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Innovative Program Aims to Secure the Future of Synagogues and Agencies in Bay Area


SAN FRANCISCO - November 23, 2010. In the midst of the worst economic down turn since the Great Depression, many synagogues and agencies in our community lack the tools and support they need to secure their financial future. On November 29 the Jewish Community Federation’s Community Legacy Project (CLP) will kick off an innovative, results-oriented, two-year program which aims to change that.

The San Francisco-based JCF is partnering with agencies, day schools and synagogues to provide leaders with the training, tools, and support they need to secure bequests and build endowments for the their institutions and the Jewish community. A marketing campaign will also be undertaken to create community-wide awareness of the impact bequests and other planned gifts can have on sustaining and building our Jewish communal organizations.

The event will be held on November 29 from 5:00-8:00pm at the Brandeis Hillel Day School, 655 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco. The Director of the National Areivim Program, Gail Littman, and the 19 organizations selected to participate in the CLP will be at this event, which will celebrate the new partnership and mark the start of the first legacy training through a community signing of a Brit Kodesh—a communal covenant.

The JCF of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties was selected by the Areivim Legacy Community Project, a coalition of major Jewish philanthropists from around the country, to be one of five pilot communities to receive funding and technical support to implement this legacy curriculum. JCF’s Endowment Fund is also supporting the effort.

Marvin Goodman, Rabbi in Residence at the JCF who is running this program, says, “Our goal is that this initial group of organizational partners is the first of many cohorts to receive this training. We know that each organization that succeeds in this effort will be taking a giant step in securing its long term future. That’s what this project is all about.

Partner organizations were selected through a competitive application process and include:
  1. Bay Area Healing Center
  2. Brandeis Hillel Day School
  3. Hillel of Silicon Valley
  4. Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
  5. Jewish Community High School of the Bay
  6. Jewish Community Relations Council
  7. Peninsula JCC & Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School—joint application
  8. Oshman Family JCC
  9. Osher Marin JCC
  10. Jewish Film Festival
The following synagogues are participating in this innovative new program:
  1. Congregation Emanu-el – San Francisco
  2. Congregation Sha’ar Zahav – San Francisco
  3. Peninsula Temple Beth El – San Mateo
  4. Congregation Shomrei Torah – Santa Rosa
  5. Congregation Beth Sholom – San Francisco
  6. Congregation Adath Israel – San Francisco
This program grew out of the Synagogue-Federation Partnership, a collaboration between synagogues in San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma and the JCF, which focused on building meaningful connections between the synagogues and the JCF, and deeper relationships among Jewish communal leaders.

The Jewish Community Federation and its Endowment Fund work to protect and enhance Jewish life in our community through fundraising, strategic planning, and providing funding for programs that care for those in need, that strengthen and secure the safety of the Jewish people, and that foster Jewish renaissance at home, in Israel and in other Jewish communities.
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For more information please contact:
Lori Warren, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications, LoriW@sfjcf.org, 415.512.6218
Marvin Goodman, Rabbi in Residence, MarvinG@sfjcf.org, 415.512.2860
Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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