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Life & Legacy


LIFE & LEGACY is a four-year partnership program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) that assists communities across North America, through partnerships with Jewish Federations and Foundations, to promote after-lifetime giving to benefit Jewish day schools, synagogues, social service organizations and other Jewish entities.

Live On: Build Your Jewish Legacy is a Rose Community Foundation initiative created in 2005 to help Jewish organizations in the Greater Denver metropolitan area integrate a culture of legacy giving into their institutions and build permanent endowments through bequests and planned gifts. To date Live On has encouraged more than 3,000 solicitations by 37 Jewish organizations resulting in 976 promised legacy gifts with a projected $56.7million impact.


Dear Members,

I want to share with you some very exciting and personal news.  BMH-BJ was recently awarded a significant grant and asked to participate in the Rose Community Foundation’s Life and Legacy program.  BMH-BJ went through a very serious and in-depth application process and was approved to participate in this very important program designed to insure the ongoing success of our shul.

A legacy gift is a planned future donation in any amount to a charity given through a will or other form of designation.  It is a decision that individuals make in their financial planning process, considering what’s important to them in their charitable giving and values.

Legacy Circle has been created at BMH-BJ and is facilitated by a group of dedicated and hardworking volunteers, staff, clergy and lay leaders.  The Legacy Circle committee comprises Rabbi Chai, Cantor Lichterman, Ilene Rosen, Jeff Kline, Lisa Engbar, Andy Schwartz, Ronit Williamson and Brian Story.  You will be hearing more from this group and about our Legacy Circle efforts.  We are required to and look forward to working closely with the Rose Community Foundation to ensure the quality, outreach and success of this program.  We are responsible for submitting marketing and outreach plans, quarterly reports and will be working closely with their team and all of you to create a vibrant, successful and ongoing legacy program.

Oftentimes people think legacy programs only cater to the wealthy, are an invasion of privacy and personal choice and don’t apply to me.  All three are wrong.  The success of our Legacy Circle has nothing to do with the amount of money one has or chooses to donate, is completely confidential between you and the foundation and absolutely applies to all that care about our shul.  You see it doesn’t matter if you choose to donate ten dollars, one hundred dollars or significantly more.  The only thing that matters is that you are showing that you care about our shul.

In the weeks and months a head you will be hearing more and learning about the BMH-BJ Legacy Circle.  Please contact me, Ilene Rosen or any of our committee members with thoughts, questions or ideas you may have.  This is a very exciting program with unending potential.  This is a very exciting time for our shul that also has unending potential. 

Jeff Kline


Thu, May 24 2018 10 Sivan 5778