SOURCE: Humanitarian Stanley Tomchin

Humanitarian Stanley Tomchin

January 13, 2015 20:46 ET

Philanthropist Stanley Tomchin Donates to Avi Schaefer Fund

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - Jan 13, 2015) - On January 11, 2015, the Avi Schaefer Fund will host its 2nd Annual North American Symposium at the Brookdale Center in New York City. The main event is a conversation between Harvard Law School Professor Randall Kennedy and Mechon Hadar's Rabbi Shai Held on this year's topic "Judaism, Human Equality and the Quest for Justice." Founded in 2011 in memory of Avi Schaefer, the Santa Barbara-based Avi Schaefer Fund (ASF) is dedicated to promoting empathy, respect, and active listening at North American colleges evolving around Israel and the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine. Projects to achieve these goals are organized by ASF throughout the year and heavily depend on donations from individuals. One particularly noteworthy contribution in 2014 came from internationally renowned philanthropist Stanley Tomchin, who was inspired by the Avi Schaefer Fund's noble objectives.

Currently, tensions between Israelis and Palestinians are causing more problems than ever. "The conflict is not restricted to the Middle East or decisions the UN Security Council makes on that matter," Stanley Tomchin says. "It directly impacts the relationships between people with different origins and religions here in the United States." Unfortunately, the events abroad often lead to misunderstandings, mistrust, and sometimes even hate, bringing the conflict from televisions and newspapers to our immediate environment. "The ASF addresses this development by opening a line of communication and fostering understanding among students at university campuses all over the country. It is an admirable goal and I am happy to support the incredible work they are doing through my donation."

One of the many projects that benefit from Tomchin's generous financial support is "Avi Shabbat." Every year the ASF awards micro grants to participating Jewish colleges to organize a communal meal during which students can learn from each other, experience interfaith and cross-cultural encounters, and engage with students of various political viewpoints. Other projects include the annual Jerusalem Symposium, the North American Symposium and a number of educational programs and innovation grants.

Stanley Tomchin is a former professional games player and a passionate philanthropist from Long Island, New York. Current resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, he set up his own non-profit organization, the Changing Lives Community Fund, to support causes that are near and dear to his heart. His efforts focus on providing basic human needs, such as health care, education, arts and athletics, to children of underprivileged families. In addition to his own fund, Tomchin frequently aids charities as well as national and international organizations, including the "I Have A Dream" Foundation, Three Square food bank, the Community Action Fund for Women in Africa, the Marty Hennessy Jr. Tennis Foundation, the IDEAL School in New York City, and Greenpeace.

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