JewishColumbus is excited to announce that it has been selected as one of four new communities to join 58 others that are participating in the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s (HGF) LIFE & LEGACY ® program.

Our country is in the midst of a $59 trillion intergenerational transfer of wealth. The goal of LIFE & LEGACY is to provide Jewish communities with the tools to capitalize on this incredible moment in time for philanthropy. Since 2012, donors via LIFE & LEGACY have committed $960 million in new planned gifts to Jewish organizations, day schools, and synagogues across North America. A planned gift can come in many forms, including but not limited to an IRA or retirement plan designation, life insurance policies, and a bequest to an organization(s).

Over the course of the four years of the program, a cohort of local Jewish agencies and synagogues will receive coaching from and participate in community trainings with a LIFE & LEGACY Community Consultant. This person will provide tailored support to each organization on developing and implementing a planned giving initiative that fits the “personality” of each organization. JewishColumbus is able to launch LIFE & LEGACY through a generous $60,000 grant from the Columbus Jewish Foundation Legacy Board, and will also receive annual financial support from HGF.

Joel Marcovitch, CEO of JewishColumbus was excited about the important role that LIFE & LEGACY will play in sustaining the community:

“Our acceptance into LIFE & LEGACY is a huge win for future generations of Columbus Jews. Our ability to respond to the future needs of the community depends on our ability to plan today. We want to celebrate those who are our partners in planning to secure the future. Each member of our community who becomes part of this program has become a beacon that will light our future.”

Bobby Covitz, Director of LIFE & LEGACY at JewishColumbus, has attended the LIFE & LEGACY Gathering for the past two years and has developed strong relationships with his counterparts in other communities.

“The feedback that I received time and again was unanimous: LIFE & LEGACY is a community building initiative as much as a planned giving initiative. I am excited for the impact that this program will have on our already great community.”

The program will officially “kick off” later this fall with the first community training session, and the cohort of Jewish organizations and synagogues will be finalized shortly thereafter. In the meantime, please visit to learn more about this exciting new chapter for the Columbus Jewish community. For any questions, please contact Bobby Covitz at (614) 559-3212 or