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


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 down.



Dr. Jill Ginsberg

Tracy Oseran

Sharon Straus

Thursday, November 2rd, 2017, 6:00pm

Join us for the 2017 Rabbi Stampfer Community Enrichment Award dinner.
The Stampfer Community Enrichment Award nominating committee this year selected

Dr. Jill Ginsberg
Tracy Oseran
Sharon Straus

as representatives of social justice in the Portland area as the 2017 honorees. This event, which is not a fundraiser — is housed at Neveh Shalom. Individual tickets are $60. A full table is $480.

You can view the invitation and honoree cards here.