When Dr. Seth Hoffman grew up in Columbus, he learned from his parents — who were very active in the Jewish community — the importance of supporting the local Jewish community first, and Israel not far behind. That’s why, when he and his family moved back to the area in 2008, they made it a priority to support JewishColumbus.
“JewishColumbus accomplishes so many goals in one fell swoop,” Hoffman says. “I’ve always felt that no matter where your allegiances reside or how you rank which organizations are important to you, there’s still this baseline of need that JewishColumbus alleviates.”
For Hoffman, there’s no better illustration of JewishColumbus’ support for the community than their response to the Pittsburg Tree of Life shooting and the rising tide of anti-Semitic acts across the U.S. and the world at large. Hoffman’s synagogue, of which he is the chairman of the board, runs on a tight budget; the added expense of hiring security guards to protect the congregation placed considerable strain on their finances.
“We were doing our best to apply for grants, and we often had to turn to JewishColumbus for assistance and guidance on how to be effective with that. They were so helpful,” Hoffman says. “When JewishColumbus ultimately decided to fund our security guards, that was just a breath of fresh air. I think when they stepped up in the wake of that crisis, it really spoke to their willingness to help the whole Columbus Jewish population when we needed it most.”
In addition to JewishColumbus’ commitment to the security and safety of the Jewish community in Columbus, Hoffman has always felt deeply connected to their mission of alleviating poverty — especially for Holocaust survivors.
“My mom was actually a Holocaust survivor, so that’s always something that resonated with me and hit home,” Hoffman says. “Any time I give my annual donation, I’ve always allocated a part of it to go toward helping those Holocaust survivors who are in need in Columbus.”
Even more recently, Hoffman says that JewishColumbus helped him orchestrate his son’s bar mitzvah in the midst of this pandemic with the help of their Zoom resources and community connections.
Supporting JewishColumbus is also supporting each organization’s individual goals and strategies,” Hoffman says. “And I feel like they actually give you the tools to make it happen, just like they gave me the tools to make my son’s bar mitzvah happen.”
Join community supporters like Hoffman by donating to our annual campaign. Your contribution — no matter the scale — represents your pride in Columbus’ Jewish community. When you give to JewishColumbus, every dollar makes a difference.