Pictured from left: Ruth Remis, Debbie Mendelson Ponn, Sarah Curtis Richmond, and Betsy Hecker 

Every gift to CJP helps us build a strong and resilient Jewish community. Gifts to CJP’s endowment go one step further — they are essential to our ability to continue our mission from generation to generation. Four women shared with us why they have chosen to create a Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE) with CJP. We are grateful to each of them and to all our generous donors who care deeply about supporting the long-term stability of our Jewish community.

“When I first considered becoming a Lion of Judah, I had to think about it because it was quite a commitment. I decided to make an endowment gift because I believe women need to speak for themselves and take their own place in the community. There is no bigger thrill for me than endowing my Lion of Judah gift.”

“One generation takes care of the next generation — I learned from my parents, grandparents, and great grandparents that this is what Judaism is all about. Caring for the Jewish community is one of my passions, and I want to ensure a bright Jewish future for my children and for generations to come.”

“You can accomplish a lot with your dollars to CJP; you’re not just choosing one narrow slice, you are helping the Jewish community both in the U.S. and abroad. For me, my gift is a way to pay tribute to my father’s memory, to honor my mother, and to be a role model for my children. It’s about passing our values on from generation to generation.”

“It’s easy for me to decide during a particular year, or even during my lifetime, what my philanthropic priorities are: I want to lift up and support a thriving Jewish community. When I’m gone, I want my values to continue, and CJP is a place that has been reliable for a long time.”

CJP encourages endowment and planned gifts, including outright gifts, bequests, and gifts of life insurance, or retirement account assets. These gifts strengthen and sustain our vibrant and thriving Jewish community for generations to come.