Alan “Barz” Barzman, z”l, passed away Oct. 21, 2020, at the age of 88. He is survived by his wife, soulmate and best friend of 17 years, Suzanne Barzman, of Portland; children, Lindsey Colhoun, and Michael and Chris Barzman , all of Los Angeles; grandchildren Ryder and Haven Calhoun; and stepchildren Gabrielle Whitney and Kenneth Markewitz, both of Portland.

Alan was born in Portland. He graduated from the University of Oregon and received his master's in communications from Boston University. Alan devoted his career in advertising to making humorous radio commercials.  

Alan was a talented artist and published author. He loved fine art, fine food and a fantastic Oregon Ducks game. He was not only incredibly funny and creative, he was a kind-hearted man, loving husband and caring father (and step-father).  

He was listed in Who’s Who in Advertising and the recipient of the Radio Advertising Bureau's Orson Welles Lifetime Achievement Award for Creative Excellence; he also received the Clio Awards, International Broadcast Awards, London Advertising Awards, ADDY and ANDY Awards. Barzman lectured on the subject of Creative Radio Advertising throughout the United States, London, Helsinki, Sydney and Johanessburg. Alan’s voice could also 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 will undoubtedly keep “going and going and going” in our hearts forever.


Michel (Mike) Marcel Rogson, z”l, passed Oct. 25, 2020. He was the husband of Miriam; father of Ariel (Jennifer) Rogson 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 is 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 send s 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.

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.”

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.



Shelly 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 is preceded in death by Phyllis and is survived by his children, Leslie (Daniel) Petcher, Melissa (Tim) Longstreth, and Glenn Petcher.

A private graveside funeral will be held at Shaarie Torah Cemetery. Arrangements by Holman’s Funeral Service.

Shiva minyan via Zoom will be held on Sunday, October 18 at 4:00 pm. Additionally, the family will be The family will be reciting Kaddish at morning minyan the week of Oct. 18 on Sunday, Monday and Thursday at 8:00 am. Contact Congregation Shaarie Torah at (503)226-6131 or for links and passcodes.



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.
To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, visit the Sympathy Store.



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.