Expert on Jewish philanthropy presented about its trends and future, Feb 23 at PSU
Author: Jenn Director Knudsen, Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies
Posted: January 23, 2012

(Portland, Ore.) January 10, 2012 — Recession or not, Jewish philanthropy is alive and well. However, is it immune from the economic downturn? Will it look different upon an economic recovery?

Sanford (Sandy) R. Cardin, president of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, will hit on these questions and more about the world of Jewish philanthropy when he comes to Portland State University as the 2012 Gus & Libby Solomon Memorial lecture guest.

The lecture, “The Jewish Community of the Future,” is free and open to the public. It will start at 7 p.m., on Thurs., Feb. 23, 2012, and be held in PSU’s Lincoln Hall.

Sandy Cardin, 2012 Solomon LecturerCardin is a frequent presenter and panelist in global forums on topics related to catalytic grantmaking, innovative program-building, Jewish identity, young adult engagement, Israel and more. His published works include a chapter in “What We Now Know About Jewish Education” (2008) and a reflective essay on trends in contemporary American Judaism in “Synagogues in a Time of Change” (2009).

Cardin currently serves as a director of several organizations, including Hillel Russia, and has served in the past on the boards of such groups as the Council on Foundations and the Jewish Funders Network. A native of Baltimore, Cardin is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Maryland School of Law.

The Gus & Libby Solomon Memorial Lecture is dedicated to the American Jewish experience and the values of social justice exemplified by the late-Judge Gus J. Solomon and his wife, Libby – a force for social justice in her own right – in their lifetimes.

The annual Gus & Libby Solomon Lecture is made possible by Richard Solomon and Alyce Flitcraft; Solomon created the series in 2005 in his parents' memory and is a program of the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at PSU. This year’s lecture is generously co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, whose intern from its Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation (OJCYF), Alex Meyer, is providing publicity support.

Previous Solomon lecturers have included sociologist Prof. Bruce Phillips, who spoke on the demographic realities of the Jewish population of Portland;  historian Beth Wenger on the creation of an American Jewish heritage; and Rabbi Steve Greenberg, whose comments centered on homosexuality and the Jewish tradition.

While the event is free, Judaic Studies appreciates you taking a moment to RSVP by emailing Jenn Director Knudsen, associate development director, at, or call her at (503) 725-2305. For more information, visit

About the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland
Since 1920, the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland has been at the heart of Portland's Jewish community – serving as a unifying force, meeting critical needs and saving lives locally and around the world. The Jewish Federation is the central planning, coordinating, and fundraising body for a wide range of local and international agencies that offer the entire community a broad spectrum of humanitarian programs. In addition to running a $3.5 M annual campaign, Federation serves a powerful advocate, develops communal leaders, and provides a chance to get connected. To learn more visit

About the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation
The Oregon Jewish Community Foundation is dedicated to creating, promoting, and facilitating a culture of giving, and serves as the guardian of permanent funds available to safeguard the quality of Jewish communal life in Oregon and Southwest Washington. The Foundation invests its assets to foster strong support of the community’s current needs while also providing resources for future generations through endowment.  OJCF manages funds for a total of 25 Jewish organizations. For more information, 503.248.9328 or

About the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at PSU
Judaic Studies employs the critical methodologies of university scholarship to examine all aspects of the history, religion, culture, and social and political formations of the Jewish people. Judaic Studies therefore enhances our understanding of world history, and allows critical insight into a vital strand in the tapestry of world culture. It offers the opportunity for students of all backgrounds to explore a rich civilization that is both nourished by ancient traditions, and shaped through creative encounters and ongoing interactions with other cultures. At the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at Portland State University, this enterprise is conducted through a variety of academic courses and summer programming, lectures and research symposia, scholarly conferences and cultural events.

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Date: Jan. 10, 2012

By: Jenn Director Knudsen, 503-725-2305,
Source: Michael Weingrad, (503) 725-3085,