Arlene Schnitzer’s passing is an enormous loss for Portland. Her generosity to numerous Jewish organizations in our community will ensure vibrant Jewish communal life in Portland for generations to come, and is an incredible legacy for her to leave. In particular, the Mittleman Jewish Community Center (MJCC) and Portland Jewish Academy (PJA), both located on the Schnitzer Family Campus, have benefited greatly from Arlene’s passionate support, as well as that of her late husband, Harold, and her son, Jordan.
Arlene’s interest in PJA, a school attended by two of her grandchildren, reflected her understanding of the important role played by a community Jewish Day School, and PJA was only one of many schools and educational institutions to be blessed with Arlene’s support. Arlene’s long-standing support of the MJCC allowed it to grow and thrive as the “living room” of Portland’s Jewish community, serving nearly 12,000 individuals in the Portland community each year in its health and wellness, recreational, and cultural arts programs, among others. Arlene’s remarkable support of the arts extended to countless organizations throughout Portland and beyond. She was instrumental in making Portland a city with a thriving arts community, and she will be sorely missed.