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Legacy Giving through the TBE Dorot Society

10/14/2021 02:43:24 PM


The Hebrew word dorot means “generations.” At Temple Beth El, we teach the next generation to embrace Jewish life, just as we were taught by those who came before us. With the goal of sustaining Temple Beth El for future generations, we are grateful for the following members of the Dorot Society who included Temple in their estate plans. For more information about the Dorot Society, please contact Stefanie Kushner at

Marv Conney Bequest

Marv and Mildred “Babe” Conney (z''l) were members of Temple Beth El for over 55 years. They joined shortly after moving their business and family here in 1964. Their children, Lisa Rosenstock and David Conney, attended TBE’s Religious School and celebrated their life-cycle events with the TBE community. The family legacy continued with the almost 30-year membership of Lisa and her husband, Rick, along with their daughters, who grew up at TBE. Temple Beth El was always central to Marv and Babe’s lives. Marv was one of the fundraising chairs for the 1994 campaign, calling on members to raise the funds necessary for the 1996 expansion of our building. Babe was Sisterhood president from 1970 to 1972. Their financial support helped sustain TBE as well. Marv taught his children that “it is extremely important to pay back your civic rent.” The Conneys have continued to give back even after their passing through Marv’s planned giving, as he named Temple Beth El as a beneficiary. We are grateful to the Conney and Rosenstock families for their generosity and for the legacy that will continue on at
Temple Beth El.

Jacob J. Sinaiko Memorial Endowment

Susan Sinaiko (z''l) passed away in 1989 at the age of 93 years. She was a member of Temple Beth El, and Rabbi Brahms officiated at her funeral. Susan loved art; she was a student in the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin and was active in the Madison Art Association. Many of us knew her from her 35 years working in sales at Woldenberg’s department store. At the time of her death she left her estate to her remaining sister, Clara Smith, and her niece, Abigail Sand. Family was very important to Susan, as was the future of the Jewish community in Madison. In her will, she declared that the remainder of her estate, upon the death of her sister and niece, was to be evenly divided between Beth Israel Center and Temple Beth El for the establishment of endowments in memory of relatives that had passed before her. With Abigail Sand’s passing in June 2021, Temple Beth El received almost $600,000 to establish the Jacob J. Sinaiko Memorial Fund in memory of Susan’s brother.

We are so grateful for Susan’s commitment to the Madison Jewish community, leaving her remaining estate to establish endowments at two of Madison’s synagogues as a long-lasting investment in the future of Jewish life in Madison.

October 24, 2021 18 Cheshvan 5782