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You can read about Rabbi Joey Wolf, who retired last month after 30 years as Havurah Shalom's spiritual leader, here in The Oregonian. Our next spiritual leader, Rabbi Benjamin Barnett, will join us in August.


Deborah Eisenbach-Budner

Deborah Eisenbach-Budner became Havurah Shalom’s first Education Director in 2001. Since then, she has worked with hundreds of Havurahniks of all ages, enabling them to connect more deeply with Judaism.

Deborah has created and nurtured a wide variety of educational programs, generated innovative holiday and Shabbat experiences, and contributed to the vibrant growth of the community. Read more here.


Ilene Safyan

Havurah Music Coordinator Ilene Safyan is a Pittsburgh transplant, and almost an Oregonian. (She’s been here for over 30 years!!) During that time, she’s been involved in music throughout Portland’s Jewish community, serving as cantorial soloist for Congregations Havurah Shalom and Neveh Shalom and teaching at schools throughout the area.

Ilene is currently Music Coordinator for Havurah Shalom. Read more here.


Rachel Pollak

Rachel Pollak, Havurah Shalom’s Office and Facilities Manager, moved to Portland in 2007 from Los Angeles and got to know the Portland Jewish community through the Melton School, where she was operations manager for four years before becoming director in its final year of operation. She earned her BA in English and political science at American Jewish University in Los Angeles (back when it was the University of Judaism), and her MA in English in 2012, right here at Portland State. She started at Havurah in January 2017.


Teri Ruch

Teri Ruch, Communications & Engagement Manager, came on board at Havurah in January 2014. She received her bachelor’s degree from Rice University and her master’s degree from Johns Hopkins. After teaching English and Writing in the D.C. area, she and her husband, John Schultz, moved to family-friendly Portland, where they raised their children, Talia and Josh. Before joining the Havurah staff, Teri worked in communications at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and Friends of Trees.


Monday, May 22 2017 26 Iyyar 5777