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.