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The Foundation is proud to partner with several organizations and families to strengthen our community.

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Blanche and Norman Ginsburg Camp Scholarship Endowment Fund

The Blanche and Norman Ginsburg Camp Scholarship Fund was established by Judy and Dr. Barry Weiner in memory of Judy’s parents, who were avid supporters of Jewish camps, Jewish education, and synagogue and community-wide endeavors. As a child in the 1930s, Blanche attended Camp Chi in Wisconsin, a program of the Chicago Hebrew Institute. Her camp experiences created friendships and memories that lasted a lifetime.    Blanche and Norman met in Chicago and later settled in Los Angeles.  They were married for 64 years and had 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

This fund will provide need-based scholarships to families who would like their children to attend Jewish overnight camps, but who find the cost associated too much to bear.  Helping children to attend overnight camp is an honor to the memory of Blanche and Norman, and an opportunity for the entire community to make an impact in a child's life. 

Pioneer Cemetery Fund

The Jewish The Jewish Community Foundation of the West is proud to partner with the Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries and Landmarks in the West to preserve the historic Jewish Cemeteries of northern California. Their mission of restoration and education is supported by the investment strategies and tools of JCFW and by generous donors like you. Currently the Commission is seeking funds to repair the wall of the Sonora Hebrew Cemetery in Sonora.  The project will require rebuilding a portion of the wall that is failing.  $35,000 is needed for this repair project. Your donation would be greatly appreciated.

For more information about the Commission, please download their brochure, or email

To donate the the Pioneer Jewish Cemetery Commission, please click on the "Donate Now" button below. Remember to indicate the name of the fund on the credit card form. For more information about donating by check, please click here.

Teen Trips to Israel

One of the most important Jewish experiences a teen can have is to visit Israel with a group of peers. After seeing the impact that such a trip had on their own children, Sharon and Larry Saltzman wanted to make sure that every teen had the chance to go. By working with the Jewish Community Foundation of the West, they established the Teen Trips to Israel Fund. Every year, this fund contributes money to the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region to distribute as scholarship money for trips to Israel.

This important cause allows teens an opportunity they otherwise might not have had. As the cost of these trips rise and resources have become more scarce, Sharon and Larry feel it is important to grow this fund so future generations can connect with Israel, the Jewish people, and their own sense of Jewish identity.

Please click on the button below to make a donation, and remember to name Teen Trips to Israel as the fund to which you would like your donation attributed. For more information about donating by check, please click here. Please click on the “Donate Now” button below.