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  • 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 […]

  • It started as Emily Cammeyer’s Bat Mitzvah project.  Five years later, Loves & Hugs has provided stuffed bears to 1,800 Zusman Hospice patients and families. Eager to take it to the next level, the Cammeyer family is spearheading a campaign to raise $200,000 for more bears and additional therapeutic services, including art, music, and massage therapy for hospice patients.  The Loves & Hugs Endowment is a Columbus Jewish Foundation custodial fund.

  • There happens to be a very secretive IDF unit called Talpiot.  Its members must enlist for ten years. They are taught how to think.   Talpiot was created by academics who were horrified by Israeli intelligence blunders.  RSVP to mbutter@columbusjcc.org  or 614-559-6233 for your briefing by author Jason Gewirtz, a CNBC Executive Producer, May 10, 7:30 PM at the JCC. The Rabbi Nathan and Sylvia Gaynor lecture is a JCC education program. […]

  • Every 2017 Columbus Jewish Day School graduate will receive a B’nai Tzedek fund with a starting balance of $500 for their charities of choice–thanks to the generosity of the Mitzi & Henry Saeman family and Joy & Bruce Soll. Congratulations to CJDS graduates Rami Bandler, Isabella Bushong, Charlie Dobres, Zeke Fried, Johnathan Grimm, Natanya Kleit, Ian Mansur, Jerry Merchant, Cobby Rubin, Seth Stein, and Wendy Wasserstrom.  For information on B’nai […]

  • What’s the best lease in Columbus?  The Columbus Jewish Foundation charges OSU Hillel only $1 a year for its 26,000 square-foot facility.  This frees up money for Hillel to serve over 4000 students at The Ohio State University.

  • OSU Professor of Surgery Dr. Robert Ruberg presented this year’s Yashon Awards to the University’s newest College of Medicine graduates: Dr. Kelly Mizraji and Dr. Ezra Lyon.  Both are Alpha Omega Alpha high achievers. AOA is to medicine what Phi Beta Kappa is to letters and the humanities.  Dr. Lyon is heading off for a residency in Family Medicine.  Dr. Mizraji will be doing an OB/GYN residency.  The David Yashon Phi […]

  • The exclusive twelfth floor social room and balcony bar atop 250 High was filled with Foundation guests on Wednesday– but all eyes were on attorney Josh Barkan and developer Brett Kaufman.  Brett revealed his vision of building for the future with a focus on philanthropy, sustainability, wellness, and innovation. Foundation board member, Josh Barkan, interviewing Brett Kaufman, founder of Kaufman Development, at the Foundation’s May 3 downtown event sponsored by […]

  • Barred from private country clubs, Jews built their own.  Winding Hollow became the favorite playground of upper echelon Jews in Columbus for close to 90 years.  Golf, tennis, swimming, dinners, social events, and even club revues were standard WHCC fare.  The Columbus Jewish Historical Society retrospective is scheduled on Sunday, May 7 at 2:00 PM.

  • A Columbus teen delegation joined thousands from around the globe in late April at Auschwitz, under the infamous Arbeit Macht Frei gateway. They and Israeli Minister of Education Naftali Bennett, vowed that “never again will Jews be defenseless.”  The Foundation’s Jewish Education & Literacy Committee is submitting a recommendation for Foundation board consideration to subsidize future March of the Living participants.

  • A rabbi is a teacher — just ask the adult learners who study with Rabbi Sharon Mars.  Grateful for her engaging teaching skills, the members of one of her study groups established a new fund at the Foundation in her honor.  In addition to spearheading community engagement at Temple Israel since 2013, Rabbi Mars has led Hillel students in North Carolina, and served as Columbus’ Jewish Community Chaplain and the Zusman […]

  • On its 69th birthday, Israel is celebrating a population of 8,680,000, which is 43% of world Jewry, according to a report from the Times Of Israel. In 1948, there were just 806,000 people in Israel, less than a tenth of the current number. At the time, the global Jewish population was 11.5 million, and just 6% were in Israel. There are now estimated to be 14.4 million Jewish people in […]

  • Chicago’s Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning has selected the Foundation to manage its endowment portfolio. Per its director, “Our Legacy Committee unanimously agreed on CJF based on your reputation for integrity and high standards. The trust factor was the key, and you have certainly earned that many times over.” The late Florence Melton, a Columbus native and strong supporter of the Foundation, founded the pluralistic Jewish learning program. […]

  • The Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation met Sunday to consider grants for local environmental, conservation or sustainability initiatives at local Jewish agencies.  Twenty-one Teen Board members from nine different schools, seven synagogues, and nine neighborhoods from Bexley to Powell to Pickerington heard presentations from four grant finalists.  Youth Foundation members will present their recommendations to the Foundation Executive Committee in mid-May. Front: Maya Rothchild, Jami Garfinkel, Haley Bernstein, Alison Bernstein, Mara Sanderow, […]

  • The Foundation’s low-interest college loan program was launched in 1994 with a half million dollar gift from Renee and George Levine.  It is managed by a twelve-person committee chaired by Foundation board member Nevada Smith.   The loan program has assisted hundreds of students since its inception, ten of whom — now graduated and employed – just paid off their loan balances.

  • The 2017 Spring Grants cycle is in high gear.  Jewish Arts and Jewish Education & Literacy applications were reviewed this week.  Jewish Needs and Social Justice applications will be covered over the next two weeks.  Recipients will be announced after the Foundation’s June Board meeting.

  • Twenty-one Jewish high school seniors submitted essays for the Foundation’s Cole Essay Contest.  The winners will be announced at the May 17 JET Teen Awards Ceremony.  Sponsored by Marilyn and Stuart Cole in honor of his parents, the contest is in its 11th year.

  • Real estate attorney Gerry Swedlow was one of Columbus’s most respected professionals, admired for his intellect, kindness, and uncanny ability to prepare flawless legal documents on the first draft.   Gerry enjoyed a 56-year marriage to wife Judie, a community leader and long-time Foundation board member par excellence.  To Judie, daughters Tracy Swedlow (Richard Washbourne), Pamela (Scott) Gurwin,  and Deborah Swedlow (Barbara Brush) and their families, we and a grateful community […]

  • Currently, 63 million Americans volunteer about 8 billion hours of their time, talent, and effort to improve people’s lives and the natural world. April 23-29 marks National Volunteer Week. The Jewish Community Could Not Exist for a Day without its Volunteers National Volunteer Week was first established by President Richard Nixon to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. As noted by Jonathan Sacks, the former Chief Rabbi of England: […]

  • Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah, commemorates the lives and heroism of Jews who died in the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945. This year it falls on Monday, the27th day of the month of Nisan.

  • With 90 years of identity, enrichment, and leadership development activities under its belt, BBYO is strong and revitalized, with 166 Columbus local and 600 tri-state region members. Local director Adam Polacek, joined by his Midwest and Regional directors, headed off to the Foundation yesterday to debrief on BBYO’s resurgence.  They also reported on early April’s J-Serve Global Youth Service day.  A home run with 13,000 Jewish teen participants worldwide; 130 […]

  • For the Russian people, Victory Day marks the end of a war that claimed 28 million of their men and women. The memory of the war has become sacred, and for many, Victory Day is as important as their own birthday.  This year’s May 8 program at the JCC, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, will feature violinist Arkadiy Gips and students of the Columbus Russian Club, followed by a ceremony and […]

  • It took Israel only six days in 1967 to immobilize the combined airpower of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria.  The lightning war’s legacy still shapes the intractable search for Mideast peace. On May 9 at 7:30 PM,  Georgetown University’s Professor Ralph Nurnberger will address the roots of the war and little-known events leading up to it, including the Soviet Union’s misleading information; a secret mission to Washington; and,  pre-war maneuvers by […]

  • Bonnie Milenthal will be honored at a May 10 event at the Westin Columbus featuring David Brown, Creative Director of Harmony Project.  Hannah Solomon founded the National Council of Jewish Women in 1893 when she was asked to organize a group of Jewish women to volunteer at the Chicago World’s Fair. After learning that their role would be to merely serve coffee, they walked out and formed the Council to […]

  • For Columbus Jewish Day School students, the rhythm of the season is Passover cleaning at home, and preparing the Cheri Beth Wasserstrom Butterfly Garden at school for Spring planting.  The Cheri Beth Wasserstrom Outdoor Learning Fund was established at the Foundation in support of the program.

  • Lawyer-philanthropist Abigail Wexner will be next month’s featured speaker at Ohio State University’s spring commencement and receive an honorary Doctor of Public Service.  Among many other honors, Wexner was a presidential appointee to The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  She and husband Leslie Wexner are providers of a grant to the Federation’s Holocaust Survivors Campaign that matches up to $1.5 million dollar-for-dollar.  Her father, the late Yehuda Koppel, opened the first […]

  • We wish all our readers a Happy Passover. The Foundation offices will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, the final two days of Passover.

  • Envision life as a college freshman.  Write about it.  High School seniors can win up to $1,000.  Deadline April 21 at 1:00 PM.  Application forms and requirements on-line at www.columbusjewishfoundation.org/coleessay.

  • In memory of their 16-year old daughter, Betsey and John Krause established the Sarah Krause Memorial Fund at the Foundation in 2004 to support Westerville middle and high school science projects and experiences.  Approximately $30,000 later, that fund is coming to a close, but the impact will be realized for years to come.  Over the years, money was given directly to students for college and program scholarships, in-classroom enrichment activities, equipment […]

  • Entertainer Eddie Cantor was a film and television pioneer and America’s best-paid radio star.  Song hits included Makin’ Whoopee, Yes! We Have No Bananas, Lena From Palesteena, and Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.  He publicly denounced the anti-Semitic father of hate radio, Charles Coughlin, which cost Cantor his sponsor, Camel cigarettes.  Cantor loved raising money for Jewish causes, including UJA and the summer camp that plucked him as an […]

  • Columbus Jewish Day School 6th graders are gearing up for a visit to the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.  The Museum’s newest exhibit, 1917, How One Year Changed the World, focuses on three historic events and their major impact on Jews: America’s entry into World War I, the Bolshevik Revolution, and the Balfour Declaration.  Museum and attraction tickets for the CJDS trip were donated by an anonymous Foundation donor.  The […]

  • Be our guest at “Cocktails with Brett Kaufman” at 250 High on May 3 from 5:30 – 7:00 PM.  The event will be atop downtown developer Brett Kaufman’s new downtown project. Free parking, compliments of event sponsor SEI. Fund holders, volunteers, old friends and new are welcome.  Chairman Josh Barkan encourages early reservations at 614-338-2365 or to Development Director Gary Robins at grobins@tcjf.org.

  • Survivors of the Holocaust still are haunted by the extermination campaign that claimed the lives of their loved ones.  Photographer Harry Borden traveled the world to capture intimate portraits of some of those who lived.  Of the Central Ohio Jewish community’s 238 survivors, 176 live at or beneath the poverty line.  The Federation continues to raise money to meet their needs.  Partnering in that effort, the Foundation continues to provide food and […]

  • The Foundation will be closed for the first two days of Passover on Tuesday and Wednesday. Chag Sameach:  May we witness miracles in our times just as we did in the days when we left Egypt.

  • Foundation Director of Development Gary Robins met with the Temple Israel and Tifereth Israel Boards, encouraging them to access the broad host of Foundation planned giving services.  Robins is available to speak with agencies, synagogues, and individuals, and can be reached at grobins@tcjf.org or 614-559-3214.

  • A screening of Refugee Kids, a documentary about a New York summer program for kids fleeing the world’s hot spots, will be shown at 6:30 PM on April 26 at the Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High Street. The film is sponsored by the Foundation’s Jack Roth Mitzvah Fund for the benefit of US Together, which is Ohio’s largest refugee resettlement organization.  The agency is severely impacted by the President’s controversial immigration […]

  • Passover bags from Jewish Family Services are now being distributed to local victims of Nazi persecution, with SCRIP cards provided by the Wexner family and the Columbus Jewish Foundation. JFS bags for other Central Ohio Jews in need include Saul & Sonia SCRIP cards. The SCRIP cards are redeemable at all Kroger stores.

  • In a positive example of community achievement and unity, Wexner Heritage Village and Buckeye Kosher will provide and make available certified kosher meals to Jewish residents.  The effort followed an extended period of evaluation and dialogue fostered by WHV, the Board of Rabbis, Federation, Foundation, and community leaders, including the Jeanie & Jay Schottenstein and Marilyn & Stuart Cole families.

  • Come early April, Kitchen Columbus on East Livingston in German Village is hosting friends and school mates of the late Louie Becker with food, fundraising and activities in their pal’s memory. The 11-year old passed away from brain cancer in August. Among the activities: walkathon signups,  postcard writing to get more government dollars for pediatric cancer research, tzedakah jar decorating, and a t-shirt design contest.  Over $13,500 has been donated […]

  • Rising Passover expenses take a toll on the Jewish poor.  Helping with Passover expenses is a holiday tradition, worldwide and locally.  Passover bags from Jewish Family Services are going to victims of Nazi persecution, with SCRIP cards provided by the Wexner family and the Columbus Jewish Foundation. JFS bags for other Central Ohio Jews in need will include Saul & Sonia SCRIP cards. The SCRIP cards are redeemable at all […]

  • Make your reservation for the Foundation’s next and best cocktail reception yet:  5:30 – 7:00 PM on Wednesday, May 3 — on top of developer Brett Kaufman’s brand new downtown project, featuring a spectacular 12th story city view.  Fund holders, volunteers, old friends and new are welcome.   RSVP at 614-338-2365 or to Development Director Gary Robins at grobins@tcjf.org.  

  • Yarok Together, a Foundation-funded environmental grant for both local Jewish day schools, was featured in the January 2017 OSU Farm to School Newsletter. Click here for article.

  • The memory of attorney-business leader Troy Feibel endures in many venues, including the 31st annual Feibel Lecture series on Judaism and Law on April 2 at the JCC, 1125 College Ave, Columbus.  Feibel was the founding president of the Columbus Jewish Foundation, Temple Israel Foundation, and Beth Shalom Foundation, a past chair of the United Jewish Fund campaign, and president of Temple Israel when its membership was the largest of […]

  • Made possible through the generous support of PNC, Schindler’s List will be shown on April 4 at the Drexel Theatre, 2254 E Main St in Bexley, with an introduction and post-film Q&A.  Admission is free. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Screening begins at 7:00 PM.

  • (Part 5 in a series) In January 1939, the United Jewish Appeal for Refugees and Overseas Needs was established, combining the efforts of American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, led by Rabbi Jonah Wise; the United Palestine Appeal, led by Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver; and the National Coordinating Committee Fund led by William Rosenwald. The three founders emphasized that the funds needed to support Jews in Europe and Palestine would be triple to quadruple the amount raised in the previous year. While […]

  • 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 […]

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