Elaine Lewis Weinstein (b. 1935)

Elaine Weinstein was born on June 24, 1935 to Tessie (Bamberg) and Joseph Lewis. Both of her parents were immigrants from eastern Europe. The family moved from Brooklyn, New York to Seattle, Washington when Elaine was still a baby. Her brother Marvin was four years older. Joseph’s brothers Harry and Jack had come west and encouraged him to move his family as well. The brothers opened a night club in downtown Seattle, which they ran for several years. Next they bought the Home Beautifying Company and the Washington Lumber Company. Joseph was disabled at 38 by a stroke and could no longer work. Tessie managed with an income from some investment properties. 

The family attended the Reformed Temple DeHirsch in Seattle after her father’s stroke made it too difficult for them to attend the Conservative synagogue. Elaine grew up amidst a close-knit group of family and friends in Seattle. She graduated from high school and went to the University of Washington until she met and married Sandy Weinstein, whom she met through a mutual friend. They moved to Portland, Oregon and raised two sons and a daughter: Jerry, Marty, and Roberta.