The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati

In a year during which our community lost so many of its luminaries, the Jewish Foundation mourned the passing of two of our Founding Trustees, as well as a dedicated member of our professional staff. Our hearts are full as we reflect on the impact they had on our shared work, and the immense legacy each of them leaves behind:

Phillip T. Cohen

One of the longest-serving Jewish communal leaders in Cincinnati’s history, Phil Cohen was also an original Trustee of the Jewish Foundation. Phil helped establish the modern Jewish Federation that we know today, and he was also involved in leadership roles at the Jewish Hospital, Rockdale Temple and Camp Livingston and Jewish Vocational Services, among many other agencies and causes. Phil was a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces and served in World War II before returning to Cincinnati where he and his wife, Helene z”l, raised their family. As a Trustee of the Jewish Foundation, Phil was instrumental in the development of the current Mayerson JCC property and helped the Foundation transition into its new era following the Jewish Hospital sale. Phil was a keeper of memory for our organization and our shared community, and we are grateful for his many contributions.

Bernard Dave

One of the longest-serving Jewish communal leaders in Cincinnati’s history, Phil Cohen was also an original Trustee of the Jewish Foundation. Phil helped establish the modern Jewish Federation that we know today, and he was also involved in leadership roles at the Jewish Hospital, Rockdale Temple and Camp Livingston and Jewish Vocational Services, among many other agencies and causes. Phil was a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces and served in World War II before returning to Cincinnati where he and his wife, Helene z”l, raised their family. As a Trustee of the Jewish Foundation, Phil was instrumental in the development of the current Mayerson JCC property and helped the Foundation transition into its new era following the Jewish Hospital sale. Phil was a keeper of memory for our organization and our shared community, and we are grateful for his many contributions.

Beth McKinney

One of the longest-serving Jewish communal leaders in Cincinnati’s history, Phil Cohen was also an original Trustee of the Jewish Foundation. Phil helped establish the modern Jewish Federation that we know today, and he was also involved in leadership roles at the Jewish Hospital, Rockdale Temple and Camp Livingston and Jewish Vocational Services, among many other agencies and causes. Phil was a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces and served in World War II before returning to Cincinnati where he and his wife, Helene z”l, raised their family. As a Trustee of the Jewish Foundation, Phil was instrumental in the development of the current Mayerson JCC property and helped the Foundation transition into its new era following the Jewish Hospital sale. Phil was a keeper of memory for our organization and our shared community, and we are grateful for his many contributions.

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