Support the J

Deeds of giving are the very foundations of the world – Pirkei Avot 1:2

The J is where people of all backgrounds gather, connect, and find friendship. We are committed to strengthening the body, mind and soul of the over 400,000 community members entering our doors annually.

For over 100 years, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus has been at the heart of the Columbus Jewish Community. We are a place of belonging, where you can build lifelong relationships and create enduring memories.

There are many ways to support the mission of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus.  Your generosity and support allows us to continue to offer quality programs, activities and services that impact the lives of so many in our community. We can’t do it without you and we have many ways that you can help.

Ways To Give:

• Tributes/Memorials

• Annual Operating Support

• Capital Support

• Planned Giving Through LIFE & LEGACY ›

• Corporate Giving

• J Sustainability Fund (COVID-19 Response)

• 2020 JCC Golf Open ›
Support the J Sustainability Fund with a 100% tax deductible donation in lieu of the 2020 JCC Golf Open

For more information about the philanthropic support of the JCC of Greater Columbus, contact Anna Shabtay at 614-559-6202 or ashabtay@columbusjcc.org.

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Program Funds

ECS Playground Fund
Gallery Players 70th Anniversary
Bookfair (Jewish Author Series)
Columbus Jewish Film Festival in Celebration of Andrew Ethan Stern
General Fund
Youth Scholarships
Senior Adults
Mamanet Sponsorship
Early Childhood Education
Children’s Programs
Teen Programs
Summer Camp
Recreation & Wellness
Ann & Meyer Weisman Golf Simulator

Tribute and Endowment Funds

Commemorate a special occasion. Remember a loved one. Acknowledgment letters sent to donor and family.

These endowment funds, benefiting the JCC, are held and managed through our partners at the Columbus Jewish Foundation.For more information about each fund and its specific purpose please contact Anna Shabtay, at ashabtay@columbusjcc.org or 614.559.6202.

Children, Youth and Teens
Arye Scholarship Fund in Memory of David Miller
Arye Sensory Room Fund
Children’s Scholarship Fund
Don Erkis/Lou Berliner Scholar Athlete Fund
Goldsmith Kavod Gadol Teen Leadership Fund
Dr. Benjamin & Nell Kaplan JCC/OSU Fund
Florence Melton AMS Tribute Fund
Florence Melton Memorial Teen Programming Fund
Goldsmith Teen Leadership Fund
Rita & Sig Munster JCC Endowment
Marlene & Seymour Raiz Scholarship Fund
Henry Saeman Family Memorial JCC Scholarship
Phyllis & Saul Sokol BBYO Fund
Phyllis & Sig Wasserman Memorial Endowment Fund
Zelkowitz Family Foundation

Cultural Arts
Columbus Jewish Film Festival in Celebration of Andrew Ethan Stern
Harold M. Eisenstein Fund for Gallery Players
Michael Feinstein JCC Cultural Arts Endowment
Reva & E.J. Gordon JCC Arts Fund
Charlotte & Ben Kahn JCC Theatre Arts Endowment Fund
Raymond & Pauline Kahn Art Fund
Fred Luper Memorial Fund
Myer & Selma Mellman Fund
Dotty and Mayer Rosenfeld JCC Endowment
Bea & David Roth Roth/Resler Theater Endowment Fund
Simson-Blair Theatre Fund
Barbara & “Red” Spigner Book Fair Memorial Fund
Lillian C Strouss Gallery Players Endowment Fund
Betty & Charles Talis JCC Endowment Fund
The Scheer Family Gallery Players Theater Fund

Early Childhood
Ruth Ann Blank and Dorothy Kahn
JCC North Early Childhood Program Endowment Fund
Mim Chenfeld Children’s Art Fund
Denise Glimcher Teacher Education Fund for College Avenue
Allison Senser Memorial Fund
Rose Schwartz Early Childhood Fund
Shehechyanu Fund for Early Childhood Teacher Excellence

Education and Israel
Helen and Albert Chodosh Fund
The Carol Folkerth Fund for Jewish Inspiration
Rabbi Nathan & Sylvia Gaynor Memorial Fund
Jewish Programs Fund
Sam Melton JCC Endowment
Joan & Jack Wallace Endowment Fund for The LYJCC
David Zucker JCC Endowment Fund

Facility Enhancement
David & Joseph Berman Cubbage Corner Endowment Fund for Hoover Family Park
Carolyn Friedman Memorial Fund
Northeast JCC Building Endowment Fund
Pikuach Nefesh Fund
Ruth & Joe Sniderman JCC Endowment
Zalman Rosenfeld JCC Pavillion Endowment Fund

Leadership Development
Michael J. Canter JCC Leadership Development Fund
Joel Dinkin JCC Continuing Education Fund
Helen Nutis JCC Volunteer Fund
Lawrence D Schaffer Shem Tov Fund

Sports and Fitness
Billy Barkan Youth Basketball Memorial Fund
Byer SML Baseball/Softball Field Maintenance Endowment Fund
Michael and Deborah Broidy Family JCC Health & Wellness
Aaron Dachner JCC AK Softball Fund
Andrew Good Memorial Fund for Youth Sports
Randy Kohn Youth Sports Fund
Simon Lazarus Fund
Douglas Lee Memorial Fund for Youth Sports Scholarships
Maccabi Youth Games Endowment Fund
Sandy Simon Women’s Health Center Fund
Morris Skilken JCC Endowment Fund
Mendy Snyder Sports Hall of Fame Fund
Charles Solomon JCC Endowment Fund (for Sports Spectacular)
Talis Fitness Equipment Fund

General Funds
Adrienne & Sidney Chafetz JCC Endowment Fund
JCC Erkis/Berliner Holding Fund
Starr Fund
Carol & Norman Traeger JCC Endowment Fund
Harry & Jeanette Weinberg JCC Endowment

Lead Donors

The wide array of programs and services offered by The JCC would not be possible without the generous support of our donors. In 2018, our Lead Donors provided funds in excess of $600,000 by giving at or above the $1,000 level. We offer our deepest appreciation to this group of donors, and invite the community to join them in leading the way.

Sponsorship of Programs and Events

Kroger Community Rewards Program

Support the JCC through the Kroger Community Rewards Program. The Kroger Community Rewards Program provides financial support to area non-profits including the JCC based on the money spent at Kroger stores by individuals enrolled in the program. By linking your Kroger Plus card and shopping at Kroger, you help us raise needed funds. To register your Kroger Plus Card online, visit www.krogercommunityrewards.com.  The JCC’s community reward number is 80612. Please note you must re-register your card annually.


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You shop, we win! By doing your online shopping through www.iGive.com a portion of each purchase is donated to the JCC.  You never pay more and iGive always shows you how much you’re raising before you buy.  Simply download the iGive button or app or visit iGive.com, choose the JCC as your cause and start shopping today!

Giving Assistant

It’s so easy to support the JCC while you take care of your everyday, online shopping. Just use Giving Assistant!
Giving Assistant shoppers earn an average of $700 cash back per year. Then, they choose to donate a percentage of that to causes they’re passionate about. Giving Assistant facilitates the entire process, making it easier than ever to support us just by shopping online at over 1,900 participating stores including Macy’s, Nordstrom, Groupon, and more.
Visit GivingAssistant.org to sign up and start giving back. We thank you for your continued support!