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Create Your Jewish Legacy

What will your Legacy say about you?

What will your Legacy say about you?

CJDS students are the future leaders of our community. In 2014, CJDS was selected as one of 15 organizations in Chicago to participate in the Create a Jewish Legacy program. Funded by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, an anonymous foundation and managed by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, the Create a Jewish Legacy program plants the seeds for future generations.

Leaving a bequest or planned gift to CJDS distinguishes you as a visionary who:

  • invests in securing a multi-denominational community to sustain Jewish life
  • ensures access to all families who truly want Jewish education, regardless of their financial ability
  • advances educational excellence and professional development across integrated learning

Leaving a legacy is simple. Some options include:

  • Bequest in a will
  • Gift of Life Insurance
  • Gift of IRA or Pension Funds
  • Gift of cash or assets
  • Charitable Gift Annuity
  • Charitable Remainder Trust

Sign a Declaration of Intent form can we put in a link to the form? today to let us know that CJDS is a part of your estate planning. Please contact Naomi Shapiro, Director of Institutional Advancement, at 773-271-2700 for more information.

Thank you to our Legacy Society donors for demonstrating a commitment to the future of Chicago Jewish Day School!

Thank you to our Legacy Society donors for demonstrating a commitment to the future of Chicago Jewish Day School!

Legacy Donors (as of February 2022)


Shelli Aderman and Narda Alcorn

Fran and Bernie Alpert

Elisheva Beller

Naomi Shapiro and Adam Braun

Rabbi Shoshanah and Damien Conover

Cortney Stark Cope and Jonathan Cope

Tamar and Jacob Cytryn

Orley Moskovits Desser and David Desser

The Family of Judy Finkelstein-Taff

Ilana and Ari Gafni

Karen and Jay Goodgold

Maxine and Jacob Handelman

David Harris

Patricia and Marshall Hartman z"l

Inbar Kirson and Ken Heinrich

Barbara and Rich Heinrich

Judy and Arnold Horwich

Sari and Allan Kirson

Wendy Kline

Shari Helft Lennon and Will Lennon

Jennifer and Adam Levine

Annabel and Shlomo Levine

Arin Stone and David Lipschultz

Ann and Michael Luban 

Susan and Robert Mednick

Jennifer and Aaron Minkus

Wendy Platt Newberger and Scott Newberger

Northwest Home for the Aged/Park Plaza

Sam Peltzman

Jane Pickus

Rachel Pickus

Stacy and Joseph Raviv

Deborah Hamilton and Jim Rosenberg

Lauren and Jonah Rosenberg

Amy and Milan Rubenstein

Jonathan Schwartz

Jennifer and Matthew Seidner

Tamar Shapira

Esther Solooki

Rachel and Andrew Sollinger

Blooma and Leonard Stark z"l

Keren Fraiman-Stieber and Eitan Stieber

Andi and David Stone

Anat Geva and Josh Strauss

Aleeza Strubel and Yaron Iram

Rosette Strubel

Rachel and Jeremy Triester

Words from CJDS Legacy Donors

"We would hope this school will continue to grow, thrive and provide other children with the same values and love of Israel long after we are gone. To this end we have made a legacy commitment and signed a declaration of intent to help ensure its continuation. We hope you will join us!"

-Marshall Hartman (z"l) and Pat Hartman, CJDS Grandparents

Development Team

Capital Campaign

Eve Segel
Development Manager