Abraham "English" Rosenberg (1901-1995)

Abraham Edward “English” Rosenberg was born on June 17, 1901 in Hull, England to Lazarus and Anna Rosenberg. He was born the second of seven children. His parents were originally from the Kovno gubernia in Russia, and they moved to Hull in approximately 1899. Abraham and his family immigrated to the United States in 1914 and moved to Portland, Oregon in 1915, where he enrolled in Lincoln High School. It was there that due to his thick Yorkshire accent, Abraham was given the nickname “English” by his schoolmates. 

After graduating from Lincoln High School, he went to work for a predecessor of the Goldsmith Company, a dry goods wholesaler by the name of Fleischner Mayer and Company. From 1931 until his retirement in 1971, he was the controller of the company. He married Sylvia Kremen in 1943. They were childless. As a young man, he was the Oregon state handball champion in both singles and doubles, and a charter member of the Ramblers Club in 1921.

Abraham was a prominent member of the community, serving as president and trustee of the Jewish Community Center, vice president and trustee of the Robison Jewish Home, treasurer of the B’nai B’rith Summer Camp, (as well as every other office in the B’nai B’rith except as president due to illness), a board member of Congregation Neveh Shalom, a board member of the Jewish Welfare Federation National Jewish Welfare Board, an executive committee member of the National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCC&J), and secretary-treasurer emeritus of the Oregon Association Amateur Athletic Union. Because of his wide scope of activities, he received many awards for community service, including the Jewish National Fund’s John F. Kennedy Peace Award in 1966 and the Oregon Brotherhood Award of the NCC&J in 1971. In 1991, the Robison Home established an endowment fund in honor of Abraham and his wife Sylvia.  

Abraham died on November 8, 1995 and he is burried at the cemetery of Congregation Neveh Zedek.