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The New Haven Jewish Community – Create a Jewish Legacy --Making its Mark | 21-Oct-2016

On Sunday, September 25, over 80 community members representing 15 synagogues and Jewish agencies gathered at the Omni Hotel to celebrate Create a Jewish Legacy New Haven’s success.   3 years into the 4 year program, over 310 households have made legacy commitments and/or current endowment gifts with an estimated total of $7 million. More than   490 legacy conversations and  50 group presentations

The purpose of the Create a Jewish Legacy initiative, funded by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven, is to assist local synagogues and agencies to launch successful endowment and bequest campaigns.  The program provides funding, professional resources, training and mentoring to the participating organizations.  In addition, over the four year program, the participating agencies receive incentive grants totaling over $270,000. By building the current and future endowments for our community organizations, this program will help sustain vital programs, services and institutions that advance Jewish life in New Haven.

 Arlene Schiff, National Director of Life & Legacy at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation,  commented, “Maintaining the vibrancy and strength of Jewish communities across the country continues to be a concern for those of us involved, whether professionally or as lay leaders.  We are addressing this issue and transforming Jewish communities, by ensuring that the variety of Jewish organizations that make up the fabric of our communities are financially stable and able to meet current and emerging needs, by securing current and after-lifetime commitments that will grow endowments. Additionally, the program provides an opportunity for our Jewish organizations to work cooperatively on behalf of the entire Jewish community and for their most loyal and committed donors to support these valued institutions at a level many never thought possible.”

The evening at the Omni featured Keynote speaker, Barbara Greenspan Shaiman who spoke on the importance of legacy and addressed how one can live their legacy during their lifetime by sharing values, stories, life lessons, family traditions, as well as ones hopes and vision for the future.

For more information on the Create a Jewish Legacy program see www.jewishlegacynewhaven.org or contact Lisa Stanger, Esq., Director, Jewish Foundation of GNH, 203-387-2424, ext.  382, lstanger@jewishnewhaven.org

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