Read Stories about Legacy Leaders 

Our Legacy donors care deeply about sustaining our vibrant Jewish community. That’s why they have promised after-life gifts to their favorite organizations and causes through the Foundation. We are thankful for their partnership.

We also are inspired by their vision and generosity to support their favorite causes and organizations, and pass on their values for generations.

Through their stories, you can learn why our Legacy donors have chosen to support our Jewish community forever.

For more information about our LIFE & LEGACY program,
click here or contact Elana MacGilpin at emacgilpin@jcfhartford.org

Inspirational Giving: Four Questions for Debbie Mehlman

Inspirational Giving: Four Questions for Debbie Mehlman

Why is the Jewish community of Greater Hartford so special to you? I grew up in a small suburb of Trenton, NJ. Our family was the only Jewish family for miles around, and I was the only Jewish student in all of my classes. I always felt like an outsider....

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Marla Perlstein – Legacy Story

Marla Perlstein – Legacy Story

I came from the small town of Lorain, Ohio.  We had one synagogue, so it was the center of Jewish life in Lorain. Young people spent a lot of time there and felt a part of the community. When I first married, I was looking for that feeling in a synagogue.  I...

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Harriet Cutler – Legacy Story

Harriet Cutler – Legacy Story

The Jewish Community of Greater Hartford and Congregation Kol Haverim are special to me for many reasons.  I joined Kehilat Chaverim in the late 1970s, helping “write” High Holiday services in the homes in the West End of Hartford.  During those early years,...

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Janice and Rich Hoff – Legacy Story

Janice and Rich Hoff – Legacy Story

Rich and I have been members of Congregation Kol Haverim (CKH) since 1986. At the time, our sons were 7 and 5 years old and we wanted them to have a Jewish education.  During those 36 years, CKH has been the foundation for many friendships and for my connection...

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Howie Breinan – Legacy Story

Howie Breinan – Legacy Story

I grew up in Glastonbury. My fondest memories are being a member of NUTSY (Temple Sinai, Newington) and one particularly fun sleepover down in the southwest corner of the state. Temple youth was so important to my son as well. Over the years, this Jewish community...

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The Goldbergs: Past, Present and Future

The Goldbergs: Past, Present and Future

What type of world do we want to live in? Since getting married in 1990, Karen and Gerry Goldberg have lived by the principle, “let’s make the world better than we found it.” Today, they continue to chart a philanthropic journey by supporting community initiatives...

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The Levines Invest in the Community’s Vibrant Future

The Levines Invest in the Community’s Vibrant Future

When Carolyn and Michael Levine’s youngest child was born just after they moved to West Hartford from Milwaukee, their Jewish neighbors offered to help out by babysitting their other two kids. This is one of the fond memories they have of moving and settling into...

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Paying it Forward for Generations

Paying it Forward for Generations

Temkin Family Promises First Commitment to LIFE & LEGACY Program Gayle and Steve Temkin don’t remember a time when Jewish community wasn’t central to their lives. Judaism wasn’t just about religion and values; they felt part of a global Jewish community, which...

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Why I am Leaving a Legacy Gift

Why I am Leaving a Legacy Gift

Karen Donn’s Love for Jewish Community Inspires her Generosity

I was born in Hartford and grew up in Cheshire where my parents were founding members of Temple Beth David. My parents were married in 1961 (60 years and still going strong!) by the legendary Rabbi Silverman of the Emanuel Synagogue in West Hartford

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Fifteen Jewish Organizations to Participate in Greater Hartford Legacy Giving Initiative

Fifteen Jewish Organizations to Participate in Greater Hartford Legacy Giving Initiative

WEST HARTFORD, CT – February 15, 2021 – The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford (The Foundation) is spearheading a regional legacy giving initiative with 14 Jewish organizations that’s part of Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s (HGF) Life & Legacyprogram. A nationwide Jewish legacy giving initiative, Life & Legacy has secured more than 28,000 after-lifetime commitments with an estimated value of over a billion dollars for Jewish organizations across North America.

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Legacy Stories