Since 1967, the Jewish Endowment Foundation has served as a repository of funds for planned giving, sustaining our Jewish community by assisting in emergencies and encouraging new projects and initiatives. JEF has an outstanding reputation for responsible investing and is trusted to steward charitable funds for many of our Jewish organizations and individuals. JEF’s General Fund played a vital role in our Jewish community by contributing to the renewal effort following Hurricane Katrina.
With an eye on the future, JEF and its partners (see below) started Create a Jewish Legacy in 2009. The program concentrates on safeguarding our beloved Jewish community by creating endowment funds, which are invested and grow in perpetuity. One way to create a Jewish legacy is for donors to leave a bequest in their wills so that a dollar amount or percentage of their estate can be placed in a fund at JEF. Donors identify which specific agencies, synagogues, charities, or charitable causes they would like to benefit, and JEF then stewards the fund and distributes the income or a predetermined amount to the donors’ chosen entities. Another simple way to give is for a donor to designate JEF as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan.
JEF and its partners in Create a Jewish Legacy sincerely hope that every Jewish person in the Greater New Orleans area will take the time to make plans now and to let JEF know about them. Sandy Levy (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Patti Lengsfield (email@example.com) at JEF will be happy to talk to donors about giving options. Donors can also consult with their attorneys to structure their wills or provide a planned gift so that local Jewish organizations and synagogues will continue to thrive for the future of our Jewish community. The future lies in your hands.
The Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana
The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans
Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans
The New Orleans Jewish Community Center
Jewish Community Day School
Henry S. Jacobs Camp
Jewish Children’s Regional Service
National Council of Jewish Women – Greater New Orleans Section
Congregation Beth Israel
Congregation Gates of Prayer
Congregation Temple Sinai
Northshore Jewish Congregation
Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation