OVERVIEW: The Ryzman Foundation is the charitable vehicle of Los Angeles area couple Avi and Betty Ryzman. The couple strongly supports the Jewish community in Los Angeles and beyond. The foundation's grantmaking also involves a handful of other causes.
FUNDING AREAS: Jewish causes (Education, Religious, Community), Health
IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low profile, and does not accept unsolicited proposals. The family is active in the local Jewish community though, so networking here is key.
PROFILE: Avi Ryzman was educated in Israel and enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces. In the United States, he met Betty and the family moved to Los Angeles where they've lived for many years. The couple established the Ryzman Foundation in 1980, a charitable vehicle with a minimal web presence. In recent years, the foundation has given away a couple of million annually.
The couple are strong supporters of the local Jewish community in Los Angeles. Ryzman, in addition to being involved in business, is also a rabbi, writer and teacher. His work earned him the Jerusalem Prize for Torah Literature. On the education front, the couple gives strong support to Yeshiva Aharon Yaakov-Ohr Eliyahu in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles, and also supports Yeshiva Elchonon Chabad, and Yavneh Hebrew Academy, among others.
The Ryzmans also fund Jewish religious outfits in Los Angeles. These outfits have included: Congregation Mogen David, Congregation Shaarei Torah, Congregation Kollel Yechiel Yehuda, and more. The family also supports chabads like Chabad Jewish Center of Laguna Beach in Orange County and Chabad of the Valley.
Via the Ryzman Foundation, the couple also has supported City of Hope. It's worth noting that outside of Los Angeles and the U.S., they given major funds to support health in Israel. Again, this is a foundation that keeps a low profile, so getting a handle on exactly what the foundation looks for in its Los Angeles grantees is tough to ascertain.
In a recent year, the foundation had over $50 in assets and more than $2 million in total giving.
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The Ryzman Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the couple, but below is contact information:
Ryzman Foundation, Inc.
5967 W. 3rd St., Ste. 102
Los Angeles, CA 90036