Marvin Gimprich (1924-1989) established the Gimprich Family Foundation (GFF) in 1975 for the purpose of granting financial aid to worthy Jewish projects, especially those in the State of Israel. He named members of his family and close friends who had a keen interest in Jewish activities to its Board. Marvin envisioned the direction of the GFF passing from generation to generation and encouraged Board members to invite their grown children to participate, thus introducing them to philanthropic giving. He encouraged open discussion of proposed projects and democratic decisions through the voting process.
Marvin was a graduate of the Yeshiva of Flatbush, attended Yeshiva College, and continued his Hebrew and Talmudic studies throughout his life. He was ardent in his Jewish identity, deeply devoted to Israel, and passionate in supporting the Jewish state. A graduate of Columbia University, he was a physicist, a diamond dealer, an investor and an expert tennis player. One of the most cherished moments of his life, touching on two of his passions, was winning the senior doubles tennis competition at the Maccabia games in Israel.
The GFF grew in size when it was bequeathed assets from the estate of Marvin Gimprich in 1991. In that year the Foundation helped create the Jewish Funders Network; it remains a member of this group. Judge Robert Satter served as President of the Foundation from its inception until 2001. Rabbi Paul Steinberg then served as president from 2001 until 2005. David Fishman then served as president from 2005 through 2017. Michael Schmidt began serving as president in 2018. Priscilla Fishman served as Program Officer and Israel Representative from 1975 until 1998. Carol Goldgeier served in this role from February 1999 to December 2022. Tamara Klinger Levi began serving as the Program Officer and Israel Representative in January 2023.
Michael Schmidt, President
Rabbi Eric Wittstein, Vice President
Bart Dolmatch, MD, Treasurer
David M. Fishman
Leora Fishman, MD
Talya Fishman, PhD
Amy Strauss Josefek
Tamara Klinger Levi, Program Officer and Israel Representative
Jamie Bowser, Administrator