736 Create a Jewish Legacy is an initiative of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation designed to help individuals and families support the Jewish causes they care about; building a strong, vibrant community, now and in the future with bequests for permanent endowments.  It promotes the message that all of us, regardless of age, wealth, or affiliation, have the ability to make a difference for future Jewish generations.


Alma and Howard Laderberg endow the Virginia Festival of Jewish

The Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, a signature event for the JCC, is now in its 19th year, and, through the generosity of Howard Laderberg will be alive for decades to come.

Alma* and Howard Laderberg have long roots in the Tidewater Jewish community, and were very involved in a number of both Jewish and non Jewish organizations. Settling in Portsmouth, they raised their 4 children there, and were active members of Gomley Chesed Congregation.  Portsmouth was then a fairly self-contained Jewish community, and Howard, the owner of two furniture stores in the area. Read more.

Our participating affiliates include:
•    Beth Sholom Home & Village
•    Jewish Family Services
•    Ohef Sholom
•    Temple Israel
•    United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula
•    United Jewish Federation of Tidewater


"I did not find the world desolate when I entered it. 
And as my parents planted for me before I was born,
so do I plant for those who will come after me."

792 Why Create a Jewish Legacy?
Jewish tradition teaches that one of our key duties is to make the world a better place for future generations.  The simple truth is without bequests and planned giving we will not be prepared for the future needs of our community.  It is essential we plan ahead to keep our Jewish community strong for generations.

Securing your gift now will ensure the education of our children, make certain our elderly will always be cared for, and assure that the Jewish traditions and culture we hold dear will live on and flourish.  It’s a way for you to be there when help is needed.

Chances are you already donate generously to the Jewish charitable organizations of your choice. But have you considered including those organizations in your will, so you can continue to make a difference for generations to come?

Whether you use a will or other estate planning vehicle, your generosity can do a world of good. An estate planning professional can help you start this rewarding process.

Your legacy can reflect everything that is most important and meaningful to you. The legacy planning process can engender heartfelt conversations with your family and build bonds with your partners in the community.

The act of creating a legacy empowers you to complete the work of your heart, and to enjoy the peace that it brings.

How to Create a Jewish Legacy

For more information on endowments to Create a Jewish Legacy, please call us at (757) 965-6111 or email Robert C. Pozen, Director of Gift Planning, at rpozen@ujft.org.

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