In 2020, Jewish Home of Cincinnati along with The Jewish Foundation, The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and individual community donors created a funding coalition to provide emergency covid relief funds to the community. JHC contributed $250,000 as part of the partnership to support organizations such as Jewish Family Service and the Mayerson JCC. Funds were used to fund much needed services to seniors through meals, safe socialization through technology, emotional support and increased case management and counseling. In 2021 and 2022, Jewish Home of Cincinnati also awarded grants to community organizations including JEEP (Jewish Education for Every Person); The Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust and Humanity Center; CET; The Hearing, Speech and Deaf Center; The Cincinnati Community Kollel; Isaac M. Wise Temple; The Mayerson JCC; Cancer Family Care; The Mercy Health Jewish Hospital Foundation; Temple Sholom; Rockdale Temple; Rockwern Academy; and Musicians for Health.
JHC also announced the first Wilbur M. Cohen Family Annual Grant to Support Senior Health and Wellness. This award of $10,000 was granted to Mayerson JCC for the creation of a program, event, or series in 2023 which will positively benefit older Jewish adults and promote vibrant, active, healthy lives. Wilbur M. Cohen (of blessed memory) was a former board member of both JHC and its supporting organization, Cedar Village Foundation (CVF). The award will supplement JHC’s grant to support the JCC’s strategic plan to expand programming for Active Aging.
The Harkavy & Berg Funds
The Harkavy/Berg Committee was established in 2005 by Max Harkavy as his Bar Mitzvah project in memory of his Grandfather, Frank Harkavy, Cedar Village’s first board chair. The fund became endowed in 2019 by a major gift from Gerald J. Robinson, the first Chair of the Harkavy/Berg Committee. The Harkavy Fund provides wonderful classes and entertainment for the residents of Majestic Care at Cedar Village and their families. This includes group/individual art and music programs provided by an art and music therapist, exercise classes, jewelry making classes, and more.
The Berg Fund was established by a bequest in 2005 from the Henry Berg Family. The Berg Fund provides the residents of Majestic Care at Cedar Village with opportunities to visit museums, symphonies, ballets, operas, theater, concerts, lectures and special events in the community. It also provides for transportation to these venues and extra staff to assist residents who participate in these outings.
Josh Harkavy, Chair
Jeffrey Zipkin, M.D.