Oshman Family Jewish Community Center at the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life
The Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life is a multigenerational destination where individuals and families can live, learn, play and connect. The 8.5 acre site is anchored by the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center (JCC) and Moldaw Family Residences. Since opening in 2009, the campus has created an exciting hub for the region’s growing Jewish community and has contributed to the revitalization of the South Palo Alto area. The campus has won many construction and design awards and is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certified for its many environmentally progressive features. The campus is a collaborative initiative founded in 2001 by the Albert L. Schultz JCC (now the Oshman Family JCC) in Palo Alto, the Jewish Home in San Francisco, the Jewish Community Federation and local community leaders. The campus is also home to regional offices for the Jewish Community Federation and other Jewish communal agencies. Laura and Gary have contributed nearly $2.8 million to the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life – Oshman Family JCC since 1999, including a $1 million gift to name the outdoor pool at the Oshman Family JCC in honor of Laura’s father, Bill Heller. Laura served on the Board of the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life from 2002 to 2003.
Laura was honored by the Oshman Family JCC for her leadership and philanthropy at the 2012 Rambam’s Ladder Award Gala. The award was named for 12th Century Rabbi Moshe ben Maimonides, whose name forms the acronym Rambam, and who described the hierarchy of giving as steps on a ladder. The award, given annually by the Oshman Family JCC, honors individuals and organizations who exemplify righteous giving. The sold-out event was a testament to Laura’s impact on Silicon Valley, Jewish causes, and society at-large. Over 500 guests celebrated her dedication to righteous giving and raised over $500,000 for the Oshman Family JCC’s programs and scholarships.