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Cemetery Committee

Havurah's Cemetery Committee is led by Dave Weil, David Ellenberg, and Evan King. The committee helps Havurah members purchase cemetery plots and manages other aspects of the cemetery. Every year the committee brings the Havurah community together during High Holidays to remember loved ones who have passed away and organizes an annual cemetery beautification day. You can find information about the cemetery below.

In the Event of a Death

If you are a member of Havurah Shalom and experience a death in the family, you can reach Rabbi Benjamin at 503-248-4662 ext. 3. If you need to make funeral, burial or shiva minyan arrangements, and Rabbi Benjamin is out of town and can't be reached, his voicemail message will direct you to the pastoral support person who can assist you.


If you would like Havurah to notify you when the yahrzeit dates of your loved ones are approaching, you can log into your Havurah membership account and add the names and dates there.

If you haven't logged in as a member yet, click on the "login" link in upper right corner of our website, enter the email address where you receive Havurah correspondence, and create a password for yourself. You'll receive an email from Havurah confirming that your password has been received, and then you'll be able to log into your account any time. If you have questions, call 503-248-4662.

Chevra Kadisha

A chevra kadisha is a group of men and a group of women who perform the traditional Jewish ritual of preparing individuals for burial. This service is one of chesed shel emet (ultimate kindness). In order to maintain the dignity of the one who has died, the ritual is performed by chevra members who are the same gender as the deceased. Chevra Kavod haMet is a chevra kadisha for several Jewish communities in the Portland area. 



Havurah Shalom's cemetery is located off the Sylvan Hill, just west of downtown Portland, at 5656 SW Humphrey Blvd. You can find directions below.

This interview with founding member Elden Rosenthal describes how and why Havurah established the cemetery shortly after the congregation was formed and the egalitarian concepts the cemetery reflects.

Havurah works closely with Holman’s Funeral Service to coordinate funerals at our cemetery. Holman's is located at 2610 SE Hawthorne Blvd. You can call 503-232-5131 to make arrangements or to learn about preplanning to make the end of life less stressful.

If you are a member of Havurah and need to make funeral, burial, or shiva minyan arrangements, please contact Rabbi Benjamin at 503-248-4662 ext. 3. If he is out of town and can't be reached, his voicemail message will direct you to the pastoral support person who can assist you.

These are some helpful resources for making burial arrangements:

Directions to the Cemetery

Directions from downtown Portland to our cemetery, which is a section of the Jones Cemetery at 5656 SW Humphrey Blvd:

  • Take Highway 26 West toward Beaverton.
  • Take the Sylvan Exit.
  • Turn left at the light at the top of the exit ramp and cross over the freeway.
  • Turn left at the second light onto SW Humphrey Blvd.
  • Turn right onto SW Hewett.
  • Take an immediate left into the parking lot of the Vineyard Church. As you drive up through the parking lot, the cemetery entrance will be straight ahead.
  • Park in the church parking lot (except on Sunday mornings), and proceed on foot into the cemetery.
  • Continue up the paved path toward the circular drive to the right. The oldest section of Havurah's cemetery is just beyond the circular drive, marked by hedges along the left and back and a wire fence on the right.
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