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Prize Plans 2017-2018

May 18, 2017
  When The Award is Just the Beginning: What’s Next for the Lippman Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom By Jon Woocher, PhD   As published in eJewishPhilanthropy Over the past several years, prizes have become a significant part of the American philanthropic landscape. According to a story in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, citing a McKinsey & Company report, philanthropic prize activity is now worth $1-2 billion annually. The McKinsey report went on to suggest that “every leading philanthropist should consider the opportunity to use prizes to help achieve their mission, and to accept the challenge of fully exploiting … Read More...

Request for Researcher Proposals

March 30, 2017
In 2016 Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah sponsored a prize competition for programs that apply Jewish wisdom to help people live better lives and shape a better world. More than 200 programs entered the competition, creating a rich database of information about how Jewish wisdom – Jewish values, texts, practices, and historical experience – is being transmitted and used today in a wide range of settings. To take advantage of this trove of information, the Foundation is seeking proposals from researchers who are interested in exploring aspects of the process of applying Jewish wisdom using the Prize database. The … Read More...

Awards Ceremony 2017

March 30, 2017
The 2016 Lippman Kanfer Prizes for Applied Jewish Wisdom were awarded in a ceremony at the 2016 Jewish Futures Conference: Happiness Hacks   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwcQiGRevZY Read More...

Press Release: Lippman Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom announces Winners

December 6, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/6/16 Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah 520 South Main Street, Suite 2457 | Akron, OH 44311 Contact: Shana Ross, Communications Manager shana@lippmankanfer.org 203-687-3738   Lippman Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom announces Winners Six programs honored for excellence in applying Jewish wisdom to celebrate Foundation’s 50th anniversary   Akron, OH: Fifty years ago, an entrepreneurial Akron couple started a small foundation to carry out their commitment to and passion for tzedakah. Today, what Goldie and Jerry Lippman began in 1966 has become a philanthropic enterprise that involves multiple generations of their family. To mark this jubilee, … Read More...

In Our Own Words: A Video Announcement

December 6, 2016
Board President Marcella Kanfer Rolnick, joined by Board Member Joe Kanfer and Foundation President Jon Woocher are thrilled to formally announce the inaugural Lippman Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom.   https://youtu.be/MTNWeS1TOGU Read More...

Press Release: Foundation Celebrates 50th Anniversary by Launching New National Prize

June 1, 2016
Akron, OH: Fifty years ago, an Akron business couple made the decision to start a small foundation to carry out their commitment to and passion for tzedakah. Today, what Goldie and Jerry Lippman began in 1966 has become a philanthropic enterprise that involves multiple generations of their nephew Joe Kanfer’s family. To mark this jubilee, Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah is launching a prize competition to identify and recognize programs that help individuals and organizations access and apply Jewish wisdom in ways that enable them to live better lives and shape a better world. Two first prizes of $18,000 … Read More...

New National Prize

May 13, 2016
We are thrilled to announce the Lippman Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom, a competition to recognize and reward programs that help individuals and organizations access and apply Jewish wisdom, ultimately enabling Jews and fellow travelers to live better lives and shape a better world. We’re launching this prize as part of celebrating the jubilee of Kanfer family philanthropy, which formally commenced when Joe’s aunt and uncle, Goldie and Jerry Lippman, founded the family’s first foundation in 1966. Our formal launch date is June 1, 2016!  If you would like to help us spread the news, please click here.  If … Read More...