Rabbi Stampfer Community Enrichment Award


The Rabbi Joshua Stampfer Community Enrichment Award was initiated by Dr. Merritt Linn (z”l) and was created in 1999 to honor Rabbi Stampfer on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his ordination. The award is sponsored by the five organizations that rabbi helped establish: The Institute for Judaic Studies, the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Camp Solomon Schechter, The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at Portland State University and Congregation Neveh Shalom, where he served for 40 years. The purpose of the award is to honor an individual(s) or organization that has enriched Jewish culture, educational and or community life with the dedication that is exemplified by Rabbi Stampfer. The honoree, chosen by a committee of past awardees and the five organizations noted above can be Jewish or non-Jewish, living or deceased and be recognized for lifetime achievement or for a specific project.

Rabbi Stampfer was the first recipient of the award in 1999, followed by:
Hershel Tanzer (z”l) 2001
Jerry (z”l) and Helen Stern 2002
Milt Carl 2003
Henry Blauer(z”l) 2004
Victor and Toinette Menashe 2005
Shirley Tanzer (z”l) 2005 (in memoriam)
Alan and Eve Rosenfeld 2006
Irwin and Renee Holzman 2007
Madeline Nelson and Family 2008
Min Zidell (z”l) and Family 2009
Ruben and Elizabeth Menashe 2010
Priscilla Kostiner 2011
Merritt Linn (z”l) 2011
Arden and Lois Shenker 2012
James H. Winkler 2013
Jakob Kryszek 2014
Paul and Alice Meyer 2015
Carolyn and Gary Weinstein 2016
Tracy Oseran, Dr. Jill Ginsberg, and Sharon Straus 2017


The Stampfer Youth Recognition Program Similar to the tenets of the Stampfer Community Enrichment Award, the Youth Recognition Program was initiated in 2006 by Prof. Sylvia Frankel and recognizes our Jewish youth who have demonstrated exceptional devotion to the following causes: advancing Jewish learning; creating a stronger Jewish and overall community; and working toward a more ethical and peaceful world, embodying the spirit of tikkun olam. It is our hope that, by being at the Stampfer Award event and witnessing the high esteem shown for those who enrich our community, these young people will be encouraged to continue along the path they have started.

Thursday, October 25th, 2018
6:00 p.m., in Birnbach Hall

Congregation Neveh Shalom
2900 SW Peaceful Lane, Portland, OR 97239
Kosher catering is provided by Century Catering

Please reserve your spot by Friday, October 18, 2018
Tickets: $60/person or $480/table.
To RSVP and purchase tickets, please return the enclosed RSVP card, or call Marg Everett at 503.293.7318.
Reserve online at http://tinyurl.com/stampferaward2018

This is not a fundraising event.


The 2018 Rabbi Joshua Stampfer
Community Enrichment Award Dinner

Judith and Garry Kahn

Judith Kahn is a Portland native whose focus in life has always been family and community. Besides teaching, Judith was the administrator for Camp Solomon Schechter for six years, the Program Director for USY and the Shabbat Club at Neveh Shalom, and Executive Director of the Oregon Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. Judith also has served as President for the Portland/Ashkelon Sister City Program that was initiated by Portland’s City Hall and chaired Portland’s Jewish Federation Partnership 2000 (P2K) with Kiryat Malachi and Hof Ashkelon. Together, she and Garry participated in SAR-EL, the National Project for Volunteers in Israel. In addition, she sat on the board of the Jewish Education Association (JEA), was Co-President of the Melton Jewish Education Board, receiving the Song of Miriam Award in 2014 for her work with that organization, and is presently on the board of the Institute for Judaic Studies, serving on the Education Committee.

Garry Kahn’s career as a trial lawyer covered 54 years. He was active in the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (President 1968-69) and the Western Trial Lawyers Association (President 1972-73). He was elected to the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors (1986-89) and served as President of the Oregon State Bar (1988-89). Garry was also appointed by Governor Barbara Roberts as a Judge of the Multnomah County Circuit Court in 1991. He resigned after two years, returning to the private sector of law. Since retiring in 2016, Garry has worked part time as a pro bono lawyer, restricting his work to representing clients referred by Oregon Legal Aid Services.

Judith and Garry married in 1959. They have four children and 10 grandchildren. They believe their offspring have become mensches, as evidenced by their sense of “giving back to the community.”  This is a dor l’dor family, as one generation teaches the next.