Max Webb (March 2, 1917 – October 23, 2018) was a Polish-born American real estate developer and philanthropist from Los Angeles, California. A Holocaust survivor, he was the co-founder of one of the largest real estate development companies in Southern California. He supported charitable causes in the United States and Israel.
|Died||October 23, 2018 (aged 101)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Occupation||Real estate developer, philanthropist|
|Relatives||Nathan Shapell (brother-in-law)|
David Shapell (brother-in-law)
During World War II, he was deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1943. It was there that he met his future brother-in-law, Nathan Shapell. Webb also survived the Death March 1944, as well as twelve labor camps and six concentration camps. However, both his parents as well as four of his sisters were murdered by the Nazis. Webb was liberated on May 8, 1945.
Shortly after his liberation, Webb moved to Münchberg with Nathan Shapell, where they established a textile business. In 1951, he stayed on Coney Island for ten months to get a visa for the United States. By 1952, he moved to Los Angeles with his wife and brother-in-law, and started a career in real estate development.
Webb established a real estate development company with his two brothers-in-law, Nathan and David Shapell. It was first known as S&S Construction, later Shapell Industries, followed by Shapell & Webb. In 1971, they moved into an office on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and San Vicente Boulevard. After his brothers-in-law died, he retained the office. The company became one of the largest real estate development companies in Southern California.
Webb made charitable contributions to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was a founding donor of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.. He endowed a chair for David Wolpe, the Senior Rabbi of Sinai Temple. In December 2007, he purchased a plot of land on Pico Boulevard to erect a building home to two Jewish organizations in Los Angeles, IKAR and the Progressive Jewish Alliance (PJA).
With his second wife Anna, Webb endowed the Max Webb Family School of Languages Building and the Anna and Max Webb Chair for Visiting Scholars in Yiddish at Tel Aviv University. They are the recipients of honorary doctorates from Tel Aviv University and Bar Ilan University.
- Laura Coleman, 'Beverly Hills Elder: Max Webb, Voice for Israel, Businessman', The Beverly Hills Courier, April 10, 2015, pp. 1; 21 
- David Suissa, Max Webb, one second at a time, The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, October 14, 2014.
- Tel Aviv University: Anna and Max Webb Archived April 19, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
- Naomi Glauberman, Webb’s progressive center gift inspired by family’s future, The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, January 25, 2007
- Rabbi David Wolpe, Men who made a mark that will endure, The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, June 12, 2013
- Staff (March 2, 2017). "Jewish Insider's Daily Kickoff". Haaretz. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
- "Obituaries – Max Webb". Jewish Journal. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
- "Obituary". Los Angeles Times. October 23, 2018. Retrieved October 26, 2018.