Susan is a licensed attorney and has held senior management positions in leading legal and financial organizations. She has served as Executive Director of a major urban synagogue, as a Board member of Roots of Jewish Reform, and is currently the Executive Director of the Jewish Cemeteries of San Francisco. Susan is responsible for all aspects of cemetery operations, from client services, fiscal management and staff supervision, to the strategic planning and implementation of the many services the cemeteries provide. She has a career-long commitment to organizing and managing community outreach and social action programs. As a Board member of Care Harbor, a charity whose mission is to bring health equity to underserved populations, she works with other professionals to remove the social and economic barriers to health care, to develop initiatives directed at the needs of the underserved, and to implement programs for those experiencing homelessness.
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Benjamin joined our team in 2014. He is a licensed funeral director and has been helping families in the local funeral and cemetery industry for over 18 years. Ben has spent a lot of time in Israel and volunteered in the IDF.
Ben is a San Francisco Jewish native with six generations of family buried in our cemeteries. His great-great-grandfather Ballen helped to establish The San Francisco Hebrew Free Loan in 1897 and the San Francisco Chevra Kadisha in 1901. Compassion for others is in his DNA.