Carol Kane Chestler (b. 1935)

Carol Kane Cheslter was born on September 16, 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio, the second child of Mary and Marvin Kane. Carol’s large extended family (her mother was one of ten children) lived in Cleveland and she grew up in Cleveland Heights with many cousins. Carol met her husband Sy while still in high school and married him after her first year at Ohio State University. The couple had three children, Stuart, Bob, and Larry, in Cleveland and, in 1967, moved their young family to Portland, Oregon, where Sy had been offered a job at White Stag.

Carol immediately integrated into Portland’s Jewish culture, joining National Council of Jewish Women and Congregation Beth Israel. She worked as a volunteer for many Jewish organizations, and when she was 40 years old, when her first son went to college, she enrolled full-time at Portland State University and received her bachelor’s degree. She went to work for the Jewish Family and Child Service as the Russian Resettlement Coordinator, a position she kept full-time until 1982, when she went back to school for her masters in Social Work and began working half-time.

Before and during graduate school Carol was also very involved in the development of the newly established congregation Havurah Shalom. She coordinated volunteers and fundraising activities and eventually served as the congregation’s president. 

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