LIFE & LEGACY™ is a four-year partnership program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) that assists communities across North America, through partnership with Jewish Federations and Foundations, to promote after-lifetime giving to benefit local Jewish day schools, synagogues, social service organizations, and other Jewish entities.


Through training, support, and monetary incentives, LIFE & LEGACY™ motivate Jewish organizations to secure legacy gifts, steward donors, and integrate legacy giving into the philanthropic culture of the Jewish community in order to ensure vibrant Jewish life for future generations.


Congregation Gates of Heaven is one of eleven Jewish organizations in New York’s Capital District to be participating in this program.


Beginning March 2018, Gates of Heaven has asked it’s stakeholders to leave a life or legacy gift to our congregation. So far 32 people have answered the call.


Read Our Case Statement


For more details and to find out how you can make a gift, please contact Paula Metzner at


We thank our Life & Legacy Society members for helping to secure the future of our Congregation.

Those who sign a letter of intent to leave a LIFE & LEGACY gift to Congregation Gates of Heaven are added to our LIFE & LEGACY SOCIETY. Those who do not wish to remain anonymous will have their name printed on the Life and Legacy sign in our lobby and will be honored each year at Donor Shabbat.


  1. Anonymous
  2. Edward Bein
  3. John Berhaupt and Suzanne Gold
  4. Theresa Cassiack
  5. Rachel Cohon
  6. Rabbi Matthew and Sharon Cutler
  7. Rick Dolins
  8. Virginia C. Dolins z’’l
  9. Laura Ehrich
  10. Jonathan Falk
  11. Bill Gilbert
  12. Rhoda Gilbert
  13. David and Andrea Golub
  14. Jesse Holland
  15. Mindy Holland
  16. Kay Keller
  17. James and Susan Litynski
  18. Jeffry Luria
  19. Patricia Luria
  20. Mary Matthews
  21. Paula Metzner
  22. Sonia Rubinstein
  23. Del and Randie Salmon
  24. Howard Schlossberg and Michelle Ostrelich
  25. Randy Simon
  26. Shawn and Jennifer Tabankin
  27. Jeff and Barbara Walton
  28. Deborah Wein
  29. Ernie Wein
  30. Richard Weiskopf
  31. Gordon Zuckerman
  32. Linda Zuckerman, z’’l
  33. Brian Haak

For more details and to find out how you can make a gift, please contact Paula Metzner at

Life and Legacy Committee Members: Brian Bronsther, Theresa Cassiack, Rick Dolins, Mindy Holland, Paula Metzner, Jennifer Tabankin, Gordon Zuckerman