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 10.14.21:  

Anonymous (7)  

John & Jane August

John & Carol Bennett 

Norman A. Blaustein*  

Stuart Bobry

Josephine & Simon* Braitman  

Eric Brandt and Carolyn Nussbaum

Debi Brenner

Ellen & Johnathan Broder 

David Bushinsky & Nancy Krieger 

Rina Chessin

Gabriel & Patricia Chodak  

Leslie & Howard Crane  

Meredith & Ze’ev Dragon  

Lisa & Joel Elliot 

Rachel Farkas 

Blanche Fenster  

Ronald Furman

Daphne Futerman & Ira Jevotovsky 

Eli & Peggy Futerman  

Elyse Lubin Gilman

Debbie Goldberg  

Isobel Goldman

Justin & Leah Goldman  



Daniel & Victoria Goldstein

Jeanette Goldstein* 

Sherry & Richard Goldstein

Sorina & David Goldstein 

Michael & Deborah Gordon

Kimberly & Richard Gray

Marvin and Barbara 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  

Jacob Moalem

Neal Morchower

Karen Newman  

Ronald Newman

Beryl & Joan Nusbaum  

Julie & Mitch Nusbaum

Donald J. Onimus  

Kathy Palokoff  

Joy Ryen Plotnik 

Linda Rubens 

Matthew & Erinn Ryen

Jennie Goldman Schaff  

Randy & Erni Schuster 

 Arthur & Joan Segal 

Brett Shulman

Dvorah E. Shulman

Henry Shulman*

Michael & Lisa Silverstein

Bernice Skirboll

Morton Skirboll*

Regina Smolyak

Dr. Burton Spiller*

Michal Spivak

Todd Stein & Franceen Elias-Stein

Esther Tanzman & Jeff Eichner 

Lisa & Dan Tellem

Shirley Younger* 

Julian Yudelson  

Deborah Zeger  

*of blessed memory