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About Us

Our beloved founder and chairman, Alan B. Slifka, established this foundation in 1965 to support his passions for “a world safe for difference," Judaism and Israel. In time, his interests expanded to include biomedical research and treatments for sarcoma and other cancers, and autism spectrum disorders. Today, the Alan B. Slifka Foundation board and staff continue to be guided by his passion and generosity. We seek to honor and expand his vision through thoughtful and informed philanthropic strategies.


Alan B. Slifka, Founder
Alan B. Slifka, Founder

Mr. Slifka was born in NYC in 1929. He graduated from the Fieldston School, received his B.S. from Yale in 1951, and his M.B.A. from Harvard in 1953. For his work in coexistence, he received honorary doctorates from Brandeis University in 2003 and from Haifa University in 2008. Mr. Slifka was the co-founder and co-chairman of Halcyon Asset Management LLC and had been a partner at L.F. Rothschild & Co.