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  • 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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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