NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Bed Bath and Beyond
JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Youth, Community, Religious, Israel
OVERVIEW: Warren Eisenberg and his wife Mitzi move their philanthropy through the Mitzi & Warren Eisenberg Family Foundation. A component of the couple's giving involves Jewish causes. They fund a Jewish summer camp, as well support Jewish religious institutions, Israel, and more. The foundation does not appear to accept unsolicited proposals.
BACKGROUND: Born in 1930, Warren Eisenberg together with Leonard Feinstein started Bed Bath and Beyond in 1971. It's unclear how much Eisenberg is currently worth, but he earned $4.2 million in 2009 alone.
FUNDING PROFILE: Warren and Mitzi Eisenberg help bankroll the Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp in Columbia County in Upstate New York near Albany. The Jewish sleepaway summer camp is for children and teens. Other youth outfits that couple supports include Valley Chabad Friendship Circle, which "cultivates friendships between teen volunteers and children with special needs and their families;" and Israel Tennis Centers.
The Eisenbergs fund Jewish community organizations, a majority of them in New Jersey and New York. Grantees have included Jewish Federation of Central Jersey, Jewish Federation of Greater Metro West (which has received especially strong support), UJA Federation of New York, Bergen County YJCC, and JCC of Central New Jersey.
The family also supports Jewish religious organizations like Temple Emanu El, and Central Synagogue. They also support organizations that work for/in Israel such as FIDF; Friends of ELNET, which "unites Europeans and Israelis who believe that close relations between Europe and Israel...are vital to both;" American Israel Education Foundation; and American Friends of the Israel Museum. The Eisenbergs have also supported outfits like American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic, American Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum, and National Museum of American Jewish History, suggesting that supporting Jewish cultural institutions are of interest, as well. The Eisenbergs are major art collectors, and the principal benefactors of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York.
LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Eisenbergs to remain laser-focused on the East Coast with their philanthropy.
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The Mitzi & Warren Eisenberg Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below is an address:
Mitzi & Warren Eisenberg Family Foundation
650 Liberty Ave.
Union, NJ 07083
Telephone: (908) 688-4815