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Life & Legacy


Since our inception in 1856, Keneseth Beth Israel (KBI) fosters a thriving, growing center of traditional Judaism in Richmond. Nurturing personal Jewish growth, religious observance and creating community connections, KBI is the spiritual home for our congregants and for all Jews in Richmond.

KBI provides a vibrant, positive approach to Jewish life and the building of community. We offer programming for people of every age and level of knowledge as a way of increasing engagement with each other and our Jewish family. Whether through life cycle celebrations or to support one another during life’s challenges, KBI is always there for its congregants.

LEGACY CHAI CIRCLE helps to insure the future of KBI as the thriving, growing center of traditional Judaism in Richmond. Our legacy donors are individuals just like you who want to fulfill our promise to future generations of Jews in Richmond to continue our vibrant shul as a place of worship, spiritual growth, and lifelong learning. By creating a legacy, you will plant the seed from generation to generation – L’Dor V’Dor – making a difference for many years to come. Legacy gifts are after lifetime gifts through bequests, life insurance policies or other vehicles that meet the need of the donor.

Please join our Legacy Chai Circle. By doing so you will:

  • Help ensure that Richmond always has a traditional synagogue
  • Make a difference for those who want a Jewish center for Torah study and living a Torah life
  • Ensure the spiritual ‘home’ and needs of Jews of all ages
  • Provide a place where individuals can express their commitment to Israel
  • Continue Judaic and spiritual programming to meet the growing needs of our community

For more information, or to join the KBI Legacy Chai Circle contact Josh Goldberg at 804-317-2515 or

The KBI LEGACY CHAI CIRCLE is in partnership with The Richmond Jewish Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Click to download the Life & Legacy Donor PDF


Thank you to our Legacy Chai Circle Members.

(as of 8/1/2021) 

Anonymous (18)

Michael Aronowitz

Rabbi Dovid & Aliza Asher

Rabbi Yosef & Rivka Bart

Esther Binshtok

Meir Binshtok

Francine Blum

Martin Blum

Amit Cahana

Joan & Stuart Cantor

Marlena & Yonatan Cantor

Michal & Jason Caplan

Debra Colby

Daniel Davidow

Jonathan Davidow

Miriam Davidow

Elizabeth L. Fitzgerald

Elliot P. Fitzgerald

Ben Freedlander

Sharyl Freedlander

Josh Goldberg

Avi & Dina Gunzburg

Hana & David Hecht

Hedy Lapkin

Alex Lebenstein OBM

Chuck & Judy Lessin

Ilana & Akiva Lessin

Jeff & Havah Lessin

David Peck

Suzanne & Joshua Peck Family

Elliot Plotnick

Sarah & Keith Rakofsky

Daniel & Julia Roth

Yosef Saar

Jane & Maurice Schwarz

Eric & Elizabeth Shoenfeld

Nannette & Nathan Shor

Shlomo & Rivka Skaist

Henry & Dottie Snider OBM

Beverley & Jerry Soble

Bob Weisberger

Karen N. Wharton, MD

David S. Winston & Rebecca Kalman-Winston

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