Celebrating 4 successful years in Tidewater

Our Tidewater LIFE & LEGACY partners

When donors make a legacy gift, they are passing on their values to the next generation through a generous act of hope for the future. The tools, resources, and training gained through LIFE & LEGACY have sparked a renewed culture of legacy giving in our community and established a strong foundation upon which we can continue to build.


Thanks to donors like you, Jewish Tidewater's future is brighter than ever.

A lasting legacy

Thanks to people like you, the LIFE & LEGACY program was an incredible success for Jewish Tidewater.

While the initial ‘start-up’ phase of LIFE & LEGACY came to a close at the end of 2020, the program will remain a permanent fixture in Jewish Tidewater. Our established endowment building infrastructure and resources throughout the community will allow us to carry on for years to come.

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LIFE & LEGACY results in Tidewater


Donors have made 578 legacy commitments.

$21.5 m

In current and future gifts committed. 88% (totaling $18.1 million) of those gifts have been formalized, exceeding community-wide goals.


New commitments were secured in 2020, exceeding community-wide goals.

What our donors are saying

"Our choice to create a LIFE & LEGACY gift came from a desire to ensure that other Jewish individuals and families have the same opportunities as us."

Alyssa Muhlendorf

"I volunteer my time and donate funds because of the pride I feel as an active member of the Tidewater Jewish community. I love honoring past generations and work to have it continue for future generations, as the world evolves."

Lawrence Steingold

"Our boys had the privilege of a wonderful Jewish and secular education and we wanted to make sure that exists so that other children will have that incredible opportunity."

Alene and Ron Kaufman

A timeline of success

Take a look back at some of the key moments of the LIFE & LEGACY program.


TJF meets with interested local Jewish organizations at the LIFE & LEGACY program kickoff event in September 2016. Read more in the Jewish News.


The LIFE & LEGACY program officially starts in January 2017. Read more in the Jewish News.


In March 2018, we celebrated one year of LIFE & LEGACY success, with $8 million in legacy gifts secured and $80,000 in grants distributed to 10 local agencies. Read about the celebration in the Jewish News.


In March 2019, we celebrated year two of the LIFE & LEGACY program, with 450 new commitments and over $17 million in future gifts. Read about the success in the Jewish News.


By June 2020, Tidewater Jewish organizations secured more than $20 million in legacy commitments through the LIFE & LEGACY program, which crossed $1 billion in commitments nationally. Read about the milestone in the Jewish News.


After four successful years, 332 donors make 571 legacy commitments worth $21.5 million in current and future gifts to support endowments in the local Jewish community. Read about the program's success in the Jewish News.

Thank you LIFE & LEGACY team leaders!

Thank you for ensuring a stronger, brighter Jewish future for our community and their organizations.

Beth Sholom Village
David Abraham, CEO
Neil Friedman, Past President and Honorary Life Board Member
Jay Kossman, 3rd Vice President, Board of Directors
Amy Weinstein, Director of Philanthropy

Jewish Family Service
Kelly Burroughs, CEO
Jeff Cooper, Immediate Past President
Sue Graves, Director of Development
Ellen Rosenblum, Board President
Linda Spindel, Past President & Volunteer
Lawrence Steingold, Treasurer

Strelitz International Academy
Heather Moore, Head of School
Rachel Abrams, Board Secretary
Jasmine Amitay, Member, Board of Trustees
Babbi Bangel, Past Board President, LIFE & LEGACY Chair
David Cardon, Board President
Carly Glikman, Director of Development
David Leon, Past Board President
Patti Seeman, Development Specials

Temple Emanuel
Jason Lovitz, President
Gail Gogan, Office Manager

United Jewish Federation of Tidewater / Simon Family Jewish Community Center
Betty Ann Levin, Executive Vice President / CEO
Ronnie Jacobs Cohen, Donor Relations Manager
Barb Gelb, Director of Development
Amy Levy, Board President
Susan Alper, Board Member

Chabad of Tidewater
Rabbi Aron Margolin, Co-Director
Rabbi Levi Brashevitzky, Assistant Director
Larry Bublick, Committee Member
Dr. Abbey Horowitz, Committee Member
Karen Marie Smith, Committee Member


Congregation Beth El
Betsy Karotkin, Past Board President
Edward Karotkin, LIFE & LEGACY Chair
Pam Gladstone, Executive Director

Ohef Sholom Temple
Linda Peck, Executive Director
Barbara Dudley, OST Director
Karen Fine, OST Past President, LIFE & LEGACY Co-Chair
Matthew Fine, Foundation President, LIFE & LEGACY Co-Chair
Ted Kaufman, OST Past President, Honorary OST Director
Edward Kramer, Foundation Past President and OST Past President
Alyssa Muhlendorf, Foundation Director and Honorary OST Director
Jonathan Muhlendorf, Foundation Director
Rachael Nusbaum, LIFE & LEGACY Associate
Kurt Rosenbach*, Foundation Past President and OST Past President

*of blessed memory