Founding Funders

Founding Funders

RIGHTEOUS PERSONS FOUNDATION

The Righteous Persons Foundation is dedicated to supporting efforts that build a vibrant, just, and inclusive Jewish community in the United States. Steven Spielberg established the Foundation in the fall of 1994, initially with his profits from the film Schindler’s List. Since then, the Foundation has invested close to $90 million in organizations and efforts working to: revitalize Jewish arts, culture, and identity; engage the next generation; strengthen a commitment to social justice; and promote understanding between Jews and those of other faiths and backgrounds.

THE GOTTESMAN FUND

The Gottesman Fund, a private family foundation, directs the majority of its support to organizations and programs which enhance and perpetuate Jewish life in the United States and Israel. In addition, support is provided to important cultural, medical and educational institutions in the communities in which board members reside.

CHARLES H. REVSON FOUNDATION

The Charles H. Revson Foundation was founded in 1956 by Charles H. Revson, the founder of Revlon, Inc. With Mr. Revson’s giving as a guide, the board established four program areas: urban affairs, Jewish philanthropy and education, biomedical research and education. The Foundation has been making grants since 1978.

Support for JTA’s online archive aligns with the Revson Foundation’s commitment to the role of media in preserving and making accessible the Jewish past in order to amplify contemporary Jewish life.

ELISA SPUNGEN BILDNER & ROBERT BILDNER, IN HONOR OF NORMA SPUNGEN

Norma Spungen, archivist emerita of the Chicago Jewish Archives, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, continues to do research in American Jewish history. She received a B.A. and M.A. in Education from Northwestern University and a B.A. and M.A. in Judaic Studies from Spertus Institute, and has published articles in Illinois Library Journal and Jewish Social Studies.

At 84, Norma Spungen still lectures on topics in Jewish history and the importance of local Jewish archives. With love, and with special recognition for her passion for Jewish history and her extraordinary contribution to preserving that history as Chicago’s Jewish archivist, we, Norma’s daughter and son-in-law, in 2007, dedicated this donation to the JTA archives in honor of her 80th birthday.

GEORGE S. BLUMENTHAL

Information can be found at the Center for Online Judaic Studies.

GRACE & SCOTT OFFEN CHARITABLE FUND