Meet Our Donors

We thank all our planned-gift donors for their generous support.

Here are some of their stories.


Arnold and Arlene Shanbrom Left a Legacy for Jewish New Haven
For the late Arnold and Arlene Shanbrom, synagogue was synonymous with family life. It was a heartbeat timed to life’s most precious rhythms—the place to mark births and bar mitzvahs, to celebrate marriages, to mourn the departed. Longtime members of Congregation B’na..read more

Continuing a Family’s Tradition of Building Community
Bar Mitzvah Fund to Help Synagogue Members to Attend Camp Ramah
Charitable giving often starts at an early age. Noam Benson Tilsen recently established a scholarship fund for members of his synagogue, Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, to attend Camp Ramah. This fund is part of Noam’s bar mitzvah observance and facilitated by the Jewish Foundat..read more

Camp Laurelwood Scholarship Fund
Bobbe Grossman
Bobbe Grossman established a scholarship fund for Camp Laurelwood in memory of her husband, Richard Grossman z’l. "There’s an Irving Berlin song about hating to get up in the morning—it references murdering the bugler and amputating his revelry. As a camper at Laurelwood ..read more


Congregation Kol Ami Establishes Scholarship Fund for March of the Living
Award represents final gift to Jewish Foundation prior to closing From its beginning, Congregation Kol Ami in Cheshire had a strong focus on children and the preservation of Jewish life and learning. So it is not surprising that one of the organization’s final acts, as they were faced..read more

Beth Israel, Wallingford | Endowment
Debra Kaplan Fallon
This past summer, Beth Israel Synagogue, Wallingford, established their first endowment fund with the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven. The monies used to establish the endowment were part of a charitable bequest from the late Debra Kaplan Fallon. Debra’s parents were members of..read more

Ken and Linda Cohen
Established an Endowment for the Reiter Swimming Pool at the JCC
JCC members Ken and Linda Cohen can remember a time when there was no swimming pool at the JCC. In fact, the Cohen’s were among its original contributors, with Ken also serving on the committee that oversaw the pool’s construction. Inspired by this year’s JCC Centennial Ce..read more

Created a Legacy for their synagogue
Hy and Rita Fink
“We want to help guarantee our Jewish community will always have a temple and help Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek maintain the diversity of their membership and their hamish atmosphere, even as they grow.” Hy and Rita Fink established three deferred gift annuities, one for each of Hy&rsq..read more

Created a Legacy for her Synagogue and for Jewish Family Service
Irma Hamburger
Irma Hamburger grew up in Germany and left early in the war to come to the United States. For over 50 years, Irma was a member of Temple Keser Israel, now Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel (BEKI). For Irma, synagogue membership was an important and essential expression of her Jewish identity. ..read more

Congregation B’nai Jacob Tikun Olam Fund
Kal Watsky and Debbie Fried
Kal Watsky and Debbie Fried first became involved in Congregation B’nai Jacob when their eldest child, Benjamin (Ben), started pre-school at Gan Hayeled; their daughter, Rebecca (Reba), soon followed. Reba and Ben grew up at B’nai Jacob, as students at the synagogue school and as vo..read more


Linda and Jesse Cedarbaum Created a Fund for Transportation for Towers' Residents
Community connections are vital at every age—for mind, body, and spirit. That’s why, upon moving to Woodbridge in 2012 following 30 years in New York and San Francisco, Linda and Jesse Cedarbaum’s top priority was to build strong local ties. Nowhere was the Cedarbaums&rsquo..read more

Fischman Fund Honors Father's Memory
New Jewish Foundation Fund to benefit veterans and Jewish Federation
Veterans and Jewish Federation to Benefit Barry Fischman is giving to two organizations through the establishment of a donor advised fund with the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven. The Fischman Family Philanthropic Fund will first support a scholarship at the University of New Haven ..read more


Pearl Mantell Estate Makes Gift to the Jewish Foundation to Support Israeli Causes that were so Important to her.
Pearl Mantell was a trailblazer. Her life story is such an interesting read in fact, one wishes her memoir would never end. So it is fitting that Pearl’s adventure carries on through a fund she created at the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven to benefit a number of Israeli cause..read more


Reznik Family Creates Lasting Legacy in honor of Family Members
Dr. Alan Reznik and his wife Elizabeth Kaye Reznik, are devoted to community service because it honors a fundamental Jewish message. “Jewish tradition teaches the importance of giving back,” they explain. “We believe the Foundation is one way of doing just that.&rdq..read more

Gifts of Life Insurance
Robert N. & Goldythe B. Langerman
During his lifetime, Robert donated life insurance to the Jewish Foundation. When he died this past year, the insurance proceeds were used, as Robert had instructed, to establish the following designated/restricted funds : Robert N. & Goldythe B. Langerman Jewish Federation Perpetual A..read more

Created a Legacy for the Organizations Which Were Important to Them
Sidney and Arthur Eder Foundation
Sidney and Arthur Eder, founders of Eder Brothers, Inc., a wholesale liquor distributor, worked together and gave together. In 1954, they established the Sidney and Arthur Eder Foundation, Inc. to support charitable organizations in Stamford and New Haven where they lived, respectively, with the..read more

Judy and Mark Sklarz Establish an Endowment for their Family’s synagogue, Congregation Mishkan Israel
Sklarz Family
To commemorate their first year of marriage, Mark Sklarz gave his wife, Judy, stock certificates. After all it was the paper anniversary. Years later that gesture of love would transform into a gift from the couple to their beloved synagogue. Over time the stock certificates appreciated sig..read more


Steve Saltzman Created Funds for the Organizations that are Important to Him
In 1962, as a newly minted tax attorney from New York University, Steve Saltzman traveled to Boston to interview with a law firm at the request of his tax law professor. Upon arrival, instead of showing Steve inside—his friend showed him the door. “My professor apologized profuse..read more

Beckerman Family PACE Funds
The Beckerman Family
RuthAnn and David Beckerman and their family have established PACE (Perpetual Annual Campaign Endowment) Funds with the Jewish Foundation to help provide for future generations of Jews in New Haven. Beckerman Family members have established the following PACE Funds: David Beckerman Family P..read more

Planting a Seed for the Next Generation
The Eckhardt Family
Irving Eckhardt passed away in October 2014, however his and his family’s legacy in New Haven will continue for future generations. Irving left most of his estate to charity, which included a bequest for Westville Synagogue as well as a large endowment for the Jewish Foundation. Irving w..read more

Julie's Legacy
The Julie Kovar Fund
Julie Kovar, a Penn State University student and aspiring first-grade teacher, accomplished more by age 20 than some people do in an entire lifetime. As a college junior studying elementary education, Julie was a committed student who volunteered her time in the classroom and had plans to begin..read more

– Continuing a Legacy
The Stuart J. Drell Scholarship Fund
Drell and her daughters Elana, Jordana and Marissa established a fund to honor their beloved late husband and father Stuart J. Drell. The fund was established in 2001 at Congregation B’nai Israel in Scotch Plains, New Jersey and since its establishment, it has awarded over $20,000 ..read more