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Supporting the Local Community

Saving Lives of Heart Patients
With funding support from the Foundation’s Judah Folkman Medical Research and Education Fund, the Heart Hope Foundation successfully hosted several community events on saving the lives of heart patients through genetic testing, featuring Israeli cardiologist Dr. Sami Viskin.  Over 90 doctors attended Dr. Viskin’s presentation at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Weinberg Endowment
Earned income distributions were made to the JCC this week from the $2 million Harry and Jeanette Weinberg JCC Fund, which is housed at the Columbus Jewish Foundation. This money will support the JCC’s College Avenue facility. In 2006, the Columbus Jewish Foundation chipped $400,000 into the endowment to meet the Weinbergs’ challenge to local donors.

Immigrant Harry Weinberg dropped out of school at age 12 and worked in his father’s car repair shop.  During the Depression, he and his brother bought properties at depressed prices, fixed them up, and resold them for a profit.  He did the same in Honolulu, Scranton and Dallas.  Among his holdings were Amfac, Inc., Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Alexander & Baldwin, and other real estate ventures.  In 1984 he donated funds to air condition all of Israel’s nursing homes. On Harry Weinberg’s death in 1990, he left almost a billion dollars of property to his Owings Mills, Maryland foundation.

Larry Moses Outstanding Young Professional Award
Congratulations to JCC Early intervention Specialist Shara Reiss on receiving the Federation’s Larry Moses Young Professional Award.  In its formative years, the JCC’s early intervention specialist position was supported with seed grants from the Foundation’s Community Grants Fund.  Larry Moses is the senior philanthropic advisor and president emeritus of the Wexner Foundation, and an advisor to the Columbus Jewish Foundation’s Strategic Planning Committee.

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