Our Legacy

The inspiration of the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation began with matriarch Golbahar Aviva Hachami Nazarian, fondly known as "Ima." She led two very full lives filled with love, compassion, and aspirations:  in Iran where she married, lost her husband at a very young age, and raised two young sons as a single mother and a seamstress; and in Israel where she was a wife, grandmother, hospital volunteer, friend and neighbor. Wherever she was, Ima touched the lives of many through her kindness, her strength, and ultimately, through her perseverance.  Her love of Israel and joy for life left a deep imprint on the lives of many. As a symbol of the family's love for her, Younes and Soraya Nazarian and their family established the Ima Foundation in her honor and for her legacy - in memory of their mother and grandmother.

Younes and Soraya Nazarian view themselves as vigilant stewards of a moral inheritance passed down to them by their parents. They have aspired to leave behind a legacy of passing on this moral inheritance, as well as the transference of the family's financial resources, for the benefit of their children and of future generations. They are deeply committed to their philanthropy because of their own personal stories, which began with humble beginnings and challenges in Iran that shaped their lives, and ultimately who they are today.

Younes and Soraya serve as beacons to their family and to the larger community by sharing their guidance, wisdom, and inspirations as well as their challenges.