Articles by Gail Mandel


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Celebrating the Charitable Legacy of Arlene Schnitzer, Jordan Schnitzer and Harold Schnitzer z”l

PHOTO: Above from left, Gail Mandel, Jordan Schnitzer, Arlene Schnitzer and Julie Diamond at the Annual Meeting and Legacy Celebration of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation. At right, Jordan Schnitzer and Arlene Schnitzer were the Legacy Society Honorees along with Harold Schnitzer, z”l. Photos by Vincent Paru   In June it was OJCF’s privilege to…

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OJCF’s enduring commitment to camp

PHOTO: BB Campers do a philanthropy exercise. Knowing that Jewish overnight camp plays a big role in kids’ and teens’ Jewish identity, the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation and our youth foundation consistently support our local camps – B’nai B’rith Camp and Camp Solomon Schechter. This support is varied but with the common goal to enable…

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Giving Circles Make an Impact

PHOTO: OJCF’s Giving Council in 2017   What is a giving circle? Essentially, a giving circle is a group of people who come together to pool their charitable dollars and decide together where to donate their money. Pooling contributions enables individuals who might not be able to make a significant contribution on their own to…

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OJCYF Teens Raise $48,000

Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation members sit on the Mittleman Jewish Community Center stage at the group’s annual benefit dinner May 3. This year’s theme, Roaring Youth Philanthropy, set the mood for a truly festive evening. The teen-run event included remarks from U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici and Professor Natan Meir of the Harold Schnitzer Family…

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OJCYF Introduces Advocacy Workshop

On Jan. 30 the Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation held its first advocacy workshop for students in 6-12th grades. Entitled Hope in Action, the session brought together 11 students to learn how to be an effective advocate for oneself and one’s community, as well as how to plan meetings with stakeholders and communicate with elected…