Supporting Community through the Ages: The Parasol Foundation Trust
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Since 2013 the Parasol Foundation Trust has partnered with JFCS, making substantial investments in our YouthFirst and Seniors At Home programs to help teens realize their potential and low-income elderly to receive the comprehensive services they need to live as safely and independently as possible. The trust was founded by online gaming entrepreneur Ruth Parasol, originally of Mill Valley and the eldest daughter of Richard Parasol, a Holocaust survivor and real estate developer. Ruth grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and she and her family are committed to adding their philanthropic support to JFCS and our mutual interest… Read More

Posted by Admin on May 9, 2017
Barbara Otto: A Cause Close to Her Heart
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It’s not just because she’s something of an “investment nerd” that Barbara Otto was inspired to set up her own endowment fund with Jewish Family and Children’s Services two years ago. The international banking veteran wanted to make sure support for a cause she felt passionately about would carry on. That cause is helping young women gain access to higher education in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Barbara didn’t start out in finance; she double-majored in Spanish and Latin American Studies and Art History at Hunter College in New York City. She says, “I was the… Read More

Posted by Admin on November 12, 2016
Preisler Shorenstein Institute Offers Holocaust Education for Thousands
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Like many children who had a parent who survived the Holocaust, Lydia Preisler Shorenstein felt an obligation to find a way to honor her father’s memories and experiences, as well as to educate others about the tragedy of the Holocaust so that history would not continue to repeat itself. For Lydia the call to action came when she and her late husband, Doug Shorenstein, visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. along with her family, including Lydia’s parents, Simon and Etelka. Lydia Preisler Shorenstein and Doug Shorenstein z’l with children Sandra, Brandon, and Danielle Simon Preisler was… Read More

Posted by Admin on November 12, 2016
Frank Stein and his partner, Paul May, Give a New Generation the Chance to Bloom
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Frank Stein and his life partner, Paul May, drove cross-country to San Francisco in the 1960s to seek their fortunes, knowing that they could live their lives more openly as a gay couple out west. In the years that followed they created an incredible life together and became successful businessmen. Growing up from humble beginnings in Brooklyn, New York, Frank understands firsthand how some families struggle. With a generous grant to JFCS’ Parents Place, he and Paul’s success can now help parents, children, teens, and families get the tools and support they need to be their best. | Frank Stein… Read More

Posted by Admin on May 24, 2016
You Can Even the Playing Field for At-Risk Children
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I wanted my son to have the same chances in life as other kids. JFCS made it possible. When a child isn’t off to a good start his future is at risk – and puts stress on the entire family. Sheryl found herself in serious trouble when her son got dropped from preschool for starting fights and disobeying teachers. “I couldn’t find another preschool for Ben and had to take a lot of unpaid time off work. I was behind on rent and started running out of money for food. The stress was overwhelming but I knew we could both… Read More

Posted by Admin on May 10, 2016
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