Life & Legacy

"As my ancestors planted for me, so do I plant for those who will come after me."

Building a strong and sustainable future for Jewish communities in Maine and around the world

The JCA is partnering with local synagogues to bring legacy giving to our community!


The JCA was selected by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) to assist in developing a culture of legacy giving in Southern Maine. Over the last nine years, HGF has allocated $30 million for training and support, resulting in over $1 billion in legacy support in sixty-three communities in North America.


We couldn't be more pleased to have Congregation Bet Ha’am and Etz Chaim Synagogue as the JCA's partners in this effort to bring the Life and Legacy training program here to Southern Maine, as we work together toward a shared vision of building a strong and sustainable future for our local Jewish community. Collectively, we look forward to providing opportunities for our forward-thinking community to demonstrate their passion and commitment through after-lifetime gifts.

Life & Legacy Community Partners

Bet Ha'am

Jeremy Moser
Bill Welch
Lynn Urbach
Tom Rosen
Steve Smith
Sylvia Most
David Soley

Etz Chaim

Mark Aranson
Rabbi Gary Berenson
Steve Brinn
Marshall Tinkle


Charlie Miller
Rachael Alfond
Lea Steirman
Eric Kolben
Tom Rosen
Laura Kittle


Learn more about LIFE & LEGACY, our mission and vision, and what others have had to say about the program.

Read about our $1 Billion in Legacy Commitments

LIFE & LEGACY’s four main goals are to:

1)  Impact Jewish communal philanthropic culture to make legacy giving the norm

2)  Encourage strong stewardship practices in our organizations and communities

3)  Develop camaraderie and respect among organizations while sharing the goal of legacy building

4)  Enable all donors to be philanthropists

Molly and Ashley at the Federation Life and Legacy Conference
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