We all strive to leave the world a
better place – through our children, our good deeds, our generosity.
What will you do this year that will outlast you? Fulfill the promise so future generations will say of us, "The world is a better place because, for a brief time, they lived in it."
With a legacy gift, your impact can continue beyond your lifetime. In a hundred years, you can still be changing lives.This could be the most important gift you ever make.
Anybody can do it.
Anybody can make a legacy gift, regardless of age or financial circumstances, and your gift can be customized to fit your goals and needs.
It's easy to do.
Continuing their generosity by establishing a Legacy Gift...
Create Your Jewish Legacy is a Jewish Federation of Cincinnati partnership with local agencies and congregations to ensure a strong Jewish community for future generations. Their goal is for every local Jewish organization to have a significant endowment, allowing them to continue their important mission and to serve our community with vital and innovative programming and services.
We would like to thank the following for strengthening the future of Jewish Family Service with a Create Your Jewish Legacy gift - and letting us share their stories. Their gifts will preserve the thriving community they have helped shape and ensure that Jewish Family Service can help those in need for years to come.
Thank you to Mark and Robin Miller
“My parents were always generous and charitable so being a leader in our community and being generous seems natural to me. Helping out year to year is necessary, but providing a gift that will make an impact for years to come is very satisfying. It’s great knowing that our hard work and success can be shared with the community while still providing for our family. Robin and I have been very blessed and we are fortunate to be able participate in legacy giving.”
Thank you to Fred and Patti Heldman
"Over the years thousands of lives have been assisted, improved and positively impacted by the services of JFS from families with babies to our aging seniors. JFS has helped individuals to become self-sufficient, and find the best resources in a nurturing and supportive way. Without the services of JFS many, many people would be underserved.
"I believe that my CYJL legacy will be utilized well at JFS because the supportive services will continue to be vitally needed for future generations. This community has been good to me. It’s my responsibility to help change, improve and be a steward in our fantastic community. We need to take good care of ourselves and each other in the best way possible that we are able to do; that is Tikkun Olam."
- Patti Heldman
Thank you to Stephan D. Weiss
Later, as a recipient of my graduate school fellowship support, I was afforded the opportunity to pursue my career as a psychologist.
I hope that my legacy gift to Jewish Family Service will contribute to its mission of professional career development for its staff.
It gives me great satisfaction to 'give back' through my Legacy gift by enabling the delivery of quality service to clients who require the services of Jewish Family Service.
- Stephan D. Weiss, PhD
Thank you to Richard and Sara Behrman
Thank you to Dick and Mona Kerstine
Dick and Mona Kerstine appreciate the values of their ancestors passed on to them. “We have a huge heritage, with which we feel comes responsibility. And to fulfill that responsibility requires involvement. Either personal or legacy involvement,” said Dick.
“I hope my grandchildren and great grandchildren will know how proud they can be of their ancestors. My father used to say that Jews have to take care of one another,” added Mona.
Dick said they made a Jewish legacy commitment to Jewish Family Service and other Cincinnati Jewish organizations so they can send a message to their 7 grandchildren and future great-grandchildren, “I’m glad there’s a Judaism that is still present for you…that you can still practice…that you can still identify with.”
Please enjoy this video showing the Kerstine's commitment to supporting our community by creating a Legacy.
Thank you to Gary and Leah Smith
"We wanted to find an organization that was welcoming to all, sensitive to people's needs, and helped those that needed it most. Jewish Family Service provides that," said Gary Smith.
"We want to absolutely ensure that we have a strong Jewish community in the future," said Smith. In addition to Jewish Family Service, the Smiths have also left legacy gifts to the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs, Hebrew Union College national archives, Adath Israel, Cedar Village Retirement Community, and the Seeing Eye Dog Program for the Blind in Israel. The generosity of Gary and Leah will help create a brighter future for the next generation in the Jewish Community.
Thank you to these supporters whose generous commitment will sustain our mission now and into the future as members of the Jewish Family Service Legacy Society.
Marcie and Nathan Bachrach
Kitzi and Bruce Baker
Charles and Kelly Bernstein
Bob z'l and Irene Block
Abbie Brant Lipson and Danny Lipson
Susan Brenner and Steven Mombach
Craig and Frances Coleman
Malcolm and Adell z'l Coleman
Ross and Jan Evans
Bill and Suzy Goldberg
Carrie and Ken Goldhoff
Jeff and Laura Goldstein
Stuart z'l and Roberta Handwerger
Fred and Patti Heldman
Beth and Brian Hertzman
Martin and Sally Hiudt
Joanie and Jerry Horwitz
Scott and Patricia Joseph
Josh and Tracy Juran
Larry and Kim Juran
Marjorie S. Knodle
Dr. and Mrs. Hamilton Lempert
Andrea Levenson Young and Scott Young
Randy and Bonnie Loftspring
Mark and Robin Miller
Leslie and Kenneth Miller
Joy S. and Thomas Nadler
Lev A. Orlov
Nina and Edward Paul
Eleanor G. and Arnold P. z'l Payton
Brian and Betsy Peerless
Wendy and Bob Pelberg
Penny and Myles Pensak
Sue and Jay z'l Price
Leslie and Bernard Reiss
Dick and Kitty Rosenthal
Ari and Deborah Rubinoff
Julie Jacobson Ruby and Kenn Ruby
Anita and Henry Schneider
Irvin z'l and Ida Schwartz
Beth Schwartz and Gene Smiley
Susan Shorr and Dennis Mitman
Andrew and Sally Shott
Debra and Michael Steinbuch
Corky and Ellen Steiner
John and Merrie Stillpass
Amy Susskind Weiskopf
Richard and Marcia z'l Weiland
Alan z'l and Louise Wolf
Stephan D. Weiss PhD
Max and Elida Yamson
Helen and Sanford Zussman
Visit www.createyourjewishlegacy.org to learn more or
contact Liz Vogel at (513) 766-3306 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“There are stars whose light only reaches the earth long after they have fallen apart. There are people whose memory continues to provide light in this world, long after they are gone.”
- Hannah Szenes