Jun 10, 2016

Celebrating $33+ Million in Planned Giving Raised by Local “Create a Jewish Legacy” Synagogues, Organizations & Schools in Just One Year

A remarkable $33.2 million in 293 legacy commitments from 236 donors has been raised by eleven South Palm Beach County synagogues, Jewish agencies, schools and the Federation in only the first year of the local, community-wide “Create a Jewish Legacy” (CJL) planned giving campaign in partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s LIFE & LEGACY™ initiative. Successful well beyond expectations, and surpassing other LIFE & LEGACY communities, Create a Jewish Legacy partners celebrated in great style on May 23.

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Zinman Hall was transformed into a chic lounge-like setting, complete with live music, gourmet bites, a photo booth, and an overwhelming camaraderie and sense of joy in how much remarkable progress has been made together. The program featured kudos from Richard Steinberg, Chair of the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation that administers the initiative at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County; from Matthew C. Levin, Federation President & CEO; and from Dena Kaufman, Program Officer, Harold Grinspoon Foundation, whose guidance and training have been instrumental.

Among the highlights of the evening were the heartfelt, inspirational stories on video from recent legacy donors describing how this community has impacted them and why they made a legacy commitment: Janet Elinoff (Special Needs Legacy), Bill Miller (Spiritual Legacy), Jonathan Louis (Educational Legacy) and Samy Dwek (Personal Legacy).

Huge congratulations greeted the participants in an awards ceremony led by Mark Schaum, who co-chairs the Create a Jewish Legacy Committee with Norman Jacobson; Anne Jacobson, Federation Chair; and Elyssa Kupferberg. The participants also received certificates and commemorative artwork for their amazing efforts to keep our Jewish community thriving into the future. And, having met or exceeded the year’s goals, each organization will also receive an incentive grant of $7,500 or $10,000.

The eleven local LIFE & LEGACY groups are: Adolph and Rose Levis JCC, B'nai Torah Congregation, Boca Raton Synagogue, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh, Donna Klein Jewish Academy, Jewish Association for Residential Care, Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton, Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services, Temple Beth El of Boca Raton, and Yeshiva High School.

Representatives from the CJL Celebration’s sponsors were on hand and recognized, from Virgin Printing, Boca Magazine and Southern Wine and Spirits.

For more information about CJL, or to set up a confidential conversation about legacy giving, please contact Lottie Nilsen, Director of Foundation Community Development, at 561.852.3109 or lottien@bocafed.org.

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