Korns Sign Book of Life


Dr. Harold & Harriet Korn

Lifelong Columbus residents Harold and Harriet Korn are the most recent signatories of the Columbus Jewish Foundation’s Endowment Book of Life. The Book of Life recognizes donors who “build for the future” with endowment and legacy provisions for the community’s benefit.

The handsome olive wood and gold leaf book was created by renowned Israel artist Michael Ende and contains moving messages from local philanthropists about their charitable interests, ethical values, life’s lessons, dreams for the future, and narratives on their motives for leaving charitable bequests for the benefit of future generations.

Active congregants of Congregation Tifereth Israel, Dr. and Mrs. Korn also are members of the L’Dor V’dor Society, the Columbus Jewish Federation’s association of long-term campaign donors. Dr. Korn fondly recalls his early years as a young professional and Federation campaign worker who worked alongside the Federation’s legendary director, Ben Mandelkorn. Other organizations that he and Harriet supported include the National Council of Jewish Women, Hadassah, AIPAC, Jewish War Veterans, Hadassah, Jewish Family Services, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus, and Wexner Heritage Village.

Throughout Dr. Korn’s professional career, he literally helped keep Columbus’ vision alive as an optometrist. His successful practice on State Street in downtown Columbus kept hundreds of community members in good sight. “The whole community was supportive from the very first day that I opened my office. In those days, I didn’t have the confidence to keep anyone waiting, so I frequently kept the doors open late at night to squeeze in more appointments.” The Korns’ Endowment Book of Life testimonial reflects appreciation for their good fortune:

“’Blessed’ is the only way to describe our feelings having spent our lives in the Columbus Jewish community. It is most gratifying to be able to give back to this wonderful community, to the institutions and neighbors that became an integral part of our lives. Raising four children, and now enjoying 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, we hope that our philanthropic activities will serve as an example and as an impetus for giving in our family and throughout the community. We will always be “sold” on Columbus and the Jewish community that thrives here. We could think of no better place for us to leave our legacy.”

The Endowment Book of Life was commissioned for the Columbus Jewish Foundation by Selma and Myer Mellman and is on permanent display in the lobby of the Foundation’s headquarters, the Robins Center for Philanthropy. Its contents also can be accessed on-line by visiting www.columbusjewishfoundation.org/ and clicking the Book of Life icon on the homepage. “We hope this gift will serve as motivation for others to give,” the Korns said after finalizing their inscription. “It is a good feeling to know that we have been able to give back to the community that has given us so much.”

All individuals who have made testamentary provisions for Jewish community’s benefit are invited to submit Endowment Book of Life testimonials. To find out how you can help “build for the future” by establishing an endowment at the Columbus Jewish Foundation, please contact Executive Director Jackie Jacobs at jjacobs@tcjf.org or by calling 614-338-2365.

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