See below for tributes to some of our founding members and greatest community supporters including Geraldine Schottenstein-Hoffman, Ben Mandelkorn, Myer Mellman, Sam Melton, Gary Robins, Herb & Betty Schiff, 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 (z”l) Robins.

Geraldine Schottenstein-Hoffman

Profile of Columbus Jewish Foundation August 30, 2005 Honoree Geraldine Schottenstein Hoffman: A Woman of Distinction.

Ben Mandelkorn
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.

Sam Melton

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.

Gary Robins

A tribute to former Foundation President Gary Robins on receiving the Ben Mandelkorn Distinguished Community Service Award.

Mandelkorn Award Video from Jewish Federation of Columbus on Vimeo.

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.

Ernest Stern
(March 9, 1923 – January 24, 2017)

Profile of the Columbus Jewish Foundation’s August 28, 1995 Honoree, Ernie Stern

Jack Wallick

Jack Wallick is profiled in an August 30,1993 Columbus Jewish Foundation tribute.

“Growing Jewish Columbus” Loan Fund at ECDI Success Story

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.