Last month, philanthropist and global Jewish visionary leader Barbara Kay passed away. Throughout her life she dedicated herself to giving and as such was regarded as one of Palm Beach Jewish community’s matriarchs. Some of her roles – together with her husband Jack who passed away some years ago – included: Chair of the Federation and Women’s Philanthropy; work at the Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service; American Friends of Magen David Adom; the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee; Lorraine & Jack N. Friedman Commission for Jewish Education; Jewish Federations of North America (formerly the United Jewish Appeal); Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches, Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Preparatory School; MorseLife Health System; Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach and Taglit Birthright Israel and Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Kay – together with her brother Professor Stanley Mills – co-founded the S&P Foundation (under the umbrella of the Joint Distribution Committee) in order to: “support programs that benefit at-risk children and families in Israel’s lowest socio-economic cities. These life-changing initiatives encourage nutrition enrichment and healthy living via consumption of healthy food, preventative dental care and engagement in physical activity for thousands of vulnerable people.”
The foundation was recently renamed the Barbara Kay Family Foundation promoting her legacy for her children and grandchildren. Kay was recognized profusely over her lifetime for the impact she had on the causes she helped like receiving the 2016 Jeanne Levy Community Leadership Award.
As well as philanthropy Kay had a professional career, as president of a marketing PR company, Barbara Gordon Associates.
Diane Katzman has been creating jewelry and other accessories for the last two decades. At
Diane Katzman Design however, there is an extra layer – that is, “giving back to [their] community & the world through meaningful products, hard work, philanthropy & good business practices.”
Thus it was most fitting that she was recently presented with the Rubin Brown Corporate Leadership Award – a recognition granted to a business or individual that has shown “exemplary philanthropic leadership in the community…demonstrate[ing] a commitment and dedication to philanthropy that enhances our community in a meaningful way.”
Of the award recipient, Julie Gibbs, Director, Major Gifts & Affinity Groups, Jewish Federation of St. Louis said:
“Diane is so fantastic. She impacts the Jewish community in so many ways. She’s a leader….she gives her time. She’s very generous with her resources and supporting campaigns…the bracelets make me so happy because everywhere I go in the federation and particularly at women’s philanthropy events, everyone is wearing the bracelet and I always like to call them the friendship bracelet of the Jewish community.”
Following the horrific murder of around 250 people by ISIS terrorists in Sri Lanka on April 21st, two teenagers have decided to make something good out of the tragedy. 15-year old Amelie and 19-year old Daniel Linsey were vacationing with their father Matthew when they were killed. Matthew’s family is now establishing a foundation for the Sri Lankan hospital where the teens were taken after the attack.
Brother David Linsey explained:
“My dad suggested calling it ‘Love Is The Answer’ after his and my sister’s favourite song. My dad had a particularly close bond with my sister. She was always a daddy’s girl. My brother spent some time last year helping in a village in Ethiopia. His passion is people and places.”
“There wasn’t a war of traditions. We celebrate Hanukkah. We celebrate Christmas as well. Everyone acknowledges each other’s faith. We’d always drop my mother off at church on Christmas Day.”
Jewish communities are well known for their generosity. In this article we take a brief look at two of them: Philadelphia and Phoenix and see just how much their caring communities achieved over the last year.
2018 was a “significant year” for the generous donations of the Jewish people of Philadelphia. According to the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s report, the annual campaign resulted in a total of $21.7 million. This includes efforts from the Jewish Community Fund, programs around Greater Philadelphia, Israel and worldwide.
There was an increase in tax credit contributions to The Foundation for Jewish Day Schools’ EITC/OSTC dollars (Educational Improvement Tax Credit/Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit) of $14.1 million; that figure is almost $5 million more than the prior fiscal year. The Jewish Federation was endowed with $25.9 million as well as an additional $19.8 million in Donor Advised Fund (DAF) contributions, resulting in the creation of 43 new endowment funds and 17 new DAFs.
An equally significant moment was seen earlier this year. Thanks to a very generous grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix, local communities and those in Israel will be privy to supplemental educational and outreach programs. An award of $225,136 for new programs (on subjects including: senior enrichment, interfaith outreach, genetic testing) has been provided. As chairman of the Foundation’s Grants Committee, Francine Coles said:
“We are excited to bring some new educational programs and speakers to the Valley, especially since Holocaust education isn’t mandated in Arizona. A recent survey by the Claims Conference showed major gaps in Holocaust awareness and a desire for Holocaust education.”
Owner and president of the Minnesota Vikings and Jewish Federations of North America’s Board of Trustees businessman Mark Wilf talks about giving of his time and money to important philanthropical causes. One issue close to his heart is Holocaust survivors. Here we learn why it is so important to him.
Also on the show is Chief Development Officer for Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County Matt Kernkraut who commends the diversity of today’s philanthropists.
Yad Sarah is Israel’s largest volunteer-staffed organization. They offer health and home care services for people of all ages and help 420,000 people in Israel each year!
Yad Sarah offer a range of services, including lending medical equipment to tourists who are visiting Israel. Last year, there were 320,000 loans of medical equipment ranging from wheelchairs, crutches oxygen concentrators and apnea monitors.
Their 6,000+ volunteers help in numerous ways, including visiting the homebound. Transportation for people with special needs is provided, and a play center as well as a toy library are available for children with special needs.
Yad Sarah is an organization that works to fill the needs of people as they arise. For instance, they now have a mobile dental unit that provides dental care to people who are homebound.
According to Yad Sarah: “We see these people struggle every day and do whatever we can to help. Our programs and services make sure that their medical, safety, and emotional needs are addressed—in addition to providing a virtual lifeline for many isolated elderly people.”
This orphanage and children’s home in Netanya, Israel provides stability to girls from challenging backgrounds.
Lev LaLev is an organization that prides itself on taking care of their girls on many levels. In addition to food and shelter, they provide therapy, counseling, mentoring and tutoring. Summer camp experiences, extracurricular activities and “extras” such as new clothes help each girl feel valued.
In addition, life cycle milestones, including bat mitzvoth and graduations are celebrated.
Lev LaLev was founded in 1961 by Rabbi Yekusiel Yehuda Halberstam, the Klausenberger Rebbe who lost his wife and eleven children in the Holocaust. An orphan was once left at his door; in response, he opened an orphanage so all children would be taken care of.
Over fifty years later, Lev LaLev LaLev provides a home for around 100 girls between the ages of 8 and 16.