Belle Bloom Gevurtz (1895-1996)
Belle Bloom Gevurtz was born to Max Blum (Bloom) and Mary Nachamovitch in Taunton, Massachusetts on July 7, 1895. The family moved shortly thereafter to Waterbury, Connecticut before moving to San Francisco in 1906 where her father ran a shoe store. They survived the great earthquake but they lost their house and her father’s store. They then moved to Oregon in the fall of 1907, living for a year in Salem before settling in Portland.
Belle and her sister went to Shattuck School and Lincoln High. She took voice lessons for a long time but stopped when she married Louis Gevurtz in 1919. Louis ran a secondhand furniture store, Gevurtz Furniture Company, with his brother-in-law Sanford Brant. Louis and Belle had three daughters, Irma, Jane, and Sue, and one son, Burton (Bud), who joined his father in the family business. After her children grew up, Belle became more involved in the Jewish community; she was president of the Neveh Shalom sisterhood for two years and also involved with the National Council of Jewish Women and Hadassah. Her husband, Louis, was president of the synagogue for many years, and taught at the religious school for almost 40 years.
Belle died April 18, 1996.