Creating Lives of Legacy

“In every encounter, there’s a possibility to transform a moment that is fleeting into a moment that is eternal.” – Rabbi Daniel Cohen

How do you want to be remembered? On October 22, nearly 70 members of Federation's Solomon Society tuned in for an inspiring and insightful conversation on entrepreneurship, Jewish values, and philanthropy with philanthropist extraordinaire Mark R. Shenkman, who grew up in Greater Hartford and went on to found Shenkman Capital Management, Inc., one of the nation's largest independent, high yield money management firms. The discussion was facilitated by Rabbi Daniel Cohen – author of “What Will They Say about You when You Are Gone?,” rabbi of Congregation Agudath Sholom in Stamford, and former rabbi of Young Israel of West Hartford. Together, they discussed "Elijah moments" in Shenkman’s life, his leadership and management philosophy, and how to make the most of each day.

“I can’t think of a better person who embodies some of the strategies in my book than Mark Shenkman,” said Rabbi Cohen. “When we think about a life of legacy, it’s being able to make decisions based not on convenience but on conviction.”

The program was chaired by Solomon Society leaders Ron Cipriano, Jay Gershman, Coleman B. Levy, and Eric Zachs. Click here to watch an excerpt; you’ll find more information on Rabbi Cohen’s book here.

The Solomon Society recognizes men who make a gift of $5,000 or more to Federation’s Annual Campaign. The commitment of Solomon Society members creates widespread local and global impact while providing opportunities for networking and camaraderie. To learn more, contact Simi Benita at or 860.727.6118.

Photo caption: Investment pioneer and noted philanthropist Mark R. Shenkman spoke with Rabbi Daniel Cohen and members of Federation's Solomon Society about how to create a life of legacy.