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  • Ron Feerer, Agudas Achim’s “Man of the Year,” will be recognized at Boys Night Out on October 25.  Comedian Elon Gold will be the entertainer.  Call 614-237-2747, ext. 22 or go to www.agudasachim.org.

  • The Israeli army is Israel’s nation builder – the pathway for building national identity and unity.  But 8,000 troubled Israeli 11th and 12th graders are ineligible for IDF service because of poverty, depression, drugs, alcoholism, and violence.  Ma’agalim helps them find paths to self-improvement, earning recognition from The Jerusalem Post as Israel’s “2017 Organization of the Year” and a meaningful grant in 2014 from the Foundation’s Overseas Needs Committee.  A […]

  • As part of BalletMet’s 40th anniversary season, three Columbus organizations will dance united on October 20 and 21. Joining  forces onstage, they will perform Minus 16 by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, with support from the Lenore Schottenstein & Community Jewish Arts Fund of the Columbus Jewish Foundation. Dancers from BalletMet and OSU’s Dept of Dance in the Wexner Center galleries. Photo: Jennifer Zmuda.

  • A Visiting Artists Program funded by the Foundation’s Leventhal Fund is sponsoring two guest artists in November to complement this year’s Columbus Jewish Film Festival itinerary.  This year’s Leventhal Visiting Artists will be Israeli video filmmaker and photographer Oded Hirsch, (click here) and Jim Burnstein, Director of the University of Michigan’s Screenwriting Program and author of the screenplay for Renaissance Man (starring Danny DeVito and directed by Penny Marshall).

  • ZAKA, a leading Israeli humanitarian organization, is on the ground in Houston, helping residents cope with Harvey’s damage.  “We know how to deal with big disasters, and we are here to help,” said one of ZAKA’s team leaders.   The organization, which received a $7,500 Foundation grant in 2004 for its mobile rescue team, has provided relief in some of the worst disaster zones, including Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, Japan’s 2011 earthquake and […]

  • Synagogues from all denominations are opening their doors at no charge to college students for Rosh Hashanah and/or Yom Kippur. If your children will not be home from college; direct them to www.synagogueconnect.org. By entering the name of a state, city, or zip code, they can find participating synagogues, and other pertinent information.

  • The second annual Jewish Arts and Music Festival is just around the corner.  Headed by well-known local violinist Arkadiy Gips, most of the day-long event’s performances will be free, thanks to support from the Lenore Schottenstein & Community Jewish Arts Fund of the Columbus Jewish Foundation. Highlights: Gala Concert featuring Svetana Portnyansky with Arkadiy Gips and Alex Gorde, the Golden Age of Jewish Theatre, New Ladino, American Gypsy, Hillel Folk Dancers, Marc […]

  • As reported in The Columbus Dispatch, “There they were, more than 50 police officers from Columbus, gazing in silent horror at the brutal images of Auschwitz, the photo of a Nazi soldier shooting an unarmed Jewish man in the head, and the black-and-white photos of Eastern Europeans before their arrest for simply being Jewish.” With renewed funding from the Foundation’s Social Justice Endowment and the Garlikov family, the officers toured […]

  • Estate planning doesn’t begin and end with a last will and testament. Speaking at the Foundation’s Legal & Tax Advisory Committee Fall opening meeting, attorney Alan S. Acker spoke to thirty professional colleagues about important but frequently overlooked estate planning items that everyone should address.  Under the leadership of Legal & Tax Committee Chairman Harlan Louis, Esq., the group is reconvening throughout this year and next for more presentations from leading practitioners on estate […]

  • Permanent endowments owned by the Foundation for Columbus Torah Academy’s benefit are generating $190,000 for the current academic year — a 7.8% increase over last year’s earnings.   CTA will recognize the Foundation for its support of Jewish education at its December 10 Scholarship Dinner.

  • Foundation assets increased from $112 million to $123 million, or 9.8% in the 12-month period through June 30, 2017.  Unrestricted funds increased by approximately $2.1 million.  Special purpose funds increased by $5 million.  Business First has named the Columbus Jewish Foundation the sixth largest grant awarding foundation in Central Ohio.

  • The Jewish Arts Fund of the Columbus Jewish Foundation is helping BalletMet produce one of the first performances of its 40th Anniversary Season – choreographer Ohad Naharin’s signature dance, Minus 16.  Click here.  Gaga is the “movement language” developed by Ohad Naharin parallel to his work as a choreographer and the artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company.

  • The Foundation is honored to sponsor a day of fantastic Jewish music with world-renowned violinist Arkadiy Gips and friends. The Jewish Arts and Music Festival will be at the JCC on September 17, with the support of the Lenore Schottenstein and Community Jewish Arts Fund.  Click here for more information. Click here for an earful Arkadiy Gips’ virtuosity.  

  • Seth and Louie were pals since nursery school–  so it’s no surprise that Seth Stein’s Bar Mitzvah project is all about ending brain cancer, the disease that took Louie Becker’s life at age 11.  Seth held his fundraiser on Sunday at Anna Sokol’s Art With Anna studio.  He delivered $1,763 to the Foundation the following day for the Louie Samuel Becker Fund.  The Universe Louie Team will raise even more […]

  • Federation Director Lee Wunsch reports that he and other Jewish professionals are responding to community needs while managing flood damage in workplaces and at home. The devastation is unimaginable.  The Federation and JFS facilities, as well as at least one large Orthodox synagogue, are flooded.  Local volunteers are organizing and helping each other.  The JCC is open, serving as the central address for aid distribution. “We hope to be able […]

  • Joel Dinkin, Director of the Houston JCC, reached out to say that much of the JCC is under a foot or more of water with limited power in the building. Despite that, the facility has remained open!  Dinkin shared the following message to members of his JCC: Today reinforced for me why we have a JCC – the collection and distribution of supplies is so much more than providing materials […]

  • Among the many disaster relief dollars that the Foundation processed this week is a distribution to the Red Cross from the Raymond & Pauline Kahn Relief Endowment.  As part of their estate plan, the Kahns instructed the Foundation to make emergency distributions when calamities like Hurricane Harvey occur. Jeff Redfield from the Red Cross’ Buckeye Region has informed us that over 2,200 Red Cross volunteers are now deployed and serving […]

  • The Foundation was among the first local respondents to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort, sending out an emergency Shalom Grant well before the torrential rain abated.   Gifts from Foundation fund holders are being processed on a daily basis.  The Jewish Federations of North America’s emergency relief fund is helping support communities and individuals in Houston, San Antonio, Galveston, Corpus Christi and other areas hammered by Hurricane Harvey. Click to donate to […]

  • The World Jewish Congress released a video featuring ten iconic snapshots of moments in Jewish history.  The “collection of milestone events in the history of the Jewish people” was released on the occasion of World Photography Day.  The Foundation’s Sarah and Louis Adelman WJC Endowment provides annual support to the World Jewish Congress.

  • A new Schumacher Gallery exhibit at Capital University embodies an artistic quest of compassion for millions of refugees worldwide.  Figuratively “crossing borders” into each others’ turf, the visual collage serves as tribute to the resilience of refugees in crisis. Said Hani Hara, one of the painters and a past chair of the JCC’s visual arts committee, “As an immigrant myself, I know how hard it was to be accepted in this […]

  • Three beautiful Marc Chagalls are now on view through March 11 at the Columbus Museum of Art, thanks to a loan by Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein. Like so many of Chagall’s paintings, these masterworks are filled with themes of a bride and groom, bouquets of flowers, polychrome cows, and floating figures with bird heads.

  • The David Project, a Boston-based non-profit, will join forces with Hillel International, integrating itself into Hillel’s Education and Engagement Department. The David Project cultivates student leaders as allies for the pro-Israel community.  According to OSU Hillel Director Joseph Kohane, his organization and The David Project have enjoyed a very favorable track record working together.

  • Consistent with our Foundation’s  practice of helping communities battling natural disasters, the Columbus Jewish Foundation’s Social Justice Committee already has sent a Shalom Grant to Houston Jewish Federation to help that beleaguered community’s relief efforts.  When social injustices, special needs, or emergencies like Hurricane Harvey arise, the Columbus Jewish Foundation extends an outstretched arm of friendship– and a Shalom Grant.  This reflects our Jewish commitment to help when and where we can. Click here to […]

  • Community members rose to their feet as Federation CEO/President Gordon Hecker stepped down after five-years as head of the agency. Other highlights at the Federation’s annual meeting proceedings last night included the presentation of the Therese Stern Kahn and William V. Kahn Young Leadership Award (an award that Hecker once received) to Andy Shafran. Robert Schottenstein (also a prior Kahn Award recipient) was given the Ben Mandelkorn Distinguished Community Service […]

  • Fighting cancer is hard enough.  Watching your parent fight cancer with school starting, is just not fair.  A recent Social Justice Shalom Grant to Kay’s Vision supports school readiness for these kids whose parents lack the strength and often the money.  This award marks the 110th Shalom Grant to address special or emergency needs in Central Ohio. Community Grants Committee member Babette Feibel and Kay’s Vision Volunteers.

  • Foundation insiders who were treated to a private dance rehearsal at BalletMet know what’s in store for all dance aficionados on October 20 and 21.  They were awed by the preview.  The October show will feature Minus 16, a remarkable performance by the  world-famous Israeli choreographer and Batsheva Dance Company artistic director, Ohad Naharin (click here).  Naharin developed the Gaga style of dance, and is the subject of award-winning film […]

  • Rick Meyer, Senior VP for Israel & Global Philanthropy at the Jewish Agency for Israel, spent time today at the Foundation office to discuss potential grant opportunities from the Foundation’s Overseas Needs Endowment.  Before joining the Jewish Agency, Meyer served for 22 years as CEO of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.  The long-time Jewish communal professional acknowledges the positive influence and mentorship he got early in his career from the Foundation’s […]

  • The JCRC is the Federation’s coordinating resource for Jewish community security.  It works closely with homeland security, law enforcement, and emergency preparedness agencies to protect our local synagogues, day schools, agencies, and cemeteries.  Click here for its statement on recent anti-Semitic statements.

  • Police in Ohio would be directed to recognize white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups as terrorist organizations under a state legislative proposal.  The resolution was introduced by Democratic State Rep. David Leland.  The measure would enable law enforcement to pursue such groups’ activities and whereabouts with the resources and attention devoted to domestic terrorist groups. Illinois recently passed a similar measure.  Leland acknowledged free speech is a “bedrock value” of America […]

  • A family in Westerville woke up Sunday to the word “Jew” written in shaving cream in front of their house.  Others in the same neighborhood woke up to pro-Nazi leaflets on their properties — the same information that was dispersed around Clintonville a few weeks ago.  The Columbus Navigator posted a list of hate groups operating in Central Ohio, including The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist and neo-Nazi website based […]

  • Green Lawn, the second largest cemetery in Ohio, is a historically significant place of natural beauty and outstanding architectural monuments. It also is the burial place of numerous Columbus historical figures, including many from the Jewish community. David Binkovitz will highlight the beauty of Green Lawn and share the history of its inhabitants. Generations of Temple Israel families are buried in Sections 44 and 91 of Greenlawn Cemetery. Binkovitz is […]

  • The Jeff and Lori Lasday Jewish Educator of the Year Award will be presented at Community Educator Day on August 27 at Congregation Beth Tikvah. Lori Serbin Lasday and Jeff Lasday, former Executive Director of the Commission on Jewish Education, established the fund at the Foundation in 1993. Click for past award recipients.

  • Program highlights at the Federation’s upcoming annual meeting will include presentations made possible through Foundation endowments.   The Therese Stern Kahn & William V. Kahn Young Leadership endowment is one of the Foundation’s oldest funds.  Among scores of past recipients are Federation CEO/Pres Gordon Hecker (2003), incoming Federation Chair Audrey Tuckerman (2000), and Foundation President Jim Bowman (1999).  Robert Schottenstein, slated to receive the Ben Mandelkorn Distinguished Community Service Award, received […]

  • It seems like summer is over almost before it began, but for many students the new school year has started already. The Columbus Dispatch checked things out at the Columbus Jewish Day School, just in time to welcome its new principal.

  • All the fun, hoopla, and sweat equity in June’s Twelfth Annual Jack Roth Run has paid off.  $60,500 has been sent to the James Cancer Hospital for lung cancer research and treatment, and an additional $60,500 to the Jack Roth Camp Netaim-Ramah Noam for Israeli children with special needs.  Thanks to all the Rock “N” Run/Walkers.  Jack would have been real proud.

  • Is support of the arts a mere “nicety” or does it have other, measurable benefits?  According to a recent survey touted in the August 14 Dispatch, its impact can be measured in cold cash through job creation, tax revenue, visitor and a creative class of workers and leading-edge employers.”  The Foundation’s unwavering support of the Jewish arts and culture adds to the mix, with grant dollars for the Jewish cultural […]

  • WESTERVILLE, OH (WCMH) — A Westerville family said someone wrote an anti-Semitic message near their driveway Sunday. Lara Palay told NBC4 her husband woke up to see the word “Jew” written out in shaving cream in front of their house. They initially thought nothing of it until they heard about what happened to their neighbors. “It was really shocking, and at first we thought maybe it was a prank although that’s […]

  • Home parlor meetings are a successful way to educate friends and associates about the Foundation’s work and accomplishments.  Two were hosted earlier this year by Jennifer and Bill Byer and Tracey and Jim Bowman.  This week, Stacy and Howard Levin held a home parlor meeting to introduce their neighbors and acquaintances to the Foundation over refreshments, with a relaxed  presentation and question-and-answer afterwards.  Parlor meetings are a great way to introduce […]

  • Second-year law student Hillary Hoxworth is joining the Foundation Board as a non-voting trustee. Hoxworth, a Columbus Torah Academy alumnus who ran a  perfect 4.0 cum as an OSU undergraduate, is president of the Jewish Student Law Association, staff editor of the Ohio State Business Law Journal, and treasurer of the Sports and Entertainment Law Association.   This is the Foundation’s second year of partnering with the Moritz Law School Board […]

  • Randy Hansell, Certified Financial Planner and long-time member of the Foundation’s Investment Committee, convened his first meeting as chairman. Discussions were held with Investment Committee members as well as with SEI, the Investment Manager for the Foundation. Market and world conditions as well as asset allocation strategies and performance were discussed. YTD performance (net of fees) of the Foundation’s main investment pool through July 31 was 10.99%. Five year performance […]

  • The World Jewish Congress is reaching out to millions on social media to raise Holocaust awareness. It calls on people in every country to hold up a sign with the words “We Remember” and post it to social media with the hashtag #WeRemember.   Survivors explain why in their own words.  Click here.  The Foundation’s Sarah and Louis Adelman WJC Endowment provides annual support to the World Jewish Congress.

  • Five Franklin County service agencies, including Jewish Family Services, have joined forces to help refugees find jobs.  The collaboration began after the county Job and Family Services asked the other four agencies if they wanted to bid for funding. Franklin County Job and Family Services leads the group, known informally as the Central Ohio Refugee Social Services Program.  Last year, 740 refugees were served by collaboration of agencies. Read more.

  • The SPLC has documented an explosive rise in the number of hate groups since the turn of the century.  There are 917 hate groups across the county.  In Ohio, there are 19 active hate groups and three white separatists/Neo-Nazi groups identified by the SPLC. Two of those are in the Columbus area and one in Cincinnati. Click here for interactive map.

  • The National Socialist Movement dispersed a slew of hateful business cards and flyers throughout the neighborhood of Clintonville.   “Save our land! Join the klan!” was one of the many messages stated in the propaganda.  Watch NBC4′s coverage of the incident here.

  • The Jewish community in Charlottesville hired armed security to protect its synagogue after local police declined to provide a guard for the site, according to its president. In a blog post, Congregation Beth Israel’s President Alan Zimmerman described his fear in the presence of white supremacists. As 40 members of the community prayed in the synagogue, Neo-Nazis and white supremacists paraded outside, shouting “‘There’s the synagogue!’and ‘Sieg Heil’” and other anti-Semitic language. Some carried […]

  • 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 […]

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