Create Your Jewish Legacy

Create your Jewish Legacy

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.

  • Include a simple bequest in your will
  • Make a designation from your life insurance policy, IRA, or retirement plan
  • Give an outright gift
  • Create a charitable trust
  • Direct a grant from your donor-advised fund or foundation

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

Mark and Robin Miller
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.”

–Mark Miller 


Thank you to Fred and Patti Heldman

Fred and Patti Heldman
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

Dr. Stephan D. Weiss
Dr. Stephan D. Weiss
"A consequence of my father's death when I was seven years old was that I became acutely aware of the emotional effects of traumatic events and transitions upon family life. For that reason, Jewish Family Service's mission to strengthen lives in times of need resonates with me.

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

Sara and Richard Berman family
Sara and Richard Berman family
"Jewish Family Service enabled Sara and me to create our family, for which we will always be grateful. Further, I was a "Big Brother" for over 15 years and Sara was a "Big Sister". That Jewish Family Service program is now called Bigs & Littles.
"We are impassioned about ensuring that these programs are secure and sustainable. Our CYJL contribution will support Jewish Family Service and their wonderful programs."
- Richard Behrman

Thank you to Dick and Mona Kerstine

Mona and Dick Kerstine
Mona and Dick 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

Leah and Gary Smith
Leah and Gary 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.

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Marcie and Nathan Bachrach

Kitzi and Bruce Baker

Richard and Sara Behrman

Stanley Berman

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

Amy Diamond  

Ross and Jan Evans

Sue Friedlander

Bill and Suzy Goldberg

Carrie and Ken Goldhoff

Jeff and Laura Goldstein

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Stuart z'l and Roberta Handwerger

David Harris

Paul Heiman

Fred and Patti Heldman

Beth and Brian Hertzman

Martin and Sally Hiudt

Jon Hoffheimer

Joanie and Jerry Horwitz

Scott and Patricia Joseph

Josh and Tracy Juran

Larry and Kim Juran

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Richard and Simone Kerstine 

Marjorie S. Knodle

Dr. and Mrs. Hamilton Lempert

Andrea Levenson Young and Scott Young
Randy and Bonnie Loftspring 

Jacqueline Mack

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

Lauren Scharf

Anita and Henry Schneider

Irvin z'l and Ida Schwartz

Beth Schwartz and Gene Smiley

Susan Shorr and Dennis Mitman

Andrew and Sally Shott

Leah and Gary Smith 

Paul Spitz

Debra and Michael Steinbuch

Corky and Ellen Steiner

John and Merrie Stillpass
Josephine Stillpass
Barbara Sutter

Amy Susskind Weiskopf

Richard and Marcia z'l Weiland

Alan z'l and Louise Wolf

Stephan D. Weiss PhD

Max and Elida Yamson

Fred Zorndorf

Helen and Sanford Zussman

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“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