Have You Inscribed Your Page in History? The Jewish Community Endowment Fund has just published volume two of The Book of Life, featuring personal messages to future generations from members of the Endowment Fund's Living Legacy Society.
The Book of Life recognizes the foresight and generosity of the members of the Living Legacy Society, individuals who have established a permanent fund within the JCEF, either during their lifetime or through their will, to help ensure Jewish continuity from generation to generation. Permanent gifts are the seeds that signers plant for the future, providing income for immediate use while the fund is preserved and grows. These gifts in perpetuity will help ensure that no matter what happens in the world, our community will have the resources it needs to sustain and enrich the lives of future generations, enabling our community to meet the challenges of the 21st century with Jewish values and traditions that are unshakable and deeply instilled.
Grants from these sources reach out to Jews struggling with poverty, aging and discrimination. They help launch new programs in Jewish education and culture. They respond to emergencies of every kind and provide key support for new building projects in our community.
The Book of Life is displayed prominently in the lobby of the Jewish Community Federation building at 121 Steuart Street in San Francisco. It is an ever-growing record of names and family stories – a collective portrait of our community and testament to chai
, the unbroken chain of life for our people. Everyone, regardless of means or walk of life, can be a member of the Living Legacy Society and sign The Book of Life. By giving form and substance to their dreams, each in his or her own way, these donors are enabling our community to meet the challenges of the 21st century with Jewish values and traditions that are unshakable and deeply instilled.
If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when
? - Hillel