Gene Nudelman Sr. (1906-1994)
Eugene Nudelman was born in 1906 in Portland, Oregon. He is the grandson of Joseph Nudelman who brought an agricultural colony from Russia in the 1880s to start an agrarian collective farm in North Dakota. When that farm failed the group moved to Nevada and then California before arriving in Portland, where there were already some Nudelman family members. There were 13 Nudelman siblings in that first generation and Gene grew up in a a community populated by his extended family. He grew up in the Alberta District of Northeast Portland but spent much of his free time in the South Portland at Neighborhood House. He went to Irvington School and Commerce High School. In 1930 he married Hattie Weinsoft (whose brother Ben married Gene’s sister Anne). Eugene was president of Nudelman Brothers. He was the director of B’nai B’rith summer camp for 18 years. He was an active member of Ahavai Sholom and later Neveh Shalom.