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  • Back in 1999, Arts Programming at the JCC, including Gallery Players, was on chopping block.  Foundation support saved the day, and Gallery Players is now strongly entering its 69th season.  This week’s Ohio Jewish Chronicle covers the Foundation’s key role in maintaining the JCC as a hub for the Jewish cultural arts.

  • Max McGarity, the Grillmaster at this year’s Kosher BBQ Festival, comes with sizzling credentials.  He owns the High Barbeque Company, a new eatery in the Brewery District, and earned his stars at City Barbeque and Buckeye Back Ribs.  The Buckeye Kosher BBQ  will be held on August 20 from 3:00 – 7:00 PM on the corner of Alum Creek Dr and Main St.  The Foundation has been an underwriter since […]

  • In 1925, the small Jewish community of Lancaster, Ohio, just 33 miles southeast of Columbus, bought a formerly German Lutheran church to house their B’nai Israel congregation and synagogue.  For the next 72 years, religious services, Hebrew school,  and social events were offered at B’nai Israel for Jews in Lancaster, Logan,and Nelsonville. The aging congregants sold the Shul in 1997, using the proceeds to establish four B’nai Israel endowments at […]

  • Kroger gift cards, courtesy of the Foundation’s Sonia and Saul Schottenstein SCRIP Program, will be included in the Rosh Hashanah Gift Bags JFS will deliver to Jewish community members having a hard time making ends meet.  JFS will be enlisting help from Columbus area Jewish agencies and synagogues to ensure that everyone can celebrate the High Holidays.  SCRIP cards also will be included in the gift bags for Victims of […]

  • A record-breaking 17 organizations were represented at Foundation’s August 9th Grants Orientation.  The program focused on the ins and outs of the Foundation’s grant program, priority funding areas, and tips on how to write a better grant application.  Last year the Foundation awarded more than $500,000 in grants.  If your non-profit would like to learn more, contact Foundation Director of Grants Susan Tanur at stanur@tcjf.org or 614-338-2365.

  • Harnessing organizational strengths for the community’s benefit, Foundation and Federation leaders Jim Bowman and Audrey Tuckerman brought their agency teams together on August 9 to discuss the constructive use of community dollars for short and long term impacts.  Joining them were Foundation Grants Oversight Chair Jody Scheiman, Federation VP of Planning and Community Investments Sherri Lazear, and Federation and Foundation staff.

  • The Foundation’s next Cocktail Reception takes place on November 15 in the beautiful Benesch, Freidlander law office atrium in the Huntington Center at 41 S High St. The guest speaker is Alan Lazowski, Chairman & CEO of LAZ Parking, the second largest parking company in the country.  The event is chaired by attorney Josh Barkan, Land Acquisition Manager at M/I Homes.  RSVP to Gary Robins at grobins@tcjf.org or 614-338-2365.

  • Topics to be addressed this Fall and Spring at the Foundation’s Legal and Tax Advisory Committee’s educational lunch meetings will include a “Washington Update from a Washington Insider”, a session on digital assets and estate planning, and ethical wills.  The season kickoff, featuring former Probate Judge and past Foundation President Alan S. Acker, Esq.,  will be at noon on September 7 at the downtown law offices of Bailey Cavalieri.  The […]

  • Aaron Leventhal has made scores of grants since 1993 from his charitable fund at the Foundation to support youth and arts programs.  The Leventhal Artists program will partner this November with the Jewish Film Festival to bring film-related artists to campus and Central Ohio.  Leventhal Fund grants come from investment income and fundraisers, including an annual golf outing. Leventhal also has a bequest provision in his estate plan to assure […]

  • In an effort to escape the Nazis after many of his family members were killed, young teenager Irv Miller lived on the run for several years, occasionally befriended by farmers and others.  He miraculously survived, finding his way to Columbus, where he lived happily until an untimely death in April 2000. Friends established a memorial fund bearing his name for the March of the Living Holocaust educational program for teens […]

  • It’s been widely reported that the beloved, iconic Max & Erma’s Restaurant chain, co-founded in Columbus by the late Barry Zacks in 1972, has fallen on hard times.  In fact, the original Max & Erma’s in German Village is already on the chopping block.  What about the endowments that Barry Zacks set up at the Foundation?  Endowments are Forever!  His two funds, which benefit Wexner Heritage Village and the Columbus Symphony […]

  • Grant applicants are invited to learn about the Columbus Jewish Foundation’s Fall Grant program at a one-hour briefing in the Foundation’s Mel Schottenstein board room on Wednesday, August 9.  Agency and synagogue professionals may RSVP to Peggy Smith at psmith@tcjf.org or 614-338-2365.

  • Lifelong learner and long-time teacher Naomi Cohen (37 years at Tifereth Israel!) will receive this year’s Jeffrey & Lori Lasday Jewish Educator of the Year award on August 27.  The Award is funded by the Lasday Endowment, which is housed at the Foundation.  Click here to see prior Award recipients.

  • Reid Wasserstrom turned over the gavel last night to Tifereth Israel Foundation ‘s new president, Dr. Arnie Good.  The synagogue foundation has given Congregation Tifereth Israel $2.9 million in the last 17 years.  During the same time period its assets have grown by 250%. Congratulations, Reid, on a job well-done!  The Columbus Jewish Foundation provides the Tifereth Israel Foundation with all of its accounting and custodial services.

  • Relatives of the late Foundation fund holder Amy Wickes will continue her efforts to assist children of incarcerated community members, through a new literacy program forged with Volunteers of America.  Words Travel will enable children to strengthen ties with their incarcerated parents.  The parents will read and record stories from popular children’s books.  Upon completion, VOA will send the child the recorded tape, a tape player, the books, and a […]

  • The Arts & College Preparatory Academy, or APCA, is a tuition-free, public charter high school on the east side of Columbus with a 97% graduation rate.  About a third of its students are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Many were bullied at their old schools.  A $1,000 Columbus Jewish Foundation Shalom Grant is helping ACPA with safety and security improvements, just in time for the start of the new school year.

  • Two key officers from the Franklin County Office of Homeland Security and the Columbus Police Department’s Homeland Security Section are back from Israel with advanced training under their belts — thanks to Foundation funding.  They received state-of-the-art tactical and cognitive security training on critical infrastructure protection; school and campus security; how to secure business, non-profit, and government installations; counter-terrorism and intelligence. “The Israeli people get it when it comes to […]

  • During the coming year, Temple Israel will hold services, including High Holiday worship, religious school classes, and other programs at the JCC on 1125 College Avenue.   Temple Israel’s first Shabbat evening worship service at the JCC will be held on Friday, August 4, at 6:30 PM in the Auditorium.

  • Unfortunately, not long after fixing up after the last incident,  another car accident recently occurred at the Old Agudas Achim cemetery.  Repairs will hopefully be completed prior to the High Holidays and will be covered by insurance.  The Old Agudas Achim Cemetery, which was dedicated in 1891, is about one mile north of the New Agudas Achim Cemetery (dedicated 1952) and is located on the east side of Alum Creek.

  • The next cocktail reception for Foundation fund holders and friends will be held at 5:30 PM on November 15 at the downtown law offices of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff.  Guest speaker Alan Lazowski is co-founder of the $1.2 billion LAZ parking empire that manages the Leveque Tower, Columbus Commons, and OSU garage facilities.  Lazowski is the founding chair of Voices of Hope, an organization that collects, categorizes, and shares the […]

  • The Foundation’s Leo Yassenoff Eternal Life Fund subsidizes premium payments on charitable life insurance policies donated for the benefit of the Columbus Jewish Foundation and its planned giving partners.  The son of a Russian immigrant, Leo Yassenoff was a 1914-1915 offensive lineman at OSU.  He co-founded the F & Y Construction Company in 1919. Among his construction projects were the original Jewish Community Center;  Agudas Achim and synagogues in Marion, Newark, […]

  • Each year, the Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation provides $5,000 or more in grants for projects of value to the Jewish community. Would your B’nai Tzedek teen like to participate?  CJYF offers Jewish teens leadership training to explore Jewish values and ideas, develop leadership skills, and practice philanthropy.   Applications are included in the most recent B’nai Tzedek quarterly mailing.  The program fills quickly, with a waiting list each year.  Contact Youth […]

  • The Foundation’s application deadline remains the same (September 15) as is the Foundation’s on-line grant management system.   So why should agency and synagogue professionals attend the Foundation’s August 9 Grants Orientation?  To learn where Foundation grant dollars go, the nuts and bolts of applying for funding,  and changes to this year’s grants process. Orientation will be August 9, 12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM at the Foundation.  RSVP to Peggy Smith […]

  • Over 40% of the Columbus Jewish Historical Society’s annual income comes from its endowments — an impressive achievement for any organization.  CJHS is on a roll with a newly-constructed Historical Collection exhibit area and the recent acquisition of Temple Israel’s archives.   The agency’s development board met with Foundation professionals on July 26 to continue building  its resources.

  • The next Jewish community blood drive, co-sponsored by To Life Columbus and the American Red Cross, will be at the JCC on August 16, 2017, from 1:00 to 7:00 PM.  Formerly known as the Jewish Donors’ Blood Council, the blood drive is underwritten by the Foundation’s Richard Lieberman Perpetual Life Endowment Fund.

  • The Jeff and Lori Lasday Jewish Educator of the Year Award provides an annual award to an outstanding Columbus Jewish educator. Lori Serbin Lasday and Jeff Lasday, former Executive Director of the Commission on Jewish Education, established the fund at the Foundation in 1993. It will be presented on Community Educator Day on August 27 at Congregation Beth Tikvah. For more information contact Morissa Freiberg at mfreiberg@bethtikvahcolumbus.org.

  • Our independent auditors have begun work on the Foundation’s July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017 audit.  RSM U.S. LLP is the leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, with 9,000 people in 90 offices nationwide.

  • Nothing pleases the Foundation more than when one of its seed grants blossoms into something lasting and beneficial for the community.  We are delighted that 614 Shabbat is back again this year - with challah braiding, community-wide programming, Havdalah, and live entertainment by the MeshugaNotes.   This year’s sponsor is the Foundation’s Uncle Davey Fund and the Maitzie & Ed Stan family.

  • Last year’s Foundation grants exceeded $450,000.  Plans are underway to kick-off the 2017 Fall grant cycle – perhaps there is funding for your non-profit?  The Foundation invites community professionals to a one-hour orientation, Q&A and a light lunch on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.  RSVP to Peggy Smith at psmith@tcjf.org or 614-338-2365.

  • The Foundation’s Legal & Tax Advisory Committee acts in a consultative capacity to the Foundation on legal and tax considerations and disseminates good will regarding the Foundation to legal, accounting, insurance, and financial planning professionals.  Its first quarterly educational session of the 2017-2018 season will be chaired and hosted on September 7 by estate planning attorney Harlan Louis, a partner in the downtown law firm of Bailey Cavalieri.  Former Probate […]

  • After 59 years at 5419 East Broad and 161 years of services, the doors will be open — and the community is welcome — for Temple Israel’s last celebratory Shabbat services on July 28 at its current location.  New quarters at 3100 East Broad will be finished in about two years. In the interim, services and activities will operate in temporary locations.  Many of the religious artifacts are secured in […]

  • Rockers awaiting entry to the Nationwide Arena performance by Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters on July 20 got an eyeful. Driving around the block for all to see was a moving “billboard on wheels” shaming him for comparing Israelis to Nazis and frequently showcasing an inflatable pig wearing a Star of David. For shame, Roger!

  • Rebecca “Becca” Hoffman celebrated her Bat Mitzvah in Israel early this summer– and already has put her new B’nai Tzedek youth philanthropy fund to good use.  The daughter of Drs. Seth and Leslie Hoffman, Becca has a special fondness for animals and hopes to be a marine biologist when she’s older.  So she made her first fund distribution to the Kiryat Yearim Youth Village, a great Israeli charity that helps […]

  • The Columbus Jewish Foundation has one of the largest Jewish youth philanthropy fund programs in the country. That’s because of our incredible matching gift opportunity for teens to set up their own named B’nai Tzedek funds on the occasion of their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.  For a donation of $125 (from the teen, family, or friends) a B’nai Tzedek Fund immediately grows to $500, thanks to additional gifts from the […]

  • Dr. Ralph and Beatrice Jaffee’s 1991 bequest set up a scholarship fund at the Foundation to help OSU’s Jewish dental students  Applicants should contact the Financial Aid Office at the College of Dentistry at 614-292- 3950 or DentistryFinancialAid@osu.edu; or Foundation Grants Director Susan Tanur 614-338-2365 or stanur@tcjf.org. The application deadline is September 11, 2017.

  • Attendees at an August 6 Hadassah donor reception and brunch who donate $100 or more to Hadassah through the purchase of an Israel Bond will be guests of Israel Bonds – and their gift will be tax deductible.  Emily Hindin will be honored with the Miriam’s Cup Award.  Best-selling author Julie Orringer will be the featured speaker.  The Columbus Chapter of Hadassah and Central Ohio Israel Bonds invite you to […]

  • This year’s festival will grill up some fun from 3:00 – 7:00 PM on Sunday, August 20 at its original location on the corner of Alum Creek Drive and Main Street.  Last year 350 pounds of pit master Max McGarity’s St. Louis style ribs sold out in just three hours.  Other fare will include hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, and kids attractions – a climbing wall, adrenaline rush obstacle course, […]

  • Last year’s Foundation grants exceeded $530,000.  Was your organization a recipient?  Perhaps there is funding for your non-profit from the Foundation’s upcoming  Fall grant cycle.  We invite community professionals to a one-hour orientation, Q&A, and a light lunch 12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.  RSVP to Peggy Smith at  psmith@tcjf.org or 614-338-2365.

  • Zanesville, Ohio’s Beth Abraham Synagogue board voted last night to engage the Columbus Jewish Foundation to manage their endowment assets.  Columbus contractor Leo Yassenoff built the synagogue, which was dedicated in March 1959, with hundreds of members and guests in attendance.  We welcome Beth Abraham as the Foundation’s newest agency/synagogue custodial fund holder.

  • Nassau County, New York officials are threatening to take “appropriate legal action” if the operator of the Nassau Coliseum doesn’t cancel a concert featuring former Pink Floyd guitarist Roger Waters.  A vocal Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions advocate, Waters has been labeled an anti-Semite by the Anti-Defamation League. His concerts often feature visuals such a flying pig emblazoned with a Star of David.  One legislator said allowing Waters to perform at […]

  • Andrew Shafran, Vice President International at Highlights for Children and past president of Congregation Beth Tikvah, will receive the Therese Stern Kahn & William V. Kahn Young Leadership Award on August 24 at the Federation annual meeting.  The Young Leadership Award is presented to young people with outstanding promise who show interest and devotion to the Columbus Jewish community.  The Foundation endowment that subsidizes the award was established in 1960 […]

  • The leadership legacy of the late community professional Ben Mandelkorn is memorialized through two Foundation funds. Former Federation president Miriam Yenkin (also a past National Vice-Chairman of UJA and Council of Jewish Federations board member) received the Columbus Jewish Historical Society’s Ben Mandelkorn Outstanding Achievement Award at its recent annual meeting.  Robert Schottenstein will accept the Mandelkorn Award for Distinguished Service at the Federation’s upcoming annual meeting on August 24.  […]

  • The Columbus chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women centennial is set for September 13, with much to celebrate.  Leigh Anne Tuohy, featured in The New York Times best-selling book The Blind Side (which also has been adapted to the big screen) will speak on finding value in those whom society has deemed valueless.  All NCJW endowments are invested and safeguarded by the Foundation, including the six-figure Sarah Adelman […]

  • The Foundation’s next Cocktail Reception for fundholders and friends will be held November 15, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.  The guest speaker is Alan Lazowski, Chairman & CEO of LAZ Parking, a national parking company with revenues of over $1 billion and 9,800 employees.  His Columbus properties include the Leveque Garage, Columbus Commons Garage, and all OSU parking facilities.  A child of Holocaust survivors, Lazowski was honored last year by […]

  • After 37 years leading Temple Beth Shalom, Rabbi Howard Apothaker quietly transitioned last Shabbat from Senior Rabbi to Rabbi Emeritus — in the company of 240 congregants who benefitted from his spiritual guidance and friendship during the their joys and sorrows.  We join them in voicing best wishes to Marcie Golden and Rabbi Apothaker, who are active Foundation fundholders and strong planned giving advocates.  May Beth Shalom’s new Senior Rabbi […]

  • The Columbus Jewish Historical Society will be the new repository for Temple Israel’s archives.  Among the relocated historical records are archival ledgers from the 1890s, the 1868 Protokolbuch, newsletters, Brotherhood and Sisterhood files – some dating back to the early 1900′s, and rabbinical papers, including many sermons and writings authored by Rabbi Samuel Gup and Rabbi Jerome Folkman.  The Columbus Jewish Foundation owns and manages the Columbus Jewish Historical Society’s […]

  • See the Columbus Dispatch article about our efforts to organize a central Ohio Jewish cemetery association that would allow for better organization, efficiency, and maintenance of Jewish cemeteries. Click here.

  • ArtScroll and Mesorah Publications, perhaps best known for their Schottenstein edition of the Talmud, lost its general editor and co-founder this week.  The Jewish world lost a great scholar and visionary.  Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz, z’l, took a small wedding-invitation print shop and made it the leading publisher of prayer books and volumes of Torah and Talmud, noted for easily readable typography, instructions and translations.  He was a guest at the […]

  • We note with sadness the passing of attorney Richard Oman, age 91, who capably served as counsel to the Columbus Jewish Foundation from 1985 to 2005.  Dick was a true gentleman and a lawyer’s lawyer, served not only our foundation but the Columbus Foundation, Catholic Foundation, Reinberger Foundation, Wexner Center Foundation, Nantucket Community Foundation and many others.  Listed in Who’s Who in America; The Best Lawyers in America, and Who’s Who […]

  • This year’s Dorothy and Mayer Rosenfeld OSU Social Work Scholarship recipient is Baltimore native Brooke Epstein, an honors program undergraduate studying urban government subsidized housing residents and their hardships for her honors project.   The Rosenfelds established the scholarship fund at the Foundation after Dorothy retired from a fulfilling teaching career for Columbus Public Schools. Rosenfeld received her B.A. in Social Work and B.S. in Education from OSU, and also taught […]

  • June 21 marked a year since the tragic loss of young Jadyn Larky in an overnight camp accident.  She was remembered at a memorial service with the entire camp family that included a collective recitation of the Mourner’s Kaddish.  Afterwards, the Livingston Camp community built a garden and launched floating lanterns on the lake. Like the memorial fund that family and friends established here at the Foundation, it was a […]

  • In light of tragic events involving a swelling population of migrants and refugees in Europe and the Middle East, the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief has expanded its scope and mandate for Syrian refugees in Jordon to include refugees and migrants in Europe and the Middle East.  The Foundation made a Shalom Grant earlier this year to support its efforts on the recommendation of the Social Justice Committee.

  • Central Ohio’s first synagogue will soon have a new home.  Located since 1959 at 5419 E Broad Street, Temple Israel is in contract to sell its present property, and will move to 3100 East Broad after renovations of the new site.   “[T]his period of transition will serve to further strengthen our already thriving community….writing the next chapter of Temple Israel’s story …” wrote co-Presidents Harriette Hansell and Patti Shorr June […]

  • Gramercy Books in Bexley is hosting a celebration of Jewish poetry on June 22, featuring local poets Mimi Chenfeld, Charlene Fix, Michael J. Rosen, and Hannah Stephenson. Chenfeld’s children’s novel, The House at Twelve Rose Street, was adapted for an ABC television special. Charlene Fix is the author of four poetry collections and is Emeritus Professor of English at CCAD.  Michael J. Rosen is a poet, writer, illustrator, and editor […]

  • The Foundation is ending its 12-month fiscal year on June 30.  According to Development Director Gary Robins, 63 new funds valued at over $2.1 million were established as of June 7 — more than one new fund every 6 days.   Additionally, 24 new Youth Philanthropy Funds were set up through the Mitzi and Henry Saeman matching gift B’nai Tzedek initiative.

  • If you enjoy reading newspapers, magazines and the OJC, but struggle with the small print, VOICEcorps radio reading service may be for you.  A grant from the Dr. Milton Levitin Vision Care Fund supports their weekly reading of The Ohio Jewish Chronicle. Call them for more information at 614-274-7650 or check out their website at www.voicecorps.org.

  • June kicks-off summer camp season for many of our local teens. Jewish Summer Camp is a proven incubator for long term positive Jewish identity and affiliation. Several Foundation funds provide financial assistance to Columbus Jewish campers attending the JCC and overnight Jewish camps, including the Ralph Pariser Memorial Fund for Jewish Camping, Zelkowitz Family Foundation, Agudas Achim Brotherhood Campership, Linsey Campership Endowment, Loeb Family Camp Fund, Jadyn Erin Larky Camp […]

  • Some, but not all, of the accomplishments under immediate past president Jeff Meyer’s leadership include the completion of the Foundation’s strategic plan and implementation of many of its key elements, a million dollar loan guarantee for Wexner Heritage Village, revamping the Higher Education Loan Program, rebranding the Foundation’s SCRIP program-now known as “Saul and Sonia Cards” in honor of Saul and Sonia Schottenstein, renewing Foundation funding for food and utilities […]

  • The Foundation is pleased to announce that Jim Bowman has been elected to serve as its 27th Board president.  Bowman is Senior Vice President of Investments and the Managing Director of the Raymond James office in Bexley.  He has more than 26 years of experience in the financial services industry and is a two-time winner of the Financial Times top 400 advisors in the United States. Jim has a deep […]

  • Ambassador Danny Danon can be forgiven for cancelling his appearance June 8 at the Columbus Israel Bonds event honoring Marilyn and Stuart Cole.  Danon just was elected  vice president of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, where he will chair certain General Assembly meetings.  Fortunately, the Coles showed up.  Unfortunately, Stuart was sporting a newly broken leg .  We congratulate the Coles and wish Stuart a speedy recovery! […]

  • A meeting was held in the Foundation boardroom June 8 for exploratory discussions on the creation of a Central Ohio Jewish cemetery association.  Guest speakers were David Hoguet and David Harris of the Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati Association, a non-profit corporation operating 23 Jewish cemeteries in the Greater Cincinnati area in seven locations. It was established in 2004 when Cincinnati’s congregations that owned individual cemeteries merged.

  • Another glorious morning on June 4th for the 12th Annual Jack Roth Annual Rock ‘N Run Walk. Congratulations to Janice Roth, Maren Roth, Maddy Jo Katz, their amazing crew – and all the many participants – for creating an annual community event that raises awareness, money and spirits.

  • Thanks to the Ohio State Legislature’s grant program to help nonprofit groups secure their facilities against terror attacks, the Foundation will see many improvements over the next year, including security bollards in the parking lot to prevent cars from driving into the building, bulletproof window and glass film, glass door treatments, security cameras, and fob-controlled building entry.  The upgrades can be credited to the efforts of Ohio Jewish Communities, headed […]

  • In his final speech as FBI director, James Comey told the Anti-Defamation League that the Holocaust informed his deeply-held beliefs about preventing the abuse of power. “… the Holocaust was the most significant event in history, not just because it was a display of inhumanity, but because it was also the most horrific display of our humanity – our true capacity for evil and for moral surrender,” he said. “And […]

  • Who ever heard of such a thing?  Voluntarily reducing the size of a board?  It happened this week: Foundation Board members readily agreed to downsize the number of Foundation trustees from 37 to 17.  There are few formal studies on board size and organizational function (and the few that exist are somewhat contradictory). But based on the Foundation’s very deliberate strategic study recommendations and lots of thoughtful consideration, the motion […]

  • The Foundation Board also approved eleven new Foundation grants that run the gamut from humanitarian aid to Holocaust education to Jewish cultural arts: Early Childhood Service Scholarships at the JCC  $40,000 Short-Term Therapy at Jewish Family Services $6,500 OSU Hillel: Creating Jewish Leaders on Campus  $20,000 OSU Hillel: Engaging Jewish students from interfaith families $18,000 Cultural arts grants at the JCC reigned supreme with new dollars for Gallery Players, the […]

  • Dedication of the new Children’s Hospital Kosher pantry was covered by NBC Channel 4.  The Bikur Cholim project is for out-of-town quests with Kosher dietary needs.  Anything that they need, from prepared meals to  separate meat and dairy refrigerators and ovens, is there to make Jewish patients feel welcome and cared for when they are in Columbus for medical treatment. Contributions may be made to the Foundation’s Bikur Cholim fund.

  • Over the years, the Columbus Jewish Foundation has received from its donors life insurance gifts with a future value of roughly $30 million.  How does the deduction work on such contributions?  You may be surprised to learn that you cannot necessarily deduct the policy’s face value or cash surrender value. Rather, the deduction is limited to the policy’s fair market value or your cost basis, whichever is less. Unlike days […]

  • Upon admission, Zusman Hospice patients are given the opportunity to choose a stuffed bear to keep with them during their end-of-life journey. For many patients, their bear provides comfort when a family member is not able to be with them. For families, it often becomes a treasured keepsake.  The bears are generously provided by Love & Hugs for Zusman Hospice, which raises money to support events in which participants have […]

  • Your participation in the 12th Annual Jack Roth Rock’N’Run benefits the Foundation’s Jack Roth Fund, which was created to support research and treatment for lung cancer at the James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute and the Jack Roth Camp Netaim-Ramah Noam, a program in Israel to benefit children with special needs.  To date, the Rock’N’Run has raised more than $1,100,000.

  • After the Ohio Wildlife Center releases a recovered wildlife patient on June 22, it will hold an open house for the community to learn about the Wildlife Center and its reclaimed Bonner Barn.  Rent from the Bonner Barn (originally built in 1891) supports the Wildlife Hospital and information line. The Bonner Family Foundation is a component of the Columbus Jewish Foundation.   Learn more about the new Bonner Family Learning Center at www.ohiowildlifecenter.org/learning-center.

  • Bexley’s Student Council President Aaron Rothschild and fellow student Rose Hoffman received the Foundation’s Ralph Pariser Bexley High School scholarship awards.  The awards are for academically successful students who have achieved at least a 3.9 grade point average.  They were presented by Rebekah Farriel and Rachel Kellerman in memory of their late father.

  • Tuesday saw the graduation of 11 sixth graders at the Columbus Jewish Day School.  As has become tradition, the Soll Family, in combination with the Mitzi & Henry Saeman Youth Philanthropy Program and the Foundation, gave a B’nai Tzedek Philanthropic Fund to each graduate. Each Fund’s opening balance is $500, to be used for tzedakah and tikun olam. Congratulations to the CJDS graduates: Rami Bandler, Isabella Bushong, Charles Dobres, Zeke Fried, […]

  • Three new Foundation endowments will provide annual gifts for the Federation’s annual campaign.  Income from estate gifts bequeathed by the late Herbert Solomon, Sue Harmon, and Ernest Stern will generate perpetual annual Federation gifts.  Similar “gifts that keep giving” now comprise 6.8% of the Federation’s unrestricted campaign revenue.

  • Stepping down after two years as JCC president, attorney Ben Zacks extended special thanks to the Foundation “….for scholarships and program funding, and collaborating with the JCC and Beth Tikvah to realize the community dream of having our Northwest residents have a Jewish pre-school in a Jewish home…this is already showing tremendous dividends.” Celebrating a groundbreaking relationship with the JCC, Beth Tikvah,  and Foundation.

  • The Foundation’s Investment Committee met this week to review the main investment pool’s performance.  It continues to perform well: returns for the one year period ending on April 30 were 13.06% net of fees, and year to date through April was 6.55%.  Bob Keidan, who capably led the Committee for 6 years, will step down as chair in July.  Long time investment professional Randy Hansell will assume the Chairman’s role, […]

  • There are times when a Board must make hard decisions to improve operation and efficiency.  Case in point: one of the Foundation’s Strategic Planning Committee recommendations is to reduce the number of board members from 37 to 17.  “It’s all about building a more resilient organization,” said one board member.  What is the average size for a board? According to a BoardSource survey, “A Snapshot of America’s Nonprofit Boards,” the […]

  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital has dedicated a new Kosher Pantry for its Jewish patients and families.  This is a pet project of the Bikur Cholim Society, which houses its endowment and hotline at the Columbus Jewish Foundation.  As noted in the hospital’s invitation for the event, “Bikur Cholim is a mitzvah, commandment or good deed which means visiting the sick in the Jewish community. Bikur Cholim is one of the biggest […]

  • Twenty-two Jewish high school seniors vied for Cole Essay Contest awards by preparing contemplative essays about their future Jewish lifestyles.  Some were tentative,others self-assured.   All were candid about the prospects of finding  Jewish pathways in college.  Winners are Ariel Brodey ($1,000); Daria Kuperberg, ($500); and Jake Greenberg  ($250), heading respectively to Williams College, OSU, and Indiana University.

  • In town for Columbus Torah Academy’s Baseball Invitational, legendary professional baseball  umpire Al Clark took time out for a cursory five-minute stroll through the JCC with Foundation CEO Jackie Jacobs.  They got hijacked by JCC Director and Assistant Director Carol Folkerth and Mike Klapper.  One hour and many stories later, Clark promised to return to the JCC for a longer visit in the future.  He ranks the JCC among the […]

  • Outspoken women’s rights and civil rights advocate Bella Abzug was not the only Jewish woman to wear a hat.  “When Women Wore Hats,” a Columbus Jewish Historical Society celebration of women’s organizations from 1940 to 1970, opens on May 23.

  • Potential changes to incentives for charitable giving in the tax code have been an ongoing part of deficit reduction and tax reform discussions for a number of years. Recent tax reform proposals offered by the House Ways and Means Committee and the Trump Administration would retain the charitable deduction. However, additional proposals on the individual side to lower rates and increase the standard deduction would have the unintended consequence of […]

  • The country’s largest synagogue contingent in Israel this week to celebrate Jerusalem Day hails from Columbus.  Congregation Torat Emet members, together with  thousands of Israelis, look forward to demonstrating  solidarity with the city on May 24.  The international community has never approved the reunification of Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty, and many countries still don’t  recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.  The Foundation’s Helen Zelkowitz JNF Endowment is hosting a special event […]

  • Sports Spectacular, one of the JCC’s most popular offerings, is being re-imagined this summer on  July 14 and 15.  It will include a golf outing at Champion Gold Club and a community Shabbat Dinner at the JCC as well as the Abe Weinrib 5K, a Children’s Fun Run, finals of the JCC Tennis Open, and a “Funtacular” with music, food, inflatables and games.

  • How do local Jewish teen leaders feel about the greening of our agencies and being good stewards of our planet?  Speaking on behalf of the 26-member Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation Teen Board, high school junior Ethan Davis shed light on the subject at a meeting in late May with the Foundation’s Executive Committee. Based on his presentation, $6,600 in green grants from the Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation were approved to […]

  • The Foundation’s Jewish Education & Literacy Committee is pleased to announce that a bequest from community leaders Aurelia and Ernie Stern will enable more students to join the March of the Living, an annual educational program that brings students from all over the world to Poland and Israel in order to study the history of the Holocaust and to examine the roots of prejudice, intolerance and hate.  Aurelia Stern survived the […]

  • Before starting a second career in insurance and securities, Herb was in the movie business.  One of his family’s drive-ins was located in Findlay, Ohio.  Other cinema locations were on Parsons Avenue and East Main Street.  Herb and his late wife, Evelyn, understood the importance of financial and charitable planning.  Their charitable remainder trust at the Foundation accomplished both objectives, and will leave the community a treasured legacy.  

  • Ambassador Danny Danon, Israel’s Permanent U.N. Representative, will lead this year’s June Israel Bonds evening event, honoring Foundation fund holders Marilyn and Stuart Cole.  Ohio is historically strong on Bonds.  State Treasurer Josh Mandel’s office bought a record $61 million in Israel Bonds last month.  The purchase was made possible by enacting Ohio House Bill 476, last December, allowing the treasury to increase debt interests in foreign countries from 1 […]

  • A one-day $200,000 Columbus Torah Academy fundraiser went crazy this week, raising $329,000. The kids and donors couldn’t contain their excitement in the final minutes (click here).   Thanks to matching gifts and great organization, 500 donors participated, including alumni from around the world.  Foundation donors gave about 10% of the total through their Donor Advised Funds.

  • Jewish agency and congregational personnel will be convening on June 8 at the Foundation for a round table discussion about the local opiate epidemic.  To be led by Danielle Ruben, LISW-S, Manager of Clinical and Intern Services at Jewish Family Services; Travis Constance, Clinical Director at Legacy Freedom Treatment Centers; and, Jennifer Lloyd, Director of Drug Abuse Outreach Initiatives, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Office.  For details contact Danielle Ruben […]

  • Special thanks to Tracey and Jim Bowman, who opened the doors to their lovely home to introduce friends and neighbors to the Foundation’s good work.  There’s no better way than great wine, food, and friends to tell the Foundation story.   Anyone interested in attending or hosting such an event, should contact Gary Robins, Director of Development at 614-559-3214 or grobins@tcjf.org.

  • Invited to speak from the Beth Jacob Congregation pulpit last Shabbat, Foundation Development Director Gary Robins applauded the Shul’s approach to building its endowments. Members are asked to make a legacy gift of 1% of their net worth. For example, if you’re worth a million, how about a $10,000 bequest to the Shul? People did the math in their heads. Smiling faces were seen nodding up and down. Said one […]

  • “Being old, sick and all alone can be very devastating,” wrote Anne Fox Port in her ethical will that explained her bequest provision to help, among others, widows and widowers who are alone, have no family in town, and need help.  The JCC is the recipient of two recent Anne Fox Port Fund grants: emergency meals for seniors during times of illness or inclement weather, and social outings and day-trips for […]

  • Have you lived in Columbus long enough to remember Martin’s Kosher Food Market and its proprietors, Martin and Leah Metchnick Godofsky?  Among their charitable bequests to the Foundation is a scholarship fund for OSU’s Melton Center for Jewish Studies.  This year’s recipient is Logan Markle, from Ashland, Ohio.  He just completed his freshman year in the OSU Honors Program and plans to major in Jewish Studies. His award was presented […]

  • The Columbus Jewish Foundation was the safest place in town this week.  Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs and her top deputies dropped in – on the lookout for Foundation help in lining up more officer education at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Margey Cheses and her Social Justice Committee discussed tactical and other assistance – earning her and the Committee a nice citation and mug shots with the City’s Finest. […]

  • Grappling with the enormity of the Holocaust, the diverse student body at Gahanna Lincoln High School commissioned Steve Bush, a well-known local metal artist, to create a commemorative life size sculpture on the school grounds.  To assist Bush, the students are collecting hundreds of thousands of paper clips, but they need millions.  Actor Ed Asner sent clips with a handwritten note on his personal stationery. Basketball star Michael Jordan also […]

  • Congratulations to Foundation fund holder Paulayne Epstein, who was presented with the Heinz Hoffman Service Award at Tifereth Israel’s May 9 annual meeting.

  • The 37th annual Governor’s Holocaust commemoration will be led by the Honorable Governor John Kasich on May 17 from 10:30 – 11:30 AM at the downtown Ohio Holocaust & Liberators Memorial/Ohio Statehouse.  Click here to RSVP.

  • A committee led by Marilyn and Stuart Cole has selected the college-bound winners of the 2017 “How I will perpetuate my Jewish knowledge and practice as a college freshman, and why” award, to be announced on May 17 at the JET Teen Awards Program.  Shortly after choosing the winners, the Coles got a prize of their own: news of the birth of their sixth grandchild.

  • The late Columbus business leader Robert A. Glick (1916-1997) donated nearly a half million dollars to the Columbus Jewish Foundation for endowments that benefit eight local charities, including three that he chaired-Temple Israel, the Columbus Jewish Historical Society, and Wexner Heritage Village.   Another beneficiary is the Bexley Education Foundation’s Glick Family Educator of the Year Award.  Glick was the first president of the Home Furnishings Council of America and chaired the […]

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