The Book of Life recognizes the foresight and generosity of the members of the Living Legacy Society, individuals who have established a permanent fund within the Jewish Community Endowment Fund, either during their lifetimes or through their wills, to help ensure Jewish continuity from generation to generation.
Chairman, July 1, 1999â€“June 30, 2008
Chairman, July 1, 2008â€“
The Jewish Community Endowment Fund
Jewish Community endowment Fund
The Jewish Community
Endowment Fund The Jewish Community Endowment Fund, founded over 85 years ago, is the Jewish Community Federation’s Fund for Jewish Continuity. Its ultimate goal is to strengthen the hands of our children—today and tomorrow—and create a legacy that will build the vitality of the Jewish community from generation to generation here at home and overseas. Endowment Fund assets include funds given for unrestricted and special purposes, donor advised funds and supporting foundations, among many others. Grants from all of these sources reach out to Jews struggling with poverty, aging and discrimination. They help launch new programs in Jewish education and culture. They respond to emergencies of every kind and provide key support for new building projects in our community. Today, donors to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund carry forth the tradition of its founders. By giving form and substance to their dreams, each in his or her own way, these donors are enabling our community to meet the challenges of the 21st century with Jewish values and traditions that are unshakable and deeply instilled.
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The Book of Life The Book of Life is a promise—made by one generation to the next so that the Jewish community will always be secure. By signing The Book of Life, members of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund’s Living Legacy Society affirm their belief in our community and our Jewish heritage. They underscore their commitment to the future. And they bear witness to their birthrights—the values and achievements of those who came before, for generations to come. Permanent gifts are the seeds that signers plant for the future, providing income for immediate use while the fund is preserved and grows. These gifts in perpetuity will help ensure that no matter what happens in the world, our community will have the resources it needs to sustain and enrich the lives of future generations. Everyone, regardless of means or walk of life, can be a member of the Living Legacy Society and sign The Book of Life. The Book of Life is displayed prominently in the lobby of the Jewish Community Federation building at 121 Steuart Street in San Francisco. It is an ever-growing record of names and family stories—a collective portrait of our community and testament to chai, the unbroken chain of life for our people.
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Our Messages to Future Generations FROM LIVING LEGACY SO CIETY MEMBERS
In their own words, Living Legacy Society members share the thoughts and feelings that motivate their commitment to the future. We send these messages to all children yet to come.
The following messages were received by The Jewish Community Endowment Fund between November 1, 1997 and May 1, 2008. Each year new messages are added to The Book of Life.
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Volume I November 1997â€“December 31, 1998
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BERNARD AARONS My mother’s parents came to this country from Russia in the 1880s and settled in Chelsea, Massachusetts. They had five children, of which my mother, Tina, was the second child. My father came to this country when he was sixteen years old, on a ship, following his brother who was already living in Atlanta, Georgia and going to medical school. He and his brother, the only ones left in their family, came from Russia. My father, David, met my mother seven years later when her family moved to Atlanta. They were married in 1911. When my mother was pregnant with me they moved to Fresno, California, my birthplace. I was six years old when we moved to Oakland. I was raised with the idea of trusting everyone. I was taught how to save and give something back to my community. I lost my father when I was just fourteen years old. I remember him as a gentle, generous, and loving person. So my mother had to raise four boys by herself. I had a wonderful dental practice for forty years and now I am privileged to be able to give something back to the Jewish community. I feel blessed for being a part of the philanthropic efforts. D ON ABRAMSON AND JULIE KING Our Jewish story is one of creation, deliverance from slavery and acceptance of laws instructing us to remember that slavery and redeem others from it. By participating in the Endowment Fund’s efforts to strengthen the Jewish community for the future, we continue a very long family tradition of assisting others whom we do not know; in so doing, we join in the most sublime process of creation and deliverance. ALFRED AMKRAUT Born in Germany, of Orthodox Eastern European parents, I barely escaped the Holocaust to South America. My Jewish identity is vastly dominant over any other possible self-identification. As we all are, I am only a link in a millennia-long chain, responsible for the past and to the future. From childhood on, when my parents frequently offered refuge to Jews from the East who wanted to cross the frontier in our border town, to adolescence in Bolivia, where the community imposed a very large contribution for Zionist and other Jewish causes, I learned that Jews are responsible for each other. We are responsible to our brothers and sisters in troubled times and to our history at all times. It is imperative to guarantee the safety and prosperity of Israel, and to preserve our link to it. It is equally important to promote a thriving Jewish presence in the Diaspora. “Tzedakah tatzil mimavet”: charity will assure the survival of our people. - 10 -
JOANNE AND BERNARD ARFIN Three of our parents were immigrants from Eastern Europe. We both came from Jewish homes, where our families were committed to the Jewish Community. We each came to the Bay Area in the early 1950s with a commitment to remain in the Jewish Community. After marriage, we continued the traditions of our parents in our home. Our children attended Hebrew School and Jewish summer camps, and participated in Jewish youth organizations. Our oldest grandchild is enrolled in a Jewish Day School and already has a good foundation in Judaism. We feel that it is very important that our gift to the Endowment will help the children in our community to build a positive Jewish identity that will be passed on to future generations. FAE ASHER Growing up in Sydney, Australia, I was influenced (although I didn’t know it at the time) by my family’s complete participation in Jewish life there. My mother was a founding member of the National Council of Jewish Women and integrating the “refugees” from Europe and Shanghai was its major thrust at the time. My father was an official of the Great Synagogue of Sydney and I was a member of the children’s choir and then the adult choir. Every Shabbat found newcomers around our dining room table. There were also emissaries from Palestine raising money for the hoped-for State of Israel. Influenced by all of this I found myself working for the office of the Jewish National Fund-Keren Hayesod, arranging evening meetings in homes for speakers, etc. Marrying Rabbi Asher was not a foreign step for me therefore, but just a continuation of all the Jewish communal experiences I had experienced with the family. My children are continuing the tradition through their positions in the Jewish community and my legacy will give them added opportunity to continue the support of all our worthy causes in Jewish life. YET TA BACH When I was growing up, charity was always a part of my life. My mother didn’t drive, and I remember walking to the post office many times to send money to Jews overseas. I was one of seven children and we didn’t have a lot, but my parents gave whatever they could. I believe in helping others. That is why I established a permanent fund at the Jewish Community Endowment Fund to provide assistance for needy Jewish families. - 11 -
GERSON BAKAR Asking me why the Jewish community is important to me is like asking me why the sun and rain are important. I just can not imagine my life without the ongoing challenges of being part of the Jewish community. Of course, we all have great pride in the moral, the scientific, and the artistic contributions that members of the Jewish community have made over the past several thousand years. It seems self-evident that if individuals from the Jewish community are to continue to make such contributions, we should do what we can to maintain and nurture that community. Perhaps the obligation to be an active member of the Jewish community is part of the legacy I received from my parents. I know that they would be pleased that the Bay Area Jewish Community has survived and prospered and changed. Given that so many of us believe that it is important to maintain the current Jewish community and to provide for future generations of the Jewish community, we still have the question of why we should support the Jewish Federation. Well, we can not have a vital Jewish community if we all try to be Jewish hermits tending our own gardens. Over the years, the Federation has provided the “community” of the Jewish community and it is an honor to be a member. ABRAHAM AND KATHLIN BAKST Growing up as a young boy attending a Yeshiva in Brooklyn in the 1930s, the ending phrase of the Passover Seder, “Next Year in Jerusalem,” was a statement that would not be realized in my lifetime. When the State of Israel was established in 1948, I felt like a miracle had happened. I have continual concern about the future of Israel down to local Jewish communities. As my children started to attend school, my desire for a Jewish education for them led me to an ever increasing commitment to the Jewish Community. I feel fortunate to have been able to include Jewish community organizations as part of my legacy. I feel that it is my small contribution to the future. RALPH AND ESTELLE BARD OFF We both come from families of modest means and appreciate the help we once received. We are lucky for what we have now and are trying to help others coming along the way.
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ROSE AND RALPH BARKOFF Both of our parents were from Eastern Europe. Although they were barely able to make ends meet, giving to the less fortunate was part of our religion, our life, a Jewish tradition. We were happy to be able to help others. We learned from our parents. We are very proud to say our children and grandchildren are very involved in the Jewish community. ALVIN H. BAUM, JR. In years of active participation in a wide variety of charities in San Francisco, I’ve sometimes been surprised at the disproportionately high number of active donors who are Jewish and the high percentage of private funds that they contribute to and raise. When I first became aware of that phenomenon many years ago, I asked others whether they shared my perception of the facts and how they explained it. All of them agreed, and they educated me as to what I had not realized until then because I was too close to it: most Jews, including myself, are “trained” from childhood to share what they have with those who have less, so that it becomes what seems like a natural behavior. In recent years, a large part of my charitable and civic activities has been among gay and lesbian residents of the Bay Area. Most of those who identify as both gay/lesbian and Jewish find it as natural to give to their favorite “gay and lesbian community institutions” as they do to give to their favorite “Jewish community institutions.” But many of those who are not Jewish have no such tradition, no such childhood training in giving, and it has taken years – and the pull of a horrible epidemic – to bring them to the same point that most Jews get to naturally. It has been enormously satisfying to me to participate in assuring the continuity and attempting to develop more fully both of these communities in which I anchor my identity. The Jewish Community Endowment Fund is a convenient and reliable instrument for maintaining one’s role in Jewish continuity after one’s death; I hope (and am working to see) that the gay and lesbian community will develop an analogous community foundation for the benefit of the gay and lesbian people of the Bay Area. BENJAMIN J. BAUM My parents taught me that all giving is good and that those who have should help those who have less. Good fortune, I believe, only has meaning when shared with others. As the Torah says, we must “open our hands to the poor” and give generously “for there will never cease to be needy.” - 13 -
ANN L. BEAR I first became interested and involved in a Jewish community when I lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Why? Because I was asked! I was asked to be on the JCC day camp committee. And then I was asked if I would open my home for a Women’s Division $100 event. And then I was asked again—to solicit for the Women’s Division of the Federation. And then ... I met my husband Irwin while attending a conference in San Francisco that was related to my volunteer work in the Jewish community. You meet the nicest people doing volunteer work…. We were married eight years later! I have been active in the Jewish Community Federation and other Jewish communal agencies since I moved here in 1989—and continue to meet the nicest people. Although I serve on the boards and committees of many organizations, I devote the greatest part and greatest passion of my volunteer life to the Federation’s Women’s Alliance (previously Women’s Division) and to women’s leadership development. That is why my Lion of Judah Endowment is the perfect legacy gift for me. I am proud that my children gave me my Lion of Judah pin, as I’ve tried to set an example of tzedakah and community for them. MARSHA LEE AND NORMAN M. BERKMAN The importance of our collective destiny as Jews, which transcends our own individual lives, has been, and continues to be, a significant part of our philosophy of philanthropy. As we stand poised at the dawn of the twenty-first century, our hope is that we will transmute the eternal values of our tradition to new generations while remaining responsive to the evolving needs of an ever-changing world. HENRY BERMAN There is a great community of Jewish people in San Francisco that I would truly like to emulate. People like the Koshlands, Swigs, Haases and others have set the pace for tzedakah. These are people of great means, but in my own small way I’d like to leave a similar legacy of caring. I feel it’s important to do this in an ecumenical manner. For example, I’m working with the Jewish Community as well as with USF and Reverend Cecil Williams of Glide, among others. Sharing our Jewish values is beneficial to the community as a whole. We set patterns and models that others can follow and hopefully attribute to the Jewish way of life. - 14 -
EVE BERNSTEIN I grew up in New York City where it was easy to find Jewish community and I took it for granted. When I moved to San Francisco I had to seek it out and found that to be difficult. The Jewish community has become my extended family and my children have grown up with Jewish education and Israel as a natural part of their lives. I feel truly blessed and have committed myself to helping ensure that our community continues to grow and thrive. IRVING AND HELEN BETZ BY NANCY LEE RAS THE IRVING AND HELEN BETZ FOUNDATION A foundation is a way to make a new beginning which is firmly rooted in the past. A foundation is the framework within which one makes choices— to touch, to feel, to believe, to give—as in Judaism, as in life. A foundation is an attempt to leave bits of the world, of the community, a tad better than we found them. Most of all, a foundation is a way of saying “Thank You.” LENORE K. BLEAD ON My mother was born in Poland and came to this country as a small child. I have often thought that if my grandparents had not had the courage to leave when they did, what would have happened to all of them. We are so lucky to be living here with such a strong Jewish community. I feel a responsibility to help protect that community for future generations, so that my children and grandchildren will have a secure place to live as proud Jews. D ORIS BLUM Since I arrived here 86 years ago, San Francisco has been the only home my family has ever known. My late husband Ben settled here with his parents in the early 1900s. I met him here in the 1930s, and our two sons, Joseph and Mark, were born and raised on these climbing hills. The strong Jewish home that Ben and I established followed the traditions of the day, melding both the Conservative and the Reform backgrounds of our families’ collective pasts. Joe and Mark received their religious schooling at Congregation Emanu-El, where they were bar mitzvahed and confirmed. This education mixed well with our home lifestyle. It established a Jewish cultural pattern and a strong sense of family that remains in all our lives to this day. Ben and I were fortunate enough to have traveled extensively during our married life. Our first trip to Israel was in June 1964, - 15 -
where we planned to arrive for the celebration of Yom Ha’atzma’ut—Independence Day. The New Year’s-like celebration we saw in those streets was unbelievable. In those early days of this vital and new country, almost every person we came into contact with was recently arrived from the tragedies of war-torn Europe or the concentration camps. Seeing such expressions of enthusiasm and joy for the state of the Jewish people, such a short time after these experiences, was an incredibly long-lasting and powerful reaffirmation of our commitment to help our people start new lives; we applaud their strength and their courage. Since then I have returned to Israel many times. The past three or four trips were made either with the Federation, for special occasions, or as a member of the Overseas Committee. My three grandchildren, Ari, Morgan, and Andrew, have all been to Israel with their respective confirmation classes. During Ari’s senior year in college he also joined me on a trip with the Overseas Committee. It proved a learning experience for him that he was able to absorb and enjoy. Morgan also visited Israel a second time. She had the opportunity to participate in the 1998 March of the Living, culminating in Israel on its 50th anniversary. Her description: “The most remarkable experience in my life and one which I will never forget.” My involvement with the Jewish Community Federation in the Bay Area, an organization consisting of families like yours and mine who give of their time and support to accomplish our goals, has come from and led to all of the experiences mentioned above. It has inspired me to give to the future of our people, to appreciate my heritage of the past, and pass some of both on to my family. For this I am most grateful! HARRY BLUMENTHAL I learned the mitzvah of tzedakah from my parents, Russian emigres to San Francisco. When I was young, they helped found Congregation Chevra Thilim. It was always important to them that the synagogue be open to poor Jews who had nowhere else to go. Their concern taught me that, as Jews, we take care of our own. All Jews should help Jews both in our community and in Israel. I feel good when I can help somebody out, and I hope my children will follow in my footsteps and those of my late wife Dorothy. We have to love our children and teach them about charity and Judaism. San Francisco Jews are among the best in the world because they’re so charitable. The Jewish Community Federation is doing good work. Through my gift to its Endowment Fund I will pass along to future generations Dorothy’s and my commitment to the Jewish people.
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CATHRYN AND EDWARD BRANSTEN We’ve had many trips to Israel, and our pride in its accomplishments makes us feel very humble. By leaving the remainder of our Philanthropic Fund to the Endowment, we feel that somehow we will be able to provide to those who follow some source of comfort and well-being, which otherwise they would be unable to enjoy. JEROME I. BRAUN One theme consistently recurs in The Book of Life Living Legacy declarations: parental example and inspiration. I must replicate that sentiment. My father was my hero, inspiration and role model. An immigrant who brought his parents and five siblings to this land, he gave new meaning to tzedakah. A man of no great means, he shared what he had with the world. He was committed to Jewish survival and this commitment translated into nameless acts of generosity and kindness. He touched many lives: Russians he met in Vienna in transit to Israel, Israelis he met in 1955 on his first visit there—people he corresponded with and to whom he sent needed gifts of clothing. Not the least of those inspired by him were his children. Each in our own way has maintained our Jewish identity. By my commitment to the Federation and the Living Legacy program, I pray that my father’s passion to ransom the captives, to enhance Jewish life, and for Jewish survival will also be my legacy to my children and theirs. DR. JAMES B. AND SUZANNE BECKER BRONK Throughout our lives we have enjoyed the privilege and luxury of practicing Judaism in the manner we have chosen. Our commitment to the Endowment Fund is predicated on the hope that our children and their future generations may continue the traditions, beliefs and customs that make being Jewish an integral part of our lives. LINDA AND NEILL BROWNSTEIN “If you build it, they will come.” We believe that the cornerstones of Jewish life are the individual, the family and the community. Like our parents before us, we have learned that our Community is the sum of the combined energy of many volunteers working together to build our services, our buildings and our staff to support the myriad needs of all of us looking to carry on our Jewish heritage. In this way we are doing our small part of tikkun olam. - 17 -
MARTIN AND GERI BROWNSTEIN We were both brought up and experienced a strong Jewish background which included tzedakah as a mitzvah which we were obligated to perform. The perpetuation of our Jewish way of life has always been important to us, and we have tried to convey this to our children and grandchildren. It is important for us to help our Jewish brethren who are less fortunate and to maintain our Jewish institutions. Our contribution through our legacy to the Jewish Community Federation is the best way for us to help support our commitment to preserve a strong Jewish community. JANE AND SUMNER BURROWS We’ve been part of this community for so long that we want to give something back. We’ve always supported the Federation, and we’d like to leave a little something behind to help future generations. It is important to continue the Jewish tradition of tzedakah. By making a legacy gift to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund, we hope to set an example for our children to follow. ROBERT CAPLAN SARI CAPLAN Giving to charity is a Jewish tradition and obligation. By making a bequest to the Jewish Community Federation’s Endowment Fund, we believe we are practicing our religion according to the Talmud. Our impetus to open the endowment fund was to make a significant contribution to our synagogue’s capital campaign since Peninsula Sinai has been an important part of our family’s life for the past 19 years. Our three daughters know tzedakah is a daily part of our life. FRED AND TESSA CHERNISS We believe in the Jewish value system. G-d enables us to achieve financial success. Part of the responsibility that goes with that success is to share at least 10% with others. Our fund is a major step in fulfilling that ethical and religious responsibility. We have both the obligation and the privilege of making monetary disbursements to those who are less fortunate. By giving to others we enrich ourselves.
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EVE W. COHEN Gateways. I believe in gateways and that is why I chose to establish a Lion of Judah Endowment. For a long time, the Jewish community didn’t need gateways. We were locked into our little ghettoes, our shtetls, our walls…and no one let us out. But modern times have brought down those walls, those prisons, those prejudices and with that freedom came what I believe to be a grave price—the breakdown of Jewish communal life. Now, my generation is faced with seeking gateways back in to the community…when it still exists. The Jewish Community Federation is better than any other organization that I know of in the Bay Area at providing those gateways to the Jewish seeker of community. When I relocated to San Francisco in 1981, the Young Adults Division of the Federation provided me with an automatic group of friends and a way to contribute time and energy to a cause that I was just beginning to learn about. I met my husband at the 1990 Advanced Gifts Dinner; we were married in 1991 and now have two children. In 1995, the Federation nominated me for the Wexner Heritage Foundation program. The two years that I spent with Wexner, as a result of the Federation’s nomination, dramatically changed my self-awareness and self-identity as a Jew and enhanced our family’s life and future. Eighteen years ago, I didn’t own a Kiddush cup or even a menorah—now I have a Jewish husband, Jewish children and a Jewish home. I have Jewish friends and I feel that I am making a difference in my community. All of this is due to the gateways that the Federation provided. We’re going to need those gateways…all of them…in the future. We’re going to need gateways for children to learn about their Jewish history and life cycle rituals, we’re going to need gateways for teenagers to socialize with other Jewish teenagers, we’re going to need gateways for young adults who need a respite from their difficult and spiritually unrewarding jobs, we’re going to need gateways for young married couples who are returning to the Jewish community because they’ve had kids…the list goes on and on and someone will have to provide those gateways, those magical doors that beckon the passerby, that invite the lonely observer in, that welcome and envelop the undecided in the absolute certainty that there is a tradition worth upholding. Because, of course, there is a tradition worth upholding and enhancing and the Federation is at the forefront of that effort. I want to make sure that the Federation will have the funds that it needs to do the work that needs to be done. Just as I was ushered into the community and our tradition, I expect others to have that opportunity…and I am proud that my gift may someday be put to just that use. - 19 -
EDITH S. COLIVER “… and if I am only for myself, what am I then?” is a question our sage Hillel raised centuries ago. It was my portion at my confirmation in Germany, a legacy to which my parents adhered, both in Germany and in this our adopted country, and which has been passed on to our two daughters. Having lost so many millions of our faith in the Holocaust, it is our special duty to help and nurture Judaism to survive and prosper. By facilitating assistance where it is most needed, the Jewish Community Endowment Fund effectively fulfills this purpose. NORMAN COLIVER To realize what over-achievers Jews worldwide have been during the past 150 years, see Martin Greenberg’s The Jewish Lists (1979), which enumerates Nobel, Pulitzer, and Academy Award winners, scientists, labor leaders, authors, musicians, judges, U.S. senators, congressmen, governors, mayors, inventors, mathematicians, publishers, business leaders, motion picture executives, Olympic medalists, and more. Locally the Jewish Community Federation financially supports agencies that provide the social and educational services that continually inspire us Jews to contribute more than “normal” to our society and to the general community-at-large. Jews are reared, I believe, to be more giving than most ethnic groups both in money and volunteer time. That has been our family’s tradition for five generations. May it continue with financial support to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund. BILL AND ADELE CORVIN Our community and Israel have indeed been strengthened through the dedication and support of our Jewish Community Federation. It has given each of us the opportunity to respond to current needs, and has also enabled us to build for the future. Bill, our family and I are privileged to be part of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund’s Living Legacy Society. ROBERT F. COWAN My mother’s father was forced from his Budapest law practice by Jew-haters, immigrated to McKeesport, Pennsylvania, where he ran a small grocery store. One son became a lawyer, one a doctor and my mother a teacher. My father’s parents fled cruel Russian bigotry and came to Columbus, Ohio, where my grandfather’s - 20 -
butcher shop put his three children through Ohio State. All strongly identified as Jews, all were Orthodox, and all loved freedom and hated oppression. My mother gave generously lifelong to Hadassah to support a Jewish homeland. My parents and their parents believed strongly in Jewish peoplehood and in communal support. I believe by giving to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund I am returning a little bit of what I received from my family and from the Jewish people, and contributing a little to Jewish survival. MAXWELL W. CRAMER The Jewish people have experienced extreme suffering throughout the centuries. We should contribute as much as we can to the Jewish community to help mend our world. ELAINE DALLMAN, PH.D. An important family story is that my great-grandfather was told by city people that his scholar brother-in-law, whom he supported, bought “better” fish than did he. He said, “He must need more money than do I.” He then increased the amount of support out to him. LONNY DARWIN Although I have had much sorrow during my adult life, I think of myself as a lucky person—having loving friends and family and living in San Francisco. My adopted country has been good to me. I am trying to repay in a small way my good fortune by supporting—financially and with personal involvement— worthy causes, Jewish and non-Jewish, in San Francisco, the U.S. nationally and Israel, in the fields of Social Service, Education and the Arts. HELEN AND SANFORD DILLER We have been most gratified in creating new innovative permanent programs through the Jewish Community Federation Endowment Fund addressing our concerns for Jewish youth, education and the elderly. Being part of the Living Legacy Society ensures the enrichment of Jewish learning and culture long into the future.
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ANNET TE D OBBS Though I am a first-generation American-born Jew proud to be a U.S. citizen, Israel has profound meaning to me. I am honored to be part of a unique generation in the long, bloody and often painful history of the Jews that has had the privilege of helping rebuild a nation and its people. When I visited Israel for the first time in May of 1960 with my husband, Harold, I could not have imagined the impact that experience would have on my life and that of the Dobbs family. I returned 11 years later on a UJA mission, after a stop at the Matthausen concentration camp. It was January, snowing and freezing cold. The skies were gray and weeping, as if they grieved for the horrors that took place there. That day I vowed to spend the rest of my life doing whatever I could to see that nothing like that would ever happen to my people again simply because they were Jewish. During subsequent years, I have been privileged to meet most of the leaders of Israel, many of whom were pioneers who helped build the fledgling state, and I count among my very good friends numerous Israelis. They have taught me about their lives, fears and hopes. They have taught me there must be peace. It is the responsibility of those fortunate enough to live in the United States to help fulfill the dreams of the Israeli pioneers, to share their pride in what has been accomplished in a mere 50 years. Is Israel perfect? Certainly not, but never, in fact, has a country done so much, so successfully, in such a short time. I pray that she will remain strong and safe as she faces the 21st century. The Diaspora’s role has always been to “be there” if fellow Jews have needed us. I believe that for the future we must put much more effort, time and money into strengthening our own Jewish community so that we can always live up to what we have been able to accomplish in the past. As for me, I believe that my involvement locally and in Israel has made something special of my life. As I think back on the road I have traveled, I know one thing with certainty: I have received far more than I have given. MAURICE EDELSTEIN The Edelstein Myseh During the ’30s my folks were struggling financially like every other Jewish family who lived “Out The Road,” that is the Silver Avenue—San Bruno Avenue area. When Hitler came to power and our people in Europe were under siege, my parents, along with my - 22 -
Aunt Bella (Vivian Solomon’s mom), devoted their few extra pennies getting food and essentials mailed to our mishpocheh in Poland. Our home became “Operation Rescue.” After the invasion of Poland this option for relief was no longer viable. We subsequently found out that all those relatives were killed. Meanwhile, the Germans were allowing some Jews to leave with proper documentation and the trick was to get American Jews to sign affidavits guaranteeing that the refugees would not be a burden on the community at large. This was a difficult undertaking as we were still in the midst of the Depression and there was rampant anti-Semitism in America. So there was a mad scramble here to muster up volunteers to help those allowed to escape the camps. My mom, Pauline Edelstein, aleha ha-shalom, and my dad, George Edelstein, alav ha-shalom, became consumed with this mission. On their own they “signed” for eleven families and were instrumental in getting others to do the same. The last family they “saved,” Ernest and Erna Falk, moved into our home and were part of our family for several years. I have a tear-inducing letter written by Erna’s mother to my folks expressing her gratitude for their kindness to a couple of total strangers. (It was written just before she was carted away and murdered by the Nazis.) Since Ernest did not speak English, he could not get employment. So my dad put him on his payroll, and Ernest went to work every morning with him at his Mission Sweater Shop. After the war was over, my home was transformed into a mission control for the spaceship “Jewish National Homeland.” As a consequence, the first call most Israeli envoys would make after coming to town would be to my dad. There was a small coterie of Zionists active in the city at that time, and my dad was the leader of that group of activists. (As it has been reported in recent articles in the Bulletin, the mood of the leadership in San Francisco Jewry was not pro-Israel. The rabbi of Temple EmanuEl, along with many other rabbis nationwide, was anti-Zionist. It sounds weird now, but there was a fear of “dual loyalty” which put many local Jews on the sidelines in aiding Israel.) My dad, along with a group of cronies, arranged to smuggle illegal supplies into what was then called Palestine. But more importantly they rallied the forces locally to come to the aid of the survivors of the Holocaust. By the time Israel was established, the mood in San Francisco had changed dramatically as there was no longer a stigma attached to being a Zionist. My parents both became strong supporters of the idea of one Jewish Federation and the UJA. They served in leadership positions for Federation, Israel Bonds, Technion, Hebrew University, and the Weizmann Institute, to name just a few. My - 23 -
dad started Boys Town Jerusalem in Northern California. He was on the international board of AMPAL (a corporation which invested in Israeli industry). Through my dad’s involvement with AMPAL I met some of the great unsung heroes of the new nation: Amnon Barness, Dorel Eisner, Abraham Dickenstein. I have letters of gratitude to my parents from Albert Einstein, Abba Eban, Chaim Weizmann, David Ben Gurion and others. In recalling these memories of my parents and my early life in this Jewishly-oriented background, I realize how difficult a normal family existence was under the pressures described. Yet and despite so many personal struggles, we all managed somehow to rally to the concerns of Jews and Israel. This has certainly influenced my thinking and my future thoughts about maintaining Jewish identity. In 1944 I got a call from Ralph Silverman, a B’nai B’rith “advisor” who asked me to start an AZA chapter named after a young soldier who was just killed. I rounded up my cousins and a few others and the Sid Sommer Chapter was in business. We had a great basketball team; however, our biggest notoriety was from our debating team. Teddy Finman and Don Cahen, I believe, went on to win national recognition. Some of the guys I cajoled into joining had up to that time no involvement with anything Jewish. This youth movement, I think, influenced their lives. Before I forget and get started on my own Jewish life, there are a few other things I want to say about my folks. They were also involved in secular community activities. My dad headed the War Bonds campaign and he was a volunteer in the National Guard. He was president of the Optimist Club and the Mission Street Merchants Association. Through these involvements they had many close non-Jewish friends. The icons of the day (’30s and early ’40s) in Jewish homes were FDR, Eleanor, and Joe Louis. There was a strong feeling of kinship for other minorities and especially blacks. My parents instilled in me rachmones for the downtrodden and the disenfranchised. After I got out of college I went to work with Karl Bach. He had escaped from Germany in 1938. He was not only the world’s greatest life insurance salesman but was a dedicated Jew-saver. As refugees were fleeing war-torn Europe there still was a problem getting established in America. Karl signed for scores of people. I had just started my life insurance career, and Karl would give me the cards of people he was supposed to solicit for the Jewish Welfare Federation. That’s how I began involvement with organized Jewish charity. Around 1956 I started to go to Beth Sholom on the Sabbath. Rabbi Saul White, alav ha-shalom, was such a sage, and the services were so uplifting, that I became addicted. Rabbi White called me - 24 -
his “disciple,” and influenced my love of Torah and Judaism. Around 1974 I came to him with a movie-maker friend of mine as I wanted to make a movie about the rabbi. He refused, but he did allow us to film a sermon he gave at a local church. It’s the only “live performance” we have of him. I also audiotaped about six hours of one of his classes at the Bureau, and I’m proud that I took it upon myself to preserve some of this man’s special essence. Around 1975 Don Kahn invited me to Dan Goldberg’s B’nai B’rith Bible class. It was there that I met Dr. Isaac Ehrenreich, of blessed memory. After attending these sessions for about a year, Ike was asked to leave the group. Ike was very undiplomatic (often rude) and would feel no hesitation in letting people know his feelings if he disagreed with them. Since I felt a great ignorance of my Yiddishkeit, I asked Ike if he would meet with me on Friday mornings to discuss the portion of the week. He loved the idea so I would pick him up early and we would drive to Mama’s in North Beach for breakfast and a discussion of the weekly Torah portion. Ike was a great scholar and obviously a great character. (He looked like W.C. Fields.) He knew the Jewish Bible and the New Testament backwards and forwards. He had received his Ph.D. in Philosophy when he was 52 from Columbia after 40 years of night school. A frustrated rabbi! After a few sessions my friend Mel Segal, alav ha-shalom, joined us. Then Claire Liebman, Jerry Jacoby, Al Goldschmidt, Marv Langsam and Sarah Kalan. The group grew to such an extent that we had to find larger meeting places. At one time it was Malvina’s, then a pizza place on Grant Avenue. After Ike left we had an array of leaders – Rabbis Ben Marcus, Bob Kaiser. We moved to the Pier Inn on the Embarcadero and Rabbi Jay Krause was our mentor for a number of years. Mort Macks joined us and became a bar mitzvah at age 60. Skipping a few years, we subsequently came downtown to Bear Stearns and Rabbi Alex Graubart led us during the time he was rabbi at Beth Sholom. During his reign our numbers increased dramatically. Dr. Ed Tamler became our resident scholar and now every other Friday we have Joey Liebman, Claire’s son, who alternates with Dr. Tamler leading the group. The sessions are getting so popular our fear is that we will soon have to find new space. Of all my “Jewish” accomplishments in life, I think the most important and the most gratifying has been my organizing this Torah study group. Special honors go to Steve Sloan, Mort Macks and Nat Schmelzer who helped “rejuvenate” the group in 1979. Not bad for a kid from “Out The Road.” On the other hand, what could you expect since my dad, I think, was a Lamed Vavnik.
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JACK AND SEENA ELFANT My parents came from Poland at the turn of the century. As most immigrants at that time, they struggled to make a living. My father worked in a sweatshop (dresses) long hours for very little pay. Growing up in the 1920s, we always had a blue box for Israel and local charities. We had to deposit at least one penny each week in two “pushkes”. As poor as we were, there was always some family in more desperate need. Our Jewish ethics taught us that charity was the most important part of our culture at that time. Somehow we were able to struggle for a good education, and as we joined the affluent society, our commitment to charity and volunteerism continued—thanks to our Jewish values. BARBARA FARBER The Jewish Community Federation has been an important part of my life. We have moved many times in the last twenty years. Whether I have been involved locally or nationally, I have been pleased to find a caring and active Jewish community in the many cities where we have lived. I have endowed my Lion of Judah in the hope that our community will continue to have the funds to educate and help those in need here in San Francisco, in Israel, and in the many communities around the world that need our help, whether for rescue or renewal. LESLEE AND WAYNE FEINSTEIN With East European ancestry and long family roots in San Francisco, our commitment to Jewish philanthropy is part of our inheritance. We have always felt we share responsibility with all others in the Jewish community to provide for those in need and to ensure that the community has the resources to respond effectively to the needs of the day. Today we are trying to help our children to assume their share of these Jewish responsibilities—to the Jewish community and to the society in which we live. We hope that our generation will succeed in rekindling love of Jewish learning and involvement for our children and future generations. Our endowment gift to the Jewish Community Federation is a key part of our belief in the future. JESSE FELDMAN My parents were part of the great Jewish migration from Eastern Europe, which brought them to San Francisco shortly prior to the 1906 earthquake and fire seeking freedom from the pogroms which plagued the Jews for so many generations. Their commitment to their Jewish faith was well rooted, and - 26 -
they took great pains to transmit this commitment to their children. Jewish holidays were regularly observed and facilities in the community for Jewish education were pursued. By constant example, the concern of one Jew for all Jews, wherever they may be, was stressed as a credo of our faith. I recall how impressed I was almost fifty years ago when my parents announced, at quite an advanced age, that they were to travel to Israel in 1950, barely two years after the founding of the state. The very creation of the state they considered a meaningful demonstration of the response of the community to the needs of all. MICHAEL AND SYLVIA FELSENSTEIN IN HONOR OF OUR PARENTS With the year 2000 less than a year away, it might be an appropriate time to reflect on the matter of the coming of the Moshiach. Parallel to and shorter than Rabbi Hillel’s words are the words used by a non-Jewish preacher, “If it has to be, it’s up to me.” The Messianic times are up to every one of us. The first big concept for the Messianic times is TOLERANCE, assisted by PATIENCE. By practicing these two virtues we will come closer to the Messianic ideal. Fortunately, there are indications of strong opposition to all kinds of hatred and anti-Semitism. It will take great leaders to make people understand the meaning of these two apparently “simple” words. While I consider myself what is called a secular Jew, I firmly believe in the unique almighty G-d. Too many good things have happened in our lives to deny his omnipresence. But I invite those who want to deny his existence only to consider mother’s milk, which is far superior to anything man has been trying to make. Or something no less miraculous than the life cycle of the monarch butterfly, which returns regularly to the area of birth of its ancestors after several generations without ever having been there. And, after all, we ourselves are probably nature’s greatest miracle. G-d has given us his greatest gift of all—LIFE and INTELLIGENCE. “Shalom.” SAUL A. FENSTER My mother was pregnant with me when my parents arrived in New York from Poland in 1924. Had they not decided to leave Poland and remained there, I would probably not be alive today. Thankful that I was fortunate in living in America where good free education through college was available and thankful that, as a Jew, I have gone through life relatively free of prejudice, I am happy to be able to contribute so that other Jews can live the good life here in the United States and in Israel. - 27 -
D ON AND JANIE FRIEND FAMILY PHILANTHROPIC FUND Our family came to California with great hope. They worked hard and saved so that future generations could live better. We have always been aware of the importance of a strong community and of our precious Jewish heritage. We must teach future generations to treasure Torah by studying its important and relevant lessons and by performing acts of loving-kindness. Together we can make the world a better place—one act at a time. It is our hope that our gift to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund be an inspiration to our future generations to remember the obligation to “be thy brother’s keeper.” EUGENE AND ELINOR FRIEND The patriarchs of our family, Benjamin and Mollie Friend, came to San Francisco in 1913 from Poland and White Russia with the hope for a better life. They were able to take advantage of the many opportunities in the United States which were such a contrast to the oppression our forefathers had known as Jews in the “old country.” We have always appreciated the importance of preserving opportunities for the newly emigrated Jews and for others in the community in need. We hope that our commitment to the Endowment Fund will help future generations to appreciate their heritage and to always remember the importance of helping others. MICHELLE AND ROBERT FRIEND What we plan today strengthens the Jewish community of tomorrow. For future generations we are proud to be included in The Book of Life. BUD AND ROWENA GANSEL Being Jewish means a lot to us. We respect our Jewish heritage and have maintained the Jewish traditions we grew up with in our own home. One of those traditions is tzedakah. We’ve tried to do our share for the community ever since we were married. At that time we didn’t have much, but we always found something to give. As the years went on, we were able to do more. We enjoy giving! That’s why we’ve established a permanent fund for the young and the elderly as part of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund.
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MIMI AND ART GAUSS The Talmud teaches that as our parents planted for us, so must we plant for our children. The births of our son and daughter gave a focus to our continuation of our parents’ dedication to building and strengthening Jewish life in the Bay Area. We realized that to instill in our children the love of Torah, the Jewish people and Israel, with which we were gifted, we had to provide them with a rich Jewish community and quality Jewish education. We also recognized that our ultimate concern, a strong Jewish future, required fostering this goal for all of our community’s children. With this purpose in our hearts, we have carried on our family’s tradition of building Jewish life here and abroad through the Federation’s annual campaign, while we have promoted Jewish education by providing major support to Brandeis Hillel Day School. Our parents enriched our lives beyond words by creating a Jewish legacy for us in America. Not the least of their gifts to us was the gratification we receive from giving. Through our funds in the Jewish Community Endowment Fund, we, our children and our children’s children can continue to plant and nourish Jewish life and receive the pleasure of seeing the fruits of our planting long into the future. JAMES M. GERSTLEY While my parents were not very religious, they were always proud to be Jewish and helped some Jews who had escaped Germany during the Holocaust period build a new life. The family name was originally Gerstle, but when my father’s parents emigrated from Germany to England around 1840, the English pronounced the name as though it ended with a “y”—so the English family added a “y.” My mother was also a Gerstle but her grandparents came to the USA. Her grandfather, Lewis Gerstle, joined the firm of Louis Sloss, and after Seward bought Alaska they founded the famous Alaska Commercial Company. Although I am not very religious, I, too, have always been proud of my heritage and have supported many Jewish causes. I also raised the money to found the Western Jewish History Center of the Judah L. Magnes Museum and served as its first chairman— along with a distinguished board, including Louis Heilbron, James Hart of the Bancroft Library, Frank Sloss and Sissie Geballe. My wonderful wife, Elizabeth, was a Lilienthal. She was born in the Haas-Lilienthal House on Franklin Street in San Francisco, which has been filmed in the America’s Castles series. The Lilienthal family also contributed much to Jewish causes. My wife’s great-grandfather was Louis Sloss, who did so much for San Francisco—as well as for Alaska— that when he died, all the flags in San Francisco were flown at half-mast. - 29 -
ANTOINET TE AND MITCHELL GOLBUS We are concerned about the continuity of the Jewish diaspora in America and feel that the key to that continuity is education. We established our family endowment fund both to set an example for our children and grandchildren and to support Jewish education. Having our children actively involved in family tzedakah decisions is a way of making such action a habit, one that they will pass on to their children. The many studies correlating Judaic education and the likelihood of the individual to become an active member of the Jewish community and to feel connected to Israel convinced us that a firm commitment to Jewish education was extremely important for the flourishing of a vibrant Jewish diaspora in America. EVA G. GOLD My parents migrated from Rumania in 1902. In 1907 they moved from New York to San Francisco. Money was tight, but they managed to give to charityâ€”starting with $1.00, increasing as conditions improved. They impressed on my brother and myself the importance of charity for the Jews less fortunate than we were, stressing the importance of Education. As Jews in Rumania, they were not permitted to attend school. They taught themselves to read and write Yiddish and English. I was fortunate in my marriage of 59 years to a wonderful man to whom Jewish Education was a mustâ€”increasing our donations each year. I am the last of our family and know how proud my parents would be to know we have provided funds to the Jewish Community Federation to continue their work. D OUGLAS E. GOLDMAN My hope is that the Jewish people, locally and around the world, move closer to a state of true self-actualization and pluralism. All Jews should be permitted the freedom and intellectual support to pursue the study and practice of Judaism to whatever extent each individual desires. Regardless of the degree of knowledge or practice, we should be tolerant of our differences. Likewise, the non-Jewish world should accord us the same freedom and tolerance that we desire among ourselves. Organizationally, tolerance and pluralism remain the touchstones for us to strengthen the Jewish community. Our Federations and agencies must become inclusive of the diversity that reflects modern life. Rigidity, instead of understanding, and rejection, instead of celebration, of those whose beliefs and - 30 -
values are different remains a formula for failure. As a people, we are too quick to segregate into “us” and “them.” As a community, the defining principle for Jewish selfactualization ought to be the affirmation of the question – Are you proud to be a Jew? To be a proud Jew does not inherently define one’s denomination, intensity of practice, level of knowledge, or amount of formal education. But a “proud Jew” is a platform from which any and all of the above may be pursued. Self-definition which is none other than blind obedience (I am a Jew because one or both of my parents claimed to be or were defined to be Jewish) will ring hollow in our world of too numerous choices and temptations. To be Jewish with your heart and soul will continue to be the foundation of our community. As our demographic numbers dwindle, we naturally feel threatened and disappointed. Strength in numbers is one method of attempting to confirm cognitive dissonance. But strength of belief is far more determining of the ability of our people to travel time as, in the grandest sense, one identifiable people. I am convinced that our people, in whatever form or forms, will remain; our message, however disparate or unified, will continue to ring forth; and our covenant shall remain unbroken. JOHN GOLDMAN To be a Jew … a question that we confront every day. For me, being a Jew has always been about the values passed on—from parents, teachers, rabbis, friends. To paraphrase, it is not in the teaching, but in the doing. That, I believe, is the essence of Judaism. When I was nearing the end of my college studies, the Vietnam War was ripping through the conscience of our country and the world. I was in conflict—although not overly “religious,” there was a deep-seated antagonism toward violence and war. In facing my internal struggle on what to do (deciding whether to take strong action or acquiesce), I turned to Rabbi Jacob Weinstein, a family friend. Our discussions focused on whether the teachings of Judaism supported seeking conscientious objector status. His conclusion was clear: it is not in the words of the Torah, it is in the actions and beliefs generated from those words. His wisdom has established a clarity that remains today. Now, our children are living the same values through their volunteer activities and selflessness. What greater pleasure than to see them live the fundamentals of tzedakah, of tikkun olam. For to be a Jew is to live and breathe what the printed word can only suggest, to embody the soul of those who came before us.
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MARIANNE GOLDMAN I was privileged to be born and reared in San Francisco, a city with few religious barriers, which has inspired me to achieve a more democratic way of life. To this end, I helped lead the movement to abolish sororities at Stanford University—and to break the anti-Semitic barriers at the Junior League of San Francisco and the Town and Country Club, a prominent women’s social club. So today there are no religious restrictions in either one of these organizations that are part of our community activities. My parents provided me with the spiritual values of Judaism that encouraged me to participate in Jewish affairs, particularly in my earlier years as an adult. I attended Sunday School at Temple Emanu-El and was given the honor of presenting the floral offering at my confirmation. I have always been proud to be a Jew. My motto is to provide a kindness daily, whether it pertains to Judaism or otherwise. I hope my interest as a volunteer in many different aspects of Jewish and non-Jewish activities during my life will contribute in some small way to leaving the world a bit better. RICHARD N. GOLDMAN I am a native San Franciscan who grew up at a time when antiSemitism was more prevalent than it is today. My Jewish education was limited to religious school and observing the high holidays. It was after our marriage that Rhoda and I realized “but for the grace of God” we would have been victims of the Holocaust. As a result, we became more sensitive to our heritage and determined to do our part for the Jewish community. We raised our family with a strong Jewish commitment. I have had the good fortune to see my four children marrying in the faith and taking leadership roles in their communities. My eleven grandchildren who have been or will be bar/bat mitzvahed will follow the same path. As an active participant in the growth of our Federation for over 50 years, I have seen it gain international respect for its leadership skill and as a catalyst to adjust to changing conditions. Among other accomplishments, our Federation initiated the move to make the Jewish Agency more accountable. My main concerns for the future of the Jewish community are a growing complacency toward religion and a high percentage of intermarriage. I have learned from experience that pride in one’s Jewishness makes for a better life and is respected throughout the community. As Jews and as beneficiaries of a wonderful tradition, each of us should enjoy it and encourage our Jewish friends who have been complacent or are apprehensive to appreciate the values of being Jewish. - 32 -
D ORIS LIVINGSTON GRASSHOFF I remember Wuppertal, Germany, November 9, 1938. I was 11 years old and was called home from school mid-day. On my way I met my father, ashen-faced, held between two SS men (on his way to concentration camp). That same night, I remember our house reverberating with the sounds of crashing furniture, breaking glass, my mother’s screams, my little sister’s crying, and seeing SS men with clubs smashing what was to go with us to America…. Our “crime”? Being Jewish! My father got out of Dachau, and the four of us left for San Francisco by boat through the Panama Canal. Today, almost 60 years after that “Kristallnacht” we are blessed still to be together, through my parents’ incredible stamina, love, faith, determination, optimism, and hard work through the years—plus good genes! In ’39 the Hebrew Free Loan Association (now in its 100th year, like my father!) helped to give my family a new start. Here we have worked within and for the Jewish community and the community-at-large and have thrived. May my gift to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund help to enable future generations to do the same— wherever they may be. BILL AND FRANNY GREEN The Jewish Community Endowment Fund plans for the future, making sure that the Jewish community will always be able to support needs as they occur. The Endowment Fund also makes sure that we will always have a viable and involved Jewish community. BARBARA L. AND JOHN M. GREENBERG Being Jewish is family. MARTHA AND HERBERT GREENHO OD Though money was very scarce in our homes as we were growing up, tzedakah was a very important part of our lives. We are comfortable now, so we hope the desire to share with others not as fortunate will continue to be an important part in the lives of our children and grandchildren. We want our contribution to help elderly Jewish people who need it.
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FLORA GREENHO OT I am very proud to be part of our philosophical, resourceful, courageous and humane people. I want to contribute to our survival, our strength, our resilience. It is an honor to be inscribed in our Book of Life. MARCI B. GURWITCH Family has always been important to me. Four years ago I moved to the Bay Area from the tight-knit Jewish community of Mobile, Alabama and was fortunate enough to have cousins who made me a part of their immediate family. When I began working for the Federation, the Jewish community took me in as part of a larger family. Last year, when I began writing my will, I thought of the lessons I had learned from my parents, as well as those I have learned in my work. As a Jewish communal worker and a single woman with no children to whom I could pass on my family’s values, I decided participation in the Jewish Community Endowment Fund was the best way to ensure the continuation of my commitment to Jewish community and the future. Now that I am making wedding plans and contemplating a family of my own, I feel an even greater need to ensure a Jewish future so my children will feel that they are a part of the larger Jewish family. I can think of no better way to do so than by leaving a legacy through the Jewish Community Endowment Fund. MIMI HAAS My parents were both raised in Yugoslavia. When the Germans came they fled to Italy. There they were placed in a detention camp – which is where they actually met. In early 1945, my family was part of the group of 1000 European Jews that FDR allowed to come to America for the duration of the war, after which they were to return to Europe. However, my parents remained in America. I grew up totally aware of my parents’ history and imbued with the idea of Israel as the Jewish homeland. In fact, my junior year of college was spent at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. To be part of and to assist in the continuum of Jewish history and tradition is of extreme importance to me.
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PETER HAAS Giving and philanthropy have been a tradition, a way of life in my family handed down, through example, by our forebears over many, many years. This has encompassed both the general community and the Jewish community. In the latter case we have concentrated our giving to the Jewish Community Federation believing it best meets the needs of Jews wherever they may be—overseas, nationally or locally. We believe this to be the case at the moment, but also as the future develops. The Federation has the structure and leadership to make this happen. It has our trust. SUSAN HAMLIN To me, being together with others is the essence of being Jewish. Together and in uniquely Jewish ways, we pray, we study, we celebrate, and we mourn. Our community is being built whenever one person connects with another. We become stronger and we count on one another. In the difficult days following my husband Mark’s death, our community sustained my sons and me as we struggled to regain our footing. I learned that when I reach out to a Jew in need, or reach back when a hand is extended to me, I become a link in a chain that surrounds and strengthens Jewish life. I want my children to understand this. That is why I support the Jewish community, now and for the future. CAROL AND MARTIN HARBAND “Teach your children well.” Charity is our heritage, our obligation, and a very special privilege. We enjoy the blessings of a good life. We live in a land of freedom with the opportunities for education and to fully participate in the social and economic lives of our communities. One hundred years ago our grandparents made a bold decision to leave Europe and risk the unknown in America. We owe a debt of gratitude to our grandparents who made the fateful decision to emigrate to America, and to those who assisted those immigrants along their way. We are the Jews who live in Israel today, except that their forefathers remained in Eastern Europe so many years ago and their families suffered the indignities of the Holocaust. So, as Jews, we can see most clearly that good fortune, good health, and prosperity can be a transitory condition in life. In appreciation for our blessings and in recognition of those who have assisted others before us, we help those who are less fortunate than ourselves. This is our privilege and we ask for no special recognition other than the satisfaction that we perform the act of charity, in the Jewish tradition, from generation to generation. - 35 -
ARTHUR AND HELEN HAUSMAN To the Future! JOAN EAMES HAYES My Jewish mother came from Russia at five with her parents and seven brothers and sisters. They lived near the Henry Street Settlement in New York City. On graduating from grammar school she won a gold medal as the best student in the school. That summer, while baby-sitting a relative’s child, she taught herself shorthand from a library book and got herself an office job in the fall. The three dollars a week she earned was important to her family. Much later I was able to help her, putting stocks in her name. Now I can help others, perhaps someone who arrived as a child and who masters a new language and then must find work. I feel good about doing this through the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco. THE HEIDE-RAD O FAMILIES The first generation of our family came to California from Germany in 1939. Their involvement in the Jewish community centered on the Temple and the High Holy Day services conducted each year at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco for German immigrants. Following the Hungarian revolution in 1956 more family members arrived. The generous support of HIAS enabled them to survive the first days in Vienna and New York. Today relatives remaining in Hungary benefit from the services of the JDC in Budapest. For these reasons our family has made a commitment to support the work of Jewish agencies throughout the world. D OUG AND MARY HELLER The Jewish Community Federation is the only link that will enable us to know the “Jewishness” that we have lived will continue to be supported for years to come. Our bequest to the Endowment Fund maintains our parents’ endeavors and reminds the next generations of their heritage and traditions.
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RUSSELL AND SUSAN HOLDSTEIN Tzedakah has always felt like one of the very best ways to practice tikkun olam. It has been a way for us to feel we actually can make a difference, that we can help make the world a better place. tzedakah has also helped us become more complete, less selfcentered individuals. We trust that our gift will benefit many people around the world, but none less than our own children. We hope that our contribution will inspire our children to dedicate themselves to good deeds and a life of tikkun olam. SONNY AND STEVE HURST Giving is part of the genetic makeup of the Rapoport/Hurst families. It has been a family tradition for generations. We are blessed that our parents discovered that giving is one of the greatest mitzvahsâ€”and that we have been able to continue to follow their example. ALEX AND BERNADET TE INKELES There may be a gene for generosity and charity, but most of us must learn to give and to share. What teaches us these fundamental lessons? Surely two sources of influence are paramount in most lives. First, there is the example of parents who nurture, support, and give unstintingly of love while yet setting standards and encouraging principled living. These earliest models are later reinforced by devoted and gifted teachers who carry one beyond the limited scope of the family to an understanding of our dependence on and debt to larger circles of membership in communities of like interest, in neighborhoods, in the nation, and ultimately in the whole of humankind. We have been fortunate, indeed we feel we have been blessed, in having had very wonderful exemplary models in both our devoted parents and dedicated teachers. And at some critical points in our younger years we also benefited from the exceptional support of some of the institutions in which we lived, a generosity we know was in turn made possible by caring donors. Through the combined effort of these sources of kindness we were, in effect, given the right to draw heavily from an extraordinarily rich open account in the great bank of human goodness and virtue. That good fortune imposes on us the obligation to put as much as we can back into that bank so that others may in their turn enjoy some of the benefits of the generous impulse from which we derived so much support. Giving steadily to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund has given us an opportunity to contribute in some small way to the great common task of nurturing community. - 37 -
LOIS AND BUD JACOB Each of our charitable giving experiences began with the little blue metal boxes passed around at Sunday school. We remember it felt good to give a few coins each week for the benefit of those less fortunate. Our respective families in San Francisco and Chicago were supportive of the UJA (and later the JCF) and we were aware of their commitment. Only when we were married did we renew our commitment of giving to the needs of the Jewish community. During our first ten years of marriage we lived in Chicago and our eyes were opened by the original format of The Book of Life which listed individual names and annual gifts to the UJA. Considered by some Jews in an unfavorable light, we believe the benefits were enormous and served as a motivating force to allow Jews to look inward and evaluate what they could do to support the Jewish community. Establishing a fund with the Jewish Community Endowment is one way of involving and teaching our children to carry on the legacy of giving. DENNIS AND PAULA JAFFE We have been committed to giving from the time we were 30. I heard a Phil Ochs song in the ‘60s called “There But for Fortune,” and never forgot the idea in the song. It is the concept that one should never take for granted the gifts that have been bestowed. These gifts are the chance of one’s birth, one’s particular genetic makeup, and the loving family who encourages success and selfreliance. We can show our gratitude for this fortune by our own giving to those who have not been granted the bounty to ease their way through life. We cannot imagine a finer legacy to our children than to lead by the example of philanthropy. GERARD O AND PRISCILLA JOFFE One of us (Priscilla) is a Jew by choice and the other (Gerardo) is a Jew by birth. We have made a (we believe) successful effort in creating a Jewish home and in implanting Jewish consciousness and love of Judaism and of Israel in our children. But we realize how easy it is—in the embracing environment of this blessed country—for our children and for their children to lose that consciousness, to drift away from the Jewish community, and to totally lose themselves in the “mainstream.” We believe that having created a legacy through the Federation’s Endowment Fund will strengthen our Jewish community and will keep that sense of belonging, that Jewish consciousness, alive in our children and their children as well. - 38 -
LILLIAN JUDD DENNIS JUDD FRAN JUDD When we came home from the Concentration Camps, a JewishAmerican organization set up a kitchen to feed us. Chances are that without this kind action, not even half of the survivors would have made it. When my husband, who was also a Holocaust survivor, passed away, my son Dennis and I decided that since Emil liked to feed the hungry in his life, we would like to follow his example. We hope that someday soon everyone will have enough to eat. Our son Irving was studying Veterinary Medicine at Davis when he was killed. We hope to help some young person to achieve what he could not. The Jewish Community Endowment Fund seemed to be a good way to honor their memory, by helping others who are in need. RABBI D OUGLAS AND ELLEN KAHN We receive great satisfaction from our personal and professional involvement in the Jewish community. As a fourth-generation San Franciscan, Doug has seen the community grow tremendously in its breadth of activities for all ages. We see our legacy to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund as a reflection of our lifelong commitment to our people. The Talmud teaches that although the elders among us will not enjoy the fruits of the trees, it is incumbent upon them to plant for future generations. This gift also contributes to the lessons we have endeavored to teach our children about community and the mitzvah of each of us doing our share. JOEL KAMISHER When I was a child I often received certificates saying a tree was planted in my name in Israel. These came from older relatives including my father’s uncle and aunt who were very active Zionists. They taught me it’s important to build for the future. They also told me how important it is to help those less fortunate—people who don’t have the things we take for granted.
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LEE AND MARTIN KATZ As first-generation Americans, we were fortunate to be able to utilize the wonderful opportunities to work, study and play which, ultimately, enabled us to achieve educational, professional, financial and community status well beyond the dreams of our immigrant parents. We have always been proud of our strong Jewish heritage and particularly retained the sense of obligation to help those who were not as fortunate, or just starting out, and to promote social welfare. After the death of our son, we wanted to create a dynamic and living legacy that would meld together times of remembrance with giving and times of giving with remembrance. May our children and grandchildren, for a myriad of years, cherish and continue this tradition. ARNOLD AND RUTH T. KAUFMAN We are the children of East European immigrants. They were hardworking, but money was scarce. Tzedakah, however, was part of their lives. Our childhood memories of pushkes and giving to those in need are very clear. We have a purse belonging to Bubbe that contains many receipts for charitable donations. We have shown them to our children and grandchildren and explained our family’s tradition of giving. They are continuing this tradition—as are we. The Endowment Fund is our legacy to the Jewish community of the future. BERNARD KAUFMAN, JR. The Living Legacy On Easter Sunday morning of the year 1881 my Aunt Olga’s goat broke loose and wandered up the hill and entered the church filled with worshippers in the village of Telsche, in Lithuania. Consternation reigned—everybody knew the Devil often appeared in the form of a goat and a goat owned by Jews—this spelled Trouble. A voice cried out, “Kill the goat—and the Jews.” My grandmother Rachel rushed into the church, grabbed the goat and at the top of her voice said, “The goat is harmless. It belongs to my daughter Elka—she is ‘Meshugah’. (And even at the age of 90 Aunt Olga was known as ‘Elka the Meshuganeh’.) All will be well. I will tie up the goat so it cannot bother you.” A pogrom had been averted by a hair. Now it was different—even after generations of living in Telsche. A goat had dangerously loosened our roots. It was time to move on. We Jews were the thermometers of social, economic, and political change even though we may not have been aware of it at the time. Now the mercury readings were at a dangerous level of the fever of Jew-hatred. - 40 -
Grandma Rachel and her family were always hungry, always trying to climb out of poverty and never able to do so. Yet despite this she saw to it that a potato and some food leftovers were always present for one of the Yeshiva students who were always on the verge of starvation and came daily to the one-room house with the strawthatched roof. Some food, our family’s only way of giving charity. At Ellis Island, the missionaries tried to give Grandmother the New Testament and money if she gave up her Hebrew prayer books—she refused. At the railroad station the ticket agent asked where she wanted to go. She answered, “As far away from the Czar of Russia as possible.” He looked at a map and said, “That would be San Francisco.” That is why we are here. Now, 117 years later, we are no longer hungry. This land and society have given us great opportunities and we have made use of them. But we never forgot that there are thousands of our people here and in the world at this time who need the “potatoes” to keep body and soul alive and together—and that tikkun olam has not yet been completed. So, our genius as a people has combined our Old World culture with that of Industrial America, and we have created institutions that are marvels in Social Engineering and have improved even upon those we built in Europe and brought with us, especially the many Jewish Community Federations of which our San Francisco Federation is one of the most outstanding in implementing our survival and continuity in both the present and future through constant imagination, innovation, and change. I am hoping my descendants will continue this work that must never stop and keep our dreams alive and the dreams of the legacy alive, long into the distant future. And how may this be helped? A. By steadily expanding the work of the Jewish community B. Never forgetting that “in memory lies our salvation” (Baal Shem Tov) C. “All the world is a narrow bridge, and as you cross from the start to the finish of your life—never be afraid.” (R. Nachman of Bratzlav) D. Every Jew must have a second language—Hebrew! E. And don’t forget the “potatoes!”
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GOLDA KAUFMAN Neither my husband Hank (Harold Jerome) nor I were California natives. I was not even a U.S. citizen when I came to this city during World War II. Hank was in service and stationed here. When war ended, we decided to settle in San Francisco. Hank’s family and Ben Swig’s family in Boston were friends and Ben lost no time in giving both of us volunteer jobs in Federation, and in Israel Bonds, etc. This came very naturally to me, for my mother, particularly, always felt that doing “charity work” was almost more important than just giving money. As a fifteen-year-old, I went by bus weekly to The Brady Street Settlement House in the East End of London, a Jewish Center and day care facility for after-school activities for poor Jewish children. I taught little boys how to jump horse and other gymnastics, and in another class taught Shakespeare and acting. Another volunteer activity was for the Jewish National Fund. Small teams of boys and girls were trained to place the famous Blue Boxes in Jewish homes. We were given lists of Jewish names in the neighbourhoods, and we knocked at doors, gave our “spiel” on the JNF, its tree-planting, etc., and asked people to take a Blue Box if they did not have one. These volunteer hours trained me well for the future. I realised the benefit of these hands-on efforts, and am so grateful to my parents for this thoroughly Jewish example of tzedakah. I often quote: “You are not expected to cure all the ills of the world, but you are not excused from trying.” I am not sure whose words those are. Hank and I also used to quote Hillel’s (and I still do): “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?” And from the New Gates of Prayer I often quote: “Pray as if everything depended on G-d, act as if everything depended on you.” Is it not personal responsibility and effort being emphasized in these meaningful quotes? Is this not what Judaism teaches us? And teaching tzedakah in its many phases to our children is vital to ensure our Jewish future. Endowing philanthropic funds for children and grandchildren is an important way of teaching this. I pray that we are successful. When I established funds for my own children and grandchildren, I wrote to them, “My hope and prayer (I know Grandpa would feel the same) is that this example will encourage you to add to the funds when you are able … and to involve yourselves in your Jewish communities.” These are a few of my thoughts for our Living Legacy and The Book of Life. I am both humble and proud to be in it.
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RON AND BARBARA KAUFMAN Soon after coming to San Francisco in early 1959 we were asked to participate in Federation. That involvement developed into a lifetime of gratifying experiences and hundreds of wonderful friends who share our values and concerns for the continuity and quality of Jewish life. All of our family knows that our efforts and resources have helped so many other Jews. We have benefited by the journey of a hundred prior generations and hope to pass on this special gift. Our dream is of a vibrant Jewish Community Federation that continues to provide aid and leadership for all the needs of Jews—here and overseas—from generation to generation. WILFRED (BILL) AND RACHEL KAY I know how important Jewish charitable funds are. As a teenage Holocaust survivor in Europe, I had the opportunity to attend a school supported by Jewish funds. Again in 1949, when I arrived in this country, the Jewish community welcomed me and helped me get started in the new homeland. The help I received almost 50 years ago was crucial in my development as a productive member of the community. During every period some people are in need of help and today is no exception. My parents in Poland, though of limited means, managed to help others. It is completely natural for me to continue in that tradition. I have been fortunate to be a contributor in the past and believe it is our obligation to continue helping Jews in need, wherever they are. META AND JERRY KIRSCHBAUM My grandparents and parents participated in tzedakah. They had little but gave much. I believe the cultural essence of Judaism is philanthropy. FRED AND HILLA KIRSCHNER Because of our background and experiences during the Holocaust in Germany both of us feel, as survivors, that we must keep our connections to our roots open while establishing our future and the future of our family. It is important to us that we not only remember our traditions but also maintain them by living them and by education and exposing our children and grandchildren to them. Life here has been good to us, difficult at times, yes—but rewarding in so many ways that it is important to us to share in appreciation and gratitude. One way we chose is the Federation’s Endowment Fund. - 43 -
(MRS. HARVEY ) PHYLLIS V. KO CH The value and purpose of Endowment to me is the assurance that participation in Jewish community philanthropy will be carried on by my family for generations and generations. HELEN AND SIG KRIEGSMAN It is a great pleasure to have participated with our Jewish Family Community in a Living Legacy. LAURA AND GARY LAUDER What an extraordinary framework Judaism is for raising children with strength of character, strength of values, and self-awareness rooted in history. We are thrilled to be a part of this great Jewish community and its wonderful education systems for all of our families. WARREN G. LEFORT I was born in 1924 in Hamborn, Germany, where my father was in the furniture business. When I was six years old, I came down with polio and since then my right hand has been paralyzed. The furniture business was one of the first affected by Hitler. For example, it was illegal to buy furniture from a Jewish furniture store, and previous customers on credit were excused from making payments to Jewish merchants. Thus my father was forced to sell his business in 1933 at a fraction of its worth to a Christian furniture dealer. The fact that my father had fought in the German army during World War I, and had been seriously wounded, made no difference. My mother was very perceptive about the political situation, and in August 1934, we emigrated to Palestine. Unfortunately my mother became seriously ill shortly after arriving there, and died a few months later in Italy. From there, my father, my five-yearold brother and I went to Holland, where we had relatives. Eventually, my father started a new business with a dress designer and was relatively successful. However, we saw the continued expansion of Nazi power, and my father reluctantly sold his business in 1939, and the four of us (my father remarried in 1938) decided to emigrate to the U.S. My father did not want to stay in New York City, and one week after arriving there in June 1939, we left for Cleveland, Ohio, where we did not know a single soul. My mother was the only one who spoke English, and my parents complained frequently that we received no help or assistance from any Jewish agency or - 44 -
committee in Cleveland in finding housing or helping us to function in a new and strange community. I went to high school in Cleveland and was lucky to win a scholarship to Case Western Reserve University, where I majored in accounting. However, when I wanted to work as an accountant, I encountered a great deal of anti-Semitism, since most of the established CPA firms were gentile. My father decided that we had enough other problems but that our name should not be one of them, and thus changed our name from Lewin to Lefort when we became U.S. citizens. After graduating from college I went to New York and was employed by a reputable Jewish CPA firm. Eventually I became an auditor for CARE and traveled to many parts of the world and saw the destruction caused by the war and the misery of thousands. In 1952 I came to San Francisco and with the help of new acquaintances and friends I found here, I was able to establish my own CPA firm in 1954. I married Edith the same year, and eventually we had two children, Steven and Yvonne. Although I had to work hard, I have been extremely fortunate in coming to the Bay Area during a time of exceptional growth and opportunity. I have learned, however, that we all need a helping hand from the community and that this helping hand should be available to newcomers or longtime residents in need of physical, emotional, or other support. I want my Supporting Foundation to be part of this helping hand. HENRY AND ELIZABETH LEHMANN Henry was born in Germany and came to the USA via France and Brazil when he was twelve years old and Elizabeth grew up in Indiana. We both saw how easy it is for the Jewish community to disappear, either through violence or through assimilation. This is why we are both committed to the continuation of Am Yisrael. We have been blessed with material well-being and since we live a very simple life there is nothing better to do with our material blessings than to dedicate funds to the continuance of our people. We strongly believe that the key to Jewish survival is education and hence we have provided support to Jewish Day Schools on the Peninsula and in Baltimore where our grandchildren attend Day Schools and in Boston where one of our sons is the Headmaster of the New Jewish High School. We hope that our contributions will assure the continuation of a strong American Jewish community lâ€™dor vâ€™dor.
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CLAIRE ELAINE LEIB OWITZ I consider myself fortunate to have been born American and Jewish. Our family has been in San Francisco for over 100 years. My father and grandfather had a kosher meat market on San Bruno Avenue in the 1920s to 1940s. That area was fondly referred to as â€œout the roadâ€? by its large Jewish population. My mother (now a resident of the Jewish Home on Silver Avenue) met my dad when she shopped for the family meat. Her dad was a charter member of the Carpenters Union in San Francisco. We must not lose our history, tradition and values. I hope my bequest will help. BET TY R. LELAND My father often told us as children that it was an obligation to give to those in need of assistance. He practiced this belief in his own life, sometimes going so far as to bring complete strangers home for dinner because they looked to him like they needed a hot meal. As far as I know, he never turned down a request for help from anyone, and he made no distinctions on the basis of appearance, background, or anything else. Although I did not fully appreciate it at the time, I have since come to understand that the rewards to the giver are as great or greater than those to the recipient. My father managed to teach us this lesson without ever saying it in so many words. My brothers never hesitated to do their share during their lifetimes and I pray that my children and grandchildren carry on the family tradition of education and tzedakah and pass it along to future generations. ANNE AND ROBERT LEVISON Since both our families have been connected with the Jewish community and its philanthropic activities over many years, it is exciting for us to continue the tradition. We sincerely believe that the leadership demonstrated by the Jewish families in San Francisco in the 1800s has made our lives easier and more fulfilling. This spirit and commitment continues today, and we are pleased to be able to participate.
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ROSANNE AND ALVIN LEVIT T Our parents were a living example of doing “good deeds” and they inspired us to continue the tradition of sharing with those in need. The Torah teaches us to “leave the corners of the field” unharvested for those who have no food. We have always considered charitable giving a first priority; we are leaving a legacy with the Jewish Community Endowment Fund to inspire our children and our future generations as we were inspired to give and live a Jewish life. HAROLD L. LEVY According to our tradition, I stood at Sinai and joined with my people in a solemn pledge “to do as the Lord has spoken”—that I would keep the covenant. This obligation requires that I support the Jewish Community Endowment Fund, whose services strengthen Jewish values and preserve Jewish identity. In so doing, it is my hope that my grandchildren will keep the faith. HARRY AND GENE LEWIN We are survivors—my wife Gene came from Austria and I am from Berlin, Germany. Luckily we met in Shanghai, China and survived there for eight years. It was our good fortune that a former New York congressman gave us the affidavit. San Francisco was very good to us. We came here in 1947. I was very active for the Jewish Community Federation for 50 years. Our goal is to support the State of Israel and to thank the San Francisco Jewish community. We are proud that we are able to support the Endowment Fund. SUSI LEWINSKY My late husband, George Lewinsky, left Germany in 1926 at the age of 23 for a business position in San Salvador, Central America. I was a teacher at the Orthodox Jewish girls school in Hamburg, Germany when I left in 1939 to enter a nurse training program in a military hospital in London. We met there through a mutual friend. We married three weeks later and lived in San Salvador where we helped found the first and only synagogue in the country. We moved with our three children to San Francisco in 1957. We always believed in supporting the Jewish community wherever we lived. It is our wish that this contribution helps keep Jewish traditions alive. - 47 -
MEL LICHTMAN I felt very proud of myself and my religion at my Bar Mitzvah ceremony in 1932. But gradually over the years following, I drifted away from Judaism. It seemed to have played an important role in the pastâ€”but no longer relevant to modern society. I followed just enough to satisfy my grandfather. When my wife Bettie and I became parents, we joined a temple to give our children a Jewish education. We also joined a Reconstructionist study group, then Brandeis Camp Institute. We solicited for the JWF and became officers and directors of Jewish organizations. The more I learn, the less I know. But I am convinced that Judaism best tells us how to be a good person and how to lead a good life. We should do all we can to support it into the indefinite future. LINKER FAMILY A viable Jewish community is essential for us today as well as tomorrow! EVA CHERNOV LOKEY As for many others, it was the living example of my parents that has inspired my giving. My hope is that I, in turn, will likewise inspire my children. WILLIAM J. AND FERN E. LOWENBERG The creation of The Book of Life for our Federation is a culmination of many years of hard work by a very dedicated staff. We are proud and grateful to be part of the effort to rebuild the Jewish world after the Holocaust. Now it is our duty and obligation to ensure that future generations will understand the obligation they have for the continuity and the survival of the Jewish people. MELANIE AND PETER MAIER We feel most fortunate and very proud to be part of the Jewish community. It has lent so much richness and profound complexity to our lives and those of our children. In order to maintain our community, carry on the traditions of our family members of blessed memory, and ensure the survival of that which we treasure, we have made this commitment to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund. - 48 -
SUSAN AND JAY MALL When we moved to the Bay Area from Chicago in 1974 (out of the darkness and into the light), we had no family here and only a few acquaintances. Someone invited us to a “Jewish Welfare Fund” event in Marin and we found a world of people with whom we became friends. Over the years we have become more and more active in the Jewish community through the Federation and other Jewish organizations. The people who are our Bay Area “family” today are people who are involved in the Jewish community. Because we feel fortunate to have the resources, we want to leave a legacy that will contribute to the strength and future of the Jewish institutions in the Bay Area. The sense of connection and continuity with the Jewish people is a driving force in our lives today. We hope that our children and their children will feel as welcomed and part of the Jewish community here—or wherever they choose to live—as we have. JOSIE AND IRV MALTZER I am in the middle of five generations of Jews intimately close to me … my grandparents, my parents, myself, my children and my grandchildren. We grew up in China where my parents were of enormous help to the European refugees of World War II. My husband’s technological and financial support has been of much assistance to the State of Israel. I feel part of the continuity of Jewish life. I want to make sure that there is always help for the next generation of our people in need. CHARLES F. AND MARILYN MEIER As first- and second-generation Americans whose families fled the pogroms in Russia and the Holocaust in Germany, we have benefited from the courageous and wise actions of our ancestors in moving our families to a nation where Jews flourish. Of course, even in a land of freedom and opportunity, families may be beset with problems which deny their members the ability to live full and happy lives. A helping hand offered at a strategic point can enable a family to summon its own resources to meet future challenges. It is that help we wish to provide. Philanthropy has always been a part of our lives but we wanted to be assured that our goals would be fulfilled in a professional, cost-effective manner. The Jewish Community Federation’s Endowment Fund is the very best vehicle we have found to achieve these objectives. In this way, our legacy will continue to make the American dream a reality for future generations.
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FRANK G. MEYER What factors motivated my commitment to the Jewish future? First, I am grateful that my family survived the Holocaust. Luckily my father, a successful businessman, brought the family out of Germany in time. I became much more interested in Jewish affairs after Entebbe. I remember from my youth that Germans called Jews cowards. After Entebbe, Jews—and especially Israelis—were admired for their bravery. That made me feel good. Israel has given the Jewish population a positive image. The students at Technion, for example, are so bright and talented. Life today is a lot better for Jews in the United States than it was 50 years ago, when there were quotas at universities and Jews were not allowed to stay at some hotels. I am a founder of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, serve on the national board of the American Society for Technion, and support many other organizations as well. I support the Federation and hope my gift to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund will benefit generations yet to come. MID-PENINSULA JEWISH COMMUNITY DAY SCHO OL END OWMENT IN MEMORY OF MARY SNYDER HELLER AND PAUL HELLER FROM LAURA HELLER LAUDER AND GARY MARK LAUDER My grandparents took such pride in being leaders of their Canton, Ohio Jewish community. Mary and Paul Heller meant business when it came to ensuring a thriving community! The MPJCDS helps build community, and we want to ensure that this tremendous educational facility is beautifully maintained forever so that it may always build community and create an exceptional place for exceptional Jewish and secular education. PHYLLIS AND STUART MOLDAW Phyllis and Stuart Moldaw grew up in New England, where independence is prized. Yet their involvement in Jewish philanthropy is based on their belief that Jews all over the world are still very much interdependent. “If we do not help each other when in need,” says Stuart, “no one will.” Stuart, a native of Brookline, Massachusetts, and Phyllis, originally from Portland, Maine, came to California in the mid1950s. By the end of the decade Stuart had founded his first enterprise, Country Casual Stores. Later, he launched a series of - 50 -
successful companies, including “Pick-A-Dilly” and Ross Stores. Both Phyllis and Stuart understand the importance of philanthropy—in the community at large and in the Jewish world, particularly. They look beyond the needs of today… to the challenges of the future. The Moldaws established a supporting foundation with the Endowment Fund. Having served on the Endowment Committee, Phyllis knew their supporting foundation would qualify as a public charity and receive outstanding tax advantages. She also knew that she and Stuart would have full involvement in the investment of assets and grant making. As a former Alternate Public Delegate to the U.S. Mission to the U.N., Stuart remains concerned about Israel’s isolation in the community of nations. Phyllis, who once served as President of the Jewish Community Museum, is especially interested in preserving Jewish culture and art. Both Phyllis and Stuart want to make the world a safer and better place for their daughters Carol and Susan, and their three grandsons. Learning they could continue to help fellow Jews, not as an act of charity, but as an act of justice—in the tradition of tzedakah —is the reason Phyllis and Stuart Moldaw have chosen to invest in the future of the Jewish community. LILLIAN AND HAROLD L. MO OSE, JR. The Book of Life stories of future generations are still untold. We hope that our contribution will help to preserve the Jewish faith and traditions and the blessing of Freedom. JUDITH MOSS I succeeded very well in my professional career despite being Jewish and a woman. My credentials—a BA from Vassar and an MA from Columbia—opened the doors for me which otherwise would have been closed. I worked in the fields of economics, computer systems design and information management. After an MS from Stanford as a National Science Foundation Fellow, and then my election to the Mountain View City Council, I changed my career direction to educational administration. I never felt discrimination in my professional life as a Jew because being a female was much more obvious. It was important to me to save a part of my earnings and my investment program has done exceptionally well. Not having any children and after allowing for my six nephews in my Living Trust, I will be able to make very significant contributions as my legacy to the community. Why did I select the Jewish Community Federation? Perhaps - 51 -
because being Jewish should indicate a family and the JCF will substitute for the family I don’t have. Perhaps as well because my parents were involved in the Jewish community. For example, my father was president of the United Synagogues of America and my mother an active member of Hadassah. I have been treasurer and president of the Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto and now serve on the executive board of the American Jewish Committee. In my elected positions as council member and mayor of the City of Mountain View and currently as a trustee of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, I have worked to ensure respect for Jewish traditions in the larger community. I still want to modify my trust to designate a more specific purpose for which the Jewish Community Federation will use my funds. I care deeply about life-long learning, particularly to enable each person to obtain those skills needed to make career changes, whether for work or retirement and to do so with confidence. Thus I expect to designate my funds for a combination of education and services to help single people be accepted as part of Jewish family life. LAURENCE AND ELEANOR MYERS My interest in the Jewish community stemmed from the activities of my parents. My mother, who is now 102, is still donating to numerous Jewish charities and was active as a lay person in the community. My dad was a physician and donated his services extensively to the Jewish Home and the Orphanage. I am pleased that my children are following in our footsteps. Both my daughter, Lisa Goldman, and my son, Mark Myers, are playing leadership roles in the Jewish and general communities. My oldest grandson is doing substantial volunteer work at the early age of 13, and I know that all of my grandchildren will continue to serve the community. My wife Eleanor has been very supportive and has been active in volunteerism. It is for these reasons that I have established both a philanthropic fund and a supporting foundation at the Federation. HILDA NAMM Israel is very important to me because I lived through the Holocaust. If Israel had been in existence at that time, millions would have been saved: Hitler would not have succeeded in killing six million Jews. I want to perpetuate the Jewish faith and ensure the future of Judaism by enabling the State of Israel to continue its policy guaranteeing the “right of return” for every Jew. I also want to help needy people. I hope to achieve these goals through my gift to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund.
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PEGGY NATHAN Charity and continuity are important to me. To ensure Jewish continuity requires Jewish charity. I hope my gift will help and will be an example for others. ROY AND PEARL HARLAN RONNIE HARLAN FRANK AND D OROTHY NEWMAN With great joy and humility we join our friends in the San Francisco community to raise our hands for giving. In so doing, we continue the pattern set by our parents that giving is a part of our family tradition, a part of Jewish tradition, and a part of our place in society. We dedicate our page in The Book of Life to our parents: PAULINE NEWMAN-GORD ON It was largely through the generosity of parents, benefactors and donors that I was able to pursue a course of advanced study that began at Hunter College, continued at Columbia University and the Sorbonne, and qualified me for a teaching position at Stanford University in the early 1950s. During my forty-year tenure in the French Department at Stanford, I had the privilege of living in the ambiance of fine minds and great books, and to grow through daily contact with students and colleagues. I also had the pleasure of seeing the Jewish Studies Program come into its own. These two disciplines, the French language and Jewish Studies, close to my roots and early inquisitiveness, have provided me with inspiration and purpose. I hope to make it possible for future generations to experience similar fulfillment. ROBERT L. AND JAN HARLAN NEWMAN In their own individual ways, they taught us by example to think of others and to give back to the community some of our good fortune—Roy and Pearl through communal and temple service in Dayton, Ohio; Ronnie through her commitment to the Jewish community and Dayton’s arts organizations; and Frank and Dorothy through innumerable activities in Indianapolis, Indiana. Frank served as the executive director of the Indianapolis Jewish Community Federation for 30 years and was the first director of its endowment fund. We were taught by a professional! The lyrics say, “Teach your children well.” We are proud to say that we believe our parents did, and now it is up to us to teach the next generation. - 53 -
BERNARD OSHER I grew up in a small town in Maine where my family had a hardware store. Since both of my parents worked in the business, much of our daily lives was centered there. At any early age, I saw men with big beards, black coats and sometimes fur hats come into the store to visit my parents. Fascinated by these men, I questioned my father about just who they were and where they came from. I was told that they were either rabbis or religious men who needed help or were collecting for a yeshiva or other Jewish institution. My parents never failed to see that they received some money or very often food and lodging. Those early experiences I will never forget, and there is no doubt that my parents’ charity had a strong effect on me. MARGOT PARKER AND JOEL B. SPOLIN Our four young children had a fantastic start to their schooling by attending preschool at the Albert Schultz Jewish Community Center. There they learned that Judaism is more than a religion— that it is a community, too, which encompasses a set of values and ethics. Our children learned the importance of tzedakah and taking care of those less fortunate. We hope that our gift, in honor of our children, will ensure that others are able to learn about Jewish values and ethics as young children and grow into adults who are strongly connected to their Jewish community. JOSEPH AND EDA PELL Both Joe and I were born in Europe and grew up during the turbulent years of the 1930s and early ’40s. We both lost our parents and many of our siblings in a world gone mad and completely out of control. We are very grateful for the opportunities which the United States provided for us and the chance to create a new and wonderful family. We also feel very strongly that each one of us should be responsible to see that this kind of madness will not happen again. We hope that a strong Jewish community both now and in the future will prevent a reoccurrence of these tragedies. EMILY SCOTT POTTRUCK AND DAVID POTTRUCK We hope that our gift to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund will set an example for the generations that follow us, encouraging them to leave the world a little better for the many lives to come. To quote Anne Frank, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” - 54 -
LISA STONE PRITZKER AND JOHN A. PRITZKER Both sets of grandparents came to America as a result of increasing persecution in Eastern Europe. They were assisted by Jewish agencies in the U.S., which enabled them to get a start in the New World. As a result, our grandparents were able to achieve great success in many ways. We appreciate Jewish history and want that tradition to continue. We believe that Jewish continuity depends on education. It is our interest to help assure the resources to foster Jewish learning and culture for the next generation. It is not coincidental that tzedakah is a Talmudic obligation. Giving to charity is a Jewish value that we believe in. We hope that our gift to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund will set an example for our children by encouraging them to be community leaders and by increasing their awareness of what it means to help others. CAROLINE AND BENNET T RAFFIN Our parents were most active in Jewish life—from the Zionist Organization of America (when it was not popular in San Francisco to be in favor of a Jewish State) to Rabbi Jacob Weinstein’s School for Jewish Studies, Hadassah, the National Council of Jewish Women, etc. Caroline was co-chair with Bob Sinton in the late ’30s of an early campaign for the Federation, and Bennett, at times, headed the Construction Division and Business and Professions Group of the Welfare Fund. We believe strongly in the philosophy of federated giving and hope that our grandchildren will continue to make the Jewish Community Federation the prime beneficiary in their philanthropic bequests. Our children are off to a good start. ALICE AND BERNIE REINER Our parents emigrated to the United States at the beginning of the 20th century from Europe to make a better life for themselves and their children. They brought nothing with them but their Jewish traditions. They believed in living a good Jewish life, that we were a special chosen people, here on this earth to be a light to the nations, and that every Jew was responsible for each other. We were taught to be kind to each other, to be charitable, to try not to hurt anyone, and that when God has been good to you, there is a time to give back in your time and substance to the community. We tried to pass this on to our children and grandchildren by our actions and by setting up a family charity fund with Federation to administer when we are gone. With God’s help we hope we succeeded in passing on this tradition. - 55 -
WILLIAM AND JOYCE REMAK Joyce and I were lucky neither one of us nor our parents ever had to ask for assistance from any of the Jewish agencies. Helping others either directly or through organizations has been a family tradition. Life is and has been good to us. We like to share with our contributions. PAUL AND SHERI ROBBINS We feel truly blessed to live in the community in which we live and to have all that we have. Following the example that was set for us by our parents and grandparents, we have made giving tzedakah a very high priority in our home. We were taught the importance of giving back to the community and of sharing what we have with others who are less fortunate. In turn, we have tried to impart those values to our own children, not just through our words, but also by our deeds. Our gift to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund is one tangible way in which we’ve chosen to demonstrate our commitment to that ideal. ALEX AND GERTRUDE ROBERTS The future and welfare of the Jewish people—in our local community and throughout the world—lies not only with us but with the generations to come. Their support and commitment to the Jewish community is very important. We personally take great pride in the time, effort and commitment that our children have given to both the local and national Jewish community. We hope that our gift to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund will set an example for future generations, encouraging them to make a better world through their giving. CAROL SEILER ROBERTS To life! My fund has been created in the spirit of carrying on the Jewish tradition of giving. My family has always demonstrated a strong commitment to community. By setting an example of the value of sharing with others, I hope to set a standard for my children to learn and understand their commitment to life. It is my hope to ensure a vibrant future for my family and the Jewish community for generations to come. HERBERT AND ILSE ROSENBAUM Ilse and I were born in Germany. I arrived in the United States in 1937, Ilse in 1939. We met at the “Yom Kippur Dance” at the - 56 -
Jewish Center in 1944 and married about six months later. Our strong feelings toward our Jewish community were already inherited in our youth and have grown in intensity ever since. We have contributed funds for over 50 years, small sums at first, but increasing ones as circumstances permitted. We feel that everyone who is financially able to do so should support the organizations and causes which are dear to his heart and are worthy of some financial sacrifice. The Jewish Community Federation certainly ranks high among these organizations. While you cannot take it with you, you can certainly send it ahead. Charity begins at home but should not end there. It most certainly is better to give than to receive, and giving graciously and adequately is part of Jewish law and proper behavior. The Jewish Community Federation in supporting Jewish needs in America and Israel certainly fulfills the purpose of our contributions. BARBARA AND RICHARD ROSENBERG In the history of the Jewish people there have never been more than 16-20 million individuals in a world of over 2 billion. Yet the contributions of the Jewish people in every field of human endeavor, from science to art to music and literature, medicine and business, have been totally disproportionate to their numbers. Thus, we believe the Jewish people should flourish, not just for their own rich tradition and values and contributions to their own people, but for their vast and valuable contributions to all peoples of the world. However, this community cannot continue to function without funding to support the various services that we as a people undertake and believe in. We, therefore, give financial and volunteer support to Jewish community endeavors, not just for ourselves, our children and grandchildren, but for continued contributions to all mankind. JOHN ROSENBERG AND THELMA ROSENBERG I emigrated to America on March 4, 1940 with my parents and sister, at age 13. On “Kristallnacht” my father was arrested by the Nazis and sent to Dachau. My mother did the impossible—she obtained his release because he had received the Iron Cross first class, for distinguished service, during the First World War. My wife’s parents came to this country from Russia in the early 1900s. We are very grateful for the opportunities this country afforded our parents and our generation, as well as our children, thereby enabling us to achieve success through hard work and education. Giving to charitable causes, especially Jewish, was instilled in us throughout our lives. We are blessed to be able to continue this tradition and bequeath some of our good fortune to others. - 57 -
LOUISE AND CLAUDE ROSENBERG, JR. Jews will always constitute a minority group with an amazingly positive heritage, yet one specifically that has continuously experienced serious prejudice, discrimination—and worse! How shortsighted it would be not to protect ourselves through cohesive strengths that JCFs encourage and help support. How unreasonable it would be not to help fellow Jews less fortunate (why, there but for the grace of God, could be any of us). Legacies through the JCF make great sense, yet not at the expense of ignoring (or depriving) the present. We plan to continue doing more and more while we are alive, hoping that our passion and conviction will be even clearer to our descendants. BET TE AND MARTIN ROSENTHAL We both come from families that were actively involved in the Jewish community. This same community has been an important influence in the lives of our children. It is important to us that there be resources available to assist with education in Jewish traditions, family values, and also community services so that the community we have known all of our lives continues to influence the lives of others. WILLIAM ROSENZWEIG, 1935—1997 ZOE (ALICE) ROSENZWEIG “The Righteous even after their death are called alive ...” - Talmud This bequest to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund is to remember the life of William Rosenzweig. As our beloved husband and father he passed away too soon on May 20, 1997. We both grew up in a family that believed in tzedakah and always on the kitchen counter was a blue “pushke”. It represented our faith in the future of Israel and by planting trees we felt we were planting life itself. Our roots were humble but our sense of Jewishness was omnipresent. Yiddishkeit was the very essence of our soul and dictated how we lived and how we would die. Bill leaves a legacy of brilliance, kindness, humor and an appreciation of the wonders of the world. His Jewish jokes were famous and he entertained us all with his dialects and wisdom. According to the Mishnah, “The world stands on three pillars—study, prayer and deeds of kindness.” I bequeath to our children, Cary, David, Julie and Adam, these three pillars to build a life on and to the Jewish Community the resources to assure that Jewish life continues and prospers. - 58 -
SAMUEL AND ANNET TE ROSNER I, Samuel, was born into an ultra-Orthodox household in Munich, Germany. Annette grew up in New York in a home of Jewish immigrants concerned with social and labor issues. At the age of 15 my parents sent me with Youth Aliyah to safety in Israel (then Palestine). The realities of the new and open environment led me to a perception of Judaism differing from strict parochial Orthodox views. â€œJews were Jews, were Jews, were Jews ...â€? arriving from all corners of the world with different backgrounds and opinions. The necessities of survival put the community shoulder to shoulder in hard work and in the struggle against a world of adversity. I carried this spirit to New York and found a similarity to Jewish-American history. The magnitude of Jewish institutions in the U.S. and the epic developments in Israel bear witness that this spirit is still alive. We hope that our contribution will keep the light burning. EVA AND JOHN ROSS We were born in Austria and came with our parents to the Americas near the beginning of World War II. As Jews we knew danger, persecution and anti-Semitism, but were saved from the Holocaust. In the early immigrant years the Jewish community helped us. Through the years, with joys and sorrows, we had the opportunity to build and have good lives. There is much to be thankful for. We take pride in helping the Jewish community and its future to honor the memory of our beloved parents and to give thanks for the gifts and blessings we have received. THE SAUL AND LILLIAN ROSS ENDOWMENT FUND Supporting Jewish causes was always important to our parents. Our mother, Lillian, was born in a small German coal-mining town, where her father owned a department store. Her youth was essentially taken away from her. She spent those years moving around Germany, Switzerland and Belgium to escape Nazi persecution before her family came to the United States and settled in San Francisco in 1939. Our father, Saul, was born in Toronto. He spent part of his childhood in an orphanage and moved to Oakland when he was twelve years old. Even at that young age he sold newspapers on a street corner to help support his family, and he worked all through high school and college. Our dad was admitted to the University of California Hastings College of Law after only two years at UC Berkeley and practiced law on the Peninsula for close - 59 -
to 50 years. He was so well-liked and well-respected that two attorneys who didn’t even know him came to his memorial service to pay their respects. Both our parents demonstrated throughout their lives a deep devotion to their community and family. Our dad was a strong supporter of the Jewish Community Federation and other local Jewish charities. He also helped found a local temple and gave the temple free legal services for numerous years. Our mother was a supporter of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, and she was a tireless volunteer for the American Cancer Society and the San Mateo Arboretum. The good works of our parents will continue through the Saul and Lillian Ross Endowment Fund. Our parents knew that it was important for Jews of all ages—young children and adults—to get a sense of their Jewish being and their heritage and to carry it into their futures. The Jewish Community Endowment Fund is helping to make that happen. from Daniel and Thomas Ross SUSAN AND ALAN ROTHENBERG Both our families emigrated from Europe; Susan’s, from Hungary in the 1920s, and Alan’s, in 1938 from Vienna. Each struggled to build their new lives, yet preserving the joy of helping others. In New York, Susan’s parents were the core of a large extended family, each providing for one another’s health and well-being. Alan’s parents moved to Wheeling, West Virginia, where they became active in its small Jewish community. When there was no longer room for Jewish graves in the local cemetery, Alan’s father organized a small group that purchased land to build a Jewish cemetery. We have tried to follow our parents’ teachings by caring for others. We feel blessed that our children follow this tradition. LOT TIE L. ROTHSCHILD Fortunately I was able to leave Germany before all the atrocious events took place. Even so, practically my whole family perished. By supporting the Jewish Welfare Federation, one can only wish it will prevent such an occurrence in future generations. Any donation made by me is also in memory of my late husband, David Theo Rothschild.
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NADINE S. RUSHAKOFF I was born in San Francisco, a city of diversity, and attended public school with students of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds. Yet my Jewish roots were strong and continued to grow throughout my entire life. I was fortunate to have parents who provided me with a warm Jewish home, education, and security. During my lifetime as a volunteer in Jewish organizations, I saw the needs of so many less fortunate than I and tried to set an example of tzedakah for my children and now my grandchildren. I hope my legacy will be an inspiration for others. HARRY AND CAROL SAAL Jewish valuesâ€”as a couple, we shared them and, as a family, we preserved them by passing them on to our children in very conscious ways. We sent our children to Jewish day school where they were challenged academically, guided ethically and morally, and grounded in Jewish identity and knowledge. Jewish values are at the core of everything we do. We believe our family has all learned together what it means to be Jewish in a secular world, in a multicultural society, and in a highly assimilated Jewish community. ELLEN AND JERRY SALIMAN Our parents and grandparents have blessed us with a strong tradition of philanthropy and the importance of Jewish community and education. We hope through our own giving to provide continued resources for Jewish learning through day schools, study in Israel, community centers, synagogues, camps, and any other means to reach fellow Jews of all ages. The proud heritage of our people will never be forgotten when we strive to educate our future generations. KIM AND GEORGE SARLO For us, coming to America promised escape from poverty and persecution. What America delivered went immeasurably beyond that promise: it gave us every opportunity to live the lives we wanted. For this, we will always be grateful. As part of our gratitude we wish to return our riches to the community in the hope that others will receive similar opportunities.
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D OROTHY AND GEORGE SAXE We are children of European-born, self-made parents who were always involved in the Jewish community, both as donors and active participants. (Dorothyâ€™s father was president of his congregation for 19 years!) We remember the pushkes in our homes and the generous welcome given to Jewish indigents who came to our doors. We have been fortunate in our lives and feel obliged to give back to society in general, and to the Jewish community in particular, in ways that help the needy, advance education and the arts, and ensure the future strength, viability and richness of Jewish life. But our greatest legacy is our family. Our children share our values, concerns and commitment. We are proud of the active roles they have played in the Jewish community and their ongoing involvement and support. And now our grandchildren are learning about philanthropy and their responsibility to continue the tradition of four generations. LOREN AND SHELLEY SAXE We feel fortunate to be able to continue the strong commitment to Jewish philanthropy modeled by our parents and grandparents. We are grateful, of course, for the direct benefits our family has enjoyed over the years from our synagogue, JCC, and camps. But of greater significance is the Federationâ€™s role in improving the quality of Jewish life for those we do not know personally, only that they are fellow Jews. We believe it is our responsibility to help where we can, and in so doing try to set an example for our children and future generations. RON AND MARILYN SCHILLING We have been blessed with children who are raising their children with Jewish values and traditions. Being Jewish and following the Jewish tradition of tzedakah is very important to us. By giving to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund, we believe we are setting a good example for our family, and in a small way securing the future of those that come after us. ADRIENNE AND NORMAN SCHLOSSBERG We realize how very lucky we are. We want to extend that to future generations of Jews in San Francisco and wherever the Fund feels it is most needed.
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SHERRY AND HOWARD SCHOR We grew up in communities where our world was primarily Jewish and it was easier to have a Jewish identity. Moving to Northern California many years ago presented several challenges, one of which was forging a Jewish identity for our children. We wanted to become involved in the Jewish community as a vital means toward Jewish survival. We realized we were at that stage of our lives when the responsibility was ours and not left to others. Philanthropy is part of our Jewish tradition and we want to pass on that philosophy. It is also important for our extended family members to be aware of the contributions Jews have made to the Arts and Sciences. We want our children and grandchildren to feel the pride of being part of our unique heritage. JANET AND ALBERT SCHULTZ Giving has always been part of our lives. I, Janet, grew up in a religious home where the study of Torah and support of the synagogue were an integral part of my family’s life. Our home was modest, but I remember my parents’ happiness in being able to give, whether it was coal for the shul, boarding the local Hebrew teachers, or my mother’s founding membership in Hadassah. My parents were Zionists and instilled in me a love of Palestine. They didn’t get to see the State of Israel, but I have been there fourteen times. I, Al, sum up my philosophy of giving with Harry Blumenthal’s motto: “He who gives while he lives also knows where it goes.” We want to help ensure Jewish continuity through our supporting foundation. We believe that programs to help Jewish youth maintain their Jewish identity—such as day schools, camps, and teen trips to Israel—are especially important for achieving this goal. THE LORI ANN SCHWAB MEMORIAL FUND Two themes ran through Lori’s young life. Lori’s many friends were devoted to her because she saw the best in them and made them feel good about themselves. So people were drawn to her— a timeless lesson. One friend wrote very simply, “I always liked things better when she was around,” and another said, “I was lucky on the days I saw her.” Another wrote, “I knew that when she asked how I was doing, she genuinely wanted to know.” Another said, “I never felt I had to hide my true feelings from her, or be anything I wasn’t, - 63 -
as she would never judge me.” And another wrote, “She showed me the beauty that lives in little things and gave me the simple overwhelming warmth of a human smile.” Lori was also committed to helping those often left behind. We heard from a counselor at Camp Swig discussing a camper with Down’s syndrome, “During her one week with this camper, your daughter showed deep devotion to the idea of beating the odds. Never before have I seen such determination or courage. Your daughter was and always will be a tribute to camp counseling.” And we heard, “She brought brightness and magic to camp. We will miss her dearly.” These are the values that were important to Lori. The example she set is her legacy to future generations. from Doug, Lis and Susan Schwab RUTH F. AND D ONALD H. SEILER We both were born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our lives have been greatly enriched by our involvement in many facets of our Jewish community. It is important to us that our children, grandchildren and all who are a part of future generations have a vibrant and strong Jewish identity, both locally and around the world. May our legacy to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund be an example to our families and others as a significant way to insure the future. It is important to us to attempt to leave this world a somewhat better place for our being here. D ORE SELIX-GABBY Giving to the community monetarily, and also time and energy, is a tradition that I learned from my parents. It is my fervent hope that my children and future generations will emulate this heritage. Judaism teaches us the rewards of helping others. For me, it is not only an obligation, but a privilege to be able to do so. THEOD ORE R. SETON The legacy I was privileged to receive from my family focused on individual character, on creativity and achievement, and on contributing to the well-being of others. Its principal medium of exchange was not currency (then in short supply!); instead, it was human kindness, a basic tenet of Judaism. This precept formed a continuing theme for my parents as expressed in the maxim: “Count that day lost whose low descending sun Finds from your hand no loving kindness done.” - 64 -
The example they set clearly included both tzedakah and community service. My own legacy incorporates and expands upon these principles by also emphasizing the importance of being in harmony with oneâ€™s self, essential to wanting to do oneâ€™s best for others. GARY AND DANA SHAPIRO Dana and I were born and raised in San Francisco and both participated in temple and youth programs. In 1964 we married and settled in the East Bay but did not actively participate in the Jewish community until 1967 when the entire area coalesced in support of Israel. We realized that being Jewish required a commitment to insure the continuity of the Jewish people and to support the local community. We must do whatever is possible to insure our values are preserved. This commitment is an obligation willingly assumed. Both Dana and I feel very fortunate in our personal and financial lives. Our legacy will support Jewish education, cultural activities and the broader local Jewish community. We hope that it will allow those in need to have opportunities that we have had and to be part of and contribute to our people locally and in Israel. PHYLLIS AND LARRY SHAPIRO Our families were born in the United States but had many relatives in Poland who were annihilated in the Lodz ghetto. They also had a close friend who was asked by David Ben Gurion to organize a few ragtag soldiers of different nationalities into what became the modern Israeli army. His name was Mickey Marcus. Our father has always stressed philanthropy to the Jewish community and giving opportunities to Jews (and others) who are less fortunate. Our parents are givers who have been honored by Jewish organizations in New York and we hope our children will continue this tradition. In spring of 1998 we traveled to Eastern Europe where our most moving and unforgettable experience was visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau. As we stood on the railroad tracks at Auschwitz imagining the horrors inflicted on the entire population of European Jewry, we realized that but for the grace of God, it could have been us.
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A. JESS SHENSON, M.D. My grandparents came from Vilna (Russia) to San Francisco in the early 1880s. Eager to help others, my grandfather, who owned a kosher butcher shop, became one of the first presidents of the Hebrew Free Loan Association. My grandmother’s kitchen was always open to emigrants who needed a meal or a helping hand. I was raised in a warm family who continued to support the Jewish community in many ways. My parents felt it was important to give during your lifetime so that you could enjoy the results of your work. My late brother Ben and I have continued our family tradition in actively supporting the work of numerous Jewish philanthropic organizations. Through the work of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund, our family values will continue. BARRY AND ESTHER SHERMAN Our children are the fourth generation that has lived in this country since our grandparents immigrated almost one hundred years ago. Our family’s roots are in the Midwest where we grew up in smaller Jewish communities where people all knew each other, their families and their history. We attended afternoon Hebrew schools, participated in Jewish youth groups and camps and in college belonged to a Jewish sorority and fraternity. We married within our community and reared a Jewish family, first in Iowa and later in the Bay Area. The Bay Area provides Jews with what they have sought for so long: normalcy and opportunity. At the same time it presents an enormous challenge of creating and maintaining a Jewish community with the cohesiveness we knew growing up. We are committed to a Jewish community that will continue to grow and flourish here—one that is dedicated to Jewish traditions and to excellence in its institutions. Transience and rootlessness are a condition of modern life but are not unknowns in Jewish history. As in the past, strong communities can still allow Jews to live, grow and prosper while remaining committed to our spiritual heritage. DANIEL, LESLIE, RACHEL, ZACHARY, AND TIA SHINER As Jews, my family has a history and a heritage that goes back 5,758 years. I want to do my part to insure that this heritage will still exist 5,758 years in the future.
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GERALDYN SICULAR The opportunity to establish a permanent charitable legacy with the Jewish Community Endowment Fund has enabled me to further two long-standing interests: the settlement of Jewish immigrants in Israel and the well-being of Jewish children generally. Thus I decided some years ago to endow a kindergarten near Kiryat Shmona at the northern part of Israel. The Jewish Community Endowment Fund has become a major residuary legatee of my estate. I derive great comfort from the realization that I am leaving my legacy for the children of the future. JULIET TE SILVER I was born in Casablanca, Morocco and came to the United States in 1950 to join my sister and her husband. I was married in 1951 and had three children, Robert, Cheryl and Ron. My husband and I divorced after he converted to Mormonism. I married Harry Silver in 1976, and we had a wonderful life together. Sadly, he died on the day of our 20th wedding anniversary. I want my children and future generations of children to be involved in the Jewish community and in Israel. That is my wish and my dream. My parents went to Israel about eight years after I came to the United States. They couldn’t stay in Morocco any longer after the French left North Africa. My father, a very religious man, had always dreamed of living in Israel, and he and my mother were very happy there. My brother Mier, a medical officer, was killed on the Golan Heights during the 1967 War. He was a very fine young man and was climbing a hill to save the lives of young soldiers when he was shot. My other brother still lives in Israel, and my four sisters and I have traveled there to see our family every other year since the 1960s. I feel at home in Israel. My sisters and I are very close. We love and support each other. We all have to support each other. That is what I want future generations to remember. ROBERT E. AND JOAN S. SINTON Our parents had role models for Jewish philanthropy in their own families. Their resolve to continue this tradition was reinforced by the Holocaust. As they became more involved, the intrinsic rewards, or “psychic income” as our father called it, became the sustaining motivation for their giving, augmented by the community of wonderful friends they made along the way. Our parents were the greatest doers and have left an inspiring legacy for us and our children. from Barbara Sinton Wilson and Douglas Milton Sinton - 67 -
EMILY AND ALEC SKOLNICK As is true of many Jews who are the children or grandchildren of emigres, our family tree is all too short—at first because of impenetrable distances, later the final truncation by the Holocaust. But its roots are broad and deep, nourished by our parents’ and grandparents’ strong pride in their Jewish heritage and fed by their concern for the Jewish and broader communities. My grandfathers started life in this country as peddlers in Iowa, going on foot from farm to farm to sell their wares. Eventually they became successful businessmen and leaders of their Jewish communities in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids. One was the founder of the Des Moines Jewish Community Center and the Hebrew Free Loan Association. The Cedar Rapids City Hall stands on the island site of the original furniture store established by the other. My mother was very active in Hadassah. She was most involved in Youth Aliyah. A beautiful woman with a flair for the dramatic, she went around to businessmen in the community asking, “Would you have a child with me?” How could they refuse her efforts to rescue children from Nazi-occupied countries and send them to safety in Israel? In her footsteps, when fresh out of college doing research at Princeton, I helped rescue a young woman and her fiance from a concentration camp in Southern France. I was asked by Albert Einstein’s assistant, Peter Bergman, who was one of my good friends, to sign an affidavit for the woman, affirming that despite my modest salary, I could support the two of us—that she could live with me and wear my clothes. At first, the State Department adamantly refused her visa, but then through the lucky appointment of a friend from college days to the Visa Office, we were miraculously able to obtain visas for both of them. This is a special memory: I could have been the young woman in a concentration camp facing certain death. My family gave me my values, and I want to give my children and grandchildren what my parents gave to me. For me personally, being a Jew means, as the Talmud says, trying to mend the world. It means a commitment to social justice, and that is the chief way I express my Judaism. I have been active throughout my life in organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union which reflect my values. This is why Alec and I have also left a legacy to future generations through the Jewish Community Endowment Fund.
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PETER SLOSS Helping others has always been an important part of me … something that I want to continue. BARBARA H. SMITH My roots in this community are very deep. Because I am a thirdgeneration San Franciscan, I believe that local services—particularly care for the aged and help for young people—are especially important. I was raised with the values of giving and sharing. My family was fortunate to be able to be very charitable, and philanthropy has always been a priority for me and my late husband, Robert H. F. Smith. Giving of our time and resources was always a major part of our lives, and I know that my children, Susan and Mark Morris, and my grandchildren, Kathy, Steve and Karen Morris, will continue the family tradition of supporting and enriching our community. MILDRED R. SNITZER Thank you for inviting me to participate in The Book of Life. I am grateful to the kind fates who sent me to California 11 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This is a paradise for seniors. I would not be alive at age 90 in Pittsburgh (probably would have fallen on the ice). I’ve been fortunate in life and feel an obligation to my heritage and those who may be less fortunate. As a Jew, I just feel I should help. Since I have no children, I established a fund for scholarships at the Jewish Community Federation. It has proven to be one of the best investments I ever made. I never expected to be receiving the wonderful dividends. As highly as I recommend the Jewish Community Endowment Fund, I also suggest dancing. That is my secret to long life. My motto is: “If you don’t keep movin’, they’ll plant ye!” HAL SPITZ As children growing up in Los Angeles, my sister Elaine and I received from our parents many wonderful, time-tested moral values rooted in our Judaism. Our tradition teaches us that it is a sacred obligation to perform mitzvot (good deeds). We learn that life takes on great meaning when we give of ourselves to others. My beloved wife, Marlene, now of blessed memory, was imbued with the same ethical teachings that she received from her parents. I want my children and grandchildren to continue our legacy of performing g’milut chasadim (acts of loving kindness) and to always remain faithful to our Jewish heritage. I am grateful to G-d for my gift of life and the many blessings of health and good fortune that have been bestowed upon my family and myself. - 69 -
JOELLE STEEFEL Sunday in my parents’ house meant aunts, uncles and grandparents around our dining room table. My grandfather Isaac, who brought his family to San Francisco from Russia, maintained a network of emigre friends. Each Sunday he reported to us on their progress: this one got a job— that one found a flat. Each week he brought news of the newest arrivals and how much he would have to raise to get them settled. It seemed that Grandpa was always raising money for a new family or for his shul. I imbibed the values of fundraising and community with Sunday’s soup. It is my grandfather’s legacy, updated with my vision—a supportive community structure which includes vibrant social service, educational and cultural institutions—that I hope to nurture and endow for my children and theirs. HOWARD M. STEIERMANN My parents were able to escape Nazi Germany through the help of the Jewish Community and I want to help others in need now, and those who will need help tomorrow. We can’t foretell what needs and opportunities we will have tomorrow, so I am leaving a bequest to the JCF to foster a happy, healthy and strong Jewish community. It is the responsibility of each of us to help others, with our time and our money. The world can only be made a better place through our efforts. Since supporting the community is important to me in life, so it shall be when I’m gone thanks to my bequest to the JCF. MARLENE W. STEIN My family was forced to flee Austria during World War II and there are relatives scattered throughout the world. As a firstgeneration American, and the only family member born in the United States, I always felt a special responsibility. I remember the story my father told of the Nazis taking his friend from the hospital where they both served as doctors. I remember my mother’s far-away look when she told me how her sister and two young children disappeared—she never did know what happened to them. I remember how my parents appealed to their congressman to help my uncle, who was detained on Ellis Island. I remember bringing home a tzedakah box from my yeshiva in Brooklyn. I remember.… And I want my children to remember. I want them to be proud - 70 -
of their heritage and its traditions. I want them to see the importance of helping others, the necessity of carrying out responsibilities. My commitment to the Endowment Fund will enable me to forever perform my obligation. MARTY STEIN We no longer live in the dread shadow of the Holocaust. Anti-Semitic barriers to career growth have been broken. Yet we must remember that there are many Jews in the United States and Israel who are not so fortunate. Political and religious differences are irrelevant to the needs of Jews worldwide whom we, the fortunate, must aid. VERA AND HAROLD S. STEIN, JR. It is inconceivable for us to even consider philanthropy as a separate component of our Jewish heritage. To us it is a theme which is so welded to Jewish Continuity that it must be honored by every generation. Our collective family tree, which includes on the one hand four generations in California and on the other Holocaust survivors, has demonstrated this fact: namely, in giving of oneself, oneâ€™s intellect, oneâ€™s emotions as well as material possessions, one keeps alive and relevant the very laws and traditions that have nurtured our Faith throughout the ages. In our collective past, whether it was teaching Hebrew during the Gold Rush to the small struggling Jewish communities or, more recently, leadership roles in both secular and religious institutions, we were afforded ample role models. In turn it is our fervent hope that a by-product of the Living Legacy Endowment will serve as another example for our children to continue to do...what is right! In retrospect our family has experienced every extreme of want and surplus. The message to our family is simply to care and to share. In this way Jewish Continuity will be manifested in the form of that flame known as tzedakah. May it continue to be a source of light and hope for humanity. ELSIE STEVENS The Gestapo arrested my father, a Breslau banker, the morning after Kristallnacht in November 1938. They took him to Buchenwald; he never returned. Although I could have fled Germany in the near future, I did not want to go without my mother. We experienced hard times during the war, and were finally able to leave on April 1, 1941. We got out just in time. In - 71 -
September Jews had to start wearing the yellow star. We were part of a group of 30 people who traveled by train through occupied France and Spain on our way to Lisbon. Special committees of Jews helped us along the way. From Lisbon we sailed to New York. I remember being seasick; it was a stormy crossing. Once we arrived in New York we took the train to Oakland via Chicago and then came to San Francisco, where my brother had been living since 1935. The brother of my paternal grandfather settled in San Francisco around 1875, and his descendants vouched for us. After Pearl Harbor I never heard from any of my family in Germany again. In 1941 it was hard to make a living. I lived at the Emanu-El Residence Club and was the recipient of a scholarship that enabled me to attend business college. I had a good job in the accounting department of a large railroad company. San Francisco became my adopted city. Now I want to reciprocate for the assistance I received from others when I left Germany and made a new life in San Francisco. I also believe it is important to help future generations. That is why I have chosen to make a permanent gift to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund. DR. AND MRS. SHERMAN H. STRAUSS Among the many attributes of Judaism are “caring and tzedakah.” Whatever the needs of our fellow Jews, philanthropy certainly helps contribute to the resolution of these problems. Being a recipient in the very early years of our lives, it now gives us great pleasure and satisfaction to provide the philanthropy. It is our hope and desire that our children and grandchildren will continue in this path—“To help maintain and strengthen our Jewish community of the future.” SYLVIA C. SUGARMAN Involvement in the Jewish community and charity were commitments my husband and I assumed as part of our life together. Just as we learned from our parents, we hoped that this Jewish tradition would be part of our children and grandchildren’s lives. As an educator, my husband Pinkus knew the importance of Jewish education not only for the normal, healthy child but also and perhaps especially for the disadvantaged and disabled who requires additional help in learning the spiritual values in our tradition and knowing that he or she is a precious part of our Jewish heritage. I could think of no greater tribute to my husband’s memory than to carry on the work he loved. - 72 -
ROSELYNE CHROMAN SWIG To my beloved children and grandchildren … The concept of The Book of Life is so beautiful and so respectful. It acknowledges and honors the historical fact that the Jewish people, individuals—you and I—do make a difference and can assure Jewish continuity in perpetuity. The Jewish people throughout the centuries have reached out to provide for and help each other. Today, as in the past, we understand the value and strength of Jewish unity and work together … and we know the value, the joy, and the privilege of tzedakah. Thus it is for me a privilege to inscribe my name in The Book of Life, to pledge my continuing support to assist Jews here and throughout the world, and to assure and preserve the quality of Jewish life and the strength of the Jewish community in my lifetime and beyond. With love and admiration for you and all of our extended family and friends who have accomplished together so much and who I join on this extraordinary occasion. In loving memory of my husband and your father and grandfather, Richard Lewis Swig THADDEUS N. TAUBE The following interview was published in the Hebrew Free Loan Association’s publication Reflection: Empathy is a word Tad Taube uses frequently to describe the philosophies which have shaped his life and career as a successful businessman and philanthropist. As President of the Koret Foundation and through his family foundation, Mr. Taube’s concern for others has translated into generous support for many individuals and institutions, here and in Israel. Tad attributes his ability to empathize with world views different from his own to the system of values he inherited from his parents, Zygmunt and Lola Taube. His father was a successful businessman in Poland when the threat posed by Hitler’s Germany compelled Tad’s parents to emigrate to the United States with their son. Later they would adopt Tad’s cousin (and now sister, Nita) who was orphaned during the war when her parents were murdered at Auschwitz. Tad speaks lovingly of his father’s great wisdom, wit, and business sense, and of his mother’s gentleness, intelligence, and empathy for others. He also speaks with admiration of Karl Bach and Joe Koret—prominent Jewish business leaders and philanthropists, who inspired him to devote more of himself to charitable causes. In addition to those individuals who influenced him, Tad - 73 -
Taube attributes importance to his sense of Jewish identity and continuity, which was undoubtedly forged out of his flight from Hitler’s effort to annihilate Jewish life in Europe. These influences have been evident in Tad’s countless involvements in Jewish community life—including his stewardship of Jewish Studies at Stanford University, his support of Jewish education at all levels, his leadership to effect revitalization of Synagogue life and his involvement in countless programs to establish meaningful links with Israel and to bring economic independence to the Jewish State through free market reforms. An avid reader and sports fan, Tad Taube devotes himself to nurturing his family. Now a father of four (with a fifth on the way), Tad hopes to raise his children to value the important quality of empathy which has helped Tad to shape his vision. FRAN AND JOEL TEISCH BECAUSE Because my grandfather walked through his Polish village with coins in his pockets ensuring that everyone could celebrate Shabbat; Because my father shipped embargoed supplies to Palestine; Because my father signed visas for more than seventy Jews to enter the U.S. in the late 1930s; Because our relatives perished in the Holocaust; Because my father, mother and sister did survive; Because we believe in continuity; Because Jewish education is imperative; Because our parents were immigrants in America; Because our mothers and fathers instilled in us the value of justice; Because we were taught tikkun olam; Because we have three daughters who carry on our traditions; Because we believe in Eretz Yisrael; Because we want to strengthen our Jewish community; Because when Jews weep on the other side of the world we weep with them. MARY ANN AND BERTRAM M. TONKIN Our parents taught us that charity is a Jewish tradition and “giving back” to our community is important to enriching our lives. When we saw Russian immigrants step off an airplane in Israel, with nothing but the clothes on their backs, we realized the hardships our parents and grandparents had gone through to enable us to have a better life. Sooner or later, if we are wise, we’ll - 74 -
discover that life is a mixture of good days and bad, victory and defeat, give and take. Therefore, we should give to others now— while we can. Hopefully, by our giving we’ll teach our children to “give back” and also help create a better world for all people. D OROTHY MARKS VO GEL AND WALTER VO GEL I’m proud to be one of the links in the chain of tradition handed down to me by my parents and grandparents, a tradition of caring for the continuance of Judaism and Jewish institutions— and, at the same time, a tradition of support for the arts and all humanity. My father’s father came to Des Moines, Iowa in the 1880s from Poland and helped many other immigrants settle there. He made a profound impact on Jewish life in the community as founder and president of many organizations. One quote from his obituary best describes his character: “To be founder and president of the Jewish Community Center alone would be enough to identify a man to Des Moines people on that most important side of identification, his relationship to others. To be successful in business and at the same time, in life, by the best values we know how to put on life, is indeed exemplary. Perhaps that might best be set down as a lesson emphasized by Mr. Reuben Marks.” My mother’s father and mother both came from Lithuania and met and married in Cedar Rapids. My grandfather arrived at age 16, became a foot peddler until he could afford a wagon, which he pulled, and then bought a horse. Always progressing, he founded the Smulekoff Furniture Store, now one of the leading furniture stores in Iowa. He always brought over more relatives and served Jews already here. My own dear parents—mother, Sadie, and father, Moses Marks—were sponsors of the arts and education as well as Jewish causes. Six years after my father’s death, my mother married Dad’s younger brother. They later established the Marks Philanthropy Fund, which has made major gifts to the Temple, institutions in Israel, universities and the arts. Mother’s deep commitment was to Youth Aliyah of Hadassah, especially during the important World War II years. She was influential in saving many Jewish children’s lives by raising money to train them and send them to Israel. From then until her death, that remained her major commitment. My husband, Walter Vogel, and I have been married 13 years. He and I are both in on the building of what will be the Jewish Community Center and new Hebrew Day School in Foster City, as we both believe that only when Jewish children have an understanding of their rich heritage, and through positive Jewish - 75 -
experiences and education are made to feel proud and happy to be Jews, will Judaism continue. Walter’s father, while still a young man who had contributed to Germany’s arts and to the community, was beaten to death on Kristallnacht. Walter wants to keep alive memory of the Holocaust, but concentrates on the positive side. Except for a few bequests to relatives, he has made provision for his estate to establish the Dr. Walter Vogel Special Fund of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund to benefit Israel and local Jewish causes. I’m a LOJE and am also setting up separate trust funds through the Endowment Fund for each of my four children, hoping they’ll follow in our footsteps. MYRON AND JERRIE RUBENSTEIN WACHOLDER How fortunate our family was that two of my greatgrandparents, Samuel and Maria Gensler, came to the United States in about 1850 and settled in New Orleans where my grandmother Mathilda was born. Mathilda married Samuel Feder, and, in about 1874, they came to San Francisco where they raised my mother Grace and their five other children. Grace married Harry Woods, and together they set an example for our family of love and devotion to each other, and they demonstrated a concern for giving and caring for the less fortunate. The gift that Myron and I made to the Federation is in their memory. Grace and Harry are still an inspiration for my sons, Michael and Donald Rubenstein, whose lives have also been enriched by the gift of love and devotion to Judaism from their beloved father, David Rubenstein, a well-respected member of the Jewish community before his early death in 1968. We are a family dedicated to giving back to our community. Our gift is an example for my grandchildren—Grace, Elana, David and Nina Rubenstein. I hope we are instilling in another generation of our family an understanding of the importance of a dedication to the Jewish community. JOSEPH AND KATHI WAHED Many Jewish immigrants do not have the means to give their children a good education. The fund we established will give Jewish emigres, of modest means, this opportunity. We hope that by receiving they will also learn the joys of giving. My son was, himself, a recipient of a grant from the Endowment Fund to study in Israel. Another reason we set up this fund was because, as a refugee from Egypt, I saw how Jewish Family and Children’s Services helped hundreds of similar refugees, and this was our way of saying “thank you.” - 76 -
MAX O. WAHL Tue Recht, und scheue Niemand. - Do Right and Do Not Be Afraid of Anybody “Dear Max Otto, If you take this saying to heart, then the way of life which was never so difficult as now certainly will appear to be easier. Think always of your loving father ….” My father, Ernst Wahl, a well-known German businessman and owner of S. & R. Wahl in Barmen, wrote these words to me on November 19, 1919. At that time—almost 80 years ago—he thought his future was at an end. Nobody could predict the Holocaust and its consequences. Ernst and Berta Wahl perished in 1943 in Terezin and Auschwitz. I am now the only survivor of their families. Since 1890, when my grandfather, Hermann Wahl, founded the synagogue in Barmen, my family has participated in Jewish welfare. In 1945, I settled in San Francisco with my wife Marion. While never large contributors, we never forgot to contribute to Jewish causes because we remembered how HIAS helped us when we were in Spain, Morocco, Portugal and New York. We hope that future generations will follow our example. MIRIAM HOFFMAN WAIN My father, Louis Hoffman, came from Russia in 1915. He believed in giving as a responsibility and a delight and never turned down a request. His gifts had one stipulation: that each be one which would enrich and enhance the lives of others. When he saw a need he took immediate steps to fill it. I remember how after my wedding he constructed stairs to access the bima of our synagogue so that future brides could walk straight up to the bima without tearing their veils on the turns. This was his way of life. My mother carried on his tradition of giving, as do I, and I trust my children have also learned and will remember. MARILYN WALDMAN I feel that I am Jewish at the very core of my being—that my Jewishness is in every cell of my body. I am proud of our heritage and its adaptability. There is no conflict for me to be a Jew and to live a modern life with integrity. Being Jewish has brought me both pleasure and security. I want to see this 5000-year-old rich tradition continue for centuries to come. Therefore, I contribute a significant amount of my time and resources to enhancing the quality of Jewish life today and the preservation of the Jewish people in the future. - 77 -
PHYLLIS WASSERMAN My father fled Russia to escape the persecution his family endured. He traveled alone across the world to the U.S. when he was only 16. My children’s father was forced to leave Austria at the tender age of 12 or face the horror of the Holocaust. He survived the next difficult years in Shanghai. We Jews must prevent these horrors from happening again. We must support our Jewish institutions and keep them strong and vigilant—and above all, we must be committed to teaching our children of our wonderful heritage and contribution to the world. To do these things, I feel it is incumbent on all of us to contribute to our Jewish community in any and every way we can. LEWIS AND HELEN WEIL I came by myself to San Francisco as a teenager in 1938. Upon my arrival, various Jewish Agencies were extremely helpful in making me feel at home and assisted me in becoming integrated into the American Jewish culture. My experience made me realize how important these agencies are to people of similar circumstances and also to those who are less fortunate than I am. For these reasons, I feel strongly obligated to give back some of what was given to me. My wife, who was born in California, shares and supports my beliefs. MARILYN AND RAYMOND WEISBERG The Hebrew word “TZEDAKAH” means more than charity. It means justice and righteousness. In Judaism there is certainly no more just or righteous deed than providing for the welfare of others. Our families served as role models for each of us in their commitment to tzedakah. And we are both proud and gratified that our children have demonstrated that that commitment has become an integral part of their lives as well. Instinctively we know that it is right to give to those in need. And if we seek assurance, we need only look to our Torah and the words of the prophet Isaiah (58:7,10): “It is to share your bread with the hungry, And to take the wretched poor into your home; When you see the naked, to clothe him, And not to ignore your own kin. And you offer your compassion to the hungry And satisfy the famished creature— Then shall your light shine in darkness, And your gloom shall be like noonday.” - 78 -
And so, the ways of our parents and the words of Isaiah have both inspired and commanded us to share our good fortune in the form of a gift to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund, hopefully to become partners in strengthening our Bay Area Jewish community. CHARLES AND BARBARA WEISS Hillel said, â€œDo not separate yourself from the communityâ€? (AVOT 2:4). We have been most fortunate to be able to raise our children and participate fully in the vibrant Bay Area Jewish community. Our contribution to the JCF Endowment Fund is our way of helping to ensure a strong community well into the millennium. KATHY ROBERTS WILLIAMS Caring for our Jewish community is a tradition and an obligation to be fulfilled by all Jews. My personal involvement throughout the years has developed into a labor of love that makes me feel whole. My participation has given me an opportunity to make an impact in the process of making changes that improve and enrich the lives of Jews around the world. My parents have taught me the mitzvah of tzedakah through their compassionate and loving actions toward their family and friends. They have shown me the difference we can make in the lives of those we care about. My endowment gift will assure that my children, grandchildren and the Jewish community will continue to be provided with the resources they need to flourish for generations to come. THELMA GREEN WIPRUT FUND Our family was taught that no matter how little or how large whatever we had, we always shared, especially with those less fortunate than we. I personally shared from the Jewish Community every summer that it subsidized the cost of my going to summer camp. To a youngster, that is very important for self-esteem and learning to get along with other people. That is why for all the previous years I personally have never stopped contributing, and I will continue to do so. That is part of our Jewish teachings. JACOB HERMAN AND CELINA (BASIA) WISNIEWSKI We both come from deeply Jewish homes in Poland. After a terrible odyssey during World War II, we came to the U.S. in 1950. The Jewish Community Federation of Oakland gave us a helping hand in our adaptation to a life in a new country. We worked and tried hard and are satisfied with our achievements. By our contribution to the JCF Endowment Fund, we wish to - 79 -
insure the continuity of a vibrant Jewish life in the area and that the JCF may have the resources to help some future tired Jewish traveler running from hate and persecution and in need of assistance. ALICE AND ARTHUR ZIMMERMAN Our Living Legacy began on June 20, 1990 at the dedication of the Alice and Arthur Zimmerman Library and Youth Center in Israel through the Jewish Community Endowment Fund. Upon entry to the Museum of the Diaspora at Tel Aviv University, there is a quote by Abba Kovner that says: “This is the story of a people which was scattered over all the world and remained a single family—a nation which time and again was doomed to destruction and yet—out of ruins—rose to new life.” We are that family he speaks of—we are the people of the “Book” and we have survived because we place family and education above everything else. This “library” is dedicated to knowledge—to the youth of Kiryat Shmona—to our children— and most especially to our grandchildren who are here to share this special day in our life. We have tried to make a difference in the quality of life in this community in our Jewish homeland. This is the Jewish way of life and now we look to you—our family—to continue this Jewish tradition—l’dor v’dor—from generation to generation. MARK R. ZIT TER AND JESSICA NUTIK ZIT TER Judaism, Jewish community, tikkun olam—all of these are important to us; all are very much a part of who we are and what we hope our children will value. The Jewish heritage that we treasure was built on Jews helping Jews and non-Jews alike. We hope our gift will benefit those in need, build Jewish community, and enable others to better enjoy the rich tradition of Judaism that provides us with strength, hope, and connection with our ancestors and our descendants. HAROLD AND MARY ZLOT Both of our families have a long tradition of involvement in and support of the Jewish community. Through our participation in the Jewish Community Federation’s Endowment Fund we will enable our children to continue that tradition. Our legacy to the Jewish Community Federation will help support the priorities that are so important for building a vibrant Jewish community.
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Volume II January 1, 1999â€“May 1, 2008
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IRVING AND GOLDIE ALTER From Irving and Goldie Alter in loving memory of our parents: Rabbi Achiezer and Rebbitzin Feiga Rubinsky, Herman and Cepora Alter. EDITH AND MYRON ARRICK Both of us were raised in financially modest but strongly Jewish households. Thus setting aside moneys for tzedakah was an established priority, often coming before the satisfaction of other needs deemed less important by our parents. We are grateful to them for inculcating into our hearts and minds the absolute requirement that to practice Judaic teachings was to help others in need. This is what the pushke, the JNF Blue Box, the Shevuoth food baskets, and organizations like the Jewish Community Federation are all about. We consider ourselves fortunate to be a part of this heritage, to be able to continue the practice of tzedakah by establishing the Edith and Myron Arrick Permanent Endowment Fund in honor of our parents who set an example of righteous living. Since we have both spent our working lives in helping professions, we anticipate that our foundation will enable us to perpetuate those commitments—especially to older and needier members of our community—into the future, beyond our lifetimes. We are confident that our children will find merit in the way we have chosen to honor their grandparents and those who preceded them. IRWIN BEAR I strongly believe in the continuity of the Jewish people. Tikkun olam is my mantra. It is our responsibility to take care of those that need our help. Three historical events had enormous formative impact on my life, focusing my attention acutely on Jewish survival and continuity: the loss of family members in the Holocaust, the founding of modern Jewish statehood upon the victory of the 1948 War of Independence, and the fear of losing it all in the Six-Day War. As I have taught my children, it is equally our responsibility to encourage future generations to learn the history of the Jewish people: from where we came, how we have survived, where we are today and just how very much Jews have contributed to civilization. I am extremely proud of my two children and the paths they are taking in their respective Jewish communities and hope that in some measure it is a result of my example. I also have tremendous pride and admiration in my wife Ann’s substantial involvement in and strength of commitment to the Jewish community. I am hopeful that my legacy will help build a strong Jewish community in the future. - 82 -
JEANNET TE W. BERGER I was brought up in Yorkville, mid-Manhattan, in the 1920s and 1930s; the population was largely hard-working, poor immigrants. How could parents keep their children in a safe place after school while they were working long hours? We were lucky—we had the Central Jewish Institute, the CJI, a new way of not only preparing Jewish children for their Bar Mitzvahs, but teaching them Jewish songs, dances, Jewish art, current events, books, history, using a brand new, innovative, fresh way of presenting these….After all these years I can still remember the heads of our school, Albert Schoolman and Miriam Ephriam. And we were taught values; those were years of the depression and when I came to the street corners to sign a petition for better housing or food for the poor, who did I find holding those petitions but my pals from the CJI. While our Central Jewish Institute no longer exists, there are now other organizations that use Jewish community activities to enhance life for students and families around the country. New initiatives at Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon and at other Jewish organizations in the Bay Area are putting Jewish values to work in creative ways that meet contemporary needs. I hope that my contribution will help them continue this inspiring work supporting both individuals and the community. CAROLE ANIXTER COHEN Although they were quiet about it, my parents always gave to Jewish causes. I strongly believe that to be a “good Jew” one must give to others. It is an honor to be able to give. There will always be a need to help someone else. Hopefully my children and grandchildren will continue that tradition and support others in our Jewish community. ESTHER WOLLNER DANIEL My parents were both religious people. My father was president of our congregation in Vienna and he was deeply involved in Jewish life there and also here in San Francisco. We kept a Kosher home and belonged to Congregation Chevra Tillim, we loved the feeling of community we found through the congregation. We enjoyed a good life in the city and because of my parents, my brothers and I learned the true meaning of giving back to the community—of helping fellow Jews—of providing the means for all Jews to live happy, productive lives. We came to this country with very little, just some mementos from our life in Europe. But through hard work and dedication, we were able to achieve a great deal. I am fortunate my parents taught me the true lessons of tzedakah and that my husband, Alfred - 83 -
Daniel, also believed in enabling others to enjoy all aspects of Judaism. So today, I realize how fortunate I am, I don’t need any help, I have the ability to help others and that gives me great joy. I give to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund because I can. My gift makes me realize that I put my life as a Jew way on top—on top of everything else that matters. RUTH KAY DEBS The Jewish Community Endowment Fund and Phyllis Cook have enriched my life. I have warm memories and lasting friendship. STANLEY DECK In Providence, R. I., surrounded by loving family, friends and a vibrant Jewish community, I witnessed, early on and with curiosity, the process of giving. As a young man, in the late ‘60s, I moved to San Francisco and was fortunate to connect with Jewish friends (early YAD). In my profession of Commercial Real Estate I was influenced by fine people like Ron Kaufman and Bill Lowenberg. They encouraged me to get involved in Federation and inspired me to help build other institutions such as Congregation Kol Shofar. It is a privilege and obligation to help others and assure the survival of our people. My annual gift and that which I leave in the future benefit so many agencies at one time. My daughters and generations to come will see, as I did, all that has been created, and will continue our Jewish tradition of caring and giving. EDITH AND BENJAMIN D ORFMAN Edith is a fourth generation San Franciscan and Benjamin is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, whose parents were immigrants from Eastern Europe. Benjamin met and married Edith in San Francisco when he was assigned there as a naval officer for a tour of duty during World War II. After returning from overseas at war’s end, we made our home and raised two children in San Francisco. Although our Jewish experiences were different before marriage, we inherited from our families similar examples of commitment and concern toward Jewish endeavors. Our participation in various Jewish activities and organizations, as well as serving on committees and boards, has meant a great deal to us and it is our hope that our children will carry on the tradition of service to the Jewish community.
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RONALD STEVEN DUNN Being Jewish represents a core and most fundamental aspect of who I am in this world of ours. In many ways, being a “child of the Holocaust” always reminds me of that truth. My parents strove to encourage education, honesty and the importance of sharing. Giving to the Jewish community, especially through my foundation for hospital care to children in Israel, is important to me not only as a basic aspect of my Jewish heritage but also as part of the legacy of philanthropy within my immediate family. Fulfilling that tradition through the Jewish Federation allows me to honor my parents and their ancestors as well as the entire Jewish family. I believe that all Jews must also honor their responsibility to protect the survival of the Jewish community and the state of Israel. ESTHER EISENBERG My mother and father came from the old country to America. My father, from Lithuania, shortly after the turn of the century and my mother, from Grodno, which is on the border of Poland and Russia. They came to make a life for themselves, to carry on the traditional Jewish values they were brought up with, and to pass these values on to their children. My mother was fifteen when she began work in the garment district of New York; she was an advanced thinker and an active member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. My father, also an intellectual, found work with the railroad, but later they were able to buy a store in Brooklyn, New York, where they catered to a non-Jewish clientele, yet always observed their own religious rituals. My parents would reach out to help others—they understood that not everyone had the same opportunities as they did. Years after their store closed, my mother would still receive a small, monthly check from a woman that my parents had extended credit to many years ago. Those values, coupled with a strong commitment to Judaism, allowed my sister and me to understand the true meaning of tzedakah early in our lives. One of the lessons I remember from my father many years ago, is that, as Jews we must learn, we must pray, and we must act. After experiencing the depression and the struggle to make a living, I was encouraged to complete my education. The social values instilled in me became part of my way of life. Later in my own life, when I moved to California and finished my degree in social work at UC Berkeley, I retained that sense of touching other lives in a profound and meaningful way. I accomplished this through my vocation, but also by becoming an active volunteer in the ever-expanding Jewish community. I give, because I am able to, and because I care deeply about the many accomplishments of the Jewish Community Federation. I have also made a legacy gift, because I know it will benefit others for generations to come. - 85 -
HENRY EVANS I have always given to Jewish causes—since the time I was able to give. I was born in Vienna and grew up there until I was a young man. I studied law in Vienna, but a bad economy forced me to switch to business. Then, when Hitler came into power in 1938, I fled to Sweden and I waited there for my visa to come to this country, to the United States of America. Eventually, my wife and I settled in the Bay Area and soon after we began giving to Federation; it became a part of our lives. I was a shipbuilder and later I owned a textile plant—all of these experiences enabled us to have a good lifestyle and to give back to our Jewish community. I was brought up in a Jewish home and have always recognized the importance of being Jewish, of helping others. I am also very fond of Israel, I have been there three times and whatever I can do to help Israel, I will. I am both proud and grateful that I can give—it has become an important part of my life. MICHAEL A. FREEMAN, M.D. Jewish DNA carries the source code for our unique and special people. I believe that it is our responsibility to carry this source code forward. To accomplish this we must also carry forward the wonderful culture that sustains Jewish people. For over 5000 years the world has been blessed by abundant and amazing contributions and mitzvot from Jewish people and Jewish communities. During these eons Jewish culture and values have provided the interpersonal architecture of meaning, hope, and community that perfuse Jewish lives and Jewish people with their radiant effervescence and their commitment to future generations. The Jewish Community Endowment Fund has gained my commitment because it provides an outstanding service to support Jewish continuity. Fundamentalists and extremist elements of all world religions, including our own, threaten world peace and stability through intolerance of others and suppression of human rights. This is why I support the JCEF’s stewardship of funds for programs that strengthen Jewish continuity within the context of a free and vibrant secular Jewish culture. PHYLLIS FRIEDMAN I remember my mother saying to me, “You are fortunate to be a very rich girl. You have money. You need not boast about it nor be embarrassed about it. Use it well.” Both my parents were very generous people. They not only gave generously of their wealth, but they gave of themselves, and - 86 -
they served their community well. It was not just to the Jewish community that they dedicated their skills of leadership and involvement. My father started the San Francisco Foundation and my mother was Chair of the Eureka Benevolent Society—the forerunner of the Jewish Family and Children’s Services, long before women held any position of prominence in the educational and philanthropic world. Throughout their lives, my parents always lived their Jewish heritage; this enabled them to give to many less fortunate than they. They were inspired by our Jewish watchword “Repair the World.” It is a most important legacy they gave to me. Hopefully I have demonstrated this level of commitment to my own children. I want them to know giving brings many wonderful people into your circle of friends. We are an expanding and diverse community and we are all interdependent on each other to make this a happier and safer place to live. CHARLES AND GERRY GENSLER At this point in my life, I want to do something for the Jewish community that will be important for years to come. My wife, Gerry, who passed away in 1998, and I have always been donors to the Federation because we believe in their work and what they have been able to do for our community and for Jews around the world. Our generation has gone through a Holocaust, something that has not happened since Biblical times. This terrible, unforgivable period in our history, must be of enormous concern to Jewish people everywhere. I went into the service in January 1941 as part of the 104th Infantry Division and fought through Holland and Germany. I saw many atrocities, too numerous to mention. I always felt this could never, ever, happen again. About twenty years ago, there was a reunion of men who served in my division, it was held at the Hilton in San Francisco and over 1400 people came. I did not know at the time of the reunion, that I would have the privilege of meeting two individuals who had survived Nordhausen, one of the labor camps we had helped to liberate during the war. Meeting these men, hearing about their lives after the war, deepened my feelings about Judaism and all that our people have gone through. I became more involved then, I wanted to do more. Gerry and I always felt, that as responsible people, we wanted to be philanthropic, we had the ability to help others, and it was important to give where there was a need. I am a third generation San Franciscan, I have been involved in activities that helped to ease racial tensions during the ‘60s and in projects to benefit the community at large. This year, I feel the new North Peninsula Jewish Community Center and taking care of the Bay Area’s émigré population are two areas of interest that are important to me personally. It feels good to give to things that I care about. - 87 -
RICHARD AND NAOMI GREEN We have tried to live our lives so that our values are imparted to our children and grandchildren as a living legacy, and it is important to us that our legacy to the Jewish people be equally vibrant, alive and continuing. In this vein, it is satisfying to us to hear and act on the words in Chapter 19, verses 9 and 10 of Leviticus, where we are enjoined to share our gleanings with the poor and the stranger. ELEANORE AND ARLEIGH GROSSMAN I am pleased to sign The Book of Life as a symbol of the commitment I have made to help provide for the needs of tomorrow through the Jewish Community Endowment Fund. AARON JACKSON To perform tzedakah is a given. It’s what Jewish people do to help other Jewish people. It is a part of our heritage, and to some degree, it’s genetic. It is indeed a privilege to do it and I thank the Jewish community for giving me the opportunity to contribute to the betterment of Jews everywhere. BARBARA R. JACOBS With my mother by his side and with her support and participation, my father literally lived his entire adult life teaching Judaism and giving tzedakah. It gives me an enormous amount of pleasure and pride to be able to follow in the footsteps of my parents, Sylvia and Harold Jacobs, with this gift to the Jewish Day School of the North Peninsula Endowment Fund in their memory. They would be so pleased knowing that their legacy lives on through educating Jewish children for future generations. Many thanks to the Jewish Community Federation’s Endowment Fund for this opportunity. ALEXANDER C. KAT TEN I am one of the 36 children that survived underground in Germany during the Second World War. In 1954 I came to the United States. Even though I am not orthodox, I am a Jew and feel that charity is a Jewish tradition and obligation. The Endowment Fund allows a person to continue giving even when that person is no longer here. - 88 -
DAVID M. KATZ The Jewish People have been “chosen” to bring a social justice, fairness, moral and ethical agenda to the world. Social justice, fairness, morality and ethicality are all part of our concept of tikkun olam which is “the repair of the world.” Repair can include directly fixing problems through the investment of time, energy, money, emotions, and material resources, but it can also include the “fixing” of the way that we think. Too many people place themselves first in their actions, behavior and speech and the acquisition of material wealth. Yet we know better…we must place some of the needs of others first to our own needs. This is perhaps our greatest human challenge and yet…. …this is the essence of service and contribution to others… certainly one of the many essences of Judaism in all of the ways in which it is joyously celebrated. The Hebrew for the phrase “mitzvah therapy” (the doing of good deeds for others first) has been around much longer than the phrase “random act of kindness.” It is this “mitzvah therapy,” in all of its many forms. the volunteering of time, the giving of personal energy, the donation of money, and the investment of emotions and the acquisition of material resources, all brought together to make the world a better place… this is what we have been “chosen” to do. And, we have been “chosen” to fully participate in this process…daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, and for all of the decades of our lives. There can be no exceptions. None. Not one. This means you and this means me. We must serve and contribute during out time here on God’s green planet. If charity begins at home, and it does, then we have an unending moral and ethical obligation to see to it that the demands placed upon that charity are met. To accomplish this great task required the involvement of extraordinary people using extraordinary organization that can deliver what our local and world communities need now and in the future. Therefore, the JCF must be fully supported by each one of us in the best ways that we know how. Where there is not money for a large, direct personal donation, there may be monthly money available within the scope of the premium structure of an insurance portfolio in which the JCF is named beneficiary. This is the way I have chose. Perhaps, in your heart, you can and will do the same. The Jewish People will live on for all time. Let us hasten the Messianic Era of peace and good acts. This is the essence of the JCF.
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JULIAN L. KAUFMAN Over the years my parents Golda and Hank Kaufman (may they rest in peace) contributed to the Jewish community in many ways, both as volunteers and funding many causes. They generously established a fund for me, my daughter Karen and my son Steve, giving us the opportunity to support nonprofits and be an active part of the community. They also did this for my sister Denise and her daughter, Tora. The legacy of the Kaufmans continues from them to their son, his children and his sisters. JACK AND ELISA KLEIN Being brought up in a traditional, observant Jewish home and experiencing the importance of giving, while attending the Shabbat and Jewish Holidays at the Synagogue, and observing that people offered contributions for helping the poor and the needy. We feel obligated to be more scrupulous in fulfilling the commandment of tzedakahâ€”more than any other positive commandment. We are obligated to be more scrupulous because tzedakah is the sign of the righteous man, the seed of Abraham our Father. Compassion is the ability to feel deeply and give generously, while remaining free of expectations. When you have compassion for yourself and others, you interact freely and lovingly with all of life. Graciousness is displayed in generosity and in hospitality. When you greet another and give generously, you are entertaining God. When you give generously, it comes back to you many fold. We must remember that naked we come into the world, and naked we leave it. After all our toils we carry away nothing, except the deeds we leave behind. PETER AND CAROL KORNFELD Having escaped the Holocaust in Austria, I lived as a refugee for many of my formative years. I know the meaning of philanthropy from personal experience. It allowed me to integrate into American society more readily and complete my academic studies. We hope that our modest donation to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund will enable similar philanthropies in the future. Every Jew must be his brotherâ€™s keeper. - 90 -
STEVE AND MARIBELLE LEAVIT T Simcha, our supporting foundation, focuses on two broad targets: education and Jewish affairs. It is when these intersect that we are most delighted. We give to Jewish community causes because we want to protect and nurture our Jewish family so that all of us can thrive in this largely tolerant, open, but sometimes threatening, society. Our best gifts have been for institutions and programs which reach out to the wider community to explain, demystify and demonstrate Jewish ideas and Jewish life. Our support for research which examines the Jewish experience and peoplehood within the larger culture is a part of that. Our first one million dollar gift was to rebuild and revitalize the SF Jewish Community Center, where Jews and people of all ethnicities, cultures and religions, are warmly welcomed and can observe our Jewish culture and style first hand. Our newest, major gift is to help establish a new Jewish museum, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, whose vision is to interpret Jewish ideas for the Jewish and general public through exhibits of the finest examples of new art—not only Jewish art by Jewish artists, but art and artists everywhere as they interpret Jewish themes and concepts, such as tzedakah, Shabbat, justice, ritual, learning, mitzvoth and tikkun olam. It is our hope to make a difference in how Jews and Jewishness are considered in our world, and that in this endeavor our sons will follow our lead. MARYAN LEBELL As a child in Rockford, Illinois, I have fond memories of watching my mother cook meals for a Jewish family who welcomed the gift of food—a family who was in need. Rockford was not primarily, a Jewish community; we were definitely the minority, so as Jews, the few families who lived there, became very close and shared traditions and celebrations throughout the year. I also remember the pushka, the Blue Box, and how important it was to know that I could give, that I could help others. Years later, when I moved to San Francisco, I had the privilege of working as an administrative secretary, for the Jewish Community Relations Council. The job was interesting, it taught me invaluable life lessons and it made me realize that discrimination against Jews existed then, it exists today and that it must be eliminated. I had the opportunity to take part in tasks that exposed anti-Semitic acts and I felt confident that my small role was important—to furthering the mission of the JCRC. I was employed there fourteen years and I am grateful for the experience. - 91 -
I am a deep believer in religious harmony—that as a nation— and a world we must learn to accept and celebrate the religious practices of all people. I pray for peace, both at home and in Israel. It is so important that we continue to educate people, that we, as Jews, show the example that tolerance towards others is very important. The people of Israel need our help, as do Jews in our very own community. I give because I am able to do something that will hopefully set an example for this generation, and for generations to come. JULIE AND DAVID LEVINE AND FAMILY My wife and I share many values; three that are critical to both of us are family, education and Judaism. It is our hope that this gift will enable Jewish educators to enhance and enrich their classroom experience and bring a more meaningful understanding of Judaism to children of all ages and backgrounds. In addition, we want our children to appreciate the importance of tzedakah and through this fund, we hope to begin the process of teaching them the significance of giving. HELEN AND MELVIN LEWISON I was born in Waco, Texas, a long time ago; well, it doesn’t seem that long ago to me, but it was the late 1920s and since we’re in 2000 plus I guess that would qualify as a long time ago. When I was in the sixth grade, age eleven, one of my friends, who happened to be Jewish, had a mother who could drive a car. Her mother called out to me one day “Helen, do you want to go to Hebrew School with my daughter?” I said “Sure.” I loved Hebrew School, I loved the Rabbi, and so it came to be I loved being Jewish. The Rabbi invited me to celebrate Passover at his home. I felt honored by his invitation, totally enthralled by partaking in the Passover Seder at his house. He was to be my mentor in many other ways and a tremendous influence in learning more about Judaism. At the age of 12, I was confirmed at Congregation Agudath Jacob and read from the Torah. I also made a speech entitled “Modesty.” The Rabbi wrote all our speeches to exemplify a virtue—there were five of us. Later, I worked in Houston at Temple Beth Israel, which added to my education regarding Judaism. I already knew about the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform denominations, but I got an inside look at the Temple. Another life change, and I moved to San Francisco. I met and married a “nice Jewish boy,” and we were married for thirty-three years. Melvin was an intelligent and compassionate man. Melvin told me how he volunteered in 1939 in the armed - 92 -
forces before WWII started. He said he knew war was inevitable and he felt deeply about what was happening in the world. He served for five years, the last year in Ludwigslust, Germany where his outfit, an ordnance company, was attached to the 82nd Airborne Division. He told me stories about the concentration camp he and his men liberated. Memories of his time spent there were never forgotten. During our marriage, Mel read almost everything by or about Jews, and himself outlined a military novel in which Israel grew to have a symbolic six million Jews and soundly defeated surrounding Arab armies, though not civilian populations, using advanced weaponry possessed by no other country. In this way, Israel became a light unto the Nations as a matter of necessity and saved itself and world Jewry. Sadly, Mel was too ill to finish his masterpiece. He died October 16, 1992. A rabbi performed the services at the Golden Gate National Cemetery, so that Mel would be buried with others who have served their country. I am sure this is what he would have wished, and when presented by the Honor Guard with the American flag, I knew I had done the right thing. After my husband died, I, too, started to write and have published my own books of loss and life, and I have had my father’s work—many plays and poetry—translated from German. We have made a bequest to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund because of our pride in Jewish culture, history and philanthropy. We were each touched significantly by our Jewish experiences. Among my many jobs, the one I liked the most was at the Jewish Welfare Federation in San Francisco. I was an executive secretary and really got an inside look at the various Jewish organizations here in the city. I had a sense of pride being a member of a group that was philanthropic in many ways and had a Board of Directors who were truly interested in the welfare of the Jewish people. JULIA AND CHARLES LOBEL My parents, Morris Lobel and Dora Barnett, came to the United States from Romania. They met at Montefiore hospital in New York City where my mother became a nurse and where my father was working while deciding whether he wanted to pursue a career in medicine. While my father chose not to become a physician and instead went to work for his family’s business, he did decide to ask my mother to marry him. As a couple, they established a home in their new land, a country where they believed a Jew could achieve whatever he or she set out to do. In those early marital years, they overcame hardships and raised four children. Their lives spanned WWI, the Great Depression and WWII. - 93 -
Despite limited financial means, my parents shared whatever resources they possessed with those less fortunate. Through their actions, we learned to be understanding and generous of spirit. We were taught to be honest and reminded that once you lose your good name, it is lost forever. When I became a physician, my mother’s greatest wish for me was to be a “gitem shliakh” (good messenger). She said that medical knowledge was not enough and that comfort and compassion were integral parts of providing medical care. In caring for others, she felt that one should always be kind. My parents left no worldly goods when they died. Their legacy to me was kindness and empathy—qualities that have made my practice of medicine meaningful. In memory of my parents and their dreams, my wife and I honor them with this gift of a Living Legacy. ELIE AND GERALD MARCUS Ever since the State of Israel was established Elie and I have supported it as a haven for the oppressed, little dreaming that years later our daughter would become a member of a Kibbutz in Western Galilee, that we would have 3 Sabra grandchildren there and have a more personal stake in Israel. We hope that through the influence of the Federation, Israel will progress toward becoming a truly democratic society treating all of its residents without discrimination and that through the Federation’s subventions to agencies within the United States it will help produce a more caring and responsible society here. The work of the Federation follows a Jewish tradition of giving in which we are proud to participate. MARLYN G. MCCLASKEY As a new bride in 1960 at age 21, I brought with me childhood experiences of personal and financial commitment to philanthropic causes. My father strongly supported the Jewish Community in Cleveland through UJA and our Temple as well as the “Negro” community through the NAACP locally and nationwide. My mother supported Hadassah and Cleveland’s Jewish Children’s Home as a volunteer. So when my new father-in-law suggested that I attend the fundraising events of UJA, it was a natural response to say yes, go and give. But when Hadassah called a week after we returned from our honeymoon to ask me to join, I begged off saying I wasn’t old enough. In our small close-knit town that response got back to my father-in-law who called me not a half hour later. In his - 94 -
charming, sensitive way he informed me that “our” family members belonged to every Jewish organization and if money was a problem, he would pay my dues! Abashed, I readily understood and paid my dues and so continued and grew a lifetime commitment to Jewish causes which were increasingly centered around UJA and later the Community Federations wherever I lived. I have reaped far more in personal growth and pleasure than I gave in time and dollars. But the best reward has been seeing my children adopt my values, giving of themselves generously and whole heartedly to the Jewish and broader communities. I hope to see the day when my grandchildren will follow in our family’s path. L’Chaim… to Life ROZ AND MERV MORRIS The future of our community is important to Roz and me. We choose to stay active in many organizations because we feel through time and leadership and a deep commitment to the programs we believe in, we are able to improve the quality of life for generations to come. We have been fortunate in business and it gives us great pride to be able to share our blessings with those who have been less fortunate. It is a privilege to give through the Jewish Community Endowment Fund. We know our gift will be managed with integrity and make an impact on society today and tomorrow. PAULINE NEWMAN-GORD ON My bequest to the Jewish Community Federation reflects my loving memory of my parents, Eva and Bernard Newman, and my late husband, Sydney Gordon. My parents were working-class people struggling to make ends meet during the Depression. In the midst of hard times, they transmitted to me a strong sense of moral values, a firm commitment to Judaism and an example of generosity commensurate with their means. I remember my late husband Sydney Gordon, for his kindness, his unconditional love and his soaring spirit even in the midst of adversity. As a Jew born and raised in San Francisco, he did not have a strong sense of religious affiliation but he lived a good life with his kind deeds and his forthright and adventurous spirit. These memories prompted me to establish The NewmanGordon Philanthropic Fund in 1995. Its proceeds are to be used for programs and social services that will benefit seniors in the Palo Alto Jewish Community Center. If that Center no longer exists, the Fund is to be used for programs in other JCCs in the San Francisco Bay Area that will bring aid to the needy, aged and infirm. - 95 -
LEAH NOHER Growing up in the tightly knit Jewish community of Buenos Aires afforded me a sense of warmth, extended family, historic purpose, a strong connection to Israel, and a responsibility to maintain and support that rich heritage. Today, as a mother and community leader, I see it as my honor to have the responsibility not just for a Jewish community, but for the strength and continuity of a Jewish peoplehood. Let my children and their children’s children carry the torch forward helped by the commitments that I make today. ADELE R. PASSALACQUA This gift, in loving memory of my parents, Armin and Stella Katz, is simply a reflection of their values and commitment to Jewish causes here and in Israel. It was a way of life in our home that I treasure and wish to continue now and in the future. ROSEMARIE AND ALAN PAUL IN MEMORIAM Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glint on the snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain; I am the gentle autumn rain. When you wake in the morning hush, I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circular flight. I am the soft starlight at night. Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep. BRIAN AND KAREN PERLMAN To our wonderful children Anna and Olivia, and the generations that follow… It is both a privilege and an honor to have our names inscribed in The Book of Life alongside the many wonderful families who have participated. We consider ourselves to be a living bridge between the Perlman and Kaufman families’ many decades of Jewish community involvement, and the continued involvement and contribution by you and your children. It is our hope that our gift will serve as a Living Legacy that will inspire future - 96 -
generations to give, so that collectively we may one day see the dreams of the Jewish people realized. As beneficiaries of the sacrifices made by those before us, we feel that it is incumbent upon all of us, as Jews, to eagerly accept the duty and obligation of ensuring that Israel and the Jewish people continue to not only survive, but thrive. May the Jewish traditions of tzedakah and tikkun olam be carried forth forever. LEO H. RIEGLER May our country, the Jewish people and the state of Israel flourish, L’Chaim. BARBARA RO GERS My family has always given to the Jewish community. I give because the Jewish people need it—they never get a peaceful chance in this world and I give because I want them to have that chance. I support the Federation because they believe in taking care of the community here, and in Israel and I am proud of all that they have done. I believe Israel will continue to turn the desert into a ‘green garden’ and the Federation will help to make this happen. My late husband, Dr. Ernest Rogers and I have five children and one of them, our daughter Barbara, lives in Israel; visiting her there has been a source of joy and comfort to me. The time I spent there with my granddaughter, Cecily was most meaningful and hopefully what I am doing for the Federation will bring peace to the Israelis. I give because I want others to have the experience of Israel. I go to Temple Emanuel and I am able to sit in the seats my grandparents sat in many years ago. I hope I am able to give these seats to my children; this would truly be a gift from generation to generation. ROBERT RONALD When my family had to leave Europe in 1941 to escape the Holocaust, HIAS, the Jewish Organization, helped us by arranging visas and ship transportation for us. When we arrived in Havana, Cuba, on September 22, 1941, the local Jewish Organization received us and fed us. Later they organized schools for us to learn Spanish, enabling us to enter in the mainstream of life in Cuba. Later, we arrived in the United States after the end of the War. I made my way in business while raising a successful family. Now that I can afford it, I would like to contribute to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund to help others by giving them a hand to start their lives anew. - 97 -
LISA AND PETER ROSENBERG Legacy: It’s the thread that weaves through generations. We are so privileged to benefit from the example of mitzvah set for us by our parent’s generation. We take that legacy of tikkun olam very seriously, and we are dedicated to continue that commitment as an example for our children. Our affiliation with the Jewish Community Endowment Fund is the realization of our cherished Jewish heritage. It is our participation in the chain of tzedakah that defines Judaism, and we are proud to continue to weave the cloth of legacy through the generations of our family. JERRY (GERALD B.) ROSENSTEIN As a Holocaust survivor who lived through many camps, as an active member of the Gay & Lesbian community, the Jewish community, resident of this wonderful city since 1949, for all the good fortunes which befell me, I hope that these endowments shall perpetuate Jewish continuity & Human Rights, causes dear to my heart. It is our duty to insure their growth, now and after we are gone. May the community thrive, may the Endowment’s fruits be allotted judiciously. MAUREEN AND PAUL ROSKOPH We were both raised in Cleveland, Ohio of parents born in the United States. Our synagogues were reform (Paul) and conservative (Maureen), but the basic tenants were the same, with a strong background in tzedakah—and the Blue “pushkes” Box at Sunday school. We didn’t fully comprehend its meaning as children, but the basics were obvious and the tradition well formed in our education. We have lived well in California. We have had the opportunity of America, thanks to our grandparents and their quest for freedom and education. Religious rituals were observed in both our families as children, and the obligation to share and give is as basic to us as our entitlement to inhale the air we breathe. We are grateful for our opportunity and delight in our chance to “give back” and contribute to the causes supported by the Jewish Community Endowment Fund. We have seized the opportunity to establish a growing Philanthropic Fund and add to it regularly.
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GREGG IVAN BERNELL RUBENSTEIN My family and I have lived on the Peninsula almost all of my life. Although we were surrounded by the Jewish community, we were not overly involved until we heard about Camp Tawonga. I spent the next eight years of my youth at Tawonga. When I later returned as camp staff, I realized how much I received from the summer camp experience. Camp is the one place where as a child, and now as an adult, I live and experience a Jewish life with a supportive and loving community. I am blessed to now support Tawonga in a year-round staff capacity. It is in this work that I have learned more about our vibrant Bay Area Jewish community and the importance of the agencies that support it. All of these experiences made me realize that I wanted to create a lifetime commitment to the community through the Living Legacy Society. PAUL AND ELEANOR SADE Paul and I consider ourselves most fortunate to be living in the U.S.A. and the opportunities this country has offered us. Both of us were born in Europe. Paul is the sole survivor of his family of six members, and he has been on his own since the age seventeen. My parents and I barely made it out of Germany before the outbreak of World War II. We firmly believe in giving to those who are less fortunate than we are. It is our conviction that a strong Jewish community is vital to all Jews, and it is an assurance that another Holocaust will never occur again. MARGOT SALOMONSKI When my husband and I first came to San Francisco, we had nothing. We literally arrived here from Shanghai with the clothes on our back and a desire to start a new life. The year was 1947 and we had been in Shanghai since 1939 in very limited quarters. The Jewish Welfare Federation made that life possible. They were our lifeline to finding both a job and an apartment. They provided us with the funds to get established and to slowly find our way in the city. Soon, we were both working and were able to manage and even put a â€œlittle awayâ€? for a rainy day. Now I have the ability to help the wonderful organization that helped me. My gift is my way of saying thanks to all those who enabled us to feel safe and secure in a new land close to sixty years ago. - 99 -
JOHN R. SCHWABACHER Who really knows what the future will bring? How could I have known, as a little boy growing up in a small town in Germany that our family would lose everything and many members of our family would disappear in the concentration camps. Who could have foretold that I would be spared my life in a time that took six million Jewish lives only to start life anew in a country, using a new language? Who could have predicted, when I was 12, and so close to losing my life during the bombing in Germany, that I would start two major Silicon Valley companies? I could not have anticipated the losses, or the wonderful help system that kept my brothers and me goingâ€”our nanny, and righteous families who fed us and hid us. Nor could I have anticipated the blessing that 70 years of life has brought me. I have undergone hardship, but I also have had tremendous support from generous and loving people in my life. This is what I focus on when I think of those that will follow. JERRY SCHWARTZMAN I want to impart the lessons of philanthropy to my children and grandchildren. It is very important that my descendants be aware of their heritage and their ability to contribute to the well being of their community through charitable giving. In particular, making educational opportunities available to children in the Jewish community is very important to me. I chose to establish a scholarship fund at the Mid-Peninsula Jewish Community Day School because I feel that every qualified child, that could otherwise not afford a Day School education, should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Seeing how my gift made through the Jewish Community Endowment Fund touches children on a daily basis gives me joy. It is my way of providing for future Jewish generations. ELIZABETH SEELIG I grew up in a home where giving was a way of life and working in the Jewish community was just the thing to do. I learned from an early age to appreciate what we had and to help others who were less fortunate. My parents, Bess and John Altman, were involved in what is now known as the Jewish Community Federation. When I was a child, we moved from San Francisco to the Peninsula. I did not have many Jewish contacts growing up there, but I do recall however, volunteering at the office of the Federation early on and learning more about important Jewish programs from this experience. The Jewish community has always been a top priority for me. - 100 -
MICHAEL AND DARYL SHAFRAN Giving to the Jewish community has always been part of our lives. This tradition will continue even when we are gone, through the Jewish Community Endowment Fund. GRACE R. SHULMAN I am not, I must admit, an active member of the Jewish community. However, remembrance of my childhood and young adulthood in an observant home—examples set and values established—is still with me many years later. Most important, I believe, was the giving and sharing—caring. There wasn’t much money, but coins were dropped into the blue-and-white box on the kitchen shelf. With some affluence came the Sundaymorning routine of writing checks. But my strongest memories are of the things that had nothing to do with money. I remember how my father – a shy man – would race across the parkway to the firehouse as the alarm blared throughout our small town. And I remember how he broke down and cried when his fellow volunteers told him that the CPR he applied would not revive the neighbor who had a heart attack. My mother and aunt did the “women” things—shopping and other errands, cooking, caring for a child, watering the lawn—for neighbors who were in the midst of a family crisis, and as they did for us. And there was my uncle who seemed to be the designated driver for all sorts of neighborhood emergencies. Do I meet the standards set? Probably not. But I try, and I think I know what’s truly important in life: Caring. After all, isn’t that really what charity is? HOWARD & ELIZABETH SHWIFF My wife, Elizabeth, was born in a Jewish refugee camp in Admont, Austria in 1946 and came to the United States when she was six. I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas of a family that immigrated from Russia to Texas in 1910. Our parents taught us the same two important principles in life: 1.) work daily, work honest; 2.) be Jewish, live Jewish. We met at a San Francisco Federation sponsored event, and we both feel a desire to help our Jewish community flourish. It is an honor for us to work within the Federation.
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MARION R. SKO OTSKY COLTON, DEB ORAH SKO OTSKY LUB OW, SAMUEL ANSHEL SKO OTSKY, AND SETH MORRIS SKO OTSKY We have established the Harold Skootsky Family Fund in memory of a husband and father who didn’t live to see his children grow up or to know his grandchildren, but who was exemplary in his concern for his family and community. He was a second generation San Franciscan and his children and grandchildren represent the third and fourth. His legacy is a strength for our family and for the Jewish community. INGRID D. TAUBER I was born in the early 1950s, the offspring of Hungarian survivors of the Holocaust. The profound and poignant legacy of being raised in the shadow of the Shoah served as a template for my future commitment and dedication to the Jewish community. Influenced by a Jewish paradigm that values tzedakah and tikkun olam and drawn to a heritage that echoes and links an ethos of continuity, I feel privileged that I can now honor my parents and those family members that perished with an assurance that my commitment is a living testament to their memory. ESTHER YOUNG WEDNER Israel was my parents’, grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ birthplace and burial site. I was born here and brought up in a home where respect for Jewish tradition, for Judaism and its ethical teachings, and for Israel was the core of family life. My hope is that these values live on in my children and grandchildren. My commitment to JCEF is to insure that a vibrant Jewish community lives on for future generations. BEVERLY AND BERNARD WOLFE I am pleased to sign The Book of Life as a symbol of the commitment I have made to help provide for the needs of tomorrow through the Jewish Community Endowment Fund.
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RHODA AND SHELD ON WOLFE Although we had been involved in Jewish philanthropy for a number of years, our first mission to Israel, in 1975, was a life changing experience. It heightened our awareness of our heritage and solidified our connection to our Jewish community. We feel privileged to be able to leave a legacy to the community that has given so much to our family. A priceless reward for our involvement has been the extraordinary friendships we have made. It is our hope that our endowment, in some small way, will assist our community in making a difference in people’s lives and ensure the continuity of the Jewish people. Our endowment is in admiration for those who have gone before; In celebration of those now living; And in dedication of those yet to come. ALANNA ZRIMSEK AND MORTON LEVIN As the Talmud Says, “Whoever practices tzedakah and justice fills the world with loving kindness.” It is our honor to join with the Federation to nourish our community. It is our wish that Jews and people everywhere live in peace and freedom and join with all people to heal the world.
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With Heartfelt Thanks to Joseph R. Goldyne
lili lilk The Jewish Community Endowment Fund deeply appreciates the significant contribution of Joseph R. Goldyne, renowned San Francisco artist, curator and scholar, who designed The Book of Life as an artistic and historic record of Bay Area Jewish philanthropists. The Jewish Community Endowment Fund commissioned Ervin Somogyi, Hungarian Holocaust survivor and craftsman, to create the carved wooden case in which the first volume of The Book of Life is permanently displayed.
I F I A M N OT F OR MY S E L F, W HO W I L L B E F OR M E ? A N D IF ONLY FOR MYSELF, WHAT AM I? AND IF NOT NOW, WHEN?
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L I V I N G L E G AC Y S O C I E T Y M E M B E R S List current through April, 2008 Anonymous (160) Rita Choit Adler and Joel D. Adler Richard and Barbara Almond Karen L. Alter David and Beverly Altman Alfred and Hilde Amkraut Joanne and Bernard Arfin Edith and Myron Arrick Fund Fae R. Asher Yetta and Morris Bach Fund Gerson and Barbara Bakar Abraham and Kathlin Bakst Marci Gurwitch Ballin Ralph and Estelle Bardoff Fund Rose and Ralph Barkoff Fund Alvin H. Baum, Jr. Ann L. Bear Irwin Bear Miriam and Joel Bennett Dorothy Berelson Berger Endowment Fund Annette M. Berger Marsha Lee and Norman M. Berkman Pauline N. Berkow Warren and Aline Berl Eve Bernstein The Irving and Helen Betz Foundation Michael Bien and Jane Kahn Elizabeth Bing, Ph.D. Simon Blattner Lenore K. Bleadon Judith Gold Bloom Rosalind and David Bloom The Doris and Ben Blum Fund The Betty and John Blumlein Fund Arthur and Helen Bobrove Aviva Shiff Boedecker Jerome I. Braun Margot E. Braun Dr. James B. and Suzanne Becker Bronk Lucille and Arthur Brown Martin and Geri Brownstein Neill and Linda Brownstein Jane and Sumner Burrows Fund Ronald M. Bushman C. Roy and Alice Calder Fund Fund for Camp Tawonga I. D. Caplan Robert and Laura Caplan Mr. and Mrs. Fred B. Cherniss Carole A. Cohen Eve Cohen Herbert A. Cohen Trust Seymour Cohen Harry Cohn Norman Coliver Daniel Levine Cook Scholarship Fund
Phyllis and David Cook William and Adele Corvin Fund Robert F. Cowan Dr. Elaine Dallman Leonie J. Darwin Ruth Kay Debs Ellen Deck Stan Deck RenĂŠe and Ervin Delman Fund Betty Denenberg Adler Robert and Margo Derzon Fund Helen Diller Family Foundation Joan Withers Dinner Joan and Richard S. Dinner Philanthropic Fund Annette Dobbs Jill and Martin Dodd Edith and Benjamin Dorfman Dr. Ronald Steven Dunn Fund Maurice and Marguerite Edelstein Esther P. Eisenberg Connie and Albert Eisenstat Dr. Jack and Seena Elfant Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein Jack and Marion Euphrat Henry Evans Barbara Farber Wesley and Bonnie Fastiff Lawrence and Marian Feigenbaum Alan and Gail Feinstein Wayne and Leslee Feinstein Dr. Leland R. Felton Saul A. Fenster Dr. Martin Fleishman Susan and David Folkman Eleanor Fraenkel Max and Lilli Frank Fund Tom and Myrna Frankel Michael A. Freeman, MD Jill and John Freidenrich Lauren A. Friedman Phyllis K. Friedman Virginia and Jay Friedman Fund Don and Janie Friend Elinor and Eugene Friend Fund Michelle and Robert Friend Peter and Luze M. Frohwein John and Florine Galen The Rowena and Bud Gansel Fund Claude and Lynn Ganz Marilee Konigsberg Gardner Arthur B. and Miriam Gauss Frances K. Geballe and Theodore H. Geballe Mona and Dan Geller Supporting Foundation Shoshana and Martin Gerstel Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School Endowment in Memory of Mary Snyder Heller and Paul Heller
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Reuben and Ruth Gilbert Fund Louise H. Ginsburg Dr. Abraham and Natalie Goetz Dr. and Mrs. Mitchell Golbus Jane Blumberg Goldberg John and Marcia Goldman Juliette Dayan Goldman Lisa and Douglas E. Goldman Marianne Goldman Richard and Rhoda Goldman Foundation Jennifer Spitzer Gorovitz Doris Livingston Grasshoff Richard M. and Naomi Green William H. and Frances D. Green Barbara L. and John M. Greenberg Dr. and Mrs. Herbert Greenhood Fund Flora Greenhoot Charles Gresham/ Sydney Engleberg Fund Arleigh and Eleanore Grossman Fund J. Grossman Ruth Gundelfinger Lisa Gurwitch and Martin Fleisher Peter and Miriam Haas Fund Susan Hamlin Martin and Carol Harband Helen and Arthur Hausman Douglas M. and Mary E. Heller Herst Family Foundation Rachelle Hirstio Ida G. Hodes Russell and Susan Holdstein Laurence Hootnick Sonya and Stephen Hurst Nancy Igdaloff Alex and Bernadette Inkeles Fund Aaron Jackson Lois and Robert Jacob Barbara R. Jacobs Gerson and Marilyn Jacobs Dennis and Paula Jaffe Alvin and Phyllis Janklow Gerardo and Priscilla Joffe Valerie Joseph Dennis Judd Lillian Judd Rabbi Douglas and Ellen Kahn Howard R. Kahn Ara and Anatoliy Kalika Joel Kamisher Alexander C. Katten David M. Katz Lee and Martin Katz Arnold and Ruth Kaufman Charitable Trust Bernard Kaufman, Jr. Frances Lee Kaufman Julian L. Kaufman
Ron and Barbara Kaufman Steve Kaufman Rachel and Wilfred Kay Permanent Endowment Fund in Memory of Peisach and Sara Katz and their children: Sholom, Shimon, Sima, Lea, Rachel and Benjamin Morton D. Kirsch Jerome and Meta Kirschbaum Hilla and Fred Kirschner Family Philanthropic Fund Jack and Elisa Klein Emil Knopf Phyllis V. Koch Sidney and Vivian Konigsberg Peter and Carol Kornfeld Fund Emil Knopf James and Cathy Koshland Larry and Bernis Kretchmar Sigmund and Helen Kriegsman Henriette Landman in Honor of Isador and Anna Landman and Jack Landman Adele and Donald Langendorf Jacqueline and Sol Langsam Laura and Gary Lauder Jerry Layne Stephen and Maribelle Leavitt Maryan Lebell Warren G. Lefort Henry and Elizabeth Lehmann Fund Vivian and Leonard Lehmann Sandra and Leonard Leib Claire Elaine Leibowitz Robert and Francine Lent Family Leslie Family Lenore and Lewis B. Levin Adeline Horwich Levine Memorial Fund Julie and David Levine Miriam and Milton Levison Fund Robert and Anne Levison Fund Rosanne and Al Levitt Harold L. Levy Harry and Gene Lewin Helen Lewison Mel and Bettie Lichtman The Linker Family Charles and Julia Lobel Eva T. Lokey Lorry I. Lokey Supporting Foundation Fern and Bill Lowenberg Susan E. Lowenberg Stanley and Judith Lubman Brian L. Lurie Connie and Bob Lurie Jane R. Lurie Siesel and Howard Maibach Gadi and Marlene Maier Foundation Peter and Melanie Maier Alexander M. and June L. Maisin Foundation Susan and Jay Mall
Elie and Gerry Marcus Fund Victor L. Marcus Gladys and Larry Marks Lois Marks Marcia Markels Eve and Harvey Masonek Laurie and Laurence May Marlyn G. McClaskey Charles F. and Marilyn Meier Honey and David Meir-Levi The Purple Lady/Barbara J. Meislin Fund Beryl and Renee Mell Frank G. Meyer Avram Miller Susan and Bill Mirbach Phyllis and Stuart Moldaw Supporting Foundation Lillian and Harold Moose, Jr. Fund Roz and Merv Morris Milton Mosk Judith Moss Eleanor and Laurence Myers Foundation Mark and Jamie Myers Ann and Joseph Nadel Fund Hilda and Manfred Namm Fund Peggy Nathan Edna and Irving R. Newman Fund Robert and Jan Newman Pauline Newman-Gordon Leah Noher Richard Orgell Don and Shari Ornstein Bernard and Barbro Osher Adele R. Passalacqua Dr. Richard and Martha Pastcan Rosemarie and Alan Paul Fund Steve Peckler Eda and Joseph Pell Fund Rose Penn Karen Kaufman Perlman Frances Pivnick Dan Porat Karen L. Posner David S. Pottruck and Emily W. Scott Natalie Prager-Hertzmann Dana Mack Prinz Pritzker Family Amy Rabbino and Neal Rubin Irving and Varda Rabin Rado Family Fund Caroline and Bennett Raffin Supporting Foundation Bert and Anne Raphael Shirley and Robert Raymer Eli Reinhard Joyce and William Remak Fund Paul and Hilda Richards Leo H. Riegler Joyce Baker Rifkind Caryl Lancet Ritter Paul and Sheri Robbins Alex and Gertrude Roberts Fund Carol Seiler Roberts Norman R. Rogers
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Cindy Rogoway Patricia and Robert Ronald Mark Rosenâ€“Beth Ami Fund in Honor of Benny and Rosemary Friedman Herbert and Ilse Rosenbaum Barbara and Richard Rosenberg Claude and Louise Rosenberg John and Thelma Rosenberg Peter and Lisa Rosenberg H. Glenn Rosenkrantz Gerald B. Rosenstein Martin and Bette Rosenthal Zoe (Alice) Rosenzweig Paul and Maureen Roskoph Eva and John Ross Luba R. Ross Alan and Susan Rothenberg Lottie L. Rothschild Gregg Ivan Bernell Rubenstein Esther Rubin Harry J. Saal and Carol D. Saal Paul and Eleanor Sade Ellen and Jerry Saliman Margot Salomonski in memory of Julius and Meta Loewenheim and Heinz Salomonski Sandler Family Supporting Foundation Sejong and George Sarlo Gerry and Lela Sarnat Dorothy and George Saxe Loren and Shelley Saxe Betty and Jack Schafer, BJS Fund Ron and Marilyn Schilling Norman and Adrienne Schlossberg Sherry and Howard Schor Janet and Albert Schultz Fund Lori Ann Schwab Memorial Fund John R. Schwabacher S. Jerral (Jerry) Schwartzman Elizabeth Seelig Lauren Gage Segal Donald H. and Ruth F. Seiler Walter S. Selig Janice Selix DorĂŠ Selix-Gabby Theodore R. Seton Michael and Daryl Shafran Albert A. Shansky Dana and Gary Shapiro Phyllis and Lawrence J. Shapiro Fund Barry and Esther Sherman Leslie and Dan Shiner Grace Shulman Howard C. and Elizabeth H. Shwiff Nathan and Rebecca Siegel Jordan R. Sills Juliette Silver Jeffrey S. Skoll Emily and Alec Skolnick Fund Harold Skootsky Family Barbara H. Smith Mildred R. Snitzer
Vivian R. Solomon Susan Wander Sorkin Sari R. Spector Joel Spolin and Margot Parker Bruce and Beverly Stamper Joelle Spitzer Steefel Howard M. Steiermann Marlene W. Stein Martin A. Stein Vera and Harold S. Stein, Jr. Anne and David Steirman Elsie M. Stevens Hal Stoll Family Fund Dr. and Mrs. Sherman H. Strauss Sylvia C. Sugarman Bette J. Sussman Swig Fund for Jewish Community Involvement Mae and Benjamin Swig Supporting Foundation Roselyne Chroman Swig Steven L. Swig Valli Benesch-Tandler and Robert S. Tandler
Dr. and Mrs. Irving B. Tapper Tad Taube Ingrid D. Tauber Joel and Fran Teisch Olga Thein Veronica S. Tincher Haskell and Janice Titchell Fund Mary Ann and Bertram Tonkin Fund Juana Torczyner Charlene and Sid Tuchman Carol Schussler van Wijnen Dorothy R. Vogel and Walter Vogel Fund Myron and Jerrie Rubenstein Wacholder Fund Joseph and Kathi Wahed Fund Miriam Wain Marilyn Yolles Waldman Barbara Wallerstein Dr. Samuel and Mrs. Hjordis Waxler Fund Alfred and Lee Weber Fund Esther Y. Wedner
Lewis and Helen Weil Fund Janice Weinman Robert and Tita Weir Marilyn and Raymond Weisberg Charles and Barbara Weiss Otto and Idell Weiss Erna and Herman Wertheim Fund Hans and Susan Wildau Fund Kathy Williams Thelma Green Wiprut Fund Jacob H. and Celina Wisniewski Michael and Devera Witkin Beverly and Bernard Wolfe Fund Sheldon and Rhoda Wolfe Sue and Richard Wollack Martin Zankel Nina Zentner Mark Zitter and Jessica Nutik Harold and Mary Zlot Alanna Zrimsek and Morton Levin Steven Zuckerman and Debra Meyerson Richard and Jean Zukin
D O N O R D E S I G N AT E D S P E C I A L P U R P O S E F U N D S OF THE JEWISH COMMUNIT Y END OWMENT FUND List current through April, 2008 565 Mayfield Supporting Foundation Irving Abrahams Agricultural Scholarship Fund Henrietta Goldstein Ackerman Fund for Hospitals Adath Israel Congregation-Jewish Study Network Max and Sophie Adler Fund for an Award to a Visual Artist Edith and Myron Arrick Endowment Fund Yetta Bach and Morris Bach Fund for Financial Assistance to Needy Jewish Families Estelle and Ralph Bardoff Scholarship Fund Ann Bear Women in Leadership Fund Agnes and Byron Beildeck Music Scholarship Belgium 1944—Hidden Jewish Children’s Fund to Honor Righteous Gentiles Berger Endowment Fund Berkeley Hillel Endowment Fund Berkeley Hillel Lapan Fund Russell and Evelyn Bliss Permanent Fund for Israel Grace and Samuel Bloom Fund for Needy and Worthy Jews Margaret Abel Bloom Fund for Home Care for the Aged Monroe and Margaret Bloom Fund for Charitable, Humanitarian and/or Educational Purposes in Israel
Dorothy and Harry Blumenthal Fund for Needy Jewish Youth Jessie Brandenburg Education Fund for College Scholarships Sue V. Bransten and William Haas Family Fund Louis Briskin Fund Bureau of Jewish Education Endowment Fund Allan G. Byer Sports Fund Albert L. Schultz Jewish Community Center Albert L. Schultz Jewish Community Center Seniors Endowment Fund Brandeis Hillel Supporting Foundation Fund for Camp Tawonga Nat Ceitlin Fund for Scholarships for Study in Israel Judith Chapman Memorial Women’s Leadership Fund Ira E. and Beulah C. Charmak Fund for Projects in Israel, Including Projects Connected with Hebrew University Alice Kovacs Cohen Fund for Educational Institutions Colloff Fund for Jewish Youth Kenneth and Thelma Colvin Israel Scholarship Fund Community Jewish Day Camp Scholarship Fund Community Jewish Day School Scholarship Fund Community Jewish Pre School Scholarship Fund
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Congregation Beth Ami Fund honoring Rosemary and Benny Friedman Congregation Beth Ami Fund for Charitable and/or Educational Purposes of the Congregation Congregation Beth Shalom Fund for the David Levinson Lecture Series Congregation B’Nai Israel Endowment Fund Congregation Kol Emeth Congregation Kol Shofar Endowment Fund Congregation Peninsula Temple Beth-El Congregation Rodef Sholom of Marin Congregation Shomrei Torah Endowment Fund for Education Congregation Shomrei Torah Endowment Fund for Building Contemporary Jewish Museum Endowment Daniel Levine Cook Scholarship Fund Anne and Robert Cowan Writer’s Fund Henrietta Danaceau Fund for Israel Ruth Kay Debs Interest-Free Loan Fund Ruth Kay Debs CCSF Scholarship Fund Marshall Denenberg Fund Zelda Dick Memorial Scholarship Fund
Helen Diller Family Teen Fellows Leadership Program Fund Helen Diller Family Tzavta Young Adults Program of the Israel Center Lloyd Dinkelspiel Fund for Scholarships in Israel Lily Drake Fund for the Sick and Poor Emanu-El Residence Fund for Jewish Women Emergency Needs for Low Income People with Disabilities Ensuring Our Survivors Legacy Fund Jack and Marion Euphrat Continuing Education Fund Farkas Philanthropic Fund for the Holocaust Center of Northern California Fertman Family Fund Meta Fleisher Scholarship Fund for Students of the Arts David and Susan Folkman Friends of the Harvard Center for Jewish Studies David and Susan Folkman Harvard School of Business Fund David and Susan Folkman Harvard Judaica Collection David and Susan Folkman Peninsula Temple Beth El Lynne Frank Fund for Jewish Needs Jerome J. Friedberg Fund for Overseas Relief Nathan Jay Friedman College Scholarship Fund William S. Friedman Fund for Scholarships for Teen Trips to Israel Friends of the Jewish Community Library Fund Rowena and Bud Gansel Fund for the Young and Elderly Sadye Garfinkel Fund for the Jewish Home and the JCCSF Fund for Gay and Lesbian Causes in Israel Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School Endowment in Memory of Mary Snyder Heller and Paul Heller Gift of Israel Fund Hy Ginsburg Memorial Gift of Israel Fund Ralph Glaser Fund for Local and Israel Agencies Gluck Family Scholarship Fund J. Eugene and Faye Barrett Goldberg Philanthropic Fund Rose and David Goldberg Fund for Scholarships Edwin Golden Fund for Education Rhoda Goldman Plaza for Needy Jewish Elderly
Susan F. Goldshine Memorial Scholarship Fund Francis S. Goldsmith Fund to Report on Activities of Jews Worldwide who have Contributed to Human Betterment Samuel Gordon Endowment Fund for the Visually Impaired in Israel Bill Graham Foundation Tzierel Gurman Fund to Help House and Resettle New Immigrants to Israel Walter A. Haas, Sr. and Daniel E. Koshland, Sr. Award Fund Doris Hammond Fund for the Benefit of Emigrés to Israel Hatikvah Endowment Fund Hebrew Free Loan Fund Hillel of Sonoma County Endowment Fund Stephanie G. Hoffman Scholarship Fund Holocaust Center of Northern California Fund Holocaust Memorial/Education Fund for the San Francisco Holocaust Memorial and Educational Programs Felicia Hyman Fund for the Elderly and Homeless in San Francisco Immediate Response Grants for Clients of First Place Fund for Youth Interfaith Connection Outreach Fund Iscoff-Ofenham Fund Israel Children’s Tennis Center Isaac and Clara Jacobs Fund for Use in the United States Jack and Anne Jacobs Fund for Elderly, Needy Jewish Men Jewish Community Center of San Francisco Endowment Fund Jewish Community Endowment Kohn Fund for Education and Youth Jewish Community Endowment Maimonides Fund for Jewish Elderly Jewish Community Endowment Newhouse Fund for Compelling Human Needs in Education, Health, Religion and Aging Jewish Community High School of the Bay Area Marion Kaplan Fund to Provide for the Needs of Children and the Elderly in Israel Bernard Kaufman, Jr. Fund for Educational Purposes Edith Schoenberger Kaufman Memorial Lecture Fund for Congregation Beth Sholom Vernon Kaufman Memorial Fund for St. Anthony’s Kitchen
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Rachel and Wilfred Kay Permanent Endowment Fund in Memory of Peisach and Sara Katz and their children: Sholom, Shimon, Sima, Lea, Rachel and Benjamin Jack and Elisa Klein College Scholarship Fund Harvey Koch Leadership Award Fund Lillian Koster Fund for Medical Research for the Visually Impaired in Israel Minerva Kramer Memorial Fund for Park Hazahav, Kiryat Shmona, Israel Jacob Kroll Fund for Orphan Children Isador and Anna Landman Memorial Endowment Fund for Jewish Seniors Jack Landman Memorial Endowment Fund for Jewish Seniors Stanley Langendorf Jewish Fund Florence Lehman Fund for the Elderly in Israel Lehrhaus Judaica Fund David Levinson Memorial Fund for Lecture Series at Congregation Beth Sholom Tillie Lewin Israel Emergency Fund George and Susi Lewinsky Fund for Needs in Israel and for Senior Citizens in San Francisco Sol and Isabella Lewis Fund for Emigré Relief and Rehabilitation Elsie B. Lipset Fund for an Annual Lecture in Contemporary Jewish Studies Fredrick Litynski Fund for Medical Schools in Israel Lorry I. Lokey College Scholarship Fund Brian L. Lurie Fund for Israel/Diaspora Relations Florence Mack Family Fund Judah L. Magnes Museum Endowment Alexander M. and June L. Maisin Foundation Scholarship Fund Sylvia Martin Permanent Fund for Israel Mary Michaels Fund for Women’s Education Mrs. Alex Miller Camp Tawonga Scholarship Fund Walter and Madeline Moldawer Fund Judith Moss Fund for Needy Jewish Women Mount Zion Health Fund Murray Narell Memorial Fund for Ethiopian Jewish Orphans in Israel National Council of Jewish Women–San Francisco Fund Gail Karp Orgell Scholarship Fund Bernard Osher Cultural Award Fund
Bernard Osher and Barbro Osher Jerusalem Center Fund Carl and Virginia Pearlstein Scholarship Fund for Teens to Participate in the Gift of Israel Program Paula Phillips Philanthropic Fund Peninsula Jewish Community Teen Foundation Fund Peninsula Temple Beth El Fund Petaluma Jewish Fund Stephanie Praszker Memorial Fund Lisbeth Pratt and Craig Resnick Scholarship Fund John Rado Family Scholarship Fund Raising Jewish Children Fund Mary L. Ralph Fund for Weizmann Institute Nathan Ratner Fund for the Moishe Tal School Rehabilitation Loan Fund for Vocational Rehabilitation Reiner Family Charitable Fund Adele Ash Ringole Fund for Needy Jewish Families in San Francisco Alfred Roberts Fund for Scholarships for Study in Israel Claude and Louise Rosenberg Early Childhood Education Fund Jeanbelle and Zachary Rosenman Fund for the Exclusive Benefit of the Albert L. Schultz Jewish Community Center Saul and Lillian Ross Fund for Jewish Youth Royce Fund for the Elderly Cynthia Rudman Fund for Operation Exodus San Francisco State Jewish Studies Program Fund Paula Schuldt Fund for Israel Janet Schultz Teens to Israel Fund
Schwartzman Family Scholarship Fund for Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School Melvin Schwarzbaum Fund for Hebrew University Scott Street Senior Housing Scholarship Fund Seattle Victims Fund Dolly C. Seeney Fund for Youth Services Lee Shapiro Cash Assistance Fund for the Needy Shalom Hartman Fund Joan and Robert Sinton Supporting Foundation Joan Salz Sinton Youth Scholarship Fund Robert Sinton Distinguished Volunteer Leadership Award Fund Stein Family Tel Hai Coexistence Scholarship Fund Frank Steinberg Fund for Orphan Children in Israel Paul and Ruth Steiner Permanent Endowment for Gifted Public School Students and PJCC Adult Programs Herman Steinfeld Fund for the Elderly in Israel Dr. and Mrs. Sherman H. Strauss Restricted Fund Pinkus Sugarman Fund for Exceptional Children with Special Needs in Jewish Education Swig Fund for Jewish Community Involvement Mae and Benjamin Swig Supporting Foundation Taube-Koret Campus for Jewish Life Teen Philanthropy Professionals Fund Temple Beth Israel
Temple Beth Jacob Fund Ursula E. Thalheimer Memorial Fund for Day Care to Underprivileged Jewish Children in the Bay Area Victoria Tincher Fund for the Oshman Family JCC Sanford M. Treguboff Fund for Israel-Arab Relations Charlene and Sid Tuchman Campership Fund Ruth and Chuck Tuckman United Jewish Community Center for Senior Adult Programs Walter Vogel Campership Fund for Day and Overnight Camps for Jewish Youth Walter Vogel Fund for Immigrant Youth in Israel Emma Wasserman Fund William Wasserman Fund for Bay Area Camp Scholarships Ronald P. Wilmot Scholarship Fund Women in Leadership Fund Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School Scholarship Fund Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School Fund in Honor of Harold and Sylvia Jacobs Emma Lou Young Music Fund for Scholarships Young Artists Fund Youth/Youth Adult Trips to Israel Fund Zimmerman Library Fund at Danziger High School in Kiryat Shmona, Israel Kenneth C. Zwerin Fund for Arts and Cultural Needs of the Jewish Community
Commitments from the following donors helped make possible the Jewish Community Endowment Fundâ€™s $10 million grant to the Taube-Koret Campus for Jewish Life: Anonymous Gerson and Barbara Bakar Jill and John Freidenrich James and Cathy Koshland
Laura and Gary Lauder Phyllis and Stuart Moldaw Supporting Foundation Pritzker Family
Barbara and Richard Rosenberg Harry J. Saal and Carol D. Saal Donald H. and Ruth F. Seiler
The following Builders have enabled the Jewish Community Federation to provide stable, affordable space for non-profit agencies in San Francisco at 131 Steuart Street: Gerson and Barbara Bakar Philanthropic Fund Allan and Marian Byer John and Jill Freidenrich Friedman Family Fund John and Marcia Goldman Foundation Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund Richard Goldman Dr. Carl Grunfeld
Peter and Miriam Haas Fund Walter and Elise Haas Fund Jewish Community Endowment Fund Jim Joseph Philanthropic Fund Koret Foundation James and Cathy Koshland Laura and Gary Lauder Philanthropic Fund Louis R. Lurie Foundation Connie and Bob Lurie
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Phyllis and Stuart Moldaw Roz and Merv Morris Bernard and Barbro Osher Catherine and Mike Podell Louise and Claude Rosenberg Richard M. and Barbara Rosenberg Sara and Jeffrey Schottenstein Ruth and Donald Seiler
THE JEWISH COMMUNIT Y END OWMENT FUND IMPRINT FUNDS List current through April, 2008 PERMANENT IMPRINT FUNDS
Estelle and Ralph Bardoff Scholarship Fund Fund for Camp Tawonga Community Jewish Day Camp Scholarship Community Jewish Day School Scholarship Fund Anne and Robert Cowan Writer’s Award Fund Helen Diller Family Teen Fellows Leadership Program Helen Diller Family Tzavta Young Adults Program of the Israel Center Jack and Marion Euphrat Continuing Education Jill and John Freidenrich PACE Fund Nathan J. Friedman Memorial Scholarship Fund William S. Friedman Memorial Fund
Richard P. Gross Perpetual Annual Campaign Endowment Fund Kanbar Émigré Scholarship Fund Gail Karp Orgell Scholarship Fund Jack and Elisa Klein College Scholarship Fund Eva T. Lokey Funds for San Francisco State Jewish Studies Lorry I. Lokey College Scholarship Alexander M. and June L. Maisin Foundation Scholarship Fund Carl and Virginia Pearlstein Memorial Scholarship Fund for Trips to Israel Peninsula Jewish Community Teen Foundation Fund Robbins Family JCF/ Community Development Fund Dr. Barbara Rosenberg Lion of Judah Endowment Fund Louise and Claude Rosenberg Early Childhood Education Fund
Janet Schultz Teens to Israel Fund Schwartzman Family Scholarship Fund for the Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School Brandon Shorenstein Bar and Bat Mitzvah Scholarship Fund Paul and Ruth Steiner Permanent Endowment for Gifted Students in Public Schools and North Peninsula JCC Adult Programs Fund Dr. Walter Vogel Memorial Campership Fund for Day and Overnight Camps for Jewish Youth Dr. Walter Vogel Memorial Fund for Immigrant Youth in Israel Fund Ronald P. Wilmot Scholarship Fund
D E S I G N AT E D J E W I S H C O M M U N I T Y F E D E R AT I O N A N N UA L C A M PA I G N I N P E R P E T U I T Y F U N D S A N D C O M M I T M E N T S , I N C L U D I N G L I O N O F J U DA H END OWMENTS (LOJE) List current through April, 2008 Betty Denenberg Adler (Ruby LOJE) Sylvia Ashe Z”L Ann Bear (LOJE) D.B. Berelson Lenore K. Bleadon (LOJE) Judith Gold Bloom (LOJE) David and Rosalind Bloom Ruth Breslar Z”L Jerome H. and Sylvia Cherin Z”L Annette Dobbs (LOJE) Barbara Ann Farber (LOJE) Susan and David Folkman Eleanor Lesser Fraenkel (LOJE) Jill and John Freidenrich Miriam J. Gauss (LOJE) Jane Blumberg Goldberg (LOJE) Richard P. Gross Z”L Barbara Kaufman (LOJE) Ron Kaufman
Bernis Kretchmar (LOJE) Eva Chernov Lokey (LOJE) Fern Elizabeth Lowenberg (LOJE) Louis D. Marks Z”L Marcia A. Markels Marlyn G. McClaskey (Ruby LOJE) Eleanor Myers (LOJE) Leah Noher (LOJE) Karen Kaufman Perlman (LOJE) Reiner Family Charitable Fund Joyce Baker Rifkind (LOJE) Sheri L. Robbins (Ruby LOJE) Dr. Barbara C. Rosenberg (LOJE) Madeleine Haas Russell Z”L Carol D. Saal (Ruby LOJE) Harry J. Saal Dorothy Ruby Saxe (LOJE)
(Z"L: May their memory be a blessing)
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Janet A. Schultz (Ruby LOJE) Z”L Adolph Schuman Z”L Dana Bloom Shapiro (LOJE) Jordan R. Sills Joan and Robert Sinton Z”L Susan W. Sorkin (LOJE) Marlene W. Stein (LOJE) Martin A. Stein Anne F. A. Steirman (LOJE) David Steirman Valli Benesch Tandler (LOJE) Carol Schussler van Wijnen (LOJE) Dorothy Vogel (LOJE) Walter Vogel Z”L Kathy Williams (LOJE) Rhoda Wolfe (LOJE) Alanna Zrimsek (LOJE)
UNRESTRICTED NAMED FUNDS Their Memories Will Live on Through Their Legacies to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund. List current through April, 2008 The Dr. Bernard S. Aarons Fund The Greta Abrams Fund The Irving and Goldie Alter Fund The Bess G. Altman Fund The Philip Anspacher Fund The Sylvia Ashe Fund The Karl Bach Fund The Frank G. Back Fund The Florence M. Baerwald Fund The Irving and Elaine Bartel Fund The Benjamin Baum Fund The Olga Baxt Fund The Irma Becker Fund The Charlotte and Isidor Bedak Memorial Fund The Helene Beerwald Fund The William E. Berelson Fund The Alma Bernheim Fund The Ruth F. Bien Fund The Kate Blanton Fund The Russell and Evelyn Bliss Fund The Bernard Blumberg Fund The Harry Blumenthal Fund The Louis Blumenthal Fund The Jean and Joseph Blumlein Fund The Sylvia Boxer Fund The Jessie Brandenburg Fund The Cathryn and Edward Bransten Fund The John Bransten Fund The William Haas Bransten Fund The Ruth Breslar Fund The L. G. Brickman Fund The Rebe L. Brittan Fund The Blanka B. Brock Fund The Rose Bruckner Fund The Bushman Family Memorial Fund The Miriam I. Chaban Fund The Sylvia and Jerome Cherin Fund The Herbert A. Cohen Trust The Bernice Cohn Fund The Dr. Ben Colloff Fund The Nadine S. Cole Fund The George and Leah Colton Fund The Nancy M. and Louis S. Constine, Jr. Fund The Maxwell W. Cramer Fund The Esther Wollner Daniel Fund The Audrey and Julian Davis Fund The Sidney and Ida Davis Fund The Louis Dessauer Fund The Bess and Joe Dienstag Fund The Thelma Duze Fund The Miriam Faverman Fund The Emilie Simon Feins Fund The Jesse and Joan Feldman Fund The Morris Feldman Fund
The Margarete Fischer Fund The Martin Fish Fund The Alan A. Fishel Trust The Hattie Fishel Fund The Milton Fleischman Fund The Robert O. and Fanny Folkoff Fund The Gertrude F. Francisco Fund The Monte Frankel Trust Fund The A. C. Freeman Fund The Alfred and Winifred Fremont Fund The Ilse Friedman Fund The Norman Friend Fund The Alfred and Hanna Fromm Fund The Henry and Tamara G. Fuchs Fund The Helen and Lloyd Gartner Fund The Virginia and Edward Gassman Fund The Charles and Gerry Gensler Fund The James and Elizabeth Gerstley Fund The Eva G. and Louis Gold Fund The Felice S. Gold Fund The Robert L. Goldman Fund The Irma Goldner Fund The Pauline S. Goldsmith Fund The Mira Goorian Fund The Florence Grafman Fund The Julius Greenberg Fund The Malcolm C. Greenberg Fund The Walter A. and Ena Griesbach Fund The Richard P. Gross Fund The Richard Gump Fund The Morgan Gunst Fund The Alfred Gutman Fund The Walter Haas, Jr. Fund The Walter Haas, Sr. Fund The Eric M. Hacker Fund The Rose Handler Fund The Joan Eames Hayes Fund The Bella Heiden Fund The Isaias W. Hellman Fund The Gina Herrman Fund The Helen Heskins Fund The Allan B. Hirsch Fund The Nan May Holstein Fund The Gloria Hubner Fund The Charles Isaacs Fund The Robert L. Jacobs Fund The Henry and Sophie Jasny Fund The Jim Joseph Fund The Edgar M. Kahn Fund The Dorothy and Martell Kaliski Fund
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The Hilda Kaplan Fund The Bernard Manasse Kaufman Fund The Golda and Harold Kaufman Fund The Joan I. Kauffman Fund The Simon and Esther Koplan Fund The Carol Koshland Fund The Daniel E. Koshland Fund The Edith G. Koshland Fund The Lucille Koshland Fund The Henry L. Kurtz Fund The Adolph and Lucille Lakes Fund The Julius Landauer Fund The Mary Landauer Fund The Mildred Lange Fund The Jack Langsam Fund The Harry Lazarus Fund The Louis Lebovitz Fund The Betty R. Leland Fund The Hilde J. Leopold Fund The Alicia G. Levita Fund The Annette Levy Fund The Ernest Lilienthal Memorial Fund The Ruth H. Lilienthal Fund The Rose Lister Fund The Tom Lowenstein Fund The Josie and Irv Maltzer Fund The Joseph and Genevieve Markson Fund The Dr. Samuel L. and Helen Marsh Fund The Julius May Fund The William A. Melchior Fund The Charles E. Merrill Trust The Clotilde Merle Fund The Eva Metzger Trust The Florence Meyer Fund The Carol Michaelis Fund The Cora Miller Fund The Elyse and Grant Miller Fund The Florence Berger Mintz Trust The Otto and Betty Modley Fund The Gusti and Walter Moellerich Fund The Madeline and Walter N. Moldawer Fund The Helene Eleanore Moral Fund The Daniel L. Morris Fund The Esther Pearl Morse Fund The Thea Munter Fund The Herbert Naor Fund The Martin J. Nathan Fund The Charlotte Newman Fund The Edna K. and Irving R. Newman Fund The Dorothy Norton Fund The David Obstfeld Fund
The Jack and Minette Ornstein Fund The Joseph and Eda Pell Fund The Wally Pfeifel Fund The Julius Phillips Fund The Lydia Phillips Fund The Ludwig and Lotte Pick Trust Fund The Pollat-Harris Family Fund The Matilda Ada Prince Fund The Ruth Pulverman Fund The Mitchell and Shirley Raskin Family Trust Fund The David J. Reina Memorial Fund The Reiner Charitable Funds The Fred F. Renner Fund The Charlotte Reznek Fund The Gertrude Resnick Fund The Jerome K. Robinson Fund The Samuel and Valerie Rodetsky Fund The Barbara and Ernest Rogers Fund The Frieda Roof Fund The B. Rose Trust Fund The Margaret Rosenau Fund The Martin Rosenblum Fund The Rosenthal Family Trust The Samuel and Annette Rosner Fund The John J. and Rosetta Sampson Fund The Nadine and Oscar Rushakoff Fund The Madelyn Russell Fund The Fred Morris Sanders and Miriam Gerson Sanders Fund
The Elmer Schlesinger Fund The Edward and Frances Schneider Fund The Charles S. Schonfeld Fund The A. Schuman Fund The Hildegarde Schwartz Fund The Melvin Schwarzbaum Fund The Hilda E. Seelig Fund The Walter S. Selig Fund The Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson Fund The Irving and Esther Shiller Fund The A. J. and Mollie E. Shragge Memorial Fund The Freema Shwartz Fund The Henry and Geraldyn Sicular Fund The Katherine Simon Fund The Rudolph Simon Fund The Henry and Carol Sinton Fund The Robert and Joan Sinton Fund The Adrienne Sloss Fund The Peter F. Sloss Fund The Herbert W. Solmsen Fund The Samuel Sommer Fund The Sosnick Fund The Lucille and Jules E. Steen Fund The Henry H. Stein Fund The H. A. and Sylvia Steingart Fund The John Steinhart Fund The Carl and Marjorie Stern Fund
The John D. Stern Fund The Sylvia Stone Fund The Lura Martin Swig and Howard R. Swig Fund The Melvin and Dee Swig Fund The Melvin M. Swig Memorial Fund The Robert Swig Fund The Lewis and Lillian Tilin Fund The Samuel Untermyer Fund The Dr. Walter Vogel Fund The Max O. Wahl Fund The Paula Wallech Fund The Phyllis Wasserman Fund The Charlotte Weil Fund The Michael Weiner Fund The Miriam Weiss Fund The Jerome and Henriette Werner Fund The Frederic S. Whitman Fund The Erika Wiener Fund The Greta R. Windmiller Fund The Edith L. Wineman Fund The Morris and Antoinette Wisefield Trust Fund The Jacob H. and Celina Wisniewski Fund The Jacob W. Wolf Fund The Gertrud Wolff Fund The Edward M. Zeller Memorial Fund The Hana F. Zellerbach Fund The Harold Zellerbach Fund The Alice and Arthur Zimmerman Fund
UNRESTRICTED END OWMENT FUNDS Their Memories Will Live on Through Their Legacies to the Jewish Community Endowment Fund. List current through April, 2008 Nathaniel and Katherine Abel Lloyd S. Ackerman Eugenie Sachs Alanson Harry Albert Ray Alexander Marcus Alter John Amezcua Margaret Anker Lempi Aro Leon Aronson Hillard Asch George Babin Dorothy M. Bachman Francis K. Baerwald and Resi Baerwald Judith Balderston Paula Baneman Margaret Bank Robert Bank
Rosalind Bare Edith Barnett Leah S. Barnett Ezra M. Battat Fannie Becker Esther Bell Apolonia Berge Anna Berger Ernest Berman Estelle Berns Minnie Bestandig Ralph A. Bing Bernice Biederman Matilda Birnbaum Florence Black Gertrude T. Bleiberg Gertrude Block Katherine A. Block Jonas Bloom Margaret A. Bloom May Bloom Charles J. Blumenthal
Emma L. Blumenthal Else F. Blumlein Sara Boudofsky Amy Steinhart Braden Frederick T. Bransten Frances M. Breger Samuel Breger Ted Brilliant Ernest Brown Lincoln A. Brown Morris Bruck Harry Bunzel Irma Burger Beatrice Cahn Frances T. Cahn William F. Cahn Zena Casper Edith I. Cassmir Rebecca Cerf Betty S. Cerkel
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Helen Chaim Hadassah Cohen Herbert Cohen David G. Cohn Edith Coliver Rose Verna Colle H. James Compton William F. Cordes Rebecca Cornet Bella Cross Josephine Dannenbaum Sallye and Myron Dawidoff Edward Debs Vera Donig Anne G. Duffy Samuel H. Edelman George Edelstein Pauline Edelstein Emmi Ehrlich Emma B. Ehrman
Harold and Eva Eisenberg Victor Eisner, Jr. Charlotte Cerf Elasser Meyer Elsasser Beatrice S. Epstein Sidonie Erdheim Jack Feibusch Gabriel A. Feinman Joseph Feldman Samuel L. Fendel Fred Joseph Field Harold S. Firstenberg Ida Fishel George and Helen Foos Leone Frank Israel Friedman Benjamin Friend Hazel Stone Fries Bernard Frommer
Philip Fruchter Harrison Gans Melville T. Gellert Sylvia Gellert Goody J. Gensler Adele M. Gerstley Gerry B. Gilbert Mirry Gilbert John Gims Samuel Ginsberg Max Gold Hattie Goldberg Marjorie L. Goldberg Ethel Goldfarb Eugene D. Goldman Gertrude Goldman Lena Goldman Babette Goldsmith Myron B. Goldsmith Alexander Goldstein Erna Goldstein Lutie D. Goldstein Solomon and Helene Goldstein Regina Goldstine Harold Goodkind Fritz Gottlieb Ilse M. Grabowski Esther Graves Roy C. Greenberg Sarah Greenberg David A. Gruenberger Milton Grunbaum Elsa T. Guggenhime Martha Guggenhime Abraham Haas Louise F. Haas Susie Haas Samuel Hamburger Homer Harris Jeannette C. Harris Jerome A. Harris Fanny Hasterlick Julius E. Hecht Bella Heiden Charles Heiden Ruth Heinemann Jeannette M. Heller Martin J. Heller Richard H. Heller Walter D. Heller Alfred Hiller Leonard M. Hirsch Morton T. Hirsch Irving Hochman Lionel S. Hockwald Florence J. Hoffman Joseph Hoffman Florence Holcenberg
Irving Holcenberg Gloria Hubner David R. Hyman Ethel Isaacs Maurice and Frances Jackson Arthur and Rose Jacobi Harold W. Jacobs Jack Jacobs Jean Jacobs Pearl B. Jacobs Jack Jacobson Maurice Jacobson Ralph N. Jacobson Peggy Jordan Hilda Joseph Mary J. Joslyn Babette Kach Marie Kahn Irma Ida Kalisher Mary Kanter Ida Henrietta Kantor Esther Kasowitz Ethel C. Kasowitz Betty Kasper Murray A. Katz Sarah Katz Sara S. Kaufman Thelma Kaufman Carla Kay Selma C. Kay Sarah E. Kertz Rosa Kline Gerda I. KmanitzerMelor Eve Valerie Koch Cecile S. Kochmann Walter Isaac Kohn Henry I. Kolman A. Henry Kolos William Kolos Aidel Korenberg Robert J. Koshland Dr. Louis Kovitz Johann Kraus John Kraus Jacob Kroll Belle Lachman Jacob Lafer Eura Langsam Sam Langsam Harry Langsdorf Hilda Latz Linda M. Latz Milton H. Lees, Sr. Isadore Lefkowitz Leona G. Leibert Hazel Lesser Elsie Levi Fred Levi Louis M. Levitas Ben Levy Clara M. Levy Edith C. Levy
Emma Levy Margery J. Levy Meyer Lewis Abraham Lezerowich Rose Liber Arthur G. Lilienthal Theodore M. Lilienthal Priscilla Lee Lipavsky Abe Livingston Margaret Loewy Juliet Lowenthal Max Malk Leon K. Manaster Robert and Della Mann Harry Marcovitch Esther Marcus Rubie Nancy Martin Sophie Cohn Marum Nathan Matzger Ethel H. McCaughna Fae and Fred Melmon Jennie Melmon Nathan Mendelowitz Minnie Mendelson Suzanne Mensor Gertrude Metzner Mabel R. Meyer Clarabelle Miller Boris Milovich Lillian Mintz Sara Mish Nannette Leavy Mooney Carol Morris Shirley Moscovitz Jerome Moscovitz William Moskovitz Florence Neppert Ira Neumark Charlotte Newland Alice Nossen Fannie Oberfelder Lotte and Eric Ohm Trust William J. Ostrow Florence Patterson Fund Carl and Virginia Pearlstein Estelle M. Pinkiert Leon J. Pinkson David Polak Rose M. Pollak Benjamin Pooler Hulda S. Popper Marie L. Postlethwaite
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Della S. Prescott Jerome Rabin Jacie B. Raiss Stella Ramon Jessie Raphael Arnold and Katherina Reed Kathryn Tess Reichenbach David Rhamm Rose P. Rinder Sidney Ritzwaller Samuel I. Roland Louis S. Roos Sam Rosberg Anna Rosenberg Henry Rosenberg Grace L. Rosenfeld Ida Rosenfeldt Kate Rosenheim Rae Rosenthal Philip Rude David D. Sachs Ruth C. Sahlein Natalie Salen Jeffrey M. Salinger Josef D. Salinger Robert Salinger Ansley K. Salz Helen Salz Samuel M. Samter Lawrence Samuel Louis T. Samuels Henrietta Samuelson Norman Satir Maria Sator Esmond Schapiro Leib Schapiro Ida Schiff Kay Schmulowitz Nat Schmulowitz Benjamin Schneider Paula Schoenholz Irma Schrag Ethel Schultz May K. Schwabacher Otto Schwalb Alice Schwartz Harry S. Schwartz Mark Schwartz Miriam Schwartz Lillian Schwartzburg Laurien Segall John Seid Mayme L. Serbin Samuel Shainsky Edith G. Shapirer Ann Shapiro David Shapiro Leib Shapiro Minna K. Shapiro Joseph Sheftel Gertrude Silberberg
Hilde Silberberg Ruth and Mervyn Silverstein Blanche Simon Fred Simon Harry L. Simon Katherine Simon Sam Sinkoff Edgar Sinton Marian W. Sinton Leo S. Sloss Joseph A. Smith Samuel Sonnenberg Leo Stearns Anna D. Stein Edith R. Steinberg John H. Steinberg Lillian M. Steinberg Etta Steinman Ethel H. Stern Margarethe Sternfeld Minnie Stolz Samuel Stotland Robert Swartz Foundation Louis Yale Sweet Joseph Tarika Rose Terk Solomon Timen Frances M. Treguboff Dorothee and Frederick Triest William O. Trownsell Reuben Ungar Walter V. Walsh Simon Walter Emma Wasserman Sarah Weisman Bernice Levy Wetterwik Raoul and Ellen Wexberg Jerome B. White Rabbi Saul White Dr. Ernst Wohlauer Jerome Wolff Desider Wollner Ernst Wollner Ruth Yoell Fany Zaiions James D. Zellerbach Jennie B. Zellerbach Matilda Zenter Joseph Zimmerman Henni Zippert Bernard Zomber Giza Zomber Eugene Zucker
Endowment Committee Richard Rosenberg, Chair, Jewish Community Endowment Fund F. Warren Hellman, Vice Chair, Jewish Community Endowment Fund John Freidenrich, Chair, Endowment Development Committee James Koshland, Chair, Endowment Distributions Committee John Osterweis, Chair, Endowment Investment Committee Ian Altman Gerson Bakar Alvin H. Baum, Jr. Riva Berelson Jerome I. Braun Neill Brownstein Adele Corvin Annette Dobbs Steven Fayne Robert Friend John Goldman Richard N. Goldman Stephen Grand Frances D. Green Douglas M. Heller
Judy Huret William Isackson Ron Kaufman Laura Heller Lauder Ginny Lawrence Dan Leemon Bobby Lent Joan Levison William J. Lowenberg Stuart Moldaw Mervin G. Morris Bernard Osher Joseph Pell John Pritzker Lisa Pritzker
Alan Rothenberg Jackie Safier Lela Sarnat Jack Schafer Phil Schlein Mark Schlesinger Donald H. Seiler David Steirman Roselyne C. Swig Valli Benesch Tandler Norman Traeger Diane Zack Harold Zlot
John Pritzker, President, Jewish Community Federation Phyllis Cook, Executive Director, The Jewish Community Endowment Fund
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Jewish Community Endowment Fund Book of Life