Q&A with Molly and Steve Krasoff: Long-Time Community Members and Local Philanthropists Make Impactful Contribution to Generations Campaign
Steve Kasoff has been a part of the Austin Jewish Community for almost 40 years. He was a major contributor to the first Austin JCC in the early 1980s on Jollyville Road.
Molly and Steve Krasoff continue their support for the Austin Jewish community through their generous donation and involvement in the Generations Campaign, the first capital campaign since the Dell Jewish Community Campus opened in 2000.
Molly and Steve have three beautiful children: Sophia (age 19), Amanda (age 15) and Myles (age 13). They are members of Temple Beth Shalom where the children had wonderful and unique B’nai Mitzvahs with Rabbi Freedman, Rabbi Cohen, Cantor Gostein and the amazing TBS team.
1. Why are the Dell Jewish Community Campus and the JCC important to you and your family?
The current Dell Jewish Community Campus is important to our family because it provides one centralized campus to educate, worship, exercise, socialize and pass down the Jewish heritage from generation to generation. We are very impressed with the wide range of programs and activities available at the JCC for all ages and stages of life, from preschool to seniors.
2. What inspired you to make a major contribution to the Generations Campaign?
Steve watched his grandparents, Murray and Shirley Levy, support and give to the Houston Jewish Community. He was taught at a young age the importance of Jewish people supporting Jewish heritage and programs. This is an important lesson we want to share with our children as we continue to support the Austin Jewish community.
Steve also watched his grandmother, Julia Krasoff, volunteer her time to support the Houston Jewish programs and people in need. This valuable lesson is also being instilled in our children. I volunteer with Amanda and Myles at numerous local philanthropies to support the Austin community. Our daughter, Amanda, recently received the 2017-18 Teen Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award for serving over 100 service hours in one year.
There are many people in our community who need help. If you are able, you should help them.
3. Which aspects of the Generations Campaign excite you the most?
We are passionate about expanding and improving the resources at Jewish Family Service. Specifically, we want more programs to assist and support the increasing elderly and disabled population, as well as their families. Be kind, foreveryone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.
Steve is serving on the Generations Campaign Building Committee. Although there is not yet active on-site construction, the community needs to be aware there is a lot going on in the background with planning.
I am very active in the Austin Tennis Community in WTTA and USTA programs. I am very excited about the new JCC tennis facility which will provide new tennis programs for Jewish youth and adults.
4. Where would you like to see the Jewish community a decade from now?
More and more families are moving to Austin every day. This means there are Jewish families living all over the city. Although the Austin Jewish population is geographically diverse, the Dell Jewish Community Campus provides the facility to congregate, socialize and carry on the Jewish traditions for all ages.
We want to invest in this future generation as these are friends we have not yet met. Austin needs to provide a world class Jewish facility with superior programs. The new and updated improvements to the Dell Jewish Community Campus will provide the Austin Jewish population a place to enjoy, engage and involve themselves. We are pleased and honored to be major contributors in the Shalom Austin Generations Campaign.