Min Mudrick Zidell (1923-2016)

Min Mudrick Zidell was born in Washington, D.C. on December 12, 1923. She was the last of seven children of Russian immigrants Max and Rebecca Mudrick. Her father died before she was born, and her mother settled in Portland, Oregon, as she had a few brothers living there. Min grew up in Congregation Shaarie Torah but after her marriage to Emery Zidell they joined Neveh Shalom. Min attended the Portland Hebrew School and graduated from Shattuck Grammar School and Lincoln High School (at age 16). She worked as a secretary at Portland General Electric and then at Zidell Companies where she met her future husband. They had three children and seven grandchildren.

Min led an exceptionally philanthropic life, giving of her time and money to organizations big and small, Jewish and non-Jewish. She served as president of the Neveh Shalom Sisterhood and volunteered in various medical organizations, including founding the Cancer Patient Awareness Program. An herb garden at the Natural Medicine School was named in her honor, as was the Alternative Medicine Garden at St. Vincent Hospital. A large part of the Portland Jewish Academy was built with a donation by Min, and is named the Min Zidell School.