How do you express your commitment to your community? How do you support the Jewish organizations that are important to you? Omaha's Jewish community is fortunate to have many who donate their time and/or money to area Jewish organizations. However, what happens after the donors are gone? What can you do for future generations to ensure that they are well-served by the Jewish organizations you support?

Letter of Intent

Life & Legacy Brochure



Life & Legacy Song (Composted by Karen Sokolof Javitch)

LIFE & LEGACY Formalization Form



You can leave a legacy.

LIFE & LEGACY TM  Update (as of January 2021)

664 Commitments | $21,442,821 estimated amount

Life & Legacy Donor Testimonials can be found on Jewish Federation of Omaha on Vimeo.

Through hard work and dedication, all ten of our community partners, the ADL/CRC, Chabad House, Institute for Holocaust Education, Nebraska Jewish Historical Society, Jewish Federation of Omaha and its agencies, Temple Israel Synagogue, Beth El Synagogue, Beth Israel Synagogue, B'nai Israel Synagogue and Friedel Jewish Academy have reached or exceeded their goals each year and received incentive grants from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. We are looking forward to seeing how the LIFE&LEGACY commitments become a vital part of our community for generations to come. 

We wish to thank all of our wonderful donors for helping to ensure the financial security of Jewish Omaha. 

Jay Katelman

Jay Katelman
LIFE & LEGACY and OJAA Coordinator


As we congratulate Margo Parsow on her well-deserved retirement, the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation would like to introduce you to Jay Katelman, who has taken over as the LIFE & LEGACY and Omaha Jewish Alumni Association (OJAA) Coordinator.  In addition to this role, Jay is also the Community Development Leader at the Jewish Federation of Omaha.  In this role, he is tasked with cultivating new community relationships, both personal and corporate, that will benefit the Jewish Federation of Omaha.  Jay was born and raised in Omaha, graduated from Westside High School, and completed a double major in Marketing and Management from the University of Nebraska Omaha.  He is currently working on his Master’s in Organization Leadership at Creighton University. 

Jay married his high school sweetheart Katrina, and they just welcomed their first child in February.  Their daughter Vivian is the center of attention and already has her father wrapped around her little fingers.  He loves to spend an afternoon on the golf course with friends and is a lifelong sports fan and a diehard “Jaysker,” he supports Husker football and holds season tickets for both Creighton Men’s Basketball and UNO Maverick Hockey. 

Jay is excited to start working as the LIFE & LEGACY and Omaha Jewish Alumni Association (OJAA) Coordinator and looks forward to meeting and speaking with all of our community members.  He loves to meet new people, so please feel free to reach out and introduce yourself!  You can reach him at (402) 334-6461 or at


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