See below for tributes to some of our founding members and greatest community supporters including James & Babette Feibel, Donald E. Garlikov, Geraldine Schottenstein-Hoffman, Ben Mandelkorn, Myer Mellman, Sam Melton, Florence Zacks Melton, Gary Robins, Herb & Betty Schiff, Irving Schottenstein, and Jack Wallick.
Columbus Jewish Foundation Endowment Book of Life
Since 1995, Columbus Jewish Foundation endowment donors have been encouraged to inscribe messages about their community legacies and planned gifts in the Endowment Book of Life. This video offers messages from some early signatories Joan and Robert Aronson, Florence Melton (z”l), Sonia Hallet, Margey and Gary Cheses, Elaine and Nathan Goldberg, Ann and Ari Deshe, Barbara and Greg Robins (z”l).
James and Babette Feibel
Profile of James & Babette Feibel from the Columbus Jewish Foundation Book of Life Tributes DVD, Columbus, Ohio, August 12, 2002. Visit us at http://www.columbusjewishfoundation.org/.
Donald E. Garlikov
Profile of Don Garlikov from the Columbus Jewish Foundation Book of Life Tributes DVD, Columbus, Ohio, August 12, 2002. Visit us at http://www.columbusjewishfoundation.org/.
“Growing Jewish Columbus” Loan Fund at ECDI Success Story
Geraldine Schottenstein Hoffman
Profile of Columbus Jewish Foundation August 30, 2005 Honoree Geraldine Schottenstein Hoffman: A Woman of Distinction.
This is Jackie Jacobs
Profile of retiring Foundation CEO Jackie Jacobs presented at the May 23, 2018 Annual Meeting.
1914 – 1998
Ben Mandelkorn, former Director of the Columbus Jewish Federation and the Columbus Jewish Foundation, is profiled here in a 1990 Columbus Jewish Foundation tribute.
Myer W. Mellman
(November 18, 1917 – May 9, 2009)
Myer Mellman Video Tribute from August 26, 1996.
Florence Zacks Melton Tribute
Profile of Florence Zacks Melton from the Columbus Jewish Foundation Book of Life Tributes DVD, Columbus, Ohio, August 12, 2002. Visit us at http://www.columbusjwishfoundation.org/.
Industrialist, businessman, educational entrepreneur and philanthropist Sam Melton turned a small business that he started in his father’s garage into the multi-million dollar Capitol Manufacturing and Supply Company, a world leader in the production of stainless steel fittings. After retiring from business in 1959, Sam Melton turned his attention to a range of community and educational enterprises, primarily in the field of Jewish education. He was a founder of the Columbus Jewish Foundation and for decades was the Columbus Jewish Federation’s lead donor. Long after his death, his endowment at the Columbus Jewish Foundation continues to provide a major gift to the Federation’s annual campaign. Sam Melton is profiled here in a 1988 Columbus Jewish Foundation tribute.
A tribute to former Foundation President Gary Robins on receiving the Ben Mandelkorn Distinguished Community Service Award.
Herbert Schiff (10/6/1916 – 5/2/2002)
Betty Topkis Schiff (2/11/1919 – 9/12/2014)
Betty & Herbert Schiff are profiled in an August 31, 1992 Columbus Jewish Foundation tribute.
Profile of Irving Schottenstein from the Columbus Jewish Foundation Book of Life Tributes DVD, Columbus, Ohio, August 12, 2002. Visit us at http://www.columbusjewishfoundation.org/.
(March 9, 1923 – January 24, 2017)
Profile of the Columbus Jewish Foundation’s August 28, 1995 Honoree, Ernie Stern
Jack Wallick is profiled in an August 30,1993 Columbus Jewish Foundation tribute.
Columbus Jewish Foundation Treasurer Emeritus Reid Wasserstrom and CFO Tammy Fitzpatrick discuss how the Columbus Jewish Foundation connects better with it donors via MicroEdge Donor Management solutions. MicroEdge decreases time spent on administrative tasks, streamlines the donor management process, and increases the Foundation’s community impact.