Seacrest Foundation

Advancing Senior Care in the Jewish Tradition

COVID-19: How You Can Help – May 29, 2020

May 27, 2020

This face may be unfamiliar to most of you, but to the residents of the Seacrest Village Joseph and Dorothy Goldberg Healthcare Center it is the face of co

mpassion, safety and support, and their spirits are lifted each time they see it.

Director of Nursing Nancy Strassner leads a team of front-line healthcare heroes, who, despite the risks, show up to work and perform tirelessly for those in their charge. Before Covid-19, her job was often stressful and all-consuming. During the pandemic, her responsibilities never end.

The San Diego Union-Tribune recently honored Nancy in the “Frontline Heroes in the Region” section! Thank you, Nancy, for your leadership, passion, and for doing everything you can to keep Seacrest’s residents and staff safe. This is a well-deserved recognition.

Seacrest staff who work with her wonder how she does it. They love her for her passion and commitment to the residents, and to each of them. They feel honored and blessed that she leads the Joseph and Dorothy Goldberg Healthcare Center team.


Seacrest stands by its mission to protect and keep each of the residents, clients, and staff safe, and they can only do that with your support.

In honor of Nancy, and all healthcare heroes, we ask you to consider a gift to support Seacrest Foundation’s Covid-19 Emergency Fund. Together we must recognize the need to support Seacrest’s frontline workers, and the frail and vulnerable residents who are counting on heroes like Nancy.

Please help provide the Seacrest heroes with the following:

  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Meals while at work to minimize the chance of exposure at grocery stores
  • Frequent COVID-19 testing

We thank you for your support and for joining us in wishing a Refuah Shlema, a complete and full healing, to all affected by the virus in our Seacrest and entire San Diego family.

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Shabbat Shalom,

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Robert Haimsohn
President
Seacrest Foundation

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Robin P. Israel, MPA
Chief Foundation Officer
Arthur & Sophie Brody Philanthropy Chair


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COVID Update – May 23, 2020

May 23, 2020

TO: Seacrest Residents, Family Members, and Associates

RE: New Positive Employee Case of COVID-19 and additional information

Good afternoon Seacrest Family,

Yesterday afternoon our letter to you addressed that new guidelines were leading us to begin testing all residents and employees in our skilled nursing community.

Today, and not as a result of beginning testing yesterday, we find ourselves needing to inform you of another employee who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This employee, who is a member of the Building Services Department, works in both the skilled nursing and independent living communities, though they only had contact with skilled nursing residents. After informing the department supervisor of symptoms, the employee was immediately sent home and is now quarantined. In addition, another employee who is a member of our Culinary Department, has been sent home to quarantine after being closely exposed to this employee despite being asymptomatic at this point. We have begun contact tracing and have been testing appropriate staff and residents to assure containment of the virus to the best of our ability.

We want to reiterate that we will continue to follow the “Criteria for Return to Work for Health Care Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19” guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As the number of overall cases in our country and California is in a state of constant flux, we expect there could be additional cases at our community as this disease especially impacts people who live in communal settings. As we said yesterday, as San Diego begins to open up, we hope that everyone will be mindful of the repercussions that will occur if we are not diligent.

Please know that we have followed, and will continue to follow, all guidance set forth for privacy, patient care, employee safety, and efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 as provided by the California Department of Health (DOH) and the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). We remain in constant contact with DOH and CMS. As you know, Seacrest has its own stringent protocols and we are adamant about being risk averse when it comes to each of you. This new positive test result of one of our employees reminds us that we are not in any way free of the need to continue our strict practices.

Please know that prior to each shift, all staff are required to wash their hands, have their temperatures taken, and answer a series of questions to ensure they are not exhibiting any known COVID-19 symptoms. Any employee who develops symptoms during a shift is immediately sent home and directed to quarantine. This process is also followed for outside home care, healthcare, and hospice providers.

We continue to conduct a rigorous sanitation regimen that follows, and in some cases exceeds, all state and federal guidelines. In addition, all protective and medical equipment are continuously and thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

We practice safe distancing guidelines by limiting the number of people in one area, and maintain 6-12 feet of separation. Although this protocol can be a challenge at times when providing nursing care, we continue to do our best.

We appreciate your understanding as we continue to enforce the State’s decision, as well as our own decision, to restrict all visits to the Seacrest community. We remind and encourage family members to communicate regularly through email, FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, and traditional phone calls. To schedule a virtual visit with the help of Seacrest, please contact Marisa Rosenberg at mrosenberg@seacrestvillage.org.

We will continue to provide updates with as much information as possible. I want to thank each of you for your continued patience and prayers. You will hear more from us as information becomes available.

Sincerely,

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

COVID-19: How You Can Help – May 22, 2020

May 22, 2020

It’s hard to believe that we are already into the 10th week of our stay-at-home order. How are you managing?

We hope you, and everyone you love, are as well as can be.

We truly understand how heart-breaking it is not being able to hug our loved ones. We are in this together. We will keep encouraging one another, and we want to send you some good news this Shabbat.

We feel so blessed that Seacrest’s supporters, friends, neighbors and even strangers have shown such tremendous kindness during this pandemic. This outpouring of support has demonstrated the love our community has for the residents of Seacrest Village and the clients of Seacrest at Home. We want to share some of the random acts of kindness that Seacrest has experienced.


Children from around the San Diego Jewish community, with and without relatives at Seacrest, have created beautiful art pieces, letters, and cards and mailed them to Seacrest residents:


We were so touched by the generosity of one of Seacrest’s neighbors who donated 50 3ply masks for use in the Joseph and Dorothy Goldberg Healthcare Center. Seacrest feels truly humbled by this unanticipated—but greatly appreciated—gesture of support:

Another neighbor, Franco’s Flowers, provided the gorgeous white roses that were distributed to all of the ladies at Seacrest on Mother’s Day. The quality and beauty were unsurpassed and brought smiles to all:

Seacrest residents continue to enjoy a wide variety of “social distance” fitness classes in the Esther & Bud Fischer Aquatics and Fitness Center:

Seacrest Village’s Director of Nursing, Nancy Strassner, is pictured in the “Front Line Heroes in the Region” in this week’s San Diego Union-Tribune! Thank you, Nancy, for your leadership, passion, and for doing all you can to keep Seacrest’s residents safe.

Seacrest stands by its mission to protect and keep each of the residents, clients, and staff safe, and they can only do that with your support.

We thank our community for supporting Seacrest Foundation’s Covid-19 Emergency Fund. We recognize more than ever the need to support Seacrest’s front-line workers and residents. As of April, 21 senior care communities in San Diego are now affected by the virus, Seacrest is keenly aware of the importance of following the safety codes.

We need your help to cover the cost of the following:

  • Seacrest is still in need of additional Personal Protective Equipment for staff.
  • Seacrest continues to provide meals to all staff members while they are at work, which is a tremendous expense, but Seacrest believes minimizing the chance of exposure at grocery stores for employees is necessary.
  • Frequent testing will be required and is costly.

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are certainly extra-special days at Seacrest, as we honor “the ones who came before us.” We hope all the mother’s and grandmother’s felt loved on Mother’s Day. Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 21 – one month away!

If you would like to send a Seacrest Foundation Tribute Card for Father’s Day to a cherished person who is a resident at Seacrest, as a special addition this year, your card will be hand-delivered along with a freshly baked cookie on Sunday, June 21.

Happy Father’s Day to all who are celebrating!

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V’Ahavta Lereiacha Kamocha–treat your friend as you would treat yourself.

Shabbat Shalom,

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Robert Haimsohn
President
Seacrest Foundation

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Robin P. Israel, MPA
Chief Foundation Officer
Arthur & Sophie Brody Philanthropy Chair

COVID-19: How You Can Help – May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are certainly extra-special days at Seacrest, as we honor “the ones who came before us.” This year, we ask you to consider sending a Seacrest Foundation Tribute Card to someone you love.

Simply make a contribution of $18 or more to Seacrest Foundation and a handwritten Tribute Card with your personal message will be on its way.

If your cherished person is a resident at Seacrest, as a special addition this year, your card will be hand-delivered along with a freshly baked cookie on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10 (and Father’s Day as well, Sunday, June 21, if you are planning ahead). All tributes will be published in Seacrest Foundation’s Happenings Magazine.

As you know, Seacrest Foundation’s fundraising efforts are now more important than ever as we seek to meet the needs of the Seacrest Village residents and Seacrest at Home clients who are depending on us during this challenging time.

Happy Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to all who are celebrating!

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Save the Date: #GivingTuesdayNow is May 5.

In response to a world-wide crisis, countless individuals will participate in a global day of giving and generosity on May 5, 2020. Normally celebrated in the fall at the start of the holiday season, Giving Tuesday will become Giving Tuesday Now to support an unprecedented need that has developed as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

This is a day for the world to come together in a show of unity as we have all been affected in one way or another by the far-reaching effects of the virus.


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V’Ahavta Lereiacha Kamocha–treat your friend as you would treat yourself.

Shabbat Shalom,

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Robert Haimsohn
President
Seacrest Foundation

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Robin P. Israel, MPA
Chief Foundation Officer
Arthur & Sophie Brody Philanthropy Chair

 

COVID-19: How You Can Help – April 24, 2020

April 24, 2020: Sending strength this Shabbat: Seacrest Foundation weekly update

We hope you are staying safe, staying home, and connecting with friends and family often. Most importantly, we hope you, and everyone you love, are well.

We want to send you strength and support this Shabbat. As Seacrest Foundation concludes our sixth week of the stay-at-home order, we truly understand how heart-breaking it is not being able to hug our loved ones. We are in this together; we will keep encouraging one another.

We thank our community for supporting Seacrest Foundation’s Covid-19 Emergency Fund as we recognize that more than ever, we need to support our front-line workers. As 11 senior care communities in San Diego are now affected by the virus, we are keenly aware of the importance of following the safety codes, and we feel blessed that to date, we have no known cases of the Covid-19 virus at Seacrest.

These are just some of the safety measures that we follow at Seacrest:

  • All staff have been issued reusable masks and are wearing them at all times.
  • Seacrest is still providing meals to all staff members while they are at work, which is a tremendous expense, but Seacrest believes minimizing the chance of exposure at grocery stores for workers is necessary.
  • Residents are now wearing masks when they leave their apartments. We are also doing routine temperature checks on all residents as well as other measures of monitoring health and wellness.
  • We continue to screen staff or anyone else who comes to Seacrest for a critical medical need.

An enormous thank you to everyone for doing your part to self-quarantine and following the protocols established.


If you have lemons…make Edie’s lemon bars:

We love baking, and are happy to share another delicious recipe from Seacrest resident, Edie Greenberg.

Edie was a life-long culinary arts educator, food editor for the Jewish Times, and culinary contributor to the Union Tribune. Let us know how they come out!

CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE

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Save the Date: #GivingTuesdayNow is May 5.

In response to a world-wide crisis, countless individuals will participate in a global day of giving and generosity on May 5, 2020. Normally celebrated in the fall at the start of the holiday season, Giving Tuesday will become Giving Tuesday Now to support an unprecedented need that has developed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

This is a day for the world to come together in a show of unity as we have all been affected in one way or another by the far-reaching effects of the virus.


Save the Date July 20: Our virtual event, Take a Swing for Seniors Raffle and Online Auction


V’Ahavta Lereiacha Kamocha–treat your friend as you would treat yourself.

Shabbat Shalom,

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Robert Haimsohn
President
Seacrest Foundation

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Robin P. Israel, MPA
Chief Foundation Officer
Arthur & Sophie Brody Philanthropy Chair

April 13, 2020

Dear Friends,

Our Seacrest Seders were certainly different than all other years but what was not different was the outpouring of love and friendship that was evident throughout the video virtual world. Thank you to so many of you who joined our residents, clients, family, and friends for a Virtual Seder with Seacrest's Rabbi Leah. We know many others joined with family from near and far for their own very unique online Seders this year.

What was also evident was the feeling of Honoring our Mothers and Fathers, those who came before us. While our collective hearts were heavy as Seacrest residents sat alone to participate in Seder through their television, Seacrest did the best possible by bringing each of them a Seder plate filled with everything symbolic of Pesach, along with a beautiful dinner, which, as we said to them, “was made with love.”

Right before Passover began we were honored and blessed to have received a $25,000 gift from The Allison & Robert Price Family Foundation. 

This gift will help Seacrest Village to purchase critical protective equipment for the staff who are on the front lines caring for our elderly loved ones. And now, as regulations are changing almost daily, residents may also be wearing masks and perhaps additional protective equipment. We need your help.

Please join the Price Family. We are hoping to match this gift within the next few days so we can continue to best meet these critical needs.

DONATE NOW TO SUPPORT THE SEACREST FOUNDATION COVID-19 FUND

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Above are the health care workers at Seacrest Village, the dedicated culinary team, posing for this photo 6 feet apart.

Many people who were not previously thought of as a health workers or heroes have found themselves on the front lines of the pandemic. In addition to doctors and nurses, the Seacrest Village housekeeping, culinary, and many other staff, as well as Seacrest at Home caregivers are right there with our vulnerable seniors staring this awful virus in the face.

Seacrest staff are our heroes and, while they are scared, they are showing up each and every day, some working double shifts, to provide for those who need care during this fearful time.

Our gratitude goes to our generous contributors.

Your gifts have provided:

  • Technology to keep residents and clients from feelings of isolation, depression, and anxiety.
  • Additional labor necessary to provide adequate care for our residents and clients.
  • Meals for all staff during their workday, minimizing the chance of exposure at grocery stores.
  • Personal Protective Equipment desperately needed for all staff - we need your help to make sure we have what is needed.

Seacrest residents video chatting with loved ones, some using this technology for the first time.

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V’Ahavta Lereiacha Kamocha--treat your friend as you would treat yourself,

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Robert Haimsohn
President
Seacrest Foundation

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Robin P. Israel, MPA
Chief Foundation Officer
Arthur & Sophie Brody Philanthropy Chair

 

March 26, 2020

Dear Seacrest Foundation Friends and Family,

We hope you, your friends, and your family are safe and healthy. We would love to hear from you and know how you are managing during this unprecedented time.

Seacrest Foundation staff care about each of you. You can call Robin Israel, Seacrest Foundation Chief Foundation Officer, at (760) 271-1351 day or night.

Many of you have called to make sure the residents of Seacrest are all right. They are. And we are sharing your messages of support.

As you can imagine, Seacrest Foundation's fundraising efforts are now more important than ever as we seek to meet the needs of the Seacrest Village residents and Seacrest at Home clients who are depending on us during this challenging time. There are so many important causes in our community, please consider the residents of Seacrest among them.

We want to share again that there are no known cases of COVID-19 in the Seacrest community. Seacrest staff and leadership are working around the clock to make sure we keep Seacrest as safe as possible. Residents have now been asked not to leave the premises for any reason.

In an effort to best help our residents and clients, and to keep them feeling connected, secure, and healthy, the following steps have been taken and are working well:

  • The live-streaming Seacrest Village TV station has a robust daily calendar broadcasting in all resident rooms. Residents are enjoying lunch and dinner-time music adventures, chair yoga and many other exercise programs, virtual tours of museums around the world, and many more activities. And they get a big dose of love when their meals are delivered three times a day.
  • The Director of Spiritual Life has a new daily show called, “Chai There from Rabbi Leah” streaming from her home, to our residents' homes. This is a tremendous support and the residents are enjoying it.
  • The wonderful Life Enrichment team is setting appointments with families to FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom video chat with their loved ones, making sure to schedule special "celebration" times for birthdays and more.
  • Seacrest management staff each have several resident "buddies" with whom they check in daily for a chat either via phone or FaceTime to see how the residents are feeling and whether there is anything they need.
  • Seacrest beauty salons are now closed; caregivers are washing residents’ hair, and helping with other "beauty services.”
  • Staff are encouraged to go home directly from work to rest, refuel, and be with their families (whom we hope are sheltering in place at home). When they do return to work, they (and all outside healthcare providers) have their temperatures taken and are of course thoroughly washing their hands before they see residents.

Tremendous additional financial support is now required to make all this possible and to protect our residents, clients, and incredibly dedicated staff who are on the front lines.

We are grateful to have received a matching gift from Esther Fischer. Her generous gift of $25,000 will double every one of your contributions.

We want to thank you for your compassion and concern for the residents of Seacrest Village, the clients of Seacrest at Home, and the staff. Seacrest is serving over 275 residents and home care clients and are determined to meet their every need.

Please help us reach this matching gift goal with a gift to Seacrest Foundation as we seek to provide funds to care for the most vulnerable in our community. With an abundance of love, support, patience, and precaution, we will get through this together.

As a resident said this morning “I feel protected and safe because I am here. I am scared, but there’s nowhere better to be right now. The staff are all my angels.”

V’Ahavta Lereiacha Kamocha--treat your friend as you would treat yourself,

 

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Robert Haimsohn
President
Seacrest Foundation

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Robin P. Israel, MPA
Chief Foundation Officer
Arthur & Sophie Brody Philanthropy Chair

 

Your Seacrest Foundation Team, on our daily Zoom conference calls, sheltering in place and doing all we can to raise funds for Seacrest's residents and clients:

Robin P. Israel, Shona Borevtiz Solano, Anna Johnston, Fredeline Engelbrecht

March 20, 2020

Dear Seacrest Foundation Friends and Family,

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In the face of ever changing news about COVID-19, we want to thank you for your compassion and concern for the residents of Seacrest Village, the clients of Seacrest at Home, and for our staff who are on the front lines providing care. We are serving over 275 residents and home care clients and are determined to meet their every need.

Many of your friends and loved ones live at Seacrest. And many of you have friends and family who need to hear from you. Each connection where they can see and feel your love and support via Face Time, Facebook, videos, email, and phone calls is critical.

We want to again share that there IS NOT a known case of COVID-19 in the Seacrest community. Our staff and leadership are working around the clock to make sure we keep Seacrest as safe as possible.

Seacrest has made the following changes:

  • As best as possible we are delivering meals to residents in their rooms.
  • Staff are visiting with residents in their rooms.
  • We are encouraging small group visits (five or less.)
  • Seacrest Village TV is live-streaming synagogue services, exercise programs, and other activities into resident rooms.
  • We are preparing for a virtual Passover Seder.
  • Our staff are assisting residents and clients to “see” their loved ones with Face Time and other social media. Today, one of our residents used Face Time for the first time to see her grandson in London. She was delighted.

We are grateful to have received a matching gift from Esther Fischer. Her generosity will double every one of your contributions, up to $25,000.

Tremendous additional support is now required to keep the residents and clients safe and healthy in their homes. Seacrest residents, clients, and staff are one another’s immediate visual family right now. The ultimate goal is to keep everyone safe and healthy. Isolation, anxiety, and depression are very common in these situations; we are aware and doing our best.

We need your financial support to make sure we have enough staff and technology to accomplish this. 

Please help us reach this matching gift goal with a gift to Seacrest Foundation as we seek to provide funds to care for the most vulnerable in our community. With an abundance of love, support, patience, and precaution, we will get through this together.

V’Ahavta Lereiacha Kamocha--treat your friend as you would treat yourself,

 

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Robert Haimsohn
President
Seacrest Foundation

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Robin P. Israel, MPA
Chief Foundation Officer
Arthur & Sophie Brody Philanthropy Chair

 

March 17, 2020

Dear Seacrest Foundation Friends and Family,

We hope this letter finds you managing as best as possible. We are certainly in unprecedented and uncertain times; we thank you for your kindness and concern and compassion, now and always.

Seacrest Foundation's fundraising efforts are more important than ever as we seek to meet the needs of the Seacrest Village residents and Seacrest at Home clients who are depending on us during this challenging time.

Many of you are asking how you can help, and we are grateful that you are. Our needs at this point are growing and changing, but there will no doubt be tremendous additional support required to keep the elderly in our community safe and healthy. Please know that Seacrest DOES NOT have COVID-19 in the community. Everything that is being done is preventative, and as we now know, very necessary:

Please help us with a gift to Seacrest Foundation to support:

  • Technology to keep residents and clients from feelings of isolation, depression, and anxiety.
  • Additional labor costs to provide adequate care for our residents and clients.

Thank you for considering a gift to Seacrest Foundation as we seek to provide funds to care for the most vulnerable in our community. 

We found comfort in these words from Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky:

  • "Every hand that we don't shake must become a phone call that we place."
  • "Every embrace that we avoid must become a verbal expression of warmth and concern."
  • "Every inch and every foot that we physically place between ourselves and another, must become a thought as to how we might be of help to that other, should the need arise."

Please visit the Seacrest Village website where you will find periodic updates and protocols from Pam Ferris, Seacrest Village President and CEO: COVID-19 UPDATES.

V’Ahavta Lereiacha Kamocha--treat your friend as you would treat yourself,

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Robert Haimsohn
President
Seacrest Foundation

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Robin P. Israel, MPA
Chief Foundation Officer
Arthur & Sophie Brody Philanthropy Chair

March 13, 2020

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Dear Seacrest Foundation Family and Friends,

We hope this letter finds you well.

Because you care so much about the residents of Seacrest Village and the clients of Seacrest at Home we want to take a moment to let you know how much we appreciate your calls and support during this time. Seacrest Foundation is actively responding to your calls and we are so grateful to you. Our fundraising efforts are more important than ever as we seek to meet the needs of those who are depending on us during this challenging time.

Please know that Seacrest DOES NOT have COVID-19 in the community. Everything that is being done is purely preventative.

We want you to know that effective March 12, 2020, the important decision was made to not allow families, friends, and visitors into the Seacrest community. All mandatory outside persons entering Seacrest Village will be closely monitored. While all situations cannot be controlled, the greatest priority is to keep the residents and staff healthy.

Please visit the Seacrest Village website where you will find periodic updates and protocols from Pam Ferris, Seacrest Village President and CEO: COVID-19 UPDATES

Thank you in advance for supporting Seacrest Foundation as we seek to provide funds to care for the most vulnerable in our community.

In good health, we wish you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

 

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Robert Haimsohn
President
Seacrest Foundation

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Robin P. Israel, MPA
Chief Foundation Officer
Arthur & Sophie Brody Philanthropy Chair