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Memorial for Joe Pedott

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Graveside: 1:00 PM Monday, June 26th, 2023
Pacific View Memorial Park
3500 Pacific View Drive
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
Memorial: 1:00 PM Tuesday, June 27th, 2023
Congregation Emanu El
2 Lake Street
San Francisco, CA 94118
Memorial Contribution: Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
121 Steuart Street
San Francisco, CA 94015
(415) 777-0411
Memorial Contribution: The Chicago Community Trust
33 S State St Suite 750
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 616-8000
Memorial Contribution: Hillel International


Joseph Pedott (1932-2023) believed in loyalty, hard work, education, and results. Joe believed in helping those who faced similar life challenges to those he faced as a youth. As a successful businessman (most famous for the Chia Pet & the Clapper) and entrepreneur, he believed in "paying it forward." Joseph has established foundations in California & Illinois that support students who need access, services & means to obtain a college degree. Joe donated funds to help build & complete two Hillels that provide support, services, and offers a "home away from home" for Jewish college students and was in the process of expanding to a third.

In memory of Joseph Pedott, donations may be made to organizations that Joe has supported including the following:

Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund San Francisco

Guardian Scholars at SFSU

10,000 Degrees

Mission Graduates

Summer Search

Scholar Match

Students Rising Above

Chicago Community Trust

College Support Charitable Fund Grantees

College Possible

Target Hope

One Goal

i Mentor

Utmost U

Chicago Scholars

Bottom Line

Scholarship and Guidance (SGA) Youth & Family Services

University of Illinois

I Promise


Hillel Constructed/Renovated

Hillel at UC Davis

Hillel at Northridge

Hillel San Francisco - in development Hillel Emergency Fund - various campuses