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Mohels

A mohel is the person who performs the circumcision in the brit milah ceremony for a male child on the eighth day after his birth. For more information, contact your local congregation.

 

STATEWIDE

 

Rabbi Tzvi Fischer, Oregon Bris Center, oregonbris.com,
rtf@portlandkollel.org or
503-757-0606.
A seventh-generation Mohel, performs ceremonies throughout the Pacific Northwest.

 

Rabbi Gadi Levy, Oregon Mohel,
oregonmohel.com
rabbig@oregonkosher.org or
720-315-4266.
Rabbi Levy, trained in Jerusalem, has been a certified Mohel since 2007. He serves the greater Portland area as well as many surrounding cities.

PORTLAND METRO

Dr. Larry L. Veltman, obstetrician, certified as a mohel by Conservative Movement in Judaism, 503-292-5227.

Dr. Wendy Smith, Ob-gyn, certified by the Reform movement, 503-241-9528. Limited availability.

Dr. Bruce Birk, a Portland pediatrician, certification through Hebrew Union College. birkbrucemd@gmail.com,
portlandmohel.com
or 503-799-2794.

 

CENTRAL OREGON/BEND AREA:
No certified mohels, but some pediatricians will perform circumcisions in the synagogue or home: info @ bethtikvahbend.org, or 541-388-8826; or info@jccobend.com

 

MIKVAHS/MIKVOT

A mikvah is a ritual bath satisfying very specific requirements that incorporate “living water” (running or moving water from a God-given source such as rain, snow, ice or a spring). Immersion in a mikvah is performed for ritual purification and a change in status, including conversion. It is used by Jews who wish to observe the Jewish laws concerning family purity or sanctification before a Jewish holiday, wedding or conversion ceremony. The purpose of immersion is not physical, but spiritual, cleanliness. Today, mikvah use has taken on some modern spiritually satisfying meanings. Immersion is often a way of celebrating both happy milestones and the pains of overcoming losses.

 

JACKSON WELLSPRINGS
2253 Highway 99 N
Ashland, OR 97520
541-482-3776

 

MIKVAH MEI MENACHEM
Ashland, OR
541-482-2778
ChabadofAshland.org

 

MIKVAH SHOSHANA
6612 SW Capitol Hwy.
Portland, OR
503-309-4185
Simi@ChabadOregon.com
PortlandWomensMikvah.com
Mikvah Shoshanah-Portland’s Women’s Mikvah, serves women in a sensitive fashion that enhances the meaning of Mikvah. It enables each woman to discover the spiritual mystery in this life-fulfilling Mitzvah in a tranquil and supportive setting.

 

RACHEL’S WELL COMMUNITY MIKVAH
Schnitzer Family Campus
6651 SW Capitol Hwy.
Portland, OR
971-220-5580
mikvahpdx@gmail.com
jewishportland.org/mikvah
Managed by the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland with halachic oversight by the Oregon Board of Rabbis. Fully accessible ritual pool available for traditional (niddah, marriage, conversion, etc.) and contemporary (mark life transitions such as b’nai mitzvah, yahrzeit, illness recovery, etc.) immersions for women AND men. Available by appointment only. Opening in 2017, date TBD.

 

CHEVRA KADISHA/JEWISH BURIAL SOCIETIES

 

PORTLAND AREA

 

Chevra Kavod Hamet: Chevrakavodhamet@gmail.com
orchevrakavodhamet.org, or
503-481-6716.
Includes volunteers from Congregations Neveh Shalom, Havurah Shalom, Shir Tikvah, P’nai Or, Beth Israel, Shaarie Torah, Kol Ami and Beit Haverim as well as unaffiliated.

 

Chevra Kadisha of Portland:
Michael Rosenberg, michael@cashcoloan.com, or
503-519-2454
Includes volunteers from Congregations Kesser Israel, Chabad of Oregon, Beit Yosef, Shaarie Torah, and other congregations, as well as unaffiliated.

 

Corvallis and Salem:
Willamette Valley Jewish Community Burial Society: beitam.org, email office@beitam.org, or 541-753-0067

 

EUGENE

 

Temple Beth Israel, Eugene:
tbieugene.org/page/chevra-kadisha, or info@tbieugene.org, or 541-485-7218

 

Ahavas Torah, Eugene:
Contact Rabbi Jack Melul, jackmelul@ncsy.org, or
541-221-2073

 

Medford/Ashland area:
Chevra Kadisha of the Rogue Valley: Daniel Greenblatt,
Daniel@greenleafrestaurant.com
541-941-1428.

 

CENTRAL OREGON:

 

Through the local congregations:
Jewish Community Center of Central Oregon, Bend;
Contact Rabbi Jay Shupack, jshupack@juno.com, info@jccobend.com, or Temple Beth Tikvah, Bend, info@bethtikvahbend.org, or
541-388-8826.

 

FUNERAL SERVICES

 

DIGNITY MEMORIAL
1350 Commercial St. SE
Salem, OR
503-581-3911
HED-FH.com
Open 7 days a week with staff able to answer phones 24 hours a day. Our beautiful building accommodates shomer and tahara rituals. In addition, our network of funeral homes provides immediate assistance for out of state burials in a timely fashion.

 

HESED SHEL EMET
Oregon Jewish Indigent Burial Society
503-805-1630
jewishportland.org/ourcommunity/hesed-shel-emet

 

YOUNG’S FUNERAL HOME
11831 SW Pacific Hwy.
Tigard, OR
503-639-1206
YoungsFuneralHome.org
Open 7 days a week with staff able to answer phones 24 hours a day. Our beautiful building accommodates shomer and tahara rituals. In addition, our network of funeral homes provides immediate assistance for out of state burials in a timely fashion.

 

CEMETERIES

Many congregations maintain their own cemeteries; see congregations section for contact information.

 

JEWISH CEMETERY AT RIVER VIEW
0300 SW Taylors Ferry Road,
Section 142
Portland, OR 97219
503-287-0066

 

SIMCHA VENUES

 

B’NAI B’RITH RETREAT CENTER
Mail:  9400 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy. #200
Beaverton, OR
503-496-7445
rentals@bbcamp.org
bbcamp.org/rentals
Located on the beautiful Oregon Coast, BB Camp is perfect for retreats and events. Our exciting amenities will keep you busy, and our cozy cabins sleep up to 300 people. Professional catering is available.

 

MARK SPENCER HOTEL
Cydelle Higa-Johnston,
Director of Sales
409 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR
503-224-3293 or 800-548-3934
hospitality@markspencer.com
markspencer.com
The Mark Spencer Hotel is a historic hotel located in Downtown’s newest West End District.  With 101 guest rooms and suites and over 2,200 square feet of meeting and event space, guests can experience the true essence of Portland and what it’s like to “Stay Like a Local.”

 

MITTLEMAN JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER
6651 SW
Capitol Hwy.
Portland, OR
503-244-0111
oregonjcc.org/rentals
From bar/bat mitzvah celebrations to auctions, parties, weddings, and meetings, the MJCC offers an ideal setting for your event. With a variety of flexible event spaces at very reasonable rates, the MJCC is available seven days a week along with free parking. Come check out our options – there’s something for everybody, and everybody is welcome. Our friendly, professional staff works with you to create the perfect atmosphere for you and your guests.

 

THE STAMPFER RETREAT CENTER AT CAMP SOLOMON SCHECHTER
Mail: 117 East Louisa St., #110
Seattle, WA
206-447-1967
info@campschechter.org
campschechter.org
Our 180-acre retreat center is nestled in the woods by a private lake near Olympia, WA. It is perfect for conferences, retreats and special events with a Challenge Course, Zipline, climbing tower, waterfront, fire pits and other camp facilities.

 

SIMCHA VENDORS

 

EVERYTHING JEWISH
Rabbi Chayim Mishulovin
6684 SW Capitol Hwy.
Portland, OR
503-246-5437
EverythingJewish.biz
Store and Information Center. Everything Jewish is Portland’s Jewish resource and welcome center. Onsite rabbi to answer questions and discuss Jewish perspectives. Come browse and learn more about Judaism and Judaic items.

 

OPAL 28
510 NE 28th Ave., Portland, OR 97232
971-544-7324
events@opal28.com
opal28.com
Modern charms within a vintage building: two main rooms, full service bar, private patio and guest rooms.

 

PACKOUZ JEWELERS
Rick Mahler, Owner
Ian Mahler, Sales
Kari Mason, Sales
522 SW Broadway
Portland, OR
503-228-3111
rick.mahler@packouzjewelers.com
packouzjewelers.com
Established in 1917, Packouz Jewelers is a family owned and operated business located in the heart of downtown Portland’s historic Broadway district. With a continued legacy of offering the finest timepieces and jewelry combined with unsurpassed customer service, Packouz Jewelers has continued to bring a tradition of elegance and sophistication to Portland for nearly 100 years.

 

PORTLAND SPIRIT CRUISES & EVENTS
110 SE Caruthers
Portland, OR
503-224-3900 | 800-224-3901
portlandspirit.com
Each of our four vessels has its own flair to set the stage for your magical day. Fresh northwest cuisine, outstanding service and attention to detail ensure every moment of your wedding is filled with romance.

 

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