5774 / SPRING 2014
Legacy NEWS JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF LOS ANGELES
THE LANGE ENDOWMENT AT 10 YEARS A Legacy That Resonates Throughout Israel From the Negev to the Galilee, and from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, projects supported by the Werner and Ellen Lange Endowment Fund are flourishing across Israel 10 years after the fund was established.
Ellen and Werner Lange, of blessed memory, felt passionately about supporting Israel and the Jewish community. Their legacy will continue far into the future.
FROM THE DESK OF MARVIN I. SCHOTLAND PRESIDENT & CEO, JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
The Power of Endowment Funds to Sustain Community Sixty years ago—in 1954—our founders conceived The Foundation to ensure a source of permanent funding to support the needs of a burgeoning post-World War II Los Angeles Jewish community, as well as the recently created State of Israel. These visionaries, of blessed memory, certainly could not imagine the twists and turns that the future held. The founders’ prescience is now beyond question. They’d take considerable pride in the pillar of strength and stability they spawned: $880 million in charitable assets under management and a community of 1,000-plus committed donors, who together with The Foundation, provided $65 million in grants just last year.
“The Langes would be unbelievably pleased to know what’s happened to their significant charitable investment,” says Jewish Community Foundation President and CEO Marvin I. Schotland, noting that over $4.2 million from the Lange Endowment Fund has been awarded to projects in Israel over the past decade through The Foundation’s Israel Grants program. This amount, along with $2.3 million granted through The Foundation’s Cutting Edge Grants program to local Jewish organizations, brings the Lange Endowment’s total awards to $6.5 million since it began making distributions. Werner and Ellen Lange began a series of conversations with The Foundation in the late 1990s to explore their philanthropic options. After providing for family and friends, they opted to establish an endowment fund upon their passing to carry forth their legacy and passion for strengthening Jewish identity and Israel. They ultimately decided to entrust their assets to The Foundation to be used to further this vision.
An Emphasis on Self-Sufficiency “Many of these programs in Israel provide for economic self-sufficiency—helping hundreds of Israelis to acquire the skills they need to compete in the marketplace Continued on page 2
Nowhere is that original intent better reflected than through The Foundation’s dynamic portfolio of endowment funds, which today number some 225. Endowments offer their creators the ideal vehicle for establishing a permanent legacy—ensuring in perpetuity an ongoing stream of funding to causes and organizations that were meaningful in their lifetimes. Throughout this 60th anniversary year, we will celebrate and pay tribute in Legacy to our endowments and the difference they have made—both to those who established them, as well as to the innumerable beneficiaries of these acts of selfless generosity. Endowments at Continued on back page
THE LANGE LEGACY— An Endowment That Has Funded $6.5 Million to Date to Strengthen Israel and the L.A. Jewish Community and to work,” explains Schotland. “That’s something that really mattered to the Langes, both of whom fled Nazi Germany before World War II with little in their possession, eventually meeting and marrying in the U.S. and working hard together to build a successful optical instruments business.” By supporting the OR Movement, founded in 2002 to develop and populate outlying regions in Israel, Lange Endowment funds are enabling self-sufficiency through strategic economic development. “Mapping and presenting quality job opportunities has substantially increased and focused our organization’s efforts,” says Sol Fayerman-Hansen, resource development director at OR Movement, about the impact of the Lange Endowment Fund. “Thousands of Israelis have been exposed to jobs in the Negev and the Galilee, and many of them have relocated to these regions. The Langes have enabled these people to be true pioneers.”
Opening Doors For the Disenfranchised IT Works, providing economically disenfranchised populations with technical training and job placement skills, has also been significantly impacted by the Lange Endowment.
Predeceased by his wife, Werner Lange followed through on the decision he and his beloved wife Ellen made together to ensure their lasting legacy to the community far into the future.
“The Langes have allowed IT Works to not only change the employment map of Israel, but to continue providing poverty stricken at-risk groups with the training and professional development necessary to achieve financial self-sustainability, upward mobility, and self-confidence,” says Fallon Wexler, the organization’s resource development coordinator. Specifically, the Lange Endowment has changed the lives of many impoverished and disenfranchised women. Says Wexler about 80 participants in courses during 2011-2012, “These women now have more confidence to take on new initiatives from a position of strength and have a better understanding of the possibilities for balancing work with home.”
A Focus on Jewish Identity The Werner and Ellen Lange Endowment Fund’s support of programs that foster Jewish identity is in line with “...Werner’s heartfelt desire to help young people appreciate the importance of Israel for the continuity of the Jewish people,” says Schotland. With the TALI Education Fund, under the auspices of The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, funds have enabled “the transformation of 45 Israeli school teachers from 21 new TALI schools all over Israel into pluralistic Jewish educators and professional leaders in their communities,” says Eitan Cooper, vice president for development at Schechter. “It was the key component in the sucessful expansion of the TALI network by 40% during a four-year period. We are so proud and grateful to have Is An Endowment Fund Right partners such as the Langes, of blessed memory, who embody For You? Would you like to explore the possibility of such deep commitment and responsibility for the Jewish establishing an Endowment Fund to support causes that mean the most to you for people and the future of Israel.” the generations to come? You will gain significant tax advantages and you may even generate lifetime income while building permanent resources for the community. Our experts can answer your questions and help you assess your options that will truly reflect your charitable passions and values. You can rest assured knowing we will manage your funds with care and distribute them in keeping with your wishes. Call our Development team or Center for Designed Philanthropy to learn more at (323) 761-8704.
Other grant recipients focusing on Jewish identity include Atid Bamidbar, promoting Jewish
Atid Bamidbar aims to provide 1,100 Russian-speaking Israelis with knowledge and understanding of Jewish culture; strengthened Jewish identity; comfort and connection with native Israelis; and the tools to incorporate Jewish learning and customs into their daily lives.
Lange Endowment Plays a Vital Role in The Foundation’s Israel Grants
Ono College in Kiryat Ono has provided scholarship support and job placement assistance to Ethiopian Israeli students to create a new generation of Ethiopian leaders in the Israeli workforce.
Our Israel Grants are made possible in large part by Ellen and Werner Lange who established Endowment Funds to support initiatives in Israel, as well as other generous donors who have done the same. Among the many organizations that have benefitted from Foundation grants for programs in Israel since 2006 are:
Economic Development • College of Academic Studies at Or Yehuda • Gvahim • Israel Elwyn • IT Works • Jaffa Institute • Koret Israel Economic Development Funds • New Spirit Or Movement is working to create thousands of jobs in the Negev and Galilee communities to foster economic growth in these regions.
• Ono Academic College • OR Movement • Tech-Career
Human Services • American-Israel Friendship League, Inc. • Leket Israel education and culture for Russian-speaking Israelis in the Negev, and Kolot, an organization seeking to engage Israeli leaders from all religious backgrounds in the study of Jewish texts, and connecting Jewish core values to contemporary Jewish life in Israel. With Kolot’s Seven Pillars Jewish Identity Program, approximately 250 young influential leaders per year gather for intensive study. Some grant recipients are focused on addressing more basic needs. Leket Israel—Israel’s national food bank—has used their grant funding to better develop the concept of food rescue in Israel for the benefit of the most needy in the community. “What we do makes economic sense, is good for the environment and provides fresh food to those who can least afford it,” says Paul Leiba, Leket’s director of development. “Large scale food rescue was an unknown in Israel until Leket Israel came along.”
The Langes: Great Depth and Quiet Dignity Werner and Ellen Lange led very unassuming lives. “When you met them, you wouldn’t know they had the kind of wealth they had— they led their lives with such quiet dignity,” explains Schotland. “You knew you were in the presence of a couple whose souls were connected to the Holocaust, and who had a deep passion for the continuity of the Jewish people.” The Jewish Community Foundation is proud and honored to have been chosen by the Langes to keep their legacy alive by dispersing funds in their honor to numerous organizations in Israel and Southern California. What has come from the Langes’ generosity stands as an example of how an endowment established with The Foundation can turn into a tremendous asset for many communities. States Schotland, “The irony of this story is that the Lange name is known more widely now, thanks to their enormous charitable legacy.”
Jewish Identity • Artists & Musicians for Israel – Neshima • Atid Bamidbar • Ayalim Association • Beit Morasha of Jerusalem • BINA Center for Jewish Identity and Hebrew Culture • Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism • Ein Prat • Hamidrasha • Karev Initiatives in Education • Kolot • Todah L’Tzahal (Thank Israeli Soldiers) • Melitz • Shalom Hartman Institute
Professional Development • The Schechter Institute • Milken Institute Israel Center
ISRAEL GRANTS Foundation Awards $600,000 to Programs in Israel
As described in our cover story, the Lange Endowment continues to make a great impact on The Foundation’s grantmaking in Israel. We are privileged to steward the Langes’ legacy of both philanthropy and love of Israel.
GRANTEES We are pleased to announce our most recent Israel Grants totaling $600,000 to five Israel-based programs which foster Jewish identity and economic empowerment of underserved populations. Recipients include:
Artists & Musicians for Israel (AMI)–Neshima: $150,000 www.artists.org.il To train 1,000+ teachers at 100 schools to integrate the Neshima music and art curriculum into their classrooms, engaging 37,000 Israeli teens in exploring Jewish concepts and Jewish identity.
Israel Elwyn: $100,000 www.israelelwyn.org.il To train and place 300 individuals with intellectual, physical, sensory, learning and medical disabilities into the workplace and increase the participating pool of employers by 500 over three years.
Israel Elwyn supports adults with disabilities by providing the tools to achieve economic independence, community-inclusion and dignity.
Kolot: $150,000 www.kolot.info/en To engage 250 young influential leaders annually in an intensive study program to strengthen their Jewish identity and provide tools to impart the Jewish values learned to their constituents.
Koret Israel Economic Development Funds: $100,000 www.kiedf.org To support 135 low-income Charedi women and immigrants from Ethiopia and the Former Soviet Union in developing microenterprises, including pre-loan and post-loan business development training.
Todah L’Tzahal (Thank Israeli Soldiers): $100,000 www.thankisraelisoldiers.org
AMI-Neshima trains teachers to strengthen Jewish identity through fine arts education and performance.
To strengthen the connection and commitment to the land of Israel of 250,000 soldiers and officers through lectures, tours in Jerusalem and Shabbat experiences.
THE CENTER NEWS
Creative Solutions to Address Climate Change To share timely topics in philanthropy with the community, The Foundation recently hosted a panel discussion with environmental leaders about climate change. From greenhouse gas emissions and rising sea levels, to “cool roofs,” low-carbon transportation options and further development of green technology, guests learned about how climate change can be impacted by innovation, creativity and policy leadership. Foundation donors and the evening’s hosts, To learn more about our Sharon and Herb Glaser. educational programming or how we can help inform your philanthropy, please contact The Center for Designed Philanthropy at (323) 761-8705 or email@example.com.
The Center can help you discover your philanthropic passions, magnify the impact of your giving, and realize Foundation Chair Larry Rauch introduced the panel of environmental experts Cara Horowitz, your charitable goals. H. David Nahai and Paul Bunje. The discussion was moderated by Jonathan Parfrey, executive director of Climate Resolve and a founder of the L.A. Regional Collaborative for Climate Action & Sustainability and CicLAvia.
Would you like assistance in designing your philanthropy in 2014? Call us at (323) 761-8705.
ALAN J. GINDI
MARCIA WEINER MANKOFF
ALAN J. NUSSENBLATT ?
We welcome four new members to our Board of Trustees this year. Our Board of Trustees is comprised of individuals with expertise in areas such as law, social services, young adult engagement, real estate, finance and more. Our trustees are an integral part of our team and guide us through our philanthropic work.
Alan J. Gindi is founder and president of B.A.G. Investments, Inc, which invests in and manages real estate for its own account and for others around the country. Prior to founding B.A.G. Investments, Alan practiced bankruptcy law with Gendel, Raskoff, Shapiro & Quittner. He has been involved in real estate investment since 1989. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. degree in economics in 1981, and from NYU School of Law with a JD in 1985. Alan and his wife Barbara have five children and three grandchildren.
Marcia Weiner Mankoff is a clinical social worker who currently works as a social work consultant with prospective foster and adoptive parents through Children’s Bureau of Southern California. She is the Education Chair and an active lay leader of the Sylvia Weisz Women’s Campaign of the Jewish Federation. Marcia also served as the Los Angeles Federation’s first Young Endowment Chair, encouraging young women to endow their Lion of Judah gifts. She is a member of the Elementary School Committee and Leadership Team for WASC re-accreditation of Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s Brawerman Elementary School. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, and on the National Board of Directors of the Foundation for Jewish Camp. Marcia is a past participant of the Wexner Heritage Foundation Program and The Jewish Federations of North America’s National Young Leadership Cabinet. She earned her B.A. degree in psychology, with a minor in Jewish studies from American University, and her Masters of Science in social work from the University of Texas. Marcia and her husband Doug have three children.
Heidi Monkarsh is the Sylvia Weisz Women’s Campaign Chair at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, and a member of the Federation Board and Executive Committee. Most recently, she chaired the Young Adult Engagement and leadership area of the Ensuring the Jewish Future Initiative, which is focused on engaging young Jews ages 25-40. She was instrumental in launching YALA (Young Adults of Los Angeles) and CLI (Community Leadership Institute). Currently, Heidi serves on the Board of Camp Ramah in California, and believes passionately that Jewish camping is an essential tool to teach children the joy of living a fulfilling Jewish life. She is a past board member of the Zimmer Children’s Museum and Sinai Temple, and remains active with both organizations. Heidi graduated from UCLA with a degree in fine arts. Heidi and her husband Jon have two children.
Alan J. Nussenblatt has over 40 years of experience in the real estate industry. He is the former managing director and head of real estate lending and real estate capital markets at AIG, where he had direct responsibility for AIG, SunAmerica, and American General’s real estate lending platforms. Prior to joining SunAmerica in 1987, he worked with Empire Savings, was a senior vice president for the Farb Company, and was an officer for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company for 13 years. Mr. Nussenblatt is a member of the Urban Land Institute. He has served as an advisor to the Affordable Housing Group in the purchasing and syndication of tax credits. In addition, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Greenpark Financial, one of the nation’s largest Fannie Mae designated underwriter and servicer lenders for multi-family properties. Mr. Nussenblatt is a graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in finance.
For more information about our Board of Trustees and professional leadership, visit www.jewishfoundationla.org/leadership.
DEVELOPMENT PERSPECTIVE New Investment Options for Donors INVESTMENT OPTIONS
As part of The Foundation’s ongoing efforts to provide services that meet donors’ evolving needs, we are pleased to offer two new investment options allowing more flexibility for our donors’ charitable investments.
(a) The Strategic Return Fund, overseen and guided by The Foundation’s Investment Committee, offers Donor Advised Fund donors a diversified basket of strategies intended to provide long term growth with less volatility. The Fund is allocated to a variety of mutual funds that invest across the stock, bond, real estate and commodities marketplaces both domestically and internationally, providing exposure to a range of industries, geographies and asset classes. Donors with a Donor Advised Fund maintaining a minimum balance of $50,000 may direct assets into the Strategic Return Fund, and there is no additional fee for this option.
(b) Separately Managed Accounts enable Donor Advised Fund donors with balances of $500,000 or more to engage the services of a financial advisor to oversee their Donor Advised Fund’s assets. Donors may select an advisor affiliated with a financial institution that has been approved by The Foundation’s Investment Committee. Currently, there are nearly 20 firms on the list. A Separately Managed Account offers donors the flexibility to establish their own investment strategies in partnership with their advisor and with approval by The Foundation. An investment advisor fee is associated with this option, and it can be paid by the Donor Advised Fund. Bear in mind that the investment return and principal value of these investment options will fluctuate; there can be no assurance against the risk of loss. To learn more, please contact The Foundation’s Development team at (323) 761-8704. (L-R) Dan Rothblatt, Senior Vice President, Philanthropic Services; Baruch S. Littman, Vice President, Development; and Elliot B. Kristal, Vice President, Charitable Gift Planning.
Photo Credit: Max Gerber Photography
GENERAL COMMUNITY GRANTS $150,000 Awarded to Early Childhood Programs in Los Angeles GENERAL COMMUNITY GRANTEES
The Foundation awarded General Community Grants to eight local programs that focus on the well-being of infants and toddlers, and place an emphasis on parent and professional education as a means to improve early childhood outcomes. The recipients include:
Children’s Bureau of Southern California: $20,000 www.all4kids.org To train 10-15 facilitators to educate 3,000 families in providing healthy, nurturing environments through weekly classes for parents and their infants/toddlers.
The NuParent program at Children’s Bureau of Southern California supports families in providing healthy, nurturing environments for infants and toddlers.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles: $20,000 www.chla.org
Para Los Niños: $20,000 www.paralosninos.org
To train 80 medical and mental health staff and treat 150 families of medically fragile infants using child-parent psychotherapy.
Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic: $20,000 www.lachild.org To train more than 700 mental health professionals to identify and intervene with young children who are at risk for emotional, behavioral and social delays.
Mar Vista Family Center: $20,000 www.marvistafc.org To provide weekly classes for low-income families to support the healthy development of their young children, and to increase their social, emotional, motor and cognitive growth. Parents learn how to support their children’s development at the Baby & Me program at Mar Vista Family Center.
To provide three 15-week courses focused on empathy, nurturing and attachment for 33 parents and 12 infant and toddler teachers.
South Los Angeles Child Welfare Initiative: $20,000 To support 250 families with children ages 0-5 who live in South LA in receiving comprehensive support services through seven SLACWI partner agencies, using St. John’s pediatric patient-centered home as the main entry portal.
St. John’s Well Child and Family Center: $20,000 www.wellchild.org To support a pediatrician’s provision of culturally sensitive primary and preventative education, health care and referral services to approximately 450 children ages 0-3 and their parents/caregivers.
ZERO TO THREE: $10,000 www.zerotothree.org To disseminate child development materials in Spanish and English to 2,500 parents and caregivers, helping them to promote their child’s growth, development, language, learning and school readiness.
Stuart Denenberg & Beverly Bubar Denenberg
The Art of Giving Back “There is a Jewish legacy of charity that is important to both of us,” says Stuart Denenberg. This is how he and his wife Beverly Bubar Denenberg, Foundation donors since 2011, feel about giving back through their Donor Advised Fund. They attribute their valuing the tradition of philanthropy to their parents, all of whom, with a closely felt sense of community, were deeply involved in and supportive of Jewish life. Owners of Denenberg Fine Arts, a by-appointment gallery in West Hollywood, Beverly is a trained museum curator, and Stuart is celebrating his fiftieth year as an art dealer. Additionally, Beverly serves on the West Hollywood Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, and Stuart is a member of the Century City Arts Council; they are both members of the Getty Research Institute Council. Their charitable ways permeate the Denenbergs’ lives. Stuart founded Art for Healing when they lived in the Bay Area (1983-2001). He explains, “Placing art where people are healing speeds their recovery.” Together they directed their expertise to transform visual environments where people face health challenges in many institutions such as hospitals, rehab centers, AIDS hospices, the Jewish Home of San Francisco, and Ronald McDonald Houses. Beverly remembers “bringing art to children and families in need as a particularly moving experience,” when they hand-carried a collection of original graphics to a Jewish orphanage in Jerusalem, the beneficiary of Stuart’s mother’s B’nai Brith chapter.
Reflecting their interest in Jewish intellectual history is the latest acquisition in the Denenbergs’ gallery—a photograph by Michael Dunev of Dani Karavan’s stirring monument to German-Jewish art critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin, as seen in the fourminute film online at http://vimeo.com/65229171. Benjamin fled arrest by the Nazis in 1940. With all escape routes blocked, he took his own life in the Spanish border town of Port Bou.
Their mission in healing aligns with their mission in philanthropy. Stuart explains, “Our Jewish sensibility includes awareness of our community, and the larger community. We have been taught to care. If we are able to give, but don’t care enough to give, we are not being responsible and we are undermining the next generation.” The Denenbergs attend an annual Jewish Federation benefit dinner. Through their Donor Advised Fund at The Foundation, they have also supported Cedars Sinai, UCLA, Jewish causes, and more. Beverly concludes, “We are not alone in this world. We really must take care of one another.”
To give where there is need is a wonderful and elevating experience.”
Stuart Denenberg & Beverly Bubar Denenberg
Beverly & Stuart, with Beverly’s mother, Norma Bubar (L) after climbing the 135-foot scaffolding to the “Shmah” at the dome during the recent renovation of Wilshire Boulevard Temple.
Reflecting on 60 Years of Donor Achievements To celebrate our 60th anniversary in 2014, we created an ad campaign that features some of the meaningful accomplishments our donors are making in the community through their charitable funds. The campaign is running weekly in the Wall Street Journal, monthly in the Jewish Journal and quarterly in Los Angeles Magazine and Performances Magazine. Twenty ads have run so far, and a new one will appear weekly each Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal throughout 2014.
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A special thank you to donors who have participated in our 60th anniversary ad campaign to date:
George Adler & Jack Frydrych Audrey & Marty Appel The Baran & Spiwak Families Janet & Jake Farber CeCe & Bill Feiler Linda & Lorin Fife Nita* & Bob Hirsch Linda & Larry Rauch
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The Goldberg Family Dorothy & Osias Goren Lisa & Joshua Greer Belle* & Harry* Krupnick Ellie & Mark Lainer Judy & Lou Miller The Notkin Family Bel & Jack* Ostrow
Arline & Buddy Pepp Sondra & Tom Rykoff Janet & Maxwell* Salter Marcia & Richard Schulman Annette & Leonard Shapiro Mindy & Gene Stein Cathy Siegel Weiss Marilyn Ziering *of blessed memory
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And to our entire family of Foundation donors, we are honored to be your partner in philanthropy.
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IN THIS ISSUE • The Lange Endowment at 10 Years • The Power of Endowments • New Trustees • New Investment Options • Donor Profile: Stuart Denenberg & Beverly Bubar Denenberg
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The Foundation span a continuum of causes. Let me share just a few:
• As featured in this issue of Legacy, the Werner and Ellen Lange Endowment Fund is primarily focused on initiatives and programs in Israel to enhance economic self-sufficiency, while also providing support for projects in our local Jewish community. • The Doris Factor Endowment Fund includes healthcare among its priority areas of support. Notably, it provided critical funding for GeneTestNow.com, a current initiative to promote preventive screening for genetic diseases common to Jews. • The Harry & Belle Krupnick Endowment Fund sponsors arts initiatives that have ranged from a city-wide arts festival to two landmark productions on PBS to a multi-media center at L.A. Valley College. • The Michael and Irene Ross Endowment Fund fulfills the vision of its benefactors by supporting local organizations which provide for basic needs of struggling Angelenos from all backgrounds. The practical benefits of endowments are considerable, too. Our Development team and Center for Designed Philanthropy can work alongside you and your professional advisors to evaluate options and strategies tailored to specific requirements for this vital estate-planning vehicle. We invite your inquiry. Moving forward during this historic year, I offer my profound gratitude—both to our forward-thinking founders and to our community of donors whose generosity perpetuates their cherished ideals.
With warm wishes for a happy Passover.
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Senior Vice President, Philanthropic Services
President and CEO
CFO/Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration
Marvin I. Schotland Vice Presidents
Anthony Chanin William R. Feiler Abby L.T. Feinman Harold J. Masor Evan Schlessinger Michael G. Smooke Adlai W. Wertman
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Michael J. Januzik Vice President, Charitable Gift Planning
Elliot B. Kristal Vice President, Development
Baruch S. Littman Secretary
Selwyn Gerber Treasurer
Scott H. Richland General Counsel
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