Gerald B. Rosenstein: A Fond Farewell to a True Friend
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This past year Jewish Family and Children’s Services said goodbye to one of our dearest friends, Jerry Rosenstein. A Holocaust survivor who bravely told his story after decades of silence, a businessman with keen financial acumen, a gay man who cared about human rights, and a generous person who fully gave of himself in service to others, he made an impact on JFCS equally immeasurable and enduring. As a holocaust survivor, Jerry was active in Holocaust education and a solid supporter of the JFCS Holocaust Center. Jerry’s relationship to JFCS dates back to the mid-1980s when he made his first… Read More

Posted by Admin on May 9, 2016
A True Family of Friends
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Eugene and Elinor Friend set an incredible example of philanthropy for their children. Through their involvement with various organizations in the community, they showed their deep connection to their home and their heritage. Their story spans more than a century. As an Eastern European Jewish immigrant in New York City around the end of the19th century, Gene’s father was drawn to the western frontier, a place without barriers or discrimination. Bob And Donny Friend (Front Row) with Donny’s Sons, Jason And Benji (Back Row) Elly moved to California from El Paso, Texas and met Gene while attending UC Berkeley. They… Read More

Posted by Admin on November 10, 2015
Fund for Camp Opens Up Vistas for Jewish Youth
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Daryl Messinger’s collaboration with Jewish Family and Children’s Services started more than 20 years ago. Shortly after she and Jim Heeger joined Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos in the early 1990s, Daryl quickly heeded the call to service. At that time, Beth Am had partnered with JFCS to help resettle and acculturate emigres from the former Soviet Union and Daryl chaired the congregation’s émigré committee. Daryl Messinger and Jim Heeger In 1998, Paul Resnick recruited Daryl onto JFCS’ board of directors and by 1999 she was board treasurer, then vice president from 2002 through 2005. Both Daryl and Jim… Read More

Posted by Admin on November 10, 2015
A Father’s Love Lives on—and Young People Succeed
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Over many years, Ronald and Anita Wornick have touched the worlds of art, medical research, education, and Jewish philanthropy through gifts that have made a difference in the lives of many. But few of their gifts have meant as much to them personally as the Harry & Florence Wornick Endowment Fund for Youth Loans, which they established at JFCS as a tribute to Ron’s parents. The fund, which supports the education of promising students, recently received a boost with a significant new gift from the Wornicks. Harry & Florence Wornick “My reverence for my father is beyond containment,” says… Read More

Posted by Admin on May 23, 2014
Seymour Newstat Endowment Fund
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The Seymour Newstat Endowment Fund will make distributions each year to support Passover seders for the Café by the Bay program. The fund will exist in perpetuity and will be used for Holocaust education, after there is no longer a need for Café by the Bay programs. It was the joy that a particular JFCS program brought to her father’s life that prompted Joyce Newstat, along with her spouse, Susan Lowenberg, to establish a named endowment fund in his loving memory. Joyce Newstat, Seymour Newstat, Bill Lowenberg and Susan Lowenberg) Seymour Newstat did not talk much about his life during… Read More

Posted by Admin on March 17, 2014