New JFCS fund to help run seder for survivors

A fund has been created to benefit local Holocaust survivors who participate in the Café by the Bay’s annual Passover seder, the S.F.-based Jewish Family and Children’s Services announced last week.

The Seymour Newstat Endowment Fund was established by Joyce Newstat and Susan Lowenberg. Newstat is a member of the JFCS board and chair of the JFCS Holocaust Center’s Council of Children of Survivors. Lowenberg, her spouse, is a business and community leader who serves on the 68-member U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum board of trustees.

The fund is named in memory of Newstat’s father, a Holocaust survivor who attended Café by the Bay programs.

“My father was a quiet man, but he loved presiding over the Passover seder,” Newstat said in a press release about the new fund, “so it’s fitting that we remember him in this manner. A whole new world opened up for him at JFCS’ Café by the Bay, where he made friends with other survivors.”

Lowenberg, meanwhile, is the daughter of the late William Lowenberg, a leader in the advancement of Holocaust education in this country.

The fund primarily will support the Café by the Bay’s Passover seder, which attracts many area Holocaust survivors. Remaining distributions from the fund will be used to educate young people about the Holocaust and to advance tolerance and social justice.