Sonia Rochlin, who through her Rochlin Foundation donated nearly $5 million to Jewish charities over the last 10 years, died Saturday in her Los Angeles home. She was 85.
Her husband, Abraham, who died in 1975, amassed a fortune in the plywood industry. After his death, his widow vastly increased the grants the Rochlins first began disbursing in the 1960s.
She gave funds to such Israeli hospitals as Hadassah and Tel-hashomer in Jerusalem and to such universities as Technion in Haifa, Hebrew in Jerusalem and Barilan in Tel Aviv.
Locally Mrs. Rochlin donated a chapel to the Jewish Home for the Aged and money to the City of Hope in Duarte. The foundation also helped build the Chabad House near UCLA, part of an international organization founded in the 18th Century to enable Jews to enrich their heritage and experiences.
Most recently the foundation built a Rochlin Home for the Aged in Jerusalem.
With the money from her estate, more money will be available for the foundation’s charities, said her son, Larry.