Betty Lillian Rosenfeld (1925-2012)
Betty Lillian Rosenfeld (nee Coren), an only child, was born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 19, 1925 to Morris and Eva Weinstein. Her maternal and paternal grandparents had both emigrated from Russia, and Betty's parents were first generation Americans. The family was moderately observant, and they belonged to Rabbi Abba Hillel's temple in Cleveland. Betty attended public primary and secondary schools, and Western Reserve University, majoring in political science.
Betty met her husband, A. Victor Rosenfeld, while they both were visiting friends in Los Angeles. Victor was still in the Air Force, and three weeks after their meeting, they became engaged. They married in 1946 in Portland at Congregation Shaarie Torah. Victor's family was orthodox and Betty's reform, so a great deal of accommodation took place on both sides. Betty and Victor have two children: Warren, who lives in Portland, and Cathy, who lives in Los Angeles. They each have two children.
In Portland, Betty was a fervent supporter of democratic principles and causes, dedicated to the candidates who sought to serve our community. She actively worked on the campaigns of Harry Truman and Wayne Morse, and she was a life long friend of Congresswoman Edith Green. The Rosenfeld family was also deeply committed to Zionist causes, and Betty was active in Hadassah and all pro-Israel causes. Betty was an ardent philanthropist committed to the Jewish community and more particularly to the development of young Jewish leaders.
Betty passed away on April 2, 2012 at the age of 86.