LIFE & LEGACY® promotes after-lifetime giving to strengthen our Buffalo Jewish Community for years to come. Legacy donors are people like you, who want to ensure that our children and grandchildren have the same opportunities to live a meaningful Jewish life, like we did.

The Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies strives to

empower donors to fulfill their passions and dreams by establishing charitable vehicles designed to create a positive and enduring impact on Jewish Buffalo, Western New York and the World.

Endowment Spotlight

Learn about the extraordinary $26 Million gift from the late Anne and Manson Surdam to support three organizations that address the basic needs of those experiencing poverty in our region.

Foundation Updates

Annual Meeting 2023

On Wednesday, December 6, the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies held its 113th Annual Meeting in a joint program with the Buffalo Jewish Federation's 120th Annual Meeting.

The hybrid event (in-person and live streamed) featured:

  • Foundation 2023 Endowment Leadership Award Recipient: Karen and Rick Zakalik
  • Business Meetings and Election

Israel Scholarships

For more than 30 years the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies has provided financial assistance for high school and college students to travel and study in Israel. Students participating in approved programs will be eligible for assistance for the upcoming summer based upon merit and/or financial need. Awards typically average $1,000 – $3,000.

Awards are limited to Jewish students who have attended high school in either Erie or Niagara County in New York State or to Jewish students who are residing in either Erie or Niagara County and are new Americans.

Death in Dignity Fund

The Jewish Death in Dignity Fund ensures that locally impoverished Jews receive a proper Jewish burial after death. The fund was seeded with an initial contribution from an anonymous donor who stated, “It’s difficult to think of a greater mitzvah than ensuring that every Jew has a proper burial, I hope others join me in this important mission.” Administered by Jewish Family Services, all requests and distributions of funds will remain confidential.