Published Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Life & Legacy Spotlight

Why Danna & Jim Halff Made Legacy Committments

“My earliest memories of tzedakah were inspired by my grandfather, Sam Susser, a first-generation Jewish Texan. My cousins and I spent our preschool years at the JCC in Corpus Christi. My grandfather loved to drive by and see us on the playground and he enjoyed donating playground equipment. After many grandchildren and many years of donating, the preschool playground was eventually named the Susser Playground. Later, in elementary school, he often picked us up on Sunday mornings for religious school at Temple and always gave us money for the tzedakah box. Most of his legacy does not bear his name, but he taught us the importance of participating in our small Jewish community, supporting it to the best of our abilities with our time, talent and treasure.

“I am proud to be a part of the Life and Legacy team for the Harry & Jeannette Weinberg Campus of the San Antonio Jewish Community and to support Jewish San Antonio’s crown jewels, The Campus and the JCC, as well as my synagogue and other agencies I have been involved with over the years. San Antonio is still a small Jewish community and needs all of us to contribute in order to thrive. I hope everyone who has enjoyed being a part of Jewish San Antonio at some time in their lives will consider leaving a bequest to one or more Jewish agencies through the LIFE & LEGACY® program.” – Danna Halff

“I was raised in a household that modeled charitable behavior without giving it a name and often without pointing out to my brothers and me the significance of giving back to the Jewish community. Perhaps the thinking was that it was so obvious and ingrained that it didn’t need to be discussed… But those seeds of improving the Jewish community, that represented such important values, sprouted in recollections and memories and the impetus to give — because that was the way our family did things “Today I talk (a bit) more about it because giving has changed and a sense of individual responsibility for the community is sometimes harder to engage within ourselves.

The LIFE & LEGACY® initiative is a wonderful path to becoming more aware and more charitable because it offers us the chance to make a distinct difference in ourselves and our community immediately. And more uniquely, I can support several important Jewish organizations that I want to be strong for my children’s generation. By taking small steps to secure a legacy gift that won’t affect our bank account today, we still have funds to support the things we think are important now. And by making a promise to the future, I find I am more involved and focused
on the present. In essence, it costs nothing but the rewards are significant and empowering.” — Jim Halff

Thank you to those who have selected to support the Barshop JCC and/or The Campus of the San Antonio Jewish Community in their wills, trusts, retirement accounts or life insurance policies. (as of Jan. 29, 2020)

Anonymous • Gayle K. Alterman • Stanley Alterman • Jim Barshop and Family • Steve and Susan Butler
Jennifer and Mark Eichelbaum • Esther Feinberg • Jerry E. and Nancy K. Gerson • Rhonda Gurinsky
Danna Halff • Jim Halff • Leslie Hyman • Andrew D. Jacobson • Howard Kasanoff • Beth Karen Keough
Philip A. Kolovson • Sandy and Saul Levenshus • Marsha Penner • Kristy and Alan Petlin
Richard A. and Sara Planto • Cathy and Jim Pottorf • Shari and Randy Pulman
Drs. Irving and Joan Ratner (OBM) • Michael and Susan Rosenberg • Jeff Siegel • Steve Silver
Miriam Courtney Silver • Alice and Richard Thorner • Barbie Scharf-Zeldes • Adam Zeldes

To learn more about the program, supporting the Barshop Jewish Community Center,
and ensuring a vibrant future for the entire San Antonio Jewish Community,