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Portland Area Funeral Homes

Nearly all of the work of Chevra Kavod haMet is performed at two area funeral homes.


River View Cemetery

Holman’s Funeral & Cremation Service
2610 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97214

River View Cemetery Funeral Home
300 SW Taylors Ferry Rd
Portland, Oregon 97219

Portland Area Jewish Resources

In addition to serving the unaffiliated Jewish population of the Portland metropolitan area, Chevra Kavod haMet serves the following organizations and congregations:

Neveh Shalom Neveh Shalom
Affiliation: Conservative. Location: SW Portland.
Clergy: Rabbi David Kosak, Rabbi Eve Posen, Cantor Eyal Bitton, Rabbi Emeritus Daniel Isaak
Website: www.nevehshalom.org
Phone: 503-246-8831
Havurah Shalom Havurah Shalom
Affiliation: Reconstructionist. Location: NW Portland.
Clergy: Rabbi Benjamin Barnett, Rabbi Emeritus Joey Wolf
Website: havurahshalom.org
Phone: 503-248-4662
Beth Israel Congregation Beth Israel
Affiliation: Reform. Location: NW Portland.
Clergy: Rabbi Michael Cahana, Rabbi Rachel Joseph, Cantor Ida Rae Cahana
Website: www.bethisrael-pdx.org
Phone: 503-222-1069
 Shir Tikvah Congregation Shir Tikvah
Affiliation: Independent, Egalitarian. Location: NE Portland.
Clergy: Rabbi Ariel Stone
Website: shirtikvahpdx.org
Phone: 503-473-8227
 Shaarie Torah Congregation Shaarie Torah
Affiliation: Conservative. Location: NW Portland.
Clergy: Rabbi Joshua Rose, Cantor Aaron Vitells
Website: shaarietorah.org
Phone: 503-226-6131
 Kol Shalom Kol Shalom
Affiliation: Humanistic. Location: SW Portland.
Website: www.kolshalom.org
Phone: 503-459-4210
 Kol Ami Congregation Kol Ami
Affiliation: Reform. Location: Vancouver.
Clergy: Rabbi Elizabeth Dunsker
Website: jewishvancouverusa.org
Phone: 360-896-8088
 Pnai Or P’nai Or of Portland
Affiliation: Renewal. Location: SW Portland.
Website: www.pnaiorpdx.org
Phone: 503-248-4500
 Beit Haverim Beit Haverim
Affiliation: Reform. Location: Lake Oswego
Clergy: Rabbi Alan Berg
Website: www.beithav.org
Phone: 503-568-1241
 Jewish Federation 2 Jewish Federation of Greater Portland
Website: www.jewishportland.org
Phone: 503-245-6219
 Cedar Sinai Cedar Sinai Park
About:Provides residential and community-based care to elders and adults with special needs, allowing them to live with comfort, independence and dignity in a manner and in an environment based on Jewish values.
Location: SW Portland.
Website: cedarsinaipark.org
Phone: 503-535-4300
 Gesher Gesher: A Bridge Home
About: Serving the unaffiliated Jewish population.
Clergy: Rabbi Laurie Rutenberg, Rabbi Gary Shoenberg
Website: ourjewishhome.net
Phone: 503-246-5070
Chesed Shel Emet Chesed Shel Emet (The Ultimate Act of Loving Kindness)
About: Jewish Indigent Burials is a program being established by the Oregon Board of Rabbis and Cedar Sinai Park. This partnership is dedicated to assuring that every Jew, regardless of financial means or religious affiliation, receives a dignified, traditional Jewish funeral and burial.
Phone: 503-535-4303

Additional Jewish Resources

Kavod vNichum There is a lot of information available online about Jewish funerary practices. The best place to start to learn more is Kavod v’Nichum (Honor and Comfort), a national non-profit educational organization dedicated to educating the Jewish community about Jewish burial ritual and practice.

Oregon Resources


POLST is a medical order giving people with serious illness or frailty more control to direct the kinds of treatment they receive.
Hospice The Oregon Hospice Association is a statewide public benefit organization helping to ensure Oregonians have access to high quality hospice and palliative care as they near the end of life. Services include public and professional education, advocacy, research, consultation, accreditation and leadership.
 CompassionAndChoices Compassion & Choices is the leading nonprofit organization committed to helping everyone have the best death possible. They offer free consultation, planning resources, referrals and guidance, and across the nation they work to protect and expand options at the end of life.
 NODA No One Dies Alone volunteers compassionately hold a bedside vigil with residents or patients who are in their last 24 or 36 hours of life. The program supports a time when no more nursing is needed, but the loving presence of a compassionate individual is valued.
In Their Words
I feel that I have been blessed with the ability to do this mitzvah. Some people have beautiful voices and others play musical instruments. I feel that being able to perform tahara is a gift from G-d.
— Natalie, Englewood, New Jersey
Imagining the grace and respect my mother was afforded in death is an ongoing source of comfort. Her tahara affirms her abiding presence even though she has passed from this life.
— Helen, Daughter of Sabina Mager, z"l
Knowing my parents' lifetime of dedication to Jewish living will end with this time honored tradition, and that they will be treated with the ultimate respect and honor, is of huge comfort to me and our family.
— Mark, Portland, Oregon
In my entire life, I don't think I've done anything more worthwhile than serve on the Chevra Kadisha.
— Saul, New Orleans, Louisiana
Knowing my grandmother was lovingly cared for by members of our community's Chevra Kadisha was such a comfort to me in my hours of grief. I had cared for her for so long. In the end, I felt so much trust in the women who continued to give her the love and attention she deserved.
— Sharon, Eugene, Oregon
The most rewarding part of doing a tahara is the sense of continuity of the lifecycle and the connection with the Jewish people historically. In many ways I get the same feeling when I light the Sabbath candles...It binds me to the community of Jews throughout the ages and throughout the world.
— Phyllis, Greenfield, Massachusetts