Endowments and Special Funds 

Endowments and special funds are a unique way to honor family members, friends or to establish a lasting legacy at the Edlavitch DCJCC. The interest from endowment funds provides general support, makes new programs possible, continues ongoing programs and helps to provide scholarships.

The board and staff are grateful to the donors who have established the following endowments or special funds at the Center:

Special Funds:

Helen and Milton Covensky Fund to create a collection of quality Jewish children’s literature and videos to be housed in the library and to sponsor special cultural programs

Chaim Kempner Collection Library Fund to sponsor a book author series on recently published Jewish books, support the acquisition of new books and Jewish periodicals

Morton & Paula Gerson Fund for Yiddish Literature to fund Yiddish programming

Bernard and Etta Watson Science Education Fund to support pre-K through high school level education programs in the natural sciences

Marjorie Watson Serendipity Fund to support literary or classical music events at the Edlavitch DCJCC


• Frances R. Arent Fund to provide resources for the DCJCC’s College Bound Mentor Program

Gerald L. Bernstein Memorial Lecture Fund to support the keynote lecture of the annual Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival

Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival Fund to support the annual Jewish Literary Festival

Ann Loeb Bronfman Fund to support exhibits, programs and maintenance of the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery

Lawrence & Gertrude Gichner Fund for Performing Arts to support drama, music and performing arts programs

• Aaron & Cecile Goldman Fund to provide for the physical maintenance and programmatic support of the Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater

• Paula Seigle Goldman Fund to support Judaic programs in Edlavitch DCJCC camps

Helen S. Hirsch Children's Library Fund to support a children’s library for youngsters participating in the Edlavitch DCJCC Preschool and camp programs

The Rosalyn and Robert Hirsch Founders Endowment Fund to help create and support the innovative and high caliber programs that have come to exemplify the Edlavitch DCJCC.

Ella Laszlo Bache-Brummer Memorial Fund for Community Service to support community service programs

Julius & Dorothy Lazarus Fund for Children's Programs to sustain and expand programs, classes, courses and services for children of all ages

Esther and Harry Plotkin Fund for Jewish Tradition to enrich the quality of Jewish life in the District of Columbia

Nezkakim Fund for Special Needs to support current and future programs for special needs populations

Shirley Povich Sports Lecture Fund to support an annual lecture on sports journalism

Anne S. Reich Fine Arts Endowment in Memory of Daryl Reich Rubenstein to support annual lectures and other educational events held in conjunction with art exhibitions in the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery

Henry & Anne Reich Family Fund to enable individuals with physical disabilities and limited financial resources to use the Health and Fitness Center

Steven M. Reich Memorial Fund for Children’s Programming to benefit children’s programs

John R. Risher, Jr. Public Affairs Forum Endowment Fund to inform the public about current issues

Lynn Cutler Fund for the National Institute of Jewish Leadership to support public affairs programs

Philip Schiff Fund to promote awareness and involvement in contemporary social action issues through educational and experiential programs

Muriel K. Skolnick "Children's Hour" Endowment to enhance children’s programs at the Center through storytelling

Helen Littman Moskowitz and Sophie Eisenberg Stollman Fund to support senior citizen programs and breast cancer awareness activities

Ruth Behrend & Charles Haskell Small Fund to support programs showcasing the work and creativity of Washington area artists and poets

Sugarman Family Award for Jewish Children's Literature to support excellence in Jewish children’s books

Irving Wallace Endowment Fund to provide camp scholarships for elementary school-aged children

Robert H. and Jane L. Weiner Cultural Arts Fund to provide dedicated support for specific Arts programs that contain an emphasis on Jewish content, helping our Jewish audiences further connect with their Jewish identity and providing our non-Jewish audiences with greater understanding and appreciation for how Judaism exists in their own lives and is woven through their cultural identity.

Ruth Immerman Weinstein Fund to support an annual Purim puppet show

Bernard Wexler Fund for Jewish History to support an annual lecture on Jewish History

Paul Young Memorial Endowment for Special Needs Children to fund programs for children with special needs

Irvin Wolloch Fund to promote excellence in theater arts

Byer Family Community Fund to establish and maintain a chess program for children

Arthur Tracy "The Street Singer" Endowment Fund to support the performing arts

Nancy Raskin Unrestricted Endowment Fund to provide general support to the Center for operations, programs and services

The Harriet J. Neuman Fund to support the annual Washington Jewish Film Festival: An Exhibition of International Cinema

The Arna Meyer Mickelson Endowment for Professional Development to provide funding for Center staff to participate in a wide range of professional development programs. Click here for more information and to contribute.

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If you would like to establish an endowment or special fund, please contact Adina Kanefield at (202) 777-3257.

If you would like to donate to an endowment or special fund:

Online: Click here

By Phone: Please call
(202) 777-3240

Advancement Staff:

Emily Jillson
Director of Development and Marketing Operations
(202) 777-3231

Marian Stone
Director of Institutional Giving
(202) 777-3216

Valerie Blaemire
Marketing and Development Associate
(202) 777-3240

Molly Winston
Visual Communications Manager
(202) 777-3214