This festive evening will pay tribute to Dianne and Tad Taube of Taube Philanthropies and Arthur Greenberg, with special commendation to Lee Wunsch.
Dianne and Tad Taube and Taube Philanthropies
The Taube name is virtually synonymous with giving. Dianne and Tad Taube were early signers of Warren Buffet’s “Giving Pledge” — committing over half their wealth to philanthropy.
For decades, Taube Philanthropies has strengthened cultural and civic life and inspired Jewish Peoplehood in the San Francisco Bay Area, Poland, and Israel. HUC-JIR is proud to bear the Taube imprint; the Taube Family Campus in Jerusalem was named with a $15 million grant, enabling the renovation and expansion of our campus as a vibrant academic, cultural, and spiritual center.
In addition to HUC-JIR, the Taubes have given to and guided countless institutions including Stanford University, the Hoover Institution, the UC Berkeley Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, and the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. They have also become a primary revitalizing force for Polish Jews through the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and myriad other Polish Jewish cultural institutions and community organizations.
Tad’s extraordinary life encompasses the full breadth of 20th- to 21st-century Jewish experience. On the eve of World War II, he immigrated to the United States from Poland. After graduating from Stanford and serving in the Air Force, Tad worked as an industrial engineer and then as a businessman and investor. His legendary partnership with Joseph and Stephanie Koret contributed to the disbursement of over $500 million to worthy organizations, strategically designed for impact giving by the Koret Foundation, where he served as President for over 30 years.
Tad’s wife, Dianne, is a recognized community leader in organizations such as the Warriors Community Foundation, the San Francisco Opera, and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford’s Task Force. She is a proud graduate of the University of Southern California.
Together with their family, Tad and Dianne reside in the Bay Area.
Arthur Greenberg is a former Overseer of the Western Region of HUC-JIR and a stalwart lay leader of various leading organizations. He served in the Army, attended Stanford University, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA. He was in the first class of UCLA Law School, graduated Order of Coif and was later chosen as its alumnus of the year. He is a founding partner of the Greenberg Glusker law firm. He was President of the Los Angeles County Legal Aid Foundation. Arthur is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was a member of the Board of Overseers of the Institute for Civil Justice at RAND. He has been a moderator for and is a fellow of the Aspen Institute. A longtime leader of the American Jewish Committee, Arthur has served as President of the Los Angeles Chapter, Chairman of the Western Region, Vice President of the National AJC, and as a member of its National Board of Governors. He was awarded the Learned Hand Award of the American Jewish Committee and the Justice and Jurisprudence Award of the Anti-Defamation League. He was also a board member of the Music Center and the UCLA Foundation. Arthur also served as President of Leo Baeck Temple and as a member of the Board of Directors of The Jewish Federation.
He is the proud father of Robert and Jonathan, and proud grandfather of four grandsons.
Lee Wunsch has been the public face of Jewish Houston for the past 18 years. He recently retired as President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, which helped to improve millions of lives, locally and internationally, under his leadership. He is a proud graduate of the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management, formerly the School of Jewish Communal Service, at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and credits founding director Jerry Bubis with inspiring his career.
During his tenure at the Federation, Mr. Wunsch reimagined the potential of fundraising as a means to unite the Jewish people under the banner of collective responsibility. Through his vision and strategic leadership, Houston’s Jewish community played a major role in addressing the toll brought about by catastrophic floods and other natural disasters. The Federation became a community partner in lifting families out of poverty; assisting victims of war, terrorism and persecution; building bridges among different faiths; and strengthening ties between the United States and Israel.
Prior to the Federation, Mr. Wunsch held professional positions at Sachnowitz and Co., Hospital Corporation of America, and the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization. He received a BA in Political Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and a MSW from the University of Houston.
Mr. Wunsch has been recognized for his professional achievements here and abroad, and is especially proud of the establishment of the “Lee Wunsch Scholarship Fund for Students at the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management.”
HUC-JIR is proud to honor Dianne and Tad Taube, Arthur Greenberg, and Lee Wunsch for their service to the College-Institute and greater community.