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Clergy and Staff


Rabbi Ariel Stone has been Shir Tikvah’s spiritual leader since the congregation’s founding in 2003; she is the first female rabbi to be the head of a congregation in the state of Oregon. Within the congregational family and beyond, she delights in sharing scholarship in Torah, mysticism, and ethics in support of building meaningful community. She received the 2018 City of Portland Human Rights Award for Lifetime Achievement and the 2023 Compassion & Choices Dr Paul Smith National Award for her advocacy in Death with Dignity rights work.

Rabbi Stone is also currently the chair of Hesed Shel Emet (the Oregon Jewish Indigent Burial Society), Rabbinic mentor for TischPDX  and Convener of Portland Interfaith Clergy Resistance. She has served as adjunct faculty with the Judaic Studies department at Portland State University and Willamette University of Salem, and advises younger rabbis in the Clergy Leadership Incubator

In 1993 she became the Rabbi of Congregation HaTikvah of Kyiv, Ukraine, and was instrumental in seeding multiple Jewish spiritual communities throughout the former Soviet Union which still exist today. In addition to her rabbinic ordination Rabbi Stone is a Jerusalem Fellow of the Mandel Educational Institute and has a doctoral degree from Spertus Institute of Chicago. She has published Because All Is One, on the relevance of the doctrine of the sefirot in Jewish mysticism, and The Alef Bet of Death: Dying As A Jew

Recent public offerings include:

Taking Charge When You’re Dying, an interview with Rabbi Ariel on KMUZ radio 

She maintains a sporadic blog: Times Of Israel

For more on Rabbi Ariel, see this story by Oregon Jewish Life. 



JoAnn Bezodis, Executive Administrator

JoAnn provides the day-to-day management of Shir Tikvah's fiscal, physical, security, and administrative affairs. If you have any questions or need more information regarding membership, programming, education and beyond, please feel free to get in touch. 


Amelia Schroth, Operations Manager

Amelia answers your phone calls, emails and questions about everything from membership to finances and all of the small details in between. She’s the woman you contact to schedule a movie, a bar mitzvah or anything else in the building. Our plants always look fantastic because Amelia is also a landscape contractor – in the summer and on the weekends, look for her outside.


Heather Laffitte, Youth Program Lead

Heather is Shir Tikvah's Youth Program Lead. Please contact her for information regarding Nashira Project, B'rit Mitzvah planning, and any other questions about youth programs and events.





Rivkah Coburn, B'rit Mitzvah Coordinator

Rivkah serves as Shir Tikvah’s Brit Mitzvah Coordinator meeting with families to guide them in the details of the brit mitzvah process and to schedule the b'rit mitzvah date. She accesses a student's need regarding tutoring and oversees their education process. Please contact Rivkah with questions and information.



Fri, July 19 2024 13 Tammuz 5784