By Melvyn Kohn
February 11, 2011
Alan B. Slifka, a New York based philanthropist, passed away on 4 February at his home in LA. He is best knowm in the US for Halcyon Asset Management, which manages more than $10billion.
It the late '80s, after one of his trips to Israel, he started the Abraham Fund Initiative, a charity to further relations betweens Jews and Arabs. It has provided more than $10million in grants. He says he was partial to this project as he, a twin, understood the proximity that siblings experience.
The ambassador from Israel once remarked at one of his events that he was given hope for the world by Slifka's work. Another charity Slifka started was the Big Apple Circus. He is survied by his wife, Riva Tivo-Slifka; his twin, Barbara Slifka; three sons, Michael, Randolph and David; two stepdaughters, Torrie and Skye Ritvo; a stepson, Max Ritvo; and three grandchildren.