Avi Chai Foundation

The Avi Chai Foundation is a private foundation endowed in 1984 by Zalman Bernstein, a well-known successful investor and founder of Sanford Bernstein. Zalman Bernstein became a Modern Orthodox Baal teshuva (a returnee to Orthodox observance) who wished to further the cause of outreach to alienated and assimilated Jews worldwide. Avi Chai allocates resources in the United States and in Israel. Until 2003, Avi Chai functioned in Russia and other former Soviet Union countries.

The Avi Chai Foundation
FounderZalman Bernstein
Area served
United States, Israel
Revenue (2015)
Expenses (2015)$34,180,384[1]

The foundation is preparing to spend-down its remaining endowment by 2020. As of 2010, the endowment had a value of $600 million.[2]


Avi Chai's Board has included :[3]


  1. ^ a b "The Avi Chai Foundation" (PDF). Foundation Center. 22 November 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  2. ^ Snyder, Tamar (November 2, 2010). "Avi Chai's Last Will And Testament?". The New York Jewish Week. Retrieved November 6, 2010.
  3. ^ "People | the AVI CHAI Foundation".
  4. ^ "Mem Bernstein: "Passing the Baton" | the AVI CHAI Foundation".
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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