Mimi & Warren Karesh

The Kareshes have supported their community both monetarily, and with the vast commitment of their time and energy, but they feel lucky they've had the resources to give. A trip to Israel in 1974 to see the effects of the Yom Kippur War changed the couple and encouraged their philanthropy further. "Israel was fulfilling its obligation to bring all Jews to Israel who were persecuted. I was highly impressed at the level of care the state of Israel gave to people… that impacted me. When we got back from the trip,” says Mimi, "we became very involved, both financially and personally.”