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  • Foundation assets under management now stand at $123 million, up about 10% over last year, as reported to the Board by Finance Committee Chair Bill Byers. The Foundation’s  audit report was prepared by RSM-US, the fifth largest accounting, tax and consulting firm in the country.

  • A single executive for both entities, blended development, collaborative community planning, preservation of endowments, adherence to donative intent… all are elements of a community vision jointly endorsed by the Federation and Foundation boards in early December in a Memorandum of Understanding.  Noted agency presidents Audrey Tuckerman and Jim Bowman, “We firmly believe that we are on the right track and that together we will determine the best way to re-engage, […]

  • The Foundation Board approved more than $200,000 in new grants in early December, including two to the Federation, which will spearhead community-wide celebrations in honor of Israel’s upcoming 70th anniversary.  A major grant to the Columbus Torah Academy will be announced by Foundation President Jim Bowman at Sunday’s Scholarship Dinner.

  • Year-end is often the most opportune time to consider financial and tax planning strategies. Congress and the White House are negotiating significant changes in the tax laws that could, if enacted, impact financial strategies. Because changes in the tax code may become effective after the start of 2018, it becomes more important than ever to meet with your advisors to review your investment portfolio and consider tax, financial and charitable […]

  • Was Fagin an ”archetypal Jewish villain?” You be the judge. Oliver! is showing at the JCC from December 2 – 17.  The Foundation is Gallery Players’ main underwriter through the Lenore Schottenstein & Community Jewish Arts Fund. Order tickets here.

  • The current bull market in U.S. equities is now the fourth longest in duration (102 months) since 1893.  But don’t get complacent! Meeting this week under the chairmanship of Randy Hansell, the Investment Committee reaffirmed the its most important objective: long term investment results consistent with the Foundation’s investment policy statement. A long term average annual real rate of return of 5.4% above inflation as measured by the Consumer Price […]

  • Direct from New York’s Jewish Museum, Curator Emeritus and author Susan T. Goodman spoke at the Columbus Museum of Art November 30 about artist Marc Chagall’s work before, during, and after WWII.  The program was funded in part by the Foundation’s newest arts endowment, the Nanette Solomon Jewish Arts Fund.

  • The Foundation mourns the passing of attorney Lloyd Cohen, age 64, and extends condolences to his wife Debra Hart Cohen, children Eric (Andria) Cohen, Jeremy (Rachel) Cohen, Gayle (Brian) Calhoun, Loren Hart, brothers Matthew and Marshal Cohen, and extended family.  The  Foundation’s Lloyd Cohen Endowment will be an enduring monument to his memory.

  • Celebrate the third night of Hanukkah on December 14th as the Columbus Blue Jackets take on the New York Islanders!  A special ceremony during the game will include lighting the menorah. The Sky Terrace has been reserved for the Jewish community, where kosher food options will be available. Tickets start at $32 in the Sky Terrace and $65 in the Lower Bowl with the option to receive a Sky Terrace […]

  • As the end of the year approaches and you become more focused on completing your charitable giving for the year, a Donor Advised Fund certainly should be on your list of ideas to consider. Donor Advised Funds are particularly useful to charitably-minded taxpayers who decide that the timing is right to liquidate an appreciated security but is not ready to decide on the ultimate charitable recipients of the gift. You […]

  • Jewish students at OSU’s College of Dentistry have been sending in thank-you letters for the generous support they received from the Foundation’s Jaffee Dental Student Scholarship Fund. Relieving the financial stress of dental school, looking forward to giving back and honored to being selected were the central themes the students expressed.  Since the fund was established in 1990, the Ralph A. and Beatrice W. Scholarship Fund has provided just shy […]

  • Life changing. Eye opening. Best Meeting.  Innovation Nation. Exceeded Expectations.  These are just a few of the praises from the eleven Ohio state legislators as they wrapped up their Business & Trade Mission to Israel.  The trip’s goals to educate, inspire and connect was beyond successful.  The jam-packed itinerary included business and technology tours, cultural and historical site visits, political briefings.  Sponsored under the auspices of The Negev Foundation and […]

  • The 26-member Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation met on November 19 to determine its Spring grant guidelines.  As noted by board member Ethan Davis, “Recent events in the news media have put dangerous anti-Semitic groups in the spotlight, in the US and abroad.”  As concerned Jews, the teen board will entertain funding proposals related to Israel awareness, anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism, the BDS movement, hate speech, and related issues.  This year’s CJYF members […]

  • Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation board member Carly Shocket has been appointed to the Jewish Teen Funders Network Youth Ambassador Council. The Council addresses trends in teen giving, political giving, current events, personal priorities and giving priorities. A member of the Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation since 2014, Carly is a Columbus Academy senior, serves in a Jewish Social Justice Learning Fellowship, and is president of the Columbus Delegation of Friendships Circle. […]

  • In honor of National Hospice Awareness Month, the Love & Hugs for Zusman Hospice Program provided massage therapy for Zusman Hospice care providers to highlight additional forms of service that Love & Hugs will be providing at Zusman: massage and art and music therapy. Community support for this new endowment fund at the Columbus Jewish Foundation is welcome and encouraged.

  • Columbus Torah Academy’s December 10 Scholarship Dinner will recognize local businessman Alan Levine and the Columbus Jewish Foundation. Per a CTA press release, “the Foundation steadfastly works to promote and support Jewish education and has been a magnificent partner with CTA over the years.”  The Foundation owns and operates CTA’s entire endowment portfolio, providing the day school vital grant support.

  • A gift from an anonymous Foundation funder holder will partially underwrite a timely and important program on Sunday, January 21, 2018 for teens and their parents.  It will probe vulnerable corners of family life, depicting real-life struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. How to empower kids to best navigate the digital world?  Contact Rabbi Hillel Kapenstein, Outreach Coordinator at the Columbus Community Kollel, at 614-237-7133.

  • SEI, the Foundation’s investment manager has been named “Top Provider” at this week’s Institutional Asset Management Awards ceremony in New York.  According to Investment Committee Chair Randy Hansell, the Foundation’s main investment pool earned 13.79% so far this year.

  • “When my father’s mother pushed him from a second-floor window of the Kino movie theater in the Polish town of Zetl in August 1942, she had some important words for him:  ‘I want you to be somebody and tell the world what’s going on. Save yourself!’” So began the remarks of Alan “Laz” Lazowski, the Foundation’s guest speaker this week.  Among a host of business and civic accomplishments, Laz founded […]

  • The Foundation’s Louie Samuel Becker Fund is a big supporter of Fry Out Cancer: patrons can order a fully prepared fried turkey and select a time to pick it up on Thanksgiving Day.   All proceeds are passed on to The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. The suggested minimum donation for each turkey is $125. Donors also have the option of donating their cooked turkey to a local homeless […]

  • The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has invited Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs to participate in a “Lessons of the Holocaust” focus group to shape training for law enforcement officers from around the world.  After touring Yad Vashem early in her career, Jacobs committed herself to providing Holocaust education at the USHMM for every Columbus police officer.  In a note this week to Foundation leadership, she wrote that this would have […]

  • Neal Shapiro, chair of the community’s Chevra Kadisha, was feted on November 5 by Agudas Achim’s  Brotherhood.  Like all members of the Chevra Kadisha burial society, Neal embodies a high standard of community service that is devoid of ulterior motives.  Flowers for the Living has been an Agudas tradition since 1968.  Among the Brotherhood’s beneficiaries is a Jewish camp scholarship fund managed by the Columbus Jewish Foundation.

  • What better time of year than National Hospice Awareness month to celebrate the fifth anniversary of a Bat Mitzvah girl’s campaign to deliver teddy bears to Zusman Hospice residents?  Thousands of bears and millions of cuddles after her project started, Emily Cammeyer and friends are gearing up for program sustainability through the Love & Hugs Fund here at the Foundation. See their tribute video: https://vimeo.com/220156055.

  • BREAD’s  November 13 General Assembly at 2777 E. Livingston Avenue celebrated the organization’s Investment Drive accomplishments. Updates were provided by local officials on commitments concerning the Community Initiative to Reduce Violence, alternatives to out-of-school suspensions, One ID Columbus, and living wage jobs for disadvantaged populations.  The  Foundation provided BREAD support in years past for A Common Road to Justice.

  • RSVP for Wednesday’s late afternoon cocktail reception downtown with parking magnate Alan Lazowski.  Open bar and top-of-the-line kosher noshes will be served at 5:30 PM in the Huntington Building’s beautiful Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff atrium at 41 South High St, 26th Floor. RSVP at 614-338-2365 or grobins@tcjf.org.  Bring a guest to introduce to the Foundation family! Parking in the Huntington Building/Doubletree Hotel garage, compliments of Alan Lazowski: just off […]

  • A $15,000 grant from the Foundation’s Mel Palius Fund will help low income families to live in safe, decent neighborhoods, giving their children improved opportunities.  Palius bequeathed his Grandview home to the Foundation in 2004 to create the Foundation’s Mel Palius Fund.  Readers and funders seeking to provide opportunities for hard working, lower-income families can click here or contact  Amy.Klaben@MoveToProsper.org, 614-352-8889, www.movetoprosper.org.

  • A newly-released study addresses how Jewish Federations can help North American Jewish day schools.  The day school challenge is not all about the cost.  The challenge can be addressed by ongoing cultivation of the schools and support for their leaders, attending to them continually, and not only when they face an existential crisis.  The complete report can be found here.

  • Three ingredients for Jewish continuity are Jewish day schools, Israel experiences,  and Jewish summer camping. Fortunately, Columbus has two Jewish day schools.  Families of prospective kindergarten students are invited to check out Columbus Torah Academy on November 15 and 16.  Call 614-864-0299 to visit and to observe classes, learn about the curriculum, and meet with the administration. The Columbus Jewish Day School’s open house on November 19 is for families with children […]

  • The Columbus Jewish Film Festival continues this weekend and next with ten more opportunities to catch the best in international and independent films playing throughout the Columbus area. Click here for Film Festival schedule.  

  • Your financial statements and Fall Quarterly have been mailed.  Fund holders who opted for electronic delivery can access their statements on Donor Central through our homepage link at http://columbusjewishfoundation.org/ or by clicking 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.  Click here to read the Fall Quarterly newsletter.

  • The Foundation and Federation Boards met on November 1 to discuss a pathway to strategically align both organizations.   A working group will explore organizational structure and governance, and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is being crafted to align both entities under the direction of a single leader to whom professional staff will report.  Provisions to assure the preservation of  unrestricted endowments, special purpose funds, and to honor donative intent will […]

  • Celebrate the third night of Hanukkah on December 14 as the Columbus Blue Jackets take on the New York Islanders!  A special ceremony during the game will include lighting the menorah. The Sky Terrace has been reserved for the Jewish community, where kosher food options will be available. Tickets start at $35 in the Sky Terrace and $65 in the Lower Bowl with the option to receive a Sky Terrace […]

  •  Got a film idea that you would like a professional react to? Interested in hearing other concepts of what might make a great film? Jim Burnstein, Director of the University of Michigan’s Screenwriting Program, will host a happy hour and interactive pitch session. Bring a few lines about your screenplay idea. Sponsored by the Leventhal Artists Program of the Columbus Jewish Foundation in conjunction with the Columbus Jewish Film Festival.  […]

  • Sunday’s deconsecration of Zanesville’s Beth Abraham Synagogue was emotional, with fifty attendees at the tear-filled closing ceremony.  A final procession with the Torahs was held, a Yahrzeit/Memorial list was read, the Mezuzot were removed, the Eternal light was extinguished, and Kaddish was recited.  The Columbus Jewish Foundation has been entrusted to manage the now-closed synagogue’s endowments, including the cemetery maintenance fund.

  • Coinciding with Jeanie and Jay Schottenstein’s loan of their Marc Chagall paintings to the Columbus Museum of Art, Susan Tarmarkin Goodman will discuss Chagall’s work before, during, and after WWII.  While much of Chagall’s subject matter is marked by floating brides and grooms, bouquets of colorful flowers, and flying fish, many examples of his paintings deal with the pogroms in Russia, the rise of Nazism in Germany, and the plight […]

  • Memories of Columbus’ rabbinic and philanthropic leaders of years past were warmly evoked this week.   While reviewing a grant application related to the construction of a new community Mikvah, Grant Committee liaisons noted that the late Rabbis David Stavsky and Judah Folkman were aligned on the merits of a mikvah.  As noted by Stavsky in a 1993 Columbus Jewish Historical Society interview: “…. we needed a mikvah…. Dr. Jerome Folkman, the […]

  • Next week FIMS takes to the sky as the Columbus Jewish Foundation transitions to a cloud based system.  Foundation CFO Tammy Fitzpatrick noted that Donor Central will be available as staff converts files and reports throughout the week.  Next up will be a new grants management system, to be introduced in 2018.

  • FIMS is the Foundation’s fully-integrated financial, grants, and donor management system.  If you donated funds or stocks, received a grant, or made a recommendation from your Donor Advised Fund, the transaction has been recorded through FIMS.  More than one million journal entries have been entered in FIMS since it was introduced in January 2011.  That’s about 146,000 per year, or 12,000 per month.  As for dollar totals: $63.76 million in […]

  • A joint Federation and Foundation board meeting was held on November 1 to discuss the merits of a single decision-making apparatus for the two entities.  Led by a professional facilitator, ample opportunity was given for discussion on the benefits and concerns of more integrated operations.

  • The Columbus Jewish Film Festival kicks off its 13th season with a Sunday, November 5 opening night extravaganza at The Lincoln Theatre.  This year’s Film Fest features more movies, guest speakers, venues, and entertainment than ever before.  This also is the 13th year of funding from the Foundation’s Lenore Schottenstein and Community Jewish Arts Fund.  For this year’s film catalogue visit www.columbusjcc.org/cultural-arts/film-festival/.

  • Proceeds from last year’s Souper Bowl Cook-Off sent 27 kids to summer camp.  The event has become so popular there will not be room for all the contenders.   Sponsors and contestants are encouraged to contact Jeff Wasserstrom at 614-760-0026.  

  • The JCC is one of the beneficiaries of numerous agency endowments that Dorothy and Mayer Rosenfeld established at the Foundation for local agencies.  Pictured are JCC students planting a tree at the JCC in memory of the Rosenfelds.  Mayer was the JCC director from 1950 to 1979.  

  • The Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation is pleased to announce the Teen Board Members for the 2017-18 grant round. These teens represent six school districts, six synagogues, seven communities, and are a well-rounded mix of new and returning voices from throughout the area. We welcome: Bentley Adkins, Sari Applefeld, Allison Bernstein, Haley Bernstein, Carolyn Bowman, Maya Cohen, Matthew Cohn, Lydia Colvin, Sarah Colvin, Danny Davis, Ethan Davis, Lauren Ehrlich, Jami Garfinkel, […]

  • A long-time congregant of Temple Israel Columbus is in desperate need of a kidney transplant, blood type A or O, so that he can see his four grandchildren grow into active members of the community.  He has been approved as a transplant recipient at both The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York.  He is working with Renewal, a charitable organization that helps people […]

  • Foundation CEO Jackie Jacobs was one of four panelists at a Benefactor Group program for non-profits this Tuesday at The Columbus Foundation.  Joining him were professionals from The Columbus Foundation and The Catholic Foundation.  Among the more than 100 attendees were Foundation professionals Tammy Fitzpatrick, Susan Tanur, and Debby Applefeld, who participated in break-out discussions about the advantages of Donor Advised Funds.

  • Ohio lawmakers are headed for an early November bi-partisan mission to Israel, organized through Cleveland’s The Negev Foundation.  This will be  a first-time trip for most of the 12 legislators, who hope to gain a better understanding of Israel’s economic, business, academic, cultural, and political landscapes, achievements, and challenges.  The Foundation’s Understanding Jewish Concerns Fund is a partial underwriter.

  • Sonia & Saul Schottenstein SCRIP Cards will continue to be a lifesaver for hundreds of Jewish households, thanks to another $25,000 gift from the Saul Schottenstein A Foundation.  SCRIP Cards alleviate financial distress with food, medicine, and gasoline expenses at any Kroger store.  Last month, Sonia & Saul Cards helped make Rosh Hashanah sweeter for 188 households.

  • Giving Tuesday is a global holiday that celebrates generosity and kindness by giving to nonprofit organizations all around the world. In the same way that Black Friday and Cyber Monday kick off the holiday buying season, Giving Tuesday kicks off the giving season.  Donors who give to charities on Giving Tuesday often share about their favorite causes on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc., and encourage their friends to give too.  Giving […]

  • The Columbus Museum of Art, supported in part by a grant from the Foundation’s Nanette and Sandy Solomon Arts Fund, will feature a November 30 lecture by Dr. Susan  Goodman, curator emeritus at New York’s Jewish Museum, on “the Fractured World of Marc Chagall.”  She will address the symbolism of three Chagall paintings on display from the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein collection.  For more information, contact CoMA at 614-221-6801.

  • A million Jews in 1,000 cities will celebrate Shabbat together next week.  As reported in the Jewish Press, venues will include a kosher Shabbat dinner at a backpacker’s lodge in Dalat, Vietnam; a 9,000 women-strong challah-baking event in Buenos Aires; a glow-in-the-dark challah event in Costa Rica; a bi-national gathering on the Mexican-U.S. border; a dinner for 1,000 Israelis in a shipping hanger in Tel Aviv; and, a Shabbat kept […]

  • Now in its 54th year, the JCC’s annual Jewish Bookfair is one of central Ohio’s most popular literary events, featuring author appearances, book signings, and activities.  The Bookfair’s largest grant comes from the Foundation. See a full schedule of events here.

  • If you read something Jewish at the Bexley Public Library, chances are that it’s there because of the Norman Mathless Library Fund of the Columbus Jewish Foundation.  A recent bequest to the Foundation from Norman’s widow, Janis Mathless, has doubled the size of the endowment.

  • Columbus will soon be the first North American city to have a stand-alone PJ Library® room in a synagogue.  The ribbon cutting will to be held on November 17 at 6:30 PM at Congregation Beth Tikvah. Families with children 6 months through 8 years are eligible to sign up for free monthly age-appropriate high quality children’s books or CDs from PJ Library® each month. To sign up visit http://www.pjlibrary.org.

  • The Foundation is co-sponsoring the accomplishments of IMPACT Safety and its founder Dr. Julie Harmon at the Drexel Theatre October 26 at 7:00 PM.  IMPACT Safety teaches empowered self-defense to women, girls, children with disabilities, organizations, schools, and companies.  A documentary, Beauty Bites Beast, will be shown to demonstrate the importance of women’s self-defense.  The Foundation is the proud custodian of IMPACT’s endowment fund.

  • I.H. Schlezinger, an immigrant from Austria – Hungary, worked his way up from a peddler to a captain of industry in the metals business and the presidency at Congregation Tifereth Israel.  The synagogue’s downstairs social hall bears his name.  A family fund at the Foundation provides for its upkeep and maintenance.

  • Years ago, there was a Columbus Hebrew School that eventually morphed into the Kol Ami Hebrew School.  Kol Ami was way ahead of its time, with a fleet of teachers and substitute teachers for afternoon and Sunday school programs at the local synagogues.  Upon its dissolution, its modest endowment assets were turned over to the Foundation.  Grants to local synagogues that teach Hebrew are made annually.

  • The Foundation’s Moritz Mayer Endowment has generated $19,000 this year, which will be shared by Tifereth Israel, Agudas Achim, Columbus Torah Academy, and Wexner Heritage Village.  Mayer and his sister fled to America to escape the Nazis. Unable to find work in New York where he could observe the Sabbath, they came to Columbus, where he worked in a bakery.  Contact the Foundation at 614-338-2365 for information on ways that you […]

  • Many deserved tributes are being made this week in honor of the late businessman Harold Flox.  Our favorite memory is when he bought a winning lottery ticket and immediately established a Hebrew Free Loan Fund here at the Foundation for people who are down on their luck.  Shiva is being observed at the home of sister Blanche Young. We offer our condolences.

  • Jewish Foundation CEO Jackie Jacobs and panelists from the Catholic Foundation and The Columbus Foundation will join forces next week as proponents of America’s fastest-growing charitable vehicle — the Donor Advised Fund.  Over 100 people already signed up to hear why DAFs are so popular — and why Congress might go after the goose that’s laid the golden egg.  Click here to RSVP  for the 4:00 PM October 24 event […]

  • A joint Federation and Foundation board meeting will be held on November 1 to discuss the merits of a single decision-making apparatus for the two entities.  Per the presidents of both organizations, there is no pre-determined outcome:  “As we move through this process there will be ample opportunity to ask questions and hear about our progress,” stated Federation chair Audrey Tuckerman and Foundation president Jim Bowman.

  • Our independent auditors, RSM US, issued the Foundation another clean bill of health. Foundation assets through June 30, 2017 were $123 million. Contributions and total assets both increased about 10%.  The audit was presented yesterday to the Foundation Finance Committee, chaired by Foundation Treasurer Bill Byers.  Finance Committee members are pleased to report that over the past four years, Foundation contributions increased 37% and total assets increased 20%.

  • In honor of IMPACT Safety’s quarter century of service, the Foundation is co-sponsoring a unique documentary on women’s self-defense at the Drexel Theatre on Thursday, October 26 at 7:00 PM.  IMPACT Safety was founded by the Foundation’s Social Justice Committee member Dr. Julie Harmon.  It teaches empowered self-defense to women, girls, children with disabilities, organizations, schools, and companies.  The film’s writer and director will hold a Q&A session after the […]

  • Commonhouse Ales, based in the Brewery District, will co-host a spirited 4:00 PM event about Donor Advised Funds at the Columbus Foundation on October 24.  The program will feature a sober presentation by panelists from the Columbus and Catholic Foundations and Jackie Jacobs, CEO of the Columbus Jewish Foundation, on everything you should know about Donor Advised Funds, the fastest growing charitable giving vehicle in America.  RSVP online at https://dafsanddrafts.eventbrite.com.

  • Don’t miss out on next weekend’s premier of internationally renowned Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin’s signature dance, Minus 16. The Lenore Schottenstein & Community Jewish Arts Fund of the Columbus Jewish Foundation is supporting BalletMet’s production of Naharin’s piece.  Also known as Mr. Gaga, Naharin founded the Gaga dance movement language to parallel his work as a choreographer and the artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company.  For tickets go to www.ticketmaster.com […]

  • The Foundation’s Ralph & Beatrice Jaffee Endowment was able to assist every Jewish dental student who applied for a scholarship this year.  The Committee is comprised of local dentists, many of whom received Jaffee support when they were learning their trade.  Pictured: Jaffee Committee member Dr. Anny Almassanu Hoffman in 1992.

  • Jewish Family Services, now 110 years old, holds its annual meeting on October 18 at its College Avenue home office in the Ebner Building. The Columbus Jewish Foundation manages and invests JFS’ endowments. JFS endowments will last as long as people need a caring and supportive Jewish community.  Click here for an inventory of JFS endowments.

  • The 2018 Federation campaign is gearing up under the chairmanship of Dr. Jonathan Feibel and newly-recruited Campaign Director Elliott Mendes.  Gary Robins, the Foundation’s Director of Development, will round out the team, splitting his duties between the Federation and Foundation for the next six months.  Robins, a past Foundation president, is no stranger to the Federation.  He was its youngest-ever campaign chair in 1985, and its senior campaign development officer […]

  • We mourn the loss of community leader Irving Barkan. Irving was a past President of Wexner Heritage House and respected leader at Temple Israel, the JCC, Jewish War Veterans, Federation and Foundation,  including its Legal & Tax Advisory Committee. A founder of Barkan, Barkan & Neff,  he and son Neal later worked side by side at Barkan & Barkan, LPA.  We extend condolences to wife Ruth, sons Neal and Steve, […]

  • Drug overdoses are expected to remain the leading cause of death for Americans under 50, according to The New York Times.  Synthetic opioids, primarily fentalnyl and its analogues, accompanied by an upturn in deaths from cocaine and methamphetamines, together add up to an epidemic of drug overdoses that is killing people at a faster rate than the H.I.V. epidemic at  its peak. Ohio lost 4,050 to overdoses in 2016, according […]

  • Giving Tuesday is a global holiday that celebrates generosity by giving to nonprofit organizations all around the world. In the same way that Black Friday and Cyber Monday kick off the holiday buying season, Giving Tuesday kicks off the giving season.  Giving Tuesday sets itself apart as a social media celebration, hence the hashtag you often see associated with it (#GivingTuesday). Giving Tuesday falls on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving each […]

  • The Columbus Torah Academy has selected Foundation fund holder Alan Levine, head of Ace Iron and Metal, as its December 10 scholarship dinner honoree.  Levine remembers when 27 customers was a good day and 80 percent of his business came from peddlers bringing scrap in on push carts. Nowadays his firm is a thriving Central Ohio industry leader.  All three of Levine’s daughters attended CTA, and he remains among its […]

  • Commercial real estate veteran and Foundation board member Steve Heiser will head up the Foundation’s new development board. He and other Foundation Ambassadors will work together to build awareness of the Foundation’s mission and grow Foundation and Jewish community reserves.  Heiser, who has been in the real estate field for over three decades, holds a law degree from Capital University and an M.A. from OSU in public administration.

  • The Andrew Ethan Stern Family Fund, a component fund of the Columbus Jewish Foundation, has signed on with naming rights as lead sponsor for the Columbus Jewish Film Festival (CJFF).  According to founders Rozanne and Jerry Stern, who established the fund in memory of their son, “We look to the expertise of the team at the JCC to help us seamlessly integrate with the Columbus Jewish Film Festival, building capabilities […]

  • OSU students who couldn’t go home for the High Holidays enjoyed services on campus– thanks to underwriting support from the late sportswriter Jack Fleischer’s Hillel Endowment.  A 1940 OSU grad, Fleischer was news director for vice presidential candidate Lyndon Johnson during the 1960 campaign.

  • Live-streamed services– even on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur– are no longer a high tech fantasy. Tifereth Israel is the most recent synagogue to go live on the internet, thanks to a grant by Ron Blank through the Dorothy Blank Kahn Philanthropic Fund of the Columbus Jewish Foundation. Pictured: Dorothy Blank Kahn (August 28, 1919 – January 1, 2014)

  • The local Red Cross sent 140 deployments to Houston and Florida, with many volunteers doing 10 day stints, returning home to rest, and then going back again for additional duty. A letter from Red Cross professional Jeff Redfield noted that: “Our volunteers are the boots on the ground, helping where needed most.  Please share our gratefulness to your community members who have given, through Red Cross or other organizations, so […]

  • Nearly 4.5% of the Federation’s annual campaign is generated from Foundation-owned Perpetual Annual Campaign Endowments, also known as PACE funds.  Earned income goes to the Federation campaign every year in the donors’ names.  The Foundation’s PACE portfolio is valued at $5.87 million.  Click here for the PACE fund honor roll.

  • Foundation Grant disbursements totaling  $7,160,735 went to 597 organizations during the Foundation’s past fiscal year.  The top grant and donor advised fund beneficiaries were: Jewish Federation of Columbus OSU Foundation JCC Tifereth Israel Columbus Torah Academy Wexner Heritage Village Temple Israel OSU Hillel United Way of Franklin County Ohio Health Foundation The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital Agudas Achim Jewish Family Services Habitat for Humanity Shalom House Buckeye Ranch $1,022,612 […]

  • A grant from the Dr. Milton Levitin Vision Care Fund supports VOICEcorps’ weekly reading of The Ohio Jewish Chronicle. VOICEcorps enriches lives by reading printed news and information to people who are blind, have low vision, or other conditions that prevent reading. Visit their website here: https://www.voicecorps.org/index.php.

  • Lighting upgrades outside of Shalom House South were recently completed, according to Ruth Dodge, Executive Director of Programs for Adults with Developmental Disabilities.  The funding was provided by the Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation and the Dr. Milton Levitin Vision Care Fund.  “Heartfelt thanks for all you have done for the Shalom House residents,” wrote Dodge.  ”Your support certainly is appreciated!”

  • Rachel Monroe, head of the multi-billion dollar Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation in Baltimore, is the 2017 recipient of JPRO Network’s Ben Mandelkorn Award.  The Columbus Jewish Foundation established the award to honor Mandelkorn’s leadership as its founding director.  The JPRO Network, which also was founded by Mandelkorn, serves the Jewish communal professional network.  In addition to being honored as the 2016 CEO of the Year by SmartCEO magazine, Monroe […]

  • Anne Bancroft’s legs in The Graduate are one of cinema’s most iconic images.  Movie fans know the work of Harold and Lillian Michelson even if they don’t recognize their names.  Working largely uncredited in the Hollywood system, the storyboard artists left an indelible mark on classics by Hitchock, Spielberg, Kubrick and Mel Brooks.  Sponsored by the Foundation’s Leventhal Fund as part of the Jewish Film Festival on November 16 at […]

  • Congratulations to Foundation fund holders Fran and Reid Wasserstrom on receiving the Cancer Support Community’s Skip Weiler Inspiration Award. The Wasserstroms were honored for supporting “the causes that tie us together.”  In addition to service to the Cancer Support Community, other local charities, and Tifereth Israel, Fran is a past JFS President and like Reid, has been deeply engaged at the Foundation. Click here for a 3 1/2 minute tribute […]

  • Capital University Jewish student leader Austin Reid passionately defends free speech in America, even hate speech. Like the Anti-Defamation League, he feels that the best answer to hate speech is not censorship, but more speech.  He’s bringing ADL to the Central Bexley college campus on October 17 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.  Topic:  No Place For Hate! Countering hate speech on campus and  tech company policies on cyber hate, and […]

  • The Foundation is sponsoring IMPACT Safety’s 25th year of service with a screening of Beauty Bites Beast in the Drexel Theatre on Thursday, October 26 at 7:00 PM.  IMPACT Safety, founded by former Foundation board member Dr. Julie Harmon, teaches empowered self-defense to women, girls, children with disabilities, organizations, schools, and companies.  Beauty Bites Beast is a powerful documentary about the importance of women’s self-defense.  Ellen Snortland, the film’s writer […]

  • Attend a spirited event at The Columbus Foundation on October 24, 4:00 – 6:00 PM – on Donor Advised Funds, which are America’s fastest growing giving vehicle — and enjoy a locally produced CommonHouse Ale.  The program, to be led by panelists from The Columbus Foundation, the Catholic Foundation, and Jackie Jacobs, CEO of The Columbus Jewish Foundation,  will cover the essentials of DAF creation, current trends, donor perspectives, risks and opportunities.  […]

  • Citing various sources, tax policy expert Steve Woolf reported this week that unless tax reform makes further changes such as a non-itemizer deduction, most Americans would lose the tax incentive to make charitable contributions under proposed legislation on Capitol Hill.  The charitable sector is advocating for a universal or “non-itemizer” deduction to make sure the charitable giving pie does not shrink. Additionally, “endowed giving and giving vehicles such as donor […]

  • Meet philanthropist Alan Lazowski, co-founder of a $1.2 billion parking empire who started his business as a college student. Foundation fund holders, volunteers, and friends are welcome.  November 15, 5:30 PM at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, Huntington Center, 41 South High St. To RSVP contact Gary Robins at 614-338-2365 or grobins@tcjf.org.

  • Seven grant applications got the go-ahead from the Grants Oversight Committee to take the next step in the Fall grant review process.  Committee Chair Jody Scheiman convened the meeting.  Committee members are Dr. Hilda Glazer, Debby Kane, Sherri Lazear, Heidi Levey,  Lee Smith, Nevada Smith, Dr. Phil Weinerman, and Jim Winnegrad.

  • The Foundation’s Social Justice Committee has responded to the Jewish communities of Mexico City and Puerto Rico with Shalom Grants for post-earthquake and hurricane relief efforts.  Shalom Grants are akin to mitzvahs, moral deeds performed with a sense of heartfelt sentiment beyond mere legal duty, as in “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Havoc wrought by hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Florida, and beyond left communities in dire need of […]

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

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

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