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 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. 

We'll continue to update and add to these entries, so contact us to share any news or trends you're seeing, as well as donors who should be added. 

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.

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.

AARON AND ALISA BIRNBAUM

Funding interests include education, religious. 

LEN & EMILY BLAVATNIK

Funding areas: higher education, science research, arts and culture, Israel. Grantees include Tel Aviv University, Cholel Chabad food bank in Israel, ELEM/Youth in Distress.

JOSEPH CHEHEBAR

Funding is strongly tied to Brooklyn and the 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

Funding areas include youth, community and Israel. Grantees include Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest NJ, Birthright Israel, the American Jewish Committee, FIRST Israel, American Friends of Hebrew University.

ERIC AND BARBARA DOBKIN

Funding areas: community, women, youth, education. Grantees and projects include Ma'yan, American Jewish World Service, Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, National Council of Jewish Women, Jewish Communal Fund.

IRWIN AND GINNY EDLAVITCH

The Washington, D.C., and Palm Beach, Fla.-based couple support various Jewish community and religious organizations, such as the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC.

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.

LEONARD & SUSAN FEINSTEIN

Interests include Israel advocacy, health and human services. Grantees include: American Israel Education Foundation, American Friends of SHALVA-The Association for Mentally and Physically Challenged Children in Israel, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System (now Northwell Health), Jewish Museum.

ABEL & JUDY FRIEDMAN

Funding areas: community, education, Israel, health and human services. Focus on the Chicago area. Grantees include Moishe House (Chicago), Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Hillel International, American Friends of Magen David Adom.

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

Funding areas: education, religious, women, other. Grantees include Cornell Hillel, USC Shoah Foundation, various synagogues, UJA Federation of New York, Jewish Women's Archive. 

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

Funding interests: religious, education, social. Grantees include Congregation Ahavas Tzedakah V'Chesed (Brooklyn, NY), Yeshiva Gedolah of Bridgeport, Friends of United Hatzalah of Israel.

DAVID & RUTH GOTTESMAN

Funding goes to 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

Gives in the New York metro area, including Westchester County and Long Island. Supports UJA-Federation and other high-profile Jewish outfits, temples, schools, Chabads, and medical centers.

JOEL GREENBERG & MARCY GRINGLAS

Funding areas: educational access, advocacy and awareness. Grantees and projects include Seed the Dream Foundation, Migdal Ohr, StandWithUs, Yahad-In Unum, Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia. 

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

Funding areas: education, Israel, religious institutions. Grantees include Yeshiva Gedolah of Cliffwood, Yeshiva Karlin Stolin, Kollel Kaminetz; Congregation Toldos Tzvi, Congregation Ahavas Tzedakah Vachesed; Zichron Yosef, Zichron Ya'akav.

ALLAN & SHELLEY HOLT

Funding focus: culture and community, religion. Grantees include United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Defiant Requiem Foundation, Congregation B'nai Tzedek. 

MURRAY & LAURA HUBERFELD

Main funding interests include the Chabad-Lubavich movement, with grants to a number of Chabads around the country. Other grants have gone to educational organizations. 

JORDAN AND SARAH HYMOWITZ

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

JONATHAN & JOANNA JACOBSON

Funding areas include education and youth, community orgs, Israel advocacy, policy. Grantees in U.S. and Israel include Brandeis Univeristy, Tel Aviv University, American Israel Foundation, Jewish Big Brother & Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, and Birthright Israel Foundation. 

JOSEPH KANFER

Various funding interests. Focus on Ohio and New York. Partners and projects include Jewish Community Board of Akron, Matan B'Sayser, Joshua Venture Group, BimBam.   

HARVEY & GLORIA KAYLIE

Funding areas include youth, health and disabilities, social services, education, religion, Israel advocacy. Grantees include OHEL Children's Home and Family Services, Aleh Negev Foundation, Ezrat Israel, IDF IMPACT Program.

MORDECAI & MONIQUE KATZ

Focused on Jewish eduation institutions. Major grants have gone to Yeshiva University to fund graduate and professional programs in marketing, data science and cybersecurity, and to Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv. Funds also go to day schools and high schools.

SETH & BETH KLARMAN

Support has gone to Jewish causes in Boston, elsewhere in the U.S. and internationally. Grantees include American Friends of Keshet Eilon, Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston. 

JACK KLEIN

Funding areas: health, Israel, education, and youth, community, religious. Supported organizations include NOGA Clinic, Shaare Zedek, Friends of Yemin Orde, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco.  

ROBERT & ITA KLEIN

Funding areas include education, Torah education, youth, religious, community, human services, concentrating in the Cleveland area and New York City. Grantees include Mosdos Ohr Hatorah and Kollel Mechanchim, both in Ohio. Human service outfits include Matan B'Sayser, American Friends of Temech.

ELLY & BETH KLEINMAN

Funding interests: community, religious, education, Israel. Grantmaking focuses on Jewish community in the New York metro area, particularly Brooklyn. Backed the Kleinman Holocaust Education Center, Beth Medrash Govaha, Diaspora Yeshiva, OHEL Children's Home and Family Services. 

ROBERT & ARLENE KOGOD

Funding interests include education, youth, community, Israel, religious. Past grantees include American University-Kogod School of Business, Gesher Jewish Day School, Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, American Friends of IDF, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.

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

Funding focus: Jewish youth in Europe. Grantees and programs include Jewish kindergartens in Europe, Lauder JOINT International Jewish Youth Camp in Hungary, Lauder Business School in Vienna, Council of Jews in Germany.

MICHAEL AND LISA LEFFELL

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

EUGENE LERNER

Funding areas: education and youth, community, religious, Israel, health and human services. Grantees include Hillel, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, Keshet, Chicago Board of Rabbis, New Israel Fund, Israel Cancer Research Fund.

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.

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. Created 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.

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 areas: education, cultural, Israel. Grantees and projects include Jewish Educator Awards, Milken Archive of Jewish Music, Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble, Israel Sport Center for the Disabled.

MICHAEL MILKEN & LORI ANNE HACKEL

Interests include health and human services, education and youth, cultural. Support recipients include Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, Hadassah, Jewish Healing Center Los Angeles, American Jewish University. 

JACK & GOLDIE MILLER

Funding areas: Israel, Jewish identity, social welfare, other, with focus on the Chicago area. Grantees include Aitz Hayim Center for Jewish Living, American Israel Education Foundation, Congregation Beth Shalom in Northbrook, IL, Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago.

LARRY & CAROL MIZEL

Funding interests: education, arts and culture, religious. Support has gone to groups in Denver, Oklahoma and Los Angeles, including Flo and Morris Mizel Jewish Community Day School in Tulsa, Yeshiva Toras Chaim in Denver, Mizel Museum in Denver, Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles.

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

Funding areas: education and youth, community, health, Israel, religious. Chairs Birthright Israel Foundation, KIVUNIM, American Jewish Committee, Sharsheret, American Friends of Ir David, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. 

YOUNES & SORAYA NAZARIAN

Education, policy, Israel advocacy, arts. Grantees include UCLA Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, the Soraya Sarah Nazarian Program in Fine Arts at American Jewish University, Technada Dorset Science & Technology Center, RAND Israel Project, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Hadassah.

DANIEL & JANE OCH

Funding areas: education, community, Israel, religious. Focus on the New York City area. Grantees include Golda Och Academy, UJA Federation of New York, Birthright Israel, Jewish Theological Seminary. 

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, education, community. Supported groups include Princeton University (Jewish studies), Machne Israel, Ezer Mizion, American Friends of Hebrew University, World Jewish Congress.

DAVID & JANET POLAK

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

STEVEN & TINA PRICE

Funding areas: education, youth, community, arts, Israel. Grantees include Hillel International, UJA Federation of New York, Museum of Jewish Heritage, National Yiddish Theater, Jewish Theological Seminary.

IRA & INGEBORG RENNERT

Main funding areas: Israel advocacy, education, Orthodox Jewish causes. Wife Ingeborg Hanna Rennert founded Women's Institute for Torah. Grantees include Yeshiva University, Bar Ilan University, Wiesel Center at Boston University, funded restoration of Jerusalem's Western Heritage Wall.

LIEF D. ROSENBLATT

The Wall Street veteran exec 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

Funding areas: community, health, Israel, religious. Grantees include Yad Vashem, Temple Beth Sholom (Roslyn Heights, NY), Sid Jacobson JCC, USC Shoah Foundation.

AVI & BETTY RYZMAN

Funding interests: Israel, religious, education, community. Grantees include Yeshiva Aharon Yaakov-Ohr Eliyahu in Los Angeles, Chabad of Fairfax, Chabad Jewish Center of Laguna Beach, Chabad of Northwest Arkansas, Central Fund of Israel.  

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.

ARTHUR & REBECCA SAMBERG

Funding areas: education, youth, Israel, community. Grantees include Birthright Israel Foundation, Big Tent Judaism, Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center.

MICHAEL AND CARI SACKS

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

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

Funding areas: education and youth, community, Israel. Grantees include Hillel International, SAR Academy, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, Onward Israel, American Pardes Foundation.

JOHN AND SHONNI SHAPIRO

Funding interests: community and youth, religious, human services. Grantees include the Shapiro Family Fellowship at UJA Federation of New York, American Jewish Committee, Hiddush-Freedom of Religion for Israel, Kemp Hill Synagogue. 

STEVEN AND KATE SPIELBERG

Funding areas: arts, culture and media, service and social justice, Holocaust education and survivor aid. Grantees and projects include Righteous Persons Foundation, Jewish New Media Innovation Fund, USC Shoah Foundation, Fund for Coexistence.

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. 

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.

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. 

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

Funding areas: community, Holocaust remembrance, education, youth, religious, Israel. Grantees include American Friends of SHALVA, USC Shoah Foundation, Chabad of Hyde Park, Am Yisrael Foundation.

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. Grants have gone to Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, UCLA Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles. In Israel, grantees include Friends of Yemin Orde. 

SAM & HELEN ZELL

Funding areas: education and youth, Israel, human services. Grantees include Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, Rochelle Zell Jewish High School, American Friends of IDC (Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya), Yad Yisroel. 

Michael and Cari Sacks

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Grosvenor Capital Management

JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Community, Israel

OVERVIEW: Michael Sacks and his wife Cari move their philanthropy through the Sacks Family Foundation, which gave away around $4.8 million in a recent year. Giving often focuses on the Chicago area. Interests include education and youth organizations in the Jewish community. Sacks supports Hillel at his alma maters.

BACKGROUND: Michael J. Sacks was born in Chicago and received a B.A. in economics from Tulane University in 1984, and an MBA and a J.D. from Northwestern University. He attended the London School of Economics. Sacks spent two years at Harris Associates L.P. and joined Grosvenor Capital Management in 1990. He was named the firm’s managing partner in 1994 and is currently CEO. 

ISSUES:

EDUCATION & YOUTH: The couple has supported Tulane Hillel, Northwestern Hillel, Hillel Foundation University of Wisconsin (the Sacks are UWisconsin parents), Birthright Israel Foundation, Jewish Child & Family Services, Jewish Council for Youth Services, and Jewish United Fund.

COMMUNITY: The Sacks support Am Shalom, a reform synagogue in Glencoe, Illinois. Their daughter Jennifer is a committee chair. Other grantees include Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Center for Entrepreneurial Jewish Philanthropy, and Simon Wiesenthal Center. 

ISRAEL: Grantees include P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds, whose support focuses on issues such as "primary and secondary education; supporting scientific research; and promoting greater tolerance and understanding between religious and secular communities and between Arabs and Jews."

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the couple's giving in the Jewish community to continue, largely tracking with personal connections and the family's Chicago area base.

CONTACT:

The Sacks Family Foundation accepts letters which should include the name of organization, mission statement, amount requested and contact information.

Michael Sacks
1850 2nd St., Ste. 201
Highland Park, IL 60035
Telephone: (312) 506-6501

LINK:

GCM Grosvenor

Andrew and Ellen Bronfman Hauptman

NET WORTH: Unknown 

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Andell Inc. 

JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Community

OVERVIEW: Andrew Hauptman and his wife Ellen Bronfman Hauptman move their philanthropy through the Hauptman Family Foundation. The couple cofounded the Charles Bronfman Prize, which celebrates humanitarian work.

BACKGROUND: Raised in New York, Andrew Hauptman graduated with a B.A. from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard University. Hauptman worked as an executive with Universal Studios in London. He also worked in restructuring and mergers and acquisitions with Alex. Brown & Sons in New York. Hauptman co-chairs Andell Inc., a private investment firm and family office with investments primarily in entertainment, sports, and consumer products. He also the owner and chairman of Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire. 

The daughter of Seagrams billionaire Charles Bronfman, Ellen Bronfman Hauptman graduated from Yale University. She worked in documentary and feature films as a producer and film buyer for Cineplex Odeon. She went on to cofound Andell Inc. with her husband.

ISSUES:

COMMUNITY: The couple helped create and endow the Charles Bronfman Prize, which "celebrates the vision and endeavor of an individual or team under the age of fifty whose humanitarian work, combined with their Jewish values, has significantly improved the world." Charles Bronfman, Ellen's father, cofounded Birthright Israel and has been active in philanthropy for decades. When asked about this legacy of giving, Hauptman said, "I think Charles, my father-in-law, and my parents as well just encouraged us that we have a responsibility to give back. There is a sense of building on a legacy of family giving and a belief that we can and should try to make a difference where we can."

Recent Bronfman Prize Recipient David Lubell is the founder and executive director of Welcoming America, which helps communities across the country achieve prosperity by becoming more welcoming toward immigrants and all residents.

The Hauptmans have supported Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, American Jewish World Services, American Friends of Anne Frank House, Jewish Federation of Palm Beach, and Jewish Graduate Student Initiative. 

LOOKING FORWARD: The couple is very much engaged in business, and have other philanthropic interests, but expect their giving in the Jewish community to continue as well. 

CONTACT:

The Hauptman Family Foundation
c/o Andell Inc.
PO Box 3337
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

LINK:

Executive Director Rachel Levin Linkedin

Jordan and Sarah Hymowitz

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Philadelphia Financial

JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Community, Religious, Education & Youth

OVERVIEW: Jordan Hymowitz and his wife Sarah move their philanthropy through the Hymowitz Family Foundation, which gave away around $143,000 in a recent year. The couple's Jewish giving includes support of religious and community organizations. The Bay Area is an important region of giving.

BACKGROUND: Jordan Hymowitz graduated from University of Michigan. He worked for Montgomery Securities as a vice president and was a principal and senior analyst with Robertson Stephens. Hymowitz is currently a managing partner of Philadelphia Financial.

ISSUES:

COMMUNITY: Hymowitz and Sarah, via their foundation, have supported like Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin, and Sonoma Counties; Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco; Israel Emergency Alliance; and Jewish Family & Children's Services.

RELIGIOUS: The couple supports their temple, Congregation Emanu-El. Other grantees include Congregation Beth Tovim. 

EDUCATION: The Hymowitzes have supported Brandeis School of San Francisco and Hebrew Jewish College - Jewish Institute of Religion, including its American Jewish Archives program. 

JEWISH CAUSES: The family supports their temple, Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco. Other grantees include Congregation Beth Tovim, Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, Jewish Family & Children's Services, and Hebrew Jewish College - Jewish Institute of Religion.

LOOKING FORWARD: Jordan and Sarah are young and very much engaged in business, but perhaps larger sums will stream through their foundation in future. Their philanthropy goes outside the Jewish community as well.

CONTACT:

Hymowitz Family Foundation
Foundation Source 581 Silverside Rd.
Wilmington, DE 19809

Edward John and Patricia Rosenwald

NET WORTH: Unknown 

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Bear Stearns, J.P. Morgan Chase 

JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Community, Education 

OVERVIEW: E. John Rosenwald and his wife Patricia move their philanthropy through the Edward John and Patricia Rosenwald Foundation, which gave away around $2.1 million in a recent year. The couple's Jewish giving focuses on community organizations, with particularly strong support going to UJA Federation. 

BACKGROUND: Edward John Rosenwald Jr. graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A., M.B.A., and L.L.D. He joined Bear Stearns in 1953, eventually becoming vice chairman. Rosenwald is a vice chairman emeritus of J.P. Morgan. 

ISSUES:

COMMUNITY: Rosenwald and Patricia, via their foundation, have given strong support to UJA Federation via their foundation. Other grantees include American Jewish Committee, American Jewish World Service, American Friends of Israel Museum, Jewish Theological Seminary, and Jewish Federation of Palm Beach.

EDUCATION:  Rosenwald is a trustee emeritus of Brandeis University. The couple support American Technion Society (ATS) via their foundation; ATS supports the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

LOOKING FORWARD: The Rosenwalds have a range of interests and give outside the Jewish community. Expect their support of Jewish institutions to continue, however.

CONTACT:

The Edward John and Patricia Rosenwald Foundation
c/o Anchin Block Anchin LLP
New York, NY 10018

Moshe Mehlman

NET WORTH:

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Real Estate 

FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Religious, Community 

OVERVIEW: Moshe Mehlman and family move their philanthropy through the Moshe & Simi Mehlman Charitable Foundation, which gave away nearly $178,000 in a recent year. New York City is an important region of giving. The Mehlmans support Jewish schools, religious institutions and more.

BACKGROUND: Moshe Mehlman owns property in New York City. He keeps a low profile.

ISSUES:

EDUCATION & YOUTH: The Mehlmans have supported Yeshiva Toras Emes, Yeshiva Khal Zichron, American Friends of Yeshiva Shaarei, Ohr Naava Women's Torah Center, and Yeshiva Torah Vodaas.

RELIGIOUS: Grantees include Congregation Tifereth Moshe, Ginzei Yosef, and Congregation Tiferes Tzvi.

COMMUNITY: The family has supported Rofeh Cholim Cancer Society and Yad Eliezer, a Jewish poverty-relief organization in Israel. 

LOOKING FORWARD: The foundation gives some grants of under $1,000 to anonymous organizations, obscuring the full scope of this funder's giving.  

CONTACT:

Moshe & Simi Mehlman Charitable Foundation
1379 Coney Island Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11230

Tamara and Daryl Abrams

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Real Estate

JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Community

OVERVIEW: Tamara Abrams and Daryl Abrams serve as president and vice president, respectively, of the Grossberg Abrams Foundation. The family supports the Jewish community, primarily in the Bay Area.

BACKGROUND: Tamara Abrams graduated from UCSB and UC Davis, where she received her J.D. She’s a senior attorney with the Judicial Council of California. Daryl Abrams graduated from UCSB and works at Saratoga@85 in property management and development.  

ISSUES:

BAY AREA COMMUNITY: The Abrams supports Jewish community organizations JCC East Bay (Tamara is heavily involved), Jewish Vocational Service, Jewish Film Institute, Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, and Berkeley Hillel.

OTHER: Other grantees include Jewish Funds for Justice, Israel Free Loan Association, and American Friends of Magen David Adom.

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Abrams family to continue support in their interest areas.

CONTACT:

Grossberg Adams Foundation
P.O. Box 2067
Saratoga, CA 95070

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Lief D. Rosenblatt

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Soros Fund Management

JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Community, Education, Arts & Culture, Israel

OVERVIEW: Lief Rosenblatt and family move their philanthropy through the Rosenblatt Charitable Trust. Rosenblatt’s board memberships include AVI CHAI Foundation. The Northeast is an important region of giving.

BACKGROUND:  Lief D. Rosenblatt graduated with an A.B. from Harvard University, an M.A. from the University of Oxford, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He was a senior vice president at Lehman Brothers, a managing director at Soros Fund Management, and a senior managing member of Satellite Asset Management. 

ISSUES:

COMMUNITY: Rosenblatt is on the board of AVI CHAI Foundation, whose work includes encouraging "those of the Jewish faith towards greater commitment to Jewish observance and lifestyle by increasing their understanding, appreciation and practice of Jewish traditions, customs and laws.” 

Grantees include Manhattan Jewish Experience, American Israel Education Foundation, American Friends of Lubavich Chabad, and Temple Israel of New York.

EDUCATION: Rosenblatt, via his foundation, has supported Brandeis University and American Friends of IDC, which “invests in and promotes innovations in higher education that strengthen Israel and the Jewish People.”

ARTS & CULTURE: Grantees include Yiddish Books Center (Rosenblatt is on the board) and Jewish Museum.

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect Rosenblatt’s support of the Jewish community to continue.  

CONTACT: 

The Rosenblatt Charitable Trust
160 E. 72nd St., Apt. 7
New York City, NY 10021

Michael and Lisa Leffell

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Davidson Kempner Capital Management, Portage Advisors

JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Education & Community, Israel

OVERVIEW: Michael Leffell and his wife Lisa move their philanthropy through the Lisa and Michael Leffell Foundation, which is dedicated to Jewish education and strengthening security and vibrancy of the State of Israel.

BACKGROUND: Michael Leffell graduated with a B.A. from Clark University in 1981 and received a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1984. Leffell was a litigation associate at the New York law firm Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler. He went on to Davidson Kempner Capital Management, where he was deputy executive managing member. Leffell founded Portage Advisors in 2010. 

ISSUES:  

EDUCATION & COMMUNITY: Leffell and Lisa, via their foundation, have supported Solomon Schechter School of Westchester (Leffell is a trustee), UJA Federation of New York, Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah, and Hillels of Westchester.

ISRAEL: Grantees include American Israel Education Foundation, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, and American Friends of the Reut Institute. The Reut Institute describes itself as creating and scaling “effective models to tackle some of the toughest challenges facing Israel and the Jewish People, while making a significant and distinct contribution to humanity.”

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the couple’s support of the Jewish community to continue.

 CONTACT:

The Lisa and Michael Leffell Family Foundation
600 Madison Ave., 20th Fl.
New York City, NY 10022
Telephone: (646) 532-2445

Henry Kressel

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Warburg Pincus

JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth Development, Community

OVERVIEW: Henry Kressel and his family move their philanthropy through The Kressel Family Foundation, with focus on educational and community organizations in the Jewish community.

BACKGROUND: Henry Kressel graduated from Yeshiva College, received an M.S. from Harvard, and an MBA and a Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Kressel was vice president at RCA Laboratories responsible for the worldwide research and development of microelectronics, power electronics, and associated software. He’s a special limited partner of Warburg Pincus, where he’s served as a managing director and senior advisor for the firm’s technology and communications investment activities. 

ISSUES: 

EDUCATION & YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: Kressel was Yeshiva University’s first alumnus chairman of the board. With his wife Bertha, Kressel established a chair in economics and research fellowships for outstanding undergraduate students at Yeshiva University. Other grantees include Manhattan Jewish Experience.

COMMUNITY: Kressel's wife Bertha has passed away and he runs the foundation with his two children, one of whom lives in Israel and works at Nefesh B’Nefesh, “a nonprofit organization that promotes, encourages and facilitates Aliyah from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.” The Kressel family has supported UJA Federation of New York, Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, American Friends of Yeshivat Bnei Akiva,

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Kressels' support of the Jewish community to continue.

CONTACT:

The Kressel Family Foundation
1056 5th Ave.
New York City, NY 10028
Telephone: (212) 878-0674

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Oliver and Elizabeth Stanton

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Transammonia

JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Community, Education, Israel

OVERVIEW:  Oliver Stanton and his wife Elizabeth move their philanthropy through the Elizabeth and Oliver Stanton Foundation. They support the Jewish community, primarily in the Northeast and in Israel.  

BACKGROUND: Oliver Stanton graduated from Tufts University. He joined Transammonia, a fertilizer and petrochemical company founded by his late father, Ronald.

ISSUES:

COMMUNITY & EDUCATION: Grantees include Yeshiva University, UJA Federation, U.S. Holocaust Museum, Institute for Jewish Ideals & Ideals, Tufts Hillel, and Congregation Shearith Israel.

ISRAEL: The Stantons have supported the Gimmel Foundation, “a New York City and Israel based non-profit foundation, which funds projects and programs aimed at improving Jewish education and Jewish identity in the Southern region of Israel”; and Chamah, an “international humanitarian organization, dedicated to providing food for the elderly and hungry, medical assistance for the ill, and education for the young in Russia, Israel and the United States.”

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Stantons to stick with their interest areas.

CONTACT:

The Elizabeth and Oliver Stanton Foundation
320 Park Ave.
New York City, NY 10022

Irwin and Ginny Edlavitch

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Atlantic Garage

JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Community, Religious

OVERVIEW: Irwin and Ginny Edlavitch move their philanthropy through the Irwin and Ginny Edlavitch Foundation. The couple has supported the Washington, D.C., Jewish Community Center and other Jewish community organizations.

BACKGROUND: Irwin Edlavitch graduated from George Washington University in 1956 with a degree in business and later attended its law school. Edlavitch owned and operated Atlantic Garage, a major parking company in the Washington, D.C., area.

ISSUES:

COMMUNITY: Edlavitch and Ginny are longtime benefactors of the Washington, D.C. Jewish Community Center, including a $6.5 million donation a few years ago. The gift renamed the institution the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC. Other grantees include Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, Jewish Federation of Palm Beach, Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, and Mandel Jewish Community Center in Ohio. 

RELIGIOUS: The couple supports Washington Hebrew Congregation. The synagogue’s event hall bears their name.

LOOKING FORWARD: The couple’s philanthropy has largely focused on areas where the family has homes. Expect continued support of Washington, D.C., and Palm Beach institutions. 

CONTACT:

The Irwin and Ginny Edlavitch Foundation
185 Chain Bridge Road
McLean, VA 22101

Sidney and Lisa Glenner

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: GlenCrest, nursing home owner 

JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Community, Israel

OVERVIEW: Sidney Glenner and his wife Lisa move their philanthropy through the Sidney & Lisa Glenner Foundation. They support the Jewish community in Chicagoland and beyond. The foundation's individual grants are small but spread across many grantees. The family supports a range of schools, religious, and community institutions.

BACKGROUND: Sidney Glenner is based in the Chicago area and owns and manages a number of nursing homes. 

ISSUES:

EDUCATION & YOUTH: An important grantee is Telshe Yeshiva Chicago, attended by all of Glenner's children, as well as some grandchildren and nephews. Other grantees are Agudah Day Camp, Bais Yaakov High School, Birthright Israel Foundation, Camp Moshava, Chicago Torah Network, Hebrew Theological College, and Rabbi Jacob Joseph School. 

COMMUNITY: The family created The Sidney and Lisa Glenner Keshet GADOL Program, a "community-based day program for adults with special needs," in Skokie, Illinois. The forces here are personal, as the Glenners have a family member with special needs. Other grantees include Raanana Community Kollel, Phoenix Community Kollel, Center for Jewish History, Jewish Sacred Society of Chicago, Jewish Federation of Chicago, and Jewish Outreach Initiative Orlando. 

ISRAEL: The family supports organizations that work in or for Israel, including Central Fund of Israel, American Society of Yad Vashem, and American Friends of Amit Foundation. AMIT "enables Israel's youth to realize their potential and strengthens Israeli society by educating and nurturing children."

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the family's broad and steady support of the Jewish community to continue.

CONTACT:

Applications should be submitted in written form.

Sidney Glenner
5454 Fargo Ave
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 674-5454

LINK:

Sidney Glenner Linkedin Profile

Nathan A. Low

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Sunrise Financial Group

JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Community, Education & Youth, Israel 

OVERVIEW: Nathan Low moves his philanthropy through the Sunrise Charitable Foundation. His giving largely focuses on the Jewish community in the United States and Israel. 

BACKGROUND: Nathan A. Low graduated with an A.B. from Harvard College in 1982. He worked at Salomon Brothers as a VP as well as at Bear Stearns. He went on to found Sunrise Financial Group and Sunrise Israel Tech, a growth engine for Israeli start-ups.

ISSUES:

ISRAEL: Given that Low has been an active investor in Israel for years, it's no surprise that some of his philanthropy goes to efforts in Israel. He's helped fund American Friends of Shalva Israel; American Friends of Leket Israel, which supports the national food bank; and American Friends of Alyn Hospital. 

EDUCATION & YOUTH: Grantees include New Israel Rabbinical College; Young Jewish Professionals; Manhattan Jewish Experience; Ramaz School; and Yad Avraham Institute, a Torah learning institute in New York City.

COMMUNITY: Low has supported The Jewish Center, The Green & Sea Point Hebrew Congregation, and Jewish Center of Atlantic Beach.

LOOKING FORWARD: Low's giving through his foundation has been fairly modest recently, but expect his interest in Jewish institutions to continue.

CONTACT:

Sunrise Charitable Foundation
1330 Avenue of the Americas, No 36C
New York City, NY 10019

LINK:

Nathan Low Linkedin Profile

Michael Lowenstein

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH:  Kensico Capital Management

JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Education, Youth, Religious, Community

OVERVIEW: Michael Lowenstein moves his philanthropy through the Michael & Carol Lowenstein Foundation, established last decade. In a recent year, around $1.3 million moved out. Lowenstein supports Jewish education and youth organizations, as well as Jewish community and religious organizations.

BACKGROUND:  Michael Lowenstein graduated from the Hackley School in Westchester County, New York, and UPenn. He received an MBA from Northwestern University. He was a vice president of the Mutual Shares Corporation, an equity mutual fund in Short Hills, N.J., and went on to cofound Kensico Capital Management in 2000. 

PROFILE: Financier Michael Lowenstein founded the Michael & Carol Lowenstein Foundation in 2007 with his late wife Carol. In life, Carol Lowenstein was active with her local synagogue and served on the board. The foundation's grantmaking strongly involves Jewish organizations, many of them in New York City and the Northeast. Lowenstein has also directed money to a donor-advised fund at Jewish Community Fund, making the full scope of the family's philanthropy hard to ascertain. 

Lowenstein focuses on education and youth, as well as Jewish community and religious organizations. Grantees include Barry & Florence Friedberg JCC Sunrise Day Camp; Moving Traditions, which "inspires women & men, girls & boys to engage more deeply with Judaism"; UJA Federation of New York; Temple Shaaray Tefila of Westchester; Birthright Israel Foundation; Jewish Child Care Association of New York; and Friends of Israel Defense Forces. 

In a recent fiscal year, the Michael & Carol Lowenstein Foundation gave away around $1.3 million and held around $35 million. The foundation keeps a low profile and does not accept unsolicited proposals. 

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect Lowenstein to stick with established interest areas. 

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CONTACT:

The Michael & Carol Lowenstein Foundation
55 Railroad Ave., 2nd Fl.
Greenwich, CT 06830

Mitchell and Karen Kuflik

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Brahman Capital Corp.

JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Community, Religious

OVERVIEW: Mitchell and Karen Kuflik move their philanthropy through The Mitchell and Karen Kuflik Charitable Foundation, which gave away around $2.8 million in a recent fiscal year. The couple's giving to Jewish organizations focuses on the New York City area. 

BACKGROUND: Mitchell A. Kuflik graduated with an A.B. in economics from Harvard University in 1984. Kuflik is a founding partner, principal, and portfolio manager at Brahman Capital Corp in New York. 

ISSUES:

EDUCATION & YOUTH: Grantees include Ohr HaMeir Theological Seminary in Cortlandt, New York; Central Yeshiva Beth Joseph; Aish NY, whose aim is to "engage and educate today’s young Jewish adults in order that they live inspired Jewish lives, making active positive contributions to Jewish communities and society at large"; Queens College Hillel; SAR Academy in the Bronx; and Torah Academy High School of Brooklyn.

COMMUNITY: The Grantees include various Chabad houses and UJA Federation of New York.S

RELIGIOUS: Grantees include Congregation Kirov Krovim and Congregation Avodah Bruah both in Brooklyn, NY Synagogue and Torah Center, Congregation Tiferes Tzvi, and Young Israel of Harrison, a small family-oriented modern Orthodox synagogue. 

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect continued support Jewish organizations, particularly in the New York City area. 

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CONTACT:

Mitchell and Karen Kuflik Charitable Foundation
15 Franklin Ln.
Harrison, NY 10528
Telephone: 212-681-9797

Manny Friedman and Kindy French

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: EJF Capital 

JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Various

OVERVIEW: Manny Friedman and his wife Kindy established the Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies (EJF/P) to serve as the umbrella for their charitable giving in their core areas of interest. EJF Philanthropies is committed to creating and sustaining vibrant Jewish life. Interests include day schools and yeshivot in the Washington, D.C., region, and Jewish arts and culture. 

BACKGROUND: Emanuel "Manny" Friedman received a B.A. in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a JD from Georgetown University. Friedman began his career in 1973 at Legg Mason Wood Walker. He is also a founder of Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, Inc., now known as Arlington Asset Investment Corp, and FBR Capital Markets. Friedman went on to cofound EJF Capital, an investment management firm based in Arlington, Virginia.

EJF PHILANTHROPIES: Manny Friedman and his wife Kindy established the Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies (EJF/P) to serve as the umbrella for their charitable giving. EJF Philanthropies has several interest areas, Vibrant Jewish Life among them. EJF Philanthropies states that it is "committed to creating and sustaining vibrant Jewish life." 

EJF Philanthropies has supported Jscreen, a Jewish genetic screening project that tests for more than 80 genetic diseases in partnership with the Marcus Foundation. They also work with The Morningstar Foundation and the United Jewish Endowment Fund of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington to support GatherDC, which "supports young adult Jewish life in the Washington, DC, region."

The family has supported a wide range of other Jewish organizations and institutions. Interests include programs that provide support for basic needs for people in poverty; organizations promoting LGBTQ inclusion in Jewish life; day schools and yeshivot in the Washington, D.C., region; and Kiruv activities for youth and teens in the Washington, D.C., and Phoenix regions. Grantees have included American Friends of Lubavitch, DC Hebrew Language Charter School, Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, and The Jewish Academy of Suffolk County. 

EJF Philanthropies is particularly interested in collaboration. Head of Philanthropy Simone Friedman, who is on the board of Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, describes EJF's strategy here

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect Friedman and Kindy to continue with their select interest areas. 

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Aaron and Alisa Birnbaum

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Meridian Capital Group

JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Education, Religious

OVERVIEW: Aaron Birnbaum and family move their philanthropy through the Mab Foundation. The family's support of the Jewish community focuses on the New York metropolitan area, particularly New Jersey. Yeshivas and religious organizations are especially favored. 

BACKGROUND: Aaron Birnbaum is a cofounder of Meridian and an executive vice president. He keeps a rather low profile. 

ISSUES:

EDUCATION: Birnbaum and family, via their foundation, support Jewish schools Yeshiva Beth Joseph, Yeshiva Gedolah Of Cliffwood, Yeshiva Torah Temimah, and Yeshiva Bais Binyomin. BMG or Beth Medrash Govoha, a Haredi yeshiva and kollel located in Lakewood Township, New Jersey, has received particularly strong support of late. 

RELIGIOUS: Grantees include Congregation Ahavas Chesed, Congregation Kollel Of Flatbush, and Congregation Anshei Fallsburg.

LOOKING FORWARD: The Birnbaum family have lately funded a similar collection of organizations; expect this to continue. 

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CONTACT:

The Mab Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the family, but below is an address

Mab Foundation
1 Battery Park Plz.
New York City, NY 10004

David and Janet Polak

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: NWQ Investment Management

JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Israel, Education & Youth, Health & Human Services

OVERVIEW: The Polak family has actively supported Israel for decades. David and Janet Polak recently established the David and Janet Polak Foundation, through which they support the Jewish community. The Polaks are major bankrollers of American Technion Society.

BACKGROUND:  David Polak graduated from MIT, and holds an M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from UCLA’s Graduate School of Management. He went on to found NWQ Investment Management Company.

ISSUES: 

ISRAEL: As the Polaks’ son and foundation president and executive director Jeff Polak puts it, “we want to help Israel become more economically independent and secure.” The family recently gave a $1.5 million gift to Ben Gurion University (BGU) to underwrite BGU’s Cyber Security Malware Analysis Laboratory. Polak has held several leadership positions for the American Technion Society and established the David and Janet Polak Center for Cancer Research and Vascular Biology at Technion. American Technion has received millions from the family.

Other grantees have included Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, Central Fund of Israel, and Israel Emergency Alliance. 

EDUCATION & YOUTH: The couple has supported Polak’s alma mater MIT, including its Hillel Birthright Extension program, as well as Jewish Big Brothers and Big Sisters Association of Los Angeles.

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES: The couple, via their foundation, have supported Jewish Free Loan Association, where the family established the David and Janet Polak Foundation Emergency Loan Program; Israel Cancer Research Fund; and Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging. The Polaks also funded a new building in their name at the Jewish Home in Reseda, California, where Janet is a past chair of the board of governors.

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Polak family’s steady support of the Jewish community to continue.

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CONTACT:

David and Janet Polak Foundation
501 Silverside Rd., Ste. 123
Wilmington, DE 19809

Sunny and Victor Sassoon

NET WORTH: Unknown  

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Various; Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Various

OVERVIEW: Singaporean brothers Sunny and Victor Sassoon, along with their spouses, Debbie and Michelle, move their philanthropy through the Sassoon Family Foundation. Sunny and his wife Debbie are based in Los Angeles, an important region for this family’s Jewish philanthropy.

BACKGROUND: Sunny and Victor Sassoon are owners of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. The centuries-old Sassoon family famously acquired great wealth as merchants working the spice route in the Middle East and Asia. Over the years, they've been based in Baghdad, Bombay, and other international cities.  

PROFILE: Sassoon brothers Sunny and Victor, as well as their spouses Debbie and Michelle steer The Sassoon Family Foundation. The foundation’s grantmaking in a recent year was a little under $540,000 and the foundation itself has a minimal web presence.

The foundation’s grantmaking focuses on Jewish organizations. Los Angeles, where Sunny and Debbie live, is an important region of giving. Grantees have included Center for Jewish Community Studies, Friends of Israel Defense Forces, West Coast Torah Center, Yeshiva High Tech, Chabad Serving NYU, and the Jerusalem Foundation.

It’s worth noting that the Sassoons remain a rather international family; Victor and his wife Debbie live in Singapore.

LOOKING FORWARD: The family hasn't said much about their philanthropy publicly, but expect Los Angeles to remain an important community of interest.

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The Sassoon Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below is address and phone: 

The Sassoon Family Foundation
1945 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Telephone: (310) 237-2326