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Judith and Stanley Zabar

Stanley and Judith Zabar

"In the 1890s my immigrant grandparents were welcomed by New York City and raised seven children in a tenement on the Lower East Side. My first-generation parents attended public schools and learned social and technical skills in settlement houses.

Stanley's parents emigrated from Russia in the 1920s. They attended night schools and learned English. His father first collected garbage in a fruit market and became a successful merchant.

I, too, have been very fortunate to have been born, educated, and nurtured by New York City's institutions. I paid no tuition for diplomas from P.S. 6 through Hunter High, Hunter College and Graduate School. The New York Public Library, the local 'Y' and the museums all contributed to my creative and intellectual life.

Stanley and I are committed to ensuring that others will have the same opportunities. We have chosen the NYCT as a way to repay our debt. We could never do it alone with a private fund. The Trust makes it easy for us to accomplish our goals, takes care of all the details, and makes valuable suggestions."

Below are a few of the nonprofits supported in 2007 by the Judith and Stanley Zabar Fund:

  • Hunter College for scholarship programs, an oral history project, and a new art library and program for visiting artists.
  • Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, which continues the legacy of the NY Settlement House —senior citizen programs, homeless outreach, after-school programs, and summer day camp.
  • Eldridge St. Project (now the Eldridge St. Museum), the first Eastern European synagogue in the U.S., which provides educational materials relating to the immigrant experience to public and private school students.
  • C-Cap (Careers in the Culinary Arts), an organization that develops professional competence and gives scholarships for advanced training to inner-city students in the public high schools' Food Service Programs.
  • Symphony Space, which presents West Side dance, theater, and films at moderate prices, for its public school programs in writing and music.
  • The New York Public Library, President's Council, for innovative programs.
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Friends of the American Wing.

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