The Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester was selected by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation as one of only nine new organizations to participate in a national Jewish legacy giving program that has secured an estimated value of over a half-billion dollars for communities across North America.  


LIFE & LEGACYTM is a collaborative program that helps individuals and families create legacy gifts for Jewish causes they care about, providing a permanent source of support for our community. Chaired in Rochester by Leslie Crane and Don Onimus, the program is founded on the principle that all of us, regardless of age, wealth or affiliation, can make an enduring impact. The Foundation administers the program in partnership with 16 local synagogues and organizations in Jewish Rochester, which receive training and incentive grants from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.


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We specifically acknowledge, with our thanks, the following donors who have chosen to honor the Federation as a beneficiary in their LIFE & LEGACY commitments as of 2.5.19:  

Anonymous (5)  

John & Jane August 

Norman A. Blaustein  

Stuart Bobry

Josephine & Simon Braitman  

Debi Brenner

Ellen & Johnathan Broder  

Rina Chessin

Gabriel & Patricia Chodak  

Leslie & Howard Crane  

Meredith & Ze’ev Dragon  

Lisa & Joel Elliot  

Blanche Fenster  

Ronald Furman

Daphne Futerman & Ira Jevotovsky 

Eli & Peggy Futerman  

Elyse Lubin Gilman

Debbie Goldberg  

Justin & Leah Goldman  



Sherry & Richard Goldstein

Daniel & Victoria Goldstein

Jeanette Goldstein* 

Sorina & David Goldstein 

Kimberly & Richard Gray  

Eileen B. Grossman*

Howard J. Grossman

Warren H. Heilbronner  

Kim & Neal Holtzman   

Lee Kauffman*  

Dennis Kessler  

Yosef & Suzie Kilimnick 

Mona Friedman Kolko 

Anne Korenstein

Caroline Korn  

Ann Lib Kozel*

Dorothy Lebowitz  

Rabbi Eliezer Y. Lehrer  

Fraidel Lehrer  

Marshall Lesser  

Fraida Levinson  

Dr. Steven Levinson 

Amy Libenson

Jacqui & Scott Liebman  



Dr. Lawrence & Merle Markus  

Richard Markus  

Tzvi Max  

Carolyn & Marvin* Miller

Douglas Miller & Sally Hirst  

Neal Morchower

Karen Newman  

Ronald Newman

Beryl & Joan Nusbaum  

Donald J. Onimus  

Kathy Palokoff  

Joy Ryen Plotnik  

Matthew & Erinn Ryen

Jennie Goldman Schaff  

Randy & Erni Schuster  

Brett Shulman

Dvorah E. Shulman

Henry Shulman*

Bernice Skirboll

Morton Skirboll*

Regina Smolyak

Dr. Burton Spiller*

Michal Spivak

Todd Stein & Franceen Elias-Stein

Esther Tanzman & Jeff Eichner 

Lisa & Dan Tellem  

Julian Yudelson  

Deborah Zeger  

*of blessed memory