Bernard Brown (1918-2013)

Bernard Brown was born in Viseul-de-Sus, Romania to a religious family. He had an older brother and three younger sisters. During the Second World War he was sent to several concentration and work camps and was the only member of his family to survive. He married his wife Libby after they both survived the camps. They came to Portland in 1951, where Bernard was able to set up as a peddler. He served as president and acting rabbi of Kesser Israel synagogue. His wife, Libby, helped found and was president of the Hillel Academy. The Browns had four children, who were all sent out of state for religious education and did not settle in Portland. Bernard was a mainstay of Kesser Israel Synagogue and of the Orthodox community in Portland.