What is the Jewish Future Pledge?
The Jewish Future Pledge is a worldwide movement working to ensure that vibrant Jewish life continues for generations to come.
The Pledge is not a fundraiser. It is a moral obligation. It calls on all Jews to pledge that half or more of the charitable giving in their estate plan will support the Jewish people and/or the State of Israel – and sparks intergenerational conversations about why the Jewish people matter.
Whether you’re leaving $10 or $10 million to charity in your will, you can be a part of securing the Jewish future for generations to come. Your signature sends a powerful message to family, friends and future generations about sustaining the Jewish people. Imagine what can happen if a million people commit to securing the Jewish future.
$68 trillion will transfer to the next generation in the next 25 years. We have a $630 billion opportunity to secure the Jewish future.
How do we mobilize the next Jewish generation?
Have important conversations today about Jewish values and the importance of sustaining Jewish life for future generations. Share with your family and community your Jewish story and why the Jewish future is important to you.
I would like to pledge, but I don’t have significant capacity to give charitably. Can I still participate?
Yes, absolutely. The Jewish Future Pledge is for everyone, whether you plan to leave $10 or $10 million to charity. Also, the Pledge is about more than sharing our dollars—it’s about sharing our stories too. Every single Jewish person—regardless of wealth, denomination, or belief—is part of Am Yisrael, the People of Israel. Everyone has a story to tell, and every dollar makes a difference. Signing the pledge presents a meaningful opportunity to share your story with your children and grandchildren and talk about what the Jewish people mean to you and the values that have guided your life. By committing to the Pledge, you are not only taking part in the Jewish tradition of tzedakah, but you are also ensuring that your wisdom, values, and life lessons live on in future generations.
None of the funds committed through this initiative go to us. You or your descendants choose the Jewish organizations and causes you want your donations to go to.
I am already giving to Jewish/Israeli causes. Why should I sign?
If you’re already giving your charitable dollars to Jewish/Israeli causes now, signing the pledge helps make sure that your legacy matches your life. There are too many cases where the next generation allocates charitable dollars as they wish, and not as the previous generation would have desired.
Sign the pledge and have the conversations that ensure that your legacy dollars go where you want them to. Your signature sends a powerful message to your family, friends, and future generations about the importance of sustaining the Jewish people.
Is the pledge legally binding? Is there a way I can ensure that my descendants follow my wishes?
The Pledge is not a legal commitment. It is a moral commitment. There are many ways to actualize the Pledge. Consult an attorney to help you understand and decide the best way to secure the legal aspects of your Pledge.
I’ve signed the pledge—now what?
It’s time to start talking… with your family and friends, and with your lawyer or wealth advisor. Click here for help with having conversations and other ways to share your wisdom, value and life lessons. Sharing your story is the greatest gift you can give to future generations.
Why should I publish my Pledge? Can I sign and choose not to have my name published?
You have the option to remain anonymous. Jewish teachings recognize the importance of publicizing one’s good deeds, in order to inspire others to follow the example. A good deed done quietly is certainly admirable. However, by going public with your support, you have the opportunity to set an example not only for your friends and family—but also for the world. Your pledge has the power to inspire others.
Once someone pledges, how will you make sure they follow through?
The Jewish Future Pledge represents an ethical commitment, and we are here to help in any way we can. We trust that signers of the Pledge will take the steps to follow through on their commitments.