Judith Troper (b. 1934)

Judith Troper was born on April 9, 1934 in London, England to Janet and Henry Miller, who were also both born in London. She and her sister Jennifer (Alexander) grew up in the Golders Green neighborhood of London. During the Second World War, when the neighborhood was being bombed, the family moved to the small village of Quainton, and later Great Missenden, where Henry Miller set up a business collecting dry cleaning from the villagers and having the clothes cleaned by his dry cleaning company in London. The family returned to London after the war because there was no Jewish community in the small towns, where they continued to spend their summers.

Judith trained as a secretary and worked in London for several years. She met her husband, Shmuel Troper, at the Hillel House, an international house for Jewish young people in London, and the two married in 1957. They moved for several months to Milan, where Shmuel had work before going on to Israel, where he was from. Judith began to learn Hebrew and adjust to life in the young country of Israel. When Shmuel suggested that he would like to emigrate to the United States, Judith contacted her uncle in Los Angeles, who sponsored the couple.

Judith and Shmuel raised their family of three children, Jonathan (1961), Leora (1963), and Michael (1968) in Los Angeles. They joined a Havurah there, and sent the children to Hebrew school. They moved to Portland, Oregon in 2003 with daughter Leora and son-in-law Miles Hochstein. One of their sons already lived in Portland. Shmuel died soon after they arrived. Leora and Judith joined congregation Shir Tikvah in Portland.