Announcing: Lippman Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom

An important announcement from our Board President, Marcella Kanfer Rolnick, joined by Board Member Joe Kanfer and Foundation President Jon Woocher.



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What is Yovel?



By Rabbi Lee Moore


In the book of Leviticus Yovel or ‘The Jubilee” is presented as the “sabbath of sabbatical years.” The sabbatical year, shmittah, comes every 7 years and mandates both a rest for the land (soil is not used for production) and a rest for economic strife (all debts are released). Yovel comes with the 7th of these 7-year cycles and is either the 49th or 50th year (there is a dispute about which, of course). It is similar to shmittah in that it is a time of social and economic release.

On the day of Yom Kippur during the Yovel year, the ram’s horn was blown to ‘proclaim freedom’ throughout the entire land. ‘Freedom’ in this case meant not only forgiveness of debt as in the shmittah year, but also the release of all slaves into freedom and radical land reform. Continue reading

What Yovel Means To Us

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by Dara Steinberg, Executive Director


Milestones are a moment to reflect back, examine the present, and look ahead. 2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of Lippman Kanfer Family Philanthropies. In 1966, Jerry Lippman founded the Jerome Lippman Family Foundation. He had turned his tenth grade education and the special soap he developed to safely remove carbon black from rubber plant workers’ hands into a business, GOJO, with his wife Goldie, who had a keen head for numbers.  Creating the foundation in 1966 provided a framework for the tzedakah that was already a part of their lives and created a formal way to continue to do it together, first with their nephew Joe Kanfer, and eventually with Joe’s children as well.

Jerry and Goldie, who began a philanthropic journey 50 years and multiple generations ago.

Jerry and Goldie, who began a philanthropic journey 50 years and multiple generations ago.

The Jerome Lippman Family Foundation became, over the years, Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation and Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah – two modern entities that still have their roots in the family and efforts begun by Jerry and Goldie. Continue reading