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What is LIFE & LEGACY?

LIFE & LEGACY is a 4-year partnership program 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 benefit Jewish day schools, synagogues, social service organizations and other Jewish entities.

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.


An unprecedented transfer of generational wealth is taking place before our eyes. Yet Jewish organizations by and large have not fully recognized the possibilities or sought legacy gifts despite the knowledge that endowments will have an increasingly impactful role in sustaining the future of their organizations.

Having this knowledge, the question HGF sought to answer is “Can Jewish communities be motivated to become proactive in encouraging widespread legacy giving?” With implementation of LIFE and LEGACY the answer is YES!

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Please contact Executive Director of Temple Beth Israel, Isaac Azerad at 941-383-3428 or email HERE

The following LIFE & LEGACY donors have insured that future generations will enjoy Temple Beth Israel and a Jewish presence on Longboat Key. 

Isaac Azerad
Alice Blueglass
H. Murray Blueglass (z"l)
Barbara Blumfield
David (z”l) & Maggie Brenner
Gloria Feibus
Joel Feidelman
Mildred Field (z”l)
Frank & Christa Fineshriber
Walter & Marlena (z”l) Frank
Elise & James Galinsky
In memory of Dr. Cecelia & Ben Liebow and Helen & Louis Galinsky.
Dr. Philip & Suzan Gaynes
In honor of Jill & David Gaynes and Leslie Beckman-Gaynes.
In memory of Seth Gaynes and Solomon Gaynes.
Shelley & Sy Goldblatt
Miriam & Allan Goldfarb
Elana & Earl (z”l) Gordon
Susan & David (z"l) Gorin
In memory of our parents.
Bernice Gourse (z”l)
Robin Green
In memory of my husband Kermit ‘Kit’ Green who loved life and was a caring man.
He is very missed by his family and many friends.
Jay Greenblatt
Norman (z”l) & Barbara Gross
Dr. Jon & Joyce Gudeman
Debby & Gerald Hamburg
Dr. Audrey Heimler
In memory of my beloved son, Richard Adam Heimler
Sue Jacobson
Maggie Kaplen
Sy Klionsky (z"l)
Benjamin & Sandra Krause
Richard & Nessa Levine
Marion & Dr. Bernard (z”l) Levine
In memory of Dr. Bernard Levine
Bonney & Len Libman
In honor of our delightful dozen.
Suzanne Lutkoff
In memory of David M. Lutkoff. He loved TBI in many ways including serving as president of the Men’s Club.
Donald & Judith (z”l) Markstein
Judge Marvin & Betty Morse
Lewis Moyer
Sharon Oper (z”l)
Dr. Sandra Packard
In Honor of Dr. Martin T. Packard’s (z”l) love
& Commitment to the study of Judaism and
the support of Israel.
Irwin & Judith Parmet
Barbara Pressman & Robert Berns (z”l)
Helen Rauch (z”l)
Peter & Amy Roth
Gloria Sabin
Marjorie Sandy
William Sandy
Suzanne Berk Schuster
In honor of Terry Berk, my much loved brother.
Carole Shaw & Stuart Sinai
Dr. Ira J. Singer & Carole R. Singer
Sidney & Theresa Sinick (z”l)
Rabbi Stephen & Corinne Sniderman
Marilyn Taub
Marjorie L. Tick (z”l)
Robert (z"l) & Judy (z”l) Vigder
In Honor and Loving Memory of Florence Katz
Mel Weisel & Fran Mann (z”l)
Roberta Wladis
Wed, April 24 2024 16 Nisan 5784