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Henry Taub, 1927-2011

Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation: Facts and figures

 
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A review of the 2009 tax forms of Henry and Marilyn Taub’s charitable foundation shows a generosity that runs from the Adler Aphasia Center in Maywood ($2,250) to the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass. ($500).

Of the 150 organizations he supported, the largest gift was to the UJA Federation of Northern Jersey ($1.84 million). The smallest were $100 gifts to 14 organizations, including the Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corp. The foundation supported religious institutions, particularly Temple Sinai of Bergen County in Tenafly ($15,502); educational institutions such as Columbia University, where a $10 million gift that established the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain was the largest the university had ever received; cultural institutions such as Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood ($25,000) and the New York Shakespeare Festival / Public Theater ($54,250); and civic institutions in New Jersey (with a special emphasis on Paterson, Henry Taub’s birthplace). Some figures follow.

Total assets: $105 million

2009 donations:

• Total: $6.01 million

• UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey: $1.84 million (more than 15 percent of
the contributions received by the federation in 2009)

• Technion–Israel Institute of Technology:
$1.36 million

• Columbia University Medical Center:
$1.25 million

• Various Paterson charities: $421,500

• Englewood Hospital and Medical Center: $250,000

• JCC on the Palisades: $121,411

Figures are from federal tax forms for the year 2009.

 

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Taub Center in Jerusalem studies social policy

One of the many projects through which Henry Taub’s name lives on is the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies, an independent, non-partisan, socioeconomic research institute based in Jerusalem.

The center originated in 1982 as Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s Team for Planning Social Services, headed by former Minister of Labor and Social Affairs> Israel Katz. The idea was to provide the government with fresh policy options, information, and research.

 
 

Henry Taub praised for role in Synagogue Leadership Initiative

Henry Taub, who among other accomplishments founded the Synagogue Leadership Initiative of UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey in 1997, was lauded on Monday by its current and past director.

Judy Beck, who was SLI’s director for 12 years, told The Jewish Standard that “in my mind, Henry really was a visionary. We were the first community in the country that had a federation-based synagogue-improvement program. He came to the fed with the idea,” she noted, and “he stayed close to it until he was ill. There wasn’t a meeting he wasn’t at. SLI was his baby — he was very proud of it.”

The funding for SLI originally came from the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation; now 50 percent of it comes from UJA-NNJ, according to Beck.

 
 

Lautenberg remembers Taub as a man who “helped robustly”

Sen. Frank Lautenberg said in a telephone interview on Tuesday that his longtime friend and former business partner Henry Taub was “distinguished by modesty and humility.” He was “concerned about all human beings,” not merely those who “had status and wealth,” Lautenberg continued. He was “very respectful” of those who needed help — and he “helped robustly.”

Taub was “devoted to the city of Paterson,” Lautenberg noted, creating “a program to help revitalize the economy and quality of life there. We were both fond of our roots in Paterson, both from poor immigrant families, and he had great concern for those who needed assistance. Whether fighting for better health or better education, Henry’s always been in the forefront.”

 
 

Community mourns a ‘gentle man’

Henry Taub, a Paterson junk dealer’s son who achieved success and wealth but never forgot his roots, was remembered Sunday for his humility and generosity before some 800 mourners.

“He was an aidel mensch,” said Rabbi emeritus Bruce Block at Temple Sinai in Tenafly. He was “a gentleman — a gentle man in every sense of those Yiddish words,” the rabbi said.

Taub, 83, the founder of what was to become Automatic Data Processing, America’s largest independent computer service company, serving clients around the world, died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York last Thursday after a long illness.

 
 
 
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