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  • The Columbus Jewish Foundation had the honor of assisting sculptor Al Tibor raise funds for charitable installations on several occasions, including his Trinity Lutheran and Columbus VA Clinic monuments.  Tibor taught us that art for art’s sake is not enough.  “I want to create sculptures that both express and evoke human emotion.  Whether it is a Holocaust sculpture, biblical figure, or a woman standing tall….there is beauty and value to […]

  • With a quick walk next door, Director of Grants Susan Tanur oriented Federation staff on the 6Ws of the Foundation’s grants program.  Who:  charitable organizations.  What: grants, SCRIP, HELP loans, Jewish arts, Jewish education & literacy, social justice, understanding Jewish concerns, Jewish needs, and community needs, for starters.  Where:  Greater Columbus, Israel and Jewish communities around the world.  When:  Bi-annually.  How:  Grant applications.  Why: Our mission is to meet changing […]

  • White ribbons festooned the trees of Bexley last summer following a camp accident that took the young life of Jadyn Larky.  The community is invited to help create an art piece woven from the ribbons. Upon completion, the tapestry will be displayed at Cassingham Elementary.  Location, date and time:  Art with Anna, 420 N. Cassady Ave., Columbus, Friday, April 7, 4-6 PM.  A camp scholarship memorial fund at the Foundation […]

  • Foundation volunteer and fund holder Babette Feibel presented a Shalom Grant from the Columbus Jewish Foundation to enable OhioGuidestone to continue its family-oriented social events in an alcohol and drug-free environment.  Feibel is enjoying the celebration with two happy participants.

  • Social Justice Committee member Jack Meizlish, pictured on left with Volunteers of America President and CEO Dennis Kresak, presented a Shalom Grant from the Columbus Jewish Foundation to help VOA after its main warehouse burned down.

  • Grants Director Susan Tanur and CEO Jackie Jacobs got the red carpet treatment from Columbus Police Department big-wigs at the Columbus Police Academy.  Foundation funding enables key personnel from the Franklin County Office of Homeland Security and CPD to get advanced training in Israel.  Among the greeters at the Police Academy was the head of Security Solutions International, a consulting firm that supports government and commercial clients in addressing global […]

  • Columbus Torah Academy alumnus Josh Radnor’s most recent gig was in Richard Greenberg’s off-Broadway play “The Babylon Line.”  Best known for starring nine years in the TV sitcom “How I Met Your Mother,” plumb roles always seem to come his way.  According to a recent JTA feature, 44-year-old Radnor says his films “are about good people getting better at being themselves.” It’s an attitude he likely developed attending the Columbus […]

  • The next Jewish community blood drive, co-sponsored by To Life Columbus and the American Red Cross, will be at the JCC on April 20 from 12:30 to 6:30 PM.  Formerly known as the Jewish Donors’ Blood Council, the blood drive is underwritten by the Foundation’s Richard Lieberman Perpetual Life Endowment Fund.

  • Every year, community members nominate candidates for the Bexley Educator of the Year award. A special committee selects a winner, who is surprised in his or her classroom with news of the award, along with a crystal apple, $1,000, and bragging rights for life. The award is funded by the Columbus Jewish Foundation’s Glick Family Endowment.

  • The honorary race chair of this year’s Jack Roth Run/Walk will be Columbus Public Health Department spokesman Jose Rodriguez. The event supports lung cancer research and treatment, as well as Israeli children with special needs.  The Foundation serves as the fiscal agent.

  • The David and Irene Cole Essay Contest is a unique opportunity for high school seniors to envision life as a college freshman and how they will “perpetuate their own Jewish knowledge and practice as a college freshman.” The contest is open to all graduating Columbus area Jewish high school seniors, and winners will receive up to $1,000. Completed submissions are due to the Columbus Jewish Foundation by 1:00 pm on […]

  • Open auditions for Gallery Player’s The Merchant of Venice will be held at the JCC on March 20 and 21.  Auditioners are strongly encouraged to prepare a monologue. Click here to see and hear Al Pacino’s portrayal–(as Shylock said) and try better the instruction! The Columbus Jewish Foundation is Gallery Players’ main underwriter.

  • A new Nurse Aide Institute at Wexner Heritage Village will kick-off its first class in April–funded with a $100,000 Foundation grant. Graduates of WHV’s State Tested Nurse Aides Institute may choose to work in long term care, assisted living facilities, or hospitals.  STNA’s provide basic health care needs for patients under the direction of an RN or LPN. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants […]

  • Amazon is offering a special charitable rebate on eligible AmazonSmile purchases for the benefit of the Columbus Jewish Foundation. Today, March 16th only.  See below. This offer begins at 12:00 AM Pacific Time (3:00 AM Eastern Time, 3/16/2017), and expires at 11:59 PM Pacific Time (2:59 Eatern Time, 3/17/2017). Get started at smile.amazon.com/ch/31-1384772.

  • Director of Youth Philanthropy Debby Applefeld presented options for B’nai Tzedek fund holders to think about when making donations to school projects. Applefeld and about 30 B’nai Tzedek fund holders attended the monthly Bexley Middle School Jewish Lunch Club program that was organized by Agudas Achim this week. Lunch was sponsored by the family of B’nai Tzedek teen fund folder, Sam Adler.

  • A special Shalom Grant will replace an unexpected funding shortfall at OhioGuidestone, a local mental health agency.  Social events, holiday parties, family gatherings and weddings are trying times for recovering addicts.  The grant will help recovering clients and their families reunite, reconnect and celebrate at family and social gatherings — without the presence of booze or drugs.   The Foundation’s Social Justice Committee provides Central Ohio charities like OhioGuidestone with Shalom […]

  • Matan Koch’s lifelong history of disability advocacy began at age four with a presentation to several hundred young people, continued as the president of Yale University’s student disabilities community, and cleared another hurdle when President Barack Obama appointed him to the National Council on Disability.  Koch will be speaking at Congregation Agudas Achim on April 1. Sponsored by the Rabbi Kalman London Scholar-in-Residence Fund of the Columbus Jewish Foundation.

  • After an informative presentation on Jewish community security issues by Bob Lane, the Federation’s VP of Jewish Community Relations, Foundation Board members asked him to check out vulnerabilities at our local Jewish cemeteries, and prepare recommendations on how to protect against vandalism. Over the past two years, vandals have crept into historic Green Lawn Cemetery and broken their way to more than $1.25 million in damage, including monuments in the Jewish […]

  • Everything that goes on at OSU Hillel leads to wear and tear on the building. The Foundation has a Hillel Building Endowment to keep the facilities in good repair.  Chaired by Brad Kastan, its oversight committee approved $12,200 this week for plumbing, sump pumps, HVAC, kitchen repairs, elevator upkeep, and downspouts. Preventive maintenance like this saves Hillel and the community untold thousands.

  • Less than one year after its student government leaders voted down an attempt to divest from Israel, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions issue was again placed to a campus vote this week, singling out Israel in its quest to fight human-rights violations.  Once again, students voted it down.  Were it not for three very serious ballot irregularities (which should be investigated) the voting margin would have been even higher.  Congratulations to OSU […]

  • We mourn the passing of Columbus Jewish Foundation fund holder and author Amy Wickes, who launched a local nonprofit, In the Name of Justice, which sought to improve lives by helping the children and families of the incarcerated.  Amy’s book was titled “From Privilege to Prison.” Click here. Pictured: Foundation CEO Jackie Jacobs, Amy Wickes.

  • In a normal year, one out of every three Jewish adults in the U.S. will contribute money to some cause in Israel. In terms of dollars, around 8-15% of Jewish-­American charity goes to the Promised Land. During periods when the Jewish state was in crisis, contribution levels soared much higher.  For more on how American philanthropy built a Jewish Homeland, click here.

  • Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime tells the story of three U.S. groups in the early 20th century as they try to make a success in America:  African Americans, upper-class suburbanites, and Eastern European Jewish immigrants.  Performances run through March 12, 2017. Visit this link for tickets.  The Columbus Jewish Foundation is Gallery Players’ major underwriter. Photo credit: Jerri Shafer.

  • The Agudas Achim Brotherhood is offering a $500 camp scholarship for a 2017 Summer Camp Experience.  For more information, please email brotherhood@agudasachim.org.   The Agudas Brotherhood Camp Fund is just one of a thousand funds managed by the Columbus Jewish Foundation.

  • Ohio Governor John Kasich traveled to Europe in late February to discuss Ohio’s potential as a trading partner with business leaders and attended the Munich Security Conference at the invitation of Senator John McCain to join a bipartisan delegation.  The Governor also visited the Dachau concentration camp.

  • Director of Youth Philanthropy Debby Applefeld shared a quiet afternoon with new B’nai Tzedek fund holders. The goal of the Henry and Mitzi Saeman B’nai Tzedek program is to provide teens the tools to take tzedakah into their own hands. Their initial gifts are matched three-fold by the Saeman family and the Foundation.  Over time, those fund holders mature as givers and caring Jewish community members.  Want to get your […]

  • Given $5,000 by the Foundation Board to invest where they see need in the Jewish community, teen Board members (half of whom are newcomers) gathered Sunday for a first look at grant requests. For starters, they were oriented on how to review proposals, read a budget, and ways to determine strengths and weaknesses.  Four proposals were selected for the next round.     Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation Back row: Jacob […]

  • His lab results set off worldwide speculation that he would be the man to cure cancer. But Columbus-born Judah Folkman was uneasy with the accolades because cancer is such a complex disease. Modest about his cancer research and extrapolating the results of his research on mice to humans, he said at the height of the angiogenesis media frenzy in 1998, “If you have cancer and you are a mouse, we […]

  • The Columbus Jewish Foundation is akin to an individual whose IRA or 401K retirement plan must last forever.  The Foundation’s Investment Committee faces unique challenges: Allow an adequate amount of spending each year; Take inflation into account; Maintain spending during difficult periods; Allow spending to increase during good times; and, Do not spend so much that the portfolio’s purchasing power erodes. The Foundation’s Investment Committee, chaired by Bob Keidan, takes […]

  • Just two days after a wave of bomb threats were called into Jewish Community Centers around the country for the fourth time in five weeks, a bi-partisan group of 158 legislators signed a letter calling on the Secretary of Homeland Security, the FBI Director, and the U.S. Attorney General to quickly take steps to address these threats.  In addition to the bomb threats, dozens of headstones were tipped over in […]

  • The Foundation Executive Committee approved $100,000 in renewed funding for the Foundation’s “Growing Jewish Columbus” Loan Fund.  The loan program is run in partnership with ECDI, the Economic and Community Development Institute.  It helps local Jewish businesses grow and succeed.  Click here for a brief update on one of the loan recipients.

  • Janis Schottenstein Mathless was proud to have established two endowments at the Foundation. She honored her mother, Sadie Schottentein, with a fund that provides music programs for Wexner Heritage Village residents, and the Norman Mathless Library Endowment, in memory of her late husband, gives annual grants to the Bexley Public Library for books on Jewish life and culture.  Janis was active in the Agudas Achim Sisterhood, Hadassah, and B’nai B’rith […]

  • Dorothy Rosenfeld, who passed away this week at the age of 91, inscribed her motivations for giving in the Foundation’s Endowment Book of Life: “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 […]

  • The Foundation ended the year with $118 million under management — a 5% increase over 2015. When community leaders gathered back in 1989 to celebrate the Foundation’s future and honor philanthropist Sam Melton, the Foundation’s book value was $11.6 million.  Our founders saw the Foundation’s destiny, and it still shines bright! Pictured are front row, left to right: Myer Mellman, Stanley Schwartz, Florence Melton, Sam Melton (Honoree), Leslie Wexner, Irving […]

  • With the Foundation’s Higher Education Loan Program Committee Chair Nevada Smith taking the lead, HELP committee members are logging in many hours reaching out to previous loan recipients and revamping the Foundation’s student loan program.  Student loan applications will be entertained later this fall.  Special thanks to Nevada and committee members Jennifer Cammeyer, Suzanne Ecker, Dr. Michael Hallet, Morgan Kauffman, Katie Kaufman, Clemy Keidan, Inna Kinney, Mark Talis, Devorah Weprin, […]

  • Tammy Fitzpatrick was one of three Adopting Spending Policy in a Low Return Environment panelists at this week’s JFNA Investment Institute. Fitzpatrick has served as the CFO for the Columbus Jewish Foundation since 2008.  Prior to joining the Foundation she was a partner in the Not-for-Profit Practice Group of McGladrey & Pullen.  Fitzpatrick is on the Board and a past Executive Committee member of the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council, […]

  • Stakeholders from 60 plus North American Jewish communities who steward $80 billion in Jewish community philanthropic assets met this week in Florida for presentations by top industry professionals, peer-to-peer learning, and networking. Representing the Columbus Jewish Foundation were its incoming Investment Chair Randy Hansell, who will succeed Bob Keidan. CFO Tammy Fitzpatrick and CEO Jackie Jacobs also attended. Experienced in his field with three decades as a certified financial planner, […]

  • Requests for Foundation grant dollars are at a five-year high.  The proposals cover a broad range of needs, including Jewish education and literacy, basic Jewish needs, social justice, Jewish business start-ups, and the Jewish arts.  Following Grant Committee and Board review, the Foundation’s newest grant recipients will be announced in June.

  • Maryn Schwebel Been, who tragically passed away at age 37 last December, loved summer camp, counting it among her most cherished childhood experiences.  A camper scholarship fund at Temple Beth Shalom has been established in Maryn’s memory to help offset the cost of overnight summer camp and enable others to enjoy positive Jewish camp experiences like Maryn’s.  Contributions can be made to Temple Beth Shalom at http://www.tbsohio.org/donate-now.html or the Columbus […]

  • The American Red Cross gushed when local businessman Richard Lieberman established a Columbus Jewish Foundation endowment in 1994 to underwrite all Jewish Donors’ Blood Council operations:   ”We believe this is the nation’s only endowment of its kind….we could not find any other region that has an endowed blood donor group like this.”  Now known as the To Life! Columbus, the blood donors’ group is still active, thanks to annual support […]

  • 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 […]

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