The Louchheim family for many generations has been committed to Reform Jewish traditions and values. They also believe in the importance of philanthropy in the city in which they live.
Jerome H. Louchheim, the namesake of the Louchheim School of Judaic Studies, was a leading civic figure in Philadelphia and inspired the importance of commitment to Judaism and philanthropy to the next four generations of Louchheims.
Jerome’s son, William, took his family West and invested in Bobrick Dispensers, Inc. which is today Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc. He initiated the construction of our current campus and served as vice-chair of the Board of Overseers.
William’s son, William Sandel “Sandy,” now chairman of the Board of Bobrick, transformed the company into a global washroom accessory and partition company. In 1952, Sandy married Marlene Marks, who came from a family also rooted in the leadership of the Los Angeles community, beginning with her father, Walter Marks. He created the Walter N. Marks Realty Co., and was involved in developing Rodeo Drive in the late 1950’s and the Helms Bakery in Culver City, and was President of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and served on their Board for many years. Together, Marlene and Sandy continued their connection to HUC-JIR with Marlene serving on the Board of Governors and the Board of Overseers. Marlene was Vice President of the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild for many years. She also served as President of Amie Karen Cancer Fund, on the founding Board of OUR HOUSE Grief Support and on the Board of Trustees of the Skirball Cultural Center. Marlene and Sandy raised their children Terry, Mark, Thomas, and Deborah at Leo Baeck Temple, where William was a founder and Sandy a Board member.
Daughter Terry Gilman, a business owner, serves on her synagogue board and together with husband, Todd Gilman, President of Circa Information Technology, supports OUR HOUSE Grief Support and other medical research nonprofits. Terry also served on the Board of Overseers and is currently President of the Louchheim Foundation.
Son Mark is President of Bobrick and Chair of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Board of Directors. Mark’s wife, Cathy, co-chairs the annual benefit for Otis College of Design and is active in the CedarsSinai Women’s Guild. Their son Matthew, National Sales Manager at Bobrick, serves as a fourth-generation Overseer of the Skirball Campus, co-founded Haskalah, the College-Institute’s young leadership program.
Son Thomas was ordained at HUCJIR, and is the Rabbi at Congregation Or Chadash in Tucson. Thomas’ wife, Marcia, a graduate of HUC-JIR’s Rhea Hirsch School of Education, was the founding educator for Congregation Or Chadash and championed Tucson’s interfaith community forum.
Daughter Deborah, a retired realtor in Colorado, and husband Dr. Craig Watson, are deeply engaged in several philanthropic endeavors including Social Venture Partners. Craig serves on the Arizona Community Foundation among other organizations.
The Louchheim Foundation believes in education and has supported over a dozen rabbinic students through scholarships. This commitment has enriched and ensured our tradition and values at HUC-JIR.
Sue & Larry Hochberg
Rabbis Jaqueline & David Ellenson
Dr. Myna & Rabbi Uri Herscher
Rabbi Kenneth Chasen
Sylvia and Dan Dworsky
Harriet and Richard Gold
Rabbi Zachary Shapiro