Nov 12, 2018

Local CJL Partners Celebrate Raising Nearly $74 Million in Legacy Commitments Over Three Years

Lay and professional leaders, rabbis and legacy donors from ten South Palm Beach County Jewish agencies, schools, synagogues and Federation gathered for a warm, elegant evening event on October 16, 2018. Together, they celebrated their remarkable individual and collective successes as part of the local Create a Jewish Legacy (CJL) program with a reception, live music, a keynote speaker, photo booth, and awards in Zinman Hall on the Federation’s west Boca Raton campus. (organizations are listed below)

As Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County President & CEO Matthew C. Levin announced, together they have raised nearly $74 million in 574 legacy commitments from 433 donors over the past two years for their own and the entire Jewish community’s future.

"Every one of those commitments came from people who understand the importance of ensuring our future now," remarked Levin. "Thank you for leading our Jewish organizations to a place of firmer footing so they may continue to positively impact Jewish life now and for future generations."

Administered by the Federation’s Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation (JJCF), the local CJL is part of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation's LIFE & LEGACYTM initiative.

“For the third year in a row, according to the Grinspoon Foundation, our community continues to have the most successful LIFE & LEGACY program in the country, in terms of dollars committed,” Levin added.

"Create a Jewish Legacy has been extraordinarily successful,” said Cathrine Fischer Schwartz, Chief Legacy Officer of the JJCF. “An increasing number of people understand the value of planned giving to both their cherished organizations and their own financial goals. CJL yields great rewards for all and brings us together to sustain our community's future.”

"So many families here can now say that they are committed to making a difference in the lives of our Jewish people now and in the future, to ensure that our Federation, synagogues, agencies and schools continue to thrive," said Anne Jacobson in her welcome. Immediate Past Chair of the Federation Board, Jacobson co-chairs the CJL with her husband Norman, Elyssa Kupferberg and Mark Schaum.

JJCF Chair, Larry Blair, shared some of the CJL impact expressed by the participating organizations:

“It has created a culture of legacy giving within our organization and community. People are excited to give a gift for the future and to ensure that all the things that make this community so unique continue long after we are here. CJL has shepherded this process, and helped us succeed at a level that we had never been able to achieve before.” ~Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services

“It was the impetus for several parents to commit to a fund for Jewish Life and Learning that will inspire generations of students. Our Grandparents & Special Friends Committee is engaged in Legacy Giving and it is talked about at every meeting.” ~Donna Klein Jewish Academy

“Our synagogue culture has changed to be more philanthropic. A legacy gift is a deeper way to keep a loved one’s heart, soul and values alive.” ~Congregation Shaarei Kodesh

“Our Atid Legacy Society members will have a closer bond with the school because of this commitment and these planned gifts will help to sustain our school for the future. What is most important is that we are creating a culture of legacy giving in South Palm Beach County.” ~Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton

The night’s guest speaker, Rabbi Sherre Hirsch, offered a talk and introspective exercises based on her book, Thresholds: How to Thrive Through Life’s Transitions to Live Fearlessly and Regret-Free.

Greenspoon Marder is the generous sponsor of the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation. Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits was the event’s In-Kind Sponsor and Boca Magazine was Exclusive Media Sponsor.

For more information about CJL, or for a confidential conversation about legacy giving, please contact Lottie Nilsen, Foundation Director of Development, at 561.852.3109 or

Adolph and Rose Levis JCC Boca Raton Synagogue
Congregation Shaarei Kodesh
Donna Klein Jewish Academy
Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton
Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida
Jewish Association for Residential Care
Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County
Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services
Temple Beth El of Boca Raton

B'nai Torah Congregation
Congregation B’nai Israel
Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach
Jewish Education Center of South Florida
Torah Academy of Boca Raton