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Yom Rishon, 1 Tammuz 5777
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Temple Emanu-El is proud to announce that we were selected as one of just 15 local organizations to participate in the Create a Jewish Legacy program. 

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Create a Jewish Legacy is a two-year partnership program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation that assists communities across North America, through partnerships with Jewish Federations and Foundations, to promote legacy giving to benefit Jewish organizations. The program is being run locally by the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest. Through training, support and monetary incentives, the program motivates Jewish organizations to integrate legacy giving into the philanthropic culture of their community.

Why I Created

As part of the Create a Jewish Legacy program, our Temple has launched the Temple Emanu-El Legacy Circle.  The TEE Legacy Circle recognizes those congregants who have provided for our Temple’s future by including Temple Emanu-El in their estate plans.  

“We have been given a unique opportunity to gain the skills that will allow our members to express their values and honor their heritage by doing something lasting and significant for Temple Emanu-El and the Jewish community,” said Temple Emanu-El Senior Rabbi Douglas Sagal.

“Forty Jewish organizations in our community were invited to apply for participation in this program and we can be proud of the fact that we were one of only 15 to be selected,” said Gail Friedman, Legacy committee chair. “It is exciting to see how other communities around the country have been able to channel their members’ deep regard for their synagogue or community organization into meaningful gifts that will one day help support the organization’s future. All of this can be realized without any cost to the donor. We look forward to doing that here.”

The program is further enhanced by an incentive grant made available to participating organizations. Organizations are able to earn up to $20,000 in incentive grants over the next two years, for successful participation in the program. If you have already included Temple Emanu-El in your estate plan, please contact us to help us earn this year’s $10,000 incentive grant.

If you would like more information about how you can ensure Jewish tomorrows, please contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Temple Emanu-El Executive Director, at 908-232-6770, ext. 114.

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The Grinspoon Foundation

Real estate entrepreneur Harold Grinspoon established the Harold Grinspoon Foundation in 1993 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Harold’s wife, Diane Troderman, has been his active partner in all of his philanthropic activities. They are deeply committed to charitable giving, primarily in the Jewish world. 

Harold Grinspoon created the PJ Library program over 20 years ago, putting free Jewish-themed books into the hands of Jewish children across the United States and Canada. Harold Grinspoon also serves on the board of the Birthright Israel Foundation, and both Harold and Diane are founding partners in the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education.
Harold and Diane have been active for many years on the board of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.