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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Your Columbus Jewish Foundation quarterly statements ending March 31, 2018 are now available.  Those who have selected electronic delivery can access their statements on DonorCentral.  Log into DonorCentral through the link on our homepage at http://www.columbusjewishfoundation.org  or click on the following URL https://www.edonorcentral.com/login_4000.asp.  If you need assistance, you can either call our office 614-338-2365 or send an email to Tammy Fitzpatrick at tfitzpatrick@tcjf.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The story of the Exodus is one of the greatest sources of inspiration in the history of the Israeli nation. The Exodus, a story of the hope for redemption and an exit from slavery to freedom, has been told and written in the Haggadah for 2000 years.  May you have a joyful and meaningful Passover.

  • Gen Xers and Millennials will become the most significant philanthropists in history. They’re giving earlier, looking for socially responsible ways to give, and want more hands-on involvement. And they  aren’t just waiting until the sunset of their lives to be donors.  Read more: How the next generation is changing charitable giving.

  • In Yemen, at the first Seder, participants would sprinkle their cloths with incense. It was a sign they soon would enter the Holy Land and they wanted to smell their best. Jews in the Caucasian Mountains dressed like warriors in what they called “liberty clothes” which were adorned by a short spear at their side. Moroccan Jews were renowned for magnificent outfits so they would be ready to welcome the […]

  • Twenty eight years ago, when Jackie Jacobs became the Foundation’s second director, the Foundation operated out of the Federation’s basement.  There was no Holocaust Education Fund, Hebrew Free Loan Fund, Jewish Arts funds, or Youth Philanthropy program. The Ebner Building for JFS did not exist.  The May 23 annual meeting will celebrate some of the Foundation’s accomplishment since Jacobs’ arrival in 1990. Call 614-338-2365 to reserve a seat.

  • American Shtetl: Kiryas Joel: University of Southern Law School Professions David Myers and Naomi Stolzenberg will explore the anomaly of an officially recognized municipality in suburban New York that is made up almost entirely of Hasidim.  How does it skirt the vaunted separation of church and state?  Free admission. April 22, 2018, 7:00 PM, College Avenue JCC. RSVP: Fireman.2@osu.edu

  • Peter Sagal’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! is one of the most popular shows on NPR, heard weekly by nearly three million listeners. For eight years, host Sagal, a Harvard alumnus, made fun of another Harvard man, George W. Bush.  Sagal is headed for Columbus for a big gig at Tifereth Israel on April 29  —  with Neil and Karen Moss as honorees.  What will Sagal say when he finds […]

  • Gramercy Books is bringing Jonathan Weisman to Columbus on April 3 to  launch his new book, (((SEMITISM))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump. Weisman is The New York Times Deputy Washington Editor. The book has been reviewed as “an urgent and compelling report on the clear and present danger of proto-fascism in the U.S.” The event will be held at the College Avenue JCC. Click for detailed information. If Jonathan […]

  • Best known as Israel’s national blood bank, Magen David Adom collects, tests, and processes 97% of Israel’s blood. Also known as Israel’s Red Cross, it will be soon opening a breast milk bank to allow nursing mothers to donate surplus milk for babies who do not have access to it. MDA was formed by nurse Karen Tenenbaum in 1930 as a volunteer association. In 1950, the Knesset officially made it […]

  • Martin and Leah Godofsky, who kept Columbus Kosher for nearly 50 years, left more than savory memories as their legacy.  A Foundation scholarship fund memorializes Leah’s parents, Clara and Abraham Metchnick.  The Melton Center for Jewish Studies selects the recipient, which goes this year to Sasha Zborovsky, a  second-year OSU student double-majoring in History and English, with a minor in Hebrew.  Zborosvky shares the Godofskys’ spirit of giving:  she is […]

  • Foundation fund holder Marcie Gilbert, age 94, preceded in death by husband, Dr. Ivan Gilbert.  She is survived by sons Laurence, Richard, and Jonathan.  Marcie and Ivan continued a tradition of Jewish giving launched by Ivan’s father, Harry Gilbert, the Columbus Orthodox Jewish community’s top philanthropist of his time and a leader of the United Jewish Fund, Agudas Achim, Columbus Hebrew School, JCC, and Columbus Torah Academy.  Contributions may be […]

  • The beautifully refurbished Knox County Memorial Building, which serves Mt. Vernon and the mostly rural county of 60,000 to the northeast of Columbus, is showcasing a traveling exhibit from the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect from April 25 – May 5.   The Diary of Anne Frank, a free theatre program for the area’s secondary school students, will complement the educational initiative, with financial support from the Foundation’s Holocaust Education […]

  • The beautifully refurbished Knox County Memorial Building, which serves Mt. Vernon and the mostly rural county of 60,000 to the northeast of Columbus, is showcasing a traveling exhibit from the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect from April 25 – May 5, 2018.   The Diary of Anne Frank, a free theatre program for the area’s secondary school students, will complement the educational initiative, with financial support from the Foundation’s Holocaust […]

  • Central Ohio’s Reform congregations and others will convene on Saturday, March 24, near Genoa Park at 10:00 AM for a brief Shabbat service. Participants will then make placards and head to the Statehouse to demand an end to gun violence and mass shootings in our schools.

  • High school seniors can submit a no more than 1,200 word essay describing how they will “perpetuate their own Jewish knowledge and practice as a college freshman, and why.” Winners will receive up to $1,000. For details and submission, contact Halle Schwartz at 614-559-6251.

  • The 9th Annual Columbus Baseball Invitational is set for April 29-May 1, 2018. Twelve teams from Jewish day schools across the country will participate.  Missing will be co-Commissioner Bob Lane, who passed away in December after a three and a half year battle with cancer.  The winning team will receive the Bob Lane Memorial CBI Championship Trophy.

  • Foundation staff toured the Columbus Jewish Historical Society’s new WWI exhibit: 1918 Central Ohio, Jews and the World War, and looks forward to the May 30 premiere of a new production, “Letters Home: Jewish Columbus in WWI. “The performance gives voice to the collection of WWI letters that CJHS holds, shining a light on the wartime lives of Jewish households during that period.  For ticket information call 614-238-6977 or email […]

  • While meeting March 14 with Foundation CEO Jackie Jacobs to review their endowment performance (which has grown by 18% over the past year), the NCJW board got to the heart of the matter: you don’t raise money by begging for it.  Success breeds success.  No one gives to a sinking Titanic.  Organizational success comes by being relevant, authentic involvement, and presenting opportunities for positive change.

  • Bailey Cavalieri estate attorney Jonathan Murphy spoke about digital assets and estate planning at the March 15 lunchtime meeting of the Foundation’s Legal & Tax Advisory Committee. The Committee, comprised of legal, accounting, insurance, and financial planning professionals, meets next on June 14 for a presentation on ethical wills by financial planner and attorney Mark Coffey, of Summit Financial Strategies.    

  • OSU Professor of Surgery Dr. Robert Ruberg named two Alpha Omega Alpha high achievers as this year’s recipients of the Foundation’s David Yashon Award: Dr. Jaclyn Mescher and Dr. Davidson Sacolick. Dr. Mescher (who is also is a U.S. Army Second Lieutenant and United States Military Academy honors graduate) will be doing her residency in dermatology at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  Dr. Sacolick, a Phi Beta Kappa member and baritone-playing squad leader in the OSU Marching […]

  • Detective Patrick L. Seaman will soon be getting Homeland Security training in Israel, sponsored through a Federation-Foundation funding collaborative.  With the United States on constant terror alert, American police and law enforcement officials increasingly take advantage of Israel’s expertise in various facets of counter-terrorism and first response to better protect Americans.  Speaking this week at the International Homeland Defense and Security Summit, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant stated, “If there’s anyone that knows about […]

  • Jewish Family Services will assemble Passover gift bags on March 17. More than 350 households will get Kroger gift cards for food and other necessities, compliments of the Foundation’s Sonia & Saul Schottenstein Scrip Program, the Columbus Jewish Foundation, and the Wexner Family Match to the Holocaust Survivors Initiative. The gift cards are valued at more than $25,000. To learn more about the Foundation’s SCRIP Program and how you can […]

  • Two key changes to the federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax provisions were made when Congress passed the most sweeping tax reform of the past three decades: The new law doubles the existing estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax exemptions, as indexed for inflation. On March 5, 2018, the IRS released Bulletin No. 2018-10 announcing in 2018 these amounts will be $11,180,000 per person ($22,360,000 per married couple). The increased exemptions […]

  • The Ebner Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Columbus Jewish Foundation, has elected the following trustees: James Bowman, President; Galen Block, Secretary/Treasurer; Cynthia Ebner, Mark Ebner, and Mark Yale. Bowman, Block, and Yale also serve, respectively, as president of the Columbus Jewish Foundation, Jewish Family Services, and Wexner Heritage Village. Steve Shkolnik serves the Ebner Foundation as a representative of the Jewish Community Capital Partnership Committee.  The newly-elected board approved […]

  • Reactive maintenance finds a fix when something goes wrong and urgent capital repairs call for immediate attention.  But preventive maintenance is better in the long run, saving time and money.  The objective of the Federation and Foundation’s newly-reorganized Capital Partnership Committee is to share time, talent, and dollars keeping our community-owned facilities in good repair and implementing  preventive maintenance as the gold standard.

  • Eighty percent of the fundraising goal for a new Mikvah in central Bexley already has been met, construction is underway, and it will open this summer, according to this week’s The Ohio Jewish Chronicle. To assure proper long-term building upkeep, the Foundation is matching contributions to the facility’s endowment. Campaign co-chair Devorah Weprin credits Jeanie Schottenstein as a driving force and champion of the Mikvah campaign.  

  • Over five years ago, when the JCC was preparing to launch a major capital campaign to upgrade and expand its College Avenue campus, the Foundation and Federation agreed to cover up to $100,000 of interest expenses on the bank loans needed to cover the construction costs, and also collateralized the loan. With all but a handful of the campaign pledges now paid off, the five-year “free interest” deal now comes […]

  • Foundation Jim Bowman announced at Wednesday’s joint board meeting that Arlene Weiss and Michael Broidy will chair the Foundation’s May 23 Annual Meeting, at which time Foundation CEO Jackie Jacobs will be toasted and roasted for his 28-year Foundation tenure.

  • The Federation and Foundation held a joint board meeting in early March to further integrate to meet the needs of the Columbus Jewish community. A proposal was approved outlining the legal and board structure of the Columbus Jewish Partnership, including its legal structure, operational and administrative composition, funding, financial reporting, and measures to honor donor intent and protect endowment assets.  The boards also finalized the job description written with the […]

  • Many areas in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and elsewhere are experiencing serious flooding.  Are your family and friends safe?  Learn how to keep your family safe during a flood.  Click here. The Foundation helps the Red Cross provide disaster assistance through the Raymond and Pauline Kahn Emergency Relief Fund.  How can you help?  Contact Jeff Redfield, American Red Cross – Ohio Buckeye Region, 614-251-1963.

  • Up to 3,000 American army officials and 30,000 native-born Germans fought in the U.S. Army during World War II.  Many interrogated Nazi officials and soldiers after they surrendered. Hear history professor Dr. Patricia Kollander at 5:45 PM on Monday in the Bexley High School Community Room. Sponsored by the Bexley Education Foundation and Chuck and Debbi Sugarman. Call at 614-338-2093 or visit the BEF website: www.bexleyeducationfoundation.org for more information.

  • Beth Abraham Synagogue, closed since October, has been sold to the Zanesville City School to expand its neighboring high school campus.  School administrators are also working with the U.S. Army to house a Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program in the building. The Foundation manages two Zanesville Jewish community endowments, including its cemetery maintenance fund.  Zanesville is located an hour east of Columbus.

  • Gallery Players’ 69th season continues with the regional premiere of the 2014 Revival of Side Show at 8:00 PM in the Roth/Resler Theater at the JCC.  Side Show tells the story of conjoined twins who became stars during the 1930s with an extraordinary bond that brought them fame but denied them love.  Running February 3 – March 18, 2018; show times vary. Contact columbusjcc.org/cultural-arts/gallery-players/ for more information.   The Foundation is […]

  • Gahanna Lincoln students are grappling with the enormity of the Holocaust.  Under the leadership of teacher Jennifer Candor, the diverse student body is gaining a new-found awareness of “horrible things that were never discussed until now”  and is collecting hundreds of thousands of paper clips.  Among the students is Taylor Orlov, who has reached out to the Foundation to share her sentiments about lessons learned.  Taylor is the daughter of […]

  • What happens when you lose the ability to manage your electronic communications and personal digital property?  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, Insurance and Financial Planning Professionals are welcome. Ice Miller is hosting the noon event at 250 West State Street office. RSVP to Gary Robins at grobins@tcjf.org or call 614-338-2365.

  • The Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation is seeking grant applications of up to $5,000 for projects that address anti-Semitism or Israel Awareness.  Contemporary issues of hate speech, hate crimes, anti-Israel, BDS, or similar issues would qualify.  Applications are due March 15, 2018. Contact Youth Foundation Director Debby Applefeld for applications or with any questions at dapplefeld@tcjf.org.

  • Chairman Randy Hansell convened a February 20 conference call with the Foundation’s Investment Committee and institutional portfolio manager SEI Investments to review capital markets, performance, asset allocation, and spending policy.  Modest  asset allocation changes were approved, after which fund value projections and acceptable spending rate calculations were reviewed.  The committee approved the continuation of a 4% spending policy on Foundation-owned endowments.

  • The Barbara and Bill Bonner Foundation, the largest family fund housed at the Columbus Jewish Foundation, will be honored by the Ohio Wildlife Center with its Dr. Donald Burton Legacy Award on May 17.  A veterinarian, Burton created the Ohio Wildlife Center in 1984.  A beneficiary of significant Bonner Foundation support, it is one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation facilities in the country. A recently-reclaimed 1891 barn houses the Bonner […]

  • The Foundation’s Social Justice Committee, Columbus City Schools, and the Columbus City Council are all putting their financial muscle into kick-starting 20 new Barbershop Book programs in Columbus (in addition to the 30 that are already up and running). The reading spaces, to be set up in barbershops throughout the inner city,  will contain age-appropriate books for young males of color.  The Foundation Executive Committee unanimously approved the request, which […]

  • Sisters Lisa Rosen and Judge Cynthia Ebner couldn’t have been more surprised when one of 400 students they were meeting with presented them with a baseball in honor of their late father, Murray Ebner, who was a child survivor of Auschwitz. Proclaimed the student, ” I read your Dad’s book and I made a connection to it with a baseball trophy that my team earned…  your Dad could have won […]

  • Capable, well-respected, and much-beloved, Joyce Garver Keller (1947-2016) was a leading voice for Central Ohio’s Jewish community during her long tenure directing the Ohio Jewish Communities organization. She also was a driving force on the Foundation’s Jewish Needs Committee — especially when it expanded its SCRIP voucher program for Jews in need and found ways to connect with community members who struggled mightily during the dark days of the 2007-2013 […]

  • 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 […]

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