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.

Donor Spotlight

Learn about the Katz family’s gift: coming from a legacy of Jewish values; always giving and a lot of public service, always trying to make a difference in the lives of others.


The Giving Collective is a place for Jewish Buffalo’s synagogues, agencies, and organizations to highlight the initiatives they are currently undertaking and to share the opportunity for donors to support specific causes.

Foundation Updates

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.

COVID-19 Updates

We are in the office! However, in order to maintain social distancing, we are operating in a hybrid model with only about 50% of our team working in the office on any given day. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate outside visitors on a walk-in basis during the pandemic. If you would like to meet with one of our team members in person, please call the office at 716-204-1133 to schedule an appointment. To speak to one of our team members, please call between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. If you leave a voicemail, your message will be forwarded to our email inboxes, and you will get a response as soon as possible.  Stay safe everyone!