Jack Kay, was born in 1925. He is the son of Abraham Kay, who immigrated to the United States from Russia at the age of ten. Abraham’s family immediately settled in Washington, DC and the Kay family has lived in the area ever since. Jack would often recall there being a strong sense of community in the home where he grew up. The act of giving back to the community was a core value in the Kay household. The family was infused with a sense of “tzedakah”- charity as a fundamental part of life. In their home giving was not about being generous. It’s just what you did.
Jack married Ina, his high school sweetheart, at the age of 21. The couple honeymooned in Cuba, and when they returned home from their trip Jack had only one dime left in his pocket. It was at this time that Jack joined his father’s business and built hundreds of homes and apartment communities in Montgomery and Prince George’s County. Jack and Ina Kay had two children, Shelley and Lauren. Lauren Pollin remembers her father as an astute businessman and a visionary community leader. “He was inquisitive, methodical, and very hands-on in his approach to life and business,” Lauren says, “He was sensitive, wise, and had such strength of conviction.”
Jack Kay passed away in 2013, eleven years after Ina passed in 2002. They left behind a tremendous legacy of philanthropy. Jack and Ina Kay were major supporters of the Jewish, social services, and arts communities in the greater Washington, DC area and beyond. Lauren says, “Seeing those acts of generosity from my parents is an inspiration to me.”
About the Kay Gallery
Showcasing the work of emerging and mid-career artists from the Mid-Atlantic region, the intimate, 1500 square-foot art gallery is noteworthy for its soaring ceilings and natural light. Located on the first floor, the gallery also serves as a performance venue for classical music concerts, and is a fabulous space to rent for your special events.