Lumber mill operator left millions to help Israel orphans

By Oregon Small Business Association Foundation,

A Prineville lumber mill operator and real estate developer bequeathed $3 million to help Jewish orphans in Israel, a gift likely to be needed as fighting continues in the Middle East between Hamas and Israel, according to Central Oregon Daily News. Marvin Harris, who referred to himself as the only Jew in Prineville, where he lived more than six decades, gave his estate to the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland to support Israeli orphans. The endowment is expected to provide $150,000 a year for orphans in the Jewish community, according to Marc Blattner, the federation’s president and CEO.

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