Introducing Congregation Neveh Shalom COVID-19 Outreach and Services (CNSCOS)
CNSCOS is a new team appointed by Congregation Neveh Shalom, with funding from the Oregon Health Authority, tasked with helping limit the spread of COVID-19 by providing services and timely information to the Jewish communities of Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. 
Our Mandate
Congregation Neveh Shalom is one of over 170 Community Based Organizations to receive grant funding from the Oregon Health Authority to serve priority communities throughout the State including but not limited to people who are houseless, individuals with substance use disorders, recent immigrants and refugees, faith communities, undocumented and farm workers, people experiencing mental health issues, older adults and LGBTQIA+ communities.

Our outreach and support services aim to connect individuals and families to the information and resources they need to stay safe, healthy, and well-informed. Our priority is to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Toward this goal, we are collaborating with Jewish organizations and volunteers in the region to support public health efforts to curb the pandemic.
COVID-19 Outreach Survey
We want to know how to best serve you. What questions do you have about COVID-19? What are your biggest concerns? What kind of resources are you looking for?

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. This information will help us tailor our outreach strategies to be as useful as possible to you.

All responses are anonymous unless you’re looking for specific services and would like to leave your name and email address at the end of the survey.
Weekly COVID-19 Newsletter
We want to bring relevant COVID-19 news and resources to you. This weekly newsletter will provide Oregon-specific updates, tips for navigating everyday life in a pandemic, and links to news stories across a diverse range of publications that we think are informative and helpful.

If there are specific kinds of information you’d like us to include in the newsletter, please fill out the survey at the link above!
Social and Wraparound Services
Our social services and wraparound services team will work with those affected by covid-19 to provide services and connections with existing benefit programs. For those with a positive covid-19 test or confirmed exposure, we can directly provide resources and support for isolation/quarantine, including assistance with:

  • Housing such as hotels or motels to stay during that period
  • Food / Meals
  • Health care and self-monitoring supplies that are not covered by insurance
  • Transportation related to individuals in isolation or quarantine (ambulance, taxi, etc.)
  • Communications such as cell phones
  • Cleaning services
  • Grocery shopping
  • Childcare

To reach our Wraparound and Social Services Team for services, send an email to covid19@nevehshalom.org.
Meet Our Team
Project Manager: Susan Greenberg
Susan Greenberg has been an active member of the Jewish Community and been a member of Congregation Neveh Shalom for over 15 years. She is currently in her eighth year on the Beaverton School Board and has been engaged in helping the most at risk children. She and her husband David have two children Seth living in the Washington DC area, and Zoe finishing her senior year of high school.
Lead Outreach and Communication Coordinator: JoAnna Wendel
JoAnna Wendel is a science writer and cartoonist from Beaverton, OR. She is passionate about the wonders of science and helping people of all ages and backgrounds learn about the natural world. Outside of her work as a science communicator, JoAnna paints, reads a lot of books, and hangs out with her cat, Pancake.
Outreach and Education Coordinator: Estee Emlen
Estee Emlen is excited to work with her community through CNSCOS. She recently graduated from college as a biology major and cares about making science and health information more accessible. Estee also enjoys running, gardening, and teaching her puppy Taxi new tricks.
Lead Social Services and Wraparound Services: Galia Peleg
Galia Peleg is currently getting her master’s degree in public health at the OHSU and has worked as an environmental engineer in the Ministry of Health in Israel prior to arriving in Portland almost four years ago. She has two kids who attend the Portland Jewish Academy and is passionate about strengthening our community and its response to the current pandemic we are facing.
Social Services and Wraparound Services Consultant: Stephanie Lee
Stephanie is a social worker and has an extensive background working with vulnerable youth and families in the child welfare system. She loves supporting and empowering individuals to thrive and be a voice in their community. Stephanie enjoys camping, hiking, biking, reading, and is passionate about racial and social justice.
Social Services and Wraparound Services Consultant: Ellen Kalenscher
Ellen is very excited to have recently moved back to Portland and to be working with the community as a part of CNSCOS! Before COVID-19 hit, she had recently returned from a three month trip to New Zealand, and was playing competitive Ultimate Frisbee. Ellen likes to spend as much time as possible outdoors, going on hikes, backpacking trips, and long bike rides.
To learn more about COVID-19 information and resources, visit our website and OHA's COVID-19 page.