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 came with a deep sense of responsibility to be active participants in all aspects of that community.

Today, one might see their teenagers, Alyssa and Lily, actively participating in Jewish life at the Mandell JCC, Solomon Schechter Day School, Beth El Temple, JTConnect, Friendship Circle, and more. The Temkins’ commitment to Jewish life, however, extends far beyond today. Jewish community runs through generations — dating back to Gayle’s participation in United Synagogue Youth as a girl, and her professional career with State of Israel Bonds in Rockland County, and later the UJA Federation of New York in Westchester. A quote from Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, z”l, demonstrates their philosophy: “To be a leader, you do not need a crown or robes of office. All you need to do is to write your chapter in the story, do deeds that heal some of the pain of this world, and act so that others become a little better for having known you.” “We try to live by these words, not just for today but for our future,” says Gayle. “We’ve chosen this community to plant our family’s roots — so that our children, and our children’s children, and everyone who comes after will have not only a strong community, but one that will always remember those who came before them.”

That’s why they have promised an after-lifetime gift of $1 million to Greater Hartford’s Jewish community. Their generous act officially launched LIFE & LEGACY for Greater Hartford, a four-year partnership with the Jewish Community Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation that promotes after-lifetime giving to build endowments that will help provide financial stability to 14 local Jewish organizations.

“We want Alyssa and Lily to understand the importance of paying it forward, and want to help our community organizations remain vital and vibrant,” adds Steve. “A legacy gift will let us make a difference — far beyond the measure of one lifetime — and offer a joyous Jewish life for all.”

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