ARNOLD AND ARLENE SHANBROM LEFT A LEGACY FOR JEWISH NEW HAVEN
For the late Arnold and Arlene Shanbrom, synagogue was synonymous with family life. It was a heartbeat timed to life’s most precious rhythms—the place to mark births and bar mitzvahs, to celebrate marriages, to mourn the departed.
Longtime members of Congregation B’nai Jacob in Woodbridge themselves, the couple passed away within days of each other in July, 2015. They had been married 68 years, not only raising three children and enjoying the love of their grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and extended family—but through their generosity and steadfast commitment to giving, also ensuring the continuance of a robust Jewish New Haven.
“They had a lifelong connection to the synagogue,” says Larry Shanbrom, Arnold and Arlene’s son. “They believed that synagogue was an important part of Jewish life and identity, one that keeps the faith together.”
Through a generous donation of life insurance to the Jewish Foundation upon their passing, Arnold and Arlene have ensured that projects and programs vital to Jewish life in New Haven perpetuate for years to come. “My parents never needed their giving publicized,” says Larry, “but they wanted to ensure that after they were gone, that they were part of the Jewish community’s long-term stability—and that their philosophy of giving back to the community would endure.”
For Larry, his parents’ commitment to giving back not only ensures a lasting legacy for B’nai Jacob and Jewish New Haven, it also sets an important example to Jewish families around the region—including his own.
“I remember in my late twenties, my dad was asked to be on board of the Jewish Community Center,” Larry explains. “He’d started to wind things down, and he suggested that I step in instead. So, I joined the JCC board—and my own commitment to our community began and was shared by many other family members in a variety of institutions. This involvement is consistent with the path my father created for us, which we’ve we embraced from day one.”
The Jewish Foundation is grateful for the generosity of the late and beloved Arnold and Arlene Shanbrom.
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