Martha Horenstein Olshen (1921-1983)

Martha Olshen was one of seven children born to Hyman (Herman) and Mishka Horenstein. Her parents had immigrated from Russia in 1905. They were well-known in Portland for the numbers of other Russian families they managed to bring to America. Hyman Horenstein worked as a barber and founded the Oregon Barber College at SW Second and Madison. He also founded the Brailover Relief Society, founded mainly to help get more people out of Russia. He was also one of the founders of the Meade St. Shul (Kesser Israel) in 1912. 

Martha attended Ladd and Shattuck Elementary Schools, Cleveland and Lincoln High Schools. She married Milton Olshen at 18 and they had four daughters. The family attended Shaarie Torah. Martha was active in Hadassah and B’nai B’rith. 

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