Memorial Service for Charles R. Schiffman Aug. 12

A community-wide memorial service for Charlie Schiffman is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 pm at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center. The entire Jewish community is invited. Special thanks to Rabbis Motti Wilhelm and Joshua Stampfer, along with the Schiffman family, for their help and support in putting this together.

Charlie Schiffman (Tzadok Reuven Halevy) passed away in Israel July 14. Charlie served our community as the Jewish Federation Executive Director for 23 years. After his retirement, Charlie moved to Israel and lived in Jerusalem with his wife, Marsha. Charlie was a passionate lover and supporter of the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

Our thoughts go out to his beloved wife, Marsha, beautiful daughter, Nili, and their grandchildren. May Charlie’s memory be for a blessing and his family comforted by all other mourners in Zion.

Charles R. Schiffman first came to work as the JFGP executive vice president in November 1987. For the preceding four years, Charlie, his wife Marsha and their daughter, Nili, lived in Jerusalem where Charlie was first the financial information officer for the Jewish Agency for Israel and then the vice president of Resource Development Associates, a private fundraising and development firm. Prior to his time in Jerusalem, he had served as the executive director of the Jewish federation in Columbus, OH. Before that he was the assistant director at the federation in Springfield, MA. He announced his plans to retire June 10, 2009, at the Federation’s annual meeting, and retired the following spring.

Following his retirement, Charlie and Marsha returned to Jerusalem. Nili, her husband, Ethan Isenberg, and two children live in Los Angeles.

The family is graciously accepting contributions in Charlie’s memory to the Jewish Federation’s longstanding Schiffman Israel Travel Fund ( – a fund set-up many years ago to provide financial assistance to young people to travel to Israel. Or, contributions can be made to the Charles Schiffman Scholarship Fund at Maimonides Jewish Day School.

For our interview with with Charlie before he moved to Israel, visit:

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'Memorial Service for Charles R. Schiffman Aug. 12' have 3 comments

  1. July 16, 2015 @ 12:55 am Rabbi Shlomo Davis

    A real mentch
    Always looking for ways to help others .
    May his wife and family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem


  2. July 16, 2015 @ 7:40 pm Lt. Col. George H. Heart, MEMS

    Charlie was a great man with an even greater vision. Under his guidance we established the federation’s first military outreach program in Oregon’s history. It was an honor serving with Charlie and touching the lives of so many Jewish soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines in our community. May his memory be for true blessing!

    Lt. Col. George H. Heart, MEMS
    Wash. State Guard, Ret.
    Atlanta, GA


  3. July 22, 2015 @ 8:57 am Susan Benyowitz

    May his memory be a blessing. He was an excellent teacher and loved the Jewish people and loved Israel. He will be missed.


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