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.

Foundation Updates

Annual Meeting 2021

On Monday, December 6, the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies held it's 111th Annual Meeting in a joint program with the Buffalo Jewish Federation's 118th Annual Meeting.  The live-streamed event featured:

  • LIFE & LEGACY® Video Showcase
  • Emerging Leadership Award Recipients: Merredith Levin & Ezra Rich
  • Foundation 2021 Endowment Leadership Award Recipient: David Feuerstein
  • Business Meetings

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.