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Creating a Lasting Impact at the Shalom Austin Jewish Foundation

Community News, The Jewish Outlook

Aug 24, 2021

Marilyn Saikin Stahl creates a lasting legacy with Marilyn Saikin Stahl Sigma Delta Tau Leadership Endowment Fund at the Shalom Austin Jewish Foundation.

Two forces of nature and leadership in the Austin Jewish community will ensure a lasting legacy of inspiration and funding. The 60+ affiliation of Marilyn Stahl with the UT chapter of Sigma Delta Tau is celebrated with the creation of the Marilyn Saikin Stahl Sigma Delta Tau Leadership Endowment Fund at the Shalom Austin Jewish Foundation. 

Sigma Delta Tau sorority at the University of Texas may not be the same Tau Chapter it was in the 1950s when Marilyn Saikin Stahl arrived in Austin to attend UT, but the chapter and its legacy continue to support Jewish life in Austin and at UT. 

Marilyn’s leadership and involvement in the sorority inspired local Texas Sigma Delta Tau Educational Foundation board members, Randi Shade, Suzanne Newberg, Helen Gilbert, Dana Winer, Jennifer Melrose, and Andrea Sour, to establish the Marilyn Saikin Stahl Sigma Delta Tau Leadership Endowment Fund with an initial donation of $60,000 to the Jewish Foundation this summer. The new endowment ensures that annual contributions to Shalom Austin and to Texas Hillel will be made in Marilyn’s name in perpetuity. 

“Marilyn has mentored and inspired SDT sisters for more than 60 years and has made significant contributions to the Austin Jewish community,” said Randi Shade, Tau Chapter President 1987 and current Texas Sigma Delta Tau Educational Foundation President. “That’s why we thought it fitting to establish this endowment — to honor Marilyn’s leadership and legacy while also supporting two causes at the center of Jewish life in Austin and at UT.” 

Randi added, “I, and countless others, have such vivid memories of reaching out to Marilyn for help and support while we were in SDT at Texas. Several of us went on to become leaders in our Jewish community as alumnae, and we owe so much of what we know to lessons we learned from Marilyn. Whether Marilyn was serving as our sorority’s advisor or as a leader of the JCC’s Early Childhood Program, Jewish Federation, Congregation Agudas Achim, or the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism National Board, we consistently watched and learned as Marilyn coupled passion and determination to get a project done with thoughtfulness and sensibility about how to get it done. We owe Marilyn a deep debt of gratitude, and as stewards of the Texas Sigma Delta Tau Educational Foundation, it is wonderful to do something that forever links Marilyn’s leadership in SDT to Shalom Austin and Texas Hillel.” 

The Shalom Austin Jewish Foundation is an incredible community resource for donors and organizations, providing opportunities for convenient and efficient giving through Donor Advised Funds, and creating sustainable revenue for our community’s future through endowment funds. 

To learn more about the ways in which you can create a legacy in your lifetime or after you are gone, please reach out to Amy Hyman at (512) 735-8078 or 

Did you know that the Shalom Austin Jewish Foundation can be a great solution for your end of year tax planning needs? 

Contributing appreciated stock or cash is a great way to seed a Donor Advised Fund that can act as your philanthropic checking account, allowing you to support the causes you care about at a time that is right for you. 

Or you can choose to contribute a variety of assets, including stock or cash, to an established endowment fund or begin seeding your own legacy gift. The possibilities are endless! 

 Its always recommended that you talk to your tax planning professional to learn more if a Donor Advised Fund is right for you and your family. To get started, contact Amy Hyman at (512) 735-8078 or  

Shalom Austin Legacy Society Donors

These donors have made gifts of permanence to benefit Shalom Austin and other organizations in Central Texas and beyond.

Lisa Chronister and Elliot Johnson**
Carol and Sandy Dochen* & **
Jennifer Failla Hoffman*
Sandra Freed*
Laurie and Ross Garber* & **
Jennifer Greenblum*
Fran and Dan Hamermesh
Karen Kahan*
Christine & Lance Kutnick
Laraine & Leon Lasdon
Shira and Robert Ledman
Adam Loewy**
Phil Loewy*
Beth McDaniel*
Val Newberg*
Abby Rapoport*
Marianne Rochelle*
Kim Schocket*
Nancy Shapiro*
Toby Shor*
Lecia Sud*
Judy Waxman z”l *
Joe Woskow**
Susan Zane Epstein*

*Forever Lion ($125K minimum Annual Campaign endowment)
**$125K minimum Annual Campaign or designated Shalom Austin endowment 

Shalom Austin Endowment Funds
Generations Facility Fund

Hymie & Louise Samuelson ECP Fund
Hymie & Louise Samuelson Young Leadership Award Fund
Jay Rubin Israel Experience Fund
JCAA Sandy Gottesman Fund
Jewish Community Innovation Fund
Jewish Family Service Endowment Fund
Shalom Austin Endowment Fund
Shalom Austin Garber Family Endowment Fund for Children’s Performing & Fine Arts Programs and Austin Jewish Academy
The Austin Community Mikveh Fund
Community Partner Funds

Austin Jewish Academy Endowment Fund

Congregation Agudas Achim General Endowment Fund
L’Dor V’Dor Endowment Fund

CBI Operating Endowment Fund
CBI Permanent Endowment Fund
Rose Dornbusch Youth Experience Scholarship Fund
Michael “Mickey” Deutsch Beautification Fund
Faye Gellman Youth Education Fund
Earl Podolnick Eternal Light Fund
Alan Lawrence Schechter Continuing Education Endowment Fund

Hebrew Free Loan of Austin Endowment Fund

Sigma Delta Tau, Tau Chapter Fund

Donor Advised Funds

Anne Alexander & David Kessler Family Fund
Arthur and Barbara Altman Philanthropic Fund
Lisa Apfelberg and Eric Greisdorf Family Fund
Baker/Rapoport Fund
Brittman Family Fund
Leslie S. Brittman Literary Fund
Jill Bowser and Sylvia Chao Fund
Alan and Holly Cohen Family Fund
Beth & Erik Cohen Family Fund
CMC Foundation Fund (Liz & Michael Solka)
Dochen Family Fund
Einhorn Lieberman DF Fun Fund
Finkelman Family Fund
David and Pamela Frager Family Fund
Sandra and Buddy Freed Family Fund
Freedman Family Fund
Edward & Cindy Fudman Family Fund
Failla Hoffman Family Fund
Friedel Family Fund
Goldblatt Fund
Candy & David Goldstein Family Fund
Goodman Family Fund
Joel Granoff Family Fund
Valerie Granoff Family Fund
Don Grefe & Janice Pierce
Charitable Fund
Gremont Family Foundation Fund
Happy Life Fund (Marci Dell)
Lauren and Seth Halpern Fund
Angie and Brad Harrison Family Fund
Amy Hyman & Gerry Reyelts Family Fund
Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue
Andrea and Walter Kalmans Family Fund
Dealey/Kentor Family Fund
Kerman Charitable Foundation
Lynn and Lenny Krasnow Family Fund
Rochelle & Dan Kraus Family Fund
Fabianna and Ron Laby Fund
Ladd Family Charitable Fund
Lain Family Fund
Leone Lain Philanthropic Fund
Leon & Laraine Lasdon Family Fund
Sigrid Levi-Baum and Michael Baum Family Fund
Jessica & Joel Levine Family Fund
Cynthia and Sanford Levinson Fund
Lori and Joshua Levy Family Fund
Melanie Carol Lewis Fund
Phil and Adam Loewy Fund
Marcus-Hill Family Fund
Arlene & Lawrence Maze Family Fund
Jill & Paul May Family Fund
Frances and Adam Meltzer Family Fund
Steven and Lauren Meyers Family Fund
Meyou Fund (Carole & Kerry Price)
F.A. & Maury Midlo Fund
Miller Family Fund
MMR Fund
Wade & Sally Monroe Family Fund
MOSHANA Family Fund
Lindsay and Jordan Neuren Family Fund
Marcia Nieder and Ira Leichtman Family Fund
Jeff and Val Newberg Family Fund
Keri Pearlson Charitable Fund
Charles & Diane Radin Fund
Resnik Family Fund
Rachel & Alexander Robinson Family Fund
Marianne and Martin Rochelle Fund
Elyse and Rick Rosenberg Family Fund
Salmanson Family Fund
Schocket Family Fund
Karen Siegel & Ted Toth Family Fund
Marcia and Barry Silverberg Fund
Smullen Family Fund
Solka Family Fund
Joe & Fai Lee Steinberg
Susswein Family Fund
Mark and Sharyn Vane Family Fund
Liz and Todd Waldman Family Fund
Stuart and Elisabeth Wallock Fund
The Terry and Steve Fund
Torah U-Mada Fund
Webberman Family Fund
Winer Charitable Fund
Susan E. Zane Family Fund
Keith and Linda Zimmerman Philanthropic Fund
Zimmerman/Scott Family Fund
Anonymous (2)

As of 6/30/2021

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