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The Gaon Legacy Society is named for the 18th-century Rabbi Elijah Ben Solomon Zalman, the Vilna Gaon, who was known for his intellect and for the importance he placed on tzedakah. In this spirit, we recognize the generosity of supporters who help secure YIVO’s future by making planned gifts.

To become a member, simply inform us that you have named YIVO as the beneficiary of a bequest in your will, made a charitable gift annuity or assigned to YIVO a bank, brokerage or retirement account or a life insurance policy.

As a Gaon Legacy Society member, you will receive:
□ YIVO Lifetime Membership
□ News and publications
□ Member discounts to public programs
□ Special recognition on our website
□ Invitations to exclusive Gaon Legacy Society gatherings and other YIVO events.

To become a member or to discuss your philanthropic options, please contact Suzanne Leon, Director of Development, at 917-606-8227 or
Gaon Society Members
Rosina Abramson Marilyn Apelson Sylvia Antonier-Scher
Harold Baron William Begell Roger Berkowitz
Rhoda Berkowitz Sylvia Brody Axelrad Eliane Bukantz
Hyman Cohen Shirley Cohen Eva Eckert
Betty Eldman Sol Eldman Stanley Engelstein, z"l
Gene Forrell Mildred Forrell Shulamis Levin Friedman
Max Gitter Vicki Gold Nathan Goldstein
William Goldstein Linda Grossman Warren Grover
Edwin Hantman Laura Hapke George Hecht
Felice Itzkoff, z"l Louisa Johnston Henry Kellen
David Levine Ruth Levine Isaac Levine
Liora Levine Ella Lidsky Leo Melamed
Herbert J. Maletz Ahrona Ohring Milton Ohring
Louis Osofsky Martin Peretz Bathsheba Phillips
Ethel Roberts Enid Sandri Abraham Sherman
Bruce Slovin Carole Stein Richard Stein
Jonathan Sternberg Leora Klaymer Stewart Robert Tartell, z"l
Lottie Tartell Franklin Toker Milton Weiner
Rose L. Weinstein Edith Weiss Chava Weissler
Joan Wertheim Anonymous (10)

We thank in memoriam the following individuals who made provision for YIVO in their estate plans:

Rubin Adler, z”l Marjorie F. Axler, z”l Gene Berkowicz, z”l
Lucie Blau, z”l Leon Bloom, z”l Ruth D. Botvinik, z”l
Gloria Dlugacz, z”l Ruth Edelheit, z”l Luba and Rubin Feryszka, z”l
Harriet Friedman, z”l Melvin H. Friedman, z”l Judith Gescheit, z”l
Rose Greenspan, z”l Rudy Grunfeld, z”l Eugene Herscher, z”l
David Kerner, z”l Phyllis D. Korn, z”l Sidney Krum, z”l
Ben Zion Lazaraus, z”l Martha J. Loewenstein, z”l Joan Long, z"l
Harold Margolis Abraham Melezin, z”l Maurice Neuman, z”l
Shirley Novick, z”l Fania Portnoy, z”l Rebecca E. Rieger, z”l
Michael Ross, z”l Adele Rothenberg, z”l Denise K. Schorr, z”l
Albert Schnitzer, z”l Agnes Schutz, z”l Eta Taub, z”l
I. Bernard Weinstein, z”l Herbert and Elvira Weller, z”l Louis Williams Foundation, z”l
Gloria Wolinsky, z”l Alice Woll, z”l Alexander Zaltaberg, z”l