Simcha Venues

The Benson Hotel
Leslie Caldwell, Director of Sales and Marketing Janet Kearney, Director of Catering Danaka Ezell, Catering Sales Manager
309 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205
503-219-6708 Fax: 503-471-3921,
The Benson Hotel features 287 elegantly appointed guestrooms/ suites; The Palm Court restaurant/ bar; El Gaucho steakhouse; Gold Key Concierge; fitness room; business center. The hotel’s special event spaces are perfect for weddings, rehearsal dinners, bar/bat mitzvahs, meetings, celebrations of all kinds for up to 400. On the National Register of Historic Places, named The Oregonian’s 2012 Best Hotel-Staff Pick and awarded TripAdvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence, this is the ideal setting for your next event.

B’Nai B’Rith Retreat Center
Mail: 9400 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy. #147 Beaverton, OR 97005

Hotel Deluxe
Tim Block, General Manager Dayna Zeitlin, Director of Sales Danika Duren, Director of Catering and Events
729 SW 15th Ave. Portland, OR 97205
503-219-2094 Fax 503-219-2095,
A contemporary tribute to the golden era Hollywood filmmaking that tastefully balances art deco and art modern styles for a mix of timeless sophistication and modern comfort. With Hotel deLuxe’s collection of vintage Hollywood photographs, you will sleep surrounded by the greats of classic cinema. Unparalleled service, engaging amenities and a warm, welcoming atmosphere ensure Hotel deLuxe is a downtown Portland escape where every guest feels like a star.

The Nines
Faye Comer, Director of Catering Lisa Harley, Senior Catering Sales Manager Charlotte Bell, Catering Sales Manager
1085 NW 91st Ave. Portland, OR 97204
503-802-4830 Fax: 503-802-5343,
The Nines is Portland’s premier event destination, providing the highest levels of service and quality. Ideally situated next to Portland’s Pioneer Square and the MAX Light Rail, the Nines rests atop the landmark Meier & Frank Building.

The Stampfer Retreat Center at Camp Solomon Schechter
Mail: 117 East Louisa St., #110 Seattle, WA 98102

World Forestry Center
Amber Morrison, Event Sales and Rental Manager Jessica Love, Event Liaison and Sales Reade Weber, Event Sales
4033 SW Canyon Road Portland, OR 97221
503-488-2101 Fax: 503-228-4608, events-spaces.html
The World Forestry Center’s picturesque campus and versatile banquet rooms are the ideal location for any social or business occasion, large or small. Our 5.5 acre campus is located 10 minutes from downtown in Portland’s beautiful Washington Park and conveniently on the MAX line. Our experienced staff will set the room to your specifications and our extensive preferred caterer’s list allows you the flexibility to choose a personalized menu.

Simcha Vendors

Images by Floom Photography
11000 SW Barbur Blvd. Portland 97219
503-245-3676 or 503-740-4638

Pacific Perks Coffee, LLC
Natalie Fairchild
360.852.8542 (o) 360.448.5099 (c),
Pacific Perks is a Portable Customized Catering Experience. Your own personal barista/chef takes care of all the details so you can enjoy your time. We are the unique addition to stimulate your events while not busting your budget. for an experience you and your guests won’t forget just book any of our made-to-order catering services: Espresso, Ice Cream, fruit Smoothie, Omelet and Quesadilla bars.

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.

Portland Metro
Rabbi Tzvi fisher, Oregon Bris Center, mohel@
503-757-0606. A seventh-generation mohel, has performed ceremonies throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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

Dr. Richard Lowensohn, a professor at OHSU and former chief of obstetrics, certified by Hebrew Union College as mohel

Dr. Wendy Smith, pediatrician, certified by the Reform movement
503-241- 9528; limited availability.

Dr. Bruce Birk, a Portland pediatrician, certification through Hebrew Union College

Central Oregon/Bend Area:
No certified mohels, but two pediatricians will perform circumcisions in the synagogue or home:

Dr. Jennifer Lachman, Central Oregon Pediatrics

Dr. Peter Boehm, Mosaic Medical
541-383- 3005. or 541-385-6421.

Dr. Michael Kelber, a family practice doctor in Salem, has performed circumcisions in conjunction with local congregations.


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 Community Mikveh
2253 Highway 99 N Ashland, OR 97520

Mikvah Shoshanna
6612 SW Capitol Hwy. Portland, OR 97239

Portland Jewish Ritualarium (Mikvah)
1425 SW Harrison Portland, OR 97201

Chevra Kadishav/Jewish Burial Societies

Portland Area:

Chevra Kavod Hamet
503-709-0080. Includes volunteers from Congregation Neveh Shalom, Havurah Shalom, Congregation Shir Tikvah, P’nai Or, Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Shaarie Torah and unaffiliated.

Chevra Kadisha of Portland Michael Rosenberg
503-519-2454 or 503-282-3536. Includes volunteers from Congregation Kesser Israel, Chabad of Portland, Shaarie Torah, other congregations as well as unaffiliated.

Corvallis and Salem:

Willamette Valley Jewish Community Burial Society organizations/burial-society (has chapters in Salem and Corvallis)


Temple Beth Israel, Eugene,

Medford/Ashland Area:

Chevra Kadisha of the Rogue Valley: Daniel Greenblatt,

Central Oregon:

Through Congregation Shalom Bayit (Jewish Community Center of Central Oregon), Bend: Contact Rabbi Jay Shupack, info@

Funeral Services

Hesed Shel Emet (Caring for the burial of those in need)

Holman’s Funeral Service
Daniel Holmes, President, General Manager Cameron Holmes, Funeral Director
2610 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR 97214
503-232-5131 Fax: 503-232-5134,
Providing Caring, Affordable Service to Portland’s Jewish Community since 1854. Family owned and operated.

River View Cemetery Funeral Home
Steve Moore, Managing Director
8421 SW Macadam Ave. Portland, OR 97219
503-246-6488 Fax: 503-246-1943,
River View Cemetery funeral Home was established in 2004 and is located on the grounds of historic River View Cemetery. The staff of this full-service funeral home are experienced in Jewish burial customs and are committed to providing the very highest level of quality service possible to the Jewish community. We are conveniently located near beth Israel and several other Jewish cemeteries and offer all-night vigils to any family who desires this service.


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

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