Strive to Make a Difference: Shana Passman | Jewish Family Services

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

As my four children left the house, I found myself looking for a way to both fill my time, but more importantly to fill my soul. The answer for me was volunteer work.

As far back as I can remember my parents were involved with the community, so I always felt it was the right thing to do. I like hands-on work, so I volunteered for Jewish Family Service, working weekly with Holocaust survivors, visiting seniors, and helping with all their needs. It was perfect for me; a “no-frills, roll up your sleeves and get the work done” organization that serves over 100,000 of the most vulnerable people in Los Angeles, whether they are Jewish or not.

We have two food banks (SOVA,) two family violence shelters, many senior programs, programs for developmentally disabled, new mothers, and much more. For the past year and a half, I’m honored to be serving as Chairman of the organization.
Additionally, for the last twenty plus years, I have been on the board of a camp for underprivileged children, Camp Harmony, and for over ten years, on the board of trustees of Pitzer College. And I’m thrilled that my son Josh is on the JFS board with me, and my son Jordan is on the Camp Harmony board. My sons Danny and David are actively involved in other charities.

I have truly found a way to nurture my soul, and would welcome anyone interested in helping in any way, no matter how small.

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