- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - A Kalamazoo synagogue is getting $10.5 million from the estates of a restaurateur and his nephew.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2dwoyhF ) the bequests announced this week to the Congregation of Moses came from the estates of Irving Schensul and his nephew, Eugene Colef.

At the time of his death in 2001, Schensul bequeathed $500,000 to the congregation and the rest of his estate in a trust to benefit his nephew. When Colef died in July, the congregation was to get about $2.5 million. But since Colef had no heirs another $8 million is going to the synagogue.

Congregation President Beth Grode says the gifts will help ensure the success of a strong and vibrant Jewish community in Kalamazoo for generations to come.

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Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette, https://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo

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