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Create a Jewish Legacy Initiative | 10-Feb-2014

 Over $3 million in Legacy commitments

In the first eight months, the Create a Jewish Legacy initiative has succeeded in securing $3.2 million in commitments with 122 signed letters of intent!

The participating organizations are Camp Laurelwood, Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel (BEKI), Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, Jewish Cemetery Association of Greater New Haven, Jewish Family Service of New Haven, Jewish High School of CT, Jewish Historical Society, Orchard Street Shul, Temple Beth David, Temple Beth Sholom, Temple Beth Tikvah, Temple Emanuel and the Towers Foundation.          


Create a Jewish Legacy represents a shared commitment by area synagogues and Jewish organizations to work together to secure a more vibrant Jewish future. Create a Jewish Legacy is sponsored and presented by the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

With Create a Jewish Legacy, you have the ability to create a legacy gift which can benefit one or more organizations that are important to you. You can make a commitment, either through a current or future gift to a Jewish organization's endowment fund or by declaring your intent to remember Jewish causes in your will or estate plans.

Your legacy gift of any size can be customized and structured to fit your dreams, lifestyle, family and financial needs. You can provide support for a particular institution (e.g., synagogue, day school, Jewish agency) or area of interest (e.g., caring for the elderly, helping those in need, educating our community's children, advancing Jewish life, Jewish summer camp experiences, college campus programs or support for Israel and overseas programs

Why Create a Jewish Legacy?

Creating your own Jewish legacy empowers you to further the work of your heart and to enjoy the peace of mind that it brings.
You can:

  • PERPETUATE the Jewish traditions and values you cherish
  • PRESERVE the programs and institutions that support Jewish life in  our community and around the world in perpetuity
  • PLAN for your family's philanthropic interests and enjoy tax advantages

Creating your Jewish legacy ensures that you'll be remembered and your work and Jewish values will continue beyond your lifetime. By creating your legacy today, you can secure vital Jewish community programs that you wish to sustain while ensuring a safety net is in place to protect and strengthen our Jewish community for generations. It's a meaningful, personal way to honor loved ones, and teach your children and grandchildren the value of philanthropy. You will ensure a strong vibrant and engaging community that will perpetuate your values in the future.

All of us, regardless of age, wealth or affiliation, have the ability to make a difference for future generations.

The simplest method of creating your legacy is with a current gift of cash or stock.  If you cannot do that now, you can create your legacy through a will or estate plan, or by adding (or changing) a beneficiary designation with other assets, such as retirement funds and life insurance. You can create a Jewish legacy with a percentage of your estate or a dollar amount that's comfortable for you. You can commit a cash gift now that goes directly into the endowment. Some gifts can be structured to increase your current income, and the residual will benefit your designated organizations.

Creating your Jewish legacy is simple.

  • Some options include:
  • Bequest in a Will
  • Gift of Life insurance
  • Gift of IRA or Retirement Asset
  • Gift of Appreciated Stock
  • Charitable gift annuity or trust
  • Any combination of the above

Together we can impact the future of the Jewish community and make a difference in the lives of the generations to come.

For more information contact the Jewish Foundation, Lisa Stanger, Director, 203-387-2424, ext. 382 , lstanger@jewishnewhaven.org

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