Today is November 14, 2019 -

Harold has done it again.

A young woman in our community was born Jewish, but had no affiliation with Judaism or the Jewish community. Then her child received the first of his monthly PJ Library books. Then she started bringing her child to a weekly PJ Library program. Now she is an active member of her synagogue. This is a PJ Library success story and the exact intended outcome of PJ Library founder and visionary philanthropist, Harold Grinspoon.

I have been quoted as saying that “PJ Library is the best outreach and engagement tool introduced in the Jewish world in decades.” Last week, our Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) program officer, Bob, drove in from Springfield to share the recently compiled statistics, supporting my position, with Federation’s board. Internationally, the program is showing amazing results and our community is ahead of the curve. As our Federation has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into this program locally, you can imagine how pleased board members, as well as corporate sponsors, were with Bob’s presentation.

With his PJ success, what is Harold’s latest project and how can we sign on? I’m glad you asked. Harold has recognized that for long-term stability, Jewish organizations should be working on securing endowment funding, but unfortunately, he discovered that most organizations have difficulty prioritizing future stability for current needs. So, with Harold’s latest project, Life & Legacy, HGF works with local Federations to financially incentivize Jewish organizations into developing or enhancing endowment programs.

This winter, we were selected as a Life & Legacy community, and this month we kicked off our community’s Life & Legacy program. All local Jewish organizations are welcome to join us as we learn valuable endowment skills, which should benefit our entire communal infrastructure. You will be learning much more about Life & Legacy in the weeks and months ahead. Stay tuned…

Thank you so much, Harold, for your vision, leadership, and philanthropy. Your investment of many millions of dollars is having very real impact on Jews and Jewish communities around the globe.

Thank you to the board of Jewish Federation for your vision and leadership in buying into Harold’s vision. Your investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars is having very real impact on our local Jews and Jewish community.

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