Support the SJCC


Tuesday, May 5 - tens of thousands of Americans will join together to show their support for organizations which enhance their communities. #GivingTuesdayNow is an opportunity for us show that, no matter how uncertain things are in our lives today, we recognize the need for the organizations which lift us up, provide care for our children, elderly and most frail and enhance our community’s spirit and wellness. We hope you’ll join with us in recognizing and supporting the organizations – including the Schenectady JCC – which have provided so much to our community during this crisis, so that they will be able to continue on their missions as this period passes.
Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, the Schenectady JCC has worked hard to provide our members and community with regular virtual programming to brighten the day for your children, give you a laugh when it is needed most and keep your mind, body and spirit engaged. You can see our full slate of programs here. As we plan for our upcoming reopening based upon state and federal guidance, we are readying our facility by making modifications for health and safety. We are also continuing to partner with area organizations to assist with COVID-19 relief efforts.
On #GivingTuesdayNow, please take a moment to say thank you to those who are working so hard during this pandemic to provide care for our communities. Your support is also essential to the Schenectady JCC’s efforts. Your donation will help us connect with you virtually each and every day at the JCC and also help us be ready for you when we can reopen.
Thank you for your support and partnership


Support the SJCC

The JCC plays a vital role in our community, providing wellness programs, child care and after school programs, summer camps, senior activities, outdoor fun and much more for everyone in Schenectady, Saratoga and Albany Counties.

To provide these programs and to support our efforts to continually improve our offerings and facilities, we need your help.

Many people do not realize that income from membership dues is not enough to support the excellent programming we enjoy, to enhance and maintain the building we love, and to serve the community. Your support -- at any level -- helps us to continue to provide the exciting programs, events and services you have come to expect from your JCC.

Whether you want to make a one-time gift, endow a program or event, honor someone special, or make a gift that your employer will match, you can help build on the nearly 100 year legacy of the Schenectady JCC in our community.

For more information on giving opportunities at the JCC, contact Interim Executive Director Andy Katz at (518) 377-8803 or


  • Annual Campaign

Individuals, corporations and other entities can support JCC programs through our annual campaign which funds everything from wellness programs, to our early childhood care center, Jewish cultural education, senior programs and adult programming.

The Schenectady JCC depends on the generous support of our members and the community to offer important services to everyone. The Schenectady JCC continues to change lives and enhance the quality of life in the area.

Donors for the Annual Campaign will be recognized in our marketing materials regardless of the size of the gift. You can easily make an annual campaign donation by clicking the link below or contacting Andy Katz at (518) 377-8803 or

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Tribute Gifts

Honor someone special, a special occasion, or the memory of a loved one or friend by donating to the Schenectady JCC in their name. These donations can be made to the Annual Campaign or any JCC program area.

To honor someone’s legacy with a tribute gift, contact Andy Katz at (518) 377-8803 or

2020 Playground Program

In the spring of 2020, the JCC will be rebuilding its child-age playground and making it more accessible, safe and fun for the hundreds of kids each year who play there. For more information on this project, please click here 



Since 1921, the Schenectady JCC has touched the lives of thousands of people with its mission-driven programs. We urge you to envision a place where generation after generation will come together to remember our rich history, to change lives, and to enhance the quality of life in the area; where bright futures will always be cherished and nourished. Envision the enduring presence of a vibrant JCC. Let us show you how you can make a difference. Make a commitment to keeping the doors of the JCC open for future generations.

There are ways to support the Schenectady JCC that don't affect your current lifestyle or your family's security.

Leaving a LIFE & LEGACY™ Gift to the Schenectady JCC

Current gifts of cash are vital to our success, but donors also can support the JCC by making a planned gift - leaving a legacy. Legacy giving, planned with the assistance of a qualified professional advisor, can provide immediate benefits - tax savings and additional income - and will give you the satisfaction of knowing that your personal philanthropic goals will be met, and that you are helping ensure that the JCC will maintain its place in our community for years and years. You can make a gift that costs you nothing during your lifetime. You can also make a gift that leaves your cash flow and current financial planning unchanged.

LIFE & LEGACY™ is a 4-year partnership program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) that assists communities across North America, through partnership with Jewish Federations and Foundations, to promote after-lifetime giving to benefit local Jewish day schools, synagogues, social service organizations and other Jewish entities. Through training, support and monetary incentives LIFE & LEGACY™ motivates Jewish organizations to secure legacy gifts, steward donors and integrate legacy giving into the philanthropic culture of the Jewish community in order to ensure vibrant Jewish life for future generations.

Gifts Anyone Can Afford:

  • Bequests: Gifts from your will or trust. Bequests are ideal for donors who wish to make a contribution without diminishing available assets during their lifetime. You can designate a specific sum of money or a percentage of your estate's value, or identify an asset to be transferred.
  • Beneficiary Designations: Gifts from your retirement plan or life insurance policy. Assets in a qualified retirement plan such as an IRA, a 401(k), a Keogh, or a life insurance policy are typically included as part of a taxable estate. To minimize income and estate taxes you can select the JCC as the beneficiary of these retirement assets.
  • Income for Life Gifts: Gifts from annuities or trusts. Income for Life Gifts include Charitable Gift Annuities and Charitable Remainder Trusts. These vehicles allow you to generate income to enhance your lifestyle and create a legacy for the community. You contribute cash or securities to a fund or trust, decide who will receive income from it (yourself, a family member or friend), and make decisions about the income distribution process. When the income period ends, the funds flow to the designated charitable beneficiary.
  • Appreciated Assets: Gifts of stock. Your gift of appreciated stock that has been held for more than one year will benefit the JCC and may save you capital gains taxes and provide a variety of other tax benefits. Please consult your tax advisor to find out how a charitable donation of stock can help you reach your personal financial goals. More gift planning vehicles are available to help you meet your legacy goals. We encourage you to contact a financial advisor or your attorney to further explore these options.

For more information on the LIFE & LEGACY™ program, please contact Interim Executive Director Andy Katz at (518) 377-8803 or

THANK YOU to our LIFE & LEGACY™ Donors:

Rabbi Matt & Sharon Cutler

Annie Deiber

Marvin Garfinkel (Z"L)

Jack & Vicki Gold

Bryan & Andrea Goldberger

David & Andrea Golub

Mona Golub

Alex Hallenstein

Aviva Hallenstein

Betty Hallenstein

Andrew Katz

Kathy Levy

Michelle Ostrelich & Howard Schlossberg

Sonia Rubenstein

Barbara & Jeff Walton



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