Life & Legacy®

A community campaign for the Jewish future​
We are asking one another to act upon a simple but profound question: what will our Jewish legacy be? ​

You are invited to join us – start creating your Jewish legacy today to help us assure Jewish tomorrows.​​

What Is the Life & Legacy Initiative?​

Life & Legacy is a partnership program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation that empowers and invites everyone in our community to take responsibility for the future of Jewish Cleveland. ​

Through Life & Legacy, we are coming together to share and promote our values and philanthropic passions while creating a meaningful and lasting impact. The Jewish Federation of Cleveland is grateful to have the opportunity to support our partners in leading this transformative and inspiring collaboration. ​

What Organizations Are Participating in Life & Legacy?​

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland is proud to be participating in the Life & Legacy program alongside our local beneficiary agencies: ​

  • Bellefaire JCB​
  • Cleveland Hillel​
  • Fuchs Mizrachi School​
  • Gross Schechter Day School ​
  • Hebrew Academy of Cleveland
  • Hillel at Kent State University​
  • Jewish Education Center of Cleveland
  • Jewish Family Service Association
  • Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage​
  • Mandel Jewish Community Center​
  • Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School (formerly Agnon School)​
  • Yeshiva Derech Hatorah​

How Do I Get Started?

Being part of the Life & Legacy movement only takes one small first step:​ simply indicate that you have the intention of leaving a gift to one of the​ participating organizations. You can do this by filling out a letter of ​intent, reaching out to your contact at the agency of your choice, or ​contacting Lisa Hacker at the Federation. ​

You can make a meaningful and lasting impact on Jewish Cleveland with ​a gift in your will, trust, retirement account, or life insurance policy.​

Caring for those in need, promoting Jewish learning, celebrating our history and heritage, fostering meaningful relationships and lifelong connections – your gift will help make sure that everything you love about living in Jewish Cleveland will endure long into the future.​

Lisa Hacker

For more information about the Life & Legacy program, please reach out to Brian Freedman, Life & Legacy coordinator, at 216-593-2792 or

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