Meet L’Dor V’Dor Circle Donors Robin & Joe Pollak


The story of Joe’s grandparents’ synagogue is a sad story, but it motivates us. In the 1950s, they moved to a newly constructed subdivision in Baltimore and started Woodmoor Hebrew Congregation with their neighbors. Early in the synagogue history, his grandfather was the president of the congregation and signed the deed to acquire the land for a new building. His grandmother was the bookkeeper for Sisterhood for many years, first as a volunteer and eventually by necessity since there was no younger volunteer to succeed her. About fifty years after building their synagogue, his grandfather was asked (in his role as past president) to sign the deed to sell the building to provide some symbolism for the ceremony. Unfortunately, he died a few days before the sale was finalized, so someone else signed the paperwork. Their synagogue lasted precisely one generation.

We want the Ann Arbor Jewish community to be here for our children. The generations who founded our Jewish community have given succeeding generations remarkable gifts — property, organizations, resources. We want to do the same, and that’s why we have committed to remember Temple Beth Emeth and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor in our estate plan. We are among the younger families to pledge through Ann Arbor’s LIFE & LEGACY program, but we know that it is the right time to plan for the future.

Want to learn more about joining the L’Dor V’Dor Circle with a legacy gift to a Jewish organization in greater Ann Arbor? Contact or call 734-773-3538.