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JewishColumbus Youth Foundation

JewishColumbus Youth Foundation (JCYF)

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 JCYF 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 $10,000 to the organizations or programs of their choice. This is made possible thanks to the Columbus Jewish Foundation Legacy Board of Trustees at 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 to Technology Issues for seniors at Jewish Family Services. 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.

FY2023 Cohort Announced!

The FY23 Cohort is composed 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.

Aiden Adkins

Maxwell Almasanu

Gabby Berzow

Billy Byers

Molly Chernyak

Melinda Cohen

Mitchell Cohen

Bailey David

Joseph David

Noah David

Josh Eisenberg

Joshua Emerman

Sam Feldstein

Ethan Freeman-Nguyen

David Griffaton

Noah Grischkan

Rebecca Hoffman

Miles Hoffman

Faith Johnson

Marissa Johnson

Aaron Jones

Sasha Katz

Zoe Kellner

Michelle Lee

Leah Levin

David Levy

Madeline Merzel

Rylan Milenthal

Eli Morse

Ruthie Moskowitz

Isaac Payne

Tobey Rubin

Gabby Russell

Gabrielle Sanderow

Abby Sanders

Gabrielle Schiff

Remy Schottenstein

Ethan Solomon

Talia Sukienik

Mirabella Tempesta

Zachary Topolosky

Eli Tyson

Wendy Wasserstrom

Ben Yaffe

Jonah Young

Gabriel Zeigler

Camryn Zidel

Maya Zidel