Martin Schneiderman (b. 1942)

Martin J. Schneiderman was born in Portland, Oregon, in April 1942, the only child of Leonard Schneiderman and Betty Posner Schneiderman. He lived in the immigrant neighborhood of South Portland and attended Shattuck School. During Martin’s final year of elementary school, Urban Renewal in South Portland compelled the family to relocate to the Hillsdale neighborhood. After moving, Martin attended the newly opened Wilson High School in Southwest Portland. Martin’s grandfather was an entrepreneur who owned the Music Hall, a prominent Portland nightclub that operated until the 1950s. 

After graduating high school, Martin served in the army and married his wife, Sharyn, in 1965. The wedding took place at Congregation Neveh Shalom in Portland. After being discharged from the army, Martin completed his university education, graduating from Portland State University in 1966. He then trained to become a stockbroker, a profession that he worked in for 22 years. In the 1990s Martin and Sharyn opened The Grocery Bag, a grocery shopping delivery service. They have been married for over 53 years and have three adult daughters: Kim, Stephanie and Lisa. All three are involved with the local Jewish community, having conducted musical and educational activities in recent years.

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