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Just the facts

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• In October 2001, a coalition of Jewish organizations announces that it has entered into an agreement with Sun Microsystems to acquire the company’s headquarters site in Palo Alto.

• The coalition later adopts the name Campus for Jewish Life. The CJL Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund is formed and fundraising begins for the land acquisition.

• The campus receives a combined $15 million grant (later increased to $20 million) from the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture and Koret Foundation Funds. It is announced that the development will be named the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life.

• A collaborative initiative among the Jewish Home of San Francisco; the Albert L. Schultz Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto; the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties; and local community leaders.

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• The campus is the permanent home for Moldaw Family Residences senior living community, the new Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, the regional headquarters for the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation, and offices for other nonprofits serving the Jewish community.

• Located on 8.5 acres of land at the intersection of San Antonio Road and East Charleston Road in southern Palo Alto.

• Construction began in summer 2007.

• Designed as a pedestrian-friendly “village” environment. Outdoor “rooms” provide additional space for social/recreational activities. Campus includes courtyard gardens, landscaped grounds and crossbridges that provide great connectivity and views. Parking is provided at ground level underneath the buildings.

• More information:


• A $10 million lead gift from the family of M. Kenneth and Barbara Oshman was announced in November 2005.

• An additional $10 million gift in April 2008 from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund.

• Approximately 135,000 square feet.

• Richard and Rhoda Goldman Center for Adult Living and Learning.

• Albert & Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, with studios, meeting rooms and classrooms.

inside a Moldaw apartment
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• Goldman Sports and Wellness Complex, featuring a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools and gymnasium.

• T’enna Pre-School at the Leslie Family Early Childhood Education Center.

• In addition: a teen center, a café, a gift shop, a daycare center for children and offices for local Jewish organizations.


• A senior living community on the campus.

• Naming dedication is in honor of a $10 million gift from the Moldaw Family Supporting Foundation.


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