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(as of 01-25-2022)

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LIFE & LEGACY: What Will Your Legacy Be?


"As my parents planted for me before I was born, so do I plant for those who will come after me." - Talmud

The Central Massachusetts Jewish community has been selected as a LIFE & LEGACY partner of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. This forward-thinking program seeks to engage local Jewish organizations in a collaborative endeavor that will ensure the strength of our community now and for the future.


Imagine if you could provide a gift to the Jewish community that would last forever. LIFE & LEGACY is an endowment program designed to help you create permanent legacy gifts, demonstrating your belief in the continuity of Jewish life for generations to come. In partnership with Jewish organizations and synagogues, this program helps individuals and families create ongoing support for the Jewish causes they care about. All of us, regardless of age, wealth, or affiliation, have the ability to help sustain a vibrant Jewish community now and in the future.


Contact Leah Shuldiner at 508.756.1543 or legacy@jfcm.org to learn more.





GIFTS: 390

ESTIMATED VALUE: $10,275,000


LIFE & LEGACY Program Partners


Beth Tikvah Synagogue


Clark University Hillel


Congregation Beth Israel


Congregation B'nai Shalom


Congregation Shaarai Torah West


Jewish Family & Children’s Services


Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts


Jewish Healthcare Center


Temple Emanuel Sinai


Temple Israel


Worcester JCC




2016-12 Kick-Off

2017-02 Our Legacy

2017-03 Legacy Gifts

2017-06 Telling Stories

2017-08 Diverse Stories/Common Spirit

2017-09 Eclipse

2017-12 8 Candles - 8 Reasons

2018-01 Why We Give


2018-08 Legacy Gathering.pdf

2019-02 When we Give Cheerfully and Accept Gratefully.pdf

2019-03 Legacy Gifts.pdf

2019-04 Year 2 End.pdf

2019-05 Legacy Celebration Year 2.pdf

2019-06 Celebration Remarks.pdf

2019-08 summer legacy.pdf

2019-11 Do the Math.pdf

2020-03 Passover Across Time and Place.pdf

2020-06 SHARING.pdf





CONTACT: Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts, Leah Shuldiner, lshuldiner@jfcm.org


National Jewish Endowment Building Initiative Tops $1 Billion in Commitments Including $10,275,000 in Central Massachusetts


Local Jewish organizations secure 390 legacy commitments from 269 donors to date through LIFE & LEGACY® initiative.


Worcester MA — 269 local donors have made 390 legacy commitments to support the Central Massachusetts Jewish community. These commitments are part of a collaborative endowment building effort that includes 10 Jewish organizations and congregations, the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s LIFE & LEGACY initiative, the goal of which is to provide future financial stability.  


“We’ve seen every single one of our partner organizations grow in some way because of this program. It has brought us together and made us stronger,” said Leah Shuldiner, coordinator for the LIFE & LEGACY program at JFCM. “It’s an incredible experience to be part of the growth and the future sustainability of a Jewish community with such history and roots as Central Mass. Even with social distancing, it is so inspiring to connect with our legacy donors and hear their Jewish stories.”


In less than 8 years, LIFE & LEGACY has motivated more than 17,000 donors in 63 communities across North America, including in Central Mass, to commit more than a billion dollars in current and after-lifetime assets to the Jewish organizations which shaped their lives. In challenging times like these, endowments provide organizations with the financial stability to meet evolving needs. Legacy commitments ensure that organizations that are providing impactful programs and services during both calm and turbulent times have the necessary resources to adapt.


“The cooperation and collaboration fostered by LIFE & LEGACY as local organizations work to a shared goal of endowment building is especially critical now,” said Arlene D. Schiff, national director, LIFE & LEGACY. “Even in the midst of so much disruption and uncertainty, we continue to empower many generous and committed individuals and families to give back to the Jewish organizations that have played and are playing an important role in their lives.”


The commitments made by Central Massachusetts legacy donors are just the beginning of a community-wide effort to ensure a bright Jewish future. A full list of LIFE & LEGACY participating organizations and the donors who are supporting them can be found here www.jfcm.org/lifeandlegacy .


“Providing Jewish organizations with a strategy to help secure their long-term financial goals is absolutely vital, especially now in the middle of an economic crisis,” said Harold Grinspoon, founder of HGF. “Supporting our Jewish institutions is critical to ensuring future generations are able to enjoy our rich culture and heritage. I am thrilled that LIFE & LEGACY is motivating donors to make legacy commitments that will sustain vibrant Jewish communities for years to come.”


To learn how you can be part of securing The Central Mass Jewish future email legacy@jfcm.org or visit .

www.jfmc.org/lifeandlegacy .


Established in 1948, The Jewish Federation of Central Mass is the central planning and fundraising organization for educational, social, and cultural activities for the Jewish community of Central Massachusetts. Federation embraces meaningful philanthropy, hands-on volunteerism, and shared commitment. Through the Annual Community Campaign and the efforts of hundreds of volunteers, Federation helps support and promote vital programs and services that knit our community together.

LIFE & LEGACY is an initiative of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) that assists communities across North America, through partnerships with Jewish Federations and Foundations, to promote after-lifetime giving to build endowments that will sustain valued organizations and vibrant Jewish communities for the next generation and beyond. Through training, support, and monetary incentives, LIFE & LEGACY motivates Jewish organizations to secure legacy gifts, steward donors, and integrate legacy giving into the philanthropic culture of the Jewish community.