Annual Campaign Endowment Societies
The Lester Society
The Lester Society recognizes generous donors who support Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ’s UJA Annual Campaign through endowment commitments of $100,000 or more. Established by William (z’’l) and Betty (z’’l) Lester in 1993, it was one of the first Jewish community endowment societies in the country. Read more.
Lion of Judah Endowment
When a Lion of Judah endows her UJA Annual Campaign gift by establishing an endowment of at least $100,000, she makes a commitment to support, sustain, and build Jewish life in perpetuity—across the street and around the world. It is the most precious legacy a woman can leave. Read more.
Lester Society and Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE) donors, about 400 individuals and couples past and present, provide resources to secure our community’s future. Their legacies and commitments total about $100 million. Last year, the legacy gifts of past Lester Society and LOJE donors accounted for nearly 10 percent of the Federation’s UJA Annual Campaign.
New Century Fund
The New Century Fund, an historic effort to raise hundreds of legacy gifts between $10,000-$99,999. These new legacy gifts will build upon the existing endowments which provide the single largest gift to the Annual Campaign each year.
For the first time, the New Century Fund gives an opportunity for many of our most loyal and committed donors to ensure that their annual gift to our community lives on in their name in perpetuity. They will be recognized for securing the future of our Greater MetroWest Jewish community.
For example, a $36,000 bequest will ensure that an $1,800 gift to the UJA Campaign of our Federation will continue for generations. Many of these gifts will be made through bequest or other planned (after lifetime) gifts, though one may choose to fulfill their gift during their lifetime.
The Ner Tamid Society
These distinguished donors have supported Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ’s UJA Annual Campaign for 25 years or more. Their giving, at any level, sustains Jewish values and ensures the future of the Jewish community locally, in Israel, and around the world. Read more.
The Herskowitz Society
These donors have given $100,000 or more to Jewish day school endowments in our community. Their generosity is a cornerstone of the Greater MetroWest Day School Initiative, one of the leading community-wide day school endowment programs in North America. Read more.