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Jewish Heritage Month San Diego

Jewish Heritage Month


As part of the Union Bank Heritage Month celebrations, we are proud to sponsor the Local Heroes Awards and to honor various individuals for their positive contributions and influence they have made to the Jewish American community.

The honorees will be formally recognized as part of the Annual Local Heroes Awards, which Union Bank partners with public television station KPBS. The station broadcasts video profiles of the honorees throughout its Jewish American Heritage Month programming.

Congratulations to our 2012 Local Heroes of the Year: 

        Jill Borg Spitzer 
        Retired CEO
        Jewish Family Service of San Diego 

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Jill Borg Spitzer began working at Jewish Family Service (JFS) in 1984 when the agency had a staff of 20, an annual budget of $500,000 and focused on family counseling. As CEO for 25 years, Ms. Spitzer has focused on social issues, including domestic violence, youth mentoring, senior centers and hunger. JFS now serves more than 30,000 people every year, and it’s Hand Up Food Pantry, led by youth volunteers, serves more than 7,000 people. Ms. Spitzer has revitalized JFS’ fundraising capacity and completed a $12 million capital campaign. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia and is a licensed clinical social worker.

       
        Gussie Zaks 
        Holocaust Lecturer 
         

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Born in Poland in 1925, at age 13 Gussie Zaks was sent to several concentration camps before losing her family at the Treblinka death camp. Once liberated, Ms. Zaks spent time in Sweden and Belgium; she immigrated to the U.S. and moved to San Diego in 1963. As a Holocaust survivor, Ms. Zaks educates others about racial and religious discrimination. Despite losing many family and friends to unspeakable acts of prejudice, she believes hate is not the answer. She has been recognized by the Board of Education of San Diego City Schools and has received San Diego’s Channel 10 News Leadership Award.


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Jewish Heritage Month Los Angeles

Jewish Heritage Month


As part of the Union Bank Heritage Month celebrations, we are proud to sponsor the Local Heroes Awards and to honor various individuals for their positive contributions and influence they have made to the Jewish American community.

The honorees will be formally recognized as part of the Annual Local Heroes Awards, which Union Bank partners with public television station KCET. The station broadcasts video profiles of the honorees throughout its Jewish American Heritage Month programming.

Congratulations to our 2012 Local Heroes of the Year: 

        Roslyn and Abner D. Goldstine 
        Community Volunteers
        Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles 

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In 2007, the Goldstines established the Abner D. and Roslyn Goldstine Fund for Holocaust Survivors through the nonprofit organization, Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS). The fund provides a sense of hope and dignity to aging, low-income Holocaust survivors and their families who need food, shelter and essential health services. The fund has helped about 267 survivors and counting.

Mrs. Goldstine is secretary of the JFS board. She is also on the executive committee of Sinai Temple and the Jewish Vocational Service of Los Angeles (JVS) and is a member of the advisory board of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of American Jewish University.

Mr. Goldstine has served as president and longtime board member of both Sinai Temple and JVS. He also serves on the boards of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, The Executive Service Corps of Southern California and Holy Land Advisory Council. He is deputy treasurer of the City of Beverly Hills.

The Goldstine’s are recipients of JFS’s 2008 Spirit of Humanity Award. They married in September 1963. 

       
        Annette Shapiro 
        Board President 
        Beit T’Shuvah 

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Annette Shapiro is founder and president of the board of Beit T’Shuvah, a Los Angeles-based treatment center and full-service congregation. She is also chairman of the Centennial for the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging.

In addition to her exemplary work at Beit T’Shuvah, Ms. Shapiro has raised millions of dollars for several causes, including drug rehabilitation, diabetes and cancer research. Ms. Shapiro’s long-time passion and support of organizations is like a miracle that grows.

Ms. Shapiro and her husband of 64 years, Leonard, established the David Alan Shapiro Memorial Synagogue Center at American Jewish University in Los Angeles in memory of their son, David Alan.

Ms. Shapiro is currently on the board of advisors for the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, member of City of Hope’s Southern California Islet Consortium (SC-IC) and a member of the National Women’s Philanthropy Advisory Board for the United Jewish Fund. She is a member of the board of governors for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and was co-chair of its $15 million campaign for cancer research.

Ms. Shapiro has received several awards. Her remarkable journey is illustrated in Goldye Harris’ 1994 biography, “Annette Shapiro: Professional Volunteer,” which Ms. Shapiro co-authored.


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