Create a Jewish LegacyLegacy Society

We are delighted to let you know we now have over 60 members of the Legacy Society — people who have committed to an afterlife gift to Kehilla. The total value of these commitments is over $1.6 million dollars. These are contributions that will come in over time, helping to grow Kehilla’s endowment when we are no longer here.

Our program partner, the Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay runs the Life and Legacy Program, and offers us excellent training.  The Life and Legacy Program includes 13 local Jewish Institutions, mostly East Bay Synagogues.  Last year, each of the 13 participating organizations reached their goal of 18 new legacy commitments!  That meant that each organization received a gift of $10,000 from the program sponsor, The Harold Grinspoon Foundation.  Indeed, we were happy to receive this gift and used it wisely.

Now we’re in the middle of Year Two and we’re moving toward our goal of 18 new commitments in this year. We’d love to have you join us in helping to secure Kehilla’s future for generations to come. Feel free to ask any of us about the program.  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.

To learn more about the Legacy Society, email the Legacy Team at


The Legacy Society Team: Joel Kreisberg, Susan Freundlich, Jon Levin, Marjorie Cox, Kaia Burkett, Michael Saxe-Taller and Rabbi Dev Noily

As of May 30, 2017, Kehilla’s Legacy Society includes:

  • Madeleine Adkins
  • Ruth Atkin
  • Noam Birnbaum
  • Laura Boxer
  • Lynn Bravewomon
  • Sandy Bredt
  • Wendy Buffett
  • Kaia Burkett
  • Rabbi David Cooper
  • Marjorie Cox
  • Barbara Cohen and Allen Price
  • Ron Cohen
  • Karen Cohn and Teri Gruenwald
  • Rabbi Diane Elliot and Rabbi Burt Jacobson
  • Julia Epstein
  • Debbie Fier
  • Nancy Feinstein and Glenn Shor
  • Shoshana Finacom
  • Susan Freundlich
  • Marilyn Golden
  • Dvora Gordon
  • Sharon Grodin
  • Shoshana Halle
  • Annie Kennedy
  • Ruth and Jay Koch
  • Joel Kreisberg
  • Ruthie and Jon Levin
  • Julie Litwin and Shelley Sella
  • Simone Masson
  • Irene and David* McPhail, Z”L
  • Anna C. Martin and Loel Solomon
  • Remedios Martinez-Cantu
  • Richard Miles and Michelle Roland
  • Julie Nesnansky
  • Rabbi Dev Noily
  • Julie Patrusky
  • Kristina Peterson
  • Barbara Petterson and David Lee
  • Sandra Razieli
  • Avi Rose
  • Carol Rothman and Scott Ullman
  • Marcie Rubel
  • Michael Saxe-Taller
  • Ilana Schatz
  • Ralph Silber
  • Cathy Steirn
  • Bracha and Don Stone
  • Hedy Straus
  • Dolores Taller
  • Beth Weinberger
  • Laurel Zien and David Levine
  • Two anonymous donors