Jack Klein

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Elite Realty (Real Estate)

JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Health, Israel, Education & Youth, Community, Religious

OVERVIEW: Jack Klein and his late wife Elisa established the Jack and Elisa Klein Foundation at the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco. The couple were active in the Jewish community for years before Elisa passed. Significant philanthropy includes strongly supporting Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. Klein continues to give with his current wife Candee. 

BACKGROUND: Jack Klein was born and raised in Tel Aviv and came to the United States in his 20s. In the Bay Area, Klein started a real estate business, Elite Realty.


HEALTH: Elisa Klein battled breast cancer for more than a decade before passing and so it's no surprise that a component of this family's philanthropy involves health. Last decade, Klein and Elisa gave $1 million to help fund the NOGA Clinic, which deals with breast cancer at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. More recently in 2014, Klein and Candee gave $2.5 million gift to Shaare Zedek to fund Shaare Zedek’s Diagnostic Breast Imaging Center (DBIC). The Kleins have also supported outfits like the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science. The Weizmann Institute campus in Israel deals with issues like global warming, world hunger and cancer.

EDUCATION & YOUTH: The Kleins created the Jack and Elisa Klein Scholarship Fund, which supports Jewish students accepted or attending a four-year college or university. The Kleins have helped fund Friends of Yemin Orde, which supports the Yemin Orde Youth Village: a home, school, and haven to hundreds of children in northern Israel. The Kleins gave $450,000 to the youth village for the construction of a residential building. The family has also supported outfits like URJ Camp Newman in Santa Rosa, CA. 

COMMUNITY: The family is heavily involved with the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, and their charity serves as a supporting entity. Other grantees have included Jewish Family and Children's Services, and the Peninsula JCC.

RELIGIOUS: The Kleins support their synagogue, Peninsula Temple Sholom, the site of the Jack & Candee Klein Spiritual Center, as well as the Jack and Elisa Klein Adult Studies Fund. 

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect steady money to continues streaming to Jewish causes. As Klein once put it, "We don't want to leave too much [money] behind... we want to give while we're alive."


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Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco

Amy Rabbino, Secretary/Treasurer/Director