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Life & Legacy

Together, we are ensuring the Jewish future.

Congregation Ohev Shalom is proud to partner with the TOP Jewish Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation to continue the LIFE & LEGACY Program to ensure that our synagogue remains vibrant for future generations. To date COS has secured over 40 legacy commitments, and we are hoping for many more! Thanks to those who are part of the growing list at the end of this page. You may refer back to past issues of the synagogue Bulletin for more descriptive pieces on the program in the Executive Director’s article.

Creating Your Jewish Legacy

When we talk to our children, we don’t always know if they are listening to us. I don’t know about you, but I’m usually worried it is going in one ear and out the other.

But there is a statement we can make to our children- and grandchildren- and across the generations, a statement we know they will hear. We do have a way to convey our values, convey what is really important to us. By participating in the Life and Legacy program at Congregation Ohev Shalom, we can speak to our children in a way that is louder and clearer than mere words could ever be.

There is a story of a man who plants a tree, knowing that he will not live to see its fruit. Jewish tradition exhorts us to recount throughout the generations the story of this man who plants selflessly for the generations to come. When we contribute to the Life and Legacy program, through an after-life gift, we plant a tree- carrying on a legacy through our children and grandchildren, sustaining our traditions through an uncertain future.

Fortunately, building an Ohev Shalom nest-egg and securing a strong financial base for all that we offer and do for our members and the community is within the means of each one of us. A legacy gift can be simple or complicated- it all depends on the individual donor, with attention to his or her needs and the needs of family. Consider a bequest which is the simplest of charitable gifts. A charitable bequest may be made in any amount, large or small.

If you already have a will, a bequest to Congregation Ohev Shalom can be made with a simple codicil. For example, you might mail your attorney your wishes for a codicil to your will that reads something like the following: “I give, devise and bequeath to Congregation Ohev Shalom, 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, FL the sum of $___ to be used for its general purposes (or for a specific purpose defined by you, the donor).

Your role in all of this is to participate by making a bequest to Congregation Ohev Shalom, knowing that you are strengthening the financial infrastructure of the synagogue and enabling COS to weather the everyday crises of the future.

Thanks to your foresight and generosity, we can insure that our grandchildren and their grandchildren will enjoy a flourishing Congregation Ohev Shalom, where the Jewish community can hold their heads high and we can joyously celebrate our wonderful heritage and traditions.

Please e-mail for information about the Life and Legacy program. Thank you, in advance for considering participating to ensure our future.


Current Legacy Donors (as of 12/31/2020)

Dick and Dottie Appelbaum

Susan Bodell

Jeffrey and Debra Bornstein

Lori and Ed Brenner

Barbara & Burt Chasnov

Ed and Dale Danuff

Marvin and Bonnie Friedman

Janet Friedman

Roz Fuchs

Robert Gamson

Rachel and Rob Gebaide

Deborah Gendzier

Tayler and Jaime Gold

Steven and Marbella Hornik

Rabbi David and Joanne Kay

Lorraine Kessler

Gordon and Lisa Levin

Terri Mayle

Nina and Ron Oppenheim

Craig Polejes

Alan Rusonik

Allen and Sandi Saft

Eric and Lisa Schwartz

Franklin & Marilyn Schwartz

Bill and Lisa Sholk

Michael and Stacey Soll

Sara Stern

Louise and Richard Weiner

Sharon White

Saul & Lea Zatz

Edward and Phyllis Zissman


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