Helen & David Sonenshine

My father was born in Russia and moved to Israel at the age of 13, where he lived for several years. Through his experience, my family became strong supporters of the Jewish community. Growing up, I graduated from our Jewish Day School, participated in JCC activities and made my first visit to Israel just after the Six Day War in 1967-a euphoric time! In recent years, as my father’s health declined, I began working on his estate plan. It became clear that a donor advised fund would provide the flexibility we needed to accumulate the charitable dollars from his estate and to distribute those dollars over many years to come. I believe that a healthy Jewish community requires the existence of a Jewish day school, a Jewish nursing home, and Jewish community center and the synagogue to survive. With our ever-changing lives, it is important to have a strong base to grab hold of; our Jewish community is that base and it gives meaning to our existence.