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South Palm Beach County Jewish organizations honored for legacy participation

Sun Sentinel logoSun Sentinel 12/6/2019 By Sergio Carmona, South Florida Sun Sentinel

Lay and professional leaders, rabbis and legacy donors from 10 South Palm Beach County Jewish agencies, schools, synagogues and the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County recently gathered to celebrate their individual and collective successes as part of a local Create a Jewish Legacy program.

The Life & Legacy community celebration, which took place at the Federation’s Zinman Hall in Boca Raton, included a a reception, live music, a keynote speaker and awards.

Administered by the Federation’s Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation, the CJL program has been part of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation's Life & Legacy initiative for the past four years.

“Over four years, our Federation, agencies, schools and synagogues have together raised nearly $78 million in 624 legacy commitments from 471 donors for their own and the entire Jewish community’s future,” said Matthew C. Levin, the Federation's president and chief executive officer, in a news release. “$25 million has already been realized, with its interest put to good use. For the fourth year in a row, The Grinspoon Foundation has recognized our community for leading the 63 Life & Legacy participants around the country in both dollars committed and realized.”

During the event, the South Palm Life & Legacy participants were called to the stage to receive their awards. The honored organizations were Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center, Boca Raton Synagogue, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh, Donna Klein Jewish Academy, Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton, Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida, JARC Florida (formerly Jewish Association for Residential Care), Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services and Temple Beth El of Boca Raton.

Cindy Orbach Nimhauser, Rales JFS’ chief development officer and senior vice president, said the organization’s participating in this program has created a culture of legacy giving within agency and community.

"People are excited to give a gift for the future and to ensure that all the things that make this community so unique continue long after we are here. CJL has shepherded this process, and helped us succeed at a level that we had never been able to achieve before.”

Rabbi David Baum, spiritual leader of Congregation Shaarei Kodesh in Boca Raton, said, "For a relatively small and young congregation, it's a great accomplishment that we've been able to get the number of people to sign up for the Legacy program."

"We have 46 legacy donors, so it's a statement by many people in our congregation that we're not just investing in our present, but also for our future."

Jeffrey M. Zirulnick, JARC Florida's CEO, said the organization was honored to be a part of the Life & Legacy Celebration.

"The Create A Jewish Legacy program at JARC assures future generations of adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities a place to live, a place to work and a place to be valued."

Additional Create a Jewish Legacy partners are B’nai Torah Congregation, Congregation B’nai Israel, Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach, Jewish Education Center of South Florida and Torah Academy of Boca Raton.

Contact Lottie Nilsen, associate vice president of Foundation Development at the Federation, at 561-852-3109 or lottien@bocafed.org for more information about CJL or for a confidential conversation about legacy giving.

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