June 1, 2022 

The need for fixing our world can sometimes be overwhelming.  We find ourselves wondering “What can I do to make a positive difference?” 

Judaism teaches us about doing good deeds (gemilut chasadim). This may refer to our personal relationships, the way we conduct our business affairs, and charitable giving. The LIFE & LEGACY® program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation provides us with a fantastic opportunity to have an important impact after we’re gone. 

Many of us are reluctant to make substantial donations during our lifetimes because we don’t know what the future may hold. After all, we want to be financially secure as we approach the last decades of our lives.  But it’s relatively simple to designate a meaningful donation to a cause we care about from what remains of our assets after we’re gone. 

That’s where LIFE & LEGACY comes in.  It is a program designed for anyone who has any assets at the time of their demise. In your will, IRA, or life insurance policy, you may designate a dollar amount or a percentage of your assets to go to one or more organizations in the Jewish community. 

San Antonio Jewish Senior Services (SAJSS) is an important organization in our community that provides programming, transportation to events, and so much more. The resources used to fund the programs which enhance the lives of Jewish seniors in our community primarily come from endowments. The simple reality is that over time these funds will be depleted if they are not replaced.   

What better way to make a strong statement to your surviving family members, and to the community than to help SAJSS continue to do its valuable work for Jewish seniors?  That’s why I have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Life & Legacy program which indicates I will make some provisions in my estate planning within the coming year for SAJSS.  I invite you to do the same.   

Call the SAJSS office at (210) 616-4811 to take the first step.  In the words of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel:  “A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old…..” 


Alice R. Troy, SAJSS Past President