- Yosef Israel Abramowitz and Rabbi Susan Silverman ...more >
In order to become a renewable light unto the nations.
- William Adolph & Beth Katz-Adolph ...more >
The Jewish future matters to me for my children, my future grandchildren and great-grandchildren, niece and nephews.
- Rachel Aharonoff
- Jeff Alperin ...more >
We rightly take pride in our flourishing community, yet we did not build it alone; we stand on the shoulders of the giants who came before us. Nor is the building complete; there are many repairs still to make. The Jewish Future Pledge is a step up – onto our shoulders – to give those who will follow a clearer and less obstructed view of the way forward as they continue our work of Tikkun Olam.
- Cindy & Jeff Anapolsky ...more >
We want a strong and vibrant Jewish community for our children and grandchildren. We are planting the seeds for a future generation.
- Anonymous ...more >
I am a bridge from the past to the future. I am part of a special tradition and a powerful code of ethics that spans thousands of years. I feel it is my obligation to propagate those traditions into the future.
- Ellen Arnovitz Plasker
- Joel and Beth Arogeti ...more >
I signed the Jewish Pledge because you do not have to be great to do the right thing, but you have to do right to be great. Action counts and doing well is better than thinking or speaking well.
- Robert Arogeti ...more >
Living life, being Jewish, every day.
- Eytan Aryeh
- Haresh Bhagwan Aswani ...more >
ברוך אתה ה' אלהינו מלך העולם עושה מעשה בראשית
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הַעוֹלָם, שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְּמָנוּ וְהִגִּיעָנוּ לַזְּמַן הַזֶּה׃
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הַעוֹלָם, הַטוֹב וְהַמֵטִיב׃
- Max August ...more >
We are the link in a chain of generations dating back thousands of years. We have an obligation to our ancestors to not just continue but strengthen that chain. It is our job to ensure that the Jewish people don't just survive but thrive.
- Murray August ...more >
Being Jewish is a gift. Not all Jewish people recognize this gift and I'm hoping that my pledge will strengthen Jewish organizations to continue to inspire those who fail to see its beauty.
- Richard Babush and Diane Dietz Babush
- Tali and Isaac Barel ...more >
Like my ancestor from ten generations ago, Beila Karo, I am committed to actively and purposely building my family's Jewishness. I am here because of women like her and will be here for my future generations.
I am signing the Jewish Future Pledge on behalf of my descendants, as a thank you to my ancestors and for the Jewish people. I also am signing for myself - because this precious chain should never be broken.
- Susan and Rodney Barstein Donor Advised Fund-Birmingham Jewish Foundation ...more >
L'dor va'dor. From generation to generation. Our parents taught us about philanthropy at a young age. It really did not mean anything to us at the time. Now I totally understand and want my children to learn the lessons our parents instilled in us. Our commitment to the pledge gives our children the road map to continue the legacy and our Jewish traditions.
- Marcy Bass and Scott Fisher
- Michael Bass ...more >
I understand the dangers that Jews are facing worldwide, as antisemitism increases, ignored by many posing another existential threat to the tiny world population of Jews, so soon after the greatest horror in history.
- Craig Belinfante ...more >
It is vital to our existence that we continue to pass on the virtues we hold closest.
- Steve and Pamela Belinfante ...more >
The Jewish future is important to my family and me. My wife and I want to see the Jewish future continue.
- Michelle and Matan Ben-Aviv ...more >
We believe that we need to raise our children with the understanding that helping the Jewish people is our top priority. By signing this pledge, we are demonstrating our commitment to the continuity of the Jewish organizations that help keep our community vibrant and strong.
- Robert & Pamela Benedon ...more >
As my father planted for me, so I will plant for my children.
(Babylonian Talmud Ta’anit 23a)
The Jewish Future Pledge allows us to do just this, plant for our children. It shows our continued commitment to Jewish Peoplehood and the work we have always been involved with. We encourage all who share our passion for Israel and a vibrant Jewish future to join us.
- Gerry Benjamin ...more >
Of my belief in the importance of Jewish continuity.
- William and Kerri Benjamin and Family ...more >
Judaism anchors our lives with meaning and belonging. We build a world which honors our Creator by respecting the dignity of His creation. The Jewish tradition enriches family life, widens friendship circles, and builds community.
- Adam Beren ...more >
The Jewish people are an inspiring, hopeful, dedicated, and selfless people. I am proud to be Jewish and of my ancestry that dates back thousands of years. I want to do my part to sustain a strong and vibrant Jewish future to honor those who sacrificed so much before me. While we must care for others, we must also care enough to sustain our own future. "If I am not for myself, who will be for me."
- Rabbi Peter S. Berg ...more >
This was the easiest piece of paper I ever signed! And, this pledge is the greatest gift I can give to my children and to their children.
- Mara and Justin Berman
- Robyn and Matt Bernstein
- Mariyah Bibi
- Eve and Richard Biller
- Laurence I. Blair
- Marc N. Blattner ...more >
Our work today is solely focused on building a strong Jewish future. This can only be accomplished with forethought and the philanthropic generosity of our community, both now and going forward. Together, through the Jewish Future Pledge, our community will see the fruits of its labor blossom in our children and grandchildren.
- Michael and Karine Bloch
- Terri Bonoff and Matthew Knopf
- Andy Borans ...more >
It is our responsibility as the living to show our Families especially our children that the future of the Jewish People MUST be secure. That includes Israel and Jewish organizations locally, nationally and internationally. Only the Jewish People will truly take care of the Jewish People - it is folly to think otherwise. That means financially supporting those organizations as the Jewish Future Pledge prescribes. Don't be shy or think others will do it for you. Step up and do your part.
- Mollie Borowsky
- Ron and Lisa Brill
- Scott Brody
- Charles R. Bronfman ...more >
For most of my life I've realised how my Jewish generation became the most privileged since the Golden Age in Spain. The success of the immigrants to North America as well as that of the recreated State of Israel formed a combination of Jewish freedom not known till now. I believe that we must cherish that freedom and keep the Jewish People strong and healthy no matter where we live. Indeed the phrase “United we stand, Divided we fall” says what I feel. Israelis and Jews everywhere must unite in common cause. The Jewish Future depends on it.
- Matt Bronfman ...more >
My wife Ronit Walker and I want to make sure the Jewish community stays strong and keeps thriving, for our own children and for generations to come.
- Beth Halpern Brown and Gavin Brown
- David T. Brown/Suzanne Muchin ...more >
The Jewish future means to us a vibrant Jewish community connected to our Jewish people in the diaspora and in Israel. Our Jewish life has enriched our family through connection to our Torah, Jewish learning and tradition... and we want that to continue on for our children and grandchildren and beyond. L’dor v’dor.
- Drs. Erica and Jeremy Brown ...more >
The Jewish future matters to us because the Jewish past matters to us. We hope that our tradition, our history, our community, our rituals, our stories, our food and our texts will pulse within our children and our grandchildren the same way it does for us.
- Rabbi Michael J. Broyde
- Aliza Bulow ...more >
The fabric of my heart is woven from the threads of our past and of our future. I try to use my present, every day, to sanctify our past and create a future that will illuminate the world and all of humanity through the Jewish people. After I have done my best with my days, I hope that whatever is left in this world after me will be used to continue to build the Jewish future.
- Jason Burian ...more >
I care about the Jewish future.
- Marc C ...more >
Securing the Jewish future for our future generations is something which is vital for the survival of our community and for it to prosper. There's no time like now, to ensure we work towards this - together.
- Steven and Janet Cadranel ...more >
Our family has been blessed to inherit Jewish traditions, values and a vibrant caring community from those that came before us. How could we not want the same for our children and their children? The Jewish Future Pledge gave us the impetus to have a meaningful family conversation and affirm our shared commitment to the continuation of those wishes
- Shraga and Nechama Caplan ...more >
We signed the pledge because we believe in committing to a Jewish future. We have dedicated our present to Judaism and the State of Israel. It links us to the past and by signing the pledge we are taking a positive step to express our commitment to the eternity of the Jewish people. Thank you for the opportunity.
- Chicago Jewish Trust
- Lois Kohn-Claar and Gary Claar ...more >
We are signing this pledge because Judaism has enabled us to lead our best lives. To preserve our worthy values, traditions and ideals requires commitment from our own community. We hope to empower future generations to adapt and enhance Judaism in ever more creative and engaging ways.
- Brian Coffsky ...more >
Great cause that I am happy to suppport
- Jay S. Coffsky
- Ruvan and Shelley Cohen
- Tim R. Cohen
- Scott and Annat Cohon
- David & Gila Coleman ...more >
Being part of the Jewish people is a wonderful gift. There is so much beauty and richness in our teachings, traditions, and values. I am proud to sign the Jewish Future Pledge. We all need to do whatever we can to ensure that future generations will continue to have opportunities to learn about our incredible people, wisdom and teachings.
- Bradley Caro Cook ...more >
The merit of this support will ensure l’dor v’dor is made possible for a bright Jewish future.
- The Leon and Toby Cooperman Family Foundation ...more >
The Jewish Future Pledge embodies the spirit of Rabbi Hillel’s quotation: "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?” As Jews, it is our obligation to strengthen Jewish communal life for future generations. It is also our obligation to carry on the Jewish commitment to tikkun olam and bolster Jewish efforts to create a better world for all. By signing the Jewish Future Pledge, we hope to cultivate meaningful Jewish life that offers spiritual fulfillment, intellectual enrichment, and social connectivity, and to deepen the Jewish community's capacity to live out its values.
- David and Myka Cygielman ...more >
We believe in the future of the Jewish people. Our tradition and heritage has paved the way for us to lead caring and meaningful lives...we intend to keep that going for our children and grandchildren.
- Alan and Louise Dabrow ...more >
Without a strong Israel, Judaism will cease to exist. A way to teach our children and grandchildren what is important to us when we are no longer here.
- Ryan Danz
- Betsy and Phil Darivoff
- Rabbi Binyomin and Gevura Davis Family Trust ...more >
In our personal and professional lives we have seen firsthand the incomparable impact of Jewish philanthropies. Our schools, synagogues, and organizations subside on the generosity of the Jewish community. If we want the next generation to inherit this profound legacy, we must build it. The consequences of not are simply unthinkable. We live in a generation of terrible assimilation and it is up to us to be the guardians of the future and reverse the tide of Jewish apathy. We pray that Jews across the world will join us. Thank you for your inspiring work!
- Chasi and Eli Davis
- Jodie Kaufman Davis and Jamie Davis ...more >
L'dor l'dor: from generation to generation. As we were inspired by the generations before us who gifted us with incredible opportunities and a strong, vibrant Jewish community, it is our wish and we believe, our responsibility, to perpetuate this for those who come after us.
- Sam Delug
- Craig Dershowitz ...more >
Currently, the Jewish community is the largest philanthropic group per-capita in the United States yet only 11% of that giving goes to Jewish causes. I am signing the pledge to erase this inequality and to make sure that future generations can feel comfort that, when needed, there will be opportunities for them. For reasons I won't discuss, I am forever indebted to the Jewish Free Loan Society and know what a, literal, life-saver organizations like this may be. Many of us share similar connections to Jewish causes that need our forever consideration.
This decision is based on my own support for other minority and marginalized communities in their efforts to raise up and empower their own people and I support any group looking to maintain opportunities for their heritage.
I am thankful to Amy Holtz and Mike Leven who made me aware of this need and, in particular, Amy who, when I told her I was nowhere near the level of donor they are used to explained that all of us can give, can balance the scales and make a statement.
- Jill and Ted Deutch ...more >
We feel blessed to be able to give and believe that those of us who can give, must do so on behalf of those that cannot give and those who cannot ask for themselves. The Jewish future and the State of Israel are at the core of everything that we believe in and will always be at the heart of our personal philanthropy.
- Menachem and Dena Deutsch
- Ben Dickson
- Michael Dickson ...more >
If not me, who. We must ensure the Jewish future. We owe it to previous generations to strengthen the identity of our children and grandchildren and ensure their strong connection to our homeland, Israel.
- Bob and Michelle Diener ...more >
This pledge is to show our family's commitment to a strong and vibrant State of Israel and Jewish community worldwide for multiple generations. We encourage others to join us in preserving and strengthening our heritage.
- Laura Z and Marshall Dinerman
- John and Jane Doestein
- Mr. Bryan and Dr. Joanna Drowos ...more >
It is important to us to carry on our family's long history of Jewish communal giving and to ensure a secure, vibrant Jewish future for our children and beyond.
- Pamela Dubin ...more >
I am proud to have been born a Jewess.
- Rabbi Jevin Eagle
- Jon Effron
- Marla and Stephen Egers ...more >
The Jewish community and the State of Israel have always been at the center of our lives. We believe in a vibrant and diverse Jewish world. We want to safeguard and ensure that there will always be hands reaching out to our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We are taking the pledge to do our part in making that wish and dream a reality.
- Richard Eichholz
- Adam and Tzippi Eisenberg ...more >
As a couple that works with Jewish college students and Jewish singles, we clearly see the investment needed to maintain the strength and vibrancy of the Jewish people. The Jewish future pledge will provide what is necessary for our nations future.
- Ilene Engel
- Daniel Erlbaum ...more >
We will never reach our goals as a people if we think only about the here and now rather than the long game.
- Gary and Vicki Erlbaum
- Renee Evans ...more >
Within every great society, history has taught us, we must be different in order to survive. We must take this lesson Hashem has entrusted us with, along with the ability, potential and responsibility for others to ensure the survival of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. As Jews, must deliberately and purposefully support this, not only by our words, but also by our actions and our philanthropy. We must accept our moral obligation and be the voice of the voiceless, the hands for those in need, and the champions for those oppressed. As Jews, we also must be the inherent innateness behind the innovation and inspiration of future generations. Our actions today secure the future of the Jewish people and Israel. By taking this pledge, I acknowledge my personal covenant with Hashem and accept the challenge to build and ensure the future of Jewish generations to come. Together we will set the example, raise the bar of expectations and spark the cascade of inspiration for others.
- Howard Fagin ...more >
Continuity is important for future generations to understand the importance of Jewish values.
- Laurel Fairworth
- Eric and Shoshana Farbman
- Howard S. Feinberg ...more >
Just as those before me planted seeds for our generation, we must do all we can to secure the thriving of the Jewish people and Israel. By taking the pledge, I want my children and grandchildren to know that their father/grandfather valued Jewish continuity and loved Israel.
- Mr. & Mrs. Chanan and Meira Feinman ...more >
A commitment to the Jewish future is a declaration of love. It is a belief in the fulfillment of the way we choose to live our day-to-day lives, cherishing Jewish history, tradition, scholarship and values. Taking the Pledge is an act of "maaseh avot siman l'banim" -- symbolizing for our son what we treasure and hope that he, too, holds dear.
- Howard and Ellen Feinsand
- Josh Feinstein
- Jason Daniel Feld ...more >
Very proud to be Jewish and proud to be an AEPi.
- David and Jessica Feldan ...more >
The concept of Jewish peoplehood has impacted every personal and professional decisions we have made in our lives. From sending our children to Jewish Day School, learning Jewish texts, celebrating Jewish holidays, volunteering in our communities and Jessica dedicating her carrier as a Jewish Communal Professional. We are one link in the chain of many and we will make sure the chain continues when we are gone. Over the years we have seen so many stewards of organizations pass away never securing their legacy to impact those causes that they care about the most. This needs to change- both by imparting the love of Klal Yisrael to our children and by making our intentions known and secure. That is why we are signing this Jewish Future Pledge.
- Jay S. Feldman and Jennifer L. Feldman ...more >
We are inspired to sign and join the Jewish Future Pledge because of the values that it espouses and promotes. In each generation, Jewish leaders bear the responsibility of ensuring the Jewish future for their children and grandchildren. Signing this pledge is a step we can each take in carrying this legacy forward.
- Diane and Larry Feldman ...more >
One of the most important mitzvah’s that we can do as Jews is to support our people around the world. By signing this pledge, we help to fulfill this obligation.
- Suzanne and Elliott Felson, Etrog #1 ...more >
The Jewish future matters because of the collective contributions that the Jewish people continue to have to society and the world over.
- Arelen Jacobs Feltman and Allen M. Feltman
- Diana Fiedotin
- Dale & Edward Filhaber ...more >
We believe that a vibrant Jewish Future insures the continuity and strength of the Jewish people. We want our children and our grandchildren to understand the importance of tzedakah and the value of tikkun olam.
- Darren & Alyson Findling
- Jeremy and Gail Fingerman ...more >
We benefitted from those who long ago inspired us with joyous Judaism at camp, in youth groups, and in our home communities. In their merit and honor, we join this brilliant yet simple effort to help ensure future spirited Jewish role models will motivate and stimulate the generations that follow.
- Nathan Firer ...more >
I walk the earth as a human and a Jew, in every step, every day. Being Jewish is who I am. I am a first-born generation American and we lost family in the Holocaust, then we gained new family in America. All along, we were and are Jewish. I cannot help but echo the Mark Twain article in Harper's in 1899, which I reread every month, where in essence he speaks to the miracle and greatness of the Jewish people despite the mathematical probability that we could have vanished years ago. I walk the earth with infinite pride as a Jewish person, knowing that even without a kippah on my head to remind me to of a higher directive, I am unstoppably compelled to live a meaningful life dedicated to being the best mensch I can be in my family, my circle, my neighborhood and the world around me...because being Jewish to me is the lifelong pursuit of living with gratitude while tirelessly improving the world for others.
- David and Stacey Fisher ...more >
Throughout our lives, Stacey and I have been giving at least 90% of our charitable dollars to Jewish and Israel causes. We hope that by signing the Jewish Future Pledge, we help perpetuate that legacy, so our children know what’s important to us and follow in our footsteps.
- Alison and James Fleischer
- Jennifer and Stewart Flink
- Joshua Fogelson ...more >
Each Jew has the critical responsibility to pass on the rich values that enriched their lives to their beloved progeny.
- Fox Family Fund
- Abraham H. Foxman ...more >
The beauty of L'Dor V'Dor is that it's our opportunity to pass on the traditions, culture, history, pride, and identity of the Jewish people to our children and grandchildren. Often, we worry about the Jewish future and struggle to find solutions to help ensure Jewish continuity. The Jewish Future Pledge is a solution to that struggle and an opportunity to declare our values and commitment to funding the Jewish institutions that will continue to build and inspire future generations.
- Laurence Frank
- Julie & Martin Franklin ...more >
Caring deeply about Israel and the Jewish people, we live life with intention, based on strong moral and ethical values, and believe it is our responsibility to secure a Jewish future in Israel and the Diaspora, for generations to come.
- Cyd and Cliff Friedman ...more >
It is important to us to preserve the organizations supporting Jewish life.
- Chaya and Howard Friedman
- Zoya and Naftali Friedman Fund ...more >
The history of the Jewish people and how we have thrived over the centuries fueled by a literature of profound wisdom and varied culture has given the world so much and will continue to do so in the future. Giving to Jewish organizations helps us strengthen a community that inspires a culture of giving and making the world better - no matter whether the ultimate recipients of our donations are Jewish or not.
- Sally and Richard Friedman ...more >
We have spent much of our lives dedicated to strengthening our Jewish community and Israel. Our children know how much it means to us to honor the generations of our Jewish families that came before us and those yet to come, We have chosen to leave a philanthropic legacy to tell future generations of our family what was important to us. We have always tried to set an example for our children and grandchildren and signing this pledge is one more way to do this.
- Lawrence (Larry) and Dana Freiman
- Lisa Galanti and Hal Rabinowitz
- Ron & Meryl Gallatin
- Dr. Misha Galperin ...more >
My family and I were grateful beneficiaries of Jewish people’s help when we needed it. I want to make sure that other Jews will always have a community to rely upon. This has been our way for millennia and must be part of our future as much or more than a part of our past. It is important to help others in need but we must first think of our extended family — the Jewish People.
- Charles D. Ganz ...more >
I want Judaism and the Jewish people to continue to remain vibrant and strong into future generations, especially at this time when anti-semitism is on the rise all over the world.
- Rani Garfinkle ...more >
It has been my life’s work to be involved and help. I want to keep on taking care of my extended Jewish family.
- Barbara Gelb ...more >
Judaism and Jewish values have shaped who I am and have motivated me to do good things for the world. Israel and the Jewish community must stay strong so those values will continue to be passed on. Our Jewish history is significant in how we behave towards the vulnerable, needy, sick and suffering, and we must stay driven to repair the world and live compassionate, generous lives.
- David and Heidi Geller Family Fund ...more >
Our lives have been better because we have been Jewish. Jewish tradition matters to us. Living a Jewish life helps us live a life at the intersection of meaning and joy. It teaches us to value life, to cherish our family, to practice Tikkun Olam, and rest on Shabbat. Judaism teaches us that we are each responsible for ourselves and our family, and we are each responsible for each other. We care about the Jewish future because we want our children and grandchildren to live Jewish lives, and because we believe the world is better with Jews living Jewishly.
- David A. Gemunder ...more >
Jewish continuity needs the resources to provide for the education, spiritual fulfillment, and security of our people.
- Asher Gerecht ...more >
The more Jews there are, the more Jews there will be.
- Alan H. Gill ...more >
"Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh B'zeh. " Global Jewish responsibility is at the core of our mission as a People.
- Sam and Marcia Glaser
- Hillel Glazer and Ellie Schainker
- Beth Reingold Gluck and Richard Gluck ...more >
There were those who planted Jewish seeds before us so that we could enjoy the fruits of their labor. Now, it is our turn to plant our values and dreams for the Jewish future to feast upon. What we plant will empower future generations to shine a light on good, strive for the well-being of Israel, and carry forth the memories of the women and men who came before them.
- The Gluckman Family ...more >
We have an obligation to leave the world better than we found it.
- Georgia Gobora
- Kari and Lander Gold ...more >
Our lives have been deeply shaped and impacted by so many different Jewish experiences over the years and we feel it is our responsibility to help ensure the continued vibrancy of the global Jewish community and the State of Israel. The Jewish Future Pledge provides the framework and platform for us to continue providing meaningful connections with the Jewish community and Israel for many years after we are gone.
- Hedy and Arthur Goldberg ...more >
We love being Jewish. We love the history, the culture, the people, the incredible accomplishments and we want to do what we can to see our people grow and thrive.
- Professor Joe Goldblatt ...more >
In the history of the world, never has a small group of people achieved so much for the benefit of humankind than the Jews. Therefore, I make this pledge to secure their future contributions for many generations to come.
- Stacey and Amir Goldman ...more >
We are signing because we value the Jewish people, the Torah, and the land of Israel. We want to ensure that those areas remain sustained both spiritually and materially through the generations. We recognize, as our sages tell us in pirkei avot, that it is not incumbent on us to complete the task, but we are also not free to neglect it.
- Rita Goldsmith ...more >
I appreciate all that the previous generations have done for me, and I want to provide that for my children.
- Anne and Jerry Gontownik
- Judy And Daniel Goodman
- Benjamin Gordon ...more >
I am signing the Jewish Future Pledge because I believe in the core principles. This pledge is a way to continue 5,000 years of Jewish values! And these commitments are more important now than ever. As the Pirkei Avot says, “In a place where there are no men, strive to be a man.”
- Stacy and Todd Gorelick ...more >
We believe the Jewish mission to improve the world is essential to humanity and must continue for generations to come. We seek to make the world better during our lifetimes, but that is not enough. Through the pledge we make today, we ensure our efforts will multiply and values will endure.
- Steve & Judy Gorin ...more >
Judaism, the Jewish people, and Jewish values are important. We want to make sure they continue and thrive.
- Chuck and Staci Goss ...more >
We are honored and proud to sign this pledge. We hope that other American Jewish families will flow us both financial and in their hearts to support their homeland in the future.
- Gottesman DeBode Foundation ...more >
A Jewish future is VITAL! It is Jews who support so, so, so many hundreds of causes that are not Jewish. Why do you think that is?! I know why. It is because Jews are taught to repair the world. If we don't keep a Jewish future healthy, we are doing real damage, not just to the Jewish future, but to the future of all.
- Andrea and Richard Gottlieb ...more >
I signed the Jewish Future pledge because my great grandmother helped build her Jewish community and I want my great grandchildren to continue that legacy.
- Gracie Gottlieb ...more >
It is my duty to take responsibility and take care of my own people, the Jewish people. If I don't, how can I assume others will.
- Hadas Gottlieb ...more >
The whole nation of Israel is responsible for one another, and we are obligated to raise our awareness of what our fellow Jews need, and help them in any way we can.
- Sammy Grant
- Lisa and Seth Greenberg ...more >
Jewish continuity and maintaining traditions are cornerstone beliefs in our family. Providing financial support to this cause during our life and beyond is a privilege. This pledge allows us to reaffirm our commitment.
- Joanne & Fred Greene ...more >
We work hard to preserve the Jewish future in our lifetime. It is our obligation to ensure that Jewish institutions have the means to innovate and adapt to a changing world so that future generations will be treated to the riches of our Jewish heritage, its values, its history, its teachings and its centuries of love.
- Gail Greenspoon
- Shelley Niceley Groff and Jonathan Groff ...more >
With the blessing of an ability to support the Jewish community of today and the future comes a responsibility to do so. This pledge is an opportunity to support tomorrow's leaders in doing the important work to ensure a strong, vibrant Jewish community and State of Israel.
- Michael and Gail Habif
- Linda G. Haft ...more >
I am signing the pledge because I learned the importance of Tzedakah from my parents, Gloria and Herbert Haft, through their devotion to Israel and Jewish charities. We all hope, during our lifetime, to instill a deep commitment to our faith to future generations. My friend, Susan Moatz a 30 year Washington Jewish fundraiser, explained to me that there is one last thing we can do on this earth to insure our heritage. Our support of Jewish philanthropy will go mikes toward this end.
- Lynne and Jack Halpern
- Rick and Robin Halpern
- Dr. and Mrs. Larry and Debra Halperin ...more >
As we reflect on our lives and the blessings of parents and grandparents who believed in us, nurtured us, and inspired us to invest in our Jewish people here and in Israel, we treasure the opportunity and responsibility to make this pledge with all our love for our children and grandchildren. And, as proud beneficiaries and guardians of this most precious legacy, we are honored to support this impressive endeavor and look forward to our friends and family joining us. We are so excited to stand together with our worldwide Jewish community and make this happen!
- Robyn and Josh Hartman
- Jim and Lisa Haynor
- Dan and Cheryl Hays ...more >
We want to support the continuity of Jewish identity and culture through the generations.
- Gordon and Donna Hecker
- Wendy and Rabbi Joshua Heller ...more >
There are many worthy causes but if we don't support our community along with them, no one else will do it for us.
- Rabbi Brad Hirschfield ...more >
The Jewish Future Pledge will change the world and change all those who dare to take up it’s invitation. It can bring families together in building their legacies not only on what they create, but upon what they share with others, in leaving the world better than we found it, and the Jewish people ever more vibrant. The pledge is about giving, but it is itself a gift to those who participate, as all tzedaka always is.
- Mike and Stephanie Hirsh
- Debbie and Ben Hochberg ...more >
We believe it is important to support the Jewish community and the State of Israel so that future generations continue to be safe and secure as Jews. We hope that by signing this pledge, we help our children and their children be proud Jews, engaged with the Jewish community, and deeply connected to Israel.
- June A. Hochwald
- Dana and Yossie Hollander
- Adam Holtz ...more >
We need to work together to save the Jewish people.
- Amy & Elliot Holtz ...more >
We love being Jewish! We are part of an extraordinary people: a people who have done so much to help refine the world. A people of incredible resilience, who have survived against all odds, and have rebirthed the moral and modern State of Israel. A people whose values and wisdom are constant, relevant, and foster virtuous, meaningful living. We want to do our part to ensure that the Jewish people survive and thrive.
- Julia Holtz ...more >
There is a boundless power held in the hands of my generation. With my signature I am taking on my responsibility as a young Jew. I urge others to support and sign, as the Jewish Future Pledge is necessary to the success of the Jewish future and the state of Israel
- Elie Horn ...more >
Because I'm proud to be jewish!
- Richard and Beverly Horowitz ...more >
The Jewish people have a job to do to upgrade the whole world.
- Scott Horowitz
- Larry and Carol Hyatt ...more >
One of us is Jewish by birth, while the other if Jewish by choice. We raised both of our children to be proud of their Jewish heritage, and to understand the importance of Jewish continuity and survival. We were one of the founding families of a Reform congregation in the Washington, DC area, and since moving to Nashville in 2004 have served in leadership positions in a number of its Jewish institutions. We believe that Jewish survival and continuity require strong Jewish institutions in the United States, and a strong US-Israel relationship. Our charitable giving and legacy planning have been informed by this belief, and for this reason we gladly take The Pledge.
- Howard and Susie Hyman ...more >
Insuring Jewish Continuity
- Danielle Ishak ...more >
I am signing as a granddaughter of a holocaust survivor who was rescued by Jewish organizations in the United States. I hope that today and always Jewish communities will continue to support one another in times of threat or in times of flourish.
- Hadara Ishak ...more >
I want to ensure the security and longevity of the Jewish people and the state of Israel
- Marjorie and Phillip Jacobs ...more >
Along with Revelation, the Churban, and the Shoah, the rebirth of Jewish sovereignty is one of the most momentous experiences of the Jewish people in our 3000 year history, and it is we that are privileged to experience it!
Like the earth spinning beneath our feet which we never feel this is a mind - blowing reality which we often forget.
By doing what we are able to restore Jewish civilization here and in Israel, we join ourselves to Judaism’s vibrant meliorist tradition - and hopefully pass this golden legacy to our descendants.
- Jeffrey and Rachel Jacobson ...more >
This pledge demonstrates to our family, friends and to the world, forever, that the future of the Jewish people and Israel lies in everyone's hands, through individual acts of giving. We leave this as our legacy, as those before us did.
- Norman & Anne Jacobson
- Helene and Greg Jaron ...more >
If we don’t take care of and support the Jewish people, no one else will.
- Heli and Samuel Joffe ...more >
Future of the Jewish people is make Jewish babies.
- Donnica Adah Johnson ...more >
The Jewish future means everything to me because if it wasn’t for the Jewish community pledging in the past for the future it wouldn’t be no me right now achieving my dreams and striving for the things I want to see happen in the future and for that exact reason I’m freely taking on this pledge and keeping the strong tradition in the family! I took the pledge because throughout everything I’ve experienced in life my Jewish Family has always been there for me loving me for me and never judging me or turning their backs on me, my Jewish family has shown me the true definition of what real family is and for that reason I’ll always be supportive of my Jewish Community!
- Karen Isenberg Jones ...more >
I am both proud of my Jewish heritage and a firm believer in Jewish values. I see the good Jews do for society around the world and I want to be sure our extraordinary work is everlasting.
- Michelle Jungreis
- Lori Kagan Schwarz and Herman Schwarz
- Barry and Susan Kahan
- Dvir Kahana ...more >
Securing the Jewish future includes investing in Jewish education, protecting our invaluable institutions, and applying our talents to heal the world. By signing the Jewish Future Pledge, we ensure our people’s vitality, legacy, and very existence. It is a privilege to join a movement that will increase the resources available to all Jewish organizations and enhance the effectiveness of the entire Jewish philanthropic world.
- Jay and Natalie Kaiman ...more >
I have had the privilege to learn from a dedicated Jewish philanthropist, and to partner with so many others in building a stronger Jewish community. While money is only a tool, it offers the opportunity to fulfill our obligation to share, no matter our ability. This is why the Jewish Future Pledge inspires me. Rabbi Jacob Neusner, of blessed memory, taught me the importance of action in the Jewish way of life: “To a great extent, we are what we do."
- Scott and Erica Kaplan
- Sharon and Elliot Karp ...more >
Our commitment to Judaism, the Jewish People, the Jewish Community and Israel has always been based upon the teaching and belief found in the Talmud that “as my ancestors planted for me; so must I plant for my children and future generations.” We celebrate with pride our Yiddishkeit as “doogmaot” or role models for our children and grandchildren hoping to inspire them to joyfully embrace being proud Jews carrying on our sacred traditions and making the Jewish community and world a better place through the Mitzvot of Ahavat Israel, Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam.
- Shelly and Michael Kassen ...more >
The future is ours to shape, and this is the first step.
- Dylan N Kassman ...more >
If we don’t do anything to secure a bright future for Jews, who will?
- Avery Katsin ...more >
My charitable dollars today go primarily to Jewish causes because I believe we as a Jewish people are responsible for one another. I signed the Jewish Future Pledge because I want to make sure that my wealth will continue to sustain the Jewish community after I'm gone. Signing the Jewish Future Pledge today ensures a brighter Jewish future tomorrow.
- Howard Katz
- Lee N. Katz
- The Katz Family Charitable Foundation ...more >
We teach our children by honoring our parents and their parents before them. Being Jewish is an inheritance, for us and for future generations.
- Dena Morris Kaufman ...more >
My parents gave me the treasured gifts of Jewish summer camp and an extended trip to Israel. This is where all that I had learned about Judaism came to life and I discovered that Jewish songs reached deep into my soul, Israeli dancing made my spirit soar, and the Jewish people lived in my heart.
With my legacy gift, I want future generations to be able to find their own spirit and love for Judaism; I hope each person will be nourished by a strong and vibrant Jewish community that cares for the vulnerable, honors our shared values, and cherishes our rich traditions.
- Ann and Michael Kay
- Mr. Charles Kemper
- Josh and Allison Kent ...more >
I want my children and grandchildren to be part of a strong Jewish people where they are not afraid to stand up and say, "I am a proud Jew." We must continue to invest in the Jewish people because if we don't, who will?
- Bruce A. Kesselman
- David J. Kirschner ...more >
Charity begins at home; we must take care of ourselves for us to take care of the world.
- Jean Milbauer and William Knapp ...more >
We are signing because we share a bond with a broad and diverse Jewish community built on values central to living a meaningful and purpose filled life anchored in timeless and enduring values that depend on the continuity of the Jewish people to continue and thrive.
- Jennifer & Eduardo Koenig ...more >
We have decided to take the Jewish Future Pledge to not only give back to the institutions and agencies that our family has been a part of for many generations. But also, to continue to remind our children where they came from and the responsibility that comes with being part of the Jewish community.
- Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kogon
- Lori Komisar ...more >
Everyday I wake up and say, what can I do for the Jewish people no matter how big or small?
- Steve and Eydie Koonin ...more >
To us, the Jewish Future Pledge is the embodiment of L'Dor V'Dor, and signing allows us to share our values and commitment to the Jewish world. It is also a statement to our children and grandchildren that we will forever remain committed to their future.
- Stacey and Mitchell Kopelman
- Mark Kopkin
- The Krinsky Family
- Doug and Deborah Kuniansky ...more >
Doug and I currently give 90% of our charitable giving to Jewish causes. We have already set up legacy giving for the Jewish organizations that are most important to us. Signing the pledge was just confirming what is already in our wills.
- Elyssa Kupferberg ...more >
I am who I am based on the Jewish values that have been instilled in me during my lifetime. As the daughter of a survivor who lost the majority of his family during the Holocaust, I have made it a priority to support fellow Jews in need. I believe it is our obligation to ensure the future of the Jewish people both locally and globally. Each person can truly change the life of another through his or her generosity and love. I want the world to be a better place for my grandchildren and successive generations to come. Their Jewish future depends on each of us.
- Lavitsky Family Charitable Fund
- Michelle Holzman Leader
- Steve and Sheri Lear ...more >
We are signing the Jewish Future Pledge because if it doesn't matter to us who will it matter to. Being Jewish has been inspiring to us. It has contributed to us not just living but enjoying a purposeful life. Lastly, consider adding a child to your estate plan. What we mean if you are like us and have 7 consider adding an 8th to your estate plan. That 8th being the community with at least 50% of that amount serving the Jewish people and or the State of Israel.
- Rabbi Steve Leder ...more >
My reason for taking the pledge is simple and easily summarized by paraphrasing Hillel the Elder: If we are not for ourselves, who will be for us? If we are only for ourselves, who are we? And if not when we die with all that we have worked for over our lifetimes, when?
- Luke Lehon
- Bryan E. Leib ...more >
It's our responsibility as the next generation of Jews in America to continue giving to Jewish and pro-Israel organizations. Am Yisrael Chai.
- JB Leibovitch
- Shawn and Jon Leven ...more >
The Jewish people have enjoyed tremendous success in recent decades. However, we cannot become complacent. We have a responsibility to utilize our success to help the Jewish community thrive for years to come. We can do this through investing in the infrastructure that sustains our communities, maintaining a tradition of giving that will last generations, and inspiring our fellow Jews to stay engaged. I share my father's hopes for the continued growth and success of the Jewish people. The Jewish Future Pledge presents us all with an opportunity to help the Jewish people build on our past achievements and continue to thrive.
- Robert and Michelle Leven
- Mike and Andrea Leven ...more >
‘I found a fruitful world because my ancestors planted it for me. Likewise, I am planting for my children.’ – The Talmud.
- Rabbi Yitz and Frimi Levi ...more >
It is so important for this generation to value the next generation. Our investment in the future of the Jewish people is the only way for the future to exist. If one doesn't invest in the stock market there will be no dividends, so too without our pledge to keep the Jewish future alive we risk not having a Jewish future to look forward to.
- Rabbi David Levin ...more >
The wisdom of our tradition is timeless. Helping to support those who are engaged in bringing it forward to future generations is a privilege.
- Marc Levine
- Noah and Berna Levine ...more >
The preservation of the Jewish people is an obligation for Jews in every generation.
- Elizabeth & Peter Levine ...more >
Encouraging the legacy in the next generation and helping to ensure the survival and continuation of our people.
- S. Jarvin Levison
- Sharon and Mike Levison ...more >
Our family has a long history of supporting the land and people of Israel, and we demonstrate that support with our words, deeds and actions. We take The Jewish Future Pledge to confirm our support for the Jewish people and the land of Israel today, tomorrow and forever. Am Yisroel Chai. Sharon & Mike Levison
- Renee and Alan Levow
- Evan M. Levitt ...more >
The Jewish community provided me with the opportunity to attend Jewish camp and religious school and introduced me to Israel. These experiences resulted in life-long friends and a career path which allows me to inspire others to be involved in the Jewish community.
- Beena and Steven Levy ...more >
We have been concentrating our philanthropy on Jewish causes for the past few decades because we believe that these organizations can help make the world a better place--for everyone. Our children have seen us volunteer our time and donate our money. We hope that this example is a legacy not just for them but for others in our community.
- Rabbi Benji Levy ...more >
We need to think of our own sisters and brothers as we recognize our shared past and foster a brighter Jewish future, building a beacon that can shine for all of humanity.
- Daniel Lewin ...more >
As a grandchild of Holocaust survivors and a son of my father who was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany, it's imperative that I do what I can make sure our people survive and thrive.
- Dr. Arlen and Audrey Lichter ...more >
We have been deeply committed to the Jewish community throughout our life. Our Judaism defines who we are and provides joy, comfort, intellectual and spiritual nourishment.
- Ellen Lippman and Rosy
- Noam Lipschutz
- Lester and Lisa Lipschutz
- Francine Lipstein ...more >
Only jews will support Jewish organizations! Many Other people will support other worthy causes. And I will be a role model for my children and for others!!
- Zachary Lipstein ...more >
I am a proud jew
- Michael and Barbara Lissner ...more >
Israel links the past, present and future of the Jewish people on all levels and serves to link Jews throughout the world. Our survival as a people depends on a future for Israel. if we do not support Israel in every way possible, Jewish people around the world are at risk.
- Dr. Sol & Lauren Lizerbram ...more >
It is our responsibility to educate every generation about our proud heritage.
- Deena Lurie ...more >
It's the key to the survival of the Jewish people, our culture and our future.
- Diana and Sheldon Lutz ...more >
The future of the Jewish people is most important to me
- Michael Makovsky ...more >
All Jews must do their part to ensure a vibrant Jewish community and a strong State of Israel.
- Jodi Mansbach
- Bernie Marcus ...more >
I learned the concept of Tzedakah from my mother who, each month, would encourage us to give part of our allowance away to support Israel. I am proud to participate in the Jewish Future Pledge, which I know will do so much to enrich the Jewish life of future generations. Tzedakah gives me great joy and satisfaction, and I hope you experience the same in your own giving. Bernie Marcus
- Joel Marks
- Margo and Ben Marks
- The Mars Family Foundation
- Manette and Louis Mayberg, Trustees of the Mayberg Foundation ...more >
We have always prioritized Jewish giving, which is why we already direct over 50% of our philanthropy toward efforts that benefit the Jewish people. We believe that investing in initiatives that inspire, educate and strengthen the Jewish community and Israel will secure a vibrant future for our children and grandchildren. Signing the Jewish Future Pledge provides clear and profound support for our deep belief in giving Jewishly and communicates this value to our children and generations to come.
- Gabriel Mc Govern ...more >
My heart rests in Israel.
- Diana and Moises Mercado ...more >
Because we are a link of a Judaism's long chain and we are responsible for the continuation of the Jewish legacy.
- JoLynn and Steve Merlin ...more >
I signed the Jewish Future Pledge because I believe that I have an obligation to the next generations to preserve the legacy that preceding generations built and from which I derived so much value. Legacy giving is an existential urgency not only for funding what we will need to build in the future but to ensure that our existing institutions will have the wherewithal to survive and prosper in good times but especially in bad times. There is no greater mitzvah than “planting a tree under whose shade you will never sit”. But if that tree is nourished, it will provide shade for generations to come. This is why the Jewish Future Pledge appeals to me. I am committing to plant that seed for my family and for the Jewish community.
- Zachary Meyer
- Adam and Gila Milstein ...more >
We grew up in Israel and served in the Israeli Defense Forces. Today, as American citizens, we continue our ‘Miluim’ - the mandatory Jewish duty, by strengthening our Jewish people and the State of Israel, our eternal Jewish homeland.
- Alan Minsk and Julie Kaminsky ...more >
From generation to generation - continuity matters.
- Beth and Joe Mishkin ...more >
I firmly believe that we must give to Jewish causes now and in the future.
- Susan Gordon Moray
- Morris Family Foundation
- Belinda Morris
- June & Monte Nathanson
- Ne’eman Foundation USA/Canada ...more >
Unless we look ahead to tomorrow and the future of our Jewish nation, we will be living a gross injustice. I believe that history has shown us that vision and foresight have been two beacons for the Jewish people throughout the generations. We cannot forget the past. Our history paved the way for our present and our future depends on using our resources today for a strong tomorrow.
- Net Impact Monrovia Professional Chapter ...more >
I am taking the Pledge because the Jewish future matters to me and for my passion to help impoverished and people who are struggling financially.
- Lynn and Linda Newport
- The Next Generation Fund ...more >
We inherited a very rich heritage and religious tradition from our ancestors. It is one that has shaped not only the values of the Jewish people, but has also contributed enormously to the cultural and intellectual evolution of human civilization. Three of our grandparents were murdered for proudly upholding their Jewish identity, and numerous other family members suffered a similar fate. Sustaining the Jewish people, our Torah, and all that it symbolizes is an important way for us to memorialize their lives and pay homage to them for their selfless sacrifices. Through the creation of the Next Generation Fund, we hope to inspire our children to invest themselves and their resources in sustaining not just the survival, but also the prosperity of the Jewish people going forward.
Michael and Israela Meyerstein
- Gail and Elliot Norry ...more >
We feel fortunate to have been raised in a vibrant Jewish community and strongly believe in the core value of Kol Yisrael Aravim ze b'ze. We want our grandchildren to also feel this sense of privilege and responsibility.
- Julia Opher ...more >
For my children!
- Fern Oppenheim ...more >
I take enormous pride in the indomitable spirit and the extraordinary accomplishments of the Jewish people. It is a legacy to be treasured and we must all do our share to safeguard the future.
- Carolyn Halpern Oppenheimer
- Steve Oppenheimer ...more >
I have an opportunity to pay it forward "Generation to Generation" as I commit to The Jewish Future Pledge. The American Jewish diaspora and the modern State of Israel are experiencing Golden Ages in three millennia of the Jewish experience. We have thrived beyond the hopes, aspirations and dreams of ancestors who survived the most trying of times. Call me a dreamer...I want to continue investing in our Jewish Peoplehood.
- Rachel and Joshua Opperer
- Jerry and Aimee Ostrov ...more >
We must invest together in the future of the Jewish people
If not us then who?
Am Yisrael Chai
- Sarah Ovadia ...more >
It is critical that we invest in the Jewish people so there is a Jewish future.
- Lynn and Mario Oves ...more >
In this challenging world we inhabit, the flame of the Jewish ‘civilization’ can only burn through the extraordinary faith and strength of ordinary Jews.
For the light of the Jewish people to remain eternal, all generations of Jews are required to build our communities with a sense of duty, courage,compassion, obligation, and urgency.
- Eli Ovits ...more >
Giving back to our People and Community provides purpose. Enabling future generations to enjoy this investment and legacy provides hope and inspiration.
- Michael Oxman and Doug Winkelstein
- Mahra & Kevin Pailet ...more >
It’s important that our children and future generations have the opportunity to experience the richness of Jewish life and Israel remain safe and secure for all Jews who wish to live in our eternal homeland.
- Rabbi Yakov and Lori Palatnik ...more >
Someone once asked: How do you know you are Jewish-- because your parents are Jewish? Your grandparents are Jewish? No, you know you are Jewish when your grandchildren are Jewish. Investing your money in the Jewish community, Jewish schools, and important Jewish causes means investing not only in the future of the Jewish people, but the very future of your family.
- Gilbert & Elisa Palter Family Foundation ...more >
Before we were introduced to the Jewish Future Pledge, we had already been allocating well over 50% of our tzedakah to Jewish causes, and had written an ‘ethical will’ to our kids which codified our values (which we hope they already knew) which directed that at least 50% of the funds earmarked for philanthropy in our wills would go to Jewish causes. So signing a formal, public commitment to direct at least 50% of our tzedakah to Jewish causes was a very easy decision, and done primarily to inspire others to consider doing the same.
Why do we believe that as Jews we should commit the majority of our philanthropy to Jewish causes? Because while we are citizens of the world at large, we feel more connected to one particular group: our Jewish family. We share a long history, core values, important ideas, and a destiny with this family. We feel like a link in an almost six thousand year-long chain, and don’t want to be the generation that lets it break. L’dor V’dor. We believe that Judaism has something special to offer the world: we are truly a “light unto the nations” and want to ensure that light shines brightly and sets a good example for how individuals and communities should behave.
We interpret Rabbi Hillel’s admonition “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And being only for myself, what am 'I'? And if not now, when?" as a directive to give primarily, but not exclusively, to Jewish causes. And to do it sooner rather than later (which is why our Foundation is directed to be spent down and not maintained in perpetuity). Only Jews will fund Jewish education and identity programs for our children. Only Jews will fund the incremental cost of kosher meals for those in need. Only Jews will rescue other Jews from persecution in countries around the world. And while others may contribute, Jews must take the lead in combating anti-semitism, advocating for Israel, and challenging BSD and holocaust-denial. Family is always there for family.
So when asked by the Jewish community “Ayeka?: Where are you?” (as God asked Adam), we answered as did Abraham, Jacob and Moses: "Hineini: Here I am!"
- Beth and Gregg Paradies ...more >
It demonstrates our commitment to the future of Jewish life.
- S. Bruce and Amy Pascal ...more >
A worthy cause to support Israel and charitable endeavors.
- Michie and Skip Pasternak ...more >
It has never occurred to us not to focus our charitable giving on Jewish causes. It’s one of our favorite things to do!
- Maxine and John Perlman
- Ben Pery ...more >
Real legacy and action towards our future and our kids' future!
- Michael Plasker
- Julie and Marc Platt ...more >
We believe deeply that every Jewish person has a responsibility to act now and ensure a vibrant Jewish future for the generations to come. The Jewish Future pledge is a powerful way to secure resources that our Jewish community will need for the future, while sparking important conversations between generations and inside of families. We are proud to make this public commitment to the Jewish future, and send a message to our family, friends, and community about the responsibility we all share to ensure that the Jewish people continue to thrive for our children, grandchildren and beyond.
- Todd L. Platt
- Jonathan Polin and Rachel Goldberg ...more >
Our Jewish generation is fortunate - freedom to practice our Judaism openly in much of the world, unprecedented prosperity, and a country of our own. If my predecessors persevered through substantially harder times to get us to where we are today, I'm not going to be that one who breaks the chain of continuity. The Jewish story must continue, and thrive. Onward and upward!
- Karen Porat ...more >
I want future generations to live an inspired Jewish life who will continue to support and bring light to the Jewish people, Israel, and the world.
- Dale and David Pratt ...more >
Jewish life in our community, in Israel, and around the world, is of the utmost importance to our family. Long after we are gone, we want the organizations who support our Jewish communities and the state of Israel, to continue to thrive. Sharing our Jewish values with the next generations and this pledge, will ensure this goal.
- Tina and Steven Price ...more >
Judaism is defining and core to who we are, how we live and what we want to do with our time and our resources. We believe deeply in Jewish continuity. We have an obligation, as did our ancestors and as do our children, to preserve and strengthen Jewish values, traditions, practices and teachings. It is important for us as Jews and as Americans and as people who care about the world around us. Caring for our fellow Jews and creating opportunities to engage meaningfully in Judaism are philanthropic priorities that we strive to do and hope our children and their children continue. We are honored and proud to sign The Jewish Future Pledge and do what we can to make the world a better place now and in the future.
- Norm and Lindy Radow ...more >
L’dor Vador. From generation to generation and over thousands of years, we Jews have experienced hardship, exile, discrimination, forced conversion and even extermination. Despite all our travails, here we are, thousands of years into our history, stronger than ever with our people leading the world in the sciences, business, and the arts, here in America, Israel, and around the world. This is no accident of history. It happened because in each generation Jews rose to the challenges this world has meted out to us. The Jewish Future Pledge ensures that the next generation will see the light we now shine brightly illuminating the path to righteousness, justice and philanthropy. We hope our children will follow this time tested and well-lit path to a better future for themselves, the Jewish people and all of mankind. It makes us proud and gives us such peace knowing that we can help the Jewish community long after our time has come and gone.
- Ken Raskin and Lynn Lederman
- Dr. Zohar Raviv ...more >
One day in the future, all of us standing here today will be part of the Jewish past; and asking ourselves what kind of past will we be to our future is a question for the present! I am honored to support an initiative whose sole purpose is to secure the thriving continuation of our shared Jewish story.
- Michael L. Reeves
- Robert & Elisheva Reichmann ...more >
Not long after I got married I’d written one of my first charity checks. Although the amount wasn’t much, to myself at the time it was a sizable amount. I shared this sentiment as I handed it over to Dov Vizel the CEO. He was very gracious and grateful but then he said something incredibly powerful: "I don’t know how much money you have, but this money you’ll have forever.” Years later, this message continues to inspire me and remind me that the only money we truly have, is the money we give.
- Mary and Nathan Relles ...more >
What Julie and Marc Platt said! :). We couldn't better express how we feel about the future for our children, our grandchildren and the Jewish people.
- Ernest Richards. MBA, JD ...more >
Israel is the beacon of light to the world and is important to keep the light shining for all generations.
- Eric and Ana Robbins
- Robin Robbins ...more >
Generations before us were persecuted and killed for being Jewish. We are so blessed to be living in these times. We owe it to those who came before us and to those who will follow us to maintain the beauty of our culture and traditions of our people.
- Russell F. Robinson ...more >
The future of our Jewish people needs all of us to take a leadership role as our parents and grandparents had done before us. The foundation that exists today in the Jewish community is based upon dreams, visions, hard work, and money. Our great institutions and congregations all stand today because others contributed to establish them. The Family is the most important unit and our Jewish future is based on talking together about our destiny and the greatest movement in the history of the world - the Jewish People.
- Jacob Rose
- Pamela and George Rohr
- Jill & Michael Rose ...more >
Our philanthropic focus has always been the continuity of the Jewish people and the state of Israel. The Pledge ensures that this focus remains intact long after we are gone.
- Pamela Rose ...more >
We always need funding for education and connecting Jews to Judaism. We are a small people and I plan to do my part ... and realize only we can guarantee that our charitable dollars stay in the community. I hope you will join me....
- Avigail and Justin Rosemore ...more >
Our family has a strong shared mission to support the Jewish people. By signing this pledge we hope to impart these core values to our future descendants.
- Jen and Andrew Rosen ...more >
It's a concrete way to ensure that our vibrant Jewish traditions and community can exist for many generations to come.
- Josh, Cheryl, Sadie and Hannah Rosenberg
- Mark and Ruth Rosenberg ...more >
I'm proud to be Jewish. I grew up going to Hebrew School, getting Bar Mitvahed, going to the center every week. It's just a very important part of my soul.
- Todd Rosenblatt ...more >
Our Jewish heritage is a special and important thing that must be cherished and kept alive, for the next generation and the one following that.
- Andrew Rosenstein ...more >
I have spent a good amount of time in Israel and have grown to celebrate shabbat, high holidays, and many other traditions that come with being a proud jew.
- A.J. and Suellen Rosmarin ...more >
The Jewish Future Pledge ensures that the next generation will see the light illuminating the path to righteousness and philanthropy. We hope our children will follow this to a better future for themselves, the Jewish people, and all of mankind. It makes Suellen and I proud to live virtuously, knowing we can help the Jewish community long after our passing. We are a vessel of hope to others through our generosity. We are committed to caring for Jews in need in Dallas, Israel, and throughout the world. The Jewish Future Pledge allows us to lever up our happiness. It is so important to help people in the here and now at the intersection of urgent need and lasting impact
- Doug and Robyn Ross ...more >
We believe that the Jewish people have been, are, and will continue to be one of the greatest forces for good and human progress in history. For millennia, Jews have had a disproportionately positive effect and influence across multiple cultures and diverse fields of endeavor including science, medicine, business, philosophy, music, education, literature, the Arts, and the list goes on and on. Caring deeply as we do about our people and the entire planet we can think of no better guarantor of a bright future than committing our family to investing in Jewish and pro-Israel philanthropies.
- Kevin and Sharon Ross ...more >
We the Jewish people are all one people. We are one big family. We have one heartbeat. One soul. We are all family, and responsible for each other.
We have been given the greatest of missions- to perfect the world through the fulfillment of the mitzvot and Jewish values. In many respects, the success of our mission is needed now, more than ever. We must do our “hishtadlut” and take every earthly measure to help ensure we succeed.
That’s why it is without hesitation that I take the Jewish Future Pledge. If every Jewish person took the pledge, our Jewish organizations that do such amazing work can focus more on their core mission, instead of on fundraising. The Jewish Future Pledge is a fabulous and long overdue idea. כל הכבוד!
- Lyon Roth and Israela Roth
- Rothberg Family Foundation
- Mark and Stacey Rothberg
- Robbie and Helene Rothenberg ...more >
If one can open his/her eyes they can see God calling us through modern miracles from the creation of the State of Israel, to the Six Day War to the Yom Kippur War, to the Scud Missile attacks that resulted in minimal damage, to the iron Dome system to the Start-up Nation to the creation of water from air, etc. Our job as a nation is to help people open their eyes and see the secret of the miracle of the Jews- One Nation, One Land with One Torah.
- Judy and Arnie Rubenstein ...more >
After discussion with my wife and children, we concur that being part of The Jewish Future is paramount to the survival of
the Jewish people. The need is great and our numbers small. We need participation by all.
- Amy and Philip Rubin
- Roy Ryan ...more >
'If I am not for myself who am I?' (Pirkei Avot). It is crucial that we make sure to take care of our brethren as the holocaust has taught us a valuable lesson - we must take care of ourselves.
- Ellen and Richard Sandler
- Mark Satisky
- Sherrie R. Savett ...more >
I took the pledge because Judaism is the essence of what I am and what I believe, and because the values inherent in our culture and the Torah are the life lessons that are the positive forces that can change the world and make it a better place. I took the pledge because I want to teach my children and my grandchildren what is critically important to me and to hopefully inculcate these ideas into their minds and actions so they can then influence their children to love and support the Jewish people and our moral way of life. I took the pledge so that if I and others who are like minded do the same, we can educate our children and grandchildren and future generations in the ways of Judaism which have so influenced and enhanced my life on a daily basis.
- Noah Savitz
- Len Saxe and Marion Gardner-Saxe ...more >
Pirke Avot teaches that “It is not your duty to finish the work, but neither are you at liberty to neglect it.” Judaism gives our lives meaning and makes the world a better place. We feel an obligation to ensure that our culture and tradition are preserved. We are gratified to join with others to sign the Jewish Future Pledge and, together, support the work of the Jewish community.
- Jeffrey and Marla Schachter ...more >
To ensure the continuity of the Jewish people.
- Devin and Sarah Schain Family Foundation ...more >
We've survived for thousands of years through ingenuity, adaptability, limited resources, and a little bit of luck. It is time we focus on providing more resources which will increase our luck!
- Sarah Scheinmann
- Diane Scherer ...more >
Its important to honor the past, live Jewishly in the present, and secure the Jewish communal future. This is how I have always lived and will continue to.
- Robyn L. Schneider ...more >
It’s like Hillel said, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if not now, when?”
- Larry and Celia Schoenbrun
- Tim Schrager
- Jeffrey Schulman
- Allan & Judi Schuman ...more >
We always have to be aware of our Jewish Heritage - how powerful and wonderful it is and to be very proud of being Jewish. It is important to always encourage and learn about Jewish causes - how we as Jews must help those in need and encourage our children, families and friends to do the same. We have taught our children and their families to continue to be involved in the Jewish world and to carry those ideas forward!
- Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
- Cathrine Fischer Schwartz ...more >
My life has been enriched by Jewish values and my connection to Israel. I want future generations to be able to participate in all the rich traditions of Jewish life that have been so meaningful to me and my family.
- Herman & Greta Schwarz Foundation
- Nancie & Kenneth Segel ...more >
From a very young age, my parents instilled a strong sense of Jewish pride in me. I have always felt that being Jewish was something special, something I should be proud of. As a result, being Jewish has been foundational to my sense of self and truly lays at the core of my being. One of the major life events that reinforced my Jewish pride was the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Tel Aviv. It was almost surreal for me to spend my junior year of college in a country where almost everyone I came into contact with was Jewish. From the farmers and carpenters to the college professors and politicians, it was a real eye opener to me that they were all Jews!
They too were very proud to be Jewish. They and their families participated in building a Jewish country, a country where all types of Judaism were accepted. They could easily choose what type of Judaism felt right to them: to be very religious, to follow some Jewish customs, to live as a secular Jew, or to do something in between. These men and women, all with different forms of Jewish identity, were extremely proud to be Jewish; and their pride only made me feel more connected to my Jewish roots and Jewish identity.
When I returned to the United States, I was excited to commit my time and energy to help perpetuate Jewish pride and support for the community. I joined a variety of organizations and boards that allowed me to help the Jewish people in both the United States and overseas. I became president of the Jewish Federation of northeastern New York, president of the local Jewish day school, as well as chairman of the Jewish Federation endowment.
After being deeply involved with a variety of organizations, I found myself most drawn to and connected with JNF and their support of Israel. The organization’s programs and projects are so extensive and benefit all Israelis in such important ways; whether it be building communities, helping the disabled, building medical centers or building indoor fortified playgrounds near the Gaza border, JNF was there. JNF’s work is incredibly important and they has been on the ground helping the people of Israel since 1901. I was honored to witness and support the incredible work JNF does on the many JNF missions to Israel that Ii have joined. Each visit reinforced my commitment to the organization and my Jewish pride.
I currently serve as a member of the JNF national board and have had the privilege of holding several national positions, including acting as the VP Campaign. Chairing the campaign was one of the greatest honors I have enjoyed. I now have the honor of chairing the JNF campaign to build the $350,000,000 World Zionist Village; this is a one of a kind, amazing facility in Be’er Sheva which will create a second campus of the Alexander Muss High School, a Zionist Conference Center and a gap year/intern program for young adults in the Be’er Sheva high tech industry..
While serving our people over the years, my parents, family and Jewish community believed in the mission and were always there to support me. It was very important to my wife Nancie and me that a strong sense of Jewish identity was passed on to our children. And indeed, our two girls developed a strong sense of Jewish pride over the years. They both attended Jewish day schools, Jewish summer camps, and stayed strongly connected with our Jewish community. Our daughter Amie has made Aliyah (with the help of Nefesh B’ Nefesh, a JNF affiliate ) and our daughter Julie is married with two children; and she too has begun the process of passing along her Jewish pride to her children, a pride which I am overjoyed to know will be passed along to generations and generations to come.
It is because of these life lessons that I choose to leave a Jewish legacy that will help perpetuate the pride I have developed and hope to spread to future generations of Jews as well.
- Jeff Seidel ...more >
We as Jews are responsible for one another.
- Cathy Selig ...more >
I want to make sure my children and grandchildren preserve the Jewish legacy that we have been entrusted with.
- Tracy and Brian Seitz
- Steven and Daniela Senft ...more >
As a Latino Jew, the future of the Jewish people and our communities are of utmost importance to us. We grew up in a tight family unit, and as our family grows, having a Jewish focus will be paramount. This is important to our generation, and we will make sure that it's important to the generations to come.
- Amy and Michael Shafron ...more >
We have, for decades, made charitable contributions to Jewish organizations far in excess of 50% and we are hereby pledging to do the same in the future. We have also instilled this in our now adult children to do the same.
We would like to inspire our friends, neighbors and relatives to follow in our footsteps so that we may perpetuate Jewish life both in America and in Israel.
- Fred Shaftman ...more >
All of us must do our part to keep an unbroken line of Jewish Generations growing and prospering.
- Mrs. Elizabeth C. Shaid ...more >
It is my privilege to be able to sign the Jewish Future Pledge. I feel blessed to be a part of the Jewish People and believe it my responsibility to support Jews and the State of Israel.
- The David S. and Karen A. Shapira Foundation
- Justin Shapiro
- Jane F. and D. Larry Sherman ...more >
I firmly believe that we need to make sure the future generations take care of their Jewish responsibilities both locally, nationally and overseas, particularly in Israel.
- Raphael and Rebecca Shore ...more >
My father (may his memory be blessed) group up in a Canadian town where he was the only Jew. Not surprisingly, he got a very minimal Jewish education, but he was a fiercely proud Jew. When I reached adulthood and went to yeshiva to discover Judaism (my own after-school Jewish education left me wanting, to say it nicely), my father wanted me to teach him about our history, our values, and our role. Like so many of his generation, and less of mine, he knew our people matters, but he could not articulate why.
What I learned and continue to learn is that Am Yisrael is incredible. Being Jewish is a gift, a pleasure, and an opportunity. No buts.
We have impacted humanity for thousands of years in positive ways like no other, we have resisted persecution, temptation and assimilation like no other, and we did it all and stayed true out of a deep commitment to our core Torah values and ideas that we studied passionately and understood well. Our parents and grandparents knew that both we as Jews and all of humanity needs what we have and what we represent.
Eli Wiesel said that our people is like a messenger that forget his message. Sadly, he is correct. But the story is not over. I believe in our beautiful people, and we shall overcome.
- Roey Shoshan ...more >
I have been working in the Jewish world since I moved to Atlanta from Israel in 2011.
To me, working for the Jewish people is a way of life and signing the pledge is another link in that chain. I hope that this will help the Jewish people thrive and succeed as we continue our joint journey together as people.
- Joanie and Lewis Shubin
- Jenna Shulman ...more >
I am a very proud member of the community and believe in its need to continually grow through tzedakah.
- Matt and Karen Shulman
- Kimberly and Perry J. Shwachman ...more >
It’s vitally important to us that we help ensure a strong and vibrant future for the Jewish people.
- Stephen M. Siderow ...more >
I love Judaism and want to share its beauty, meaning and potential to transform ourselves and our world for the better.
- Andy Siegel ...more >
I want to continue my support of Jewish causes and organizations to allow my children and future generations the opportunity to strengthen the Jewish people.
- Faye and Irwin Siegel
- Michael Siegel ...more >
I am inspired by my parents and all of those who came before me who sustained and built this Jewish community and I owe it to those who come after me to do the same!
- Linda and Mark Silberman ...more >
The Jewish Future Pledge creates an opportunity for Jewish people today to ensure the future of Jewish philanthropy, to make sure our children and grandchildren have the financial resources to continue investing in Jewish life and create more Jewish possibilities.
- Michelle and Gary Simon ...more >
We have always felt strongly that our children should appreciate and never take their blessings for granted. As importantly, we try to set an example for them to bestow those blessings on others. Sometimes it is important to do more than lead by example, however; sometimes a conversation is needed. When we signed the Jewish Future Pledge, we realized that in the case of our philanthropic priorities such a conversation was not only necessary but also desirable. And, our kids were not only ready for this conversation, they embraced it. We talk to and advise our kids about a myriad of other issues that are important to us, why wouldn’t we do the same about our philanthropy?
- Carol and Irv Smokler
- Shelly and Dan Snyder
- Jeffrey R. Solomon ...more >
Having spent more than 50 years of professional life working in behalf of the Jewish community, I am thrilled to be certain that much of any charitable legacy continue to be in support of the Jewish community and Israel.
- Leah Soibel
- Laura and Mark Solomon ...more >
We are inspired by relatives who came before us, like Bertha Nussbaum (z'l) who survived the Holocaust to live a life dedicated to Jewish community. Our Pledge demonstrates our joyful commitment to Judaism that we celebrate with our children and affirms our place in history, back to Sinai and forward - returning to Jerusalem.
- Meryl and Samuel Solomon ...more >
Jewish giving should start with our People. This is a core Jewish value. It is critical to the continuity and prosperity of the Jewish People and our institutions that we focus our philanthropy and support first and foremost to Israeli and Jewish projects. I salute this amazing initiative. Am Yisrael Chai!
- Joseph Sontz ...more >
The secure and peaceful future of all Jews depends on a strong Israel, and an understanding that all Jews must be there for each other.
- Alina Gerlovin Spaulding ...more >
Having immigrated to the United States as a refugee, when I was 5, our family was greeted by a welcoming and vibrant Jewish community. They helped our family get settled, find jobs, get medical care, and begin a new life. Somehow, a community that lived 5000 miles away felt accountable for us... They gave us a springboard to an extraordinary life, a gift for which I remain eternally grateful. I hope this commitment allows me to repay the debt in some small way.
- Michael and Carol Staenberg ...more >
When a large stone is tossed in the middle of a still pond, the wave will quickly lose its initial energy and the pond will return to calm and still. Instead, we need hundreds of handfuls of smaller stones being constantly thrown into the pond. We need converging ripples going to and coming from every direction. We need for the pond to never be still.
- Bethany and Jay Spector ...more >
The Talmud states “Just as my ancestors planted for me, so too, will I plant for my children.”
For both of us, the Jewish community has played an integral role in our lives since our childhood. Growing up, our families surrounded us with Jewish experiences and demonstrated the importance of Jewish values, including giving Tzedakah. They helped us to establish a rich connection to our heritage and a strong Jewish identity. As adults, we hope to instill these same values in our children enabling them to develop a deep love of Judaism and an understanding of the importance of giving back. Just as it was done for us, we believe it is our responsibility to “plant for the future.”
We proudly sign this pledge with a hope that there will continue to be a strong and vibrant Jewish community to enrich the lives and the world of not only our children but also future generations to come.
- Joel Cohn & Jill Spector
- Todd and Gabrielle Starr ...more >
If not now, when? Our family pledges to actively support Jewish causes. It critical to the Jewish people that this commitment live on through our children and future generations.
- Kurt and Melissa Stein
- Richard and Naomi Steinberg ...more >
This pledge matches our present and future philanthropic priorities and will help sustain the future of our Jewish community for our children and grandchildren.
- Sarah Stern ...more >
I signed the pledge because Judaism has been a gift to the world and has helped to bring to fruition some of the most beautiful things humanity has to offer, and the state of Israel and its indomitable spirit and its people's resiliency has already proven to be a source of hope and of inspiration to Jew and non-Jew alike.
- Thomas D. and Denise Stern ...more >
Signing the Jewish Future Pledge was a logical and important step in the evolution of our philanthropy. It is our hope that in making this pledge, we will serve as a strong example for others to take the necessary steps to ensure the Jewish people and Israel are supported for generations to come.
- Susan Stewart
- Brooke Stonehill ...more >
I am signing because I think giving to Jewish causes and Jewish education is important for the continuity of the Jewish people and maintaining a Jewish community as well as leading by example for my fellow Jews and family.
- Amy & Jeffrey P. Straus ...more >
This more than simply memorializes how we have lived our lives. Signing this pledge sends a message to other Jews, particularly our children, to follow in the footsteps of their parents, grandparents and those who came before them. As we hopefully leave the world behind, better than we found it, we want our children to flourish and continue this age-old Jewish tradition.
- Betty and Alan Sunshine
- Barry Swidler
- Carol L Swidler
- Dr. Tarece ...more >
A Jewish future matters to me because we are a diverse people with values rooted in tzedek, kehillah, and chesed.
- Tatiana ...more >
Because some of my ancestors never got to see the vibrant Jewish future so it’s my job to pledge to help it thrive.
- Vered and Martin Taylor
- Shira Termechi
- Marc & Noa Terris
- Alisha Tischler ...more >
Being Jewish fills me with pride, but also a daunting sense of responsibility to help repair the world through Tikkun Olam. My hope is that with this pledge, I can do my part for my children and for future generations.
- Laurence S. Tisdale Revocable Trust
- Lisa and Evan Toporek ...more >
Future generations deserve everything great that comes from belonging to a Jewish community.
- Jordan and Erica Tritt
- Itai Tsur ...more >
I want my children and grandchildren to be enriched and benefit from the Jewish community- in whatever way they want to access that- as I was
- The Turkienicz Family ...more >
Because each one of us is a link in the golden chain of Jewish transmission, for the betterment of the world.
- Gershon & Shani Unger ...more >
Jewish continuity is the result of Jews caring for Jews. Although the vast majority of our parents cared deeply about the Jewish people and Israel, that relationship will not be passed onto the next generation without being proactive. Thank you, JFP, for pursuing this crucial mission. It is a great honor for my wife and I to join your movement.
- Rabbi Mike Uram and Leora Eisenstadt ...more >
Judaism is a powerful technology for living. Being part of the Jewish story is a gift that can remind us of the power of community and free us from the loneliness of individualism. It can help us understand and relate to the meaning of time, and it can foster a never-ending dialogue with centuries-old values that help us repair both ourselves and the world around us. Judaism helps us live more vibrant, meaningful and just lives. But it only works when each generation steps up to support, sustain and reinvent Jewish life for the future. For us, this pledge is one of our ways of stepping up for the future.
- The Van de Grift Family
- Ilana and Skip Vichness ...more >
The Jewish Future Pledge is one of the easiest commitments we have made. We always planned to leave a significant part of our charitable giving to Jewish causes and we see the need for support growing daily. We will support our Alma Maters and Hospitals, but our hearts are deeply connected to the Jewish world. We are grateful that our legacy was secured by our parents and grandparents and we will do the same for our children and grandchildren with the hope that they continue the tradition. We are proud to help the Jewish world now and in the future.
- Drs. Naomi Vilko and Sid Goldfarb ...more >
We feel that the future of The Jewish People is dependent on maintaining an independent, strong Jewish state as well as on having strong Jewish educational programs in the diaspora. Currently 95% of our charitable donations are being made to Israel and for the future of our people. The entire world should be grateful for the contributions of the tiny country which makes a big difference.
- Dr. Alan and Jody Wagner ...more >
Deciding to execute the Jewish Future Pledge was an easy decision. We both believe deeply in the need to assure continuity of our Jewish religion, culture and community. The Pledge memorialized our plans to give generously to organizations that will assure continuity and gives us an opportunity to engage with our adult children in meaningful conversations around the transmission of our Jewish values.
- Aviva and Michael Waitz
- Lynda Walker
- Beth & Andrew Warner
- Alana and Marty Weinberg
- Mr. and Mrs. Steve Wasserman ...more >
I love my heritage and religion and want to keep it for my children and their children.
- Weisbaum Family Fund ...more >
It's not enough to just pay lip service to "Jewish continuity," we must put our money where our mouths are. Furthermore, our family is focused on Jewish education, because knowledge enables greater connection.
- Michal and Benjamin Werner
- Zachary Caleb Wildes ...more >
I believe in the importance of a Jewish future and community all around the world
- Joan and Bernard White Philanthropic Fund
- Robert and Jenna Wilkin ...more >
Signing the pledge will resonate for generations. The organizations we support and the commitment to Israel and the Jewish people we demonstrate to our children today speaks louder than any words.
- David Wilson ...more >
I am not a religious person…and I really have never been a member of any organized religion… But... most of my family members served in the military … I served at the time of Desert Shield or Desert Storm, the Gulf War…to War on Terror…I have always enjoyed my education, even into college…most of which studies involved the two. Somewhat modern day. Holocaust…the American. Indian Holocaust…and then, of course, the Holocaust of the Jews during WWII....Recently, I became more involved in Christian worship. But now I am becoming more involved in Judaism and the study of Torah.....And since this pandemic crisis began, people from synagogue invited me to their services…they were one of the very few to rev up their services of worship and study when all others remained shut down. I continue and G-d willing continue to attend regardless because I not only enjoy attending, but I believe it is of numerous importance for worship Todah…Seem Shalom!!!
- Lauri and Ken Winkler ...more >
I am proud to be Jewish and I am grateful for my Jewish upbringing. Signing the Jewish Future Pledge was a natural way for me to do my part to ensure a strong Jewish community for future generations.
- Michael and Rhonda Wise
- Dorothy M. Wizer Family Philanthropic Fund ...more >
The Jewish world, its past, present and future, have been a major part of my life. May our combined efforts help us to continue to go from strength to strength.
- Dr. Peter and Ilene Wohlgemuth ...more >
There are so many reasons that the Jewish Future matters but 2 are perhaps the most impactful. One is that we do believe that the Jewish People are a light unto the nations and, if we live by the teachings of the Torah, the world will be better for it. Our traditions teach us to care for one another, the earth and all its inhabitants and what could be more important than that? So, if we are to leave the world better than we found it, it is incumbent upon us to also teach those traditions to our next generation that they may also feel the responsibility of caring for one another. With the transfer of wealth from generation to generation we must ensure that Jewish philanthropy takes center stage and is a priority to our young people. By taking "The Pledge" we are setting an example for our own children that supporting Jewish causes should be paramount. Children are the gift we give to a time we will not see. Teaching them and supporting them must be part of who we are and what we do. We therefore, proudly take "The Pledge!"
- Lesley Wolman
- Sheila and Merrill Wynne ...more >
We learned " Tzedakah " from our parents who taught us to always share. JEWISH FUTURE PLEDGE allows us to commit to share and support Jewish Organizations as a significant part of our giving and to encourage others.
- Dava and Rabbi Eric Yanoff ...more >
I view Jewish charitable giving as an INVESTMENT in deepening a message and vision that, for millennia, has inspired our building an ever-more perfect world. That work of seeking, healing, comforting, celebrating, innovating and striving is far from over; as our tradition states (Pirke Avot 2:1), "לא אליך המלאכה לגמור ולא אתה בן חורין ליבטל ממנה - while we are not enjoined to complete the task, neither may we desist from it." We join our age-old wisdom and dynamism to that of other peoples, across the globe, to leave the world a bit better than we found it - knowing that our world is far from complete. Indeed, the very fact that the Jewish endeavor never concludes its task is what inspires us most - namely, the idea that we are pushing the prospects forward, confident in the next generation to take us even farther, after we are gone. We believe the best is yet to come. We entrust the future with our past: This is an investment that has stood the test of time, one we are proud to join.
- Bradley & Simi Yellen ...more >
Why does one care about one's heart and mind? The Jewish People are the heart and mind of the world. It is its source of bracha and good morals. Further, It's Mishpacha. First things, First.
- Jack and Ellen Kahan Zager
- Helen and David Zalik ...more >
We are proud to make this pledge, underscoring our commitment to Jewish values and continuity. We must act now to secure our Jewish future and talk openly with our children about the importance of supporting Jewish causes, including Israel. We hope others in the Atlanta Jewish community and across the country will join us.
- Alexandra and Nathan Zilbert ...more >
We feel that it is our obligation to support the Jewish community. We need to take care of each other, through good and bad times. We owe it to our relatives who went through the Holocaust, and to our children and grandchildren. Tzedakah elevates all of us.
- Etta and Raymond Zimmerman ...more >
By signing the the Jewish Future Pledge we have publicly acknowledged our philanthropic priorities. It is a privilege to focus our giving on the Global Jewish Community. This mirrors our family values and priorities. We hope other’s will follow suit.
- Cindy and Rick Zitelman ...more >
As others have stated so eloquently, if Jewish people do not support Jewish organizations, no one will. Just like others, Jewish people have needs for social services, healthcare, education, housing...the list goes on.
We decided many years ago when we set up our Family Foundation and Donor Advised Fund that a vast majority of donations would be made to Jewish organizations and causes. This will be during our lifetimes and after we are gone.
Jewish tradition teaches us that giving tzedakah is an obligation to our family and community. Let us educate and inspire others of our generation and the NextGen to join us in supporting our Jewish family and community both here and in Israel.
- And many Pledgers who prefer to remain anonymous