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  • The Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation is now accepting applications for grants. Projects addressing anti-Semitism or Israel Awareness are eligible for review by the Teen Board for consideration of up to $5,000. Any programs addressing the contemporary issues of hate speech, hate crimes, anti-Israel, BDS, or similar issues are also included in this grant pool. Applications are due March 15, 2018 for projects July 1, 2018 – May 15, 2019. Contact […]

  • The Columbus Jewish Foundation expresses its condolences to the families of the 17 victims of the horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, of whom five were members of the Jewish community.  Our hearts and prayers go out the survivors and their families, the school community and the city of Parkland.  

  • The OSU Melton Center for Jewish Studies Spring program calendar just came out with topics ranging from the Jewish Supreme Court Justices (February 26) to the shocking developments in the American suburban shtetl of Kiryat Joel, New York on April 22. Click here for the full schedule.

  • What happens when you lose the ability to manage your electronic communications and personal digital property?  This is a topic that estate planners now discuss with their clients, and it goes well beyond your logins, passwords, and social media accounts. Estate, Trust and Probate attorney Jonathan Murphy of the Bailey Cavalieri law firm will address this topic for the Foundation’s Legal and Tax Advisory Committee on March 15.  Legal, Accounting, […]

  • Herbert Weyl came to the United States at age 13 to flee Nazi persecution: “Dogs and Jews were not allowed,” recalls Herb. He successfully pursued the American dream, starting an accounting practice, and later pension administration, life insurance,  and disability-related businesses — all the while generously giving back to the community with time, talent and financial support.  In honor of his community service and business integrity, Chabad established the Herbert […]

  • The last mitzvah in the Torah, as understood by the rabbis, is to write a Torah, or at least have a hand in its writing.  Beth Jacob Congregation will inaugurate a new Torah on the morning of March 11.  The celebration will begin at the JCC and festively parade its way from there to the synagogue.   For information on how to participate in the 613th mitzvah, call 614-237-8641 or email office@bjcolumbus.org.

  • Now administered by the JCC, the Cole Essay Contest provides a unique essay and scholarship opportunity for students willing to envision their future Jewish lives as college freshmen.  Winners can receive up to $1,000.  The due date is April 20.

  • In the early 1930′s, Violet Shinbach saw a pair of bronzed baby shoes in a department store and thought it could be the start of a business.  She found a metal plater who could make the shoes and then sold the product door to door to homes that had toys and swings in the yard.  Since then, the Bron-Shoe Company bronzed over 14 million baby shoes for sentimental parents.  And […]

  • Several pipe breaks in an underground water supply line to Columbus Torah Academy are now fixed.  The water line repairs drained a huge hole in CTA’s financial pipeline, but a $5,000 grant from the Foundation’s Moritz Mayer Endowment Fund for CTA has partially helped plug the leak.

  • Emerging Ohio filmmakers can now make submissions for the AES Short Film competition.  Eligibility: Residents of Ohio of all backgrounds from 16-40 years of age (actors can be any age). Films must be between 4 and 12 minutes, in any genre, with content relating to Judaism, Jewish culture or history, the Jewish experience, or Jewish themes. Made possible through the Andrew Ethan Stern Family Fund of the Columbus Jewish Foundation […]

  • Grant requests are welcome at the Foundation.  Three days remain for submissions from qualified non-profits related to the Jewish Arts, Jewish Education & Literacy, and Social Justice.  Click here for details. Need help with the on-line process?  Call Director of Grants Susan Tanur at 614-338-2365.

  • Foundation Development Director Gary Robins met with the OSU Hillel Board this week to review their endowment portfolio. Along with two major funds for the 28,000 square foot building’s upkeep and programming, seven other special purpose endowments generate annual income for Hillel to serve the Jewish student body, estimated at 2,777 undergraduates and 350 graduate students.

  •   Steve Heiser heads up the Ambassadors Council, the Foundation’s development board. Ambassadors spread the word about the advantages of planned giving — an especially timely service now that the rules governing charitable giving have been in flux.  Despite a Stage 2 snow emergency February 7, thirteen members of the Ambassadors Council met for a late afternoon get-together session at Zoe Café in Bexley.  Heiser is a commercial real estate […]

  • A Search Committee headed by Bill Byers has been appointed to select the new Chief Executive for the Federation and Foundation.  Serving with Bill Byers are Gary Blumberg, Jim Bowman, Carol Folkerth, Rabbi Avi Goldstein, Jeff Kaplan, Linda Kass, Naomi Lamb, Michael Schottenstein, Audrey Tuckerman, Connie Tuckerman, and Eric Wasserstrom. Byers is a principle of the government relations firm Byers, Minton, and Associates. He has represented the Ohio State Medical […]

  • Korn Ferry, a nationally known executive search firm, has been engaged to guide the recruitment process for a single Chief Executive for the Federation and Foundation, as set forth in December’s Federation-Foundation Memorandum of Understanding.  Korn Ferry met with 49 stakeholders  late last month, including Federation and Foundation board members and donors, religious leaders, key community partners and executives, and staff. These and additional interviews will help the firm understand […]

  • This year’s JCC Gala proceeds will be used for children’s scholarships to ensure that the more than 250 families with financial hardship will have access to JCC programs and activities. Scholarships send children to the JCC’s Early Childhood program, summer camps, and after school care. The JCC Gala will feature an evening of music, vintage games, cocktails and kosher food. The Foundation has provided $320,000 to the JCC for pre-school […]

  • After successfully hosting three annual 614 Shabbat weekends — with a bunch of Challah Bakes held all around town — a big change is being made to the recipe.  When October 25 rolls in this year, Sabbath bakers and makers will convene in the Columbus Torah Academy gymnasium for their very first community-wide Challah Bake.  Similar Challah Bake events will be held across the globe on the same evening.  Organizers […]

  • It’s been 12 years since the Foundation awarded a seed grant to the burgeoning Columbus Conference for Jewish Women sponsored by Kollel.  The annual event has grown so large over the years that it will be held this year at the Columbus Museum of Art.  Guest speakers from Israel, Chicago and New Jersey will join local experts for this year’s February 11 day of learning  from 9:30 AM – 2:00 […]

  • Twenty two years ago, the local chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women received its very first endowment gift from Charlotte Kahn, z’l.  Not long afterwards, NCJW received a $65,000 bequest from Sarah Adelman. Since then, NCJW supporters established five more endowments.  NCJW will be holding its board retreat this weekend, at which time it will be announced that its endowment portfolio, which is managed by the Columbus Jewish […]

  • When teens can’t resist the pull of electronic devices, to the point that it interferes with daily life and personal relationships, how do they and parents deal with it?  An overflow crowd of 250 screenagers and their parents showed up on January 21 to find common ground.  Due to a strong demand by many who missed out, the Screenagers movie will be shown again on February 13, 6:45 PM at […]

  • Funding from six Jewish Family Services endowments already has been committed for the agency’s holiday gift bag program for seniors, including funds established by William and Sally Glick, Muriel and Allen Gundersheimer, Mildred and George Rosenberger, Dorothy and Mayer Rosenfeld, and Joan and Jack Wallick.  Contact JFS Development Director Scott Solomon at 614-559-0105 to assist with holiday gift bag funding.  All JFS endowments are under Columbus Jewish Foundation management.

  • Holocaust Survivors Fund:  To date, the Foundation has provided $229,000 for food and utilities from this fund to assure the success of the Federation’s Local Holocaust Survivors In Need Initiative to ensure a life of dignity for those who have suffered so greatly. Hineni Fund:  In the aftermath of the Great Recession, the Foundation conducted two special Hineni (“Here I Am”) fundraising campaigns to assist those most affected during the […]

  • Grant requests are welcome at the Foundation.  Submissions deadline for qualified non-profits related to the Jewish Arts, Jewish Education & Literacy, and Social Justice grants is February 15.   Click here for details. Need help with the on-line process?  Call Director of Grants Susan Tanur at 614-338-2365.

  • The community is celebrating Israel’s 70th with activities, talks, special events, displays, and gatherings.  Organizations are encouraged to come forward with additional Israel events. Click here to view community calendar.

  • According to the US Census, 1 in 5 people has some kind of learning, cognitive, physical and/or developmental disability.  In the Jewish community, that number may be even higher because of genetic illnesses.   February is Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month, designed to create awareness and inclusion for those with disabilities.  We are reminded of the Talmudic dictum:  “Do not look at the container, but what is in it.”

  • Due to their accessibility, the number of Donor Advised Funds (284,956 in 2016) has eclipsed the number of registered foundations (83,276 in 2016).  It is estimated that there is nearly $85 billion in Donor Advised Funds and an estimated $750 billion in private foundations.  Call us for more information on Donor Advised Funds at 614-338-2365.

  • Even without the lure of popcorn and candy, more than 250 teens and parents attended the January 25 showing of Screenagers, a film about safely navigating the digital world.  Parents who attended talked about the importance of “everybody” seeing this movie.   The conversation will continue on February 25, 6:30 PM at the JCC.  “How to Outsmart Our Kids in Technology” will feature Alex Paskie, founder of BlueSwitch, a technology services […]

  • Founded 37 years ago to organize and publicize Central Ohio’s proud Jewish history, CJHS received its first grant in 1987 from the Columbus Jewish Foundation — $15,000 for a part-time grant writer and membership coordinator.  CJHS hit many milestones since then, including its million dollar endowment portfolio from many community supporters.  Call CJHS at 614-238-6977 or the Foundation at 614-338-2365 for ways to Endow Now!

  • The First World War was the most appallingly savage international conflict in all preceding history — and one hundred years ago 261 Jews from Central Ohio were “Over There” in the thick of it. Go “Over There” to the new Columbus Jewish Historical Society exhibit space in the Federation building lobby. The exhibit is open Monday – Friday -10:00 AM – 3:30 PM. Click here before going to get in […]

  • OSU Hillel and pro-Israel students on campus beat back yet another attempt to delegitimize Israel.  Nearly 50 appeared Wednesday night at an Undergraduate Government Senate meeting to testify against objectionable elements of a “Resolution to Establish a Committee to Investigate OSU’s Investments in Companies Complicit in Human Rights Violations.” Their words helped the passage of several amendments that changed the tone of the resolution from targeting Israel to combating human […]

  • Many non-profit board members prefer to pass off their development responsibilities to the chief executive or staff. However, successful volunteers and organizations understand the importance of being team players in building organizational awareness, cultivating donors, and building bridges with the community.  The Foundation’s development team, known as Foundation Ambassadors, will hold its first meeting of the year on February 7.

  • The Foundation has invested  $148,000 since 2014 in three Jewish outreach and leadership development programs on the OSU campus.  The return on investment has been impressive: 53 students just returned to campus from Birthright Israel, 60 students participated in the Creating Jewish Leaders initiative, and 60 students with an interfaith background have been eager to become Jewishly engaged at Hillel.

  • The Capital Repair & Replacement Committee approved three grants from Foundation-owned building repair funds. The Ebner Building, home to Jewish Family Services, will receive a facelift to clean, caulk, repair, and paint the building exterior.  Funding to the New Albany JCC and Columbus Jewish Day School will provide additional parking spaces, and re-seal and re-stripe the Jewish community campus parking lot.

  • Honoring the memory of their late father with a $10,000 grant, Rebekah Ferriel and Rachel Kellerman announced their fifth year of camp scholarships from the Ralph Pariser Memorial Fund.  Jewish camping is widely recognized as one of the three top Jewish identity-building tools in the community grants toolbox (along with Jewish day schools and Israel experiences).

  • Conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton were the highest-paid act in Depression-era vaudeville, and even had a brief flirtation with Hollywood in Tod Browning’s 1932 classic, Freaks. The sisters are the subject of Gallery Players upcoming production, Side Show.  The Foundation is Gallery Players key underwriter. Running March 3 – March 18, 2018; show times vary. Contact www.columbusjcc.org/cultural-arts/gallery-players/ for more information.

  • The Columbus Mikvah, where Jews take ritual baths to fulfill purity requirements, will soon be getting a makeover at a new location on East Main St, with more than half of the costs already committed.  To assure proper long-term building upkeep, the Foundation will match contributions to the facility’s endowment, up to $100,000.  Nowadays, mikvahs are used by broader constituents of Jewish life than in the past, including conversions.   One […]

  • Central Ohio’s “Eco-conscious Jewish Reconstructionist & Renewal Community” received a $2,500 strategic planning grant from the Foundation’s Jewish Education and Literacy Committee to develop year-round service to its students, life-long learning for teens and adults, and 10% annual increases in youth programs over the next three years.

  • The New York Times calls it “bunching.”  Donors “bunch” several years of donations into a Donor Advised Fund in one year.  They get a tax deduction by itemizing.  They then spread out distributions in future years when they won’t be itemizing deductions. Click here for How to Write Off Donations Under the New Tax Plan: Consider ‘Bunching’. (We’re very pleased to note that the Foundation received a whole bunch of […]

  • Are we alone in the universe or does Judaism believe in cosmic pluralism?  Are we but ‘fish in a bowl’ of a larger universe with hidden dimensions?  “Out of the Ordinary,” in memory of Andrew Ethan Stern, raises the questions and will offer answers.  Funded in memory of Andrew Ethan Stern by the AES Endowment of the Columbus Jewish Foundation. February 1, 7:00 PM. The Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center, 6220 […]

  • When the new tax bill was signed into U.S. law by President Donald Trump on Dec. 22, an unexpected constituency benefited: parents who send their kids to Jewish day schools. Until now, the college savings plans known by their tax codes, 529s, could only be used for college tuition. But as of January 1, up to $10,000 may be withdrawn annually from the tax-free plans to help pay for private […]

  • The newly-approved tax legislation aims to create a more attractive environment for business investment through a number of policies, including reducing the corporate tax rate by 14 percentage points, allowing businesses to immediately write off new capital investments, and switching to a territorial system of taxation. The hope is that these measures will encourage companies to bring a larger share of the profits they have held offshore for tax purposes […]

  • We remember Gestalt psychotherapist Norman Shub as a bigger-than-life change agent who always got right to the heart of the matter. His consulting work in the early 2000′s with the Foundation’s Jewish Education and Literacy Committee, then chaired by Barbara Herstig, set the stage for a dynamic period of focus groups with Jewish teens, parental outreach, and town meetings geared to engage the large cohort of teens who become inactive in […]

  • As a child, Judah Folkman accompanied his father, a venerated Columbus rabbi, on visits to hospital patients. By age seven, he knew he wanted to be a doctor rather than follow in his father’s footsteps, so he could offer cures in addition to comfort. His father, Rabbi Jerome Folkman,  replied, “In that case, you can be a rabbi-like doctor,” words his son took to heart.  In 1998, the Foundation honored […]

  • How can kids be empowered to safely navigate the digital world?  The Foundation is a sponsor of a timely and important program on Sunday, January 21 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. Contact Rabbi Hillel Kapenstein, Outreach Coordinator at the Columbus Community Kollel, at 614-237-7133.

  • The Columbus Jewish Foundation’s SCRIP program helps local Jews facing hunger, illness or financial crisis.  It was originally launched as a temporary effort. But a hidden landscape of need persists.  SCRIP cards, now known as “Sonia and Saul Cards” assure that there is no Jewish hunger in Central Ohio.

  • Several organizations in Columbus serve hot food to those who need it on a regular schedule.  But are these organizations serving in the right places?  Where are the local “Food Deserts” located? Click here for details by Thoughtwell  (formerly Community Research partners).

  • Most Jews see the synagogue as the central institution in Jewish life, but Jewish law states that constructing a mikvah takes precedence. Both a synagogue and a Torah scroll, Judaism’s most venerated treasures, may be sold to raise funds for the building of a mikvah.  The Foundation Board unanimously approved a Grants Committee recommendation that all contributions for the soon-to-be-constructed community mikvah be matched dollar for dollar, up to $100,000.

  • With all of the uncertainties looming large for 2018, we are encouraging our donors to plan ahead. Below are our recommended charitable planning strategies that , which could help you while helping our community: Accelerate charitable contributions: Making larger charitable donations by December 31, 2017 may make sense, especially for those who may not be able to itemize in 2018. Consider establishing a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) or an Endowment. […]

  • The Foundation was publicly recognized in front of 460 Columbus Torah Academy Scholarship Dinner attendees for championing Jewish day school education. Foundation President Jim Bowman (center) accepted a plaque after announcing a new $90,000 Foundation grant to advance the school’s experiential learning initiatives.

  • Long-time Foundation donor Annette Molar was interred December 15 at age 95.  She left the community permanent funds benefitting her synagogue, Hadassah, and the Foundation, and wrote in the Foundation’s Endowment Book of Life that “Charity comes right after feeding the family in terms of my priority …. Jewish tradition, charitable giving, and active involvement matter, so [my endowments] represent a love of community and deep respect for family tradition.”

  • There was standing room only at Epstein Memorial Chapel as the community paid tribute en masse to the passing of 62-year old Bob Lane, the Federation’s Vice President of Jewish Community Relations.  As a Jewish communal professional and public defender, Bob dedicated his life to the pursuit of justice, fairness , and ethical behavior.  We extend sincere condolences to wife Betsey, daughter Danielle, and the Lane family.

  • Goodie bags for local Holocaust survivors in need were delivered on December 10, with a message of the Jewish community’s love and admiration. Contents will include SCRIP vouchers/Kroger Gift Cards for basic necessities, provided by the Columbus Jewish Foundation and the Wexner family’s matching gift to the Holocaust Survivors Initiative. Along with the gift cards, the bags include gelt and kosher Chanukah cookies baked by OSU Schottenstein Chabad House students. […]

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

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