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Jeremy S. and Edith B. Weinstein Family Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013 /   Loading Disqus...
Jerry and Edie Weinstein are relative newcomers to Rhode Island, having moved here in 2009. “We’d like to be more involved in Rhode Island, and we see philanthropic involvement as a means to do this,” explains Jerry.

Originally from New York, Jerry was raised in Brooklyn, Edie on Long Island. He earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from City College of New York and both a master’s and doctorate in industrial engineering from Purdue University. He then pursued what would become a 35-year career with Whirlpool Corporation, including six years in Italy where he was responsible for industrial operations throughout Europe and in Africa.

Edie earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Rochester, and pursued social work with nonprofit organizations throughout the couple’s moves. “I was fortunate to be very flexible with what I did,” she explains, noting that she was a welfare case worker in West Lafayette, IN, and worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Marion, OH, Crittenton Services in Toledo, OH, and Planned Parenthood in St. Joseph, MI.

Community involvement is a priority for the couple. “It’s who we are, but we’ve always lived in small towns, where you’ve just got to do it. Education is very big for us,” Jerry says, with Edie adding, “And the arts. We’ve always given to theaters and museums wherever we’ve lived.” The environment and Jewish causes also are among the couple’s interests.

It was following Jerry’s retirement that the Weinsteins moved to Rhode Island, where daughter Deborah, her husband, and their two children live. Their twin daughters also are on the East coast, Laura, her partner and their daughter in Arlington, MA; Marjorie, in Brooklyn.

Through their community involvement, the Weinsteins have long been familiar with community foundations. They learned about Rhode Island Foundation through a presentation at their synagogue, Temple Habonim in Barrington.

“It (the Foundation) is a great vehicle. It gets good investment returns, and this hundred year history (referring to the Foundation’s 100th anniversary in 2016) counts for a lot. I can see using the knowledge of the Foundation,” Jerry states of the couple’s plans for this donor advised fund.
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