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  • Adlai Stein appeared on the Feb. 7 episode of Forged in Fire, a History Channel series that pits blacksmiths against each other to craft historical bladed weapons. “It was a really great experience,” Stein said.   Stein owns Macabee Metals on 421 West State Street. He attended the Hebrew Academy of Cleveland for 6 years. See a video and more here.

  • Ma’agalim, the Israeli NGO that received a significant Columbus Jewish Foundation grant two years ago, was featured in a full page spread in The Jerusalem Post.  The non-profit helps stem the growing tide of young people avoiding the army and leaving Israel.   Its year-long army prep program specializes in at-risk youth with low self-esteem and aspirations who could easily enter the world of crime, drugs and alcohol.

  • As Ohio contemplates re-starting executions and new killing methodologies (click here) a suggestion from the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association to asphyxiate with nitrogen has raised the ire of the local rabbinate.  All eight Columbus congregational Rabbis signed a letter with other Jewish community leaders calling on Governor Kasich and legislators to “reject proposals to introduce executions conducted by suffocation in any sort of gas chamber in Ohio.” The letter does not take […]

  • What is a B’nai Tzedek Fund and how can it be used?  Foundation Youth Philanthropy Director Debby Applefeld will lead a Sunday, February 26 workshop at 2:00 PM at the Foundation on the Mitzi and Henry Saeman Family B’nai Tzedek program, including a program overview and the great ways teen fund holders can support causes close to their hearts. B’nai Tzedek teens and family members are welcome.   RSVP Required to […]

  • A Geniza is an area in a synagogue or cemetery for the temporary storage of worn-out Hebrew-language books and papers prior to proper burial.  OSU doctoral student Rachel Richman will discuss what 1000 year-old sacred trash from the Cairo Geniza teaches us about the Jews of Medieval Cairo.  This program is part of the Melton Center’s Senior Adult Jewish Learning Series.  It is sponsored by the Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation.  […]

  • Over 200,000 pounds of donated goods were lost in Volunteers of America’s massive West Broad Street warehouse fire last month. The Foundation’s Social Justice Committee provided a Shalom Grant to help them get back on their feet. VOA is scheduling home pick-ups to replenish its stock. Call 614-272-2363 if you can help.    Shalom Grants foster positive relations between all members of our greater Columbus community and enable us to […]

  • Charitable organizations seeking Foundation funding during the Spring 2017 Grants cycle should be well on their way to hitting the “submit” button.  The on-line application closes at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, February 15. For information on what the Foundation funds, check out our website at www.columbusjewishfoundation.org.

  • Appalled passengers  of all persuasions scrambled last weekend to clean up anti-Semitic subway graffiti from New York City subway cars, using tissues and  hand cleanser.  Riders hastily removed swastikas and slogans such as “Destroy Israel” and “Jews belong in the oven” with whatever cleaning materials they could scrape up.  Purell worked best.  The origin of Purell sanitizing hand wipes goes back to the inventive Goldie and Jerry Lippman  of Akron, […]

  • Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation teen board members are heading to Tifereth Israel’s Scholar in Residence Shabbat lecture on Environmental Questions and Jewish Answers.  The subject is right up their alley: all of the upcoming grants they are gearing up to give away this Spring will be for environmental, conservation, or sustainability projects.  Funding requests will be accepted through February 17.  For information contact Deborah Applefeld  at dapplefeld@tcjf.org.

  • Alicia Svigals is the world’s leading klezmer fiddler.  She’s headed to the Wexner Center for the Arts on Sunday, February 19.   The Grammy Award winning co-founder of the Klezmatics has played with Itzhak Perlman, composed for playwright Tony Kushner, and performed with Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.  Co-sponsored by the Melton Center for Jewish Studies, with support from the Columbus Jewish Foundation and the Adrienne & and Sidney Chafetz Arts Fund.  For […]

  • They’re a friendly and talented group of Chassidic families from New York who travel all around the country, singing and dancing in the classic Chassidic style.  With funding support from the Foundation’s Jewish Arts endowments, the Traveling Chassidim will be at Beth Jacob Congregation February 11-12.  For more information call 614-252-4816.   

  • On January 23, 2017, the IRS announced it is opening the 2016 tax filing season and published a summary of the top tax changes it made last year.   Many will impact some of the 153 million Americans who file tax 2016 returns.  Some of these changes may affect you: 1. Three Extra Days - The tax filing deadline is delayed because April 15 falls on a weekend and Emancipation Day in […]

  • Dear Mr. President: The White House has defended its International Holocaust Remembrance Day statement, despite having made no mention of the 6 million Jews who were murdered  during the Holocaust. While it is true that millions of people, Jews and non-Jews, were murdered during the Third Reich, the Holocaust was first and foremost an effort to annihilate all Jews. Yes– millions of non-Jews were also slaughtered by the Nazis– priests, Romani, […]

  • Since its launch four years ago, nearly half of the Wexner Service Corps participants were Columbus Jewish Foundation B’nai Tzedek fund holders. Many were also Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation board members. WSC recently posted Julia Cohn’s blog (click here). The daughter of Karen and Dr. David Cohn, Julia is a member of the Wexner Service Corps’ Senior Leadership Cohort, a B’nai Tzedek participant,  Jewish Youth Foundation board member, and founder of […]

  • Your quarterly financial statements and 2016 calendar year activity summaries have been mailed.  Fund holders who opted for electronic delivery can access their statements on DonorCentral:  log into DonorCentral through the link on our homepage at  http://www.columbusjewishfoundation.org  or click on the following URL https://www.edonorcentral.com/login_4000.asp.  If you need assistance, call us at 614-338-2365 or email CFO Tammy Fitzpatrick at tfitzpatrick@tcjf.org.

  • The Foundation’s Spring intern is Samantha McLaughlin, a sophomore English Literature major at Denison University.  After spending last summer in Poland and visiting Auschwitz, she created a mixed media journal contrasting women’s lives before, during, and after the death camps.  Sam’s internship responsibilities include the Cole Essay Contest and grants.

  • Since its launch four years ago, nearly half of the Wexner Service Corps participants were Columbus Jewish Foundation B’nai Tzedek fund holders. Many were also Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation board members. WSC recently posted Julia Cohn’s blog (click here). The daughter of Karen and Dr. David Cohn, Julia is a member of the Wexner Service Corps’ Senior Leadership Cohort, a B’nai Tzedek participant,  Jewish Youth Foundation board member, and founder of […]

  • The Blue Card, a group that provides assistance to U.S. Holocaust survivors, said requests for assistance grew by 20% in 2016.  One-third of the approximately 100,000 Holocaust survivors in the U.S. are living at or below the poverty line. It is estimated that 61% of the survivors live on less than $23,000 per year. In a recent Blue Card survey of Holocaust survivors, it was found that the greatest needs […]

  • Ernie Stern’s funeral service was held this January 27 at Temple Israel. We are honored to share our 1995 testimonial video (click here) recognizing his manifold accomplishments. Ernie’s Endowment Book of Life inscription reflects his sweet nature and depth of character: “I remember the past, live in the present and dream of the future – I was born in Vienna, Austria. In 1938, after Austria became part of Nazi Germany, […]

  • January 27 marked the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and has been designated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Thousands of people from around the world are sharing photos remembering the Holocaust in Facebook’s “We Remember” campaign, organized by the World Jewish Congress. It has reached 100 million people across the globe, with more than 200,000 participants.  Read more.

  • In Memoriam Ernest Stern  March 9, 1923 – January 24, 2017 Columbus Jewish Foundation Board of Trustees and Executive Committee Columbus Jewish Foundation – Chairman of VISION 2000 Unified Community Endowment Campaign – 1995 Columbus Jewish Foundation Honoree – August 28, 1995 Chair of Columbus Jewish Federation Annual Campaign – 1973 President, Columbus Jewish Federation Board of Trustees – 1977-1978 Every community looks within its ranks for leaders of courage, […]

  • Last summer, Jewish overnight camps experienced an aggregate 2% growth in camper enrollment, reaching 80,622 campers. Since 2006, there has been a steady rise in campers, camps, and the number of campers per camp; the number of campers has grown 23%, with the number of camps in the Foundation for Jewish Camp network growing 13%.  Foundation funds valued at $640,000 generate income each year for camp scholarships: Ralph Pariser Memorial […]

  • Judie Swedlow and Reid Wasserstrom are the two most-recent Foundation leaders interviewed through the Columbus Jewish Historical Society’s oral history project. The Foundation periodically sponsors the oral histories of its foremost endowment development advocates, such as Wasserstrom and Swedlow, through a special Oral History Fund established under the will of the late Melvyn Palius.

  • CJYF, the teen grants board of the Foundation, is accepting applications for up to $5,000 from nonprofit organizations to support environmental, conservation, or sustainability initiatives serving our local Jewish community.  Applications are due February 17.  Click here for more information or contact Deborah Applefeld, Director of Youth Philanthropy, at dapplefeld@tcjf.org.

  • The 11th annual Cole Essay Contest is accepting submissions for a $1,000 prize.  Graduating high school seniors are encouraged to submit an essay describing how they will “perpetuate their own Jewish knowledge and practice as a college freshman, and why.” The contest is sponsored by the Foundation’s Marilyn and Stuart Cole Fund.  More info at www.columbusjewishfoundation.org/coleessay/.

  • The Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) Committee met Tuesday with a look ahead to the 2017-18 academic year. Refining the application and the application process is their first priority. The new application will align HELP with the Foundation’s mission to ensure the continuity of Jewish life and will give applicants an opportunity to address their Jewish involvement today and how it has grown with each year of post-secondary education.  The […]

  • Schmooze, study and sing with the Traveling Chassidim for Shabbat experiences and performances on February 10 and 11.  A grant from the Lenore Schottenstein and Community Jewish Arts Fund will support activities at Heritage Towers and the JCC – and Beth Jacob Congregation is hosting activities for the entire weekend, including Friday night dinner, Shabbat services, and Saturday Oneg.  For more information contact Beth Jacob at 614-237-8641.

  • We are very pleased to note the establishment of the following new funds at the Foundation since the start of our fiscal year on July 1:

  • The Columbus Jewish Foundation grants program provides venture capital and seed dollars for organizations to try new, innovative ways to achieve their goals and best serve the community.  Applications for new and mini-grant Jewish Arts and Social Justice funding, along with the renewal application for select programs currently receiving a Foundation grant, can be found at www.columbusjewishfoundation.org. An abridged grants orientation is scheduled for Tuesday, January 17, 11:00 AM at […]

  • While returning from a 2010 mission in Afghanistan, Miroslav (Steve) Zilberman’s Hawkeye Turboprop twin-engine aircraft lost an engine over the Arabian Sea.  Zilberman ordered his crewmates and co-pilot to bail out, saving their lives.  Zilberman’s body was lost at sea. Zilberman was posthumously awarded the Navy’s Distinguished Flying Cross for his bravery.   The fallen hero is a graduate of Bexley High School, and is survived by wife Katrina, two small […]

  • The Jewish Community Center is presenting Tony Award winning Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown, best known for the scores including The Last Five Years, Parade, Bridges of Madison County, and 13.  The one night only January 21 Columbus appearance in the JCC’s Roth-Resler Theater is sponsored in part by the Foundation’s Nanette and Sandy Solomon Jewish Arts Fund. Click for performance preview and purchase tickets here.

  • The 2016 calendar year ended on a high note for the Columbus Jewish Foundation.  December gifts totaled $2,446,000– or $78,900 every day, counting weekends,  for the entire month.

  • The JCC announced its very first endowment for early childhood education – with a $100,000 gift from Ronnie Blank in memory of his late wife Ruth Ann Blank and mother Dorothy Blank Kahn.  The fund, to be housed at the Foundation, will support the newly-opened JCC North Early Childhood Program — one of Ruth Ann’s fondest dreams.  Additional gifts to the fund will be matched by Ronnie Blank. Ruth Ann […]

  • Thirty years in the making — a Jewish space for the JCC North’s preschool:   “It’s like having a long-lost relative finally come home,” said Beth Tikvah President Ernie Mandel as he welcomed the JCC North Preschool to its new home at the Congregation’s facility – replete with new classrooms and playground, which were funded by the Columbus Jewish Foundation.  The dedication ceremony was held January 6. Read more here. The staff and […]

  • John Kasich signed into law the Legislature’s year-end provision for a new $7.3 million Ohio security grant program to help nonprofits upgrade their facilities against terrorist attacks.  Each nonprofit is eligible for up to $100,000 for target hardening.  Special thanks to Ohio Senate President Keith Faber, House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, and Ohio Jewish Communities’ Howie Beigelman.

  • The Foundation’s earliest grant of $2,500 to Marburn Academy dates back to its infancy as a fledgling operation in 1981.  The school for bright students with learning differences will dedicate its permanent home on Jan 22, located on 17 acres in New Albany, with 27 classrooms for up to 350 students.

  • Enabling Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem to serve one million patients every year takes a lot of gifts from around the world.  Three funds housed at the Foundation do their share, thanks to endowments established by Annette Molar, the late Helen Zelkowitz and recently-deceased Leah Salis, z’l.  Call us at 614-338-2365 for information on how to set up special purpose funds for your favorite charities. Many consider the Chagall windows at […]

  • A tribute to some of the amazing people who left us this past year from Central Ohio and beyond. Click here to view.

  • The Jewish Community Center is presenting Tony Award winning Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown, who according The Philadelphia Inquirer, is “one of Broadway’s smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim”.   He’s best known for his dazzling scores to several of the most renowned musicals of his time, including “The Last Five Years,” “Songs for a New World,” “Parade,” “Bridges of Madison County,” and “13,” which was just produced locally […]

  • Neil Goldberg, a Yeshiva-educated New Yorker who founded the Cirque Productions and Dream Studios brands, added a special Hanukkah scene to his fabulous Cirque Dreams Holidaze production on December 22 at the Palace Theatre.  The Neil Goldberg Dream Foundation is donating a portion of the ticket sales to the JCC in memory of his daughter, Allison Goldberg Senser, who passed away on March 2.  The New Albany JCC gym is named […]

  • The year-end giving season ends on December 31, which falls on a Saturday.  We’ll be open all week, night and day, whenever you need us, Sunday (Christmas) through Friday, December 30, but the doors will be closed on Shabbes.  Wrap up your giving this coming week, and don’t hesitate to call us at 614-338-2365 for how we can help with last minute and tax-wise planned giving opportunities. The early bird catches […]

  • The Jewish Community Center is presenting Tony Award winning Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown, who according The Philadelphia Inquirer, is “one of Broadway’s smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim”.   He’s best known for his dazzling scores to several of the most renowned musicals of his time, including “The Last Five Years,” “Songs for a New World,” “Parade,” “Bridges of Madison County,” and “13,” which was just produced locally […]

  • The Foundation’s Jewish Arts Committee loves Klezmer music, especially when performed by the world’s foremost klezmer fiddler.  Mark your calendar.  Grants from the Lenore Schottenstein and Community Jewish Arts and the Adrienne & Sidney Chafetz Arts Funds will help bring Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express to the Wexner Center for the Arts on February 19.   The Melton Center for Jewish Studies is coordinating the performance and a dance workshop.  For […]

  • The “Rise of the American Jewish Philanthropic Complex,” a breakfast lecture on the power of American Jewish philanthropy, will be presented in our Mel Schottenstein Board Room at the Robins Center for Philanthropy from 7:45 – 9:00 AM on Friday, February 10.  The presentation will be made by Lila Corwin Berwin, a Professor of History at Temple University, where she holds the Murray Friedman Chair of American Jewish History and […]

  • Close to $12,000 already has been sent by various Foundation fund holders to the Jewish National Fund following devastating fires that caused the dislocation of over one quarter of Haifa’s residents. The Foundation also sent a special grant from its Overseas Needs endowment. Foundation fund holders Roni and Bari Leeman personally underwrote a full page ad in The Ohio Jewish Chronicle imploring donors to help Rebuild, Replant, and Restore.  Seventeen […]

  • Assad has taken control.  The battle over Aleppo has ended.  The eastern part of one of the world’s oldest and most beautiful cities is largely destroyed.  At least 34,000 civilians and fighters were evacuated last week.  The Foundation’s Social Justice Committee has sent a Shalom Grant to the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief to help alleviate the suffering.  Foundation fund holders can recommend a grant from their Donor Advised Fund […]

  • The year-end giving season ends on December 31. This deadline is especially important for those who itemize charitable deductions.  Start your planning now and call us at 614-338-2365 for ways that we can help with tax-wise planned giving opportunities.

  • Planned Giving Advisor Jonathan Gudema weighs in as follows: There will only be three income tax brackets: 12%, 25%, and 33%.  Those currently in the 39.6% bracket (43.4% with the Obama care tax) will save a lot of money! Goodbye estate tax (we have seen this before – since tax cuts generally must be revenue neutral, we might see the same old hocus pocus to make it “work,” which usually […]

  • A Pew Research Center study published Tuesday found that Jews worldwide have four years more of schooling on average than the next most educated group, Christians, who average about nine years of schooling. Muslims and Hindus are the least educated, each with about 5 1/2 years of formal schooling. So, with all this education, remember to notify Foundation CFO Tammy Fitzpatrick (tfitzpatrick@tcjf.org, 614-338-2365) when you or your broker make transfers to […]

  • The year-end giving season ends on December 31. This deadline is especially important for those who itemize charitable deductions.  Start your planning now and call us at 614-338-2365 for ways that we can help with tax-wise planned giving opportunities.

  • Public menorah lightings on campus will take place on December 24 and December 31.  Chabad of Columbus will lead the first lighting.  The second, at 6:00 PM on the eighth night, will be led by the Associate Provost, Dr. Jody Fournier and University President Beth Paul.   Last year, following a series of anti-Semitic incidents on campus, the student government passed a unanimous resolution in support of the Jewish people and the State of Israel.  […]

  • The Early Childhood Education programs at the JCC’s three preschools won the “Top Picks” award on December 7 from The Columbus Dispatch.  The JCC’s newest preschool site, located in Worthington at Congregation Beth Tikvah, was last year’s recipient of a $150,000 Ahead of the Curve grant from the Columbus Jewish Foundation.

  • It’s no wonder that Donor Advised Funds are so popular.  You get a tax deduction in exchange for donating cash, appreciated stock, or other assets, and retain the right to make gift recommendations at your convenience.  To learn more about how DAFs work, call us at 614-338-2365.

  • Acting in response to concerns about acts of terrorism and the security vulnerabilities of schools, synagogues and community centers, Ohio will help nonprofits equip and protect themselves.  Senate President Keith Faber and House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger led the effort to find the funds.  “Too often nonprofits lack the funds needed for basic safety,” said Howie Beigelman, Executive Director of Ohio Jewish Communities. Last year, two Ohio Jewish day schools were the […]

  • Just in case some of the President-elect’s plans to reduce charitable deductions actually come to fruition, advisors are rushing their clients into up-fronting charitable giving in 2016.  People in higher income brackets who plan to make charitable donations in future years should consider bunching, or front-loading, their donations for the next several years by making larger gifts before Dec. 31.  Now is an ideal opportunity for Donor Advised Fund holders […]

  • The mission of Charity Newsies is that no child shall be kept out of school for lack of adequate clothing.  Be generous this holiday when a street vendor-volunteer asks you to buy a special edition of The Columbus Dispatch.  It’s a century old local tradition well worth continuing.

  • OSU Near East Studies PhD student Rachel Richman will discuss the experience of Jews in the Islamic world on Friday, December 16 to residents of Creekside at the Village as part of its year-long Senior Adult Learning Series. This program is made possible with funding from Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation members. Guests are welcome.

  • The IRA Charitable Rollover provision allows individuals who have reached age 70½ to donate up to $100,000 to charitable organizations directly from their IRA without treating the distribution as taxable income.  Not all charities are eligible. For example, donor-advised funds and supporting organizations are not eligible recipients.  Amounts transferred to a charity from an IRA are counted in determining whether the owner has met the IRA’s required minimum distribution. Click […]

  • A March of the Living delegation from Columbus will join teens from around the world to bear witness in Poland and celebrate the Jewish homeland in Israel.  (See ohiodelegation.org.) The Federation is offering generous student subsidies, supplemented by the Foundation’s Francine & Irv Szames and Irvin Miller March of the Living Endowments. March of the Living is an expensive undertaking.  Additional dollars are needed.  Call Jackie Jacobs at 614-338-2365 if interested in […]

  • The 2008 economic downturn triggered spikes in the need for short-term therapy services at Jewish Family Services. Since then, the Foundation provided over $130,000 from the Jewish Needs Fund to help JFS clients cope with job losses and cutbacks, lost health benefits, and economic vulnerability.  The Foundation Board extended that lifeline on December 8 with an additional grant.

  • When the New Albany JCC and Columbus Jewish Day School were under construction, the Foundation knew that a building endowment would be important to maintaining these new facilities and established a stand-alone Capital Repair & Replacement Fund for each agency.  Recent grants from these funds will help to cover enhanced security measures at the Northeast Campus, including new LED lights in the parking area and an updated IP system with […]

  • In 1986, Bill and Barbara Bonner gave the Great Southern Hotel and Theatre to CAPA, which brought the downtown architectural gem back to its current splendor.   Nowadays, the Bonner’s daughters and grandchildren sustain their family’s charitable legacy at the Columbus Jewish Foundation through the Bonner Family Foundation.  Among their most recent gifts is the Bonner Family Learning Center at the Ohio Wildlife Center.

  • Wexner Heritage Village got a healthy shot in the arm with Foundation Board approval of a $100,000 grant for a nurse aide training institute.  WHV already has received State of Ohio approval to create a site for State Tested Nurse Aide education and sees this as an opportunity to improve quality and retention.  The Foundation Board also approved funding for Phase III of the agency’s long term business strategic plan.

  • JFS Executive Director June Gutterman has been selected by Columbus CEO as a finalist for the CEO of the Year.  Says Gutterman, “We delve into the complex layers that make up the person.  Jewish Family Services examines the whole life of each person who walks in the door.”

  • Bexley-based Capital University, one of the oldest and largest Lutheran-affiliated universities in North America, will host two menorah lightings this year — on Chanukah’s first night (December 24) and on the last night, January 1, when new college President Elizabeth L. Paul, Ph.D., plans to speak at the school’s Mound Street Plaza.

  • Irving Baker’s son enrolled at Columbus Torah Academy in 1966, when the school was in its very infancy.  Classes were then held in the Agudas Achim basement.  Said Irving, “The facility was fourth-rate, the education was first-rate, and the experience could not be compared nor duplicated….I immediately recognized the important part that Columbus Torah Academy would play in the future of Columbus and I became involved in all facets of […]

  • German-born Mayer fled the Nazis and ultimately settled in Columbus, where he worked as a baker and volunteered for many organizations.  He left the bulk of his estate to the Foundation upon his demise in 1994, including four $100,000 board-restricted funds for the benefit of Agudas Achim, Tifereth Israel, Columbus Torah Academy, and Wexner Heritage Village that generate annual gifts in his memory.  

  • The Columbus Jewish Foundation manages the charitable estate of the late cablevision pioneer and former “Woman Broadcaster of the Year,” Helen Zelkowitz.  New grants include dollars for wildfire relief in Israel, JCC camperships, a Lion of Judah gift to the Federation, Wexner Heritage Village, and renewed “Keeper of the Gate” support for Hadassah.

  • Funds are being collected through JFNA, the Jewish National Fund, and other organizations in response to over 200 fires that raged across Israel, displacing nearly 100,000 people. “At trying times like these, world Jewry feels closely connected to what is taking place in Israel and comes to our help without hesitation,” said Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky.  “We are proud of our partners in Jewish communities around the world, and […]

  • A list of prominent local community  leaders of the last half of the twentieth century would certainly include Robert A. Glick, Sally and William Glick, Dorothy and William Kahn, Mildred and George Rosenberger, Bea and Buddy Roth, and Annette and Louis Ruben, all of whom  established endowments at the Columbus Jewish Foundation for the benefit of Temple Israel.  Annual fund earnings are sent to Temple Israel each Thanksgiving – an […]

  • The year-end giving season ends on December 31. This deadline is especially important for those who itemize charitable deductions.  Start your planning now and call us at 614-338-2365 for ways that we can help with tax-wise planned giving opportunities. You can expect your W-2′s and 1099′s early in 2017. You should retain a copy of your 2015 tax return. This may be helpful if you use tax preparation software for […]

  • The tasty Brotherhood Souper Bowl Cook-Off at Congregation Beth Tikvah will be held on Saturday, February 4, 5:00 – 7:00 PM.  Last year’s Souper Bowl raised enough to send 20 souper kids to summer camp.  Contact Jeff Wasserstrom for details at 614-760-0026 or jeffwass@yahoo.com.

  • CJYF members set the focus for grants this year on the environment, conservation, and sustainability.  Only projects that serve the local Jewish population and take place during the 2017-18 school year will be entertained.  The Teen Board will share information about application deadlines before the end of the year.

  • The long-awaited dream of a Jewish home for the JCC’s Northwest early childhood program is becoming a reality at Beth Tikvah. Doors officially open on January 3. Grants dollars from the Columbus Jewish Foundation helped make it possible.

  • Allan G. Byer, a California apparel manufacturer and part owner of the San Francisco Giants, just added another $50,000 to his endowment for the JCC’s Byer Fields softball complex.  A member of the JCC Sports Hall of Fame, Byer in his younger days was a Sunday Morning League player at the JCC with buddies Ike Cohen, Sam Gordon, Al Kauffman, Saul Seigel, Harold Soppel, Meyer Weisman, and Dr. Charles Young.

  • Giving Week starts today with double donations from @GivingAssistant! Shop from your favorite brands, earn cash back and give back to Columbus Jewish Foundation! Holiday shopping never felt so good. Shop here: https://givingassistant.org/givingweek. Not signed up to give to us? You can sign up here: https://givingassistant.org/np#columbus-jewish-foundation.

  • Fundraising appeals spike in December.  Remember, the year-end giving season ends on December 31.  This deadline is important for donors who itemize charitable deductions. Transferring cash or stock now to your Donor Advised Fund can allow you to receive an immediate charitable income tax deduction, generating tax benefits at the maximum amount allowed for gifts to public charities.  The decision as to which charities to benefit can be extended beyond […]

  • Last year, 91 percent of high net worth households (defined as those making at least $200,000 annually or with at least $1 million in net worth) made a donation to charity, according to the recently released 2016 Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy by U.S. Trust; 83 percent of respondents  plan to give as much, or more, next year.  There’s a great hunger for philanthropic knowledge out there that’s currently not being […]

  • The Columbus Rotary will host Professor Eytan Gilboa and the Israel Public Diplomacy Forum at an evening event on Monday, November 28.  The professor, a central figure at Bar-Ilan University and a key consultant to the Israeli government, will discuss how many Middle Eastern borders drawn after WWI morphed into the blurred, obsolete boundaries of many failed states.   Registration and information here, or Scott Brown at 614-221-3127.

  • Congregation Beth Tikvah will dedicate the Rabbi Gary Huber Library on December 3 with a day of learning and keynote address by Rabbi Howard Apothaker.  Rabbi Huber joined Beth Tikvah in 1983, served on the Boards of many Jewish and communal agencies and institutions, including Hillel, JFS, and the Federation, and is a Columbus Jewish Foundation fund holder.

  • B’nai Tzedek teens were challenged in mid-November to make a meaningful donation before the end of the holiday season.  Around Thanksgiving, schools traditionally hold fundraising campaigns for charitable organizations serving those in need.  Kids fortunate enough to hold Funds here at the Foundation just have to send an email to activate a gift.  Our Mitzi and Henry Saeman B’nai Tzedek youth philanthropy program empowers teens to make meaningful contributions from […]

  • The Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Committee issued a statement noting that it views “with great concern” the appointment of Stephen Bannon as Donald Trump’s chief political strategist.  Click here.  The President-elect has also announced that he selected Alabama’s Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.  Sessions was denied a federal judgeship by the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1986 because of racially charged comments.

  • November 15 is the day that communities across the globe celebrate philanthropy, giving, and volunteering….  thanks for everything you do to help change the world!

  • OSU Marion’s Scholarship Selection Committee selected Donna Bell, a 24-year old from Caledonia, Ohio, to receive the Betty Davis Social Work Scholarship.  The award is provided by a Foundation endowment established last year in memory of Betty Davis, a leader in the Marion, Ohio Jewish community who served as a professional social worker for 35 years.

  • Established by his wife Janis and family members in memory Norman Mathless (1918-1998), annual earnings from this Foundation fund are given to the Bexley Public Library for materials on Jewish life, history, and culture. According to the Association of Jewish Libraries, eighty percent of Americans say that borrowing books and consulting reference librarians are services that are very important to them. Because people love them, libraries’ collections enhanced by support from […]

  • Lancaster, just 33 miles southeast of Columbus, once was home to a small synagogue, B’nai Israel, that disbanded in 1997.  The congregation’s sales proceeds were used to establish several Columbus Jewish Foundation endowments, including one that enables the Fairfield County District Library to purchase books on Jewish life and culture.

  • An 1891 German-English Passover Haggadah, Roedelheim High Holiday prayer books, German porcelain, and lithographs by the impressionist Max Liebermann….what do they have in common?   The items belonged to Foundation CEO Jackie Jacobs’ grandparents, victims of the Holocaust.  The story of their flight from Germany to Holland and the possessions that survived them was presented at a Charisma Life Ministries program (161 N Hamilton Rd, Columbus, OH)  commemorating the “Night of the […]

  • Both new leaders of the Jewish Day School system in Columbus wowed a packed house at a Foundation reception November 10 in their honor.   Their outstanding credentials, professionalism, and open communication styles bode well for their collective student body, with a beneficial trickle-up impact on the entire community. Pictured: Rabbi Avrohom Drandoff, Head of School, Columbus Torah Academy, and  Rabbi Tali Zelkowicz, Ph.D., Head of School, Columbus Jewish Day School.

  • Looking at the market’s overall resiliency through several major crises and events helps to gain a fresh perspective on the benefits of investing for the long-term.  

  • Hosted by the Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Committee, Ambassador Dani Dayan, Israel’s new Consul General for our region, met on October 31 with local lay and professional leaders, including Foundation CEO Jackie Jacobs.  A long-time Israeli public figure, lecturer and entrepreneur, the Argentine native stated a preference for critics over the indifferent, noting that any position that does not preclude Israel’s right to exist is legitimate.

  • Coming to Columbus:  a Foundation-sponsored showing of a documentary on resurgent anti-Semitism in Europe.  One incident highlighted in the movie shows Muslims beating Holocaust survivors, saying, ”Dirty Jews. Your property is ours.”  Another shows a pro-ISIS rally held in The Hague, calling for the killing of Jews.  Click here to see the trailer : Never Again Is Now – Evelyn’s Mission.  Showing at the Drexel Theatre on Sunday, November 13, 11:30 AM.

  • Appointees to the Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation Board for the 2016-2017 school year are: Bentley Adkins, Alison Bernstein, Haley Bernstein, Hannah Blumenfeld, Julia Cohn, Lydia Colvin, Sarah Colvin, Jacob Dach, Danny Davis, Ethan Davis, Hannah Dolen, Jami Garfinkel, Daniel Griffaton, Dani Lane, Marissa Madison, Aaron Rothchild, Maya Rothchild, Mara Sanderow, Carly Shocket, Gavi Steinman, Eli Weinstock, Olivia Weinstock, and Aden Weiser.  This leadership training program includes B’nai Tzedek fund holders […]

  • The Foundation Investment Committee, chaired by Bob Keidan, monitors investment performance and strives to increase returns while keeping volatility within a reasonable range.  Year-to-date and one-year returns for September 30, 2016 were 7.85% and 11.91%, compared to the blended benchmarks of 7.79% and 11.78%, respectively.

  • The Wexner Foundation and the Federation hosted their 15th annual Jewish Communal Workers reception last night in the Foundation’s Mel Schottenstein Board Room.  Close to one hundred attended.  The Larry Moses Outstanding Young Jewish Communal Professional Award was presented to ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Morissa Freiberg, Director of Education at Congregation Beth Tikvah.  She was selected on the basis of “out-of-the box programming,” with hands-on learning experiences in and out of the classroom. Photo […]

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