By Caroline Preston
A California real-estate developer has bequeathed at least $500-million to a foundation that focuses on helping Jewish children and improving education about the religion's traditions and history. The bequest will make the foundation one of the nation's largest to focus on Jewish causes.
Jim Joseph, who died in December 2003, left the bulk of his fortune to a charitable foundation that bears his name. During his lifetime, Mr. Joseph, the founder of the Interland Corporation, a real-estate company in San Francisco and Davis, Calif., had channeled several million dollars to the foundation, which he started in 1987."