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Our Founder

Zalman C. Bernstein was a visionary businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. In 1967, he founded Sanford C. Bernstein and Company, which grew into one of the most successful and respected investment companies in the world. As his passion for Judaism, Israel, and the Jewish people deepened, he immersed himself in Torah study, changed his name to Zalman Chaim Bernstein, and made his home in Israel. Always bold, always ideas-driven, always iconoclastic, Mr. Bernstein established the Tikvah Fund—and other important Jewish foundations—in the hope that by investing in great Jewish ideas and Jewish leaders, the heritage he cherished and the people he loved would be a light unto all nations. Mr. Bernstein died in 1999. A booklet honoring his life and his achievements is attached here.

Zalman Chaim Bernstein