One Place Where You Make A Difference: Leaving a Legacy


A Continuum of Commitment


Your commitment to Reading's Jewish Federation and the Jewish people is evident in everything you do -- ­the responsibility you take, the care you give, and the values you teach. Now you can extend your commitment. You can inspire the next generation and generations after that. You can make a connection to the future. That connection begins with your legacy.


A Legacy Lives Forever


Your charitable gift to our Jewish Federation endowment is professionally and securely invested to build a safety net for the Jewish people. The annual campaign alone cannot secure the future of Jewish community. Your legacy gift will make the difference. It's commitment that lives beyond your lifetime. Returns on your investment will save Jewish lives and Jewish life into the next century and beyond.


Your choice to create a continuum of commitment carries you forward into that future. It says that for as long as there are Jews who need help, part of you will be there to give that help.


A Legacy Builds Community


Your charitable gift to the Jewish federation Endowment will secure the future of your local community,­ the Jewish education of our children, the health and well-being of our aging population, and the traditional Jewish values that have helped build a strong and caring community for your family.


A Legacy Protects Israel


Your lifelong support helped turn the dream of Israel into a reality. Yet, today, even though Israel is strong, there are many challenges to overcome. Your charitable gift helps ensure your federation will be able to continue to meet these and to continue to build the Israel/Diaspora partnerships that will enhance and secure the future of all Jews, wherever they live.


Your Charitable Gift Options


Everyone has a unique family and financial situation. Your legacy gift can be designed to match your personal circumstances through a variety of options, all of which are managed on your behalf by the Federation's team.


In planning your charitable gift, your legacy can provide


  •     Unrestricted funds, giving your community the resources and flexibility to address issues, unanticipated needs and opportunities now and in the future.
  •     Restricted or designated funds, aligning with your specific area of interest or organizations, programs or needs that you feel are most important.


Every option provides unique tax and estate planning advantages and is an expression of your lifelong care and involvement,­ your enduring commitment to klal Yisrael (every Jew is responsible for the other) and tikkun olam (repairing the world).


  • Community Campaign Endowments/PACE and Lion of Judah Endowments/LOJE
  • Charitable Bequests
  • Alternatives to Private Foundations: Donor-Advised Philanthropic Funds, Designated Endowment Funds and Supporting Foundations
  • Life Income Plans:
  • Charitable Gift Annuities
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Charitable Lead Trusts


How to Begin


For more information about how planned giving and legacy opportunities can work for you, your family, and your community call your local federation endowment/foundation director or your personal financial advisor today.


Who We Are


Nationally, the Jewish Federation community manages over $6.9 billion in fund assets and annually distribute in excess of $800 million to charitable causes.


The Reading Jewish Federation is your experienced, reliable partner in helping you realize your philanthropic goals, building a lasting testament to your name that meets your specific needs, vision and objectives.


Create a charitable legacy today for your family, your community, and your people.


To request further information on tax-deductible planned giving and endowment options tailored to your personal needs and interests, contact us or your personal financial advisor today.


Donors are encouraged to seek independent tax and legal counsel

  • How to Leave a Legacy

    Please reach out to our Director of Development, Laurie Waxler, to discuss our many options for endowment giving.

    Laurie Waxler
    Call: 610-921-0624