WESTERN MASS. – Create a Jewish Legacy Stewardship Prizes were presented recently to five participating organizations at the Annual Meeting of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts and its Jewish Endowment Foundation. For the second year in a row, Congregation Sons of Zion received the Grand Prize of $1,800.
In presenting the award, program director Sue Kline noted that 85 percent of the legacy donors to Sons of Zion had formalized the gifts in their estate plans, and 92 percent of the current board members were legacy donors.
Legacy Team leader Dr. Stephen Levine wrote in gratitude: “Congregation Sons of Zion is committed to preserving the best of our traditions, to enhancing our facility, and to cooperating with other institutions to secure the future of the Jewish community. We applaud the work of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Western Massachusetts through the Create a Jewish Legacy program to give training and incentives for all of our Jewish institutions to better survive and thrive.”
Four other organizations received an $800 prize for excellent stewardship efforts: Congregation B’nai Torah; the Greater Springfield Chapter of Hadassah; Rachel’s Table, a program of the Jewish Federation of Western Mass.; and Temple Beth El.
In addition, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation sent incentive grants of $1,000 for achieving program goals to nine of the 19 participating organizations in the six-year-old legacy program.
Create a Jewish Legacy is a partnership program of the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Western Massachusetts and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.