Stronger Together: Supporting Separated Families is a Family Affair

ISS-USA thanks Susan and Barry Jacobs, their son and daughter in law Sam Jacobs and Camille Zarsky Jacobs.

Susan and Barry have served in a variety of high level diplomatic posts around the globe and raised globally minded children.  Susan before she retired, was the first Special Advisor on Children’s Issues to the U.S. State Department’s Office of Children’s Issues and a fiercer advocate for children, the State Department has not known!  Currently Susan is the Chair of the ISS-USA board of directors and the Chair of the ISS Governing Board.  With the number of hours that Susan dedicates to ISS and its mission to protect and support children, adults and families separated by borders, “She should be getting paid!” her husband Barry chimes in affectionately and with admiration.  Not only does Susan not get paid, but she is also a loyal donor to ISS-USA at every opportunity.

Susan and Barry’s son Sam is also no stranger to bringing people together and supporting good causes.  When the war in Ukraine broke out, he immediately asked Susan, “Mom, will ISS help with Ukrainians, and her immediate response was, “Absolutely.”  Sam, is the CEO and founder of Pavilion  (Twitter, LinkedIn) a global organization with over 7,000 Members and hubs in every major city in the world which provides support, assistance, education, and career growth to its members and employees alike.  Sam put out a call for support among his large global on network and the response was swift and overwhelming.  More than $10,000 is being sent to our ISS partner in Moldova to support their efforts serving cross border families right at the border with Ukraine.

Camille Zarsky, is equally entrepreneurial and globally minded and will be opening a new venture this fall called The Seven in the West Village, NYC.  The store will be a local/global reprieve from the bustley-ness of NYC, a place to have a sip of something hot, frothy or bubbly, and will feature exquisite jewelry and other thoughtfully curated specialty items.  Before her passing, Camille’s’ mother started a line of jewelry called Sette Sorelle, which Camille will expand upon in honor of her mother, and all the strong women in her life.  Camille will be holding an auction to raise money for ISS’ efforts to support those migrating from Ukraine.  Follow her on Instagram to have a chance to win: @CAMLZJ

It is with sincere gratitude that we thank the Jacobs family for their support of the ISS family and its 98 years of providing objective, impartial and mission driven service in support and protection of children, adults, and families separated by borders.

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