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Book of Life P - T

  • My great-grandparents and grandparents escaped the Pogroms of Russia in the late 1880s and emigrated to the United States. The American dream was their goal for their children. However, Torah learning, Jewish education, and prayer and tzeddakah were always our way of life, even during the Depressi[...]
  • Like many other people, we all live by example, and we try to do our best. Our parents were moral, caring people, and we hope to set the same example for our children. We have worked hard and have had good fortune, and we are happy to share our blessings with others. We feel lucky to be part of s[...]
  • As we go through life, Herb and I have always felt we were lucky to be able to help others. Personally, the Lion of Judah has inspired me with their issues through the years as the best way to give. I hope I’m setting an example for my children and grandchildren and those to follow as the gift cont[...]
  • It is difficult when your life has been as full and varied as mine to even think back on the past or elaborate on it. I have played a part in the educational community. I have played a part in the Jewish community. I have played a part in interfaith. I have traveled and seen the world and tried to h[...]
  • When I look at my children and consider the ways they have chosen to conduct their lives, I recognize that Mel and I set them on a path cleared for us by the community. I marvel at their sound values and sense of responsibility; contributions to the synagogue, the community center, the Day School, [...]
  • Our Jewish roots are traced back to Russia Lithuania and Hungary. Now, as Columbus residents we want to pay ahead by endowing programs for the Jewish community. Our father and father-in-law, Herman Luckoff, taught us about commitment. By his shining example, we learned the importance of building [...]
  • During the depression I watched my mother put money in the pushka for the poor. Once a month a man dressed in black with a long beard would come to our house with a special key to open the box and take out the money. I was so proud of my mom because as little as we had, mom always felt there were ot[...]
  • By the way of Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Toledo and South Bend, we came to Columbus almost 40 years ago. That’s when we first really got more involved in the Jewish community, including Boards of Temple Israel, Columbus Jewish Federation, Wexner Heritage House and the Jewish Community Center. Being p[...]
  • We have made this gift to the Columbus Jewish community in honor of our parents, Herman and Eva, as we carry on the tradition established by our paternal grandparents, Samuel and Esther Rogovin of Cambridge, Ohio, who immigrated from Lithuania in 1906. They were dedicated to Jewish charity and educ[...]
  • Our commitment to both Judaism and the community began with the home.  Gregg's parents were always involved in Jewish organizations, causes and their synagogue.  They lived by the belief that if one wants change or growth, one needs to be willing to work.  One of the greatest beliefs we inherited fr[...]
  • As we reflect on our committed involvement in the Columbus Jewish community, we are struck by how much people’s actions can influence and inspire one another. We remember one of our first exposures to the Columbus Jewish Federation, during Israel’s 1973 war, and how moved we were by the passion, ded[...]
  • When I look back, I think about who inspired me. Who taught me? Who nourished my desire to help others? I am fortunate because I had some very special people in my life who taught me about my responsibilities, not just to my immediate family, but to the entire Jewish community. My parents, Joseph[...]