Dec 9, 2014

JJCF “Create a Jewish Legacy” Community Endowment Efforts Get Boost from Grinspoon Foundation

Agencies, Synagogues & Schools Work Together to Create Local Legacies

Endowments are a critical lifeline to the well-being and sustainability of a Jewish community. Three years ago, the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation (JJCF) of South Palm Beach County launched “Create a Jewish Legacy,” an initiative to bring the community’s organizations together to prepare for the future. Within a few months, fifteen diverse local Jewish agencies, schools and synagogues* had signed on as active community partners to ensure a strong, vibrant community through planned charitable giving.

Representatives from every one of these inaugural “Create a Jewish Legacy” partners were among the roomful of Jewish community leaders gathered for breakfast in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus on December 1, 2014 to kick off the initiative’s next phase with the announcement of a vital new resource: the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation and our Federation are just one of eight in North America chosen this year to partner with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s LIFE & LEGACY Program.

Click here to enjoy photos from the LIFE & LEGACY Kickoff.

As Grinspoon Foundation Program Officer Dena Morris Kaufman explained, LIFE & LEGACY assists communities across North America to promote after-lifetime giving to benefit local Jewish day schools, synagogues, social service organizations and other Jewish entities. This honor of being selected means that South Palm Beach County’s participating organizations will have access to the Grinspoon Foundation’s proven model of success for increasing legacy giving, and be able to take advantage of their training, support and monetary incentives in the form of grant funds over the next two years.

Spearheaded by the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation, the local “Create a Jewish Legacy” has been steered by Anne and Norman Jacobson, for whom the Foundation is named, and by David Katzman and Mark Schaum.

“In less than four decades, this community has been built from the ground up,” said Anne Jacobson. “It was probably difficult for our leaders then to imagine what this community would look like today, with almost 130,000 Jews. And as today’s leaders, it’s our turn to envision what we want South Palm Beach County’s Jewish community to look like in 30 to 40 years, and in generations to come.”

“With continually growing needs for everything from senior services to Jewish preschool education, ours is a young community – compared to places like Chicago, Boston or New York, where endowments have been in place for generations,” said Matthew C. Levin, the Federation’s President and CEO. “We’re also the oldest North American Jewish community demographically, with a burgeoning young population.”

“The Harold Grinspoon Foundation is very excited to be partnering with the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation to further enhance its culture of legacy giving in South Palm Beach County,” said Arlene D. Schiff, National Director of the LIFE & LEGACY program. “The time is right. This legacy program will make the most of the current generational transfer of wealth, bolster the language and landscape of giving and provide generous and forward-thinking members of this Jewish community with more opportunities to express their passion, purpose and commitment to their most valued Jewish organizations.”

“We are honored by the Grinspoon’s confidence in selecting our Foundation, which holds $75 million in assets, and in our community,” added Richard Steinberg, JJCF Chair. “We gratefully welcome the expertise, state-of-the-art training and generous support of their LIFE & LEGACY granting program. With its overwhelmingly successful track record, we know that LIFE & LEGACY will help our partner organizations secure planned gifts and integrate legacy giving into the philanthropic culture of our Jewish community.”

CBIZ is the generous corporate sponsor of the local “Create a Jewish Legacy” initiative. Those interested in getting more information or becoming involved, or to set up a confidential conversation about one’s own legacy are invited to contact Lottie Nilsen, Create a Jewish Legacy Director, at 561.852.3109 or

*The inaugural “Create a Jewish Legacy” partners are: Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center, B’nai Torah Congregation, Boca Raton Synagogue, Congregation B’nai Israel, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh, Donna Klein Jewish Academy, Hillel Day School of Boca Raton, Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach, Jewish Association for Residential Care, Jewish Education Center of South Florida, Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services, Temple Beth El, Torah Academy of Boca Raton, and Weinbaum Yeshiva High School.

Click here to enjoy photos from the LIFE & LEGACY Kickoff.