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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 Evelyn Berezin
Roger Berkowitz Rhoda Berkowitz Sylvia Brody Axelrad
Eliane Bukantz Dorothy Codkind, z”l Hyman Cohen
Shirley Cohen Eva Eckert Betty Eldman
Sol Eldman Stanley Engelstein, z"l Gene Forrell
Mildred Forrell Shulamis Levin Friedman, z"l 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
Abraham Stein, z"l Carole Stein Richard Stein
Rose Stein, z"l Jonathan Sternberg Leora Klaymer Stewart
Robert Tartell, z"l Lottie Tartell Franklin Toker
Milton Weiner Rose L. Weinstein Edith Weiss
Chava Weissler Joan Wertheim Israel Wilinetz, z"l
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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