Legacy Stories

Karen and Fred
Karen and Fred Abel have lived most of their married life in Cincinnati. Being blessed with good fortune, they feel a strong commitment to give, both within the Jewish and broader community in Cincinnati.
Andrew and Linda
The Bergers hope their efforts and their legacy gifts will help insure a vibrant future for the next generation and that their children, grandchildren and the entire community will benefit from the blessings of an engaged Jewish life.
Robert and Maryann*
Bob and Maryann were born only days apart and attended school together in Avondale. Growing up and seeing others in need has continued to motivate them to be active in the community and to give generously.
Frank and Rosemary
Frank and Rosemary were born and raised in Cincinnati, married later in life and combined their families. Frank and Rosemary believe that the example they have set for their children will serve as a model for future generations.
Neil Bortz recalls spending Friday nights and weekends with his parents, grandparents, and extended family. A Walnut Hills alum, he joined the Navy after graduating from Harvard. Success in real estate followed, and he started Towne Properties in 1960. He was taught very early that it your responsibility to give back and live a good life for yourself, your family, and community.
Bob and Suzi
Bob and Suzi's parents and extended family showed them the importance of helping others. They have been generous both with their time and resources to help secure the future of our Jewish community.
Lucille Klau
Lucille Klau Carothers learned at a young age the importance of sharing one's blessings with others. Her family's foundation has given generously to the community, including Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religions' world famous library. She has continued that tradition of giving.
Wilbur and Miriam
After considerable success in his business, Wilbur has given generously to the Cincinnati and Middletown communities, with his late wife Mary Jean and now with Miriam. Wilbur and Miriam met at Cedar Village, and have both been strong supporters of the Cincinnati Jewish community.
Malcolm and Adell*
Malcolm and Adell always did whatever they could, whenever they were asked, for the Jewish community. Malcolm sees this legacy gift as a link in the chain, which his children and grandchildren are now building upon with their own involvement, and he hopes his grandchildren and future generations will uphold.
Fran and Craig
Fran and Craig Coleman met as volunteers at the Jewish Federation, "a match made in Federation." Both of their parents paved the way for their community involvement, and they hope to do the same for their son and daughter.
David and Stacey
David and Stacey Fisher were both raised in families where Jewish philanthropy was a core value. Sharing a passion for Israel and Jewish education, they have been active members—and strong supporters—of the Cincinnati Jewish community in countless ways.
Mel* and Roberta
Mel and Roberta Fisher were born in Cincinnati and married in 1955. They both felt a commitment to the Jewish community and to giving back, which they have done generously locally, nationally and around the world. As philanthropists and as people, they have left a lasting impression on Cincinnati. Mel and Roberta's children, daughter-in-laws and families are deeply involved in the Jewish community—continuing their legacy of giving and of service.
Bill and Harriet
Bill was raised in the Washington, D.C. area. After accepting a position in Cincinnati, Bill he met his wife, Harriet, at an adult Jewish education class. They enjoy living an engaged Jewish life and have established legacy gifts to ensure that their community remains strong and vibrant for future generations.
Bill* and Sue
Bill* was born in Cincinnati, studied at Amherst College, served in the military and then attended Harvard Business School. Bill and Sue have been deeply involved in the Jewish community, human services and arts, and hope to pass on to their children and grandchildren the importance of helping those in need.
Gail and Dick
Dick has been particularly affected by his work with Holocaust survivors and is committed to doing his part to ensure the promise of "Never Again." Gail's mother played a significant role in her motivations to become philanthropic-this and a meaningful trip to Israel solidified her identity and motivations to live and give Jewishly. Together, Dick and Gail are committed to the notion of "tikkum olam"-making the world a better place.
Linda and Gary
Linda and Gary believe that this legacy gift reinforces the core values inherent in their Jewish heritage, and continues the legacy their parents have left them. They feel fortunate to be part of a thriving Jewish community and wish to ensure that their children, grandchildren, and future generations have the same opportunity.
George* and Anne
Anne grew up in New York during the Depression, and watched her parents assist the needy. Her late husband, George Heldman, is from Cincinnati, and his father inspired them to get involved. Anne and her family sponsor a college scholarship and support the Barbash Family Vital Support Center.
Murray Jaffe, a military veteran, led a distinguished career as a surgeon at the Jewish Hospital. He and his late wife, Margery, raised three children. The Jewish community always has been important to Murray, and he hopes that his legacy gift will benefit the Jewish community for many years to come.
Richard and Mona
As newlyweds, Richard and Mona Kerstine arrived in Cincinnati in 1961. They have since participated as volunteers and leaders in its Jewish, civic, and cultural organizations. The Kerstines have left a lasting effect on this community, through their leadership and generosity, and would like to keep that going, through this legacy gift.
Alvin* and Josephine
Jo Levine came from a home that valued hard work and education. As a single mother, she worked tirelessly to earn two master's degrees and then worked as a special education teacher. After retiring, she met her late husband and love of her life "Al." Alvin believed deeply in the importance of Jewish involvement and communal giving. Jo hopes that future generations will follow the example set by her late husband.
Gloria and Alvin*
An accomplished architect and real estate developer, Alvin was deeply involved in the Jewish community. Gloria worked for many years as a social worker and has taken on many leadership roles in local Jewish organizations. Together, they have made a lasting impact on Cincinnati—in the Jewish community and beyond.
Jim Markley grew up in rural Ohio, before serving in the military during WWII. Jim married his late wife after knowing her only two weeks. Having grown up in relative poverty, Jim is constantly aware of the less fortunate and has left a legacy to many charitable organizations.
Howard and Marlene
Howard met Marlene at the University of Cincinnati. They raised three children here and built a home grounded in Judaism. Howard learned electrical contracting from his father and continues the family business, Mayers Electric. From their parents, they inherited the importance of charitable giving and community volunteerism. They hope their legacy will provide for the community's continued growth.
Manuel D.* and Rhoda
Manuel and Rhoda Mayerson have raised their family of three children in Cincinnati and have always been community-minded. In 1986, they established The Mayerson Family Foundations and have touched many in the Cincinnati Jewish community and beyond.
Alvin "Bunny"
Alvin "Bunny" Meisel led a successful career at Globe Furniture Galleries in Cincinnati, as well as in the broader region in both the retail and rental furniture businesses. He and his wife, Nancy Petricoff Meisel*, have left a lasting impact on the Jewish community in Cincinnati, particularly at Adath Israel, where the library is named after their family, but also throughout the community.
Donald and Barbara
Barbara and Donald Miller married in 1964 and raised their three children in Cincinnati. They both remember their parents encouraging them to be generous to others, and have become dedicated volunteers within the Jewish community.
James A. (Jimmy)
Jimmy Miller watched his mother do volunteer work for Jewish organizations in Dayton, Ohio, and he developed a "Jewish heart" at an early age. Moving to Cincinnati to start a successful career in finance, Jimmy showed tremendous generosity consisting of his substantial commitment of time and financial resources to Jewish, arts, and academic organizations. A man with a deep commitment to tzedakah, he has always wished to make certain that a legacy would compel others to follow his example.
Sue and Jay*
Growing up, Sue and Jay both encountered various forms of anti-Semitism, which has been a driving force for them to get involved. Participating and giving back was also a way of meeting friends, being a part of the community, and living out the values their parents taught them.
Edie Rau
Edie was born and raised in the Bond Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati. Edie met her husband, Allen, at a Jewish Federation event and they were soon married. She was inspired by the commitment her parents made to Jewish organizations, and hopes that their two boys continue that tradition.
Lois* and Richard
Lois and Richard Rosenthal have been partners in a wide array of charitable causes including Jewish life, literacy, arts and advocacy for the wrongly convicted. Richard is a link in a long chain of Jewish Cincinnatians taking an active interest in their community—which they continue with their legacy gifts.
Judith was born and raised in Cincinnati to caring, involved parents who set an example of giving. After living in several other cities, Judith returned to Cincinnati. She believes that it is a responsibility and moral obligation to help others and provide for the next generation.
Milton* and Frances
The late Milton J. Schloss's success and leadership were brought to bear in business and also in his many volunteer positions. He and Frances have given generously of their time and resources to the Jewish and broader community, and hope that future generations will follow in their footsteps.
Ben and Ronna
Ben and Ronna were both born and raised in Cincinnati, and attended Sunday School together. They have followed their parents' example of volunteerism and philanthropy, serving in leadership positions in local and national Jewish organizations and giving generously.
Henry W. and Anita R.
Hank was born in Germany, where his parents met during the Holocaust. Struggling to build a new life in Cincinnati, they received critical help from Jewish Family Service—which made a strong impression on Hank. Anita, born in Cincinnati, learned the importance of helping others from her parents.
David and Abby
David and Abby have led passionate careers in medicine (obstetrics) and art education, respectively. Together, they have given generously of their time and resources to Jewish causes in Cincinnati and nationally. They have aimed to leave the world a better place—and will.
A successful businessman and entrepreneur, Ted Schwartz has been philanthropic since his early 20s. He believes in serving others—his family did that, and he believes it's the right thing to do.
Steven and Julie
Steve Shifman grew up in Springfield, Ohio, and Julie in Cincinnati, both to giving and involved parents. After pursuing diverse talents in their early years, she as a dancer and he as a ski instructor, they settled down in Cincinnati, and became leaders in the Jewish and Greater Cincinnati community.
Larry Spitz
Born in Cincinnati in 1930, Larry has been an active member of the JCC and a generous supporter of the Jewish community. He has made this legacy gift because the community has been such a strong part of his life and his identity, and wants to keep that going for future generations.
Charles Stix
Charles Stix was deeply involved in community activities while he was leading a successful career in business. Proud of his children and this community, he believes he is carrying out his family legacy, and providing for future generations, by making a legacy gift to the Cincinnati Jewish community.
Stuart and Terry
Stuart's family immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1938. Many of his family members perished in the Holocaust, a fact that has shaped Stuart's desire to be involved in the Jewish community. Stuart and Terry believe it is their responsibility to leave the world a better place for the next generation.
Jerome* and Suzanne
Soon after Jerry Teller moved to Cincinnati from Kansas City, a girl named Sue from Bond Hill befriended him at Walnut Hills. Over sixty years later, the two are an inseparable team. Sue and Jerry have cared for many organizations over the years, and want to keep them viable for future generations.
Richard and Marcia*
Dick Weiland was born and raised in Cincinnati. Throughout his life, Dick has been an activist. He was a civil rights leader; a founder of Halom House, a residence for adults with disabilities; a dedicated leader of the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.
Alice and Harris*
Alice and Harris married in Cincinnati in 1949. Harris was a partner at Dinsmore Shohl and Alice an environmental artist. They have given generously to the Jewish community as well as to local arts institutions. Harris was instrumental in the founding of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. The Westons' influence on Cincinnati is virtually unparalleled.
Mauri's parents taught her personal strength through adversity, as well as the importance of contributing to the community. Since her children were born, Mauri has been a "professional volunteer" for innumerable Jewish organizations both locally and nationally. With her legacy gift, Mauri would like to ensure that the things that are important to her today will be able to continue in the future.
David and
Sarah Wise
David and Sarah are both are involved in the community in innumerable ways, volunteering their time and efforts. Growing up in families that modeled the importance of giving, they have provided for a generous legacy gift for the Cincinnati Jewish community. They wish to leave a legacy of a family that cares about other people, and takes care of their community.
Alan* and Louise
Louise moved to Cincinnati after her father accepted a position as director of Cincinnati Hebrew Day School. Alan and Louise met at a Jewish Welfare Fund event and have been deeply involved in the Jewish community since. They hope that their children and grandchildren will follow their example, as they followed that of their parents.
Jeff and Frida*
Growing up in Cincinnati, Jeffrey Zipkin went to a Jewish day school, which helped him build a strong Jewish identity that included the values of community service and a connection to Israel. Jeffrey and Frida hope that their legacy gifts will provide for a strong community for future generations.
Bill and Elinor
Bill was raised in Cincinnati, to a family originally from Lithuania. Elinor's father came to Cincinnati as the director of Cincinnati Hebrew Day School. Bill and Elinor have been married for 53 years, have been active in the Jewish community and believe in teaching their values by example.