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Jewish Community Orchestra

Wednesday, November 11, 7:15-8:15pm


The mission of the Jewish Community Orchestra is to provide enjoyable music to the Jewish and surrounding communities of the Portland Metro area.  As amateur musicians, their goal is to further the growth of local artists by presenting concerts that attract, educate and entertain all audiences.

To RSVP, please call 503.535.4004 or email

Mental Health and Conflict in Libya

Tuesday, November 10, 6:45-7:45pm

Mental Health and Conflict in LibyaAmanda Lubit

With Amanda Lubit

Qadhafi’s regime in Libya led to decades of oppression, terror, and rivalries. In 2011, a revolution overthrew the regime and pushed the country into a violent conflict. This worsened existing divisions in society and exposed citizens to daily violence, resulting in severe psychological trauma for men, women and children. Amanda Lubit will discuss her work with Libyan psychiatrist, Dr. Omar Reda, to develop programs aimed at reducing hatred and healing psychological wounds.

Amanda Lubit graduated from Portland State University with a Master’s Degree in Anthropology in 2013. She worked with Dr. Omar Reda on conflict transformation and community rehabilitation for war survivors in Libya from 2011 to 2013. Since that time, she has been working with other vulnerable populations in the Portland area. Amanda has developed and overseen mental health and community programs for HIV-positive women and the homeless. She also volunteers her time on a new project looking at recovery following the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal.

To RSVP, please call 503.535.4004 or email

Construction Update: 10/30/2015

Construction on the new Harold Schnitzer Health & Rehabilitation Care Center continues here on campus today, Friday, October 30th.

Walls are continuing to go up and more concrete is being poured (even in the rain). The excavation for the lower parking lot is complete. Come for a visit or to volunteer and check it out!


Staff training on the Green House Model.

To volunteer, contact to apply. Recently administration staff got together for Green House Model® training.

More construction information soon. Stay tuned.


Building strong foundations for healthy aging.

Spoken Word with Jim Hipsher

Thursday, November 5, 7-8pm

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Jim is back to amaze us with his ability to read poetry from his memory. Jim has memorized many poems for which he will recite to us. Some are classic favorites and some are his creations.

A quote from our staff regarding a visit by Jim:

“Rose Schnitzer Manor would like to send a BIG Thank You To Jim for his presentation at our community on September 5th. Jim not only told wonderful stories, he thrilled his audience with his beautiful poetic talents as well. His presentation was delightful. We look forward to seeing Jim again in the near future. Thank you again Jim, for that wonderful event!” Shelley T., Community Outreach Coordinator, Cedar Sinai Park, Portland

To RSVP, please call 503.535.4004 or email

Aging in Southwestern Sri Lanka: Care, Property and Intergenerational Exchange

Tuesday, November 3, 6:45-7:45pm

“Aging in Southwestern Sri Lanka: Care, Property and Intergenerational Exchange”

With Michele Ruth Gamburd, Portland State UniversityMichele profile picture

Part of the Lecture Series: “Culture Shock: What Margaret Mead Never Told Us” 

The lecture series consists of free lectures in November, which take place on Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m., giving us a glimpse into the practices of diverse cultures from around the world.

In this presentation, Michele Ruth Gamburd examines how Sri Lankan families handle intergenerational transfers of property, money, and care. Through ethnographic data gathered in Southwestern Sri Lanka in 2009, she explores the norms and expectations that govern the treatment of elders, including the care of distant relatives. She examines local debates over acceptable and unacceptable forms of elder care, including conversations about newly emerging old age homes. She will conclude with some thoughts on how the demographic transition and current migratory patterns may challenge and change cultural norms about kinship and care.

Michele Ruth Gamburd is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Portland State University. A cultural anthropologist, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1995. She is the author of The Kitchen Spoon’s Handle: Transnationalism and Sri Lanka’s Migrant Housemaids (2000), Breaking the Ashes: The Culture of Illicit Liquor in Sri Lanka (2008) and The Golden Wave: Culture and Politics after Sri Lanka’s Tsunami Disaster (2013). She is co-editor (with Dennis B. McGilvray) of Tsunami Recovery in Sri Lanka: Ethnic and Regional Dimensions (2010).

To RSVP, please call 503.535.4004 or email

New Building Construction Update

Construction on the new Harold Schnitzer Health & Rehabilitation Care Center continues here on campus today, Monday, October 26, 2015.


Selection committee members and CSP staff checking out fabric and other options.

Off campus, a few volunteers and staff began the process last week of selecting fabrics and finishes for the new buildings. Special thanks go out to our selection committee members including Martha Soltesz and Carol Koranda!

Foundations have already been poured for the new building right next to Robison.

Walls are beginning to be framed and are going up next.

Down below Robison, work is still happening to level the ground for the new parking lot area and construction.

More construction information soon. Stay tuned.

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