The Ciesla Foundation makes films that make a difference.

The Ciesla Foundation produces and distributes award-winning films about strong and important, but often unknown, Jewish heroes. Its mission is to educate and inform audiences about social and public interest issues of the past and present through storytelling and filmmaking.

Based in Washington, D.C., The Ciesla Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public, tax exempt education foundation that relies on the generosity and support from donors like you. With the help of your tax-deductible contribution to the Ciesla Foundation we can preserve the legacy of the slugger Hank Greenberg and other under known Jewish heroes. Our films would not be possible without the support of our wonderful contributors.

Our latest project, The Rosenwald Schools, is about Julius Rosenwald, president of Sears-Roebuck and a remarkable early twentieth century philanthropist. Rosenwald made his contributions during the era of segregation, directing his efforts towards supporting the educational and artistic aims of African Americans. Rosenwald was driven to this work by what he felt was an affinity between the experience of discrimination by black and Jewish people. In all, Rosenwald funded over 5,000 rural schools for African Americans across the South, an urban YMCA program that impacted many northern black communities and an astonishing grant program that provided financial assistance for an entire generation of black artists, writers and intellectuals. In part because of his modesty, Rosenwald’s name is less well known than contemporaries like Carnegie and Rockefeller, yet his thoughtful and generous philanthropy makes him their equal. To read more about this new project, visit our website at

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Supporters of the new DVD re-release of The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg


Stephen and Myrna Greenberg
Alva Greenberg Fund
Linda and Glenn Greenberg
Abramson Family Foundation
Carol Brown and Hank Goldberg
Mary Jo Greenberg
Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Charitable Trust
Major League Baseball
Ira M. Resnick
Rebecca and Arthur Samberg
The Rhoda and David Chase Family Foundation, Inc.
The Rita Poretsky Foundation
Cohn Family Philanthropic Fund
James and Theodore Pedas Family Foundation
The Cheryl Chase and Stuart Bear Family Foundation, Inc.
The Sandra and Arnold Chase Family Foundation
Daniel Levin
Richard Savitt
Stephen Milman
Annette Insdorf and Mark Toporek
Bruce and Rhonda Brown
Hermelin Family Support Foundation
Jerry Reinsdorf
William S. and Ina Levine Foundation
Matthew and Lena Steckel Frumin
Peggy Parsons
Shlenker Fund
Ira Wagner
Edith and Michael Gelfand Foundation
Rena and Michael Gordon
Douglas Jemal
Jonathan Kempner
Debra and Joshua Levin
Glenna and David Osnos
Jacqueline and Edward Cohen
Harolyn and Michael Cardozo
Theodore M. Fields
Tamara and Harry Handelsman
Robert Unger
Toby and Daniel Edelman
Lester S. Hyman
David Sacks
Nancy and Morris Deutsch
Maxwell Lapides
Craig McClure
Masaki A Kuwahata

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