About the program

The JewishColumbus Youth Foundation (JCYF) is an annual program that engages local high school leaders and empowers them to grant funds to the Columbus Jewish community. Throughout the year, JCYF participants gain skills in leadership development, board governance and professional collaboration all through the lens of Jewish philanthropy.  

The current structure is a two-tiered model, a Learning Cohort and a Voting Cohort. The JCYF Learning Cohort engages in a year-long process of learning about youth philanthropy and community needs and organizations. The JCYF Voting Cohort works together to develop a competitive grants program, which invites Jewish community organizations and programs to apply for funding. Collectively, the cohort decides their philanthropic focus and grants $5,000 to the organizations or programs of their choice. This is made possible thanks to the Legacy Foundation Board of JewishColumbus who invest in our teens and help populate the leadership pipeline.

JCYF grants have supported programs as diverse as the Love & Hugs Bears Program at Zusman Hospice to Environmental Education programs at the Columbus Jewish Day School. Topics addressed by this committee include Jewish Education, Hunger, Summer Camp, Senior Programming, Jewish teen outreach and others. JCYF is made up of B’nai Tzedek Fund holders. For more information contact Alyssa Russell at alyssa@jewishcolumbus.org.

FY2022 Cohort Announced!

The FY22 Cohort is comprised of new and returning members and is both geographically and demographically diverse. The teens work together to learn about youth philanthropy, examine community needs and determine a funding priority. They develop a competitive grants program, which invites Jewish community organizations and programs to apply for funding.

Edin Abenaim

Aiden Adkins

Ben Bassik

Gabby Berzow

Ethan Botkin

Billy Byers

Mitchell Cohen

Simon Davis

Joshua Eisenberg

Josh Emerman

Carrie Emerman

Ethan Freeman Nguyen

Liesel Goldfarb

Eliana Goldson

David Griffaton

Jonah Hara

Miles Hoffman

Rebecca Hoffman

Marissa Johnson

Faith Johnson

Liam Kauffman


Michelle Lee

Leah Levin

David Levy

Madeline Merzel

Rylan Milenthal

Maddy Movshin

Emmett  Pliskin

Tobey Rubin

Gabrielle Sanderow

Abby Sanders

Gabrielle Schiff

Remy Schottenstein

Sylvia Shafran

Sari Shocket

Talia Sukienik

Samantha Topolosky

Wendy Wasserstrom

Julian Weiss

Jonah Young

Maya Zidel

Meet our 2021 Cohorts!