Biz Ins & Outs April 2019

Jordan Schnitzer & Arlene Schnitzer

OJCF to honor Schnitzer family

The Oregon Jewish Community Foundation has selected Arlene Schnitzer, Jordan Schnitzer and the blessed memory of Harold Schnitzer as the foundation’s 2019 Legacy Society honorees. The Schnitzers will be honored at OJCF’s Annual Meeting and Reception to be held on June 3 at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center.

“The impact that Arlene, Harold, z”l, and Jordan have had upon the foundation and our community is immeasurable,” says OJCF President and CEO Julie Diamond. “It is only fitting that we honor and thank them during our 30th anniversary year.”

The family’s generous support of Oregon’s Jewish and general nonprofit organizations has changed the region’s philanthropic landscape.

“The foundation is grateful for our relationship with Arlene and Jordan, and we are proud to support their charitable giving through the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Family Fund of OJCF,” says OJCF Board Chair Steve Laveson. “Their steadfast commitment to the Jewish community can’t be overstated, and their charitable legacy will benefit Jewish Oregonians for generations to come.”

Please join OJCF on June 3 to honor Arlene Schnitzer, Jordan Schnitzer and the blessed memory of Harold Schnitzer.


CSP hires management company to guide Robison and Green House operations

In March Cedar Sinai Park appointed a management company to guide operations at the Robison Health & Rehabilitation Center and Harold Schnitzer Center for Living Green House. Since 2016 these state-of-the art facilities have been delivering higher-level nursing care to a broader group of patients than did the former Robison Jewish Health Center.

Aidan Health Services Inc. is an experienced, proven specialist in the management of post-acute care and skilled nursing facilities. CSP retained Aidan Health Services to improve efficiencies in these more comprehensive and complex healthcare facilities. Its contract is limited to RHRC and HSCL.  It does not include executive management services or Rose Schnitzer Manor. CSP’s executives, administrators and staff, including all caregivers, continue as CSP employees.

CSP selected Aidan because of their expertise in the field of post-acute care, their work with other mission-driven nonprofit organizations, their successful record serving those organizations and the recommendation of CSP’s trusted advisors.

CSP Board of Trustees Chair Ivan Gold says, “We’re proud of our five-star quality rating in this complex healthcare niche. Aidan’s specialized management will help us deliver that quality more efficiently and effectively. Importantly, Aidan understands and has committed to CSP’s emphasis on traditional Jewish values.” |


Michelle Caplan returns to Neveh Shalom staff

Congregation Neveh Shalom welcomes back Michelle Caplan as the congregation’s membership and engagement director. Michelle is a familiar face both in the Jewish community and at Neveh Shalom. She worked as a Jewish communal professional for 18+ years and has been a lay leader for many local organizations for the past six years. Most recently, Michelle worked at Nike.

Currently, Michelle serves on the board at B’nai B’rith Camp and is part of the Women’s Philanthropy Task Force at the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland. As a breast cancer survivor, Michelle also supports many causes and events associated with the breast cancer community.

Neveh Shalom Executive Director Fred Rothstein says he and the entire Neveh Shalom leadership, both lay and professional, are pleased to have Michelle back on the congregation’s staff.  Michelle is a wonderful Jewish communal professional who brings both passion and skill to her work, says Rothstein.

Although she was born in St. Louis and raised in Dallas, TX, after 24 years here she now considers Portland home. Michelle and Jon have been married 25 years. Their two children have grown up at Neveh Shalom and benefited from the amazing programs at Foundation School, ALIYAH and Tichon. Jennifer, 19, is a freshman at the University of Oregon, and Andrew, 16, is a sophomore at Beaverton High School.

Michelle attended the University of Judaism, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Jewish studies.

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BB Camp welcomes new staff

B’nai B’rith Camp welcomes two new staff members, Jennifer Hardy, far right, as accounting specialist and Stacey Lebenzon Oller, right, as Second Century events coordinator.

Jennifer brings eight years of experience with accounts payable, receivables and payroll. Jennifer also has a passion for art and connecting with kids. She works with the Tigard/Tualatin school district to organize its volunteer art program, bringing art classes to schools throughout the district. Jennifer also teaches painting classes to K-5 students throughout the Portland area.

Stacey will oversee the friend-raising and fundraising events, and other adult-oriented retreats and programs, leading up to and through BB Camp’s 100th anniversary celebration in 2020-2021. She joins the BB Camp staff after three years on the BB Camp board. She has been a life-long BB Camper.  Stacey was born and raised in Portland.  She received a bachelor’s degree at Brandeis University. After spending six months living on a kibbutz in Israel and traveling through Europe, Stacey returned to Portland to teach at Portland Jewish Academy. Stacey and her husband, Marshal, lived in Florida, Virginia, New York, Washington State and California before returning to Portland in 2015. Stacey and Marshal have two children, Leo and Sarina, who, like their mom, grandfather and great-grandfather, are proud BB Campers.


Fred Rothstein installed as NAASE president

Neveh Shalom Executive Director Fred Rothstein was installed as president of the North American Association of Synagogue Executives at the 2019 NAASE International Conference held in West Palm Beach, FL, March 10-13.

NAASE is a Jewish membership organization serving the professional needs of executives of Conservative synagogues. NAASE serves as the central resource for professional development, job placement, information-sharing and peer support for executives serving in Conservative congregations. The 2019 conference theme was “Innovation and Continuation: Peering Over the Horizon, Preparing for the Next Five Years.”

Fred has been the executive director of Neveh Shalom for 18 years. The congregation congratulated Fred and noted that his efforts on the national scene reflect positively on our community and shine a bright light on the important work being done in Portland. |


MJCC team members attend JCCA ProCon

MJCC team members at the JCCA ProCon from left: Lenny Steinberg, Jennifer Harrington, Ryan Ochoa, Becky Ewer and Kelsey Kaplan.

In February, several members of the MJCC’s management team attended the Jewish Community Center Association of North America’s 2019 Professional Conference (ProCon). Held in Orlando, FL., ProCon was an opportunity to connect with colleagues from across the continent. The MJCC team members attended workshops ranging from program development and fitness trends to employee retention and human resources. They also learned about other JCCs and JCC day camps.

One highlight was a keynote talk by Yotam Polizer, co-CEO of IsraAid, an Israel-based international nongovernmental organization that provides emergency aid and relief during times of natural and man-made disasters across the globe. The MJCC works indirectly with IsraAid as part of the new JCCA initiative, JResponse. JResponse is a startup initiative to respond to local crises facing JCCs and their communities. JResponse leverages the talent of 6,000 JCC professionals nationally by deploying teams to provide aid and assistance in times of crisis. Jennifer Harrington and Ryan Ochoa are co-coordinators of the program at the MJCC.

“Attending the JCCA Professional Conference was very powerful and enlightening,” says MJCC Creative and Marketing Director Becky Ewer. “I made some amazing connections, learned innovative ways to engage members and felt empowered to make a difference.” |



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