Tad Taube, Shana Penn, and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture mourn the loss of our dear friend and colleague Theodore Bikel, who passed away in Los Angeles on Monday, July 20. He was 91
On Friday, July 3, a crowd of 30,130 flocked to San Francisco Opera's ninth live simulcast at AT&T Park for a free evening of Mozart's comedy The Marriage of Figaro. A diverse audience of all ages ranging from opera newcomers to long-time opera aficionados came together to share a glorious night of fun, food and opera al fresco.
At a ceremony on Friday, June 26, at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Polish President Bronisław Komorowski formally announced that San Francisco philanthropist Tad Taube will receive the highest level official state distinction for a foreign civilian.
At the Tempel Synagogue on July 3, during the Jewish Culture Festival, Taube Philanthropies Executive Director Shana Penn presented the 2015 Award to a pioneer in multicultural civic engagement in Poland. Taube Philanthropies awarded Krzysztof Czyżewski, a social activist, scholar, and founding director of the Borderland Foundation (Fundacja Pogranicze) in Sejny, which is committed to building bridges between cultures and ethnicities.
Through its innovative collaborative grantmaking, Taube Philanthropies supports underserved youth via three programs: Touchdowns for Kids, Hoops for Kids, and Goals for Kids. Partnering with the San Francisco 49ers Foundation, the Warriors Community Foundation, and the Sharks Foundation, Taube Philanthropies and other philanthropic partners provide funding per every touchdown, sack, basket, or goal to support a core group of youth programs.
In May 2007, the Republic of Poland appointed businessman and philanthropist Tad Taube, one of the Bay Area's distinguished civic leaders, to represent Poland as an Honorary Consul in northern California. Mr. Taube was born in Krakow, Poland, in 1931 and immigrated to the United States in the summer of 1939, just weeks before the outbreak of World War II. He has dedicated his life to efforts strengthening the civic and cultural life in both the United States and Poland and to building a close connection between the two.