Rachel, Melissa (Dave), 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is a beloved cousin, uncle, great-uncle and dear friend.

Born on Oct. 19, 1935, to Morris and Jennie Pollin in Washington DC, Harold was the adored "kid brother" of Jack and Abe for his entire life. He moved with his young family to Portland, Oregon in 1968 where he became an active and admired resident. Harold Pollin is owner/operator of Pollin Hotels, including Aloft Portland, Hampton Portland Airport, and the award-winning Sheraton Portland Airport. Committed to community service, Harold served on boards of numerous organizations as President and Trustee, including Oregon Symphony Foundation (Trustee), Jewish Federation of Portland (President),Portland Jewish Community Foundation (Founding President), Jewish Education Association (President), Oregon Tourism Council, now Travel Oregon (Board Member), Portland Oregon Visitors Association, now Travel Portland (President), Tri-County Lodging Association, now ORLA (Trustee). Pollin was appointed to the Governor’s Tourism Council and has been the recipient of the Grant Leo Rose City Award, Portland Oregon Visitors Association (1997), Restauranteur of the Year, 1990 (Oregon Restaurant Association), and Innkeeper of the Year,1992, Oregon Lodging Association.

Funeral services will take place at King David Cemetery in Falls Church, VA on Friday, August 27th at 1:00pm immediately followed by a shiva minyan at the home of Dave and Kirsten Pollin 6601 Elgin Lane Bethesda, MD. Service will be live zoomed fiCt1OBGts4trPn9EnA==:Z4LYuEv9C5f2j0r8PJJrqA==

Shiva will continue at 7 pm Sunday-Wednesday in Portland, at a location to be announced. 

Donations in Harold's memory may be made to The Oregon Symphony, Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, Congregation Beth Israel, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation.



Hollis Rispler, z'l. Hollis passed away on Aug. 24, 2021, at the age of 49. He is loved and remembered by his wife, Allison; and children, Max and Ava; as well as his mother, Arlene Rispler.

A memorial service for Hollis is scheduled on Sunday, August 29, at 3 pm at Holman's Funeral Home (2610 SE Hawthorne, Portland 97232).

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the extended Rispler family.



Charlotte Klonoff, z”l, passed away peacefully Aug. 21, 2021, at the age of 101. She is survived by her two children, Robert Klonoff and Liz Klonoff, and their spouses, Heidi Klonoff and Kristi Alexander; and three grandchildren, Joshua Klonoff, Emily King and Olivia Fouser.

She was born Feb. 23, 1920, in Minsk, Poland, and raised in Winnipeg, Canada. She married Bernie in Portland in 1950. They shared more than 65 years together before he passed away in 2017. The two of them owned and operated the Beaumont Pharmacy in Northeast Portland. In addition, for many years she sold high fashion clothing and fine jewelry at Meier & Frank in Portland. Even at 101 she was always dressed elegantly, including jewelry and makeup. She treated everyone with dignity and respect and genuinely cared about the pain and suffering of others.

Her primary focus in life was on her family – her beloved husband, children and grandchildren. She also adored her 10 brothers and sisters and their families and always kept in close touch with them. She was the last surviving sibling.

A graveside service was held Aug. 24, 2021, at Beth Israel Cemetery, 426 SW Taylors Ferry Road in Portland.

 In lieu of flowers, remembrances in her name may be made to Robison Jewish Health Center, 6150 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Portland, OR 97221 or Brighton Hospice, 8050 SW Warm Springs St. #205, Tualatin, OR 97062.


Rabbi Kerry Baker, z”l, passed away Aug. 23, 2021, at age 70 in Austin. He is survived by daughter, Ilana Hamilton; granddaughter Rowan Hamilton; grandson, Lark Hamilton; son, Benjamin Baker; daughter-in-law, Elisa McCool; Gail Sherman, mother of Ilana and Ben; daughter, Emily Baker; Lynda Baker, mother of Emily; sister, Bess Singer; and niece Billie Singer.

Rabbi Baker was the founding director of the Jewish Education Association in Portland. The JEA later merged with Hillel Academy to become Portland Jewish Academy, where his son, Benjamin, was a member of the first eighth-grade graduating class in 1998. 

Born on Jan. 30, 1951, in New Rochelle, N.Y., he graduated from Colgate University and attended Hebrew Union College. He received rabbinic ordination in 1977 and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2002 from HUC.

He served pulpits in Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Seattle, Wash., and directed the Santa Barbara Hillel, before becoming JEA director. He moved to Austin, Texas, in 1987 to serve as the executive director of the Texas Hillel Foundation at UT-Austin. He was the founder of Congregation Kol Halev, a progressive congregation in Austin.

Kerry was preceded in death by his father, William Baker, his mother, Estelle (Wintman) Boxer, and his stepfather, Herman "Hy" Boxer.

A private funeral service was held August 23, 2021.

Contributions in honor of Rabbi Baker's memory may be made to the Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood or the Democratic Party – organizations which he supported – or to any organization that supports social justice or interfaith dialogue.

The last shiva minyan, which will be hosted7 pm, Aug. 26, by Kol Tzedek, the synagogue that Benjamin and Elisa belong to in Philadelphia. Join the Zoom shiva at



Leslie Aigner, z”l, passed away Aug. 18, 2021, at the age of 92. He is surivived by his wife, Eva; daughter Sue; son, Rob grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

He was a beloved member of the Oregon Jewish Museum community from the museum's very beginning. Born in Czechoslovakia June 3, 1929, the same year as Anne Frank, Leslie survived years in a slave labor camp, the Budapest Ghetto, and the death camps of Auschwitz and Dachau.

Leslie was liberated in Dachau by American troops on April 29, 1945, a date he always referred to as his second birthday. After liberation, he returned to his home in Hungary to find that most of his family members had been murdered.

After marrying his beautiful wife, Eva, in 1956 they escaped from Communist Hungary. They settled in Portland, and became the proud parents of Sue and Rob and were eventually blessed with grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Leslie and Eva began sharing their stories when local Holocaust deniers became vocal in the late 1980s. As members of the Holocaust Speaker’s Bureau, they spoke to thousands of students and adults across the Pacific Northwest. One of Leslie’s proudest moments came with the creation of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial, dedicated in Washington Park in 2004.

Donations in Leslie’s memory may be made to the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education and directed to the Oregon Holocaust Memorial and Education Endowment. 

A tribute from OJMCHE says, “We have lost a dear friend who was also a model of valor and a paragon of dignity. Les never complained, always greeted us with a smile, and, to the very end, embodied for us the deepest meanings of the word “survivor.” May his memory endure as a blessing.”



Boris Fishman, z'l, passed away in mid-August 2021 at age of 83. Boris is loved and remembered by his wife, Lina Fishman; daughters, Tanya (Michael) Zaslavsky and Irina (Igor) Bakun; and five grandchildren.

He was born Nov. 28, 1937.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the extended Fishman family, along with our prayers that a clear and loving recollection of Boris will remain with all the members of his family and friends. May those who did not have the privilege of knowing him, come to do so through loved ones sharing their many cherished memories.



Ruth Hartzman, z”l, passed away on Aug. 12, 2021. She was the mother of Steven Hartzman (Debbie), Craig Hartzman (Jim), and Fred Hartzman (Andrea); grandmother of Daniel (Samantha), Randi, Emmarose (Gabe), Ethan, Alexandra, and Nathan; and great-grandmother of Asher.

The service was held Aug. 16, 2021, in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Congregation Beth Israel offers condolences to the entire Hartzman family.    



Doris Orgel, z”l, a prolific children’s author, died on Aug. 4, 2021, at age 92. She is survived by two sons, Paul and Jeremy Orgel; a daughter, Laura Orgel; 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

She moved from New York to Portland in 2019 and lived at Cedar Sinai Park so her daughter could help care for her during her last years. 

Born Feb. 15, 1929, in Vienna, Austria, Doris, along with her sister (Lotte Lichtblau, a painter, d. 2013), and her parents, Ernst and Erna Adelberg, escaped Hitler’s regime, arriving in New York City in 1940. Her childhood experiences as Nazism took hold in Vienna form the basis of her 1978 novel, The Devil in Vienna, later filmed by Disney as “A Friendship in Vienna.”

She graduated from Hunter High School as valedictorian, and entered Radcliffe College. There she met Shelley Orgel, (1928-2018), the love of her life, who became a prominent psychoanalyst. She graduated from Barnard College, and they were married in 1949.

Her friend, the artist Maurice Sendak, encouraged her to try writing for children, and illustrated her first three books – translations of 19th century fairytales by Wilhelm Hauff and Clemens Brentano that she had loved as a child. Throughout her career, Orgel continued to translate German books, including Daniel Half-Human, by Daniel Chotjewitz, another Hauff fairy tale, Heart of Stone, Illustrated by the caricaturist David Levine, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and a retelling of Wagner’s Lohengrin.

Her first original book was Sarah’s Room (1963), written in verse and illustrated by Sendak, the first of many for younger readers published in the 1960s and ‘70s. Some (Grandma’s Holidays, The Goodbyes of Magnus Marmalade and Phoebe and the Prince) were whimsically rhyming texts. Others such as Cindy’s Snowdrops, In a Forgotten Place and Whose Turtle reflected her family’s move from Brooklyn to Westport, Conn., with themes of nature and children growing up. In other books, she collaborated with artists Arnold and Anita Lobel, and Edward Gorey.

Moving back to Manhattan, where she lived from 1979 to 2018, Orgel was a staff writer at the Bank Street Writer’s Lab, where she wrote and co-wrote a series of books for beginning readers. In later years, her deep interest in Greek and Roman mythology led her to write We Goddesses (Athena, Aphrodite, Hera) and three related books: The Princess and the God, Ariadne Awake and My Mother’s Daughter.

An outgoing, energetic woman who loved swimming, tennis, travel, music (especially opera), cooking and social occasions, Doris Orgel was loved by her many friends and family for her affectionate, good-natured personality, quick sense of humor, great enthusiasm and warmth.

Jerome (Jerry) Robert Nudelman, z"l, passed away early Aug. 18, 2021, at the age of 89. Jerry is loved and remembered by his dear wife, Shirley Soble Nudelman; daughters, Sheila (Matt) Casimo and Sharon (Dean) Morell; son, Jeff (Anne) Nudelman; and four grandchildren, Kaitlyn Casimo, Blake Morell, Josh Nudelman and Sol Nudelman. 
Congregation Neveh Shalom extends deepest condolences to the extended Nudelman family.




Julie Diamond, z”l, passed away at home in the early morning of Aug. 11. Julie leaves behind a family she loved so dearly: her husband, Tom; their two children, Rachael and Melissa; her parents, Mimi and Leonard Lewitt; and brother, Howard Lewitt.

Julie was CEO Emeritus of Oregon Jewish Community Foundation. Julie joined OJCF in 2007 as development director and took the reins of the organization in 2010. During her tenure Julie guided the foundation through unprecedented growth and the creation of transformational programs including LIFE & LEGACY, Endowment Book of Life, Giving Council, Professional Advisors Group and PJ Library Portland. In a letter announcing her retirement effective June 30, 2021, Julie wrote she was continuing treatment for a rare cancer she had been fighting since 2018.

Julie grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. In California, Julie worked in marketing, public relations and branding before joining Jewish Family Service in Sacramento. When Julie and Tom moved to Portland in 2003, her parents followed. Julie worked at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center for a time and their daughters attended Portland Jewish Academy through eighth grade. The family are members of Congregation Neveh Shalom.

The Aug. 12 interment will be for family and most intimate friends only. It will be conducted by Rabbi Eve Posen. This will be followed by a live-stream memorial service at noon. Ons Sunday, Aug. 15, from 3 to 5 pm shiva for  will be held at Congregation Neveh Shalom on the Holzman Plaza.  There will be a short service at 4 pm. 

Gifts in Julie’s memory may be directed to the Julie Diamond Scholarship Fund of OJCF. This is an endowed scholarship fund created by Julie’s friends and colleagues upon her retirement and will support local Jewish students pursuing higher education.



Sabina Celia Shalom, z”l, passed away on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, at the age of 96. She is survived by her sons Michael and Tony and four grandchildren.

Chava Shulamit bat Peshe v'Yosef haCohen was laid to rest in Maryland on Aug. 12, next to her beloved husband Marco Shalom, z"l.

Born in Sheffield, England, Sabina spent her last few years in Portland at the Rose Schnitzer Manor and quickly become a beloved member of the Shaarie Torah community.

She was the author of A Marriage Sabbatical, which was published in 1984 chronicling her 50,000-mile trip around the world in 1976. She was an early advocate of limiting smoking in public places and joined the board of the American Lung Association and spent 13 years promoting laws to ban smoking in public spaces.

Cedar Sinai Park profiles Sabina in the “Out Stories” series on the CSP website. The profile is at

Congregation Shaarie Torah sends heartfelt condolences go to the entire family at this time.


Jerrold Matin, z”l, passed away on Aug. 9, 2021. He was the beloved husband of Geri Matin; brother of Joanne Glickman; father of Laura, Kimberly, and Stephanie; grandfather of Rich, Ashley, Jason and Kyle; and great-grandfather of Hava, Harrison, Anna and Sara. Extended family includes Lori, Pamela and Bruce.

The service will be held at the Beth Israel Cemetery on Aug. 11, 2021 at 9:30 am.

Congregation Beth Israel offers condolences to the entire Matin family.

Donations in Jerrold's memory can be made to the SHOC Foundation at and mailed to PO Box 327, Gladstone, OR 97027.


Miriam Karole Gerber, z”l, passed away Aug. 5, 2021, at age 98.

Miriam Sondheimer was born Dec. 2, 1922. As a young adult, Miriam was deported from Germany in October 1940. Miriam and her family were extremely fortunate to have been granted asylum in the Dominican Republic from 1941 through 1946. Miriam moved to New York City in 1946 along with her immediate family. For many years, Miriam worked as a secretary for the Leo Baeck Institute in New York City. She moved from the East Coast to the West Coast to be with her son and his family. Miriam was a resident of Rose Schnitzer Manor in Portland for about 15 years. 

Miriam was an avid reader, spoke several languages, and was patient, wise and beautiful inside and out. 

Virtual services were held Aug. 11 by Holman’s Funeral Home.



Michael Lieb Jeser, z”l, passed away July 24, 2021. He was born Jan. 28, 1976.

The Jeser family has lost its king, its hero.

On Shabbat Va’etchanan Michael lost his four-year battle with Esophageal Cancer.

He leaves his much loved and adored wife, his Malka, Laura; and the 4-year-old light of his life, Eleanore. He will be greatly missed by his brothers, his partners-in-crime, Marc and Dave, his sisters-in-law Elizabeth and Lisa, and his 14 nephews and nieces. His parents, Faye and Paul, will never fully recover from losing their baby, their hero and their most special mensch.

From a very young age, Michael had a special relationship with Judaism and Israel. His very first trip (of many) to Israel was when he was minus two months old (when Faye was seven months pregnant). He was a graduate of the JCC pre-school in Orlando and elementary school at the Moriah School in Englewood (NJ). During High School (Dwight Englewood) he participated on the March of the Living, traveling to Poland and then to Israel.

After graduating from the University of Arizona, he spent a year in Israel on Project OTZMA, where he taught English and led afterschool programs in immigrant neighborhood schools in Shar Hanegev. In 2004 he received double master’s degrees from USC (Social Work) and HUC (Jewish Communal Service).

As a member of the Jewish Communal Service Michael’s professional experience included being part of the staff at the Metrowest Jewish Community Center & Camp Deeny Riback (NJ), Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston, and the Jewish Community Center at Milken (LA). He was the highly successful and greatly respected Director of the Real Estate & Construction Division and Director, Geller Leadership Project for the LA Jewish Federation. Michael was the Executive Director of USC Hillel and the Jewish World Watch. In 2015 Michael was appointed Director of Annual Campaign and the Life and Legacy program for the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland (OR). For the past three years, Michael has been the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater San Diego.

The love for Michael has shown itself in many ways. The support given to him by the SD Federation’s leadership and staff has been beyond any expectations. When Michael decided to run a GoFundMe campaign to provide support for Laura and Eleanore, over 1,400 people responded! There have been over 1,000 personal emails and comments on the many Facebook streams which announced his passing. As one close family friend wrote, ‘there are more tears than words.’ As his cousin from Israel wrote, ‘Michael, who gave you permission to leave?’

One of Michael’s ‘happy places’ was Camp Tevya (NH) where he attended from an early age through college when he was appointed Boy’s Head Counselor. His other ‘happy places’ included rooting for the Jets and Celtics, going to Disneyland, whale and eagle watching, going to the movie theater and eating popcorn, drinking with his brothers and close friends, and, most of all, sitting on the couch with Laura and Eleanore watching his favorite TV shows and movies.

The family has requested that donations in Michael’s memory be given to either the Jewish Federation of San Diego (in support of the Michael Jeser Outstanding Jewish Professional Award), or Camp Tevya

May Michael’s memory forever be a blessing.

Lev Khodorovskiy, z”l , passed away on July 23, 2021, at the age of 93. Lev is survived by sons, Mikhail Khodorovskiy (Victoria) and Alexander Khodorovskiy; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was a member of Congregation Neveh Shalom.

David (Dima) Zaltsman, z”l, died July 14, 2021, after complications from liver disease, at the age of 64. He was a caring husband, father, grandfather and friend. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Liliya Zaltsman; children, Rimma and Tyler Richardson, Janet Zaltsman; and grandson, Ethan Richardson.
David was born in Riga, Latvia, Oct. 17, 1956, to Golda and Josef Zaltsman. He was an only child who enjoyed school and spending summers at the Baltic Sea in Jurmala. After graduating high school, David went on to Riga Technical Institute, where he got his degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in computer science. In 1983, he married Liliya and a short year later, their first daughter, Rimma, was born.
In 1992, David, along with his family, made the difficult decision to immigrate to Portland for better opportunities. In 1995, his second daughter, Janet, joined the family.
David spent the last 25 years working as a Tooling Design Engineer at Oregon Tool, where his colleagues knew him to be passionate, smart and charismatic. He described his work as a “hobby” and found purpose in it.
David brought a smile and sense of humor to everyone he encountered and loved celebrating events, big and small. He had a passion for travel and went on many memorable trips with his family. David was a master handyman around the house. He also gave back to the community by helping other Russian immigrants and volunteering at his synagogue, Congregation Neveh Shalom.
Just like he dealt with all experiences in life, David managed his illness with strength – and even humor. Donations in David’s honor may be made to Portland’s Jewish Family & Child Service (


Charlotte Blumstein, z"l, passed away July 11, 2021, at age 102. Charlotte is survived by sons, Steven Blumstein (Arlene Postal) and David Blumstein. She was preceded in death by husbands, Milton Blumstein and Bernie Cohen, and son, Leonard Blumstein.  Charlotte was grandmother of nine including Portlanders Liza (Beth) Milliner and Melissa (Oren) Abu, and great-grandmother of 10.

The funeral and shiva took place in Florida.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the extended Milliner, Abu and Blumstein families.



Hazzan Samuel Nechemia passed on July 6, 2021, the 26th of Tammuz.  Sam is survived by his niece, Nurit Gamal of Los Angeles, and very many devoted friends in Sephardic Portland. 

Sam served as the loyal hazzan (prayer leader, cantor) for more than 30 years to Portland's original Sephardic synagogue, Congregation Ahavath Achim.

He was born in December of 1943 in Jerusalem, Israel, the son of Kurdish immigrants. He also helped found and served as hazzan for the Sephardic community of Vancouver, British Columbia.  His hauntingly beautiful Sephardic cantorials combined with his culinary expertise in the preparation and presentation of Middle Eastern foods made him a local catering favorite at weddings, bar mitzvahs and many other life cycle events. Memories of his beautiful voice and cherished friendships with so many in Portland's greater Jewish community will be remembered always. As Sam so often said, "We do not bid farewell but l'itraot (see you later)."

Ahavath Achim gathered a minyan for funeral services at the Kesser Cemetery on July 7.


 Irving Jerome Leopold, z”l, passed away in early July. He is  survived by his dear wife, Rhoda; their children, Mike (Gretchen) Leopold and Heidi (Gary) Grenley; four grandchildren; a wonderful extended family; and dear friends. 
He was a congregant of Congregation Neveh Shalom.
A private funeral was  held with a shiva minyan July 5, 2021. 

Jennifer Barnum Luria – Jennie to her loved ones – died suddenly of a heart attack Thursday, June 24, during her valiant fight against cancer.
 Born in Bellevue, WA, Jennie moved with her parents to the Bay area before settling in southern California. After many adventures foreign and domestic, she arrived in Portland in 2017.
 A graduate of UCLA, Columbia Business School, and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Jennie was as accomplished as she was kind and charismatic.
 Known for her generosity, thoughtfulness and quick wit, Jennie never let a little thing like cancer get in the way of living her life. If anything, a brain tumor only enhanced her irreverent sense of humor and boundless joie de vivre. She loved travel, reading, crafting with anything sparkly, the color pink, and carbohydrates. Her greatest loves by far, though, were her husband of 20 years, Gil, and their two teenaged boys, Ben and Adam.
  Jennie is survived by her husband Gil Luria, sons Benjamin and Adam, mother Susan Barnum, father Robert Barnum, sister Megan Bijan, brother Kevin Barnum, and several nieces and nephews.
 Services were held at Beth Israel Cemetery on June 27. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Blanchet House in Jennie’s memory.


Jewish leader and human-rights advocate Rosalyn Borg, z”l, passed away June 27, 2021, at the age of 85, in her home in St. Louis. The cause was lung cancer. Borg served as area director of the American Jewish Committee in Portland and St. Louis. She is survived by sons Scott Biespiel, Houston, Texas; Matthew Biespiel, Chicago, Ill.; David Biespiel and wife Wendy Willis, Portland; sisters, Bonnie Spiesberger, San Francisco, Calif., and Bebe Borg, Miami, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was a pioneering female executive in the commercial waste management industry, was instrumental in bringing Sesame Street to Houston public television, and was active and deeply connected to the Tulsa Jewish community since the 1940s.

She was the daughter and granddaughter of Jewish immigrants from Russia and Ukraine.

While director of the St. Louis branch of AJC from 1988-2001, Ms. Borg focused on combatting human trafficking, building coalitions among the St. Louis areas diverse ethnic, racial and religious groups, and expanding the AJC's annual Interfaith Lecture Series for Jews and Christians.

As director of the Portland chapter of AJC from 1986-1988, she was instrumental in establishing the Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment. She served on the board of the five-state coalition of private citizens and government officials whose purpose was to address the problem and threat of religious and racial harassment and violence in the Northwest through united action.

In 1987 she led AJC’s advocacy for redress legislation for Japanese-Americans who were interned in the United States during World War II. She was recognized in the Congressional Record by U.S. Rep. Robert Matsui (D, California) for her efforts to bring about passage of the legislation in the House of Representatives. He included her editorial, Internment of Japanese-Americans Needs Redress," first published in the Catholic Sentinel, in support of recognition of a grave injustice and an apology for that injustice, pardon to those who were convicted of violating the evacuation and curfew laws, financial compensation to the 60,000 survivors, and the establishment of an educational trust fund.”

In every city she lived – Tulsa, Houston, Portland and St. Louis – she served on numerous boards, including the Tulsa City-County Citizens Advisor Committee to the Mayor, University City Plan Commission, and University of Missouri St. Louis Chancellors Advisory Committee on International Relations. She was a long-time member of the board of directors of the National Association of Jewish Family and Childrens Agencies.

Before starting her professional nonprofit career, Ms. Borg was president of Containerized, Inc. from 1976-1986. Owning a private roll-off and rear-loader company, she was a rare female executive in the typically all-male industry, featured in the Houston Business Journal and profiled in the industrys international periodical, Waste Age.

In a 1984 interview she said, “As a woman in the refuse business, I do everything a man does. We have the same problems, we make the same kinds of decisions. In that sense, nothing is different, and it should not be.”

Ms. Borgs work promoting women in the workplace began long before she was in private business. As president of the Houston chapter of National Council of Jewish Women in the 1970s, she was instrumental in creating Career Branch to open doors for young women for civic, philanthropic and private sector advancement.

Rosalyn Borg was born in Decorah, Iowa, on Sept. 6, 1935, to Joe Borg, president of Borg Compressed Steel, and Ruth (Lenske) Borg, a homemaker and volunteer. She was the oldest of four sisters.

Ms. Borg graduated from Central High School in Tulsa, where the Borg family settled in 1946. She graduated with a degree in political science from the University of Michigan in 1957 and married fellow Tulsan Stephen E. Biespiel. The marriage ended in divorce.

While raising her sons in Houston, Ms. Borg became active in Citizens for Good Schools, the coalition that, in 1969, defeated the all-white male school board by electing a slate of progressive, female, Jewish and African-American candidates. Ms. Borg later was active in HISDs Volunteers in Public Schools, serving as founding president. The same year, Ms. Borg participated in a National Council of Jewish Women program to bring the newly  created Sesame Street to Houstons KUHT public television, working with the Harris County Community Action Association.

Building opportunities and bridging differences was at the heart of Ms. Borgs life. Human relations, is the art of making strangers into friends,” she once said in a public address.

Throughout, Judaism was the center of her soul: My parents were Jewish to the core of their being. Having known the discomfort of anti-Semitism, they were proud of being Jewish, proud of a long heritage, proud of the traditions, rituals, ethics of their Judaism. They brought into our family as part of who we were and who they expected us to be. Judaism was not an afterthought; it was not just observing holidays to maintain a reputation. Synagogue, home observation, Jewish organizations, were part and parcel of who we were; it was our identity, it was where we belonged and were accepted. It was community, home, family.”

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rose Borg Sukkoth Fund at Congregation B'nai Emunah, 1719 S. Owasso Ave., Tulsa, OK 74120.

Funeral services to be held Thursday, July 1, 10:30 am (Central Time) at Rose Hill Cemetery. Evening minyan services to be held Thursday, July 1, 5:30 pm (Central Time) at Congregation B’nai Emunah.



Rebecca Weiss-Clark, z”l, passed away June 22, 2021, at the age of 54. She is survived by parents, Samuel and Roberta Weiss; daughter Britni Weiss-Alsdorf and her husband Elijah Alsdorf; sisters Tracy Weiss and Julie Threlfall; brother, John Saslow; and many cousins who loved her.

She was born Nov. 6, 1966, in Portland. She grew up at Congregation Neveh Shalom, where Britni attended religious school. Britni also attended Portland Jewish Academy for 2½ years.

Rebecca was a crafter and was widely known as “The Crayon Lady.” She melted down broken crayons and created Judaic symbols and other shapes that she sold at many arts and crafts fairs and the Hadassah Hanukkah Fair in Portland and the Temple Beth Sholom Hanukkah Fair in Salem.

She worked for the Jewish Federations in Seattle and Portland, Outdoor School and at B’nai B’rith Camp. Among other places.

Rebecca may have the distinction of being the only person to work at BB Camp one summer each in three different decades. She worked in the office and was BB Camp Health Center Administrator the third time she worked there.

Rebecca always made Jewish camp a priority for her daughter, often relying on scholarships to make that possible. Wanting to share that option with other children, the family suggests donations to One Happy Camper; donate at and on the comment line write “For One Happy Camper in memory of Rebecca Weiss-Clark” or call federation office manager Julie Alferez at 503-245-0802.

She was buried June 24 at Shaarie Torah cemetery.  



Howard Melvin Joseph Shapiro, z”l, passed away June 16, 2021, shortly after his 90th birthday in his Portland condominium beside his partner of 10 years, Karen Beal. Howard is also survived by his son, Mark; and two grandchildren, Simone and Eve, who called him Buddy. Howard’s daughter, Annie, preceded him in death in 2016 and his sister, Janet Harris, passed away in 2018. 

He was born in Los Angeles April 14, 1931, and his parents, Louis and Helen Shapiro, moved the family to Seattle in 1932 where his beloved sister Janet was born in 1934. 

From an early age, he loved singing and harmonizing. At Garfield High School, Howard and his best friend Alvin Goldfarb played in bands with classmate Quincy Jones. Eventually, Howard and Alvin formed a musical duet called the Two Tones and toured the United States. 

Howard later attended the University of Washington, then joined the United States Coast Guard (1952-1956) where he served as a public affairs officer on the Icebreaker Northwind on a pioneering voyage in the North Passage.  His article about the adventure was published in Life Magazine.  Later he was stationed in New York City, down the hall from Walter Cronkite, and skippered a boat that patrolled the Seattle waterfront.  

In 1957 he married Myrna (Manya) Poll and they had two children, Annie and Mark. Howard worked as an advertising executive during the Mad Men era. Highlights of his early career included the coining of the slogan “Oh Boy Oberto!”  He was also responsible for accompanying celebrities on their tour stops in Seattle, and he spent time with Elvis Presley, Johnny Mathis, and Sammy Davis Jr.  

In 1972, Howard and his family sold their home, bought a Volkswagen camper van, and traveled throughout Europe and Africa. A year later, they relocated to Portland.  

Howard gifted us with his vitality, humor, natural creative and musical abilities and a desire to connect wholeheartedly with others.  His true passions were philanthropy and volunteer work. He was deeply devoted to social justice and made a significant impact in his many diverse and overlapping communities. 

In the early ’80s, after a trek in Nepal, he joined with investment advisor Carsten Henningsen to become trailblazers of socially responsible investing (SRI).  They were founders of SRI Northwest, and Howard served on the boards of the national Social Investment Forum and Parnassus Investments, now the world’s largest SRI fund .

As long-term board chair, he led the reinvention and expansion of the Housing Authority of Portland (HAP, now Home Forward).  In 2007, HAP commissioned a sculpture named Howard’s Way to honor his contributions to affordable housing. The sculpture, designed by renowned artist Lee Kelly, can be found at the Civic Apartments on West Burnside and Northwest 19th Avenue. 

Howard was especially proud of his role in the creation of Albina Bank, McKenzie River Gathering (now Seeding Justice), Food Front and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. He also served on Portland’s Planning & Sustainability Commission and the boards of Oregon Food Bank, SAIF, Oregon Public Broadcasting, The Nation Magazine Foundation, Pacific Northwest College of Art and Camp Caldera.  He played a transformational role in many of these organizations and often enlisted the assistance of his close friend Joe Hertzberg in his schemes.  

He was perhaps most at home in the beachside town of Manzanita, where he spent nearly half his time over the last 30 years, enjoying solitude, singing and playing the piano by ear.  His spiritual mooring was with Rabbi Ariel Stone and Congregation at Shir Tikvah. At age 13, he had both Reform and Conservative bar mitzvahs and was active at Seattle’s Temple De Hirsch.

Howard will be loved and missed every day by his family and his community.  Contributions in his memory may be made to Congregation Shir Tikvah, Seeding Justice, PICA, or the Wonder Garden at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.



Sharon “Cherie” Coffey Rubenstein, z”l, passed away June 9, 2021. Cherie is survived by her son Kent Blumberg and his wife, Cynthia, in Virginia; daughter Wendy Dominguez and her husband, Don, in Oregon; and daughter Kristen Boucher and her husband, Jim, in Connecticut; her grandchildren Amy, Rebecca, Kitt, Kara, Nicole and Ben; her sister, Carolie Coffey; special cousin Gary Spaulding & his wife Mary; sister-in-law Linda Persha; other extended family, several nieces and nephews; and cherished friends Francois and Roger Eiss, Marylyn Klesh, and Jack and Nancy Forristel and many others.

Cherie was born on Feb. 21, 1932, in Ann Arbor, Mich., to Robert, M.D. and Jean (Spaulding) Coffey.  With her parents, Cherie and her older sister, Carolie, spent the early years of their lives in Michigan and Alaska before moving to Oregon where her dad had grown up.

Cherie graduated from Lincoln High School in Portland and obtained her BA degree in Sociology from Stanford University where she met her first husband Jack Blumberg, M.D. Together they raised three children living in Washington State and Spain prior to resettling in Northwest Portland.  Cherie later divorced and, in 1980, celebrated her marriage to Jerome “Jerry” Rubenstein, who she met while taking flying lessons.  The two shared a love of flying and real estate.  After 31 years of marriage Cherie was at Jerry’s side when he died in 2012.

Cherie worked for many years as a real estate broker, which combined her education in architecture and sociology with her love of and passion for helping people. She developed lifelong friendships with the people she served.

Throughout her life, Cherie was guided by her genuine love of people and her joy in life. While raising her children she volunteered teaching English as a Second Language to Cuban refugees. She also volunteered at the Red Cross and OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry).

Although Alzheimer’s progressively diminished her memory and ultimately took her life, Cherie remained the loving, compassionate woman she had always been.

Cherie was deeply interested in and attentive to each person she met.  She made it her “mission to help others feel great about themselves.”

 Cherie most deeply shared her exuberant love of life, her creativity and sense of wonder with her family and friends. She was an enthusiastic grandmother who thrilled in each adventure and accomplishment right along with her grandchildren.

We will always have her love and joy.   Cherie is survived by her son Kent Blumberg & his wife Cynthia in Virginia, daughter Wendy Dominguez & her husband Don in Oregon and daughter Kristen Boucher & her husband Jim in Connecticut; her grandchildren Amy, Rebecca, Kitt, Kara, Nicole and Ben; her sister Carolie Coffey; special cousin Gary Spaulding & his wife Mary; sister-in-law Linda Persha; other extended family, several nieces and nephews and cherished friends Francois and Roger Eiss, Marylyn Klesh, and Jack and Nancy Forristel and many others.

Cherie was blessed to have her daughter Wendy nearby to guide, support and help care for her over the last many years.

Cherie lived in Farmington Square -Tualatin for the past six years where she was cared for with compassion, respect and love.  Her family greatly appreciate all the caregivers and staff who welcomed Cherie into the Farmington Square community and welcomed us with open arms whenever we visited.

There will be a private family memorial.

In lieu of flowers please consider honoring Cherie’s memory by contributing to: The Radiant Senior Living, Tualatin, LLC, Workforce Development Fund at  RSL Tualatin, LLC.

Arrangements: Holman’s Funeral Service, Portland, Oregon



After a long and fully lived life, Richard Savinar, z”l, left this world with family surrounding him June 8, 2021. At 96 years old he was ready to see his wife Adele again – the smile in his face when he passed indicated he did. Richard is survived by his children, David, Judy (Dan Cunha), Tom (Anna Maria) and Andy; ten grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Richard was “the funniest man I’ve ever met” and “had more friends than anyone I know”. He was all about family. He was direct, sometimes to a fault, loved a good debate, a good book, the New Yorker and the New York Times. He ate no red meat but loved a fresh maple bar and vanilla ice cream. He wore caps, not hats and never backed down from the truth and doing the right thing. He was a one of kind guy. Short in stature, giant in character.

Born in Portland on Oct. 15, 1924, to Bessie and Jacob Savinar, Richard joined his older siblings Shirley and Norman. As small children, they chased chickens down Front Avenue that had escaped from his father’s poultry business. When not assisting in his father’s business, he attended Irvington Elementary School, moved on to Grant High School and finally, the University of Oregon where he was a Sigma Alpha Mu. War interrupted college and sent him with the 10th Mountain Division ski troops to Italy where he served as a mule skinner and ran munitions up the Alps. He returned to U of O after the war and after a blind date, met the love of his life, Adele Zavin. He never stopped referring to her as the most beautiful woman in the room or telling her he was crazy about her. Together they had four kids which eventually turned into 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. No one loved family more than Richard, and no family loved their dad, grandpa and great-grandpa more.

Post college, he worked with Norman in the family business, Portland Ice and Cold Storage. Eventually he left and opened Savinar Travel Service. He traveled the world doing what he loved most, adventuring to new places and meeting new people. Leading groups throughout the Swiss and Italian Alps was a perennial favorite. After 30 plus years, he retired having touched every continent but Antarctica. Adele by his side much of the time, they had a ball.

Richard was a member of Temple of Beth Israel and served as the president of the Temple Brotherhood. He joined Beaverton Rotary in 1966 and was an active member of the Rotary Youth Exchange for 15 years. As a 50+ year member of the Multnomah Athletic Club, he was on the diversity and running committees, an original Early Bird and helped mark the first running trails in Washington Park.

His passions ran deep and wide. He could lose himself in opera just as much as at a duck game. He loved camping and fishing; he and his children packed into the Wallowa mountains for a week of both every summer. Fancy cars parked in his garage was not an unusual sight nor was stuffing the same children in the way back of a ford. He ran before it was fashionable to run and baked bread on the weekends.

The destination closest to his heart was “God’s country,” Tolovana Park where family and friends gathered at his and Adele’s beach house for fiestas and general hilarity.

Donations can be made Rotary Youth Exchange and The Alzheimer’s Association or a socially conscious charity of your choice. A service has been held.


Chaim Ben Zalman HaLevi Bulka

Chaim Ben Zalman HaLevi Bulka, z”l, father of Congregation Kesser Israel member Elie Bulka has passed away. The funeral was in Israel on June 16, 2021. Elie sat shiva in Israel before his return to Portland.


Rosi Goldsmith, z”l, passed away June 8, 2021, in Portland. She is survived by her brother, David F. Goldsmith (Bonnie S. Hillsberg) of Silver Spring, Md.; sister, Julie Cwikel (Samuel Bar-Gil) of Omer, Israel; nieces and nephews in Israel and Michigan; and cousins in Portland. Her brother and sister-in-law, Daniel and Robin Adler-Goldsmith, z”l, predeceased her. 
Rosi was born April 25, 1950. She was the daughter of internationally known epidemiologist John R. Goldsmith, z”l, and paleontologist Naomi F. Goldsmith, z”l. Rosi was born in Salem, grew up in Berkeley, Calif., and graduated from Berkeley High School in 1967. She attended Reed College from 1967 to 1970. From 1971 to 1975, she was part of the Learning Community, an experimental institution of higher education founded in 1970 by a group consisting mostly of former faculty and students at Reed College that was funded by the Carnegie Corporation and affiliated with Antioch College. In 1975, she co-founded a cooperative women’s printing press, Olive Press.  She returned to Portland State University and completed her dual BS degree in speech communication and physics in 1988.  
From 1988 to 2002, she lived in Grants Pass, joining a community of Sai Baba devotees, working with elderly and disabled patients. She returned to Portland in 2002 to help care for her mother, Naomi Goldsmith, working as organic gardening coordinator in an elder care facility. 
Drawing on her own deep experiences with injury and trauma, she became a licensed massage therapist and body worker in 2009, specializing in rehabilitation through neuroplastic healing, especially for Parkinson’s patients. She owned Integration Massage ( in Portland. She taught courses on organic gardening and nature communication. 
Rosi was a special spiritual soul who brought light and healing to all those she touched. She leaves behind numerous friends from Congregation P’nai Or and the Sai Baba community. 
Rabbi Hannah Laner of Congregation P’nai Or officiated at the funeral June 13.



Ray Packouz, z”l, passed away May 18, 2021. Ray is survived by his children, Carol Spellman, Nancy Sharff and Ron Packouz. His son Ken preceded him in death in 2019.

He was born July 13,1921, to Max and Nettie Packouz in Portland. He graduated from Washington High School and attended University of Oregon where he was senior class president. Immediately after graduation, he went to Midshipman School and was commissioned as an Ensign. He served on the US Chickasaw in the South Pacific during the last two years if Word War II. After the war ended, he returned to Portland and married Dorothy Light. They were blessed with 72 years of marriage, four children and 42 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He and his father, Max, founded Packouz Insurance Agency. He was an avid sports fan, loved the Blazers and the Ducks and his license plate was "42 Ducks." Ray was active in the Jewish community, served on several boards and championed many charitable causes. He was a strong independent man with a love of life and an amazing sense of humor and wit.
He will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Robison Jewish Home (Cedar Sinai Park) or Oregon Food Bank.



Ricardo Berdichevsky, z”l, passed away May 19, 2021, at the age of 67.

Ricardo is loved and remembered by his wife, Rosana, their children, David (Stephanie) Berdichevsky and Michal Berdichevsky, grandchildren Jacob and Eden Berdichevsky; and brother Mario (Rosie) Berdichevsky.

A private interment is scheduled with Zoom shiva minyans May 20, 23 and 24. Contact Congregation Neveh Shalom for links.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the extended Berdichevsky family.


Lily Floom, z”l, passed away peacefully in her home in Israel surrounded by loved ones April 29, 2021. She is survived by her children, Noma (David), Jay (Sue), Tobin (Mary) and Perri (Kobi); 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many, many friends.
Lily was born Oct. 16, 1927, in Winnipeg, Canada, and moved with her husband, Harold, to Portland soon after they were married. She had an amazing career selling furniture at JCPenney's and was very involved in founding Hillel Academy Jewish school (predecessor to Portland Jewish Academy) as one of the first presidents. She was also involved with Hadassah and loved to volunteer to help others.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Harold. After her husband passed, she moved to Israel to be with her two daughters and enjoyed the last few years with them and their families and making new friends.
Lily made everyone feel special and loved; she will be so missed. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the FIDF – Friends of the IDF.




Ronald Edwin Overlund, z”l, 70, of Portland, passed away April 23, 2021, at his home after bravely enduring treatment for stomach cancer. . Ron is survived by his wife, Cori; son, Benjamin; sisters, Patty Overlund and Carol Mitchell; nephews, Bree Cuppoletti and Patrick Obrien; niece, Kim Timm; and many cousins.

Ron and his wife, Cori, had Ron's Center Deli at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center for 12 years.
Ron was born June 7, 1950, in Silverton, Ore. He married Cori Lebenzon in 1986. Their son Benjamin was born in 1991. Ron worked at New Season's Market The last 14 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Leona Overlund; his daughter, Maggie Overlund; and his sister, Kathy Cuppoletti. Ron gave us much to laugh about, to be grateful for and we will celebrate him every day. A gathering will be held later this summer.



Sharon Jean Tarlow, z”l, passed away May 2, 2021, after a battle with cancer. She was the mother of Stefan Tarlow (Shelley), David Tarlow (Lori) and Mary Tarlow (Rob Ochs);
grandmother of Branden Tarlow (Kathleen), Danny Tarlow (Vastala),
Doug Tarlow, Mollie Tarlow and Stephanie Tarlow; and great-grandmother of Ramona, Benjamin and Oscar Tarlow.
She was born in Spokane, Wash., on Sept. 18, 1933, to Herman R. Rosenblum and Mollie Kors Rosenblum.  She married Larry Tarlow in 1954. He preceded her in death in 2011.

She was very active in the Portland section of the National Council of Jewish Women. She was an active volunteer for the NCJW, the Portland Art Museum, and the Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood. In the 1990s, she joined the board of the Oregon Jewish Museum and then became an active volunteer in the docenting program and in the archives.

A private family service was held at Beth Israel Cemetery May 9.
Congregation Beth Israel sends condolences to Stefan, Shelley, David, Lori, Mary, Rob, Branden, Kathleen, Danny, Vastala, Doug, Mollie, Stephanie, Ramona, Benjamin, Oscar and the extended Tarlow family.  

Donations may be made to the Oregon Jewish Museum or to the Oregon Food Bank.



Marilyn Jean Feist, z”l, Miriam bat Yisroel v'Rivkah, passed away on April 19, 2021.

She is survived by her children, Mark (Catherine) and Tobi Feves; grandchildren, Riona and Edward Feves; sister, Dora Newman; sister-in-law, Barbara Leveton; nieces, Francine Arron, Sheri Jones, Eileen Myers, Eydie Leveton and Michelle Squire; and and nephews, Joel Newman and Michael Leveton.

She was predeceased by first husband, Ed Feves, z"l,  and second husband, Marty Feist, z"l.

A graveside service will be held at 11 am, April 23, 2021, at Shaarie Torah Cemetery (8013 SE 67th Avenue). Due to COVID-19 regulations, masking and distancing are mandatory.

Congregation Shaarie Torah sends heartfelt condolences to the entire family at this time.



Stanley D. Menache, z”l, passed away with his family by his side April 12, 2021, at age 84. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 62 years, Judith Esther Menache; loving children, David Shinozuka (Hatsuko) and Lynda Huckestein (Jeff); grandchildren, Jennifer Johnson (Brandon), Stephanie Munoz (Adam) and Mao Shinozuka; and great-grandchildren, MaryAnn Munoz and Abraham Munoz. He loved them all dearly and they will all miss him greatly.

He was born in Portland July 30, 1936, to David and Leah Menache, z”l. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ed Menache, z”l.

His passion for helping and serving clients as a CPA lead to a successful and fulfilling career in public accounting where clients became lifelong friends. His  favorite pastimes included spending time with, and talking about how proud he was of, his family. He loved taking his grandchildren on trips, traveling to Hawaii to see his son, David, and grandson, Mao, along with walking/jogging along the beautiful beach; going to the Oregon Ducks football games and watching the Portland Trail Blazers. He served as the Blazer statistician for a number of years.

A small family service was appropriately held April 15, 2021 (tax day). A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to University of Oregon Foundation/Accounting Fund.


Susan Ruth Korey, z”l, passed away on Friday, April 9, 2021. Susan was the beloved sister of Nikki Director (Stuart); and aunt of Jenn Director Knudsen and Abby Director. She also is survived by four great-nieces and three step-grandchildren. Susan was preceded in death by her second husband and love of her life, Dr. Merritt Linn, z”l.
Susan was born Oct. 28, 1941, in Chicago to Florence Korey Clement and Dr. Herman Korey. She worked in both the transportation and telecommunications industries as a research analyst. She was an active volunteer for Jewish Family & Child Service and National Council of Jewish Women, as well as the Rental Sales Gallery associated with the Portland Art Museum and Portland Homeless Family Solutions.
She and her loving sister and longtime companion, Nikki, often enjoyed Friday night dinners at Cafe Mingo, Friends of Chamber Music in the winter and Chamber Music Northwest in the summer. 
Burial was in Neveh Zedek Cemetery April 12 with immediate family in attendance at graveside. Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana and Cantor Ida Rae Cahana officiated.
Congregation Beth Israel sends condolences to Nikki, Stuart, Jenn, Abby and the extended Korey/Director family.
Donations in Susan's memory can be made to  The TASK Program of Jewish Family & Child Service or Portland Homeless Family Solutions.

Leonard “Oogie” Krichevsky, z”l, passed away peacefully in Portland on April 7, 2021. Leonard is survived by three sons, Randy, Scott and Brent; eight grandchildren, Brad, Brian, Jake, Jenna, Brandon, Anna, Sammi and Lydia; two great-grandchildren, Lewis and Vivienne; and many other dear family members and friends.
Leonard was born Oct. 21, 1931, to Dave and Freda Krichevsky in Portland. He had one elder sister, Selma. 
Leonard attended Grant High School and, in the fall of 1949, went on to attend the University of Oregon. While at the U of O, Leonard was a member of the rally squad as the head Yell Leader. Leonard was also a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity on campus.
On graduation, Leonard was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served for two years until he was discharged in 1956. On Jan. 1, 1956, Leonard married Jane Newman, also from Portland. Leonard and Jane had three boys Randy, Scott and Brent, and they resided in Beaverton. Leonard cofounded Linoleum City, a Portland landmark, where he worked for many years until he retired. After retirement, Leonard decided he wanted to get back into the workforce. He went on to work for Wanke Cascade and, until his passing, was employed at Contract Furnishings Mart. Leonard loved interacting with his coworkers and helping customers; he was a true mensch.
Leonard was a member of Congregation Shaarie Torah and was a B’nai B’rith Men’s Camper for more than 50 years. Camp meant the world to Leonard. He always looked forward to the time he got to spend there, and he shared all the great BB Men’s Camp stories over the years.
In his spare time, Leonard enjoyed visiting his alma mater and was a season ticket holder for many years for Oregon Duck football games, where he enjoyed tailgating with family and friends. Leonard owned a beach house at Cannon Beach, a spot he frequently visited.
Leonard was laid to rest near his parents following a private ceremony April 12, 2021, at Neveh Zedek cemetery. A public memorial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to B’nai B’rith Men’s Camp Association in Leonard’s name. 

Dr. Lindsey Horenblas, z”l, passed away on Sunday, April 4, 2021, at age 71. He was the beloved husband of Geri Cullers; father of Dara, Lian, Isaac and Tess Horenblas; brother of Richard and Glen Horenblas; and nephew of David and Caryl Himelfarb.
He was born in Toronto, Canada, April 6, 1949, the middle son of Rachel and Murray Horenblas. Lindsey received his medical degree from University of Toronto in 1974 and was a graduate of the first Emergency Medicine residency at McGill University in Montreal in 1979. He relocated to Portland to serve as Director of Emergency Medicine at St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center. Until his retirement in 2015, Lindsey personally provided care to thousands of patients and fostered the development and wider recognition of Emergency Medicine. He was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University. 
His interest in helping the underserved was exemplified by his work with Project Erase and medical relief trips all over the world. He traveled extensively and pursued many activities throughout his adult life including running, saxophone, basketball, SCUBA diving, tennis, cycling, hiking, fly fishing, bridge, billiards and online Scrabble.
A private family service will be held at the Beth Israel Cemetery.
Donations in Lindsey’s memory can be made to the  Oregon Food Bank, Jewish 
Federation of Greater Portland or  Outside In.


Michael Falkenstein, z”l, passed away on March 28, 2021, the first day of Passover. Mike is survived in his immediate household by his best friend, companion, and wife of 57 years, Lynda Carl Falkenstein, as well as his feline companions who were daily beneficiaries of his love for animals. He is also survived by his nephew, Michael Becker and wife Susan Becker; nephew, David Becker and wife Sara Reinstein Becker; nephew Alan Gotlieb; nephew Andy Smith, and wife Sarah Pope; niece, Molly Buck and husband, Brian Buck; sister-in law, Pamela Smith; and brother-in-law, Patrick Smith. Mike was preceded in death by his parents Gustav and Hedwig Falkenstein and his sisters Inga Gotlieb and Ruth Becker.

Affectionately known to many as Mikey, Uncle Mike or just Mike, he was born on Sept. 2, 1938. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, at the height of the Nazi regime, Mike and his family escaped overland via the Trans-Siberian Railroad, eventually finding refuge in Shanghai, China, where he spent the next seven years of his life.

Like countless other Jews at the time, Mike and his family were stateless refugees. With some luck and a great deal of perseverance they were able to immigrate to the United States and settle in Portland, where he overcame language and cultural barriers, eventually graduating from Northwestern School of Law. Mike first met Lynda Carl, his wife to be, at B’nai B’rith Summer Camp where he worked as a counselor, later falling in love and marrying in 1964.

Mike was known for his gentle kindness, care and compassion for all living things. By all measures, he was an accomplished professional and dedicated public servant. But Mike was never concerned with customary standards of success and status. Instead, he was most proud of the positive difference he made in the lives of countless youth in the juvenile justice system whom he met with empathy, rehabilitation and restorative justice. Surely Mike’s early life experience as a Holocaust survivor and refugee etched a fierce sense of justice into his being. But his Jewish upbringing and life-long respect for his Jewish culture, customs and ethical teachings served as the foundational blueprint guiding him throughout his life.

Mike’s presence was a constant in the lives of many. After his retirement in 1999, he was able to devote himself to volunteer work which he approached with great passion and pride. Meals on Wheels, Elders in Action and the Oregon Jewish Museum were but a few of the organizations to benefit from his selflessness. He was also well-known in nearly every corner of the Multnomah Athletic Club where he served a term as club president, mentoring and inspiring scores of members with his generous spirit, camaraderie and rigorous daily fitness routines. He will also be remembered for his signature, meticulously polished cordovan penny loafers upon which he adorned an actual penny before eventually swapping with a dime to account for inflation.

To honor his memory, friends are invited to donate to the ACLU, Dove Lewis Animal Hospital, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, All People Be Happy Foundation, or other charitable cause of their choice.

A Zoom Shiva is scheduled for April 12, 2021, at 6:30 pm. 

Linda says, " All who knew and loved him are welcome to join us":



Ruth Shlachter, a 10-year resident of Portland, died Wednesday, March 24, 2021, of natural causes. She was 100.
She is survived by sons, Robert (daughter-in-law, Mara) of Portland, Marc (Kumiko) of Kahuku, Hawaii, and Barry of Fort Worth, Texas; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Jay; and her husband of 66 years, Harry.
She was born July 18, 1920. A charismatic woman of boundless energy, Ruth was a world traveler as well as a campaigner for heart research and Jewish causes.

Ruth Shlachter’s century-long life was marked by ambitious projects accomplished with little background but aided by boundless self-confidence.

She raised four sons; ran an antique business; built and sold seven suburban homes in a male-dominated construction industry; wrote and sold a freelance article profiling a paraplegic city council member; dispensed Jewish Mother wisdom and remedies during regular appearances on her eldest son’s Country Doctor medical advice radio show in Hawaii; designed and crafted “tallis”-adorned “Bear” Mitzvah lamps in her 70s. At 85, she acted on a midnight inspiration to provide special warmth to children with a line of plush bears in tiny bedrolls she called Comfort Teddies.

She not only found time for, but took leadership positions in, the American Heart Association, running its fund-raising campaigns in Beachwood, then a large section of Northern Ohio. Yearning for a daughter, she became active in Camp Fire Girls. She also counseled unwed pregnant women. At a national award ceremony in Washington, Barbara Bush presented her with a citation for her years of service to ORT America, a Jewish education and training organization.

“Thank you for being a strong female figure in our lives,” her eldest granddaughter, Kori Shlachter, said in a message read at her funeral in Cleveland.

“Bubbie was an absolute force but the only thing greater than her tenacity and energy was her love for her family. We are lucky to have had her with us for so long and to carry that love,: said grandson Jeremy Shlachter from Golden, Colo.

Jenna Shlachter, a Portland native now living in Truckee, Calif, wrote: “Bubbie had a superpower to make everyone around her feel deeply loved.”

Jenna's brother, David, now a resident of Mill Valley, Calif., said: “Bubbie showed us the only thing we needed to know: Love makes you strong. Everything else is just details.”

Donations may be made to the American Heart Association and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.
The family would like to especially thank the staff of Rose Schnitzer Manor and Loving Care Providers.
Burial was in Cleveland.




Rachel Klein Lape, z”l, passed away March 23, 2021 at age 80. She is survived by husband, Patrick Lape; sons Michael and Mark Amen; daughter, Patti Lape; sister, Carol Founds; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Rachel was the longtime head of the women’s section of the Chevra Kadisha of Portland and a member of Congregation Kesser Israel.

“Rachel has been the bedrock of the work that the Chevra Kadisha provides to this community,” Rabbi Kenneth Brodkin said in 2013, at an event honoring her years of service. “All that she does is with a sweetness and a warmth which she imparts to all those she works with. She not only fulfills the Halalcha, she imparts the love and the Kavod that define Jewish living.”

The funeral will be at 1:30 pm on Friday, March 26, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd., Portland, OR 97086. 

Congregation Kesser Isreal extends deepest condolences to Rachel’s family.



Dr. Philip H. Wilks, z”l, passed away March 13, 2021, in North Carolina. He was the father of Congregation Kol Ami member Wendy Conway.

Funeral services and shiva were held March 17 in North Carolina. Wendy and the whole Conway family have been in North Carolina for several weeks leading up to his death and will continue shiva in person with her family.

Congregation Kol Ami sends condolences to Wendy and the extended Wilks Conway family.



TSvi (Howard) Epstein, z”l,  passed away March 12, 2021, at home in Portland at age 76. He is survived by wife, Navah Bonnie (Evans) Epstein; daughters, Dorothy Epstein, Lillian Halem and Jennifer Kessem; sister Barbara Saltzman; and six grandchildren.

Hew as born July 5, 1944, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Sidney and Lillian (Nemor) Epstein, z”l. He was a member of Congregations Kesser Israel and Beit Yosef. A private funeral was held the afternoon of March 12 at the Kesser Israel cemetery.

On behalf of the Congregation Kesser Israel, Rabbi Brodkin extended sincere condolences to Navah, as well as to his entire family.



Isadore “Red” Yablon, z”l, passed away peacefully after a long illness on Feb. 21, 2021, at the age of 87 in Portland. He is survived by his wife, Ruby Rachel (Jones) Yablon; his son, Brian (Laurie Libenson) of Portland; his daughter, Dr. Corrie Yablon (Dr. Patrick O’Brien) of Ann Arbor, Mich.; grandsons, Ben Yablon (Miriam Clayman) of Israel, Jonny Yablon and Will Yablon; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Brenda Yablon of Vancouver and Tel Aviv (Jessica and Richard). He was predeceased by his brother, David.

He was born May 30, 1933, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the first child of Willie and Adela (Goldberg) Yablon, z”l.

He attended Jewish People’s School, Baron Byng High School, McGill University and received his medical degree from the University of Toronto, where he also completed his orthopedic surgical residency. He moved to Boston where he gained prominence for his skills in surgery, teaching and research at Boston University where he trained a generation of orthopedic surgeons. He was a gifted self taught musician who played piano and guitar, and had a wonderful singing voice. He founded a folk group called the Yeomen who delighted their very select audience for almost 50 years. He was an avid fly fisherman and spent many weeks in the Alaska wilderness pursuing his passion.

Red was a man of strong opinions and convictions and was not afraid to make them known or to act upon them. When the Yom Kippur War broke out in Israel in 1973, though he had a young family, he volunteered as a surgeon at the front. He was also an excellent public speaker. He touched many lives and leaves a beautiful legacy.

Congregation Kesser Israel extends our sincerest condolences to Brian and Laurie Yablon and family on the loss of Brian’s father, Dr. Isadore Yablon. 

Funeral arrangements through Holman's Funeral Services, Portland. A private funeral took place at Kesser Israel cemetery, Feb. 22.

Donations may be made in the memory of Dr. Isadore G. Yablon to the Shriner's Hospitals for Children ( or to the Jewish National Fund (



Herbert Hochfeld, z”l, passed away Feb. 12, 2021, at the age of 98. Herb was loved and remembered by his childrenn Susan (John) Cullerton, Barbara Hochfeld and Harvey (Susan) Hochfeld; three grandchildren (Andrew, Julia and Dawson); and 1 great-grandchild (Elliot).

Herb was a long time Congregation Neveh Shalom congregant.

In keeping with CNS’s, and the family's commitment to keep our community safe and healthy, and in compliance with our governor's directive, a private interment is scheduled.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the extended Hochfeld family.



Timofey L. Gitlin, z’l, passed away on Jan 26, 2020, at the age of 93. Timofey was born in Kiev, Ukraine in October 1927. He is loved and remembered by his dear wife, Inna; his children, Irina (Alex Berkovich) Gitlin and Leonora Gitlin; Irina's ex-husband, Alex (Zhenya Dashevsky) Berenbeym; and three grandchildren.

In compliance with the governor's directive, a private interment was scheduled.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the extended Gitlin family.



Rhoda Winters, z”l, passed away on July 14, 2020, at the age of 88 from lung and pancreatic cancer.

Rhoda was the beloved mother of Shari Winters-Simon-Anderson and Charles Anderson, Mark  and Stacie Winters, and Scott and Laura Winters; and grandmother of 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

She was the beloved wife of Arnold Winters, z”l.

She was a member of Congregation Shaarie Torah.



Loretta Bloom, z”l, passed away on Sunday Jan. 17, 2021. She was the beloved mother of Linda Bloom (Roy Hedine), and Leslie Bloom; mother-in-law of Keri Bloom; and  grandmother of David, Max and Arielle Bloom, Teddy Van Ee, and Samuel Hedine,
A private family service will be held at the Beth Israel Cemetery on Feb. 2. For a link to the Zoom service, contact Beth Israel at 503-222-1069.
Congregation Beth Israel sends condolences to Linda, Roy, Leslie, Keri, David, Max, Arielle, Teddy, Samuel and the extended Bloom family.  
Donations in Loretta's memory can be made to the  Oregon Food Bank or CBI's Social Action Food fund.


Marilyn Shenker Alkin, z”l, passed away Jan 19, 2021, in Northridge, Calif. Marilyn was the dear sister of Arden (Lois) Shenker, and is also loved and remembered by her husband, two children and six grandchildren.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the extended Shenker / Alkin family.



Jerome 'Jerry' Newmark, z”l, passed away Jan. 8, 2021 after courageously battling the effects of a cancer diagnosis 41 years ago. Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; his children, Adam and Chelsea (Gilbert Coronado); grandchildren, Silas, Mateo, Anna, Erin and Brennan; his devoted mother, Jeanne; and siblings, Richard (Lizz), Miles (Barbara Gilbert), Janice and Phyllis.

Jerry was born Sept. 25, 1956, to Jeanne and Herbert Newmark. Jerry attended Bridlemile Elementary School and Wilson High School. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in business and real estate in 1978. After college Jerry worked as a manager for Benjamin Franklin Savings and Loan and then at 3M. Jerry was a lifelong member of Congregation Beth Israel.

Jerry met the love of his life Barbara (Goffe) their sophomore year at U of O, and they married in 1981. They were together for 46 years.

Some of Jerry's passions included playing soccer for the University of Oregon, cycling, running, being a member of Mount Hood Ski Patrol, volunteering for the Sunshine Division and coaching soccer for the Special Olympics.

Barbara and her family wish to thank the nurses and doctors at OHSU Knight Cancer Clinic. Also, thank you to Trilogy Home Care, and his caregiver Haley Vandervort, who showed Jerry compassionate and devoted care every day.

A private burial service was held Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, at Beth Israel Cemetery.

 In remembrance of Jerry, donations may be made to OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, Jewish Family & Child Service or the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol.


Helen Black, z"l, passed away Jan. 12, 2021, at the age of 93. Helen was predeceased by her husband, Morris Black, z"l.  She is lovingly remembered by her daughter, Ella Hess; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

In keeping with the congregation and the family's commitment to keep our community safe and healthy, and in compliance with our governor's directive, a private interment is scheduled.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the extended Black/Hess family.




Michael J. Hasson, z”l, died Dec. 31, 2020, at the age of 66, from mesothelioma. He is survived by daughters, Lauren, Jenna and Michelle; brother Barry; two grandchildren; nieces; and nephews. He was preceded in death by sister, Janise (Jani), who died from breast cancer in 1995.

The son of a Portland grocer and a self-taught salesman who founded one of Oregon’s most successful independent real estate companies.

The Lake Oswego resident, civic leader and former CEO and founder of Hasson Company Realtors was diagnosed 10 years ago with a malignant tumor caused by inhaled asbestos fibers, according to his family.

Michael Hasson was born Oct. 16, 1954, at Wilcox Women’s Hospital (now Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center) in Portland to Bob Hasson, a World War II vet and vegetable seller, and Marilyn Hasson, who would later help manage her son’s real estate offices.

Bob Hasson’s father immigrated from Rhodes, Greece, and opened a produce stand in the 1920s in downtown Portland across the street from Fred Meyer’s first grocery store. Following in his father’s footsteps, Bob Hasson sold produce at the Grand Central Market in Southeast Portland in the 1950s and 1960s, and later ran a produce and fruit basket business within the downtown Meier & Frank department store.

In 1991, he started Hasson Company Realtors. In 2020, the company had $2.2 billion in sales among 165 agents in offices in Lake Oswego, Northwest and Northeast Portland, Vancouver, Clackamas, Wilsonville, Cannon Beach and Hood River.

The family encourages people to donate to the OHSU Foundation-Michael J. Hasson Lectureship for Mesothelioma (

To read his full obituary in the Oregonian, visit




Mason Drukman, z”l, died Jan. 6, 2021, in Oakland, Calif. Mason issurvived by his beloved wife, Anne Barrows; his son, Max Drukman; daughter, Sasha Crehan; daughters-in-law, Lisa Feldstein and Susie Drukman; grandchildren, Melissa Crehan, Olivia Feinstein, Sophie Drukman-Feldstein, Emily Drukman; brothers, Melvin and Robert. Mason was predeceased by his son, Sam Drukman.

A longtime resident of the Bay Area, Mason lived in Portland for many years. He was a professor at Reed College, editor at Oregon Times magazine (now defunct) and author of  Wayne Morse, A Political Biography.

 Born in Boston on Feb. 23, 1932, Mason Drukman has had a varied career as factory worker, short-order cook, broadcaster (Armed Forces Radio Service), political scientist (Reed College; University of California, Berkeley), author, editor and administrator (The Learning Community, Portland; Consumers Institute, Wellington, New Zealand; and Survivors International, San Francisco).
In lieu of flowers, remembrances to Survivors International in San Francisco in his memory will be appreciated.



Samuel Miller, z”l, passed away Jan. 4, 2021, at the age of 92. Sam is loved and remembered by his dear wife, Jo Ellen; daughters, Robin (Steve) Rayel, Cheryl (Bud) Peizner and Jody (Rob) Twain; and seven grandchildren, Stephen Rayel, Lauren Rayel, Elise Alexander, Aaron Peizner, Gabriel Peizner, Madelyn Twain and Eli Twain.

Sam was a long time Congregation Neveh Shalom member and daily minyan regular.

A private interment is scheduled. A Zoom Shiva Minyan will be Jan. 5 at 6 pm.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the extended Miller family.


Michael Hasson, z”l, passed away Dec. 31, 2020. Michael is loved and remembered by his daughters. Michelle, Lauren and Jenna Hasson; his brother, Barry Hasson, and his dear mother, Marilyn Hasson.

In keeping with our, and the family's commitment to keep our community safe and healthy, and in compliance with our governor's directive, a private interment is scheduled.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the extended Hasson family.



Michael (Micha-el ben Nahum) Rosenfield, z”l, passed away in late December in South Africa. He is loved and remembered by his son Barry (Wendy) Rosenfield and their daughters, Allison and Samantha, members of Congregation Neveh Shalom.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the extended Rosenfield family.



Dorothy Reiter (z”l), passed away on Dec. 18, 2020. She was the beloved wife of Philip Reiter; mother of Gregg (Eleonore) Reiter, Scott (Judy) Reiter and Barbara (Thomas) Rosenbaum.  

A private family service was held at the Beth Israel Cemetery.

Congregation Beth Israel sends condolences to Philip, Gregg, Eleonore, Scott, Judy, Barbara, Thomas and the extended Reiter family.  

Donations in Dorothy's memory can be made to the Rose Schnitzer Manor or Hospice.


Jake Gijanto, z”l, passed away in Arizona in late December. He is survived by daughter, Rivka & Tuvia Berzow, members of Congregation Kesser Israel.

Congregation Kesser Israel offers the entire family comfort in this time of loss.


Meyer M. Ruimy, z”l,  passed away Dec. 23, 2020, in New Jersey, at age 73.  He is loved and remembered his brother, longtime Congregation Neveh Shalom member Daniel (Roberta) Ruimy; three additional brothers; two sisters; and many nieces and nephews. He was known as Michel to family and Michael elsewhere since living and working in the United Stated. Michel is

Michel, like his brother Daniel, was born in Casablanca and came to the States in 1969 – after he had served in the Israeli military, participating in the 1967 war. He never married, and spent many years caring for his aging parents even as they went to nursing homes. He retired early to be there for them every day and ensure they were getting the appropriate care. He was a kind, generous, shy, private man whose sole passions were Israel and his family.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the extended Ruimy family.


David Singer, z”l, David ben Dov u’Fayga, passed away Dec. 19 at the age of 99.
He was the father of Ellen (Richard) Cohen and Michael (Susan Cohen) Singer; and grandfather of Anissa Cohen, Tali Singer and Shoshi (Gabi Weinberg) Singer.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Reva (z”l).
A graveside service was held at Shaarie Torah Cemetery. Shiva minyanim via Zoom were  planned Sunday through Thursday at 5:15 pm.
Congregations Kesser Israel and Shaarie Torah send condolences to the entire family at this time.


Teri Giangreco, z”l, passed away Dec. 11, 2020. Teri Giangreco was a long-time member of Congregation Kol Ami in Vancouver, Wash.

She has also been an active supporter of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and Southwest Washington, and has been an advocate for women to learn the symptoms of the disease since she was diagnosed in 2017l

Because of Covid restrictions, a private burial was held Dec. 14.

Congregation Kol Ami offers prayers and condolences to Tony, Lisa, Anthony and his wife and all their children on this devastating loss.



Frieda Tobin, z”l, passed away Dec. 9, 2020, at the age of 98. Frieda was preceded in death by Louis Tobin, her husband of 58 years. She is loved and remembered by daughters Dale (Earl, z'l) Oller and Wendy (Steven) Shain, son Phil (Patricia) Tobin; grandchildren Sarah (Oller) Scott, Joshua Oller, Rachel (Tobin) Anderson, Marc Tobin, z'l; Nathan Shain, Leah (Shain) Burns; and seven great grandchildren.

In compliance with our governor's directive, a private interment is scheduled. A Zoom Shiva Minyan will be  held at 6 pm Dec. 12.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends condolences to the extended Tobin family.



Gloria Jane Stern Bacharach passed away on Dec. 9 at the age of 96. Gloria was preceded in death by her husband, Albrecht Bacharach, z”l, and granddaughter Jasmine RR Spiegel, z”l. She is loved and remembered by daughters, Elaine (Jonathon Lietz) Coughlin, Corinne (Larry) Spiegel and Jackie (Harold) Lesch; son, Alan Bacharach; grandchildren, Craig (Emiko) Coughlin, Aimee (Aaron) Johnson, Jody (Matt) Greene, Sam Spiegel, Joel Spiegel, Nathan Spiegel, Jacob (Reba) Lesch, Aaron Lesch, Zach (Nina Simons) Lesch, Ariel (Janique) Bacharach, Dana Bacharach, Lindsay Culver (Noah) and Jeremy Lietz; and 13 great grandchildren.

Gloria was the daughter of Jennie Stern, z”l, and Julius Stern, z”l, and was born in Dowagiac, Mich. She grew up in Marcellus, Mich., and attended Western Michigan College. Gloria married Albrecht, z”l, and lived in Michigan until the family moved to Oregon in 1968. As her family grew, and Gloria became a grandmother, she soon became our beloved “Oma” and showered her love on her family. Each and every child, grandchild and great grandchild felt Oma had a special place in her heart just for them!

Gloria was totally devoted to her community and family, yet always left room to volunteer and share her love and kindness. In 2012, Gloria was honored as the Legacy Society Honoree from Oregon Jewish Community Foundation for her “steadfast devotion to our Jewish community.” For more than 20 years, Gloria managed the Judaica Shop at Congregation Neveh Shalom, and it was later named in her honor. The "Woman of Valor Award" from the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland was awarded to Gloria in the 1990s. Hadassah, Neveh Shalom Sisterhood, National Council of Jewish Women, Welcome Wagon, PTA, Scouts and the Lake Oswego Senior Center were some of the organizations where Gloria volunteered and served. Over the years, there were many other organizations to which Gloria never said “no.” She loved to play bridge and played in many different groups over the years. “Napping” was a word not known in Gloria’s vocabulary-she had far too much to live for, always showing her enthusiasm and positivity.

Gloria’s love for family motivated her to carefully connect with relatives from all over the world and when possible, attend every momentous occasion. When Gloria arrived, the event was “special.”

 Her smiling eyes and warmth, touched everyone she met and this carried through to her final days as caregivers and Serenity Hospice staff called her “their favorite.” Her life was a blessing to all.

Donations may be made in her memory to: Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Jewish Family & Child Service, Camp Solomon Schechter or the charity of your choice.

A private interment is scheduled. Zoom Shiva Minyans will be Dec. 12 at 7:30 pm, Dec. 13 at 3:30 pm and Dec. 14 at 7 pm. Information is available from Congregation Neveh Shalom.



Belle Angel, z"l, passed away Dec. 8, 2020, at the age of 99. Bayla bat Ya'akov v'Sarah is survived by her children, Leon and Jacqueline; and 11 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by husband Harold, z"l.

A private graveside service will be held at Shaarie Torah Cemetery.

Congregation Shaarie Torah sends heartfelt condolences to the entire family at this time.



Dr. Norman Bilow, z”l, passed away Dec. 6, 2020. He is survived by children, Steve (Patt) Bilow, Richard Bilow and Sandra Whitmarsh; grandchildren, Matthew Whitmarsh and Jessica Wint; and their great-grandchildren Avery and Levi Whitmarsh.

Dr. Bilow was an active participant in the U.S. Space Program with more than 100 patents in high-temperature polymers.

There will be no public service due to COVID-19 but a Zoom memorial will be held soon.


Dianne Hoffman, z”l, passed away on Shabbat morning, Dec. 5, 2020, in Phoenix, Ariz. Dianne was preceded in death by her husband, Rabbi Sydney Hoffman, and son, Larry Hoffman. She is survived by daughter, Congregation Neveh Shalom member Judi (Joe) Goodman, Portland; daughter, Sally Snader, Phoenix; sons, Sanford Hoffman, Germantown, Md., and Daniel Hoffman, Gaithersburg, Md.; grandchildren, Josh Goodman, Memphis, Tenn., Nathan Goodman, Portland, Steffani (Anthony) Minella, Phoenix, and Cott Snader, Phoenix; and four great-grandchildren.

In keeping with COVID-19 restrictions, a private interment was scheduled Tuesday in Phoenix, AZ.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the extended Hoffman/Goodman family.



Susan Lois Klugman Singer, z”l, passed away Dec. 4. Susan was preceded in death by her husband, Seymour. She is loved and remembered by her children, Ellen (Eamon Malloy) Singer of Portland, Sally Singer of New York and Michael Singer of Kensington, CA; and grandchildren Benjamin, Daniel and Eli Molloy; Malachy, Pascal and Oscar O'Neill; and F. Theodore Singer and Leonora Heater.

A Zoom Shiva Minyan will be planned.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends deepest condolences to the extended Singer family.


Jane Rosenbaum, z”l, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Nov. 28, 2020. She is survived by son, Mark Rosenbaum; daughter Lori Krasnowsky; grandchildren, David Rosenbaum (Lily Rosenbaum), Sara Rosenbaum Murry (Casey Murry) and Hanna Krasnowsky; and two great-grandchildren, Zoe Jane Murry and Leo Fritz Rosenbaum.

Born in Berlin, Germany, on July 9, 1930, she and her parents escaped Hitler and landed in America March 15, 1939, leaving behind 71 great-aunts, uncles, grandparents and other relatives, who were never seen again. The family moved to Portland from New York where her father entered the grocery store business, followed by passing the Oregon Bar at age 60 to start a law practice.

She attended Grant High School then Lewis and Clark College. Met Fred Rosenbaum at the Friendship Club (German speaking Immigrant social club). He proposed after dating her for six weeks; they were married for 54 years. Their life together involved building a business, dad’s military career, many community board activities, travel and family time. Mom and Dad received among many other honors, the Maurice Sussman award from the American Jewish Committee in 2000. Fred passed away in 2010.

Following Fred’s death, Jane met Gordon Jensen, and they were together for nine years before her passing. 

She was a founding member of the Oregon Holocaust Survivor, Refugee and Families Group. For nine years she chaired the Oregon Holocaust Memorial Coalition, which created the memorial in Washington Park. She served on the boards of Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, Good Samaritan Foundation, Epilepsy Association of Oregon, American Cancer Society. She was the “First Lady” of Camp Rosenbaum, which brings third- to fifth-grade children living in rental assisted housing to a week-long camp. After caring for one parent with cancer and one with Alzheimer’s, she wrote The Caregivers Companion. All proceeds benefited Good Samaritan Foundation.

A Zoom service was held Dec. 1. Due to COVID restrictions, only immediate family was present on site at the Beth Israel Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Holocaust Memorial and Education Endowment Fund or Camp Rosenbaum Fund.



Robert Earle Rudolph, z'l, passed away Nov. 27, 2020, at the age of 88. Bob was preceded in death by his wife Terrye (Stein) Rudolph (06/11/18). They were married for 67 years. Bob is loved and remembered by his sons Steve (Sheryl) Rudolph of Sisters, OR; Jeff Rudolph of Palm Desert, CA; and Matt Rudolph in Tualatin, OR.

The private funeral took place Nov. 30 at Neveh Zedek Cemetery and was officiated by Rabbi Arthur Zuckerman.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the Rudolph family.



Feb. 3, 1919 - Nov. 27, 2020

Thelma Steinberg Schnitzer, z”l, passed away peacefully at her home in San Francisco Nov. 27, 2020. Thelma is survived by her son, Gary Schnitzer (Sandra Wilder); and her daughter, Deborah Novack (Kenneth) both of San Francisco; her four grandchildren, Andrea Whitney (Deed), Gregory Schnitzer, Melanie Piziali (Eric) and Kevin Novack; six great-grandchildren; and her sister, Ilene Goldberg.

Thelma was born Feb. 3, 1919, in Portland to Lillian and Ben Steinberg and raised in Portland together with her sister Ilene (Steinberg) Goldberg and her brother Stanley Steinberg.

Thelma met her future husband Gilbert Schnitzer about 1932 when they were both 13 years old. In 1936 Gilbert went to the University of Oregon and Thelma went to the University of Washington to follow her love of music. In 1938, at age 19 she elected to marry Gilbert and join him at the University of Oregon rather than transfer to The Juilliard School in New York. They both graduated in 1940 and were happily married for 74 years until Gilbert's death in 2012.

After they both graduated, Thelma and Gilbert returned to Portland where their two children Gary and Deborah were born. They raised their family in Portland and lived there until 2008 when they moved to San Francisco to be closer to their children. She was active in the Oregon arts scene in both performing and visual arts at the Oregon Symphony and the Portland Art Association.

For more than the last 20 years, Thelma suffered from debilitating eye diseases, which ultimately led to her loss of sight. She wanted to prevent others from suffering as she had and she and Gilbert took particular pride in having endowed chairs in ophthalmology at both Oregon Health & Sciences University and Devers Eye Institute for that purpose.



Ruth Annette Gordin, z”l, passed away on Nov. 27, 2020, at age 88. She is survived by sons, Alex (Barbara) Meiers-Gordin, Robert Gordin, Seth (Kristin) Goradietsky, Douglas (Melanie) Gordin and Howard (Christine) Gordin; and eight grandchildren.

Born March 31, 1932, Ruth was the only child of Alex and Eva Blond. She attended Vernon Elementary School and Jefferson High School. Ruth married the love of her life, Frank, in 1951. They had been married for 65 years when Frank passed. Together they raised five sons: Alex, Robert, Seth, Doug and Howard.

Ruth was a loving wife and caring mother, a hard-working homemaker who loved to cook. Ruth was compassionate and spread joy with her radiant smile. She delighted in spending time with her extended family. She was in the Sharie Torah Sisterhood and was a member of Hadassah. Ruth was be buried next to Frank at the Neveh Zedek Cemetery in a private service. A Zoom Shiva Minyan was held Nov. 29..

Congregations Shaarie Torah and Neveh Shalom extend condolences to the Gordin family.



Riesha Levy, z”l, passed away peacefully on Nov. 23, 2020 (7th Kislev), in Boca Raiton, Florida. Riesha is loved and remembered by sons, Andrew (Rosy) Levy and David (Clara) Levy; grandchildren, Avi Levy, Sabrina (Nir) Maoz, Avrohom (Samantha) Levy and Esther (Adam) Edelson; two great-grandchildren; and brothers, Bernard (Judy) Kaufman and Hershel (Elizabeth) Kaufman.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the Levy family



Darlene Dorothy Levy, z”l, of Portland passed away on Nov. 11, 2020, at the age of 78. Darlene is survived by husband, Robert Levy; children, Anthony Maurice Levy, Dina Michelle Levy, Lindsey Alan Levy, Brian Andrew Levy, and Joey Jacob Levy; siblings, Frances Policar, Rose Bloom, and Sandra Oster; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was born Sept. 9, 1942.

A private funeral for Darlene was held at Shaarie Torah Cemetery on Nov. 13, 2020.


Hannah Kalenscher, z"l, passed away Nov. 21 in California. She is survived by son, Mark (Jennifer) Kalenscher; daughter, Judy (Joseph) Winn; and grandchildren, Ellen and Albert Kalenscher and Lindsay and Rachel Winn.

The funeral is scheduled in California. Congregation Neveh Shalom will have information about shiva following Mark and Jennifer's return to Portland.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the Kalenscher family.


George Sidline, z"l, passed away on Nov. 16 at the age of 86. He is survived by his wife Simonne, his two children John (Stacy) Sidline and Nathalie Mateer, and his four grandchildren: Brody, Maxx, Samantha and Margo.

A private family service will be held on Monday November 23, 2020 at the Beth Israel Cemetery.

Congregations Neveh Shalom and Beth Israel extend condolences to the Sidline family.  



Don Stephens, z”l, loved and remembered by his wife, Barbara; sister, Sandy (Carl) Rees; and brother-in-law, David (Diane) Beran.

In keeping with Congregation Neveh Shalom’s and the family's commitment to keep our community safe and healthy, a private interment is scheduled.

All are encouraged to add your support to the family by participating in a Zoom Shiva Minyan on Monday evening, Nov. 23, at 5 pm. Call Neveh Shalom for link.



Eleanore See Rubinstein, z”l, died Nov. 8, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband Paulo Rubinstein, z”l. She is survived by four children Richard (Deanne) Rubinstein, Caroline (Ron) Gevurtz, Diane (Dirk) Koopman and Sandra Rubin; seven grandchildren, Teri DeHaan (Andy), Rick Rubinstein (Jill), Lisa Levin (Bart), Sheri Baer (Doug), Dirk Koopman (Secia), Devin Koopman (Amy), Darci Keljo (Kevin); 14 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Born April 23, 1913, to Richard and Carolyn See in New York City, Eleanore moved to Portland when she was 7. After graduating from Grant High School in 1931, she attended the University of Washington.
Eleanore married Paul Rubinstein in 1933, and together they raised their four children in Aberdeen, Wash., before relocating to Portland in 1960.

Even after Eleanore turned 100, she continued to volunteer with Store to Door, calling to get grocery lists from the local nonprofit’s disabled or home-bound clients AND giving them a social connection.
She was featured recently in Cedar Sinai Park’s Our Stories series. You can read the story at
A private family service was held Nov. 10, 2020, at the Beth Israel Cemetery.
Congregation Beth Israel sends condolences to Dick, Deanne, Carolyn, Ron, Sandi, Diane, Dirk, Teri, Andy, Rick, Jill, Lisa, Bart, Sheri, Doug, Dirk, Secia, Devin, Amy, Darci, Kevin and the extended Rubinstein family.  

Donations may be made to: Store to Door, Congregation Beth Israel, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, or Rose Schnitzer Manor at Cedar Sinai Park.


Toby Katz, z”l, passed away Nov. 4, 2020, in St. Louis, Missouri, at the age of 86. She was the wife of the late Irvin Katz, z”l; mother and mother-in-law of Debbie Katz Barash (Jesse), Richard Katz, Larry Katz (Michele Katz Reichlin) and Amie Katz; grandmother of Sara Katz, Brandon Katz, Stephanie (Katz) Schorzman (Brian), Daniel Barash and Abbie Barash (Adam Jenkins); “GG” of Charlie and Walker Schorzman; sister and sister-in-law of the late Robert Levy (late Betty), the late Bobbi Guller (late Sidney) and the late Elliot Levy (Mary).
Her granddaughter, Abbie Barash, is an alumni of PDX Pathways and now is the Portland Field Fellow for OneTable, the national nonprofit created to make Shabbat dinner accessible to young adults.
Toby was passionate about cooking, baking, gardening, hiking, biking, playing cards, decorating, travel and the arts. She was an OASIS volunteer who tutored grade school kids to improve their literacy, and was active in the Women’s Study Group. Toby was a successful businesswoman who ran SP Distributing Co. following in the footsteps of her late husband.
A funeral service took place on Nov. 8. Memorial contributions preferred to Central Institute for the Deaf or the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry. 

Dr. Jim Byrd, z"l, died peacefully at his home in Laguna Niguel, Calif., surrounded by his family on Oct. 28, at the age of 78 from complications of Alzheimer’s and diabetes. 
He was the father of Beit Haverim member Gabrielle Williams. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his three children and their spouses; and six grandchildren.
Beit Haverim sends condolences to Gabrielle, David, Matigan and Tate Williams.


 Matisyahu Weinstock, z"l, passed away Oct. 26,  2020. He is survived by his daughter Esther (Rabbi Tzvi) Fischer of the Portland Kollel. 
Congregation Kesser Israel extends condolences to the family. The funeral was held Oct. 27 in New Jersey. 

Alan “Barz” Barzman, z”l, passed away Oct. 21, 2020, at the age of 88. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 17 years, Suzanne Barzman, of Portland; children, Lindsey Colhoun, and Michael and Chris Barzman; grandchildren Ryder and Haven Calhoun; and stepchildren Gabrielle Whitney and Kenneth Markewitz.
 Alan was born in Portland. He graduated from the University of Oregon and received his master's from Boston University. He devoted his advertising career to making humorous radio ads.  
Alan was a talented artist and published author. He loved fine art, fine food and a fantastic Oregon Ducks game. 
He was listed in Who’s Who in Advertising. He was the recipient of Radio Advertising Bureau's Orson Welles Lifetime Achievement Award for Creative Excellence, Clio Awards, International Broadcast Awards, London Advertising Awards, ADDY and ANDY Awards. Alan lectured about Creative Radio Advertising in the United States, London, Helsinki, Sydney and Johanessburg. His voice could be heard on the CBS children’s program “Beakman's World.”
He was a well-known voice talent and the original voice-over who prompted the Energizer Bunny to keep “going and going and going.” Alan undoubtedly will keep “going and going and going” in our hearts forever. 

Michel (Mike) Marcel Rogson, z”l, passed away Oct. 25, 2020. He was the husband of Miriam; father of Ariel (Jennifer) and Tamir (Asheara) Rogson; brother of Leon (Gavriella); and grandfather of Abigail, Charles and Benjamin. 
In keeping with Congregation Neveh Shalom and the family's commitment to keep our community safe and healthy, and in compliance with our governor's directive, a private interment was scheduled.
Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the Rogson family.

Malcolm Harold Wolf, z”l, died Oct. 18, 2020, at the age of 77. He was the beloved father of Bryan Wolf and Taryn Wolf, brother of Stanley Wolf and Frances Gendleman, and grandfather of four.
He was preceded in death by wife Nancy, z”l,  and parents Martha and Harry Wolf, z”l.
Malcolm was a resident at Rose Schnitzer Manor. A private funeral was held at Shaarie Torah Cemetery Oct. 23.
Congregation Shaarie Torah sends heartfelt condolences to the entire family.


Phillip Gladstein, z”l, passed away Oct. 17 at the age of 92. He was the husband of Raya Gladstein; dear father of Lori (Ken) Kletzer, Carol Gladstein and Jay (Eric) Gladstein; and grandfather to Ben (Kelsey) Kletzer and Sarah Kletzer.

He was an active volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital and for more than 30 years served as the volunteer rabbi at Cedar Sinai Park. He was a member of the Shriners, The Multnomah Athletic Club and Congregation Neveh Shalom.

Phil used to lead the morning minyan at Congregation Neveh Shalom on Sundays. Each week he would “announce” how many days until Hanukkah. In the Oct. 19 notice of Phil’s death, Neveh Shalom noted, “We're sure Phil would want us to note that there are 52 days until Hanukkah.”

Phillip Soloman Gladstein was born Dec. 2, 1927, the youngest of four children born to Sam and Fannie Gladstein. He grew up in Portland, attending Failing Grade School and graduating from Lincoln High School.
After high school the family moved to Seattle where Phil studied anthropology at the University of Washington. He served in the Navy during World War II and was recalled to duty during the Korean War. During his military service he served as Ship's Cook aboard an LST and at the Naval Hospital at Yokosuka, Japan. Following his military service Phil worked with his brother Barney at Pioneer Supply in Seattle. In 1959, Phil returned to Portland, working for 30 years at The Lippman Company and at Familian Northwest.
In his retirement Phil served as a commissioner for the Raleigh Water District.
In keeping with Neveh Shalom and the family's commitment to keep our community safe and healthy, and in compliance with our governor's directive, a private interment was scheduled.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends condolences to the Gladstein family.

Those wishing to honor Phil may send donations to Cedar Sinai Park.


Sheldon “Shelly” Petcher, z”l, passed away Oct. 15, 2020, at the age of 85. 
Shelly was born in Chicago on July 2, 1935. He was married to Phyllis for 54 years. Shelly died of complications related to Covid-19 at the age of 85. He was preceded in death by Phyllis and is survived by his children, Leslie (Daniel) Petcher, Melissa (Tim) Longstreth and Glenn Petcher.
A private graveside funeral was held at Shaarie Torah Cemetery. Arrangements by Holman’s Funeral Service.


Melvin Weinstein, z”l, passed away Oct.  7, 2020, at the age of 89.
Melvin was the beloved husband of 59 years to Anne Weinstein; father of Bruce Weinstein and Lisa (Richard) Pagnano; and grandfather of Dorie, Mallory, Ellie and Carly Pagnano.
A private family service will be held at the Beth Israel Cemetery. 
Congregation Beth Israel sends condolences to Anne, Bruce, Lisa, Richard, Dorie, Mallory, Ellie, Carly and the extended Weinstein family.  



Judy Ann Waxman, z”l, died Oct. 2, 2020, after complications from a recurrent Leukemia. She was the sister of Congregation Kol Ami member David Davis of Vancouver, Wash.

David traveled to Austin, Texas, to be with his family for funeral services for his sister. Burial will be Oct. 5 or 6.

Congregation Kol Ami sends condolences to the entire extended Davis family on this difficult loss. 


Doug Goodman, z”l, passed away on Yom Kippur, Sept. 28, 2020. He was the dear father of Barak and Ilan Goodman, grandfather of 4 and brother of Lois (Ron) Ralph.

In keeping with Neveh Shalom and the family's commitment to keep our community safe and healthy, and in compliance with our governor's directive, a private interment is scheduled.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the Goodman family.



Judy Ross, z”l, died Sept. 2, 2020. She is survived by daughters, Bonni Goldberg and Meredith Goldberg; granddaughter, Isabel Kendall; and son-in-law, Geo Kendall.

Judy relocated from New York to Portland in 2012 and moved into Rose Schnitzer Manor. She was active at The Manor on many committees and started The Red Hat Society and a pet visit sign up for Manor residents with pets and those without. She held a JD and a PhD.  Judy loved good food, wine and conversation.



Davrian Hersh (z”l), passed away on Sept. 25, 2020. She was the beloved mother of  Congregation Beth Israel Cantor Ida Rae Cahana (Rabbi Michael Cahana), Tom Hersh, Lisa Reed and Michael Hersh; grandmother of David, Sarit, Liora, and Idit Cahana; Ben and Hadley Hersh; Kyle and Natalie Reed; and Leah and Alex Hersh.

Congregation Beth Israel offers condolences to Cantor Cahana, Rabbi Cahana, Tom, Lisa, Michael, Daivd, Sarit, Liora, Idit, Ben, Hadley, Kyle, Natalie, Leah, Alex and the extended Hersh family.



Jack Menashe, z’l, passed away Sept. 20, 2020, the second day of Rosh Hashanah. He was the beloved husband of Darlene; father of Ed Menashe, Joya Menashe and Rachelle Menashe; stepfather of Deborah Ellis and Michelle Alberts; grandfather of 8; great-grandfather of 4; and brother of Beulah Schauffer.

He was born March 28, 1932.

A private interment is scheduled.

Chabad SE Rabbi Dov and Chani Bialo posted on Facebook: “Jack Menashe (or Mr. Menashe, as we lovingly called him) was a special soul. In his quiet way he brought joy to each encounter. Mr. Menashe and the children had a special relationship and he will be sorely missed. We wish Darlene (Mrs. Menashe) lots of comfort and blessings.”

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends its deepest condolences to the Menashe family.


Svetlana (Lana) Astrakhan, z'l, passed away Sept. 14, 2020. She is survived by her husband, Alex Astrakhan; mother and stepfather, Sofia Zalmanova and Efim Bresler; and her children, Nadine (Alex) Menashe and Natasha Astrakhan. 
A private interment is scheduled. A Zoom Shiva Minyan will be held at 7 pm, Sept. 16. For a link to the Zoom shiva, contact Congregation Neveh Shalom.
Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the Astrakhan family.




Elaine Tanzer, z”l, passed away Sept. 8 after a fall. She was 77. Survivors include Tanzer’s children, Joshua Tanzer, Jessica Tanzer Conroy, Rachel Tanzer and Elan Tanzer, as well as one grandson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob, in 2018. Elaine Rhine, a Portland schoolteacher, and Jacob Tanzer married in 1974. Jacob was a Portland lawyer and judge who spent time with the U.S. Department of Justice. 

In 1979, Elaine founded of one of Portland’s first specialty food stores, Elephants Delicatessen. She developed her passion for good cheese, pasta and wine during a year abroad in northern Italy while studying at Portland State University.

On the Elephants Deli website, she is quoted as saying: “The best thing about Elephants and the not-so-secret ingredient is the people. When I started the store in 1979, I had no idea that so many wonderful people would come to work here or that there would be so many terrific customers. Just think, 40 years of smart, funny people, and delicious food.”



Julia Usero, z”l, passed away Sept. 4 in Port Richey, Florida, at the age of 104. Julia was the mother of Congregation Kol Ami member Julie Burger. Julie's sister was with their mother when she passed peacefully. Julia is remembered well as an incredible mother and grandmother.
Julia was born June 12, 1916.

Congregation Kol Ami sends condolences to Julie and Les, as well to their children and grandchildren and extended family.


Hunter “Reuven” Jackson Jaffe, z”l, was born May 14, 1999, and passed away on Aug. 28, 2020.

He is survived by his mothers Toni “Rivka” Jaffe and Luna “Shivra” Jaffe, brother Michael Ari Peck, honor mother Amy Braun, grandmother Oralee Hamilton, aunts Linda Grabler and Jackie Beerman, and uncles Steve Braun, Tim Braun and Larry Grabler.

Hunter attended Neveh Shalom Foundation School, Portland Jewish Academy, Wilson High School and Oregon State University. He was involved in NCSY and OSU Hillel.

He was a gentle young man who had a smile and heart that lit up the world.  His light was bright. He gave the best hugs.  He loved children and had a generous, kind, sensitive and open nature.

Contributions and donations on his behalf and honor can be made to Outside In.



Cheryl Richards, z”l, died after a two year battle with cancer the last week of August 2020. She died at home surrounded by those she loved – her husband, Mark, her two dogs, and a few family members.

Cheryl was a long-time member and past president of Congregation Kol Ami in Vancouver, Wash.

A private burial and by a more public Zoom shiva were being planned.



Ella Ostroff, z”l, died Aug. 28, 2020. She is loved and remembered by Sherry (Steven) Stone, Mick Ostroff, Hilary (Lars) Snitker, Elana (Cam) Anderson, Adam Stone, Leah Stone; sister Lilly Levinson; and nieces Wendy, Cyndi and Helene.

A private interment was scheduled. Congregation Neveh Shalom organized a shiva minyan on Zoom Aug. 30 and Temple Beth Sholom in Salem coordinated Zoom shiva minyans Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the Ostroff/Stone family.


Lynne Nierenberg, z”l, passed away in her sleep after suffering a long decline. She was the mother of David Nierenberg.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Peace Health Southwest Washington Foundation for the Holtzman Twins NICU. The NICU was founded and named for Lynn and her twin sister whose survival after their birth was always considered miraculous.
Congregation Kol Ami extends condolences to David and Patricia Nierenberg; their children Elodie, Jacob and Albanie; and their extended family.


Joan Muzikant, z”l, passed away on Aug. 17, 2020. She was the beloved mother of Adam Muzikant, Andrea Muzikant, Lynne Ryan and her husband Muhlis Akcabay; and grandmother of Melody von Weller, Allison Serrano, Sadie (Ashton) Petty, Talia Muzikant, Audrey Muzikant, and Noah Muzikant.

A private family service will be held at the Beth Israel Cemetery. Congregation Beth Israel sends condolences to Adam, Andrea, Lynne, Muhlis, Melody, Allison, Sadie, Talia, Audrey, Noah and the extended Muzikant family.


Dennis (Denny) Singer, z”l,  passed away on Aug. 13, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nev. He was the beloved brother of Gary (Linda) Singer of Portland. 
He is survived by wife, Carol; sons Reed, Shaun and Alex; grandchildren Logan, Liam and Annabelle; brothers, Steve and Gary; sister, Linda (Mike) Ellis; and many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Denny was born Dec. 6, 1947, to Lewis and Esther Singer, in Portland, Oregon. He grew up in Portland and moved with his family to Las Vegas around 33 years ago.
Congregations Shaarie Torah and Neveh Shalom send condolences to the entire family.

Russell A. Kirsch, z”l, died Aug. 11, 2020, at his home in Portland at age 91. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joan; children, Walden (Portland), Peter (Denver, Colo.), Lindsey (Seattle) and Kara (St. Paul, Minn.); and four grandchildren, Nathan, Noah, Gus and Gabrielle
Kirsch, the son of Russian and Hungarian Jewish immigrants, was born in New York City June 20, 1929. 
Kirsch was a pioneering computer scientist who was on the team that built the U.S. government’s first programmable computer (SEAC) in the early 1950s. He is credited with creating the first computer digitally scanned photograph in 1957, a now-famous 176 pixel-square black and white image of his infant son. That first-scanned image is regarded as a foundation for modern digital photography and computer image processing and was included in “100 Photographs that Changed The World” (Time Life Books, 2003). His work in image processing led to such diverse technologies as CAT scans, satellite imaging, desktop publishing and bar codes.
He spent his entire 50-year professional career as a research scientist at the National Institutes of Science and Technology (formerly the U.S. National Bureau of Standards), in Washington, D.C. He headed the Artificial Intelligence Group which, beginning in the late 1960s, worked to bring early AI methods in computer-assisted pattern recognition and image processing to advance a wide variety of fields including cancer detection, biomedical imaging, currency counterfeit detection and archeology. The Kirsch Operator, named for him, is a mathematical algorithm he invented to detect edges in images. His research was widely published in scientific journals and he lectured broadly worldwide.
After retiring, Russell and Joan, an art historian and printmaker, moved to Portland. They pursued research into picture grammars and the work of the artists Richard Diebenkorn and Joan Miro. They also traveled the world photographing and researching cave art in France and petroglyphs in Africa, Europe and the U.S. and brought their respective skills to creating stereoscopic images of these ancient petroglyphs to better understand the nature and sequence of their creation and to help distinguish between ancient drawings from modern imitations. 

Gersham Goldstein, z"l, died Aug. 6, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Pauline, and daughter, Deborah, and grandchildren, Noah Goldstein, Krystal Graybiel-Goldstein, Logan Goldstein and Jakob Goldstein. He was preceded in death by his son Marcus in 2015. 
He was a prominent Portland tax lawyer and an active member of the Jewish community. He served as president of the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland from 2009 to 2011. He also served on the boards of the Robison Jewish Home, Congregation Neveh Shalom and Greater Portland Hillel. He was also active with Chabad in Portland for many years. 
Gersham was born in Brooklyn, New York on Dec. 5, 1938. After matriculating at City College of New York with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1959, he attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws in 1962. Immediately following graduation, Gersham took a position as a research assistant for Gerald L. Wallace at NYU who became a significant influence in his career. 
In 1963 Gersham drove to Oregon to work for Peter M. Gunnar, the first judge for the Oregon Tax Court. Over his early career he worked for Governor Mark Hatfield, Jacob Javits and taught at New York University and the University of Cincinnati. In the mid 1970s he and his wife, Pauline, returned to Portland where he took a position at Davies Biggs, which later became Stoel Rives, from which he retired as partner.
Donations in his memory can be made to the Maimonides Jewish Day School, Pioneer Courthouse Historical Society, or the Knight Cancer Institute.
Congregation Neveh Shalom extends deepest condolences to the Goldstein family.


Betty Coon, z”l, passed away Aug. 1 while in hospice. She was the mother of Carol Stoler, a member of Congregation Kol Ami in Vancouver, Wash.

 Congregation Kol Ami offers condolences to Carol, Eric, Rachel, Michelle and their extended family.


Charles Gelber (z”l), passed away on July 29, 2020, at age 64. He was the beloved husband of Lynn Gelber, brother of Larry Gelber and Art Gelber, father of Jacklyn Daly (Tom) and Maxwell Gelber, and uncle of Jordan Gelber, and Jenny Gelber. 

A private family service was held at the Beth Israel Cemetery, with a shiva minyan on Aug. 1.

Congregation Beth Israel sends condolences to Lynn, Larry, Art, Jacklyn, Tom, Maxwell, Jordan, Jenny and the extended Gelber family.  



Naum Miroshnik, z"l, passed away July 29, 2020, at the age of 93. He was the dear father of Faina (Moisey) Talal and Peter Miroshnik, and beloved grandfather of Rosalind Golosker, Jessica Talal Goget and Tony Talal.

In keeping with Neveh Shalom and the family's commitment to keep our community safe and healthy, and in compliance with our governor's directive, a private interment is scheduled.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the Miroshnik / Talal family.



Philip Sarna, z”l, passed away July 28, 2020, after a long illness. Philip, a Holocaust survivor, was 91. He is survived by his wife, Frances; daughter, Ann of Seattle; son, Ron of Portland; and many nieces and nephews.

Philip was born in Warta, Poland, and survived Auschwitz with his sisters, Anna Podemski, Sala Kryszek, Regina Langfus and Guta Podebski. All of the siblings have now passed away.

Philip married Portland native Frances Jean Weinstein on May 13, 1962. For many years he owned a furniture and appliance store, Sarna’s, in East Portland.

Philip’s niece, Esther Podemski, filmed “House of the World” in the late 1990s. The documentary traces the history of a family photograph as the filmmaker accompanies Holocaust survivors who return to Poland 50 years after the war.

He was a longtime member of Congregation Kesser Israel. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 am, Friday, July 31, in the Kesser Israel Cemetery.



Joe Mussabini, z”l, passed away July 26, 2020. Joe worked with Café at the J owner Allen Levin from 1978 until this spring when Lou Gehrig’s disease forced him to retire.

Survivors include his wife; Amy Liv Laing, three step children Madeleine, Duncan and Katherine Bradford; ex-wife Wendy Delaharpe and her children;nephews Nagy and Ramy Elguindy; dear friend Allen Levin and his family.

You can read more about Joe’s life in the Jewish Review June 24 Tikkun olam briefs:

His full obituary is available at



Sandra Silvon, z"l, passed away July 21, 2020, at age 78, in Reno, Nev. She was the sister of Brenda (Larry) Schwartz, aunt of Cameron Schwartz and Rochelle (Ryan) Abitz, and several cousins. 

Sandra was born in Hartford, Conn., June 19, 1942, to Kurt and Irma Silvon, z"l. She was raised in Portland.


In keeping with Congregation Neveh Shalom, and the family's commitment to keep our community safe and healthy, and in compliance with our governor's directive, a private interment is scheduled.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends deepest condolences to the Silvon / Schwartz family.



Herbert Black, z"l, passed away on July 23, 2020, at 94 years old. He is survived by daughter, Leslie Black; granddaughter Molly Black Scott; brother, Larry Black; and companion, Elaine Savinar.  He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Eve Black, and his son Daniel Black.

The private family funeral took place July 26. A memorial celebration will take place at a later date.

Congregation Beth Israel sends condolences go to Leslie, Molly, Larry, Elaine and the extended Black family.  

Donations in his memory can be made to the Oregon Humane Society or Congregation Beth Israel funds.



Claude Oulman, z"l, died the first week of July 2020. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Callie Oulman. Also survived by his children, Candi Swan, Holly Sawyers, Laurel Jolly, Esther Carver, Erin Speake, Sandi Larson, Tammy Burnham, Rachel Mateer, Priscilla Oulman, Talia Oulman and Angelo Oulman.

He was preceded in death by his son David Oulman of blessed memory.

A private memorial ceremony was held.

Congregation Shaarie Torah sends heartfelt condolences to the entire family.



Elena Barron, z"l, died July 2, 2020. She was the beloved mother of Leah (Neil) Lefkowitz. She is survived by her husband, one sister, three children and spouses, 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Elena was buried on Sunday, July 5, in Mercedes, Texas.

Congregation Shaarie Torah sends heartfelt condolences to the entire family.



Leah Nepom, z"l, died the first weekend in July 2020. She was the mother of Hannah Zaiv, Gerald (Barbara) Nepom and David (Lynn) Nepom, as well as the loved grandmother of four and great-grandmother of one.

She was born in Fredonia, Kansas, on Feb. 29, 1928, which was a leap-year birthday. Her parents, Chaya and Yelic (Joe) Tkatch, were immigrants from Russia. Leah attended the University of Washington where she joined the Jewish sorority, Alpha Phi. Her future husband, Marv, was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu. After Marv graduated in 1947, the couple moved to Portland where Marv had been born and raised. Leah was active in many clubs and organizations within the community, including National Council of Jewish Women and the Jewish Community Center. She and Marv were married for 67 years, until his death in 2014. They were longtime members of Congregation Neveh Shalom.

In keeping with the congregation’s and family's commitment to keep our community safe and healthy, and in compliance with our governor's directive, a private interment is scheduled.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the Nepom family.



Jerome M. Reich, z”l, passed away June 22, 2020, in Portland, at the age of 83. He was the father of Sacha Reich, father-in-law of Aaron Pearlman, and grandfather of Lev and Ravit; father of Lainye Heiles and grandfather of Ciela and Skye; and father of Nathan Reich.

Though no longer a member, Jerry was one of the founding members of Havurah Shalom.

Jerry was born Sept. 23, 1936. He was a pulmonologist, polymath, environmental steward and outdoors enthusiast. Best known for his original research into sarcoidosis, Jerry completed "Reappraisal of Prevailing Premises in Sarcoidosis” in the final year of his life. Jerry worked as a pulmonologist at Kaiser Permanente for nearly 25 years. He received his doctoral degree from State University of New York, College of Medicine at Syracuse, and did postdoc training at University of Utah-affiliated hospitals..

A private funeral took place June 26. Nothing is needed by the family at this time. Your caring thoughts and prayers are welcome. Contributions in his memory may be made to Friends of the Columbia River Gorge.



Oscar Berdichevsky, z"l, died in mid-June, 2020. He was the dear father of Ricardo (Rosana) Berdichevsky and Mario (Rosie) Berdichevsky; as well as the wonderful grandfather of 4 and great-grandfather of 3.

In keeping with oongregation Neveh Shalom’s, and the family's commitment to keep our community safe and healthy, and in compliance with our governor's directive, a private interment is scheduled.

Zoom Shiva Minyans, June 24 and 25.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends condolences to the Berdichevsky family.



Dr. William P. Galen, z”l,  died June 17, 2020. Bill is survived by his wife of 74 years, Bev; brother, Morris; brother-in-law, Howard (Kim); daughters, Lindsay and Christie (Marshall); sons, Edward (Ann) and Davis; as well as nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren (with 2 more on the way).

Bill was born in Portland March 17, 1925, to Harry and Ruth Galen.

At age 12, Bill purchased his first camera sparking a passion for photography that remained with him throughout his life. He served as photographer for at    Lincoln High School student paper and yearbook. He also met Beverly, his favorite photographic subject and the love of his life at LHS

After graduating from the University of Oregon Medical School (now OHSU), he became a highly respected physician and one of the first Oncologists in Oregon. During his career, he served as president of both the Oregon Society of Internal Medicine and the International Society of Hyperthermia.

Bill's devotion to and excellence in medicine was mirrored by his work as an artist. He studied photography with Minor White and hosted many internationally known photographers as a longtime member of the Photographer's Interim Workshop. In 1970 he founded the Camerawork Gallery (now housed at Emanual Hospital) and continued to serve as its director until 2004. In addition to his photographic work, Bill was a longtime lover of the arts who, with Bev, supported many music, theater, and art institutions in Portland and Palm Springs.

Bill was a dedicated golfer and one of the early members of the Tualatin Country Club. He shot his first hole-in-one after the age of 76. We thank Loving Care Providers for taking care of Bill in the last year of his life. Anyone wishing to make a donation in his memory please consider supporting the Pacific Northwest Photographer's Archive ( or the charity of your choice.

Burial was held under Covid-19 restrictions at Beth Israel Cemetery June 21, 2020.



Bill Hoffman, z"l, died June 15, 2020 in Portland. He was the brother of Barbara (Marvin) Wolf. Bill is also remembered by his sons, Brett and Bradley; nephews Eric and Howard Wolf; many cousins in the community; and partner of many years, Charlene Miller.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the Hoffman/Wolf family.



Harry Glickman (z"l), passed away on June 10, 2020, at age 96. He was the beloved husband of Joanne Glickman; father of Marshall Glickman (Lisa), Jennifer Glickman-Hett (Mark Hett), and Lynn Rice (Bob Rice); and grandfather of Laz, Sydney and Joel.
A private service will be held at Beth Israel Cemetery
Harry was the founder and president emeritus of the Portland Trail Blazers, and has been called the “father of professional sports in Oregon.”

Glickman grew up in Portland playing basketball at the JCC and Lincoln High School. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1941. He served  three years in the Seventh Army’s 12th Armored Division that went through Belgium, France and Germany in World War II. Returning to Oregon after the war he resumed his studies and earned a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon in 1948.

In The Jewish Oregon Story 1950-2010, Ellen Eisenberg writes: “Carving out a career in sporting promotions, Glickman began with boxing, and then brought preseason National Football League games, the Harlem Globetrotters and the National Basketball association all-star games to Portland beginning in the mid 1950s. … as early as 1954, he aspired to bring a professional basketball team to the Rose City. … In 1970, Glickman raised funds for a new NBA expansion team, founding the Portland Trail Blazers and serving as general manager until his retirement in 1987.”

He also founded the Portland Buckaroos minor league hockey team in 1960. He served as the club’s co-owner and president over 12 seasons as the Buckaroos during which the team won three titles.

In memory of trailblazing Harry Glickman, the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education posted this 2005

OJMCHE featured Glickman in its 2012 exhibition “In the Game,” where he was inducted as an inaugural member in the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. A quote from sports journalist Ken Wheeler, collected during the research for the exhibition, aptly describes this great sports icon: “When Glickman speaks, it seems the earth should shake and pictures should sway or fall from the wall. That voice, that deep, rumbling voice with the timbre of rolling thunder, stands as a personal signature.”

In Glickman’s memory, the Blazers ask that people consider making a donation to the Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education, Congregation Beth Israel or the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland.



Michael Marx, z”l, died May 30, 2020, under hospice care in his home in Portland. Michael is survived by his spouse, Donald Marshall; their pet companions, Pepper and Pumpkin; nephew, Steven Mackler of Maryland; cousins, Ilene Harris of California and Norman Goldblatt of New York. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alan and Jeanne Marx; and sister, Renee Mackler.

Marx overcame prejudice for being Jewish and gay, built a successful business career, supported causes that fought discrimination and protected animals, and enjoyed a 32-year relationship with Donald Marshall, who he was finally allowed to marry in 2013.

He was born April 12, 1933 in Newark, N.J., where he was raised by his Aunt Doris.

In the early 1980s, at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, he worked setting up hospice care in Los Angeles and San Diego. Michael and Don have established LGBT scholarships at the University of California, San Diego; the teachers' college at Columbia University; Pomona College and Hiram College.

Michael and Donald, already a committed couple for 25 years, wed when same-sex marriage became legal in Washington state. They lived in their adopted city of Portland for the last 20 years.

Memorial donations may be made in Michael's name to the Oregon Humane Society, Oregon Public Broadcasting and the Dove Lewis emergency animal hospital.


Jonathan Mallov (Yonatan Ben Shmuel), z”l, passed away June 7, 2020. He was the brother of Congregation Kesser Israel member Dr. Joe Mallov. 
Dr. Mallov will be sitting shiva at home. While he is not able to have any visitors due to the virus, calls are appreciated.



Beverly Robinson, (z"l)Bat Sheva bat Moshe Yehoshua v'Chaya Raizel, died June 6, 2020 at the age of 82.

She was the beloved sister of Sheryl Harris and niece of Frieda Gass Cohen.

First cousin to Susan Branch, Trudine Burke, Richard Cohen, Zachary Gass and Ethyl Jevsavar.

She was preceded in death by husband Burke Robinson (z"l), parents Milton J. and Rose Gass Rosenberg (z"l) and grandparents Joseph and Zirl Gass (z"l).

A private graveside service will be held at Shaarie Torah Cemetery on Tuesday, June 9.



Jerry Fishman, z"l, passed away June 4, 2020, in Stamford, Conn. He was the husband of Judy and dear brother of Linda (Sid) Alpert. He had three children and seven grandchildren.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the Fishman / Alpert family.



Gerald Leshgold, z"l, passed away on June 3, 2020, at 101 years old. He was the beloved husband of Evelyn Leshgold, father of Carol Rosenthal (Bob), Barrie Cress (Jon), and Lynn Rosencrantz (Arne); grandfather of Jamie, Lauryn (Jules), Daniel, Zack (Kara), Josh (Nicole), Willie (Maffi), Hayley (Shawn), Adam (Thalia), Marcus (Emily), and Amy; and great-grandfather of Eli, Preston, Felipe, Jaz, Jaxon, Max, and Ben.

He was born in Seattle, Wash., March 29, 1919, to Mildred, z”l, and Ben Leshgold, z”l. Richard Leshgold, z”l, his brother who passed away in January, was 14 years younger.

Jerry grew up in Seattle and met his wife of 78 years at a B'nai B'rith event in 1938. Evelyn was 16, Jerry was 19. He attended the University of Washington and upon graduation, Jerry moved to Portland to attend the NW School of Optometry and to be closer to Evelyn. They dated for three years and married in 1941.

Jerry enlisted in the Air Force. He served as a 2nd Lt. in the Control Tower Division.

Dr. Leshgold opened his first practice with a fellow graduate in Portland where they practiced together for five years. He practiced for 40 additional years and retired in 1988. After retiring, Evelyn and Jerry divided their time between Portland, Palm Desert and Gearhart.

In high school Jerry received nine letters for his sports participation. He played golf, tennis and racquetball until three years ago. He was also a former president of Tualatin Country Club and a supporter of Congregation Beth Israel, Rose Schnitzer Manor/Cedar Sinai Park, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and Mittleman Jewish Community Center.

Private services were held Friday, June 5, at Congregation Beth Israel cemetery. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.



Alice Potter, z"l, passed away June 2, 2020, at the age of 102. Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Potter; and her daughter, Carol Potter Ginsberg. Alice is the dear mother of Irving (Arlene) Potter, Linda (Stanley, z”l) Hochman and Carol, z”l (Bob, z”l) Ginsberg. She also had 8 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

In keeping with Congregation Neveh Shalom’s and the family's commitment to keep our community safe and healthy, and in compliance with our governor's directive, a private interment was held.

Born Dec. 9, 1917, she moved with her mother Esther Riback Solomon and older sister Lillian Solomon Volchok from Los Angeles to Portland.

She graduated from Portland's Commerce High School (Cleveland). Alice and Eddie met at the Jewish Community Center in Portland where they were active in BBYO. They were married for almost 66 years until Eddie's passing in 2001. During WWII they produced a monthly newsletter for members of Portland's Ramblers club serving in the military. In recognition, Alice was awarded the "Amanuensis" award by the Ramblers when the troops came home.

She played weekly with the same Mah Jong group for over 60 years.

The family has requested that donations in Alice's memory be made to B'nai B'rith Camp or the charity of your choice.




Tillie Baderman, z"l, Tova bat Chaim, died May 26, 2020 at the age of 97.

Tillie was the beloved mother of Ron (Sandra) Baderman.

She was preceded in death by husband Hy Baderman, z"l,  and daughter Sharron Scales, z"l.

A private graveside service was held at Shaarie Torah Cemetery on Wednesday, May 27.

Congregation Shaarie Torah sends heartfelt condolences to the entire family.



Rep. Mitch Greenlick, z”l, died May 15, 2020. He was 85.

He is survived by his wife, Harriet; daughters Phyllis (Tim) Taber and Vicki Green (Harris Ambinder); son Michael Greenlick (Susie Snyder); five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brother Cliff (Bobbie) Greenlick.

He was Oregon State representative for House District 33, which encompasses parts of the greater Bethany area of Washington County and part of Northwest Portland, since 2003. He was a guiding force on Oregon health care policy.

Greenlick served on the Governor's Commission on Health Care for the Uninsured and on the Multnomah County Primary Prevention Advisory Committee. He was a consultant to the Governor's Health Manpower Council and was a member of the Study Committee on Health Delivery Systems of the Governor's Comprehensive Health Planning Council. In 1996 he was named a consultant to the United States District court in Portland. He served on Intel’s Health Initiative Advisory Committee.  

He was a past President of the Jewish Education Association of Portland and a member of the Board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland. He also had taught Sunday School at Neveh.

Greenlick received his BS (1957) in Pharmacy and his MS in Pharmacy Administration (1961) from Wayne State University and joined the faculty of the College of Pharmacy during the year following receiving his BS. He was named Alumnus of the Year by the College in 1998.  He received his Ph.D. in Medical Care Organization from the University of Michigan in 1967.



Lillian Zaretsky Berlin (z"l), Leah bat Moshe v'Pesha, died May 14, 2020, in Northbrook, Ill., at the age of 97.

Lillian was the beloved mother of Congregation Shaarie Torah member Mimi Berlin and grandmother to Charley Rita and Jeremy.

She is survived by her six children, 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Private graveside service in Lansing, Mich., with a virtual shiva minyan May 20.



Leah Rubin, z"l, died May 16, 2020. She was the beloved wife of Mark, mother of David (Darcy) Rubin, Daniel (Melissa) Rubin and Gary (Cari) Rubin and grandmother to Sydney, Sophie, Jack, Leo, Abby and Sarah. In addition to her family, Leah is remembered and loved by so many as director of Neveh Shalom's Foundation School for 32 years.

In keeping with Neveh Shalom and the family's commitment to keep our community safe and healthy, and in compliance with our governor's directive, a private interment was held. A Zoom Shiva Minyan was held  on Sunday evening, May 17.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the Rubin family.


Kay Levine, z"l, died May 12, 2020. She is survived by her two daughters and grandson. 

She was born June 24, 1937. She moved from Albany, N.Y., to Portland to be close to her family. An award-winning painter and exceptional teacher, she taught art and literacy to children and adults. 

The family had planned to participate in this Spring's Jewish Federation of Greater Portland 2020 trip to Israel.



Pearl Steinberg, z”l, 97, passed away Monday, May 4, 2020, at the Willamette View Retirement Center. She was born April 9, 1923. She was married to Lester for 66 years. She is survived by three sons, Rick, Rob and Daniel; nine grandchildren and 10 (soon 11) great-grandchildren.
Pearl Steinberg is remembered by her many friends in Portland as a professional storyteller and teacher of adult education literature classes. She was the hostess and planner for the family's Passover seders.
Her teaching career began in earnest when she was in her 40s, taking up responsibility for planning and carrying out adult educational literature classes through Hofstra University. During her 50 years there, she twice received Hofstra's Continuing Education Award for Excellence in Teaching. She continued her classes after she moved from New York to Portland. She created a new reading list each year.
She began her professional story-telling career in her 70s, continuing up to a few months ago. Many of her stories featured her colorful family members.
She played tennis for fun her entire adult life, but then, in her 70s, she got serious about it. She joined a tennis team "for mature women" and lead her team to a local championship in the seniors league.
A memorial service will be held sometime this summer.
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Sylvia “Sylvie” Schwartz, z"l, passed away the week of May 4, 2020. She was  the mother-in-law of Congregation P'nai Or member Sheryl Chomak.
P'nai Or offers prayers of comfort and healing to Sheryl, her husband, Sid Schwartz, and their son, Gomah. 


Solomon Menashe, z"l, passed away May 8, 2020, at the age of 94.He was the husband of Roslyn; father of JoAnn (Barry) Forman, Marlinda (Bill Lotshaw) Menashe and Elise (Jay Miller) Menashe; brother of Vic (Toinette) Menashe; grandfather of four and great-grandfather of three.

Solomon was born in Portland Nov. 17, 1925, to parents, David and Joanna Menashe, who emigrated from the Island of Rhodes, Greece. 

Solomon graduated from Lincoln High School and enjoyed a wide variety of sports, including basketball, handball and golf. After high school, he entered the V-12 Navy College Training Program and attended Willamette University and the University of Washington, where he graduated with a Mathematics degree in 1946. Solomon served as a Naval officer in the Pacific before completing his education at the University of Michigan with a Master's in Actuarial Science.
Solomon had a four-decade career in the insurance industry, where he began as an examiner and actuary for the Oregon State Insurance Department. Solomon's career culminated in the health insurance field as President of Oregon Physician Services Blue Shield in 1968 and then President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon until he retired in 1990. 
In keeping with Congregation Neveh Shalom's, and the family's commitment to keep our community safe and healthy, and in compliance with our governor's directive, a private interment was held. A Zoom shiva minyan was held May 10.

Gifts may be made in Solomon's memory to the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, the OHSU Foundation for the Solomon D. Menashe Childhood Glaucoma Fund at the Casey Eye Institute or a charity of choice. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.


Idan Greenstein, z"l, passed away May 5 in North Carolina. He was 21. Idan was a true and beloved light for his family, friends, and all those who knew him. 
Idan was the nephew of Congregation Kesser Israel members Steven Meyerowitz and Jennifer Edelson and cousin of Kesser members Jodi Fried and Leanne Dall. May Idan’s memory be a blessing and may all of the mourners be comforted.


James Aaron Shrybman, z"l, passed away in Maryland on May 3, 2020. James was the husband of Rochelle Testa, father of Congregation Neveh Shalom member Cory (Jake) Raiton, Anna Shrybman and Jacob (Menucha) Shrybman, and grandfather of Elliot & Katherine Raiton, and Aria Shrybman. 
Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the Raiton/Shrybman family.


Michael Rothstein, z"l, brother of Congregation Neveh Shalom member Marcy (Ron) Morris,  passed away in Van Nuys, Calif., May 5. He is also survived by his son, niece, nephew and fiance.
Congregation Neveh Shalom extends condolences to the Rothstein/Morris family.



Paul Meyer, z"l, passed away on May 1, 2020. He was the husband of Alice Meyer; father of David, Sarah and Andrea; and grandfather of Eliana and Naomi.
 Congregation Beth Israel offers condolences to Alice, David, Sarah, Andrea, Eliana, Naomi, and to the extended Meyer family.


Myers Milliner, z"l, passed away May 1, 2020, in Roanoke, Va.  He was the father of Congregation Neveh Shalom member Beth (Liza) Milliner.   
A shiva minyan was held via Zoom May 3.  


Albert Abraham Mendlovitz, z"l, died April 30, 2020, near Salem. He was born in Scranton, Pa., Aug. 19, 1930, to Samuel and Celia Mendlovitz. He was predeceased by his long-time wife, Sarah Mendlovitz.
Al spent most of his career as a nursing home administrator, first at Drexel Home in Chicago, then the North Carolina Jewish Home, followed by the Robison Jewish Home in Portland. 
Al was the youngest of five children and liked to tell stories about what that meant – like sleeping in a crib until late into his teens. He was a committed Jew who enjoyed celebrating Shabbat and all the holidays. He was a veteran of the Korean War where he worked on breaking codes which was hard to do when you are dyslexic.
After leaving the army, Al received a master’s from Columbia in social work with the help of his older brother, Saul.
Al was the father of Joshua Nicks, Mira Wolf (Alexander), Howard (Sara Painser) and Ari (Sarah); and grandfather of Seth Nicks; Alex Rand; and Annie, Natalie, Lucy, Harry, Ella and Allie Mendlovitz.
The private funeral was held on May 1, 2020. Donations can be made to the Chabad Jewish Center – Greensboro, N.C. To plant a memorial tree:


Nathan Bernard Goldfoot died April 26, 2020. He was born on Feb. 25, 1934, in Portland to Helen and Charles Goldfoot. Nate lived most of his life in Portland. He attended Benson High School but graduated from Grand Coulee High School in Grand Coulee, Wash. Nate lived in Omak, Wash., before being drafted into the Army in 1956. He moved back to Portland in 1966 and had a 30-year career as a Ford mechanic.
Nate met the love of his life, Lorraine Slifman in 1966. They were married in 1967. Together they had three children, Tami (Bob) Jensen, Charlie Goldfoot, and Wendy (Thomas) Hardy. They also have four grandchildren, Andrew, Kaiti, Sarah and Ben and four great-grandchildren, Trey, Tristan, Ryder and Grayson.
After seven years of dialysis treatment, Nate decided to end his treatment and spend his final days with family and friends. 
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to your favorite charity in Nate’s name. Arrangements are through Holman's Funeral Service.


Marian Hoffman died April 22, 2020.
Congregation Shir Tikvah offers sincere condolences to survivors Judith and Michael Hibbard, Johanna Hibbard and Michael Annuse, and their children Dov, Alma and Justine.



Barbara Joan Cohn passed away on April 17, 2020, in Portland. She was born on March 7, 1934 in Portland to Bernard and Helen Schnitzer.

Barbara was passionate about, and maintained an extensive rose garden that garnered awards through the Rose Society. She was involved in her community, and known for her open heart and generosity. 

She loved to travel and spend time with her family. Barbara met her husband Howard Cohn, on a blind date, and was married 64 years. She is survived by her husband, and daughter Susan Cohn. Barbara has two loving grandchildren, Sean and Dylan Savage. Barbara touched many people's hearts. We will all cherish her loving memory.

Donations can be made to: The Social Action Food Fund of Congregation Beth Israel,, and the GoFundMe for supporting Westview High school homeless children,”



Marilyn Biebighauser died April 20, 2020. She was the mother of Congregation Kol Ami member Kitra Biebighauser. 

Kitra and her wife, Bridget, drove last week to Minnesota to say goodbye to Kitra's mother and were able to spend the last few days of her life with her. They are now driving back to Vancouver. 

Kol Ami will hold a Zoom shiva minyan as a way to help them mourn this difficult loss on Thursday evening (April 23) at 7:00. The link and password are available from Congregation Kol Ami.


Ron Meyer, z"l,  passed away April 15, 2020. Ron is survived by his wife, Taya, and their children, Rochelle (Jay) Leisner and Larry Meyer.

In keeping with the current guidelines, a private interment is scheduled.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the Meyer family.



Madelyne Misheloff, z"l, sister of Congregation Kol Ami member Stephan Abramson, passed away April 11, 2020 . Stephan's family was able to hold a zZoom shiva this week. 

Kol Ami offers condolences to Stephan and Kathy as well as their extended family on this difficult loss. 


Martin (Marty) Zell (z"l),  passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. He was 92 years old.
He was the husband of Beverly Zell; father of Lynda Zell, Cathi Zell-Zerba (David) and Jeff Zell; grandfather of Staci Fajardo (Jason), Caitlin Zerba and Megan Zerba; and great-grandfather of Ruby Lynn. 
Congregation Beth Israel sends out condolences  to Beverly, Lynda, Cathi, David, Jeff, Staci, Jason, Caitlin, Megan, Ruby Lynn and the extended Zell family


Elsa Stubbs Garcia, z"l, passed away March 29, 2020. Elsa is survived by her wife Sara McAulay, her daughter Maya, her granddaughter Sasha, her sister Joni (Jane Rosevelt) Cady, and her nephew Robin.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the Cady/Garcia family.



Arlene Schnitzer, z"l, died at home April 4, 2020. She was 91. She is survived by her son, Jordan Schnitzer; four grandchildren; and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold in 2011. She was a prominent philanthropist in the Jewish and arts community, as well as a gallery founder and real estate executive.

Arlene was born in Salem to Helen and Simon Director. The family moved to Portland and opened Director Furniture when she was 2. She married Harold Schnitzer in 1949.

Her interest in art began in 1958 when she enrolled in art classes at the Portland Art Museum. According to Ellen Eisenberg's book The Jewish Oregon Story 1950-2010, the training "lit a fire in her." She established the Fountain Gallery in 1961, and it became "Portland's first truly professional gallery," and "made public art more visible in the city." 




Steve Altshuld, z”l, passed away of metastatic cancer on March 27, 2020. He was the husband of Bonnie Boone-Altshuld, and father of Max and Gabe Altshuld.



Richard Isaac Stone, z"l, died March 26, 2020. He was born Dec. 12, 1937. Richard was the father of Eric (Kat) Stone and Wendy (Doug) Johnson; grandfather to Dante Stone, Matisse Stone, Mason Johnson and Levi Johnson; and partner of many years to Deborah Pan.

The Richard Isaac Stone Virtual Funeral will be held at 2 pm, March 27. Zoom link:

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends deepest condolences to the Stone/Johnson family.



Zvi (Fred) Hoffman, z"l, passed away at home in Ramat Gan, Israel, overnight March 20-21, 2020. He was the beloved father of Aviva (David) Nash and Elana Zegarek, grandfather to Aaron Nash, Daniel Nash, Lainey Nash and Zachary Zegarek, and dear husband to Zvia Ben Shmuel.

 His funeral was March 22 in Israel.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the Nash / Hoffman family.



Ann Adleman, z"l, passed away March 21, 2020. She was the dear sister of Steven Adleman, sister-in-law of Katherine Moss, and aunt of Jennifer Cullers and Brian Moss.

In keeping with our, and the family's commitment to keep our community safe and healthy, and in compliance with our governor's directive, a private interment is scheduled.

 Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the Adleman family.



Wendy Susan Weiss (z"l), passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020. She was 64 years old.
She was the mother of Gabriel (Megan) Cipes, Ezra (Rio) Cipes, and Ari Cipes; stepmother of Matthew Cipes; grandmother of Ruth, Akivah, Eleorah, and Uma; sister of Alan Weiss; and beloved friend to many. 

Congregation Beth Israel offers condolences to Gabriel, Megan, Ezra, Rio, Ari, Matthew, Ruth, Akivah, Eleorah, Uma, Alan, and the extended Weiss family.



Jeffrey Babener, z"l, passed away March 17, 2020. He was the beloved husband of Roz, father of Rebecca Babener, Rachel (Casey) Bage and Jeremy Babener, and dear grandfather of Sammy and Ani.

In keeping with our, and the family's commitment to keep our community safe and healthy, and in compliance with our governor's directive, a private interment is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the Babener family.



Marc Tobin, z"l, died March 14,  2020. He was the beloved son of Phil and Patou Tobin, brother to Rachel Tobin Anderson, and grandson to Frieda Tobin.

Services will be held March 17 at Neveh Zedek Mausoleum. Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the Tobin family. Contributions in Marc’s memory may be made to Mark Ail Campership through Congregation Neveh Shalom.



Bruce Nathan Director, z”l, passed away suddenly March 5 in New York City. He was husband to Minnie Johnson, father to Justin and Nick Director, brother to Stuart (Nikki) Director, and Delores Kimmel of Newton, Mass., and uncle of Jenn (David) Director Knudsen of Portland. 

Congregation Neveh Shalom extends our deepest condolences to the Director Knudsen family, along with our prayers that a clear and loving recollection of Bruce will remain with all the members of his family and friends.  



Dorothy Silver Nudelman (z”l), Devora bas Kalmon Moshe, passed away in her sleep on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the age of 97.

Dorothy was the wife of Stanford Nudelman (z”l); mother of Roberta (Richard) Cohon, Marvin Nudelman, and Marilyne Lakefish (z”l); grandmother of Cara Cohon, Jason Cohon, Andy and Brian Lakefish, and Geoffrey Nudelman; and sister of Norman (Norma) Silver and Sarah Hornstein (z"l).

The funeral took place on Sunday, March 15, at Shaarie Torah Cemetery (8013 SE 67th Avenue). Minyan followed at the home of Roberta and Richard Cohon.



Robert Alan Peltz (z"l), passed away on Sunday, March 1. He was 75 years old. 
Robert was the husband of Leslie Kleinrock Peltz, father of Tova Peltz (Patrick Van Duser) and Asher Peltz (Mirka Feinstein), and grandfather of Sadie Peltz, Rose Peltz, and Freida Van Duser.

He was a member of Congregation Beth Israel.

Burial was at Riverview Cemetery, 0300 SW Taylors Ferry Rd, Portland, OR 97219.
Donations in Robert's memory may be made to the Beth Israel High Holiday Food Fund.



Leila Epstein (Leah Bas Dovid), mother of Portlanders Adele Epstein and Sheldon Aronson, passed away Feb. 19 in Jerusalem. The news was shared by Rabbi Kenneth Brodkin of Congregation Kesser Israel. The funeral was held in Israel.



Irwin Burton Holzman passed away Feb. 17, 2020. He was born Jan. 4, 1930.

He was son of Dr. Jerome (z"l) and Lena Holzman (z"l), husband of Renee R. Holzman; father of Jay Holzman, Larry Holzman, and Lee (Becky) Holzman;  grandfather of Emily, Danielle, Ian, Rachel and Max Holzman; and brother of Mickey Holzman. 

Irwin served as president of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, the American Financial Services Association, the Oregon Financial Services Association, the Washington State Financial Services Association, and served on the boards of Congregation Neveh Shalom, Congregation Beth Israel, and Cedar Sinai Park.

The family will hold a private service at Congregation Beth Israel Cemetery.

A memorial service, open to the public, was Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at 11 am at Congregation Beth Israel in the Main Sanctuary, at 1972 NW Flanders St. Portland. A reception will follow in Goodman Hall. 

Donations in Irwin's memory may be made to the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation or the charitable organization of your choice. 



Marvin Urman passed away Feb. 13, 2020. He was born in Portland Jan. 26, 1927, to Anna and Sam Urman.

He served two years as a medic on a troop transport ship in World War II. When he returned to Portland, he enrolled in the University of Oregon Medical School (now OHSU) and earned his MD degree in 1951. He served as president of the Multnomah County Medical Society and practiced medicine for 30 years, retiring from general practice in 1981. He served as  medical director of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon until his retirement in 1991.

He is survived by wife, Lois Urman; children Steven (Vicki Romm) Urman, Susan Urman and Carol Urman (Ron Entwisle); and grandchildren Julia Radditz, Evan Urman, Erin Odegaard and Andrea Odegaard.

The funeral was on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2 pm at the Congregation Beth Israel Cemetery. The family will a host a celebration of life in Sunday afternoon at the Mirabella at 3550 SW Bond Ave, Portland from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. 
Donations in Marvin’s memory can be made to the Urman Family College Outreach at Congregation Beth Israel or to Oregon Health and Sciences University foundation.



Timothy Peterson who moved to Vancouver, Wash., with his wife just six months ago passed away from a heart attack in early February 2020. Burial is in Congregation Kol Ami's  cemetery at Northwood Park.

He is survived by his wife Vivian Smith, who is member of Congregation Kol Ami.



Dr. Eugene Strull passed away Feb. 12 in Los Angeles. He was the father of Congregation Neveh Shalom member Sandy (Harvey) Platt, grandfather of Jennifer (Averill) and Melissa Platt, and great-grandfather of Avi Berner-Platt.  

The funeral will take place Monday, Feb. 17, in Los Angeles.  Rabbi Kosak will officiate.   



Sally Levin passed away Feb. 11, 2020, at the age of 95. She was born May 6, 1924, in Lithuania. Her family moved to South Africa when she was a young child.

The funeral was held Feb. 12 in the Shaarie Torah Cemetery Chapel, followed by burial in the Kesser Israel Cemetery. 

 Mrs. Levin is survived by sons Allen (Louise) Levin of Portland and Rabbi Shlomo (Lynndsy) of London; daughters Lydia (Derek) Lipman of Portland and Ruth (Neville) Sischy of Toronto; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 



Rabbi Emanuel Rose died Feb. 7, 2020. Rabbi  Rose was the husband of Lorraine Rose, father of Melanie Rose, Tania Rose, Laura (Scott) Rose Lewis, Rabbi Joshua (Channah) Rose, and grandfather of Zachary, Elliot, Chloe, Eliav, Akiva and Rafael.

He served as Congregation Beth Israel’s Senior Rabbi from 1960, until his retirement in 2006.  Rabbi Rose was born in Jamaica, New York, into a family with 15 generations of rabbis. 

For over four decades as the leading voice of Reform Judaism in Oregon, Rabbi Rose addressed the major ethical, cultural, social and political issues, such as civil rights, church-state relations, nuclear war, capital punishment, anti-gay legislation, poverty, the environment censorship,  and reproductive rights.  

A private burial service was held at the Beth Israel Cemetery. A community memorial service will be held at Congregation Beth Israel (1972 NW Flanders St., Portland) on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 4 pm in the Main Sanctuary, followed by a reception in Goodman Hall.



Rabbi Hanan Sills, 84, of Eugene died February 3, 2020.

Rabbi Hanan Clyde Sills (z”l). Rabbi Sills was the founding rabbi of Oregon Hillel. He, along with an amazing group of dedicated and passionate community members, came together in the late 1980s to create the foundation of Oregon Hillel, initially only serving the University of Oregon (which has now extended north to Oregon State University). He also founded Ad-Olam Synagogue Without Walls as an out-reach and In-reach program to Jews and non-Jews alike who want to connect with and learn about Jewish spirit and traditions.



Robert Greene died Feb. 2, 2020, in Redwood City, Calif., after fighting pancreatic cancer. He is the son-in-law of Congregation Neveh Shalom member Marlene Brenner and brother-in-law of CNS members William Brenner (Julia Waco) and Mark Brenner.

Robert is survived by his wife, Michele Brenner, children, Jordan and Zachery, and mother, Arlene Kolbert (stepdad Stewart).

Burial is in New York.



Marsha L. Feldstein, 72, died in a car accident Feb. 2, 2020.

Feldstein lived in Washougal, Wash., and was a member of Congregation Kol Ami. She is survived by her husband, Jeff Feldstein, and her sister, Roz Robinson, as well as her children and extended family.



Bruce Spiegel passed away Dec. 29, 2019, at age 64. He was born in Portland July 18, 1955. He was the son of the late Eloise and Sidney Spiegel. He was an enthusiastic community volunteer and loved hiking and traveling. He is survived by his sister Harriet (Mark Becker), brother Larry (Corinne), Don (Debbie Davis) and devoted nieces and nephews. Services were held Jan. 2, 2020, at Landau Chapel, Temple Beth Israel Cemetery. 426 S.W. Taylors Ferry Road, Portland.



Rabbi Joshua Stampfer was born in Jerusalem, in pre-state Israel, in 1921. He died Dec. 26, 2019.

Stampfer was the rabbi at Congregation Neveh Shalom from 1954 to 1993 and served as rabbi emeritus until his death.

Major institutions he helped create include Camp Solomon Schechter, the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, the Oregon Board of Rabbis, Foundation School and Neveh Shalom’s Library. He also cofounded two international organizations – the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies and the Sino Judaic Institute. Programs he created include Weekend in Quest; the Portland Jewish Film Festival; and a Writers and Scholars Lecture series. He was also instrumental in the formation of Judaic studies programs at three Portland universities – Portland State University, Reed College and Lewis & Clark College.

Rabbi Joshua and Goldie Stampfer, z”l, had five children, 20 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

A service for Stampfer was held Dec. 29, at Congregation Neveh Shalom. A special memorial service in memory of Rabbi Stampfer to mark the conclusion of the month-long Sheloshim was held Jan. 26 in Neveh Shalom’s Stampfer Chapel.

Contributions in Rabbi Stampfer’s memory may be made to: Camp Solomon Schechter, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education; or Congregation Neveh Shalom.



Marvin J. Weinstein passed away Dec. 25, 2019. He was born March 5, 1920, in Portland.

He attended Riverdale Elementary, Lincoln High, Stanford University, University of Oregon, Reed College (Phi Beta Kappa), OSHU (AOA), Mayo Clinic Residency and then private medical practice, Portland. He served in the Army Quartermaster Corps during WWII.

Marvin met Nancy Marx in high school. They were married Oct. 26, 1941, by Rabbi H. Berkowitz, Congregation Beth Israel. They enjoyed 76 years of marriage.
Marvin and his family spent many years at their cabin at Black Butte Ranch; skiing in the winter, golfing in the summer.

Marvin led a life of medical service in private practice and as Chief of Medicine, Good Samaritan Hospital. Marvin and Nancy were members of Congregation Beth Israel, Multnomah Athletic Club, Black Butte Ranch Golf Club and El Niguel Golf Club.

Marvin is survived by his daughters, Joyce Osborn and Judy Cappleman; and their families.

Services were held Jan. 10, 2020, at Congregation Beth Israel, Pollin Chapel.

Donations may be made to Legacy Hospice.



Beverly (Goldsmith) Blum, z"l, passed away July 2, 2019, in Seattle.  She was born and raised in Portland.  She is survived by her son, Steven Blum; and her sister, Sue Benyowitz and her husband Peter Blum, of Portland.