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It is with great pride and excitement that the Board of Trustees announces that Berith Sholom has been selected to participate in the Harold Grinspoon Life and Legacy program jointly administered with our own Jewish Federation of Northeast New York. Sixteen Jewish organizations applied, and only ten were selected. It's an honor!

     More than one hundred and fifty years ago, the founders of Congregation Berith Sholom created a congregation dedicated to a covenant of peace. 
     Now, as then, we are a community dedicated to the highest ideals and traditions of our faith, embracing one another as extended family while making space for the diversity of our Jewish and human journeys. As spiritual family, we celebrate joyous occasions together, raise and educate our children with love for our heritage and with respect for each individual child and each family constellation, and support one another in times of challenge and loss. We embrace the heritage of service we inherited from our spiritual ancestors, continuing to grow our traditions of giving to the community and joining our interfaith communities in seeking social justice for all.
     Now, as then, we layer our precious, historic sanctuary with evolving, open-minded and open-hearted prayer services. We share our spiritual riches generously. Our world class choir and creative music program binds us to our rich tradition and to contemporary practice, and G-d willing, will sing us into our future.  
   We are a down-to-earth, come-as-you-are congregation. We are a community who shows up rather than shows off. At our best, Berith Sholom is a place to know and be known. We offer love and honor for all.


The Legacy Circle at Congregation Berith Sholom

JUNE 2018

Susie Rosenberg, LIFE & LEGACY Team Leader

The Legacy Team is deeply honored to announce the latest complete list of generous community members who have stepped into the Legacy Circle at Congregation Berith Sholom by committing to making a legacy gift:

Judy Adams
Jayne and Milton Architzel
Allyson Beletti
Leslie F. Boyer

Sandi and Tom Costello
Dr. Eric Bello and Ferne Dutkin
Ilene Frank

Rabbi Debora Gordon and Judy Wienman
Robert Green
William and Jane Ginsburgh
Jonathan and Margaret Harvey
Beth Hershenhart and Amanda Hiller
Corey Jamison
David Kassover
Jo M. Katz
Karen Klevanosky
Martha and Leo Levy
Barbara Moore
Susie and Michael Rosenberg
Josh Sabo
Ellen Lynette Williams
Davida Wohl



Our Life and Legacy Team

(Photo credit: David Kassover)

(l to r) Beth Hershenhart, Sandi Costello, David Kassover,  
Jayne Architzel, Jo Katz, Susie Rosenberg,
Josh Sabo, Rabbi Debora Gordon.

Missing from photo: Bob Green &  Margaret Harvey. 

LIFE & LEGACY is an incentive grant and training program jointly sponsored by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Northeast New York. Thanks to the commitments of those open-hearted souls named above, Congregation Berith Sholom has reached its first benchmark goal of new donors and has thus secured $5000 of unrestricted funds in incentive grants. Our incredible community has done this in just two months. Our next goal is to reach sufficient new donors to secure a bonus, additional amount of unrestricted grant money. WE NEED YOU! To set an appointment to learn more about this program, please contact Susie Rosenberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 518-475-1763.

Why are we doing this? In today’s world, organizations thrive when they are fully endowed: when they have been blessed with sufficient legacy gifts such that the interest generated by those gifts support the daily operating costs and future growth of the organization leaving the body of the investments intact.

Your Board of Trustees is taking important steps to bring our current budget into balance. We are focusing on our sacred mission, bringing more meaning, community and spiritual growth to our membership and committing to good fiscal stewardship of our current and growing endowments.

This joint focus of current stewardship and growing our endowment for the future will position us to blossom creatively now and stand securely in later years and generations. Troy is blossoming, growing and attracting new residents and we will be here to provide a spiritual home to Jewish individuals and Jewish and interfaith families now and in the future, honoring our venerable history and responding to the needs of generations to come.  

Since you don’t need to have great wealth to participate---only a great heart----we know that this very special community can come together with 100% participation. Together, we can make a difference. Together, we can assure the future of a liberal Jewish spiritual home in Troy for generations to come.

Please join us and step into The Legacy Circle at Congregation Berith Sholom! To set an appointment to learn more about this program, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 518-475-1763.

Please remember Congregation Berith Sholom in your will, trust, retirement plan, or life insurance policy.