Book of Life

  • Russian Jews, which portrays the stories of Russian Jewry throughout the 20th century, is now available online, courtesy of Genesis Philanthropy Group.  The series has enjoyed a record-breaking theatrical release across Russia, a premiere at Israel's Knesset, sold-out screenings across the United St[...]
  • MSNBC's Morgan Radford spoke with white nationalists who are running for federal office in this year's midterms. ("Six Million Jews?  Ridiculous!" says one.  Another expounds on "the monstrous nature of the Jewish people....a foreign power.")  According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, at least e[...]
  • The Columbus Jewish Foundation made its first gift to Habitat for Humanity in 1993 -- for a house called "Habitat Shalom" in honor of builder and Foundation board member Jack Wallick.  Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio, which to date has brought the dream of home ownership to more than 400 families in ne[...]
  • Ambassador Danny Danon, Israel's Permanent Representation to the United Nations, will be in Columbus on June 26 for two Israel Bonds events. Michael Gonsiorowski, Regional Vice President of the PNC Bank and a former Columbus Jewish Foundation board member, will host a Danon luncheon and Middle East [...]
  • Learn about ethical wills at the next meeting of the Foundation's Legal & Tax Advisory Committee. The Committee, comprised of legal, accounting, insurance, and financial planning professionals, will meet on noon on June 14th for a presentation by financial planner and attorney Mark Coffey at the[...]
  • Thursday marked graduation day for four Columbus Jewish Day School students. As is their tradition, the Joy and Bruce Soll family gifted B'nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Funds from the Columbus Jewish Foundation to each student as a graduation gift. These Funds can be used for charitable gift recomme[...]
  • An interim operating agreement was adopted at a joint meeting on Wednesday of the Federation and Foundation boards. Provisions include an oversight committee with equal representation from each entity, cost sharing provisions for a new entity tentatively named the Columbus Jewish Partnership, and se[...]
  • Director John Stefano's Letters Home opened to a packed house this week, getting a well-deserved standing ovation.  The production gave voice to a collection of vintage WWI letters held by the Columbus Jewish Historical Society, and shines a spotlight not only on a terrific cast, but on the importan[...]
  • CNN political analyst David Gregory will present to Federation campaign donors on spirituality and the quest for purpose on June 4 at the Abigail House and Wexner party barn.  For info and reservations, contact Jewish Columbus.org/spirituality or Lisa Wein at 614-559-3207.
  • The Cleveland Jewish News will expand its footprint to include central Ohio with the creation of the Columbus Jewish News.  The announcement about the all-new biweekly was made at the Foundation's annual meeting.  According to Ohio Jewish Chronicle publisher Steve Pinsky, the OJC will cease publicat[...]
  • For close to 30 years, Foundation CEO Jackie Jacobs talked like a broken record about his imminent retirement.  With a collective sigh of relief, close to 400 people heard him say it for the last time at the Foundation's annual meeting on May 23rd.  Lamenting a shortage of credible information about[...]
  • The Foundation Board and staff mourn the passing of Ruth Barkan, mother of Steven and Neal  Barkan and grandmother of Foundation board member Josh Barkan.  Ruth and her late husband, Irving, were active community leaders and Foundation fund holders who established endowments for the Foundation grant[...]