Robert Epstein (b. 1940)

Bob Epstein was born on April 17, 1940 in Philadelphia, where his father had a dry cleaning store. He was raised in a Modern Orthodox synagogue there. He met his wife Mimi at Penn State University and joined the Navy immediately out of school. After his military service he attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then moved to Portland, Oregon to become part of the Portland Clinic as an internist. He and Mimi have two sons, Mark and Neil.

Bob was an early member of Congregation Havurah Shalom in Portland, and was instrumental in hiring the first rabbi for the congregation. He served six years as president of the steering committee and also worked in many positions as a community volunteer, teaching Hebrew and history, and leading services. He also served on the national Reconstructionist Federation for six years.