Life & Legacy


CJE SeniorLife again met the goal for Create A Jewish Legacy and received a $10,000.

Thank you for supporting CJE SeniorLife!




The soul of a great organization can be found within the people who nurture and sustain it.

While providing for the future of your family, you can ensure CJE SeniorLife will be here for the next generation. In partnership with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, CJE’s Endowment Foundation safeguards the needs of our community’s older adults today and in the future.

At the heart of the CJE Endowment Funding is a concrete plan of actions to secure vital resources that will enable CJE to keep pace with the growing needs of older adults.

Three years ago CJE SeniorLife was selected as one of 15 organizations to participate in a new program, Create A Jewish Legacy, to help local organizations obtain legacy gifts.

Create A Jewish Legacy  is funded by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and an anonymous foundation, and it is managed by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. Legacy gifts will safeguard CJE’s ability to provide community programs for our seniors for decades to come.


CJE Endowment Foundation

Our CJE Endowment Foundation offers donors a broad range of planned giving opportunities. You can leave your legacy from a variety of assets. Whereas annual contributions are used for current needs, the principle of an endowment gift remains intact, expanding resources for future generations through its yearly income.

How you can participate?

  • Sign a Declaration of Intent form and let us know that CJE is a part of your estate planning.
  • Bequest in a will
  • Gift of Life Insurance
  • Gift of IRA or Pension Funds
  • Charitable Gift Annuity
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Gift of Cash or Assets

Suggested language for Charitable Bequests:

I give $____ (or specified property) to the CJE Endowment Foundation as an unrestricted gift.

Whether your gift-giving goal is to make this world a better place, acknowledge your respect for the elder generation, or make your name a living blessing, CJE can help you meet your objectives. By choosing to create a charitable legacy, your commitment will strengthen the Jewish community long into the future and “make your story happen” for generations to come.

Trained professionals are available to assist you in making a gift that can maximize the benefits of contributing to CJE SeniorLife. When considering making any of these gifts, it is best to consult your legal counsel and tax advisor for specific details. CJE SeniorLife is a qualified, tax-exempt organization under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Call the Development Department at 773.508.1130 for more information.

Create A Jewish Legacy with CJE SeniorLife!

Download, print and sign your Letter of Intent and help sustain CJE’s future!

Please return your signed Letter of Intent to:

CJE SeniorLife
3003 West Touhy Avenue, Chicago IL, 60645
Attention: Stephanie Smerling

Your commitment will be directed to the CJE Endowment.

Special thank you to our Legacy and Endowment donors!

Please contact Stephanie Smerling, at 773.508.1130 for additional information.

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  • Laurence U. Berman Trust
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  • Ruth Berman
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  • Belle R. & Joseph H. Braun Fund
  • Estate of Suzy Braun
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  • Estate of Raymond D. Brodsky
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  • Estate of William Emil Deutsch
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  • George M. Eisenberg Foundation for Charities
  • Estate of Reuben and Sydelle Eisenberg
  • Bernice Elbin
  • Estate of Edward Elisberg
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  • Joan H. Epstein
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  • The Rabbi Shlomoh Z. Fineberg & Naomi D. Wainger Fineberg Religious Observance Fund
  • I.M. & Fannabell S. Fixman Foundation
  • Robert Forman Enrichment Series Fund
  • H. Fried Respite Fund
  • Jeffrey Fried, z"l and Suzanne Fried
  • Emmanuel Friend Estate
  • Galter Foundation
  • Meyer and Lilly Gerber Foundation
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  • Joseph L. & Emily K. Gidwitz Memorial Foundation
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  • Jerome J. Nathan Trust
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  • Estate of Eugene M. Segal
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  • Marci L. Shapiro
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  • Leonard Shraiberg Endowment Fund
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  • Linda Soreff Siegel
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