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Karfunkel Safran Family Fund

Barbara surrounded by six of her eight grandchildren.

Honoring the Life of Barbara Safran

The Karfunkel Safran Family Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles was established to celebrate and honor the life of Barbara Safran; loving mother of three, grandmother to eight, sister, and friend to many. Contributions made to the fund will help establish a lasting legacy to support the charities and causes that Barbara believed in.

From her own family to the hundreds of patients she saw throughout her career as a therapist to the many families she helped to find that perfect home as a real estate agent, Barbara’s compassion and empathy have been the cornerstones of a life filled with her love and concern for others.

The adopted daughter of Jewish immigrants from Russia and Hungary who suffered through the pogroms of Eastern Europe and lost many family members in the Holocaust, Barbara was raised to appreciate, respect, and love her Jewish heritage. She fostered this same love and appreciation in her children by sharing her infectious joy in the many traditions and practices she was raised with – including her incredible recipe for Chanukah latkes.

She embraced Judaism as one would an old friend: finding comfort and sharing happiness with the various temple communities she has belonged to, as well as presiding over countless family festivities. Her love of Judaism led her to complete her Bat Mitzvah at the ripe age of 50 -- the same year she found and met her birth mother and learned of her Austrian Jewish roots.

Barbara was diagnosed with terminal cancer in March, 2015 and has fought valiantly -- making each additional day we were able to spend with her a blessing. Even while battling this terrible disease, she continued to find time for friends, console her family, and consider the many organizations she wanted to help long after her time with us has passed.

The decision to establish this fund with the Jewish Community Foundation was an easy one for her children knowing their mother’s lifelong goal of helping others. We invite you to make a gift to the Karfunkel Safran Family Fund to help continue Barbara’s legacy of compassion and love.

Thank you so much for ensuring that Barbara's legacy will live on forever.

With love,
Lisa, Misha, and Adam

Contribute Today

Your tax-deductible donation to The Foundation will be credited to the Karfunkel Safran Family Fund to support 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations recommended by Barbara Safran and her family.

Your donation receipt will be sent via email.

Payment Information

The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles ("Foundation") is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to The Foundation are tax-deductible. The Foundation's tax identification number is 95-6111928.

Family and friends ("Advisers") created this charitable Donor Advised Fund ("Fund") at The Foundation in honor or in memory of a loved one(s). Fund Advisers and their families may not personally benefit, nor direct specific individuals to benefit, from the Fund. Advisers may recommend grants from the Fund to 501(c)3 nonprofits, Jewish or otherwise, locally, nationally and in Israel. The Foundation legally controls the Fund and vets all grantees. View or download information about Donor Advised Funds.

Tax receipts for online donations are available immediately via email and download. Credit card donations incur a convenience fee of 3%, although the entire credit card donation amount is tax-deductible. For example, for a $100 credit card donation, $97 will go to the Fund, $3 will pay our processing vendor and $100 will be listed as a tax-deductible donation on your tax receipt. If you prefer to donate via check or donate securities or other assets, view Giving.

Established in 1954, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles manages charitable assets of more than $1 billion entrusted to it by over 1,300 families. The Foundation partners with its donors to shape meaningful philanthropic strategies, magnify the impact of giving and build enduring charitable legacies. Over the past 15 years, The Foundation has distributed over $1 billion in grants to thousands of nonprofits across a diverse spectrum.

Visit us at www.jewishfoundationla.org. Contact us at development@jewishfoundationla.org or (323) 761-8704.