Sharyn Schneiderman (b. 1943)

Sharyn Salmenson Schneiderman was born on April 24th, 1943 and raised in Portland. She grew up, along with her parents and sister, in Northeast Portland, outside of the city’s Jewish neighborhood. Both sides of Sharyn’s family originated in Russia. Her mother worked as a bookkeeper and her father was an insurance salesman. Sharyn grew up in a traditional family who attended Tifereth Israel, a relatively small synagogue in Northeast Portland. Sharyn attended Sabin Grade School, where she was one of the only Jewish children in the school, and then Grant High School, where there was a larger Jewish contingent. Sharyn attended Portland State University, where she qualified to become a teacher and met her future husband Marty. Sharyn taught in Tigard, a suburb of Portland, until her recent semi-retirement. Sharyn and Marty have three daughters: Lisa, Kim and Stephanie, all of whom have been heavily involved in the Jewish community. At the age of 50, Sharyn changed her name from ‘Sharon’ to ‘Sharyn’.