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The Board of Directors of the oregon Area Jewish Committee has named Joanne Van Ness Menashe the new OAJC executive director. In this position Van Ness Menashe will provide the leadership under board direction to represent OAJC and its interests and values to community organizations and public officials.

Through Jewish values, the OAJC advances social justice, human rights, religious liberty, support for Israel, mutual understanding and democratic principles. OAJC aspires to be the area’s Jewish ambassador to the community at large. OAJC works to protect the civil and religious rights of all; insure Israel’s security; advance efforts to protect human rights and human dignity; combat anti-semitism; reduce intergroup tensions; promote Jewish values in discussions of public policy and enrich the quality of Jewish life.

Van Ness Menashe has a long history of community leadership in several mission- driven organizations. she has an extensive background in leadership positions including oregon Ballet Theatre, Oregon Humanities, Nonprofit Association of Oregon, oregon symphony, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Downtown Corvallis Association.

She has received numerous community awards including a commendation by Gov. Barbara Roberts and a First Citizen Award-Corvallis; she was a nominee for the outstanding Oregonian of the ’90s. she serves on the board of directors for Congregation Beth Israel and Cedar Sinai Park and is Vice President of the Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Israel.

“[U]nanimously voted in as the OAJC’s new executive director, Joanne brings years of experience in development, management and board relations, and we couldn’t be happier with our decision to hire her. She is passionate and an effective advocate for causes that positively impact people’s lives and brings superb interpersonal and communication skills with a track record of collaboration and innovation,” says elise Brickner-Schulzm President of OAJC President.


Andrew D’Addio, Clu, ChFC, has joined Rosenbaum Financial as the company’s chief operating officer. D’Addio, a native of New Jersey, was most recently Regional Vice President, Director of Agencies, Ameritas Life Insurance Corp.

D’Addio, a seasoned practice management and business development expert with more than 20 years of industry experience, worked directly with Ameritas general agents and advisors to provide practice management solutions in an effort to help them achieve greater levels of success through marketing, succession planning, human capital and operational considerations. As Coo of Rosenbaum Financial, he will work closely with CEO and President Mark Rosenbaum to manage and grow the family business, which was founded by Fred Rosenbaum more than 50 years ago.

“We are extremely fortunate Andrew is joining the Rosenbaum team. His reputation as the premiere advisor to financial firms is unparalleled. When you combine Andrew’s contribution to Rosenbaum’s long history of solid performance, strong client base and senior in-house experience, our potential is limitless,” says Rosenbaum.

Rosenbaum Financial, llC, is a nationally recognized, locally owned wealth management firm, providing insurance, investments and financial planning.


For the past six years, Lisa Horowitz has been executive director of Portland Jewish Academy and Mittleman Jewish Community Center, leading a shared management team. In November she will leave to become executive director of Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle. She will be joining her husband Lewis, whose work has taken him to Seattle for much of the past five years.

During Lisa’s tenure, both PJA and the MJCC have become stronger, while weathering some tough economic times, according to a letter from board co-presidents Barry Benson and Robert Philip. PJA has more than 300 students from preschool hrough eighth grade and the MJCC has an historic high 1,550 memberships. The campus serves more than 1,000 people every day, with 10,000 unique visitors annually.


“Both organizations have been in excellent hands under Lisa’s leadership, and we are certain that both will go from strength to strength into the future,” says the letter from Benson and Philip. The board formed a strategic Planning Committee to look at similar organizations, innovative ideas and best practices and to formulate a plan for future leadership.


Marshal spector has returned to Gevurtz Menashe Larson & Howe PC, as an “of Counsel” attorney where he began his Oregon family law practice in 1990 until 2007.

Spector received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland and his Juris Doctorate from university of Baltimore School of Law. He practiced law in Maryland and worked in New York City before moving to Portland. He will continue his family law practice of divorce, custody, support and modification cases, as well as Premarital Agreements and other family law matters.

Spector brings 23 years of experience in Oregon family law cases. He serves on the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and the court liaison committee of Multnomah Bar Association, and speaks widely about kidney donation.

“Marshal returns to us at an exciting time as we continue to seek the best available talent to support our Portland and SW Washington practice,” says Managing Partner Shawn Menashe. “We are thrilled to have him back on the team and welcome him back into this role as one of the firm’s more seasoned attorneys and litigators. The firm is proud to continue the recent pattern of bringing former lawyers back into the fold.”

Based in Portland, and practicing in Oregon and Washington, Gevurtz Menashe has dedicated its practice exclusively to family law for more than 30 years.

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