Preserving Jewish History
How mindful succession planning can impact thousands of young lives.
The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum is widely known as a beacon of Jewish culture, influence and education in Atlanta, and nationally. It was founded in 1996 because of William Breman’s desire to establish something substantial, historical and permanent to benefit both the Jewish and general communities. In addition to his generous gift to Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta to establish the museum, Mr. Breman developed a succession plan to ensure his family’s legacy would support his passion and namesake perpetually. “I remember when the museum had its grand opening and we all celebrated with the original core supporters by raising a toast. One of the champagne glasses dropped and shattered on the floor, and everyone celebrated it as good luck. Jewish tradition has a sweet way of making moments sacred,” said Joe Breman, grandson of William Breman.
The museum serves as a convener for the Jewish community and offers a place to forge connections with various organizations. It is also the cornerstone of The Breman Family Foundation’s philanthropic impact, even now, as the family collaborates across generations with their charitable giving. “Our Pop-Pop was a visionary and wanted to see his values of Jewish education, activities and opportunities live on past his lifetime,” said Michelle Salmans, Mr. Breman’s granddaughter. Roberta Nemo, who is also Mr. Breman’s granddaughter and is currently involved on the board of the family’s foundation, said “my grandfather Bill had such a clear view of the future, he set it up so that we would continue supporting the Jewish community long after he was gone. In hindsight, it was brilliant.”