Donor Stories

Impacting Future Generations: Rochelle Rubenstein’s Story

Rochelle “Shell” Rubenstein had always had a close relationship with her father, Arthur Stadt. So after Arthur’s passing, Shell was surprised to learn something about him that she had never known: her dad started his business, Pacific Special Messenger Service, with a loan from Hebrew Free Loan. Going through her father’s papers after his death, Shell found the original contract for the loan of $300. The paperwork was dated Oct. 29, 1939. Arthur had opened his business in the midst of the Great Depression. The loan was cosigned by S....

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Ira Paul Levin Testimonial Fund: Jack and Sharon Levin’s Story

Jack and Sharon arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area in June of 1973 so that Jack could begin an allergy fellowship at what was then Stanford Children’s Hospital. Three months later, their son Ira was born. At 6 months, Ira was diagnosed with Canavans Disease, a fatal, degenerative neurological condition. Seeking a way to acknowledge Ira’s life and believing in the mission of the Hebrew Free Loan, Jack and Sharon began the Ira Paul Levin Testimonial Fund at Hebrew Free Loan in 1975. “We wanted to insure that Ira’s life would...

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