Local congregations plan Legacy Shabbat events for June 21-22

“Create a Jewish Legacy,” an initiative of the Jewish Community Foundation of St. Louis, is hosting Legacy Shabbat programs June 21 and 22 at 10 St. Louis-area congregations. This event will honor the marketing, outreach and personal efforts of more than 200 community volunteer solicitors and the many donors who have made bequest gifts and legacy commitments to their congregations.

The participating congregations are: Bais Abraham Congregation, Central Reform Congregation, Congregation B’nai Amoona, Congregation Shaare Emeth, Kol Rinah, Nusach Hari B’nai Zion, Tpheris Israel Chevra Kadisha Congregation,Traditional Congregation, United Hebrew Congregation and Young Israel of St. Louis.

The events will range from public acknowledgements to celebrations and meals and education sessions around legacy giving and how it relates to Jewish values.

“Since we launched the ‘Create a Jewish Legacy’ program in 2009, we have secured more than 430 donors, who have made outright and deferred bequest commitments to our local agencies and congregations valued at more than $24.6 million,” says Wendy Rosenblum, Associate Director of Development, Endowments & Planned Giving for Jewish Federation in St. Louis.

Create a Jewish Legacy is a partnership of 18 agencies, synagogues and day schools with a common goal of securing the future and long-term vitality of the St. Louis Jewish community. The program emphasizes the importance of organizations working together to secure legacy gifts for the betterment of the entire community. Participating organizations receive ongoing training, personal consulting services, marketing assistance and incentive funding to help them implement legacy programs.

For more information on a specific Legacy Shabbat, contact either the participating congregation or Leslie Kastner at 314-442-3869 or [email protected].