Legacy Society

Mission and Beliefs

Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation is an inclusive Jewish community where all congregants matter, are inspired to action through Jewish values, and experience Judaism in a meaningful way.

Life and Legacy

Step 1: Meet with some of our team members so we can find out how you want your legacy to make an impact by leaving a future gift that makes the most sense for you and your family.

Step 2: Sign a letter of intent.

Step 3:  Formalize your commitment by making the relevant changes to your will, retirement account beneficiaries, life insurance policies, or other estate plans.

Once you have completed the steps above, you will be acknowledged, publicized (unless you want to remain anonymous), and thanked. Most importantly, you will be a part of keeping the future of IHC and our local Jewish community vibrant by ensuring Jewish tomorrows.

Life and Legacy Partnership

The Life & Legacy program is a partnership between the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation and 12 other central Indiana Jewish organizations with the mission of strengthening and assuring that IHC and the Jewish Community will have a tomorrow.

The Grinspoon Foundation and the Jewish Federation are providing training, support, and even a financial incentive to IHC for participating.

We started our Legacy Society back in 2006 and now Life & Legacy will help us renew our campaign to help us to continue planting seeds for our future.

Because each of us feel connected to IHC and our wonderful Jewish Community, this is our chance to ensure the vibrancy of our synagogue, as well as other Jewish organizations in our community, by leaving our legacy through our estate planning. Because these are future dollars, becoming a Legacy Society donor will not cost you anything now. This means that you do not have to be rich to leave your legacy, you just have to plan for it.


“Our kids are 4th generation at IHC, and there is a 5th generation represented on the Wall of Remembrance, with the estimated date that Carly’s great-grandparents were killed in the Holocaust. Larry’s from Peoria, and we met in Chicago. We moved to Indy in 2005 and “rejoined” IHC in 2011. We belonged to another congregation in the interim, but felt the need to “come home” to IHC after attending services and programs led by Rabbi Brett and Tami, and being with other congregants. Our commitment to include IHC in our estate planning is a way to express how much our congregation means to us.

By expressing that commitment while our children are still young, we can set an example of how we give time, talent, and treasure to the organizations we care about. We’re pledging as a percentage of our estate to be intentional about allocating resources regardless of what the dollar amount ends up being. Our kids are Martin, going in to sixth grade (we are in the process of planning his Bar Mitzvah in Israel in 2017), Frederick, going in to third grade, and Julia, going in to second grade. They attend Lawrence Township Schools. We want to make sure their children and all future generations will have a home at IHC.”

-Carly and Larry Turrow

“I’ve said this time and again, we don’t know what IHC will look like 25, even 50 years from now. We do know that it will look different. We want to make sure IHC will continue to be the relevant reformed congregation in central Indiana. We must build our temple’s foundation to assure this. Knowing Caroline and I are giving to the Life and Legacy Campaign and committing dollars that will perpetually help keep IHC able to perform its mission to our community makes participating in this campaign an easy decision for us. Please join Caroline and me this year and commit to the future of IHC. Future generations will thank us.”

-Greg Kroot

“There are three reasons that I want to include IHC in my afterlife plan: 1) For personal reasons… being part of IHC for over 35 years has enriched my life, my boys became bar mitzvot here and IHC is the place for me to carry out my Jewish rituals, 2) As the number of Jewish people in the world declines, it is important to try and reverse that trend and support the effort to keep our synagogue viable, lively and relevant and 3) Because I can! It is easy and does not cost me anything now. It’s my way of giving back to IHC.”

-Carol Weiss

“Dwayne and I became members of IHC over 34 years ago prior to getting married at IHC. We have since raised our family at IHC, our children attended religious school and were consecrated, became bar and bat mitzvahs, and confirmed at IHC. Our oldest met his wife when they both were in confirmation class and were also married in the newly remodeled sanctuary. Our whole adult Jewish life has been enhanced and developed as IHC members and the IHC community has become more than just our synagogue, it is our religious home.

We have all benefited because we have IHC.
We feel very strongly about continually making our home and community a better and sustaining place. We give our time and money to many community programs for that purpose. So, when asked to be a part of the Life and Legacy program it felt to us as a perfect fit. It is a way to continue giving after we are gone. We want our children, and someday, our grandchildren and great-grandchildren to have a place to call their religious home.”

-Amy Isaacs

“There are many reasons why Steve and I wanted to include IHC in our estate planning. However, of the many reasons, the most important is due to our strong connection to the synagogue and ensuring its sustainability. Both of us were raised in the IHC community, we got married at IHC and our parents continue to be part of the IHC community. We have shared both joyous and arduous life cycle events with our IHC family. It has always been a faithful place we have looked to, irrespective of celebration or difficult times, for prayer and teaching.

As parents of three boys, we have continued to stay connected and involved with IHC and it is important to both of us that our boys feel just as connected. It is a warm community that offers something for everyone of all ages. We love IHC and what it has come to mean to us. We want IHC to be around for our children and their children, and for generations to come. Our decision to include IHC in our estate planning was made without hesitation. It is our Jewish home and has always been there for us. IHC has given so much to our family, it was simply a ‘no brainer’ to give a little bit back to a place we consider home, after we are gone. “

– Lainie and Steve Hurwitz

IHC Life & Legacy Team

Thank you to our current members of IHC’s Life & Legacy Team

Rabbi Brett Krichiver

Daniel Silien

Jerry Ancel

Chuck Cohen

Andy Kleiman

Patti Freeman Dorson

Carolyn Hiser

Amy Isaacs

Sonja Kantor

Diane Lutz

Legacy Society Members

Thank you to our current members of IHC’s Life & Legacy Society

Anonymous (4)

Gayle & Jerald Ancel

Elaine* & Gerald* Arffa

Betsy Backe

Shirley Backer*

Barb* & Steve* Bailie

Beverly & Robert Baker

Mary Ruth Barnard

Barbara & Michael Blickman

Toby* & Sol* Blickman

Connie* & Stanley* Braun

Bea Hersch Cahn

Susan & Peter* Cahn

Linda & Louis Cantor

Karen & Charles Cohen

Tina & Bradley Cohen

Daniel Cook

Sally A. Cook

Sara & Brian Cox

Miriam & David Dant

Judie & Thomas Doehrman

Patricia Freeman-Dorson & Roland Dorson

Sonja Kantor & Henry Efroymson

Herbert Falender*

Myra & Donald Fisher

Laurie & Edward Freeman

Barbara* & Irving* Freeman

Susan & Robert Garelick

Rhonda Gerson-Hurwitz & Chad Gerson

Dorothy Gitlin*

Christianne & Kenneth* Glasser

Marcia & Marvin Goldstein

Lynda & Evan Goodman

Melanie & Oren Gottlieb

Rachel & Benjamin Greenfield

Judith & Chester Hastings

Janie & Thomas Herman

June Herman*

Carolyn & Harold Hiser

Francine* & Roger Hurwitz

Lainie & Steven Hurwitz

Amy & Dwayne Isaacs

Susan Jacobs

Emily & Brian Kahn

Joan* & David* Kahn

Dana & Marc Katz

Karen & Mitchell Katz

Gaye & Michael Kerschner

Andrew Kleiman

David Kleiman

Marge Klein*

Caroline & Gregory Kroot

Natalie & Martin Kroot

Jacqueline Larman

Joanne & Roger Lenke

Florence Leviton*

Lynn Levy

Barbara & Marks* Levy

Louise* & Jerry Litwack

Bettie Kahn Lurie*

David Lurvey

Amelia Cook Lurvey*

Diane Lutz

Shirley* & Gerald Mansbach

Flo Mary & Thomas Mantel

Marilyn Smith & Andrew McSheffery

Joan & Nathan Miller

Jason Mintz

Susan & Jack Moss

Helen & Ronald Newmark

Gladys Nisenbaum*

Dorit & Gerald* Paul

Eloise Paul

Susan & Ronald* Popp

Franklyn Prickett

Becky & Mark Ristow

Harriet & Joseph Rodenberg

Janice & Brandon Roger

Francine* & Gabriel Rosenberg

Jane* & Maurel* Rothbaum

Lisa & Larry Sablosky

Caryl Shideler

Norman Sider

Florence & Gregory Silver

Helaine & Robert* Simon

Michael Skolnick

Marcella & Alex Slabosky

Cynthia Yosha-Snyder & Roger Snyder

Judith & Theodore Sosin

Alana* & Daniel Spitzberg

Sarah Freeman & Ian Stewart

Frances* & Philip Stiefler

Betty & Morton Tavel

Charlene & Sid* Tuchman

Carly & Larry Turow

Carol Weiss

Masha & David Wiener

*of Blessed Memory as of June 2020

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