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  • 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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Back in 1999, Arts Programming at the JCC, including Gallery Players, was on chopping block.  Foundation support saved the day, and Gallery Players is now strongly entering its 69th season.  This week’s Ohio Jewish Chronicle covers the Foundation’s key role in maintaining the JCC as a hub for the Jewish cultural arts.

  • Max McGarity, the Grillmaster at this year’s Kosher BBQ Festival, comes with sizzling credentials.  He owns the High Barbeque Company, a new eatery in the Brewery District, and earned his stars at City Barbeque and Buckeye Back Ribs.  The Buckeye Kosher BBQ  will be held on August 20 from 3:00 – 7:00 PM on the corner of Alum Creek Dr and Main St.  The Foundation has been an underwriter since […]

  • In 1925, the small Jewish community of Lancaster, Ohio, just 33 miles southeast of Columbus, bought a formerly German Lutheran church to house their B’nai Israel congregation and synagogue.  For the next 72 years, religious services, Hebrew school,  and social events were offered at B’nai Israel for Jews in Lancaster, Logan,and Nelsonville. The aging congregants sold the Shul in 1997, using the proceeds to establish four B’nai Israel endowments at […]

  • Kroger gift cards, courtesy of the Foundation’s Sonia and Saul Schottenstein SCRIP Program, will be included in the Rosh Hashanah Gift Bags JFS will deliver to Jewish community members having a hard time making ends meet.  JFS will be enlisting help from Columbus area Jewish agencies and synagogues to ensure that everyone can celebrate the High Holidays.  SCRIP cards also will be included in the gift bags for Victims of […]

  • A record-breaking 17 organizations were represented at Foundation’s August 9th Grants Orientation.  The program focused on the ins and outs of the Foundation’s grant program, priority funding areas, and tips on how to write a better grant application.  Last year the Foundation awarded more than $500,000 in grants.  If your non-profit would like to learn more, contact Foundation Director of Grants Susan Tanur at stanur@tcjf.org or 614-338-2365.

  • Harnessing organizational strengths for the community’s benefit, Foundation and Federation leaders Jim Bowman and Audrey Tuckerman brought their agency teams together on August 9 to discuss the constructive use of community dollars for short and long term impacts.  Joining them were Foundation Grants Oversight Chair Jody Scheiman, Federation VP of Planning and Community Investments Sherri Lazear, and Federation and Foundation staff.

  • The Foundation’s next Cocktail Reception takes place on November 15 in the beautiful Benesch, Freidlander law office atrium in the Huntington Center at 41 S High St. The guest speaker is Alan Lazowski, Chairman & CEO of LAZ Parking, the second largest parking company in the country.  The event is chaired by attorney Josh Barkan, Land Acquisition Manager at M/I Homes.  RSVP to Gary Robins at grobins@tcjf.org or 614-338-2365.

  • Topics to be addressed this Fall and Spring at the Foundation’s Legal and Tax Advisory Committee’s educational lunch meetings will include a “Washington Update from a Washington Insider”, a session on digital assets and estate planning, and ethical wills.  The season kickoff, featuring former Probate Judge and past Foundation President Alan S. Acker, Esq.,  will be at noon on September 7 at the downtown law offices of Bailey Cavalieri.  The […]

  • Aaron Leventhal has made scores of grants since 1993 from his charitable fund at the Foundation to support youth and arts programs.  The Leventhal Artists program will partner this November with the Jewish Film Festival to bring film-related artists to campus and Central Ohio.  Leventhal Fund grants come from investment income and fundraisers, including an annual golf outing. Leventhal also has a bequest provision in his estate plan to assure […]

  • In an effort to escape the Nazis after many of his family members were killed, young teenager Irv Miller lived on the run for several years, occasionally befriended by farmers and others.  He miraculously survived, finding his way to Columbus, where he lived happily until an untimely death in April 2000. Friends established a memorial fund bearing his name for the March of the Living Holocaust educational program for teens […]

  • It’s been widely reported that the beloved, iconic Max & Erma’s Restaurant chain, co-founded in Columbus by the late Barry Zacks in 1972, has fallen on hard times.  In fact, the original Max & Erma’s in German Village is already on the chopping block.  What about the endowments that Barry Zacks set up at the Foundation?  Endowments are Forever!  His two funds, which benefit Wexner Heritage Village and the Columbus Symphony […]

  • Grant applicants are invited to learn about the Columbus Jewish Foundation’s Fall Grant program at a one-hour briefing in the Foundation’s Mel Schottenstein board room on Wednesday, August 9.  Agency and synagogue professionals may RSVP to Peggy Smith at psmith@tcjf.org or 614-338-2365.

  • Lifelong learner and long-time teacher Naomi Cohen (37 years at Tifereth Israel!) will receive this year’s Jeffrey & Lori Lasday Jewish Educator of the Year award on August 27.  The Award is funded by the Lasday Endowment, which is housed at the Foundation.  Click here to see prior Award recipients.

  • Reid Wasserstrom turned over the gavel last night to Tifereth Israel Foundation ‘s new president, Dr. Arnie Good.  The synagogue foundation has given Congregation Tifereth Israel $2.9 million in the last 17 years.  During the same time period its assets have grown by 250%. Congratulations, Reid, on a job well-done!  The Columbus Jewish Foundation provides the Tifereth Israel Foundation with all of its accounting and custodial services.

  • Relatives of the late Foundation fund holder Amy Wickes will continue her efforts to assist children of incarcerated community members, through a new literacy program forged with Volunteers of America.  Words Travel will enable children to strengthen ties with their incarcerated parents.  The parents will read and record stories from popular children’s books.  Upon completion, VOA will send the child the recorded tape, a tape player, the books, and a […]

  • The Arts & College Preparatory Academy, or APCA, is a tuition-free, public charter high school on the east side of Columbus with a 97% graduation rate.  About a third of its students are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Many were bullied at their old schools.  A $1,000 Columbus Jewish Foundation Shalom Grant is helping ACPA with safety and security improvements, just in time for the start of the new school year.

  • Two key officers from the Franklin County Office of Homeland Security and the Columbus Police Department’s Homeland Security Section are back from Israel with advanced training under their belts — thanks to Foundation funding.  They received state-of-the-art tactical and cognitive security training on critical infrastructure protection; school and campus security; how to secure business, non-profit, and government installations; counter-terrorism and intelligence. “The Israeli people get it when it comes to […]

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