In your lifetime, you have helped to build a vibrant Jewish community. Your gifts to the United Jewish Appeal have meant so much to so many. Creating a Lion of Judah Endowment is an opportunity to perpetuate your values, our Jewish community, and all that you have worked to achieve. In making this commitment, you will serve as a role model for the present and set an outstanding example for future generations.

When you create a Lion of Judah Endowment, your annual United Jewish Appeal gift will continue forever – strengthening the community you have built for generations to come. Locally, a LOJE will help to fund the Calgary Federation as it works to meet the day-to-day priorities that keep our community strong, creating opportunities for engagement, and working to strengthen Jewish identity and ties to Israel. Globally, your dollars help to ensure that no Jew goes to bed hungry and that Jewish communities are cared for with dignity throughout the world. Through Lion of Judah Endowments, you can truly express your commitment to tikkun olam – perfecting the world.

The Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE) is your permanent fund to support the Calgary Jewish community. This fund, created to endow your gift to the Calgary Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign, allows your lifelong investment in your community to continue in perpetuity, providing help whenever and wherever it will be needed. It is your lasting legacy for the future.

How can a Lion of Judah donor make a LOJE commitment?    

Every woman who contributes $5,000 or more to her community’s annual campaign can create a LOJE by establishing a fund of $100,000 or more in her name. The income from this endowment will be directed annually to the Calgary Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign.

A Lion who has created an endowment is recognized on an international level with the addition of the prestigious Or L’Atid flame added to her Lion of Judah pin – an internationally recognized symbol of dedication to the Jewish people.

The Or L’Atid flame, or “light unto the future”, announces to the Jewish world a woman’s commitment to the continuation of Jewish life – a commitment that goes beyond her own generation, and beyond her children’s. It is a commitment to the eternal well being of the Jewish people and to a historical legacy of caring, loving kindness and social justice.

A LOJE can be easily developed to match your personal circumstances and will offer taxable benefits. A LOJE can be capitalized in the present or by a will bequest in a number of ways, most commonly by a transfer of cash, a transfer of stocks or bonds (including State of Israel Bonds), or an insurance policy.

As you consider the legacy you hope to leave, you should take great pride in the difference you have made in your lifetime and the continued impact of your generosity for years to come.

For more information about the Lion of Judah Endowment, please contact Brenda Sapoznikow at the Jewish Community Foundation office, mail@jcfc.ca, 403.640.2273, or Diana Kalef at the Calgary Jewish Federation office, 403.444.3154, dkalef@jewishcalgary.org.

A Lion of Judah Endowment:   your campaign gift . . . forever