$1 million in funding
for security initiatives each year
$382k raised
to support Ukrainian Jews
120+ Columbus kids
sent to overnight Jewish summer camp


Creating a vibrant tomorrow for our entire Columbus Jewish community.

JewishColumbus is delighted to host the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s (HGF) LIFE & LEGACY® initiative. Thanks to our Columbus Jewish Community for securing a vibrant and beautiful Jewish tomorrow through the LIFE & LEGACY program!

Click here for a full list of our community participants, as of the close of Year 1, Feb. 28, 2021.

What is LIFE & LEGACY?

LIFE & LEGACY is a four-year legacy giving program to secure the financial future and success of local Jewish organizations.

Why participate in LIFE & LEGACY?

Every member of the Jewish community has been touched by one or more of our partner organizations (listed below). Now is your chance to ensure these institutions can thrive in perpetuity. You can assure continuity of services and programs in Columbus by making a legacy gift in your will or estate plan. Within this special partnership, you can then choose one or more of these partner organizations to benefit from your gift. It’s simple and yet very powerful.

We believe a strong Jewish community means a strong Columbus community. The endowments you create will ensure the long-term sustainability of our values and our dreams for all future generations.

LIFE & LEGACY Resources

This is an extensive archive that contains LIFE & LEGACY® templates and materials, in addition to marketing and stewardship examples from other communities. The username is “Resources” and the password is “hgflegacy.”


Life & Legacy Resources


Letter of Intent


Gift Confirmation


LIFE & LEGACY Presentations Archive and Shared Marketing Assets 

Want to access past LIFE & LEGACY training materials? Or, does your organization have an ad or article that you’re proud of that you would like to share with other teams? Please visit the LIFE & LEGACY Team Resources Archive for many helpful local resources.

Getting Started

Our community’s synagogues and agencies have had a tremendous impact on generations of Jews. Have you considered including the organizations that you cherish in your will, or as a beneficiary of your retirement fund, so you can help those organizations continue to make a difference for a new generation?

Ready to begin? Download the Letter of Intent and please contact one or more organizations of your choice today.

Questions to Consider

Can anyone do this?

Yes! You don’t have to be wealthy, just passionate about an organization’s mission. This decision is for after you are gone, and you can decide exactly what part or percentage of your estate to leave via your will or by simply naming an organization(s) as a beneficiary of your retirement plan. You can make sure that that people you love are taken care of first, while still making plans to support the Jewish community long after you are gone.

How do I begin?

It’s easy to do. Reflect on your Jewish passions. What is important to you about our faith and people? What work in our community do you want to support? Then contact the team leader from the organization or organizations you want to work with.

When should I start thinking about leaving a legacy?

The answer is different for everyone. Some people make a will after the birth of a child; others may wait until they receive an inheritance. Whether you already have a will or are just getting started, it’s always right to think of how you want to be remembered. Now is the time.

Who can help me?

We encourage you to begin your legacy conversation by contacting the team leader of the organization(s) you care about most to share your interests and learn about the organization’s long-term needs. JewishColumbus staff is available to assist you with the technical aspects of legacy giving. You may also want to contact your financial advisors and/or estate planning attorney at this time.

Organizations to Support

Beth Jacob Congregation

Beth Jacob Congregation
Dr. Jeff Tilson, Team Leader
Hilary Griffith, Office Administrator
(614) 237-8641

Chabad Columbus

Chabad Columbus
Adam Snyder, Team Leader
Esther Kaltmann, Co-Executive Director
(614) 939-0765

Columbus Jewish Day School

Columbus Jewish Day School
Steve Edelstein, Team Leader
Kerry Selfinger, Development & Marketing Coordinator
(614) 939-5311 x3113

Columbus Jewish Historical Society

Columbus Jewish Historical Society
Art Flesch, Team Leader
Toby Brief, Executive Director
(614) 238-6977

Columbus Torah Academy

Columbus Torah Academy
Dr. Bob Wolf, Team Leader
Shari Herszage, Development & Marketing Coordinator
(614) 864-0299 x218

Congregation Agudas Achim

Congregation Agudas Achim
Julie Saar, Team Leader
Avi Allen, Executive Director
(614) 237-2747 x111

Congregation Beth Tikvah

Congregation Beth Tikvah
Ernie Mandell, Team Leader
Debbie Vinocur, Executive Director
(614) 885-4150

Congregation Ahavas Sholom

Congregation Ahavas Sholom
Dr. Phil Weinerman, Team Leader
Rabbi David Claman
(614) 252-4815

Congregation Tifereth Israel

Congregation Tifereth Israel
Rabbi Hillel Skolnik, Team Leader
Nancy Gurwin, Executive Director
(614) 928-3269

Congregation Torat Emet

Congregation Torat Emet
Stu Appelbaum, Team Leader
Rabbi Howard Zack
(614) 390-0440

JCC of Greater Columbus

JCC of Greater Columbus
Josh Barkan and Ben Zacks, Team Leader
Melanie Butter, Chief Development Officer
(614) 559-6233

Jewish Family Services

Jewish Family Services
Diana Schrimpf, Director of Resource Development and Team Leader
Karen Mozenter, CEO
(614) 231-1890

Kehilat Sukkat Shalom

Kehilat Sukkat Shalom
Debra Seltzer, Team Leader
Jodi Kushins, Team Member
(614) 881-0617

Ohio State Hillel

Ohio State Hillel
Aaron Shocket, Team Leader
Joseph Kohane, Executive Director
(614) 294-4797

Temple Israel

Temple Israel
Bob Keidan, Team Leader
Natalie Adler, Foundation Executive Director
(614) 866-0010

Temple Beth Shalom

Temple Beth Shalom
Pam Scheer, Team Leader
Bobby Covitz, Executive Director
(614) 855-4882

Wexner Heritage Village

Wexner Heritage Village
Mark Yale, Team Leader
Leslie Fulford, Director of Community Outreach
(614) 559-0268

Questions? Let’s connect.

Lori Maier Wishne

Senior Foundation Director

Jordan Saks

Planned Giving & Endowments Program Manager