Rabbi Ariel Stone has been Shir Tikvah’s spiritual leader since the congregation’s founding. A caring and vibrant leader, she is an exceptionally knowledgeable teacher of Torah and a recognized scholar of Jewish mysticism.
Rabbi Stone is the current President of the Oregon Board of Rabbis as well as the chair of the Portland Community Mikveh. She also serves as adjunct faculty with the Judaic Studies department at Portland State University.
A native of Orlando, Rabbi Stone was ordained in 1991 by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Reform). In 1993-94 the World Union for Progressive Judaism sent her to the Ukraine, where she served as Rabbi of Congregation HaTikvah of Kiev and assisted in the establishment of progressive congregations in Ukraine that continue to flourish today. Between1995-2001, she served as associate rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in Portland until moving to Israel for a two-year fellowship at the Mandel School for Educational and Social Leadership. From 2003 to the present, she has served as Congregation Shir Tikvah’s Rabbi and continued her studies of Jewish mysticism and traditional community. In 2010, she completed her doctorate at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies under the direction of Dr. Byron Sherwin.
Rabbi Stone co-founded Oregon’s Jewish indigent burial society, Hesed Shel Emet, and served her first term as Oregon Board of Rabbis President from 2007-2009. She is currently writing a guide to dying.
“Because All is One” – an invitation to modern Jews to discover the relevance of mysticism and traditional Jewish community.
A Message From Rabbi Stone
“In 2001 I was asked if I would be willing to serve a new congregation in Portland, Oregon, which was formed the previous year by a group of adults who were deeply interested in Torah study. I was excited by the prospect of guiding and learning with a group of Jews who wanted to actively participate in shaping the kehillah kedoshah (sacred community) in which they would share and support each other on their spiritual paths.
It is a joy to be the Rabbi of this shul, because Shir Tikvah continues to be a congregation which recognizes that Jewish identity and practice is supported by Jewish study, for themselves as well as for their Rabbi. Members and friends join for study of central Jewish sacred texts — Torah, Talmud, and Midrash — two to three times each week. Members reliably take on the responsibility for reading Torah and haftarah, they take care of those who are ill or otherwise in need, and, most importantly, they are astonishingly generous with their time and talents in support of the kehillah‘s leadership needs.”
I am privileged to share in the leadership, guidance and support of this wonderful group of Jews.”