Directory: Faculty and Staff

Judaic Studies Virtual Front Desk

How can you drop in to our office while we are operating remotely?

You can visit us through the Judaic Studies Virtual Front Desk.
When you click the link, you will be directed to our virtual office and waiting room. When our staff is free, they will admit you into the room.

Note: the desk is staffed at limited hours for Spring 2021:

Monday - Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

If you need to contact someone outside of those hours, you may send an email to or leave a voicemail at 503-725-8449. 

Student Support - COVID-19 Resources

As support for students during this challenging time, Portland State University offers COVID-19 Resources for Students.

Additional general student resources can be found on this page

Academic Advising

​The Judaic Studies major is part of the Language, Culture, and Meaning Pathway. Students may take advantage of academic advising offered by the excellent advisors of this pathway. Martha, Roxanne, Tanya, and Jon are dedicated to student success and to helping students understand and realize their professional and personal goals. Students are assigned to an advisor based on the last 2 digits of their PSU ID number, but students may change advisors if they wish. Advisors can help students with course scheduling, declaring a major, thinking about graduate education, and exploring career paths. 

For general advising questions, email  To make an appointment with an advisor, visit the advising webpage.  


Vicky Mazzone, Office Coordinator | | 503-725-8449

NOTE:  If you call the main department number (503-725-8449) and leave a voicemail, the coordinator will immediately receive an email and can call you back.

Suzane Van Amburgh, Strategic Communications | | 503-725-5048

Chloe Ollila, Administrative Support

Rachelle Diaz-Boyas, Administrative Support


Professor Natan Meir

Natan Meir, Lorry I. Lokey Professor in Judaic Studies and Department Chair

Contact: | 503-725-4038

Office Hours: by appointment.  Please email for zoom meeting times.

Professor Nina Spiegel

Rabbi Joshua Stampfer Associate Professor of Israel Studies

Contact: | 503-725-3055

Office Hours: by appointment.  Please email for zoom meeting times.


Professor Loren Spielman

Associate Professor of Judaic Studies

Contact: | 503-725-5940

Office Hours: by appointment.  Please email for zoom meeting times.


Michael Weingrad

Professor of Judaic Studies


Office Hours: by appointment.  Please email for zoom meeting times.


Affiliated Faculty


Moshe Rachmuth portrait

Moshe Rachuth, Ph.D. Hebrew Language Instructor

Contact: | 503-725-9776

On sabbatical

Sharon Erez-Shai

Sharon Erez-Shai, Hebrew Instructor


Directions to our offices

The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at Portland State University is located on the fourth floor of the University Center Building (UCB) in Suite 465. UCB fills the block between SW 5th Ave and SW 6th Ave, and SW Harrison Street and SW Hall Street.

You will want to enter the building through either the glass doors on the middle of the SW 5th Ave block, or those on the SW Harrison or SW Hall Street doors marked "University Center Building".

Entering from SW Hall Street: The doors are located just past the entrance to SHAC, and before the Parking Garage. Take the evelator to the fourth floor. You will then follow the signs down the hallway and down another hallway to the right to the Judaic Studies office.

Entering from SW Harrison Street: The doors are located between the McDonalds and the Parking Garage. Take the elevator to the fourth floor, head right out of the elevators and follow the first hallway on your left to the Judaic Studies office.

Entering from SW 5th Ave: The doors are located in the middle of the block, just south of the food trucks. Take the elevator to the fourth floor, head right out of the elevators, and our office is directly ahead.

Accessible Entrance: There is a wheelchair ramp located on the SW Hall Street side of the building. The entrance to the Harrison side is also wheelchair accessible.


Public Transit

Judaic Studies is highly accessible via public transit. Trimet has a number of stops nearby. The following public transit options are located within a block of our building, located at 1881 SW 5th Ave:

    MAX Yellow Line
    MAX Green Line
    Bus Stops

 We highly recommend using public transit.

Parking Information

The PSU Office of Transportation & Parking Services provides detailed information about hourly and visitor parking available on campus. Due to our downtown location, parking can be a challenge. Be sure to plan ahead, leave plenty of time to get here, and use public transit if possible.

If you plan to use PSU parking options, we recommend the Fifth Avenue Parking Lot, University Center Parking Garage, or Parking Structure 1.

Hourly, metered street parking can be found near the University Center Building. Most of the meters near UCB are 3 hours. A map of meter locations and lengths is available through the Portland Bureau of Transportation. They also provide information as to current rates.

There are also a number of locations for bicycle parking.
Accessible Parking

There are accessible parking spaces located in all PSU operated parking lots and structures. Map of accessible parking spaces is available through the PSU Transportation page, as well as additional information about accessible parking.

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