This guide is for religious and secular organizations seeking support for activities that address Jewish causes, primarily in the U.S., Israel and Europe. Note that while some donors in other Inside Philanthropy guides are Jewish, not all prioritize Jewish causes, as do the funders here. Many of the funders in this list are also active in philanthropy not specifically related to Jewish causes; this guide focuses strictly on their grantmaking related to Jewish causes. Also, note that while many of the funders listed here are men, their spouses often lead the family philanthropy, as the profiles explore. Only paid subscribers can access this resource. (subscribe here).

Top Donors

TAMARA AND DARYL ABRAMS

The Abrams support Jewish community organizations, primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area, including JCC East Bay. Other grantees include Jewish Funds for Justice, and American Friends of Magen David Adom. 

SHELDON & MIRIAM ADELSON

The couple supports charitable outfits primarily in Israel and the U.S. The Adelsons have given large sums to Birthright Israel and B'nai B'rith Youth Organization. They founded the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus in Las Vegas.

ERIC ADJMI

Eric Adjmi and his family give through the Jack Adjmi Family Foundation. The family gives to a wide variety of Jewish-related causes including in/for Israel, religious education, synagogue communities, and more.

PAUL AND HERTA AMIR

The Amirs conduct philanthropy through the Herta & Paul Amir Foundation, which focuses on the Jewish community, including organizations that work for/in Israel.

DAVID AND MADELEINE ARNOW

The Arnow family focuses on peace and conflict resolution/civil and human rights, education, innovation, design for sustainability, arts and media, and human health.

RON BARON

Various funding interests. Grantees are located in Palm Beach, New York City and Israel, including the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, the Jewish Museum, UJA Federation of New York, Friends of the IDF, and American Friends of Israel.

LEONARD & LYNNE BARRACK

Funding areas: community, education, religion. Strong focus on the Philadelphia area. Grantees include Temple University, Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Temple Beth David.  

HARVEY & JAYNE BEKER

Funding interests: education, medicine, community, Israel. Grantees include Brandeis University, Riverdale Hatzalah, UJA-Federation, and American Friends of Dental Volunteers for Israel.

ROBERT M. BEREN

Funding areas: education and youth, community, religion. Grantees include Hillel International, Sinai Akiba Academy, Jewish Communal Fund, Palm Beach Orthodox Synagogue.

DENNIS BERMAN

Funds education, youth, Israel advocacy, health, religion, community organizations. Grantees include the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, Yeshiva of Greater Washington, American Friends of Kiryat Chinuch Lebonim, National Gaucher Foundation, Beth Sholom Congregation.

EDDIE AND RACHELLE BETESH

The Betesh couple fund work and organizations in Israel, focusing on religious and education causes.

AARON AND ALISA BIRNBAUM

Funding interests include education, religious. 

STANLEY BLACK

Funding areas include community education and youth, Israel.

LEN & EMILY BLAVATNIK

The Blavatniks’s grantmaking invests in higher education, science research, arts and culture, Israel. Grantees include Tel Aviv University, Cholel Chabad food bank in Israel, ELEM/Youth in Distress.

WARREN L. BRESLOW

The CEO of Goldrich Kest real estate company and family support Jewish organizations in the realm of human and community services, as well as education and youth. Addiction treatment is a particular interest.

JOE AND TRINA CAYRE

The couple’s giving focuses on Jewish schools, as well as community and religious organizations. Brooklyn is a region of giving, as is Israel.

MICHAEL AND SHIRLEY CAYRE

The couple’s grantmaking prioritizes Jewish causes in the U.S. and Israel, community and religious causes, education and youth.

DEBRAH LEE CHARATAN

Debrah Lee Charatan moves philanthropy through the Charatan/Holm Family Foundation , which seeks to aid and grow charities that make a difference in greater New York City. The foundation supports Jewish initiatives and seeks to protect and further the legacy of Judaism and its participants. The foundation’s cofounder is real estate lawyer Steve Holm.

JOSEPH CHEHEBAR

Chehebar’s grantmaking prioritizes Brooklyn and the greater New York area. The family foundation supports synagogues and a number of Jewish schools.

MILTON COOPER

Funding areas: community, arts and culture, religious, Israel. Grant recipients include American Jewish Committee, American Israel Education Foundation, National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene, several chabads. 

LEON & TOBY COOPERMAN

Cooperman funds youth, community and Israel.

ERIC AND BARBARA DOBKIN

The Dobkins’ grantmaking supports community, women, youth, education.

IRWIN AND GINNY EDLAVITCH

The Washington, D.C., and Palm Beach, Fla.-based couple broadly support various Jewish community and religious organizations.

DAVID AND CHERYL EINHORN

Education and youth are top giving areas. Largest grant recipients include Hillel and Birthright Israel Foundation. Other grantees include Solomon Schecter School of Westchester, American Jewish World Service, Union for Reform Judaism.  

WARREN AND MITZI EISENBERG

Main funding areas: youth, community, religious, Israel. Grantees include Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp, Valley Chabad Friendship Circle, Jewish Federation of Central Jersey, UJA Federation of New York, Temple Emanu El, Friends of ELNET.

ISRAEL & CARYL ENGLANDER

Religious grantees include congregations in Brooklyn, Miami Beach, Providence and other cities. Supported organizations include Yeshiva University, Yeshiva Heichal Hatorah, UJA Federation of New York, The Jewish Museum, Ahavas Chesed Fund.

EDITH EVERETT

Funding interests include the Jewish community, Israel, and education and youth.

LEONARD & SUSAN FEINSTEIN

The Feinsteins fund advocacy in Israel, health and human services.

ABEL & JUDY FRIEDMAN

The Friedmans support community, education, Israel, health and human services. Their grantmaking prioritizes the Chicago area.

PHILIP AND ROSA FRIEDMAN

Philip Friedman and his wife Rosa conduct their philanthropy through the Friedman Family Charitable Trust, which lacks transparency and does not maintain a website. The Friedmans' giving centers on the Jewish community.

MANNY FRIEDMAN AND KINDY FRENCH

Friedman and French are committed to sustaining vibrant Jewish life, day schools and yeshivot in the Washington, D.C., area, and Jewish arts and culture.

STEPHEN & BARBARA FRIEDMAN

The couple invest in education, Jewish causes, women, and have other broad funding.

SIDNEY AND LISA GLENNER

The Glenners, who own and manage numerous nursing homes, support Jewish educational, youth and community organizations in the Chicago area and in Israel.  

MENDEL GOLD

Gold’s funding supports Jewish causes, education, and social services.

JANE AND ALLAN GOLDMAN

The Goldmans prioritizes education and youth, community, religious, Israel, and the Northeast.

DAVID & RUTH GOTTESMAN

Funding supports Jewish education and youth, community organizations, congregations/synagogues, Jewish arts and culture. A portion of giving is New York-focused.

STEPHEN & NANCY GRAND

Funding interests: Israel, health, medical research, education, community. Grantees include American Technion Society, American Committee for Weizmann Institute of Science, American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

EUGENE & EMILY GRANT

The Grants prioritize the New York metro area, including Westchester County and Long Island. They also support the UJA-Federation and other high-profile Jewish organizations, temples, schools, Chabads, and medical centers.

JOEL GREENBERG & MARCY GRINGLAS

The couple supports Jewish educational access, advocacy and awareness.

JEFF AND JUDY GREENSTEIN

Jewish-related funding areas for the Seattle-based family include Jewish continuity, and youth causes.

HAROLD GRINSPOON & DIANE TRODERMAN

Funding areas: literacy and education, community. Some focus on Western Massachusetts and Vermont, but they give nationally and to Israel. Grantees include PJ Library, Hebrew High School of New England, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. 

ANDREW AND ELLEN BRONFMAN HAUPTMAN

Jewish funding areas include community causes. The couple established the Charles Bronfman Prize for humanitarian work. 

ROGER & SUSAN HERTOG

The couple funds education, Israel advocacy, community and religious organizations. Hertog chairs Tikvah Fund. Grantees include American Friends of Bar-Ilan University, American Friends of Beit Hatfutsot, Yivo Institute of Jewish Research, synagogues, and Hazon.

RALPH & JUDY HERZKA

The couple’s grantmaking supports Jewish education, Israel, and Jewish religious institutions.

ABE AND NAVA HIRSCH

Jewish funding areas include education and youth, Israel, community, and religious organizations.

DAVID AND ROCHELLE HIRSCH

Funding interests include Jewish community, education and youth. The couple also prioritizes giving related to music.

MIRIAM HOCHSTEIN

The Hochstein family funds organizations in Israel involved in religious and community work.

HOWARD AND SANDRA HOFFEN

Howard Hoffen and his wife Sandra conduct their philanthropy through the Hoffen Family Foundation, which prioritizes the Jewish community, but funds broadly in other areas, such as education and youth.

ALLAN & SHELLEY HOLT

Funding supports culture and community, religion.

MURRAY & LAURA HUBERFELD

Funding interests include Jewish education and the Chabad-Lubavich movement, with grants to a number of Chabads around the country.

JORDAN AND SARAH HYMOWITZ

Funding areas include community, religious causes, and education and youth.

BERL JACOBOWITZ

Jacobowitz gives through the Deegan Foundation, which promotes orthodox Judaism.

ISAAC AND RACHEL JACOBOWITZ

The couple give through the Carnegie Foundation, focusing their giving on the Jewish community in Brooklyn.

MITCHELL JACOBSON AND KATHY HOWARD-JACOBSON

Funding interests include Jewish community, and various organizations and educational institutions in Israel. New York City is a top region of giving.

JONATHAN & JOANNA JACOBSON

Funding supports Jewish education and youth, community orgs, Israel advocacy, policy.

JOSEPH KANFER

Joseph Kanfer is a founding director of Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation, which supports Jewish life in areas where Kanfer family members live, particularly Ohio. The family also moves philanthropy through the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah.

MORDECAI & MONIQUE KATZ

Via their M.D. Katz Foundation, established in 1960, the couple is laser-focused on Jewish schools, from early education through major giving to post-secondary institutions. In a recent year, the Katz Foundation gave away around $3.3 million.

MAURICE KIRSCHENBAUM

Maurice Kirschenbaum and his family conduct their philanthropy through the James Keene Foundation, which focuses on Jewish religious and community organizations in New York City.

SETH & BETH KLARMAN

Support broadly funds Jewish causes in Boston and in the U.S., as well as internationally.

BARRY KLEIN

Jewish causes supported by the founder of Drexel Burnham Lambert Trading Corp. include a number of organizations in Israel, such as Central Fund of Israel, American Friends of Nishmat, and the Jeannie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women.

JACK KLEIN

Klein’s grantmaking supports health, Israel, education, and youth, community, and Jewish religious centers.

ELLY & BETH KLEINMAN

Funding invests in the Jewish community, education, and Israel. Grantmaking prioritizes the New York metro area, particularly Brooklyn.

ROBERT & ARLENE KOGOD

Funding interests include Jewish education, Jewish youth, Jewish community, and Israel.

JONATHAN AND MINDY KOLATCH

Funding areas include education and youth, religious causes, community, and Israel.

ROBERT KRAFT

Robert Kraft and family move their philanthropy through the Kraft Family Foundation, which gave away around $12 million in a recent year. The foundation’s grantmaking earmarks funds for Jewish causes, including in Israel.

MICHAEL AND JANET KRASNY

Michael Krasny and his wife Janet give through their Circle of Service Foundation. Domestic support, with a focus on the Chicago area, includes Jewish education, youth development, community-building. The foundation also supports organizations in Israel.

HENRY KRESSEL

The technology investment executive funds Jewish education, youth development, and community organizations in the U.S. and in Israel. He established a chair in economics and research fellowships at Yeshiva University. 

MITCHELL & KAREN KUFLIK

The Kufliks' giving to Jewish organizations and causes focuses on the New York City area. Interests include education and youth, community, religious. 

RONALD & JO CAROLE LAUDER

The couple’s grantmaking broadly supports Jewish youth in Europe.

MICHAEL AND LISA LEFFELL

The Leffells support schools, educational, and community organizations in the U.S. and Israel

EUGENE LERNER

Funding supports Jewish education and youth, community, Jewish religious centers, Israel, health and human services.

TED AND ANNETTE LERNER

Funding areas for the Washington, D.C.-based family include education and youth, community, and religious causes. The Mid-Atlantic is an important region of giving.

WILLIAM & SUSAN LEVINE

Largest-ever funder of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ($25 million). The Phoenix-based family focuses on Jewish organizations and causes in Arizona and throughout the world.

JONATHAN LOPATIN

Funding areas include education and youth, and community causes. Lopatin makes documentary films focused on Jewish education. 

NATHAN LOW

The founder of the Sunrise Financial Group supports Jewish community, youth, and educational organizations in Israel and the U.S. 

MICHAEL LOWENSTEIN

Lowenstein supports Jewish education and youth organizations, and Jewish community and religious organizations.

DAVID & DEBRA MAGERMAN

Funding areas include Jewish day schools, education. The coupled established the Kohelet Foundation to promote Jewish day schools, primarily in the Philadelphia area, but also in other states. Programs include Kohelet Fellowships Program and BOLD Day Schools.

MILTON & TAMAR MALTZ

Funds education, arts and culture, Israel advocacy, religious and community organizations. Support recipients include Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, American Israel Education Foundation, Friends of Israel Defense Forces, and congregations in Ohio, Florida, and Arizona.

BERNARD & BILLI MARCUS

Funding areas: Israel advocacy and policy, community, education and youth, religious. Cofounder of Israel Democracy Institute. Other grantees include American Friends of Magen David Adom, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Foundation for Jewish Camp, Union for Reform Judaism.

MOSHE MEHLMAN

Funding interests include education and youth, religious causes, and community, including in New York City.

MYRON MEILMAN

Myron Meilman and family conduct their philanthropy through the Myron and Alayne Meilman Family Foundation, which gives modestly and focuses on supporting Jewish causes, particularly in New York City.

ARTHUR AND MIRIAM MEISELS

The couple focus their philanthropy on Jewish causes, primarily supporting educational and religious organizations.

DAVID & LAURA MERAGE

Funding interests: Israel, community, early childhood education, arts. Supported groups include Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, Anti-Defamation League, business and entrepreneurship groups in Israel.

LOWELL & LEAH MILKEN

Funding supports Jewish education, cultural, and Israel.

MICHAEL MILKEN & LORI ANNE HACKEL

Interests include health and human services, education and youth, and Jewish cultural events.

ADAM AND GILA MILSTEIN

Adam Milstein, and his wife Gila, conduct their philanthropy through The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation (MFF), which seeks to “is to strengthen the State of Israel, the homeland of the Jewish People, and its special ties with the United States of America; and to ensure the special affinity to the State of Israel of the young and future Jewish generations.”

LARRY & CAROL MIZEL

Funding interests: education, arts and culture, religious.

HELEN NASH

Funding areas: education, health and human services, Israel, community. Grantees include Abraham Joshua Heschel School, Norwell Health, Shalem Foundation, Jewish Community Council of Canarsie.

JOSHUA & BETH NASH

The Nashs invest in Jewish education and youth, community, health, Israel, religious. They chair the Birthright Israel Foundation, KIVUNIM, American Jewish Committee, Sharsheret, American Friends of Ir David, and Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. 

YOUNES & SORAYA NAZARIAN

The couple makes grants to support Jewish education, policy, Israel advocacy, and the arts.

DANIEL & JANE OCH

Funding addresses education, community, Israel, religious. The Ochs prioritizes organizations based in or serving the New York City area.

JOHN & JENNY PAULSON

Supports Jewish causes mostly in the U.S. Grantees include Chabad House on Wheels, temples/synagogues in California, Florida, Massachusetts and New York, the UJA Federation of New York, American Jewish Committee, Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education. 

ANDREW & SHANNON PENSON

Funding interests include youth, education, religious. Grantees include several congregations, Beth Jacob Parochial School, Yeshiva Bais Binyomin, Dallas Torah Institute, Heritage Retreats, Holy Woman Foundation.

RONALD O. PERELMAN & ANNA CHAPMAN

Funds health, Israel, religious centers, Jewish education, and the Jewish community.

DAVID & JANET POLAK

Funding areas include Israel, education and youth, health and human services. 

STEVEN & TINA PRICE

The couple’s giving addresses Jewish education, youth, community, arts, and Israel.

IRA & INGEBORG RENNERT

The Rennerts fund work related to Israeli advocacy, Jewish education, and Orthodox Jewish causes. Ingeborg Hanna Rennert founded Women's Institute for Torah.

STAN AND MICHELE ROSEN

Stan Rosen, his wife Michele, conduct their philanthropy through the Rita & Herbert Rosen Family Foundation, which funds the religious, scientific, cultural and charitable needs of Jewish organizations and their constituents as well as to other organizations which enhance the education and well-being of children and young adults.

LIEF D. ROSENBLATT

The Wall Street veteran executive supports Jewish community, education, and arts and culture organizations, such as AVI CHAI, Brandeis University, and Yiddish Books Center.

EDWARD JOHN AND PATRICIA ROSENWALD

Funding areas include community organizations, including UJA Federation, and education causes. 

BARRY & MARILYN RUBENSTEIN

The Rubenstein’s grantmaking supports the Jewish community, health, Israel, and Jewish religious centers.

AVI & BETTY RYZMAN

Funding supports Israel, Jewish religious centers, education, and the Jewish community.

HAIM & CHERYL SABAN

Jewish causes include Israel defense and advocacy, policy and education. Grantees include Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, American Israel Education Foundation, and Israel Emergency Alliance.

DARIUS AND CYRUS SAKHAI

Jewish funding areas include education and youth, and community. The Sakhais support organizations in the Iranian Jewish community.

ARTHUR & REBECCA SAMBERG

Jewish funding areas include education, youth, Israel, and community.

MICHAEL AND CARI SACKS

Funding areas include education and youth, community, and Israel. Much giving focuses on the Chicago area and Hillel organizations.

JOSEPH AND VICKY SAFRA

Safra and family primarily support Jewish causes in the U.S., Israel, and around the world. Funds have gone to synagogues, various funds in Israel, and to Jewish education in the U.S.

HENRY SAMUELI

Funding areas include education, heritage, community, combating antisemitism. Southern California is one region of interest.

RICKY SANDLER

Funds education and youth, community, health and human services. Grantees include UJA-Federation, Facing History & Ourselves, Israel Cancer Research Fund. 

SUNNY SASSOON & VICTOR SASSOON

The Sassoon brothers are owners of the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and scions of a centuries-old wealthy Jewish family. Los Angeles is an important area of funding.  

JAY & JEANIE SCHOTTENSTEIN

Funding areas include education, community, cultural, historical conservation. Grantees include Yeshiva University, American Friends of Nishmat, American Friends of Migdal Ohr, Israel Antiquities Authority.

LYNN SCHUSTERMAN

Funding areas: education, youth, Israel. Supported groups and foundation projects include American Israel Education Foundation, Asylum Arts, B'nai B'rith International, ROI Community, REALITY, Connection Points.

DANIEL & DEBORAH SCHWARTZ

Funding interests include education, youth, Israel advocacy, health and human services. Grantees include Yeshiva University, Etzion Foundation, Ir David Foundation, Central Fund for Israel, Mount Sinai and Upper East Side Hatzolah.

DAVID & CINDY SHAPIRA

The couples grantmaking supports Jewish education and youth, the Jewish community, and Israel.

JOHN AND SHONNI SHAPIRO

Funding invests in the Jewish community and youth, religious centers, and human services.

DAVID AND JACQUELINE SIMON

Jewish-oriented funding areas include community, education and youth, religious causes, and Israel. 

HERBERT SIMON

Herbert Simon gives through his Herbert Simon Family Foundation. Giving in Jewish-related areas includes community building, Holocaust awareness, and education.

BRUCE SLOVIN

Slovin created the Center for Jewish History and supports other Jewish cultural institutions.

STEVEN AND KATE SPIELBERG

The Spielbergs are notorious for funding the arts, culture and media, service and social justice, Holocaust education and survivor aid.

OLIVER AND ELIZABETH STANTON

The NYC-based Stantons support community and education organizations in the U.S. and in Israel, such as the Gimmel Foundation. 

NACHUM AND FEIGE STEIN

Nachum and Feige Stein give through The Nachum & Feige Stein Foundation. Their giving emphasizes religious education and congregations.

MICHAEL AND JUDY STEINHARDT

Funding areas: Israel, Jewish youth and community, religious. Grantees include Hebrew Language Charter Schools, Areivim Hebrew at Camp Program; co-founder and major supporter of Birthright Israel.

DAVID AND ESTHER STEINMETZ

The couple’s grantmaking focuses on educational and religious organizations in Brooklyn’s Jewish community.

JEROME AND ELLEN STERN

Funding areas: education, arts and culture, health, religious. Groups supported include Bar-Ilan University, Israel Children's Center, American Friends of Bible Lands, American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Palm Beach Synagogue.

SIDNEY & JUDITH SWARTZ

Supports education, Israel advocacy, religious and community organizations, in the Boston area and in Israel. Grantees include American Israel Education Foundation, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston, PEF Israel Endowment Fund, and $50 million to create an emergency medical center at Ein Kerem, Jerusalem.

HENRY AND ESTHER SWIECA

Supports Jewish educational institutions, organizations in Israel, and various congregations. New York City is a focus. 

INGRID TAUBER AND FRANK TAFARO

Ingrid Tauber, her brother Alfred, and family move philanthropy through the Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation, which focuses in on mental health, scientific research, the Jewish community, and social justice. Tauber also moves philanthropy through the Ingrid D. Tauber Fund.

TAD TAUBE

Various interests, including education, religious. Grantees include Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Jewish organizations in the Bay Area and in Israel. Funded Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford.

LEON WAGNER

Wagner’s philanthropy centers on the Jewish community, Holocaust remembrance, Jewish education and youth, religious centers, and Israel.

LYLE AND AARON WEISMAN

Lyle Weisman and his son Aaron move philanthropy through the Weisman Family Foundation, which focuses on the Jewish community, largely in Southern California.

WARREN WEISS

Weiss runs the Applebaum Foundation, which supports Jewish causes, among others. Grantmaking for Jewish causes focuses on education, religious, and welfare organizations in the U.S. and Israel.

SOLOMON WERDIGER

The Werdiger family funds work related to Jewish education and youth, community, religious organizations, and Israel.

LESLIE & ABIGAIL WEXNER

Interests involve leadership development, education, community. Funds the Wexner Graduate Fellowships, Wexner Heritage Program, Wexner Heritage Village in Ohio, and other Jewish organizations in Ohio.

MARK & JANE WILF

Funding areas: education, community, Israel, religious, Holocaust remembrance. Grantees include Golda Ochs Academy, Yad Vashem, Princeton University.

ZYGMUNT & AUDREY WILF

Funding areas: education, community, Israel, religious, Holocaust remembrance. Grantees include Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, USC Shoah Foundation, Congregation Etz Chaim.

GARY & KAREN WINNICK

Funding areas: education, community, Israel. Organizations supported include Hillel, Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, KOREH L.A., American Friends of Hebrew University.

HOWARD & MARCIE ZELIKOW

Interests include education and Jewish service outfits, many in Los Angeles.

SAM & HELEN ZELL

Funding areas: education and youth, Israel, human services.