A program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Jewish Federations of North America 


Participants in the Life & Legacy Program


Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley
3202 Shalom Way
South Bend, IN 46615
(574) 233-1164
Ben Davis, Executive Director



Midwest Torah Center
2516 S. Twyckenham Dr.
South Bend, IN 46614
(574) 234-9092 


Sinai Synagogue
1102 E. LaSalle Avenue
South Bend, In 46614
(574) 234-8584


South Bend Hebrew Day School
206 West 8th Street
Mishawaka, IN 46544
(574) 255-3351


Temple B’nai Shalom
2050 Broadway
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
(269) 925-8021
David Ravitch



Temple Beth-El
305 West Madison Street
South Bend, IN 46601
(574) 234-4402
Mara Boettcher



LIFE & LEGACY is a partnership of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF), the Jewish Federations of North America, and local Jewish organizations including the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, Midwest Torah Center, Sinai Synagogue, South Bend Hebrew Day School, Temple B'nai Shalom and Temple Beth-El. LIFE & LEGACY promotes after-lifetime giving to benefit our local synagogues, social service organizations, Jewish schools, and other Jewish entities. Through training, support and monetary incentives, LIFE & LEGACY motivates Jewish organizations to integrate legacy giving into their philanthropic culture in order to assure Jewish tomorrows. 

The Michiana community is fortunate to be one of eight small communities in North America to be accepted into the Harold Grinspoon Foundation & the Jewish Federations of North America’s Life & Legacy Program.  The brochure available below explains how Life & Legacy™ will enable our participating Jewish organizations to thrive now and for future generations. The best part of the two-year program is the incentive grants for our participating organizations. Each of our community agencies that receive 18 new letters of intent during each year of the program can earn up to $10,000.00 from the Grinspoon Foundation. 
We invite you to join our Life & Legacy Society by downloading and completing a Letter of Intent. By doing so you will:

  • Help ensure that Federation programs such as community relations efforts,  Camp Ideal and summer camp scholarships, Jewish Family Social  Services, community programming, leadership development, publication of the Our Community News, and support of religious school education continue to exist.
  • Help ensure that our Synagogues are strong so they can offer the spiritual support and education to our community for future generations.
  • Meet emerging future needs in the local and worldwide Jewish community.
  • Make a difference in the lives of others for many years to come.

Your bequest will ensure that what you value, the Michiana Jewish Community, will live on. We are not  requesting a cash donation today, but a promise for the future.  Please know that a signed Letter of Intent  is just that, your intent. The “intent” is for you, the donor, to work on an estate plan that includes all of your Jewish interests. Each agency you list will receive credit toward their quota of 18 letters of intent.  Your letter of intent is 100% revocable and editable throughout your life.  
By establishing a legacy through a bequest or planned gift, you have an opportunity to plant a seed for future generations, doing your part to make sure the Michiana Jewish community remains strong and vibrant and that programs which ensure the continuity of the Jewish people exist in Israel and more than 60 countries around the world.