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End of Life


If you would like us to record the names and yahrzeit dates of your loved ones who have passed away, please fill out and return this form. You may also contact the Havurah office at 503-248-4662. We will provide you with the appropriate Hebrew dates to say yahrzeit.

End of Life Resources

Having the Conversation: Workshops to Discuss What Quality Means at the End of Life

In February and March 2017, Havurah's Ma'avar: End of Life & Cemetery Committee will host the following workshops:

Having the Conversation: Workshops to Discuss What Quality Means at the End of Life

Workshop I:
Sunday, Feb. 12, 10:00 – 11:30 am or Thursday, Feb. 16, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Workshop II:
Sunday, Feb. 26, 10:00 – 11:30 am or Thursday, March 2, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Discussing how you want the end of your life to be is one of the most important conversations you can have with your loved ones; it makes decisions at the end of life less painful and overwhelming. Guided by The Conversation Project, Havurah members trained in end-of-life care will lead two supportive workshops to help people discuss their values around quality of life. You can RSVP here. Please indicate which session of Workshop I and which session of Workshop II you would like to attend.


Chevra Kadisha

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.

Havurah member Rochelle Rosenberg coordinates Portland’s Chevra Kavod haMet, a chevra kadisha for several Jewish communities in the Portland area, and Havurah members Sidney Gold and Keren McCord chair Havurah's Ma’avar: End-of-Life & Cemetery Committee. If you are interested in learning more about or joining the committee, please contact Sidney Gold.

Former Havurah member Rabbi Me’irah Iliinsky provided the following resources to Havurah members during her visit to Portland in November 2015:

Burial & Cemetery Arrangements

Havurah Shalom’s cemetery is located off the Sylvan Hill, just west of downtown Portland, at 5656 SW Humphrey Blvd. You can find directions to the cemetery here and earn more about our cemetery in this brochure.

On Sunday, May 7, 2017, we meet at 10:00 am to beautify our cemetery. If you can join us, please bring garden implements and wear appropriate clothing.

Havurah works closely with Holman’s Funeral Service to coordinate funerals at our cemetery. It is located at 2610 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, and its phone number is 503-232-5131. Holman’s offers preplanning as a way to make the end of life less stressful.

These are some helpful resources for making burial arrangements:

Jewish burial services and preplanning are also offered at River View Cemetery on SW Taylors Ferry Road in Portland.


Sun, 26 February 2017 30 Shevat 5777