“We hope our legacy gift will serve as an example to our children about the importance of caring and serving the Jewish community,” explains Dr. Robert Karasov.
“Jewish education is the cornerstone for a strong community,” explains Dr. Robert Karasov.
He and his wife, Dr. Hanna Bloomfield, made it a priority to ensure that their children grew up with a deep understanding of halachic practices such as keeping a kosher home, observing the Sabbath and holidays, and helping others in need.
In addition, says Hanna, “We made sure that every one of our children had an opportunity to visit Israel and develop an attachment to the Jewish state; several of them spent an entire year studying there after high school.”
Now that their children are grown, Bob explains, he’s “trying to focus on keeping the community strong so that Judaism can be perpetuated for future generations.”
Both Bob and Hanna have served on the Federation Board and Bob has assumed a variety of additional leadership roles including chairing education panels, sitting on the Board’s executive committee, and spearheading a robust local allocations process. Most recently, Bob and Hanna are taking advantage of a philanthropic opportunity that can help them do just that: a legacy gift. “Leaving a legacy gift enables people to contribute to the Community Campaign when they are no longer here,” Bob says. “If everyone does even a small amount, it all adds up toward a prosperous future.”
Not only is it Bob and Hanna’s wish that their legacy gift—a Perpetual Annual Campaign Endowment (PACE) fund at the Federation’s Jewish Community Foundation—supports Jewish life, learning and a caring community long after they are gone, they also hope it inspires their children. “We hope our legacy gift will serve as an example to our children about the importance of caring and serving the Jewish community,” Bob says.