About Us

Our Founder

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.

 

Foundation History

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 Project Officer and Israel Representative from 1975 until 1998.  Carol Goldgeier has served in those roles since February 1999.

 

The Board

Michael Schmidt, President 

Rabbi Eric Wittstein, Vice President

Dr. Bart Dolmatch, Treasurer

Judy Dolmatch

David M. Fishman

Dr. Leora Fishman

Talya Fishman, PhD

Amy  Strauss Josefek

Staff

Carol Goldgeier, Project Officer and Israel Representative

Jamie Bowser, Administrator