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Jewish Daytonians have a long and storied tradition of giving. As LIFE & LEGACY co-chair Debby Goldenberg puts it, “We put our money where our mouth is, so to speak.” The walls of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton remind us of this celebrated tradition. These photos remind us of our responsibility as Jews to take care of our people and respect our tradition of giving.

We put our money where our mouth is, so to speak.

~ Debby Goldenberg
LIFE & LEGACY Co-Chair

We put our money where our mouth is, so to speak.

~ Debby Goldenberg
LIFE & LEGACY Co-Chair

We put our money where our mouth is, so to speak.

~ Debby Goldenberg
LIFE & LEGACY Co-Chair

The LIFE & LEGACY program has proven to be another way for Jewish community members to carry on their tradition of giving and support the organizations that mean the most to them. Through the program, Jewish Dayton has received 267 Letters of Intent to ensure a vibrant future. The community participants- Beth Abraham Synagogue, Chabad of Greater Dayton, Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Services, the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton, Hillel Academy, Temple Beth Or and Temple Israel received incentive grants totaling $46,250 to benefit their programs at the beginning of the year.

This tradition of giving provides us an opportunity to celebrate, and can provide financial resources for celebrations as well. Did you know an endowment through the LIFE & LEGACY program can fund a specific program? Do you love the Purim Spiel at your synagogue? Do you look forward to the Passover Seder every year? Does your family look forward to gathering together for the Chanukah celebration? Your legacy gift can fund these special holiday celebrations and programs in perpetuity. Find out how by contacting Janese R. Sweeny at jsweeny@jfgd.net or (937) 401-1542.

“Ten Decades of Tzedakah” are on display in the JFGD lobby. This pictorial series showcases the tradition of giving in Dayton and is a project of the Jewish Federation Archives and the Dayton Jewish Observer. Photo courtesy of Janese Sweeny.

Daytonians celebrate all things Israel at the Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration at the CJCE. Photo by Peter Wine.

Temple Beth Or members enjoy the Passover Seder together. Photo courtesy of Temple Beth Or Facebook Page.

A “Purim in India” Celebration at Chabad. Photo courtesy of Chabad of Greater Dayton Facebook Page.

Beth Abraham Congregants come together to build a sukkah for their Sukkot celebration. Photo courtesy of Beth Abraham Facebook Page.

The Jewish Cultural Festival at Temple Israel! Photo courtesy of Temple Israel Facebook Page.

JFS Director Tara Feiner and the holiday outreach committee enjoy a Purim Celebration at One Lincoln Park Photo courtesy of Amy Dolph.

Hillel Academy Students enjoy a Purim Celebration. Photo courtesy of Hillel Academy of Greater Dayton Facebook Page.

The Community Chanukah Celebration is hosted in partnership with the JCC. Photo by Peter Wine.

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