JFS Receives Bequest from Alvin Brown

JFS is proud to announce the receipt of a $250K bequest from the estate of Alvin Brown, the single largest one-time gift in the agency’s history. The funds were put in an endowment which will provide vital support for the many programs and services of the agency which serves people of all ages.

When asked about why Alvin Brown listed JFS in his bequest, his son David said, “My dad recognized the good that JFS does locally. Growing up in a very conservative Jewish faith, traditions meant a lot to him, including the tradition of giving. It gave my dad a warm sense of helping the Jewish community.”

JFS is grateful for this significant bequest. “Alvin Brown was a longtime and significant supporter of JFS. He was sure to let me know that he had included JFS in his estate planning as he wanted his support to continue in perpetuity. Legacy planning and giving such as this are so important for JFS and help sustain our organization for years to come,” said Jane Ginsburg, JFS President and CEO.

JFS welcomes the opportunity to speak with families about ways they can continue to support the agency beyond their lifetime. There are many types of bequests and no minimum amount for a gift. Every dollar helps JFS continue their mission. Please contact Jane Ginsburg at 518-516-1101 or about this and other ways you can support JFS.

Since 1854, Jewish Family Services (JFS) has been continuously providing a continuum of support, services and resources for individuals and families of all ages and backgrounds. Our programs and services range from counseling to guidance for those aging in place to assistance for those facing food or financial insecurity – and so much more. Their mission is to enrich the lives of individuals, families, and the community by providing compassionate, collaborative human services, guided by Jewish values. For more information visit

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