Among the questions I am asked most frequently is a fundamental one: how community foundations work and the myriad ways they facilitate—and enhance—our donors’ philanthropic goals.
Invariably, my replies include that one of the great benefits afforded by the Jewish Community Foundation is flexibility. We offer what I call “a big tent” under which our donors can fulfill their philanthropic ambitions and passions. Each year, nearly all our 1,200 donor families support thousands of Jewish and general community nonprofit causes locally, nationally, and in Israel.
If The Foundation provides the big tent, then donors themselves are the steadfast tent poles. Two of these families—the Farbers and the Katzes—are featured in this issue, and you will find their selfless commitment to precepts of tzedakah and chesed inspirational.
What is particularly interesting is that these families display both contrasts and profound similarities to each other. Consider several distinctions: Janet and Jake Farber have been pillars of LA Jewish life since the late 1940s, whereas Rachel and Alex Katz, along with their five young children, left LA last year to make aliyah to Israel.
Through their Donor Advised Fund at The Foundation, the Katz family ardently supports multiple programs benefitting Colel Chabad, the oldest continually operating charity in Israel. For decades, Janet and Jake Farber have been mainstays of our local institutions: the Jewish Federation, Builders of Jewish Education, and Camp Ramah, to name a few.
What unites these two couples, however, is their unwavering commitment to giving back, to making a difference, and to helping the neediest in our society. Janet and Jake continue to be exemplars through their leadership and philanthropy to their children, grandchildren and, for that matter, our Los Angeles community as a whole.
It is clear Rachel and David are energetically instilling these values within their own family in Israel. And, based on what I see each day, they are merely two of the countless Foundation families living by these same tenets. By this measure, we can be extremely confident in our Jewish future.
Let me close by wishing you and your families a Happy Chanukah and best wishes for a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2017. As the year winds down, please do not hesitate to reach out to our development team or Center for Designed Philanthropy if we can be of service in advancing your own philanthropic goals.