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Jewish Family Service is a proud LIFE & LEGACY partner. Thank you to all of the members of our L'Chaim Society, who have already joined the effort in assuring Jewish tomorrows with JFS, the Lehigh Valley Jewish Foundation and LIFE & LEGACY, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. 

Your Legacy at JFS

Whether your estate is large, modest or somewhere in between, you can help ensure that JFS will not only meet the needs of our “family” today, but will also be here tomorrow to assist our children and our children’s children.


Legacy giving – sometimes called planned giving – strengthens the community that JFS serves and, in many instances, also provides you with tax advantages. It ensures that you will be remembered both by those who directly benefit from your generosity to JFS as well as those who will be inspired by your example of planning for future donations.


The most common form of legacy giving is a bequest in your will specifying a gift to JFS. A bequest affords you flexibility and control over the legacy you leave behind plus, for some donors, it means a portion of your assets will go directly to a cause you value rather than to the government in the form of taxes. If you already have a will, you may be able to make your gift by preparing, with the involvement of your estate planning attorney, a codicil (a brief written amendment) to your will.


Another method of legacy giving is a contribution of funds in a retirement plan such as an IRA or 401(k). This method typically offers the greatest income tax savings (and perhaps estate tax savings) when you direct that the gift be made from your estate. As an alternative, those age 70-1/2 or older wishing to make lifetime donations can transfer funds from an IRA directly to JFS tax fee so long as certain conditions are met. Either option is easy to arrange.


Many donors overlook life insurance as a source for charitable giving, yet it can be utilized to increase the impact of your philanthropy. This is done by transferring ownership of a life insurance policy to JFS or simply changing the policy’s beneficiary designation to JFS for some or all of the policy’s proceeds. This type of gift is particularly popular with donors who have policies that are no longer needed to provide for their families. It is also an attractive way to give if you want to provide significant support for JFS but are unable to make a large outright donation.


Remember: You should always involve your attorney and, as necessary, other advisors  in your estate planning.


There are several other possibilities that may be appropriate for you depending on your financial resources and needs. To learn more about your planned/legacy giving options or other ways to support JFS, please contact Executive Director Debbie Zoller at 610-821-8722 or  If you have already made arrangements for a planned gift to JFS, please let us know – we would love to thank you!


Jewish Family Service is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are deductible under section 170 of the IRS Code.


A community-wide partnership to strengthen our endowments and our future.

Jewish Family Service wishes to thank the generous community members who have made a gift to our endowment fund or who have vowed to support our organization in their wills, trusts, retirement accounts and life insurance policies through LIFE & LEGACY.

To learn more about ways that you can remember JFS and other local Jewish organizations with a gift in your will, trust, retirement account or life insurance policy​, contact Executive Director Debbie Zoller at 610-821-8722 or


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LIFE & LEGACY Donor Stories

Susan's Story

Susan is leaving her legacy to make sure JFS will be there for the next generation.

  • Wendy's Story

    There is a Jewish blessing which says, “May you go from strength to strength.” I chose to be a Jewish Family Service LIFE & LEGACY donor because I want to ensure that JFS continues to be an agency of excellence with valuable programs and services for generations to come. I will help to keep these programs strong by making a plan now which will provide financial resources into the future.

  • Lynne's Story

    I was delighted to include JFS in my estate plan! When I moved my parents to Allentown for nursing care, JFS was there. From monthly visits with Marcia to Jewish programming with Carol, the staff came through! My parents and I felt so grateful and supported. I am impressed with the passion, expertise, and dedication of the JFS staff. Volunteers are also amazing! I always look forward to reading the JFS page in HAKOL. Making a legacy gift ensures their vital work continues for many generations.

  • Jim's Story

    I made commitments to three organizations through LIFE & LEGACY: Jewish Family Service, the Jewish Federation and Temple Covenant of Peace. My reasons are simple. Through JFS, my donation will help feed and take care of Jews and non-Jews in the Lehigh Valley. Through Federation, my donation will cover the broadest range of needs locally, in Israel and throughout the world. And through my donation to the synagogue, I will help ensure that there will always be a Jewish community in Easton.

Patty's Story

Patty shares how JFS was there for her and she now ensures we're here for others.

  • Robin's Story

    The Lehigh Valley Jewish community is unusually fortunate. Numerous synagogues, our Jewish Day School, Jewish Family Service, and other well-established community institutions enrich the lives of those choosing to participate. Much like a family, our community supports our needs, enhances the joys of life, and provides a mechanism for transmitting our values.

  • Arthur & Barbara's Story

    We make an annual gift and have made a legacy gift to JFS to support the important contribution JFS provides to the Lehigh Valley. On a non-sectarian basis, JFS helps seniors and provides counseling services. In addition, JFS helps address food insecurity via its participation with other local agencies and individual donors. When we came to Allentown in 1967, the community was here for us. It is now time for us to help make sure that this community will be here for others now and in the future.