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How do you express your commitment to your community? How do you support the Jewish organizations that are important to you? Omaha's Jewish community is fortunate to have many who donate their time and/or money to area Jewish organizations. However, what happens after the donors are gone? What can you do for future generations to ensure that they are well-served by the Jewish organizations you support?

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You can leave a legacy.
On June 15th, 2017, the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation hosted a community wide celebration in the JCC Gallery to celebrate the successful completion of year three of the Harold Grinspoon LIFE & LEGACY initiative and to honor the donors, lay leaders and volunteers. Over 120 guests attended from our Omaha Jewish community and we were honored to also host Arlene D. Schiff, National Director of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Our key note speaker was Amy Hirshberg Lederman who spoke about the importance of Legacy giving and Karen Sokolof Javitch wrote an original song for the event which was sung by Karen and an inter-generational group.

Year 3 of the LIFE & LEGACY initiative was successful with an estimated value of $ 16,272.075 in commitments. Our Partner organizations, the ADL/CRC, Beth El Synagogue, Beth Israel Synagogue, Chabad House, Friedel Jewish Academy, Institute for Holocaust Education, Jewish Federation of Omaha, Nebraska Jewish Historical Society and Temple Israel Synagogue each formalized 66% of the commitments that they have received. In total over the three years of the LIFE & LEGACY initiative, the Partner organizations have received 576 commitments helping to secure the future of Jewish Omaha.

LIFE & LEGACY TM  Update (as of January 2019)

637 Commitments | $18,805,875 estimated amount

Life & Legacy Donor Testimonials from our year 2 LIFE & LEGACY event can be found on Jewish Federation of Omaha on Vimeo.

Through hard work and dedication, all nine of our community partners, the ADL/CRC, Chabad House, Institute for Holocaust Education, Nebraska Jewish Historical Society, Jewish Federation of Omaha and its agencies, Temple Israel Synagogue, Beth El Synagogue, Beth Israel Synagogue and Friedel Jewish Academy reached or exceeded their third year goals and received incentive grants from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. We are looking forward to a successful fourth and final year of the LIFE & LEGACY program.

We wish to thank all of our wonderful donors for helping to ensure the financial security of Jewish Omaha for generations to come; it will be their legacy.

Margo ParsowMargo Parsow
LIFE & LEGACY Coordinator