JewishColumbus is excited to announce that it has been selected as one of four new communities to join 58 others that are participating in the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s (HGF) LIFE & LEGACY ® program.

JewishColumbus is delighted to host the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s (HGF) LIFE & LEGACY initiative, creating a vibrant Jewish tomorrow for our entire Columbus Jewish community for generations to come.

LIFE & LEGACY is a four-year legacy giving program to secure the financial future and success of local Jewish organizations.

Who are the local LIFE & LEGACY partners?

Eighteen local Jewish organizations have made a commitment to work together to support the future of the Columbus Jewish community:

Beth Jacob Congregation
Chabad Columbus
Columbus Jewish Day School
Columbus Jewish Historical Society
Columbus Torah Academy
Congregation Agudas Achim
Congregation Ahavas Sholom
Congregation Beth Tikvah
Congregation Tifereth Israel
Congregation Torat Emet
Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus
Jewish Family Services
Kehilat Sukkat Shalom
Ohio State Hillel
Temple Beth Shalom
Temple Israel
Wexner Heritage Village

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Every member of the Jewish community has been touched by one or more of these organizations.

Now is your chance to ensure these institutions can thrive in perpetuity. You can assure continuity of services and programs in Columbus by making a legacy gift in your will or estate plan. Within this special partnership, you can then choose one or more of these partner organizations to benefit from your gift. It’s simple and yet very powerful.

We believe a strong Jewish community means a strong Columbus community. The endowments you create will ensure the long-term sustainability of our values and our dreams for all future generations.

Please join our Life & Legacy program and celebrate the future you believe is possible for tomorrow

For more information, contact Jessica (Gelin) Grisez, CFRE, Director of Planned Giving & Major Gifts at, 614.559.3214.

“Our acceptance into LIFE & LEGACY is a huge win for future generations of Columbus Jews. Our ability to respond to the future needs of the community depends on our ability to plan today. We want to celebrate those who are our partners in planning to secure the future. Each member of our community who becomes part of this program has become a beacon that will light our future.”

Bobby Covitz, Director of LIFE & LEGACY at JewishColumbus, has attended the LIFE & LEGACY Gathering for the past two years and has developed strong relationships with his counterparts in other communities.

“The feedback that I received time and again was unanimous: LIFE & LEGACY is a community building initiative as much as a planned giving initiative. I am excited for the impact that this program will have on our already great community.”

The program will officially “kick off” later this fall with the first community training session, and the cohort of Jewish organizations and synagogues will be finalized shortly thereafter. In the meantime, please visit to learn more about this exciting new chapter for the Columbus Jewish community. For any questions, please contact Bobby Covitz at (614) 559-3212 or