We are inspired in our giving by the life work of the widely respected deans of Ohr Somayah, Rabbi Mendel Weinbach and Rabbi Nota Schiller. They are international leaders in the Baal Teshuva movement, bringing Jews back to classic religious texts.
Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) November 5, 2009
The Hertz Family Foundation of Santa Monica has announced $1.5 million in grants made to Yeshiva Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem. The yeshiva, founded in 1970, caters mostly to young Jewish men, usually of college age, who are interested in the study of Judaism.
Said Judah Hertz, founder and CEO of Hertz Investment Group: “We are inspired in our giving by the life work of the widely respected deans of Ohr Somayah, Rabbi Mendel Weinbach and Rabbi Nota Schiller. They are international leaders in the Baal Teshuva movement, bringing Jews with little or no background in Judaism back to classic religious texts such as the Talmud and Responsa. Both are scholars in their own right and Yeshiva Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem is the crown jewel of the Baal Teshuva movement.”
Said Rabbi Schiller: “For more than 30 years, Ohr Samayah has been instilling Jewish pride in university students the hard way – through knowledge. Over the years, we have particularly targeted outstanding young scholars and graduates accomplished in secular studies but unschooled in Jewish language and scripture. With the help of the Hertz family, we are able to ensure that, just when these fine young people are first tackling the big picture issues, they are exposed to our world-class scholars at Ohr Samayah – who are as conversant in Kant and Hegel as they are in Maimonides.”
About the Hertz Family Foundation
The Judah Hertz family makes project-specific grants and supports capital campaigns and unrestricted gifts to a select group of grantee organizations. There is a preference for projects promoting medical research, Jewish education and Jewish culture in Los Angeles, New York, and Israel.
In 2009, Judah Hertz and his family have met pledges of more than $2 million made to programs in Israel including:
- Aleh – Israel’s largest network of residential facilities for children with severe physical and rehabilitative care.
- Ohr Somayach – a yeshiva based in Jerusalem, catering mostly to Jewish college-age men, who excel in their secular studies and are interested in returning to and learning more intensively about Judaism.
- Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem – a new complex under construction and designed by Frank Gehry, which is dedicated to promoting coexistence in Jerusalem, to include a conference center, theater, and two museums.
Judah Hertz has also led successful efforts to raise more than $2 million for the Ahmanson / UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center, the first and one of the largest facilities dedicated to providing care to the growing number of patients with congenital heart disease who reach adulthood.
The Hertz family is an enthusiastic supporter of several additional organizations focused on teaching Jewish scripture and the family provided support in 2009 to a group of Jewish institutions of secondary and higher education.
Significant educational grants in 2009 were made by the Hertz family to Yeshiva Gedolah, the Bais Yaakov School for Girls, Merkaz Hatorah Community Kollel , and Etta Israel Center in Los Angeles; Gerer Yeshiva Mesifta in New York City; Yeshiva Mir Jerusalem; the Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore; Ichud Mosdos Gur in Brooklyn; and the Rabbinical Council of California.
The family also regularly funds selected medical programs, including significant 2009 grants to UCLA / Ahmanson, Maayanei Hayeshua' Hospital in Israel, AmfAR Foundation for Aids Research, and the Leukemia & Lymphona Society.
For more information, visit us at http://www.hertzgroup.com on the Web.