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 (3)  

Norman A. Blaustein  

Stuart Bobry

Josephine & Simon Braitman  

Debra K. Brenner

Ellen Broder  

Jonathan Broder

Gabriel & Patricia Chodak  

Leslie & Howard Crane  

Meredith & Ze’ev Dragon  

Lisa & Joel Elliot  

Blanche Fenster  

Ronald Furman  

Eli & Peggy Futerman  

Barry Gilbert

Julene Gilbert

Elyse Lubin Gilman

Debbie Goldberg  

Justin & Leah Goldman  



Sherry & Richard Goldstein

Daniel & Victoria Goldstein

Jeanette Goldstein* 

Sorina & David Goldstein 

Kimberly & Richard Gray  

Howard J. Grossman

Warren H. Heilbronner  

Kim Holtzman  

Neal Holtzman  

Ira Jevotovsky and Daphne Futerman

Lee Kauffman*  

Dennis Kessler  

Yosef & Suzie Kilimnick 

Mona Friedman Kolko 

Caroline Korn  

Dorothy Lebowitz  

Rabbi Eliezer Y. Lehrer  

Fraidel Lehrer  

Marshall Lesser  

Fraida Levinson  

Dr. Steven Levinson 

Amy Libenson  

Jacqui & Scott Liebman  

Richard Markus  

Tzvi Max  

Douglas Miller & Sally Hirst  

Karen Newman  

Ronald Newman

Beryl & Joan Nusbaum  

Donald J. Onimus  

Kathy Palokoff  

Joy Ryen Plotnik  

Matthew & Erinn Ryen

Jennie Goldman Schaff  

Randy Schuster  

Bernice and Morton Skirboll

Regina Smolyak

Dr. Burton Spiller  

Lisa & Dan Tellem  

Alan Wolf

Julian Yudelson  

Deborah Zeger  

*of blessed memory