OUR DONORS

Tad Taube

Bay Area businessman Tad Taube is the chairman of Taube Philanthropies and board president emeritus of the Koret Foundation in San Francisco. He is chairman and founder of the Woodmont Companies, a diversified real estate investment and management organization.

At his alma mater, Stanford University, Mr. Taube is founder and advisory board chair of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, established in 1986. He is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution and serves on its Executive Committee, and was founder and past chairman of the advisory board of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR). In addition, Mr. Taube is past chair of the Stanford Athletic Board and provided a principal gift to Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium and significant support to Stanford's football stadium, built in 2006. He has served as trustee of the University of Notre Dame de Namur, the University of San Francisco, and as governor of The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and was chairman and CEO of Koracorp Industries (successor to Koret of California) from 1973 until its merger with Levi Strauss in 1979.

Born in Kraków, Poland, in 1931, Tad Taube immigrated to the United States in the summer of 1939, just months before the outbreak of World War II. In 2003, Mr. Taube established a philanthropic program – the Jewish Heritage Initiative in Poland (JHIP) – which supports the revitalization of Jewish culture in now-democratic Poland. In 2007, the Republic of Poland named Mr. Taube Honorary Consul for the San Francisco Bay Area. In June 2015, then President of the Republic of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski awarded Taube the Commander's Cross of the Star of the Order of Merit, Poland's highest-level official state distinction for a foreign civilian, which Taube adds to his Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit, received in 2004.

Mr. Tad Taube holds BS and MS degrees from Stanford University and served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.

Michael and Joyce Koplik

Michael and Joyce Koplik live in New York City where Michael was born and grew up. Michael’s grandfather Abner Koplik (it was Abner’s father Marcus who emigrated from Krakow in the 1850s) was born in New York City in 1868. Michael and Joyce have been married for almost 52 years, have three daughters, two who live in New York City and one who lives in Sag Harbor, NY as well as four grandchildren.

We support the Taube Center because of it’s importance in preserving, promoting and protecting Jewish history and life in Poland where one of the great tragedies of our history took place.

Sam Trammiel

Sam was born in the Lower East of New York, and proud of it. He has lived in New York, Toronto, London, California, Hong Kong and Tokyo. He worked at Commodore and Atari in executive positions in the early days of the personal computer industry. In the Jewish world he has been on the boards of synagogues and Jewish agencies in the various cities where he lived, and has a deep love for Israel.

Tzipi Trammiel

Born in Ottawa, Canada I taught elementary school in Toronto before moving to Hong Kong, Japan and finally Palo Alto, California. I was involved with and volunteered in the Jewish communities in each of these places. Both Judaism and Israel have been always integral parts of my life.

Both of Sam’s parents and one of my parents were from Poland so the Taube Center’s programs are close to our hearts. Educating both Jews and Poles encourages greater understanding and knowledge.