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  • The United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018 (S. 2497) is a bipartisan bill that seeks to ensure Israel has the means necessary to defend itself, by itself, against a range of growing and emerging threats. Authored by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Chris Coons (D-DE), the legislation supports full funding of security assistance to Israel as outlined in the 2016 U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding on security assistance. Annual security […]

  • The Financial Times believes that Columbus is showing why industrial policy, not tariffs, is a winning strategy.  Since 2010, Columbus has created roughly half of all the new jobs in Ohio.  Harvard Business School even wrote a recent case study about it.  Click here for audio podcast.

  • Financial planner Mark Coffee of Summit Financial Strategies led the Foundation Legal & Tax Advisory Committee’s fourth presentation of the year with a workshop on ethical wills.  Jewish community lobbyist Howard Beigelman, Executive Director of Ohio Jewish Communities, followed with an update on a new statute that determines whether individuals live in Ohio for state income tax purposes. The legislation was signed into law by the Governor shortly after the […]

  • For individuals over age 70½ who are now required to take their Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from retirement accounts, the extra RMD income could cause an increase in Medicare premiums. In other words: if you are age 70 ½ or over and send your RMD to your charity (you must reach that age to use this law), you will not only be lowering your taxable income but also possibly lowering […]

  • Some donors rushed to make charitable contributions prior to the adoption tax reform, resulting in a spike in year-end giving. But a study by Indiana University found that the longer-term impact could reduce charitable giving by as much as $13 billion in future years. One impact of tax reform may see donors bundling their giving-taking the standardized deduction one year, and itemizing their charitable gifts the next year. Donor Advised […]

  • Charitable giving in the United States reached a record high, according to Giving USA, the major annual report that follows trends and actual philanthropic activities across the country. Nonprofits received $410.02 billion in 2017, a 5.2% increase in current dollars and a 3% increase in inflation-adjusted dollars over results reported for 2016. An analysis of the million dollar and over gifts tracked by the Chronicle of Philanthropy indicates strong charitable activity by […]

  • Until recently, relatively few people in Russia knew about Sobibor, the smallest of the six killing centers that the Nazis built in occupied Poland — despite the fact that Russian inmates led a successful escape in 1943. Following the uprising, the Nazis razed the camp so that little more than a forest clearing remained in the remote area where SS guards and Ukrainians murdered 250,000 Jews. Last week, Russia’s largest-ever […]

  • Israeli-born actress Natalie Portman won the 2010 Academy Award for her role as a dancer in Black Swan. Her parents, according to Wikipedia, met at a Jewish student center at OSU where her mother was selling tickets. Portman is a dual citizen of the United States and Israel. She graduated with honors from Harvard College in 2003: “I’d rather be smart than a movie star.” Her IQ is 140. Click here […]

  • Take paws to reflect on The Genius of Dogs, the third in a series of “Out of the Ordinary” Chabad programs given in memory of Andrew Ethan Stern. The entertaining lecture takes place on June 21 at 7:30 PM at the New Albany Jewish Community Center, featuring Rabbi Asher Crispe. Call 614-939-0765 to register.

  • Giving USA, the longest-running, most comprehensive report on philanthropy in America, is set for release next week, with insights on disaster relief campaigns, the impact of tax reform on year-end giving, giving to religion, and other leading intelligence.  Call Foundation CEO Jackie Jacobs at 614-338-2365 if interested in more information.

  • The JCC’s Hoover Reservoir Campgrounds (also known as the Cubbage Corners) are fully spruced up and ready for camp season, thanks to maintenance and capital repair dollars from the late David and Joseph Berman and their Cubbage Corners Fund, which is managed by the Foundation. The JCC’s beautiful summer day camp waterfront property was gifted by Millard Cummins in 1965, with additional acreage donated by the Bermans, and Sue and […]

  • The Agudas Achim Brotherhood has renamed its summer camp scholarship endowment in memory of attorney Bernard “Buzz” Kanter, who passed away in February at age 84.  A one-time recipient of the Flowers for the Living Award for community involvement,  Kanter stated in a 2003 Columbus Jewish Historical Society interview that he enjoyed practicing law, but it is a jealous mistress: “if that’s all there is,” he said tongue in cheek, […]

  • The Foundation Board and staff mourn the passing of Ruth Barkan, mother of Steven and Neal  Barkan and grandmother of Foundation board member Josh Barkan.  Ruth and her late husband, Irving, were active community leaders and Foundation fund holders who established endowments for the Foundation grants program, Wexner Heritage Village, and the Billy Barkan JCC High School Basketball Shootout that takes place each year opening doors to high school teams […]

  • Russian Jews, which portrays the stories of Russian Jewry throughout the 20th century, is now available online, courtesy of Genesis Philanthropy Group.  The series has enjoyed a record-breaking theatrical release across Russia, a premiere at Israel’s Knesset, sold-out screenings across the United States, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Latvia and Georgia as well as Jewish film festivals in Moscow, Manchester, Atlanta and Australia.  The first film of the trilogy tells the story of […]

  • MSNBC’s Morgan Radford spoke with white nationalists who are running for federal office in this year’s midterms. (“Six Million Jews?  Ridiculous!” says one.  Another expounds on “the monstrous nature of the Jewish people….a foreign power.”)  According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, at least eight white nationalists are running, more than ever before.  Click here for full quotes and more.

  • The Columbus Jewish Foundation made its first gift to Habitat for Humanity in 1993 — for a house called “Habitat Shalom” in honor of builder and Foundation board member Jack Wallick.  Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio, which to date has brought the dream of home ownership to more than 400 families in need, now is in the final stages of an initiative to raise $4.5 million by June 30 to increase service […]

  • Ambassador Danny Danon, Israel’s Permanent Representation to the United Nations, will be in Columbus on June 26 for two Israel Bonds events. Michael Gonsiorowski, Regional Vice President of the PNC Bank and a former Columbus Jewish Foundation board member, will host a Danon luncheon and Middle East update.  An evening dessert reception with Danon in honor of the late Murray Ebner, a longtime investor in Israel Bonds, will also take […]

  • Learn about ethical wills at the next meeting of the Foundation’s Legal & Tax Advisory Committee. The Committee, comprised of legal, accounting, insurance, and financial planning professionals, will meet on noon on June 14th for a presentation by financial planner and attorney Mark Coffey at the law offices of Bailey Cavalieri.  To RSVP contact Gary Robins at 614-338-2365 or email grobins@tcjf.org.

  • Thursday marked graduation day for four Columbus Jewish Day School students. As is their tradition, the Joy and Bruce Soll family gifted B’nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Funds from the Columbus Jewish Foundation to each student as a graduation gift. These Funds can be used for charitable gift recommendations over the next ten years. We congratulate Ruby Emory, Izzy Stern, Michael Goulet, and Eva Bassik, and extend thanks to the Solls and […]

  • An interim operating agreement was adopted at a joint meeting on Wednesday of the Federation and Foundation boards. Provisions include an oversight committee with equal representation from each entity, cost sharing provisions for a new entity tentatively named the Columbus Jewish Partnership, and search committee guidelines for the new entity’s CEO.

  • Director John Stefano’s Letters Home opened to a packed house this week, getting a well-deserved standing ovation.  The production gave voice to a collection of vintage WWI letters held by the Columbus Jewish Historical Society, and shines a spotlight not only on a terrific cast, but on the important role played by CJHS as the historical memory of the Central Ohio Jewish community. Production support came from three Columbus Jewish […]

  • CNN political analyst David Gregory will present to Federation campaign donors on spirituality and the quest for purpose on June 4 at the Abigail House and Wexner party barn.  For info and reservations, contact Jewish Columbus.org/spirituality or Lisa Wein at 614-559-3207.

  • The Cleveland Jewish News will expand its footprint to include central Ohio with the creation of the Columbus Jewish News.  The announcement about the all-new biweekly was made at the Foundation’s annual meeting.  According to Ohio Jewish Chronicle publisher Steve Pinsky, the OJC will cease publication at the end of July. The first edition of the new Columbus Jewish News will appear in print and online on August 9. According […]

  • For close to 30 years, Foundation CEO Jackie Jacobs talked like a broken record about his imminent retirement.  With a collective sigh of relief, close to 400 people heard him say it for the last time at the Foundation’s annual meeting on May 23rd.  Lamenting a shortage of credible information about her husband, producer Cheryl Jacobs prepared a short video about his achievements.  Three casual acquaintances spoke of the CEO’s […]

  • Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz’s legacy was to make Torah accessible by removing its  greatest barrier – language. In so doing, his ArtScroll Revolution made the sacred text accessible and affordable, giving rise to the saying, “Where there is a Jew, there is ArtScroll.”  Columbus business leader Jay Schottenstein will head the Zlotowitz Yahrzeith commemoration in New York on June 5.

  • An English-born dentist who learned his trade at OSU and practiced dentistry in Bucyrus, Ohio, will be remembered at the upcoming B’nai B’rith Bowling League’s Annual Dinner.  Dr. Ralph Jaffee (1906-1966) and his wife, Bea (1906-1986,) who were childless, established a scholarship fund at the Foundation that continues to help scores of Jewish students get through OSU dental school. “We always recognize past members who were very active in B’nai […]

  • JCC Executive Director Carol Folkerth  announced four new endowments at her agency’s annual meeting in mid-May, with a shout-out to the Foundation for its assistance.  This year’s new funds are the JCC North Early Childhood Program Endowment, in memory of Ruth Ann Blank and Dorothy Kahn; the Andrew Ethan Stern (AES) Memorial Fund; the Pam and Ira Scheer Family Gallery Players Theater Fund; and, the Andrew Good Fund for Youth […]

  • The Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation announced $5,300 in grants at their May 17 Jewish Teen Awards program for Israel awareness and to address anti-Semitism. The grant recipients are the Columbus Jewish Film Festival and OSU Hillel’s Ohio Loves Israel conference, to be held this Fall.

  • Barbara and Bill Bonner Family Foundation trustee Valerie Swiatek was honored May 17 at a major Ohio Wildlife Center event.  The Bonner Foundation, a fund of the Columbus Jewish Foundation, has supported many projects at the Center, including the Bonner Barn, an American Bald Eagle exhibit, pre-release facility, songbird aviary, Wildlife Hospital, and educational programs.  Swiatek’s award is named in honor of the Wildlife’s founder, the late Dr. Donald Burton, […]

  • The Columbus Jewish Historical Society now has a named position – the Eleanore G. Yenkin Curator.  The CJHS board was notified May 17 that the donors are the children of the late Eleanore Yenkin, a former agency president.  More details will be announced at the agency’s June 5 annual meeting.

  • With the Foundation’s Annual Meeting just around the corner, a retrospective of past Foundation honorees is timely.  Take an on-line tour of some of the remarkable people whose time, energy, and resources built our community and the Columbus Jewish Foundation. Babette and Jim Feibel Donald Garlikov Geraldine Schottenstein Hoffman Ben M. Mandelkorn Myer Mellman Florence Zacks Melton Sam Melton Gary Robins Betty and Herb Schiff Irving Schottenstein Ernest Stern Jack […]

  • The Foundation’s Legal & Tax Advisory Committee, comprised of legal, accounting, insurance, and financial planning professionals, will meet on June 14 for an ethical wills presentation by financial planner and attorney Mark Coffey.  To RSVP contact Gary Robins at 614-338-2365 or email grobins@tcjf.org.

  • Columbus Torah Academy raised $507,350 last week in just 24 hours through its lighting-speed Raising Stars campaign. Close to 600 alumni, parents, former and current teachers, families, and students chipped in from far and wide for the Jewish day school, including  Foundation fund holder, Evan Soll, who presently lives in Tokyo.

  • June will mark the 13th year of the Jack Roth Run, named for a trailblazing community friend and leader, front-runner in the Masorti Movement, and member of the Foundation’s Social Justice Committee.  The race will take runners and walkers through Central Bexley, with proceeds again  to be used for the James Cancer Hospital and Camp Netaim in Israel for children with special needs. Register online or at the starting line […]

  • Mark May 23 on your calendar to join a celebration of Jackie Jacobs’ 28-year tenure as the CEO of the Columbus Jewish Foundation. The public event will take place at the Lincoln Theatre and begin at 7:15.  RSVP is required in advance.  For more information about the celebration please contact Pam Gurwin at annualmeeting@tcjf.org or  614-439-5878.

  • Zanesville’s historic Beth Abraham Synagogue has been sold. The proceeds will be added to two Columbus Jewish Foundation custodial funds: the Beth Abraham Synagogue Cemetery Fund and the Beth Abraham Synagogue Legacy Fund.

  • We mourn the loss of Jack Gordon, 87, of Columbus, a dear friend of the Jewish community.  A retired industrial photographer with Rockwell International, Jack was an avid craftsman whose wooden creations (“Made especially for you by Jack Gordon”) are enjoyed by many.  Jack and his widow, Winnie, earmarked the proceeds of their Columbus Jewish Foundation charitable gift annuity for Holocaust education, in honor of Jenny Jacobs, the mother of […]

  • The Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation met Sunday to consider requests for grants supporting programs addressing anti-Semitism and Israel Awareness. After four hours of deliberations, the 26 member Teen Board reached consensus on grants. These grants will be presented to the Foundation Executive Committee for formal approval next week. We extend great thanks to our Teen Board for their hard work and serious consideration of a difficult slate of projects. Pictured: […]

  • A recent Anne Frank production in Mt. Vernon was a powerful success.  Over 1,000 people signed in at the exhibit, more than 1,200 students saw one of three free school performances, and nearly 500 people attended the public performances.  Many volunteers worked alongside the MVarts organization and the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. Partial funding was provided by the Foundation’s Holocaust Education Endowment. One of the teachers reported “You […]

  • A swastika was found defacing a Licking County yard sign for Lawrence Cohen, a Jewish candidate for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District. Cohen filed a police report with the local sheriff’s office. He said he did not think that the swastika had been painted by anyone affiliated with any of his primary opponents, according the Forward.  He is treasurer of the Tifereth Israel Foundation and a member of the Columbus Jewish […]

  • Maya Saar, daughter of Foundation fund holders Julie and Yoaz Saar and granddaughter of Lenore Schottenstein and the late Mel Schottenstein, is featured in an Israel Defense Force video.  The Bexley native serves in the  Israeli “Caracal” Combat Battalion, one of the three fully combat units comprised of both male and female soldiers.  It is named after the caracal cat, a small feline and its motto is “The winning combination.”  Approximately 70% of […]

  • Mark May 23 on your calendar for a celebration of Foundation CEO Jackie Jacobs and his 28 year tenure at the helm of the Central Ohio’s planned giving headquarters.  The public event will take place at the Lincoln Theatre and begin at 7:15.  RSVP is required in advance.  Contact Pam Gurwin at 614-439-5878 or annualmeeting@tcjf.org.

  • Gallery Players has announced that its  2018 – 2019 70th anniversary season will feature three blockbuster musicals.  The Foundation is Gallery Players primary funding partner. Falsettos October 2018 Book by James Lepine and William Finn Music and Lyrics by William Finn Funny Girl December 2018 Book by Isobel Lennart, Music by Jule Styne, and Lyrics by Bob Merrill Newsies March 2019 Book by Harvey Fierstein, Music by Alan Menken and […]

  • Austin Reid, the graduating President of Capital University’s Jewish Student Association, is headed to Ithaca College in upstate, New York’s Five Finger Lakes region, to join the Hillel staff that serves a growing Jewish student presence.  Reid’s senior capstone project for his history major was recently published by the Columbus Jewish Historical Society. It addresses the history of the Jewish communities in Fairfield and Hocking counties. The Foundation has worked […]

  • Graduating Bexley High students Avery Abel and Grace Hunley will receive scholarships from the Foundation’s Ralph Pariser Fund at the school’s  May 21 senior awards assembly.  The awards are for academically successful students who have achieved at least a 3.9 grade point average. Attorney Ralph Pariser, an accomplished Bexley graduate, died at age 34 in June 1986.

  • Tuesday, May 8, starting at 2:00 PM, Columbus Torah Academy will be encouraging the entire community to “raise the stars” for its stars, the CTA student body.  Its goal is to raise $400,000 in 24 hours. The Foundation will be on call for any fund holders with such celestial inclinations. Donations can also be made here: http://www.torahacademy.org/give-to-cta/

  • Letters Home, a one-hour play based on letters from Jewish soldiers to their sweethearts and families, premieres on May 30 at the Roth Resler Theatre.  Click here for tickets.  Underwriting comes from the Foundation’s Helen Nutis, Joan Wallick, and the Penny Davenport & Dorothy Fenburr Jewish Arts Funds.

  • A performance of The Diary of Anne Frank was presented in neighboring Knox County in early May, made possible with partial funding from the Foundation’s Holocaust Education Fund. A complementary exhibit in the Mt. Vernon Veterans Hall covers the history of the Holocaust through the perspective of Anne Frank, juxtaposing photographs of her family with historical images. A 28-minute award-winning documentary film, The Short Life of Anne Frank, is also […]

  • In advance of Spring commencement ceremonies from OSU’s Med School, Jaclyn Mescher and David Sacolick headed over to the Columbus Jewish Foundation to get checks to start their new careers from the Dr. David Yashon Phi Delta Epsilon Fund.  Dr. Robert Ruberg made the presentations– flanked by the graduates’ families, Foundation President Jim Bowman, board member Steve Heiser, and Dr. Yashon’s widow.  Checks in hand, Dr. Sacolick headed to George […]

  • Jim Bowman and Audrey Tuckerman convened Foundation and Federation staff at Tracey and Jim Bowman’s home May 3 to voice thanks for their goodwill and resiliency during the agencies’ reorganization.  Bowman and Tuckerman are upbeat on their progress in recruiting a new CEO.  Although not by design, last night’s mixer fell on the minor Jewish holiday of Lag B’Omer.  Wexner Foundation Senior Philanthropic Advisor Larry Moses drew a cautionary lesson […]

  • Weekly Shabbat observances have been discontinued at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, following the dismissal of its volunteer Jewish lay leaders who led the services for close to two decades.  Mikey Weinstein, the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, wants to know why.  So do we!  The Foundation sent a letter to the 101st Airborne Division Chiefs of Staff, Cols. Brett Sylvia and Mark Faria, urging “a fair and just investigation.”  The Jewish […]

  • Emerging filmmakers are invited to submit a short film in any genre relating to Judaism, Jewish culture, or history, the Jewish experience, or Jewish themes.  Films may be of any genre or format (documentary, narrative, animated, etc.) with a length of 4-12 minutes, including credits.  Apply at www.cjfilmfest.org. Inquiries: shortfilms@columbusjcc.org.

  • The last production of Gallery Players’ 69th season is the Arthur Miller play that delves into the right of life and how the atrocities of the Holocaust were perpetuated. It is directed by JCC member Laurie Alexander and features several JCC members in the cast.  The Foundation is the Gallery Players’ primary funding source.  

  • Germans of various faiths donned Jewish skullcaps and took to the streets April 25 in several cities to protest an anti-Semitic attack in Berlin and express fears about growing hatred of Jews in Germany. The kippah protest was triggered by the assault last week of two young men wearing skullcaps in an upscale neighborhood in the German capital. The attack drew sharp condemnation by Chancellor Angela Merkel.  According to the Associated Press, […]

  • Author Edwin Black’s 2001 revelations (IBM and the Holocaust) are irrefutable: under Thomas J. Watson’s close management, IBM organized and greatly accelerated all six phases of the Holocaust: identification, exclusion, asset confiscation, ghettoization, deportation, and even extermination.  With its advanced punch card technology, IBM conducted the census and identified Jews, religious or not, made the railroads run on time, and pinpointed Jewish bank accounts.  Every concentration camp had its own […]

  • During its thirty years of programs on Judaism and Law, the Pearl and Troy Feibel Lecture on Judaism and Law unfailingly raised the bar. This past week’s presentation was no exception, focusing on Kiryas Joel, an entirely Orthodox village in upstate New York where 22,000 Satmar Hasidim conduct their entire lives in Yiddish. Despite its insularity, Kiryas Joel engages the non-Jewish political world to achieve its ends, hosting and lobbying […]

  • (August 14, 1924 – April 21, 2018) We extend our condolences to the family of Bronx-born Marilyn Schneider, who ran Springfield Ohio’s well-known Schneider Insurance Agency for over 70 years with her husband. She was active in her Synagogue, the Springfield Arts Council, and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Nearly New Shop, Hadassah, and the YMCA.  The Schneider’s endowment fund at the Columbus Jewish Foundation will generate income for her beloved Temple […]

  • LifeCare Alliance’s Lifetime Achievement Spirit Award will be given to Jackie Jacobs next week for leadership and advocacy on behalf of Kosher Meals-on-Wheels clients.  There are no more than five Meals-on-Wheels programs in the country that still offer Kosher meals– LifeCare Alliance is one of them.  According to Charles Gehring, President and CEO of LifeCare Alliance, “Jackie was selected due to his many year of tireless efforts to support our […]

  • On May 23, Foundation CEO Jackie Jacobs will be celebrated for 28 years of service to the Central Ohio Jewish community. Please join us at the Lincoln Theatre for the celebration. RSVP soon, as space is limited. Call Pam Gurwin at 614-439-5878 or email pamsweds@gmail.com for tickets. 30-year old Jackie Jacobs, in Broome County, New York — the country’s youngest Jewish Federation director at the time.

  • Columbus will hold its 4th annual march to raise awareness of the human rights violations of prostitution and trafficking on Sunday, May 6. The event will begin at 2:00 pm at Columbus City Hall, 90 West Broad Street, and end at the Ohio Statehouse. For more information or to register online, visit March for Freedom – Columbus on the web.

  • If you are caring for an aging loved one, LifeCare Alliance President and CEO Chuck Gehring offers assistance on what to do to prepare as your relatives age, difficult family conversations, involving family members in key decisions, identifying community, and what to do next.  The Foundation provides annual support for LifeCare Alliance’s Meals on Wheels and Kosher Meals on Wheels programs through its LifeCare Alliance Endowment and the Zelkowitz Foundation’s […]

  • An ethical will can communicate your personal values, beliefs, blessings, and advice to relatives and future generations. Financial planner and attorney Mark Coffey will speak to the Foundation’s Legal & Tax Advisory Committee on June 14 about ethical wills. The group, chaired by attorney Harlan Louis, is comprised of legal, accounting, insurance, and financial planning professionals. New members are welcome. Call Gary Robins at 614-338-2365 for information.

  • The Foundation made an unique gift to the JCC during its last capital campaign: it covered all interest on the JCC’s mortgage during the multi-year period during which multi-year campaign pledges were being paid off.  JCC President Jennie Cammeyer and Director Carol Folkerth gave warm thanks this week to Foundation president Jim Bowman.  “This enabled the  JCC to remain financially sound and made a significant difference in our ability to […]

  • Congratulations to Foundation Jewish Needs Committee member Holly Kastan, who was recognized April 19 at the Wexner Medical Center’s Stress, Trauma and Resilience Faces of Resilience dinner.  In 2005, Kastan teamed up with doctors at the Medical Center to cofound the STAR Program, which now provides education and clinical services and research to assist victims of psychological trauma.  Kastan initiated the program after experiencing firsthand the effects of personal trauma […]

  • Surgery Professor Dr. Robert Ruberg will present this year’s Yashon Awards to OSU’s newest College of Medicine graduates: Jaclyn Mescher and Davidson Sacolick.  Both are high achieving Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society members.  Dr. Sacolick is heading to George Washington University for a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery.  Dr. Mescher will be doing her residency in dermatology at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  The David Yashon Phi Delta Epsilon Fund provides […]

  • Menachem Rosensaft, the World Jewish Congress’ head attorney who spoke at the recent Board of Rabbis’ Yom HaShoah ceremony, also touched base with Foundation CEO Jackie Jacobs about a Columbus Jewish Foundation bequest provision earmarked for a memorial at a concentration camp in Poland, offering his assistance if needed.  The World Jewish Congress has strongly objected to a proposed new Polish law which would criminalize suggestions that Poland was responsible for […]

  • When Jackie Jacobs gets recognized at the Foundation’s May 23 Annual Meeting, he will be joining the ranks of past Foundation honorees Sam Melton, Eleanor Resler, Ben Mandelkorn, Herb Schiff, Irving Schottenstein, Jack Wallick, Ernie Stern, Florence Melton, Myer Mellman, Dr. Judah Folkman, Jim and Babette Feibel, Don Garlikov, Milt Lewin, and Geraldine Schottenstein Hoffman.

  • When the spotlight wanders all over the historic Lincoln Theatre when Foundation CEO Jackie Jacobs gets skewered at a May 23 Roast and Toast, it will be to show off all the movers and shakers who signed on to celebrate Jacobs’ retirement.  Co-chairs Michael Broidy and Arlene Weiss are enlisting a growing number of hosts and sponsors:

  • Thanks to a grant from the Foundation’s Dorothy Kahn Fund, the Columbus Torah Academy’s Upper School received new Science Lab centrifuges. The Kahn Fund makes distributions every year for science department equipment.

  • For Russians, the defeat of Nazi Germany was “the Great Patriotic War” that defended their homeland. It was the bloodiest disaster ever to befall the Russian, Ukrainian and Belorussian people. The Soviet Union lost over 26 million people. The next highest total loss of life was Germany at about 6.5 million. Every other country lost less lives except China, which suffered terribly under Japanese occupation. The local Jewish-Russian community and […]

  • The last production of Gallery Players’ 69th season is the Arthur Miller play that delves into the right of life and how the atrocities of the Holocaust were perpetuated for so long. The production is directed by Laurie Alexander and features several JCC members in the cast, including Rick Holt, Sam Fishel, Noah Portman, and Walt Whitmyre.  The Foundation is Gallery Players’ key underwriter. For more information and tickets, click […]

  • Ohio’s First Lady, Karen W. Kasich, has organized a special exhibit through May 15 of works by the late Hungarian-American Holocaust survivor and sculptor, Alfred Tibor, at the Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden.  Attendees at last night’s opening included numerous Jewish community leaders, among them past Foundation presidents and spouses Don and Eydie Garlikov, and Arlene and Michael Weiss.  Works by Ohio Wesleyan professor Marty Kalb are also on display.  […]

  • Your Columbus Jewish Foundation quarterly statements ending March 31, 2018 are now available.  Those who have selected 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, you can either call our office 614-338-2365 or send an email to Tammy Fitzpatrick at tfitzpatrick@tcjf.org.

  • Peter Sagal of NPR fame had a hilarious interview at the Palace Theatre not long ago, with none other than our Ohio Governor.  Listen here, open, and click to the left.  Sagal of “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” fame is returning to Columbus for an encore at Tifereth Israel later this month.  Sagal’s quick wit and smart mouth will be well worth the money.

  • Commemorative representations pose huge challenges: how to remember the six million; how to represent a tragedy that is characterized by absence; how to design national Holocaust memorials in countries that participated in the deportation of Jews — or in those that did not experience the Holocaust on their soil.  To view 15 international memorials click here.  For more transnational comparisons click here.

  • The Federation, JCC, and Israel@70 are hosting Yemen Blues at 6:30 PM on Thursday, April 19 at the JCC,  marking the anniversary of Israel’s independence with a rare Israeli mix of Yemenite chants and American blues, with an influence from West and North Africa. Tickets are $10/each at https://jewishcolumbus.org/yemenblues/.  Funded with a Columbus Jewish Foundation grant.

  • Is your calendar marked for the April 22 Israel Birthday Celebration at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium?  Join PJ Library for Israel’s 70th birthday party from 4:00 – 6:00 PM and look for staff wearing blue t-shirts.  Your t-shirt will be white. The free admission, parking, and t-shirts are courtesy of the Columbus Jewish Foundation Community Grants Fund.  For more information or to RSVP, click here.

  • One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps: Smithsonian Magazine recognizes this book as one of the ten best history books of 2017 — the human and global story of concentration camps, beginning with 1890s Cuba and ending with Guantanamo today, from the Philippines and Southern Africa in the early twentieth century to the Soviet Gulag and detention camps in China and North Korea during the Cold War.  Bookstore […]

  • The Honorable John Kasich led yesterday’s Holocaust commemoration at the downtown Holocaust and Liberators’ Memorial, proclaiming April 8 – 15 as Days of Remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust and in honor of the survivors, and their liberators. The Ohio Governor then presented the proclamation to Columbus Jewish Foundation CEO Jackie Jacobs.  

  • Arlene Weiss and Michael Broidy, co-Chairs of the Foundation’s May 23 Annual Meeting, and their Steering Committee, are delighted to announce that many key sponsors already are on board, with SEI Investments and the Jay & Jeanie Schottenstein Family Foundation leading the way for the event that is recognizing Foundation CEO Jackie Jacobs for 28-years of service to the local community. Invitations to the General Public were sent out this […]

  • Philanthropy has a long and interesting history in the U.S., starting more than a century before the country’s birth. This week’s vignette about Rebecca Gratz is from the Almanac of American Philanthropy. In 1801, at the tender age of 20, Rebecca Gratz founded the Female Association for the Relief of Women and Children in Reduced Circumstances, a charitable organization that assisted victims of the American Revolution. Several years later she […]

  • Funsters across the country mourned the loss of Bozo the Clown, a/k/a Frank Avruch, who died last week in Boston at age 89.  (There is no truth to the rumor that the Rabbi paid tribute to Bozo by throwing a cream pie at his widow.) Columbus’ most famous clown was Flippo, also known as Bob Marvin.  Tales of Marvin’s antics on and off the set were legion, typically involving pranks […]

  • CJHS will premiere a brand new production, Letters Home: Jewish Columbus in WWI as a part of its WWI commemorations.  The production will give voice to the collection of letters that the Historical Society holds and shines a light on the lives of the Jewish households during wartime. Letters written back to Central Ohio throughout the war will be featured in the production, to be held at 8:00 PM on […]

  • In 1975, the Foundation received a gift from Adolph Sommer of appreciated real estate located at 85 South Grant Street.  The property was leased to Planned Parenthood for five years and subsequently sold.  The sales proceeds were used for Mr. Sommer’s Donor Advised Fund, which he used to support his charities of choice, and the Adolph Sommer Founders Fund, which continues to this day, generating vital support for the Foundation’s […]

  • Doris Dreifus was the Foundation’s oldest donor when she established a Charitable Gift Annuity in 1998.  Upon her demise at the age of 105, the proceeds were used to establish a charitable endowment for the benefit of one of her favorite charities – the Columbus Jewish Foundation!  A charitable gift annuity is a way to make a gift to your favorite charity, and still receive income for yourself or others. By […]

  • Twenty tons of matzah have been distributed this Passover season to tens of thousands of elderly Jews living in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and Russia by the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in partnerships with Jewish Federations, the Claims Conference, the IFCJ Food and Medicine Lifeline, and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. Locally, the Columbus Jewish Foundation has provided $25,000 in Passover gift cards, distributed by Jewish Family Services, to […]

  • A living will is an essential element in ensuring the way in which you would like to spend your last days will be respected. It informs family and physicians of your medical treatment preferences under specific situations. An ethical will is a complementary text that communicates personal values, beliefs, blessings, and advice to relatives and future generations. Financial planner and attorney Mark Coffey will speak to the Foundation’s Legal & […]

  • Concerned about the increased visibility and boldness of dangerous anti-Semitic groups, the 26-person Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation is set to meet early next month to hear presentations and grant proposals related to anti-Semitism and Israel awareness.  The teens are currently reviewing grant proposals and conducting organizational research to prepare themselves.

  • Based on the $6.95 million in grants distributed last year, Business First ranked the Columbus Jewish Foundation the seventh largest foundation among its local peers. Topping the list is the Columbus Foundation and Nationwide Foundation.  New on the list is number 3, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

  • Menachem Rosensaft, the founding chairman of the International Network of Children of Jewish Survivors, will speak on how post-survivors can transfer the Holocaust memory at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, April 11 at Congregation Torat Emet.  Rosensaft, born in Bergen-Belsen, Germany, is a leader of the Second Generation movement, and has been described on the front page of The New York Times as one of the most prominent of the survivors’ sons and daughters.

  • Governor John R. Kasich’s Annual Holocaust Commemoration will be next Thursday, April 12 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon downtown at the Holocaust & Liberators Memorial on the Ohio State House lawn, sponsored by Ohio Jewish Communities.  Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther’s Yom HaShoah observance will be held at 12:00 noon in the City Hall Chambers on Friday, April 13.

  • This extract from the Almanac of American Philanthropy is about the Touro Synagogue, a shrine to religious liberty.  As the oldest extant Jewish house of worship in America, dating from 1763, Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, would be famous under any circumstances. But Touro’s place in history was cemented when George Washington visited Newport to drum up support for passage of the Bill of Rights. Washington unveiled a vision […]

  • HIAS, formerly the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, has created a supplement to the Passover haggadah in the context of the contemporary refugee crisis, urging users to discuss this at their Seder tables and to commit to help refugees worldwide find a safe place to call home.

  • The Ohio Council on Holocaust and Genocide Education will hold its 2018 summer workshop on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at the College Avenue JCC. The workshop will consist of a day-long series of presentations by Holocaust scholars and educators and a special evening talk by Professor Karen Shawn of Yeshiva University.  The 7:00 PM lecture will be open to the public.

  • After months of behind the scenes and out front communications and organizing work, Ohio Governor John Kasich commuted the death sentence of W.T. Montgomery to life in prison without the possibility of parole. This leaves him able to pursue his innocence claim.

  • The historian David S. Wyman, who died in early March, claimed that he never knew what brought him – a Gentile from New Hampshire – to focus his doctoral research on Franklin Roosevelt’s policies regarding Jewish refugees from Germany. But the resulting work, Paper Walls: America and the Refugee Crisis, 1938-1941 opened up a raft of unanswered questions. His 1978 commentary essay Why Auschwitz Was Never Bombed and then his 1984 The Abandonment […]

  • The spending bill approved by Congress last week more than doubles spending for security grants that have been overwhelmingly tapped by Jewish institutions. The bill includes $60 million for the security grants, up from $25 million last year. More than 90% of the grants have been used to harden security at Jewish institutions since the nonprofit security grant program was launched in 2005. A spike in threats on Jewish institutions […]

  • Linda Kass, founder and owner of Bexley’s Gramercy Books, is bringing Jonathan Weisman to Columbus for an exclusive central Ohio evening. He is the New York Times Deputy Washington Editor and author of (((SEMITISM))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump.  Kirkus gave (((SEMITISM))) a starred review and called it: “an urgent and compelling report on the clear and present danger of proto-fascism in the U.S.” The April 3 event will be held at […]

  • In honor of Passover and Israel’s 70th anniversary, the National Library of Israel has created a special exhibit entitled “Next year may we be free.” It features non-traditional haggadahs connecting the story of the exodus from Egypt to the realities of Jewish life in the 1940′s. Among them is a haggadah written in 1946 for residents of a displaced persons camp in Munich. The traditional text was intertwined with modern […]

  • U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told a packed house at the March 19 opening of the 6th Global Forum on Combating Anti-Semitism that a “new” anti-Semitism, characterized by “the irrational, deceitful, and insidious vilification of Israel and its supporters under the guise of political commentary” worries him far more than the “old” anti-Semitism, and asserted that this new anti-Semitism is acceptable in polite society in a way the old […]

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