NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Millburn Ridgefield Corporation
JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Education, Medicine, Community Organizations
OVERVIEW: Harvey Beker, his wife Jayne and family move their philanthropy through the Beker Foundation, established in 1984. The foundation funds educational, medical, and community organizations in the Jewish community. The Bekers support Jewish education at all levels, and Beker is on Hillel International's board of governors. The couple's philanthropy focuses on the Northeast, especially New York and Massachusetts.
BACKGROUND: Harvey Beker received a bachelor's in economics from New York University in 1974, and an MBA in finance from NYU in 1975. Beker was employed at Loeb Rhoades, Inc. where he developed and traded silver arbitrage strategies. He went on to Millburn Ridgefield Corporation, where he served as co-chairman.
EDUCATIONAL: Beker sits on the board of governors of Hillel International, an outfit the family supports steadily. Other grantees in higher education include Brandeis University and Yeshiva University. The couple has also supported Jewish day schools like Gann Academy in Massachusetts, Ramaz School in Manhattan, and SAR Academy in Riverdale, NY. Another area of interest is Jewish camps. Grantees have included Foundation for Jewish Camp and JCC Camp Kingswood. The couple is committed to Jewish education at all levels.
MEDICINE: Grantees have included Riverdale Hatzalah and American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center.
COMMUNITY: Support goes to a range of Jewish community and human service organizations. Especially strong support has gone to UJA-Federation. Human services outfits include Hebrew Home at Riverdale Foundation, Jewish Family & Children's Services, Riverdale Jewish Center, and Bris Avrohom, which was established to help Russian Jewish immigrants. Other grantees include Center for Jewish History, Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Chabad Jewish Center.
ISRAEL: The family earmarks funds for outfits that work for/in Israel. Grantees include American Friends of the Israel Museum, American Friends of Dental Volunteers for Israel, Central Fund for Israel, and Shalem Foundation. At the start of the decade, the Bekers via their foundation gave a $1 million gift to the Shalem Center to help start Shalem College, Israel’s first liberal arts college.
LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Bekers to continue supporting the Jewish community, with particular focus on the Northeast and Jewish educational institutions. The couple's children play a role in the foundation, and have ties to the Boston area.
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The Beker Foundation
1270 Ave. of the Americas, 11th Fl.
New York City, NY 10020