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Kehilla’s Legacy Society

Create-a-Jewish-LegacyWe are pleased to acknowledge our growing community of donors to the Legacy Society at Kehilla.  In partnership with the Jewish Community Foundation of The East Bay’s Create a Jewish Legacy program, Kehilla’s Legacy Society has grown to 32 members who are naming Kehilla as a beneficiary. Kehilla is creating an endowment for future generations to come.  The current members of the Legacy Society include:

  • Julie Amberg
  • Noam Birnbaum
  • Laura Boxer
  • Lynn Bravewomon
  • Sandy Bredt
  • Wendy Buffett
  • Kaia Burkett
  • Barbara Cohen and Allen Price
  • Ron Cohen
  • Rabbi David Cooper
  • Shoshana Finacom
  • Susan Freundlich
  • Dvora Gordon
  • Rabbi Burt Jacobson
  • Ruth and Jay Koch
  • Joel Kreisberg
  • Ruthie and Jon Levin
  • Simone Masson
  • Irene and David* McPhail
  • Richard Miles and Michelle Roland
  • Julie Nesnansky
  • Rabbi Dev Noily
  • Julie Patrusky
  • Kristina Peterson
  • Michael Saxe-Taller
  • Ilana Schatz
  • Ralph Silber
  • Cathy Steirn
  • Hedy Straus
  • Beth Weinberger
  • One anonymous donor

* Z’’l – of blessed memory

You don’t have to be wealthy to leave a legacy to Kehilla – in fact, this is a way to give Kehilla money when you can’t use it anymore.

There are lots of ways to do this; some are as simple as naming Kehilla as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k) or other retirement savings fund. That takes only a few minutes, and often can be done online. Another way is to designate Kehilla as one of the beneficiaries of your life insurance policy. Even your bank account has a place for you to designate who should get your savings when you die.

If you have a trust or will, you can add Kehilla as a beneficiary of your estate through those documents. You can specify an amount, or you can specify a percentage of your estate. You can even specify that Kehilla gets money only after your children do.

Please consider joining the Legacy Society. The initial step is to have a conversation with one of our Legacy Team Members.  We will do whatever research is needed to answer your questions, and get back to you. We can also recommend an estate planning attorney, and help you lin up any help you might need to make your bequest.

To learn more about the Legacy Society, contact Joel Kreisberg at, or any of the other Legacy Team members: Lynn Bravewomon, Noam Birnbaum, Susan Freundlich,  Rabbi Dev Noily, and Michael Saxe-Taller.

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