Ruth Messinger to Speak at PSU Scholarship Dinner, April 19
Author: Laura C. Jundt, Office of Marketing and Communications, 503-725-8555.
Posted: April 5, 2007

What: PSU’s Judaic Studies program will host Ruth Messinger, who will speak on “How Does Judaism Inform Our Desire to Give Back?” for the inauguration of the Sara Glasgow Cogan Scholarship fund. The Cogan Scholarship will award two annual scholarships to full-time undergraduate or graduate PSU students engaged in academic internships at local Jewish organizations.

Ruth Messinger ran against Rudolph Giuliani for New York City mayor in 1997, and is the president of American Jewish World Service, an international development agency that provides humanitarian aid, technical assistance and skilled volunteers to local grass roots groups around the world. Ruth Messinger’s areas of expertise include democracy and civic participation, urban policy and politics, social welfare, education, employment and tax policy. In 2005, The Forward named her to the top of its annual "Forward Fifty" list of the most influential American Jews.

When: Thursday, April 19, 2007, 7:15 p.m.

Where: Mittleman Jewish Community Center's Ballroom (6651 SW Capitol Highway)

Cost: Tickets for the evening are $36, which includes light supper, wine and dessert.

Contact: For more information, contact Ann Usher at 503-725-5057 or

Background: The Sara Glasgow Cogan Scholarship honors the memory of Sara Glasgow Cogan, PSU alumna, for her passionate and inspirational community leadership. Sara moved to Portland in 1944 and graduated from Lincoln High School. She was founder of nonprofit organizations, advocate for the needy and marginalized, and board president of Cedar Sinai Park (Portland’s Jewish community elder care facilities), among many other vital roles.

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