Legacy Donors Turn Annuals into Perennials

Create a Jewish Legacy (CJL) ended its fourth successful year with a lively and colorful cocktail party and awards ceremony to celebrate donors and legacy team members from its partner synagogues and agencies. Through their efforts, our community can count on 940 gifts for the future, with an estimated value of over $27 million.

Outgoing CJL Chair Gary Botwinick welcomed the crowd with the beautiful reminder, “When you create a legacy gift, you aren’t just passing along money or property. You’re passing along your values. You’re telling your family and your community what’s important to you.” He also introduced the next chair of the program, Michael Schechner.

The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ (JCF) launched this innovative program in 2014, in partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF), to ensure that our Jewish community remains vibrant for generations to come. The national director of HGF’s initiative, Arlene D. Schiff, delivered inspiring remarks lauding our legacy teams and donors “who have made it a priority to secure the future of this amazing Jewish community for people they may never know.”

The highlight of the evening was the recognition ceremony. Representatives from the groups ending their fourth year marched in commencement gowns to smiles and cheers. Every organization received a framed certificate and those that met their annual goals also received oversized checks representing incentive grants from JCF.

As they left the event, each guest received a packet of flower seeds printed with the most important message of the evening: “Thank you for planting seeds for our future!”

For information about CJL contact Program Manager Karen Secular at ksecular@jfedgmw.org.