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

Through training, support, and monetary incentives, LIFE & LEGACY™ motivate Jewish organizations to secure legacy gifts, steward donors, and integrate legacy giving into the philanthropic culture of the Jewish community in order to ensure vibrant Jewish life for future generations. Congregation Gates of Heaven is one of eleven Jewish organizations in New York’s Capital District to be participating in this program.

Beginning March 2018, Gates of Heaven has asked its stakeholders to leave a life or legacy gift to our congregation.



  • To cultivate a culture of legacy giving.
  • To foster camaraderie and respect among Jewish organizations.
  • To give generous and forward-thinking members of the Jewish community an opportunity to express their passion, purpose and commitment to the future of Congregation Gates of Heaven and the community’s most valued Jewish organizations.


In one way or another your life is rooted in Jewish experiences connecting you to the Jewish community. Chances are you already support Jewish charitable organizations, but have you included these organizations in your will or estate plan? By leaving a legacy, you can assure that the traditions and institutions that mean so much to you today will exist for future generations.

By making a legacy commitment you can:

  • Convey your commitment to being Jewish.
  • Express values instilled in you by your parents and grandparents.
  • Perpetuate the Jewish traditions you cherish.
  • Preserve the programs and services of Congregation Gates of Heaven and other organizations that support Jewish life in our area. By making your legacy commitment now, or sharing with the community that you have already done so, those organizations to whom you make a legacy commitment have the opportunity to secure an incentive grant from the Grinspoon Foundation.

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All of us, regardless of age, wealth, or affiliation, have the ability to leave a legacy. Your legacy gift of any size can be customized and structured to fit your dreams, lifestyle, family, and financial needs.  You can provide support for a particular organization or area of interest.

Leaving a legacy is simple.  Some options include:

  • Bequest in a will
  • Gift of Life Insurance
  • Gift of IRA or Pension Funds
  • Gift of cash or assets
  • Charitable Gift Annuity
  • Charitable Remainder Trust

For more details and to find out how you can make a gift, please contact Paula Metzner at

Life and Legacy Committee Members: Chair: Paula Metzner, members: Mindy Holland, Rick Dolins, Jonathan Falk, Gordon Zuckerman


Todah Rabah!
We thank our LIFE & LEGACY Society members for helping to secure our future.

Those who sign a letter of intent to leave a LIFE & LEGACY gift to Congregation Gates of Heaven are added to our LIFE & LEGACY SOCIETY. Those who do not wish to remain anonymous will have their name printed on the LIFE & LEGACY sign in our lobby and will be honored each year at Donor Shabbat.



Anonymous donors, Ellen Auerbach, Michael Auerbach, Edward Bein, Debra Belkin, M. Randolph Belkin, John Berhaupt and Suzanne Gold, Theresa Cassiack, Rachel Cohon, Rabbi Matthew and Sharon Cutler, Alfred Dickinson, Sherry Dickiinson, Rick Dolins, Virginia C. Dolins  z’’l, Steve M. Egna, Laura Ehrich, Maya Elson, Steve Elson, Jonathan Falk, Sanford Fialkoff in memory of Suzanne Fialkoff, Stacey Farber, Yvette and Alan Gebell, Bill Gilbert, Rhoda Gilbert, David and Andrea Golub, Mona J. Golub, Brian N. Haak, Bea Hahn, Gerry Hahn, Elisa Harrington- Verb, Marcus Harrington, Joan Heffler, Jesse Holland, Mindy Holland,Elaine Hughes, Kay Keller, Peter and Susan Kopcha, James and Susan Litynski, Dr. Jeffry Luria, Patricia Luria, Mary Matthews, Paula Metzner, Rabbi Eleanor and William Pearlman, Jonathan, Jessica and Seth Rubin, Sonia Rubinstein z”l, Del and Randie Salmon, Howard Schlossberg and Michelle Ostrelich, Randy Simon, Doug Smith, Shawn and Jennifer Tabankin, Mark and Melinda Teter, Jeff and Barbara Walton, Stacie and William Waters, Deborah Wein, Ernie Wein, Richard Weiskopf, Gordon Zuckerman, Linda Zuckerman, z’’l.

Why did I leave a Life & Legacy gift to Gates?









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