Creating a Legacy


A large number of studies have found that philanthropic giving seems to have health benefits that include life satisfaction and better intra-family relations, as well as some positive effects on physical health. If you equate “net worth” with dollar signs only, you may be missing out on other kinds of measuring devices, such as human, intellectual, and spiritual capital. They are important tools to understanding a family’s or individual’s net worth.


The Endowment has begun to adopt these concepts, and has as its basic agenda the notion of “friend-raising", not fundraising. The Endowment's mission is to help you realize how your values can be the “bottom line” of your legacy.


Find out more about how planned giving and legacy opportunities can work for you, your family, and your community by contacting our Resource Development Coordinator, x309 at the Jewish Federation of Western, CT. All information received is held in strictest confidence.

 

 

Why the Pomegranate

The pomegranate, our Foundation's logo, has long symbolized life in many cultures. It has special meaning in Jewish culture because its seeds were thought to physically represent the 613 commandments of Judaism. The pomegranate stands for a productive future and a significant past.

Why Create a Legacy

Make it a family tradition for future generations to ensure that Jewish history and values are not forgotten. Our children will know what it means to be Jewish and take pride in our traditions. You can pass on the legacy of those who came before us and help build a brighter future.

  • The Cygielmans

    Sarah and Simon Cygileman were Holocaust survivors who came to American to create a better life. They became successful and involved community members and generously created a fund through the Foundation to provide financially for their synagogue and for children in Israel for many years to come.

    Read their story

    Sarah and Simon Cygileman were Holocaust survivors who came to American to create a better life. They became successful and involved community members and generously created a fund through the Foundation to provide financially for their synagogue and for children in Israel for many years to come.

    Read their story
  • Dr. Finkelstein's Legacy

    Dr. William Finkelstein’s $2.3 million bequest to the Foundation specified that the money be used to help Jewish individuals who need support and provide funds for organizations who give help to those in need.

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    Dr. William Finkelstein’s $2.3 million bequest to the Foundation specified that the money be used to help Jewish individuals who need support and provide funds for organizations who give help to those in need.

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"To give away money is an easy matter and in anyone's power. But to decide to whom to give it, and how large, and when, and for what purpose, is neither in every person's power nor an easy matter. Hence it is that such excellence is rare and praiseworthy and noble." 


- Aristotle