WEST HARTFORD — Barbara and Leizor Kessel survived the Holocaust and immigrated to the United States, eventually settling in Wethersfield. Dr. Kessel became Chief of Medicine at Newington Veterans Hospital. Barbara was an accomplished painter. Education was very important to both of them. Their passion and their bequest created a scholarship fund to benefit Jewish students from Greater Hartford pursuing higher education, according to a release from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford.

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 249 students, granting out more than $550,000, and their fund balance is at $1.1 million. The couple’s generosity is honoring their legacy and keeps our community thriving.

Their legacy and many others will be honored on May 5 at a Community Celebration of Legacy. All Legacy Society members will be invited. For more details, contact Kathryn Gonnerman, VP of Philanthropy at kgonnerman@jcfhartford.org.

Connecticut Media Group