Create a Jewish Legacy (CJL) is an initiative of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Broward County to build a strong, vibrant community, now and in the future with bequests for permanent endowments. This community public awareness program is designed to help individuals and families support the Jewish causes they care about. It promotes the message that all of us, regardless of age, wealth, or affiliation, have the ability to make a difference for future generations.

CJL operates through a partnership model with Jewish agencies and synagogues. All CJL partners receive training, consulting, coaching and marketing assistance through Create a Jewish Legacy. Each partner organization has appointed a CJL Team composed of several professional staff and lay leaders, who will be trained in bequests and planned gifts and how to talk with their donors about creating Jewish legacy gifts. Each CJL team creates a Legacy Case Statement and Action Plan including their prospect list, solicitation assignments, recognition, plan, goals and timeline. Ultimately, each organization will be empowered to cultivate and steward their own donors for bequests and planned gifts to benefit their organization in the future.

For donors, creating a Jewish legacy ensures that they will be remembered and that their work and values will continue when they are no longer here. It also serves as an example to their loved ones that they believe it is important to support the Jewish community. The act of creating a legacy empowers them to complete the work of their heart and to enjoy the peace that it brings. By creating a Jewish legacy, they will ensure that the traditions and institutions that mean so much to them in their lifetime will exist for future generations. 

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Keith began working for the Federation in March 2005. He has his Bachelor Degree in Finance and Economics and prior to joining the Federation team over thirteen years ago, he was the Associate Director of the United Way of Miami-Dade. Keith's favorite part of working as part of the Federation team is getting to meet many people from all walks of life with a common goal of assisting Jewish people locally and globally.

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