The Foundation

Established in 1979 as the endowment development program of the Federation, The Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester is a vital link between Jewish life today and the unfolding Jewish world of tomorrow.


Donors fulfill their philanthropic goals through planned gifts, which form a base of support – in perpetuity – for our local community and for Jewish life everywhere. The Foundation of the Rochester Federation nurtures the dreams of today and helps sustain a healthy community into the future.


  • With approximately $45 million in assets and under the care of expert managers, The Foundation enables our community to be there for the Jewish poor, to assist the elderly, to rescue Jews in need and to help ensure a bright future for our children.


  • Foundation donors know that the causes they can support through their funds are limitless. Charitable interests can be expressed on behalf of virtually any not-for-profit organization -- the symphony, health and human services, educational institutions and much more.


Download a copy of our Annual Report. Learn more about endowments and endowment vehicles.  For more information, contact Amy Libenson at 585.241.8635 or

Life & Legacy Means Growth, Collaboration


The Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester has been selected by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation to lay the groundwork for a new era of collaborative philanthropy in Jewish Rochester.


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The Book of Life


Well over 100 individuals and couples have signed the Foundation's Book of Life, a leather-bound volume on display at the Federation recording their memories, values and aspirations.


A beautiful art piece, designed by local artist Albert Paley, has been presented to over 60 signers of the Book of Life who have gone on to make a gift to The Foundation.


To make a gift in honor of a friend or family member or in memory of a loved one, click here.


To find out how you can become a partner of The Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester, contact Amy Libenson, 585.461.0490, ext. 8635 or