Helen Nash

NET WORTH: Unknown 

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Wife of the late Jack Nash, president of Oppenheimer & Company

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

OVERVIEW: Nash continues the philanthropy and work she began with her late husband as chairman of the Nash Family Foundation. The foundation is a strong backer of Jewish organizations, supporting education, health and human services, among other areas. Nash's son Joshua also plays a role in the family's giving through their foundation and chairs the board of Birthright Israel Foundation.

BACKGROUND: Born Helen Englander in Krakow, Poland, in 1935, Helen Nash made her mark on American Jewish cuisine in the 1980s by writing some of the first books that liberated kosher cooks from Ashkenazi staples and encouraged them to explore new culinary styles. Nash is the wife the late Jack Nash, who escaped Nazi Germany and went on to become president and chairman of Oppenheimer & Company. Nash is also the sister of Israel Englander, a billionaire hedge fund manager.


EDUCATION & YOUTH: The Nash family via their foundation have given strong support to Abraham Joshua Heschel School and the Ramaz School, both in Manhattan. Other grantees have include Hebrew Charter School Center, and Hillel at Baruch College. Some of the work at Hillel Baruch has involved support for its Peer Engagement Interns. 

Son Joshua Nash serves as chair of Birthright Israel Foundation, which has sent more than 400,000 young Jewish adults on free, 10-day educational trips to Israel since 2000. The family has steadily supported the organization.

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES: Patriarch Jack Nash passed away after a long illness so it makes sense that a component of this family's philanthropy involves health and human services. They've given strong support to North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, now called Norwell Health. Other grantees have included The Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty Feinberg Senior Residence, and Halachic Organ Donor Society. 

ISRAEL: The Nashes via their foundation have supported outfits like American Friends of Israel Museum, PEF Israel Endowment Funds, Friends of Israel Disabled Veterans, American Friends of Bar- Ilan University, Friends of Israel Sci-Tech Schools, American Friends of Soroka Medical Center, and The Shalem Foundation, whose aim is to "promote and foster: the creation of a zionist intellectual infrastructure for the state of Israel; the development of a Jewish national culture; and the establishment and promotion of intellectual and economic liberty."

COMMUNITY: The family has strongly supported UJA Federation of New York via their charity. Other grantees have included Jewish Community Council of Canarsie, Anti-Defamation League, Foundation for Jewish Culture, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, JCC Manhattan, among others.

OTHER: The family earmarks funds for religious outfits like Jewish Theological Seminary Of America. 

LOOKING FORWARD: The Nashes have been supporting Jewish causes for years. Expect this to continue. Down the line, keep track of Joshua Nash, who runs another foundation with his wife and is active in the local Jewish community, too. 


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The Nash Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below are address/phone/email: 

Nash Family Foundation
25 W. 45th St., Ste. 1400

New York City, NY United States 10036-4902

Contact: Judith Ginsberg, Exec. Dir.