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Gerald A. Davis & Betty L. Davis

Our Jewish roots are traced back to Russia, Poland and Latvia. Gerald Davis’ grandmother, Bryna Goldberg of Sharon, Pennsylvania, taught him about charity by example of all the “pushkas”, tin charitable containers, which were somehow attached to the hot water tank in her kitchen. Grandmother Goldberg always had my mother carry food to the less fortunate. My surrogate grandfather, Samuel Finkel of Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania, left me with a message, “to leave the community better than you found it.”

Betty Davis’ father came from Varklan, Latvia when he was seventeen years old. After traveling around the country, he settled in Marion, Ohio, where he enlisted during World War I. When he returned, he joined the Jewish congregation. He was the first President of our local Temple Israel and was responsible for it being built. Betty’s mother was one of the first members of the Council of Jewish Women. Betty’s brother’s Bar Mitzvah was in Columbus because there was no local Rabbi in Marion. Although we were few in number, our roots were steeped in Judaism and allegiance to Jewish causes. We continue not only to support and serve our local temple but contribute to The United Jewish Appeal, B’nai B’rith and the World Jewish Congress.

We are committed to the Columbus Torah Academy and want to see it become even a stronger force for Jewish youth. We are happy and proud to be a part of such a well run organization as the Columbus Jewish Foundation, which will continue to foster our proud Jewish heritage and the legacy which we want to leave to our Jewish brethren.

A few words we live by: Thoreau – “Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind.” Winston Churchill – “We make a living by what we get, but make a life by what we give.”

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