2017-03-01 / Columns

Meet those who are leaving their legacy for the community’s future

Executive Director, Jewish Community Foundation

Just as the World Wide Web has forever changed how we connect with one another, a unique, tangible “web” is developing right here in Southern New Jersey that will forever change our Jewish community for the better. The Jewish Community Foundation, Inc. has been honored to serve as our Jewish community’s central agency for legacy endowment giving for over three decades. Yet, since the implementation of the LIFE & LEGACY initiative of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation almost three years ago, the response from the community has accelerated rapidly, with over 500 individuals announcing their legacy gift intentions. Our web of support is growing across SNJ!

Your legacy gift enables the JCF to provide annual income to beneficiary organizations—such as participating Jewish Federation agencies, synagogues, and day schools— every year for generations on end. Anybody, regardless of income, age, and beyond, can leave a legacy to support any beloved organization. It can also be the last lesson that you leave for your children, grandchildren, or the entire community.

To that end, let’s meet some of the generous and foresighted individuals who have already committed to leaving a legacy gift, to understand why they believe that this web of support is so vital:

“L’dor v’dor…The passing of values from one generation to another is crucial in sustaining our beloved Cong. B’nai Tikvah-Beth Israel. Leaving a legacy for future generations is very important to us.

Strengthening Jewish identity through education, programs, and a wide variety of experiences is vital for our children. We want to ensure that the Jewish traditions we value the most through CBTBI continue long into the future.”—Alan Gofberg and Marcy Kaufman

“When my husband and I were asked if we would participate in the Torah Links LIFE & LEGACY initiative, we had many questions about how the program would work. We discovered that we would have an opportunity to leave money to our shul after we had passed away. Why would we want to do this? We believe it is very important to support our shul’s community, to continue to help fellow Jewish families learn and grow in their Judaism through programs, classes and camaraderie. What better legacy can we leave our children and grandchildren than a strong faith in Judaism and Hashem?”— Susan Lipson

“After attending several services at Temple Har Zion, my husband, Micah, and I realized we had never met a warmer, more welcoming congregation, and we joined as members. THZ recently celebrated its 80th anniversary, and we want to ensure that the synagogue will be around for another 80 years. One of the best ways we can ensure a vibrant, thriving Jewish community for our children, grandchildren and beyond is to make a financial commitment through LIFE & LEGACY. It’s important to know that you don’t have to be wealthy to participate. We as Jews believe strongly in the concept of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. If each of us makes a contribution, no matter how much, think of what an impact we can have on future generations.”— Darcy Grabenstein

As these testimonials show, leaving a legacy can be easy, it can benefit the community for many future generations, and anybody can participate.

With our third year of LIFE & LEGACY concluding on March 31, we ask you to consider making a commitment to benefit your preferred local organizations now and in the future.

As a special bonus, LIFE & LEGACY participants as of March 31 will be offered a complimentary ticket to attend our celebratory event on June 11. More details to follow.

Want to join our “web?”

Please contact any participating organization directly or visit www.jcfsnj.org/life-legacy. Thank you.


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