• Managing Community Assets

    • Columbus Jewish Foundation is proud to manage the endowments, real estate and other assets of our Jewish community.

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    • Columbus Jewish Youth

    • The Columbus Jewish Foundation is dedicated to instilling a sense of community and tzedakah in our Jewish youth.

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    • Planting For Our Future

    • As our parents planted for us,
      so we plant for those
      who come after us. –
      Talmud Ta'anit

    • Our Art Collection

    • Exquisite artwork created by Jewish artists from all over the world is on display in our building

    • VIEW
    • Jackie's Corner:

    • CEO Jackie Jacobs provides his insights and points of view on supporting the Jewish community

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  • Jewish Youth

  • Helping instill a sense of community and tzedakah in our Jewish youth.

  • Book of Life

  • Thank you to our donors who help shape Jewish Columbus and the Jewish world with their generosity.

  • Jackie's Corner

  • Jackie Jacobs, Foundation CEO, shares his views on Jewish community, philanthropy and importance of legacy giving.

Latest News

  • 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[...]
  • 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 facilit[...]
  • 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[...]
  • 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 Und[...]

Book of Life

  • My mother, Celia Neustadt Byer, the daughter of a famous Rabbi, came to the United States from Russia and Poland in 1903 when she was just one year old. Rabbi Neustadt established the forerunner of the modern Hebrew school in Indianapolis. My father, Herbert Byer, born in Cincinnati was also raised [...]
  • By the way of Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Toledo and South Bend, we came to Columbus almost 40 years ago. That’s when we first really got more involved in the Jewish community, including Boards of Temple Israel, Columbus Jewish Federation, Wexner Heritage House and the Jewish Community Center. Being p[...]