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Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee 801 Percy Warner Blvd. Nashville, TN 37205 Risa Klein Herzog, director of foundation development (615) 354-1651


ow would you like to be remembered? Do you want to help ensure a strong Jewish future in Nashville? In Israel? Around the world? Would you like to see our community grow and thrive for generations to come? The Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee helps connect donors’ interests, values and passions to the legacies they wish to create and to give back to the community by establishing endowments that address our most pressing needs, enrich our culture, and strengthen our community. The Foundation enables donors to create an enduring legacy that honors and reaffirms our traditions and shapes and assures a vibrant future for what we treasure most – our families, community and Jewish heritage. Established more than 35 years ago, the Foundation is the endowment arm of the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. With growing assets of over $32 million, the Foundation provides a major source of funds to support the vital work of the Federation and the broader community to make Nashville a thriving city for Jewish life. The Jewish Foundation is the source of one third of the funds the Federation distributes annually. In 2016, the Foundation partnered with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s Life & Legacy Program to begin a four-year initiative aimed at helping local Jewish congregations, schools, agencies and organizations secure endowments while building legacy giving into their philanthropic culture. While enhancing assets is crucial to the Foundation's strength and stability, growth alone is not the Foundation's objective. We work to fulfill the cherished precepts of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repair of the world) by managing the charitable funds of donors and working with them to strengthen our Jewish community, the Jewish people and to make a difference in the lives of needy Jews locally, in Israel and around the world. The Jewish Foundation has relevance from cradle to grave, providing opportunities for philanthropy at all stages of life. The Foundation offers a variety of tax-advantages and estate planning vehicles, allowing donors to meet their individual financial goals while also being active participants in the strengthening and building our community. Among these are: • Bequests • Area of interest or designated funds • Perpetual annual campaign endowment funds (PACE or LOJE) • Donor advised funds

With support from the Feldman/Hassenfeld Fund for B’nai Tzedek, the Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee has encouraged more than 350 teenagers to establish endowment funds and learn about Jewish philanthropy. Two dozen of them attended the annual B’nai Tzedek Program gathering in 2016.

Jewish Federation President Lisa Perlen spoke to 52 leaders representing 13 local Jewish synagogues, institutions and agencies during the kickoff of Life & Legacy, a program spearheaded locally by the Jewish Foundation that seeks to boost legacy giving in the Nashville Jewish community.

• Gifts of IRA designations or life insurance • Annuities and trusts • The B’nai Tzedek Program, which encourages philanthropy by b’nai mitzvah-aged donors with support from the Feldman/ Hassenfeld Fund for B’nai Tzedek. With more than 60 charter members, The Book of Life was created to recognize the growing number of donors who have made or have promised to make a permanent endowed gift to benefit a Jewish agency, organization or synagogue, regardless of the size of the gift. Donors whose permanent gifts are $25,000 or more are honored with an electronic donor page, featuring their photograph and a personal statement highlighting why they have created this legacy and their hopes for the future.  The electronic Book of Life is in the lobby of the Gordon Jewish Community Center where the entire community can view and enjoy it. We continue to add new names and welcome new donors as their legacy plans are formalized. • Jewish Foundation Development Committee Members: Adam Landa (chair), David Cooper, Annette Eskind, James Fishel, Mark Goldfarb, Ellen Levitt, Jan Liff, Andrew May, Joshua May, Stephen Riven, Martin Satinsky, Nan Speller, David Steine, Jr. and Fred Zimmerman.

FOUNDATION IS LIFE. PASS IT ON… The Guide to Jewish Nashville 2017 • 11

Guide to Jewish Nashville 2017  

Guide to Jewish Nashville 2017

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