08/26/2014

One Way to Leave a Legacy

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Meet George Taub

George F. Traub fled his homeland of Czechoslovakia during World War II and the Holocaust. With help from family members in Cleveland, Traub, his wife and son forged a new life here, never forgetting their roots or the assistance they received.

Decades later, while preparing his estate plan with his attorney, Mr. Traub expressed his interest in preserving the memories and experiences of others like him, who fled Europe during the Holocaust and came to America as immigrant Jews. Through funding from his estate, he established the George F., Stephanie M., and George L. Traub Fund as part of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland'’s endowment to support those causes in perpetuity.

Mr. Traub's bequest of $260,000, received in 1983, has quintupled to nearly $1.3 million today. This remarkable growth has occurred while the fund has made grants totaling almost $750,000 to carry out the purposes Mr. Traub envisioned.

Among its grants, the Traub fund has supported a Holocaust exhibit at the JCC, facilitated programming at the Maltz Museum, assisted JFSA in meeting Holocaust survivors' needs, provided resources to benefit Kol Israel, and encouraged Holocaust education at local schools, colleges, and universities.

We will never forget the Holocaust or Mr. Traub and his family's journey to this country. Because of his generosity, our community has benefited enormously, and his legacy lives on.


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