Excitement builds for TJF’s new Life and Legacy initiative

by | Oct 5, 2016 | Other News

The Jewish experience is nothing if not diverse. Some might only celebrate the High Holy Days, or others might attend shul for Shabbat services every week. Perhaps it is that perfected challah recipe, or just a good bowl of matzah ball soup. From Hebrew school to Purim parties to JCC youth basketball, the activities and opportunities to participate in the Tidewater Jewish community are endless. At the core of the Jewish experience is the shared value of communal living, and of tikkun olam, making the world a better place—not just for today, but for the future. The concept of assuring Jewish tomorrows is inherently woven into the activities that comprise the collective Jewish experience.

Tidewater Jewish Foundation is dedicated to securing the future of the Jewish community through the new Life and Legacy initiative, in partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. The four-year program provides participating Jewish organizations with training, mentorship, marketing and incentive grants to support legacy gift development. The program supplements ongoing TJF services for individuals and family philanthropy, partner organizations and the professional investment of philanthropic funds.

All Tidewater Jewish agencies and synagogues are eligible to apply to partner with TJF for the Life and Legacy program. The Tidewater Jewish community is fortunate to have strong, successful agencies and synagogues that are supported by committed members, lay leaders, students, families and donors. These institutions—beyond the buildings themselves—comprise the essence of what is important in Tidewater’s Jewish community. The continued presence of area synagogues and Jewish agencies is necessary for the community to continue to thrive.

The purpose of the Life and Legacy program is to encourage and create conversation about legacy gifts that will sustain the Jewish community for future generations. That legacy will provide funds to educate children, strengthen Jewish identity, preserve culture and heritage, support synagogues, protect and strengthen the State of Israel, feed the hungry, ensure the safety and well-being of elders and make a difference in the lives of future generations.

To learn more about the Life and Legacy initiative, visit jewishva.org/tjf-lifeandlegacy. To discuss how to create a Jewish legacy to assure Jewish tomorrows, contact Amy Weinstein, TJF director of development, at aweinstein@ujft.org or 965-6105.