Leaving a Legacy: A Charitable Checkbook

Barry and Francie Ross with their granddaughters Zoraya and Bexy Levin

Barry and Francie Ross with their granddaughters Zoraya and Bexy Levin

“The world stands on three things: Torah, prayer, and acts of loving kindness.” —Pirkei Avos Mishnah

Francie and Barry grew up in small Jewish communities; Francie in Wausau, Wisconsin, and Barry in St. Paul, Minnesota. Both of their parents were leaders in their respective Jewish communities. Francie and Barry connected with their Jewish roots at different stages in their lives. For Francie, it began when she attended Herzl camp.

“It changed my life!” she says of the four consecutive summers she was a camper at Herzl. “Herzl is where I made my first Jewish connection. It kindled my Jewish spirit.”

For Barry, it happened on a Federation mission to Israel in 2001, where he traveled with several rabbis from the Minneapolis Orthodox community. Barry connected with and was inspired by their knowledge and passion for Judaism. Since returning from Israel, Barry has studied weekly with these same rabbis.

Francie has been studying for the last seven years at the Chabad in Minnetonka. “Most of us know what we know about Judaism as a result of what we were taught as children in Sunday school. There is so much more to learn and so many people willing to teach you!” she says.

Francie and Barry support Federation, Sholom Home, Jewish education, Jewish camps, and Israel. As Barry says, “Through our Jewish study we have begun to understand the Pirkei Avos Mishnah which teaches, ‘The world stands on three things: Torah, prayer, and acts of loving kindness.’”

A Charitable Checkbook

“About a year ago Mort Naiman came to us to discuss a donor-advised fund as an easy way to manage our giving. He used the term ‘charitable checkbook,’ which really resonated with us,” explains Barry. Upon learning how easy and seamless it was to set up a fund as a vehicle for giving, they established a donor-advised fund and an endowment fund through Federation.

“It’s easy, and a wonderful way to give,” explains Francie.

Barry and Francie would like to thank their parents for the example they set of giving generously to the Jewish community. They are proud to pass this legacy on to their children Adam and Cori, Cori’s husband, Gena Levin, and their two children, Zoraya and Bexy.

Leaving a Legacy

Leaving a legacy is a simple way to ensure our Jewish community remains vibrant and strong for your grandchildren, their children, and beyond. To learn more, visit jewishminneapolis.org/foundation

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