Willamette alumnus receives community enrichment award

Ruben Menashe '55 and his wife, Elizabeth, will receive the Rabbi Joshua Stampfer Community Enrichment Award in Portland this month.

The award honors an individual, family or organization who has enriched Jewish cultural, educational or community life.

Menashe majored in economics, played football and was student body president at Willamette. He went on to found Ruben J. Menashe, Inc., a successful Portland development company.

He co-chaired the Rose Schnitzer Manor assisted living facility development project, and has actively served on the boards of the Metropolitan Builders Association, St. Mary's Home for Boys, the Rask Family Memorial Scholarship Fund, Temple Beth Israel and the Robison Jewish Health Center.

Elizabeth Menashe was the first woman to become president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland.

Read more about Menashe and the award in an article in Jewish Review.