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Holocaust Survivors Fund Educational Dreams 

Barbara and Leizor Kessel survived the Holocaust and immigrated in Wethersfield. Education was very important to both of them, so they created a scholarship fund to benefit Jewish students from Greater Hartford pursuing higher education. 

When they passed away, the Kessels left their condo, personal property and part of their estate to the Leizor and Barbara Kessel Scholarship Fund. The fund started 20 years ago with about $800,000. Since then, the Kessels have helped dozens of students, granting out more than $550,000…and their fund balance is at $1.1 million. The couple’s generosity honors their legacy and keeps our community thriving. 

Here is a thank-you note from a grateful 2020 scholarship recipient:  

 I am honored to be one of the recipients of the Dr. Leizor and Barbara Kessel Scholarship.I appreciate the generous support that the Jewish Community Foundation is providing me and my family. I am honored and humbled that the scholarship comes from two Holocaust survivors and I will always remember their generosity and appreciate their accomplishments as immigrants to the United States.

 As a first-generation American, I experienced the challenge  of growing up with no family support and the academic  challenges of a second language household. My mother always encouraged me to do better and helped me understand the value of a college education.

I will soon begin my undergraduate career as a freshman at Stony Brook University. My educational pursuits would not be possible without the generous support from the Jewish Community Foundation.

Thank you for enabling this opportunity!


Joshua Chachques

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