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Legacy Giving

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, along with the Grinspoon Foundation, offered an exceptional program to help Jewish organizations develop legacy giving among congregants.  We were one of fifteen organizations in Chicago that was selected to participate in the initial program. 

We are truly honored to have been chosen to participate in this program.  We exceeded our initial goal of thirty six commitments over two years, and were invited to participate in two more years of the program!  This gave us further tools for developing this important piece of the future of Am Yisrael, and there were additional incentive grants. 

There are several different ways to include Am Yisrael in planned giving: wills, IRA’s, life insurance, to name a few.    To learn more, contact our Executive Director, Nancy Holab Nevins at

Please remember AmYisrael in your will or estate planning.

We thank the thoughtful and generous congregants who have committed to our Legacy Program:
James and Marcia Adelman
Jeffrey I. Bleiweis
Rebecca Brodsky
Stuart Brodsky
Joel F. Brown

David Buffen
Marilyn Cohen

Adam and Elizabeth Davis
Alexander Drapatsky
Melissa Drapatsky
Sheryl Dworkin
Jordan Feiger
Glenn Ferencz
Laura and Jay Friedel
Wendy Freimuth
Aryn Froum
Theodore Froum
Anat Geva and Josh Strauss
Vera Ginburg
Margaret Richek Goldberg
Ralph M. Goren
Deanna Silver Jacobson
Mark C. Jacobson, M.D.
Rabbi Debra Newman Kamin and Daniel Kamin
Donald H. z"l and Gloria Z. Kraft
Alan Levy
Julie Levy
E. Marc Nevins and Nancy Holab Nevins
Richard Nugent z"l
Bonnie Podolsky
Howard and Renee Schickler
Alan J. Schoen
Cantor Stuart Simon
Florence T. Stein z"l

Lynn Steinberg
Julie Strauss
Aleeza Strubel and Yaron Iram
Roberta Teitelbaum
Michelle Weiss
Stuart E. Witzel
Judi Zeal
Steve Zeal
anonymous (13)

Thoughts From Our Legacy Donors

"Am Yisrael, always a happy, busy center of Jewish life, has been an important part of my life for many years. I'm glad to leave something here when my life ends."
Richard Nugent z"l


"AmYisrael has been my family's synagogue since I was 14 years old.  Even then, the Sunday School (as it was called back then) was far more innovative than the Sunday School we had attended previously.  Rabbi Frankel was always available and approachable, and is always remembered with smiles in my family.  It simply made no sense to go anywhere else, despite the fact that I live in Chicago rather than in the suburbs.  When my father passed away, I started coming every Shabbat to say Kaddish, and became a Shabbat morning regular, which led to becoming more active in other areas as well.  Simply put, Am Yisrael is home."
Sheryl Dworkin


 "I have been a member of Am Yisrael for 32 years.  During these years I tranformed form being a "Holiday Jew" to a "Regular" one, attending most Shabbat services.  Growing up in the former Soviet Union, and not knowing anything about Judaism, it is Am Yisrael where I learned everything about and how to be a Jew.  Am Yisrael is more than just a place where I pray.  It is a connection for every level of my Judaism -- spiritual, intellectual, social. It is my second home, and as I would provide and take care of my family home, I want to do it for Am Yisrael."
Vera Ginburg                      



"I have been a member of Am Yisrael for about 32 years.  After my daughter's Bas Mitzvah I kept my membership but only attended on High Holidays.  Two years ago I started to attend services and tried them all out including some of the activities at the synagogue. What I found was a supportive, intellectually stimulating environment and a place that felt like a real community.  Personally I want that community to be available for others in the future; people I may not know but who may appreciate the jewel we have in our synagogue."

Lynn Steinberg



"Am Yisrael has been a warm and welcoming part of my life for over thirty years, and has conneted me wo the Jewish faithe community.  I am pleased to contribute to a fund that will ensure the survival of our synagogue."
Peggy Goldberg


"We decided to make this Legacy donation to help ensure tha Am YIsrael will be around for future generations. We are part of a four-generation Am Yisrael family. We are so grateful for the vision of our early members, including Judi's great-aunt, Rabbi Frankel, and Rabbi Newman Kamin. Their foresight was the foundation that Am Yisrael stands on today, allowing it to become a progressive, relevant Conservative synagogue.
Judi and Steve Zeal


"I have a bequest in my will to Am Yisrael because I know of many uses for this money. Some of them are a Visiting Scholar Lecture Series, improving the lighting in the sanctuary and in the basement.
 Gloria and Don Kraft

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