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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FOR MORE INFORMATION ON MAKING A LEGACY GIFT, Please contact Isaac Azerad at 941-383-3428 or



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
  • 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 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
  • 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 & Judy (z”l) Vigder
    In Honor and Loving Memory of Florence Katz
  • Mel Weisel & Fran Mann (z”l)
  • Roberta Wladis