Life and Legacy


Introducing the Life and Legacy Program:


The Arizona Jewish Historical Society is pleased to partner with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix as part of the LIFE AND LEGACY Program.  This program ensures the continuity of Jewish life for generations to come by endowment building through Legacy giving.   Thanks to the support of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the Arizona Jewish Historical Society will receive a $10,000 cash grant if we receive 25 commitments before May 2016, and another $10,000 grant if we receive 25 additional commitments before May 2017.   These are not gifts that must be paid now or even in the near future.  Instead it is simply a commitment to leave a legacy gift through your will, estate plan, or by beneficiary designation. 


Make History!  Leave a Legacy with the Arizona Jewish Historical Society

The Arizona Jewish Historical Society is the only organization dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of Arizona’s Jewish communities, educating the public about Jewish contributions to Arizona and American life and promoting awareness of our states diverse history. Through our efforts we promote a positive vision of Jewish identity. 

As Jews, we are a historical people, and much of our identity is derived from our shared historical experience.  The Arizona Jewish Historical Society celebrates this experience, and provides education through exhibits, films, books, photographs, documents, artifacts, and oral histories that get at the root of what it means to be Jewish.  

The Arizona Jewish Historical Society uses culture as a variable for encouraging Jews to engage and participate in Jewish community life.  Our home, the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center (Phoenix’s original synagogue) encompasses the whole range of Jewish heritage, including history, language, literature, music, theater, comedy, and visual arts.

Through our programs and exhibitions we also teach non-Jews about who we are, what we believe and the ways we have contributed to our larger society.  We promote more than just tolerance, but rather friendship, respect, and a common understanding of the diverse cultures which make up our state.

Our legacy donors are individuals just like you who believe that by possessing our past we build our future.  Our legacy donors also appreciate the Arizona Jewish Historical Society as a unique, creative and grassroots institution in our community.  Please join us in preserving our past for future generations.


For More Information:

The process is simple.  To download a copy of our LIFE AND LEGACY commitment form, please click here.  All you need to do is fill out the form, sign and return to us at Arizona Jewish Historical Society; 122 E. Culver Street; Phoenix, AZ  85004.

You can also contact Lawrence Bell at 602-241-7870 or lbell@azjhs.org for more information or to discuss a possible commitment.

For more about the LIFE AND LEGACY program and a complete list of participating local organizations, click here.



Our Legacy Donors:

Please join our growing list of donors who have ensured the future of our organization and our Jewish community life:

Congratulations donors!

We have now reached our 2017 goal and are working towards 2018.  Any commitments made now will automatically roll over toward our third year goal.   Thank you to everyone who participated for 2016-17 and who continue to join us!


Life and Legacy Donors (Counts towards our 50 total commitments):

Julius Altman
Anonymous (5)

Ann and Andrew Abraham
Janet Arnold
Lawrence Bell and Tracey Leonard
Karen and Jay Bycer
Joyce R. Cohen
Lynda and Kenneth Diamond
Marnie and Harvey Dietrich
Cynthia Serbin-Dubrow and Edward L. Dubrow, MD
Diane Eckstein
Flo and Paul Eckstein
John Eckstein
Dee and Jay Epstein

Charlesa Feinstein
Susan and Ira Feldman
Paulette Fraenkel

Betsy and Kenneth Gometz
Carol and Norman Janoff
Mel Kessler and Gail Fisher
Nancy and Robert Kravetz, MD
Gary L. Kritzberg
Burton Kruglick*
Marshall A. Lehman (Founding Chairman of AZJHS)
Louise Leverant
Pamela Levin

Andrea and Jerry Lewkowitz
Barbara Lewkowitz and Geoffrey Gonsher
Risa and Bruce Mallin
Plotkin Family (Albert*, Sylvia*, Janis, and Debra*)
Ann and Mel Polunsky
Randee Pri-Tal
Shlomo Pri-Tal
Michaela H. Safadi

Rosemary and David Schapira
Susan and Jeffrey Schesnol
Joseph Segal
Susan and Mark Sendrow
Elaine Waxman and Bob Segelbaum
Robin Ross Shaw
Sandra Shedroff
Lee Shedroff
Nancy and Stuart Siefer
Darlene and Robert Sutz
Nanci Wechsler
George Weisz
Leesa Weisz
Bonnie J. Wright
Barbara and Barry Zemel

Previous Legacy Donors (prior to Life and Legacy program):
Mindy and Bill Brandt
Randi and Lawrence Cutler
Sonia and Jack* Fradin
Fran and Lawrence Frazin
Susan and Nestor Guzman
Sharlene and Irwin Harris
Nancy and Larry Moffitt
Irvin Pearlstein*
Naomi* and Gerald Weiner

* of blessed memory

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