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Recognition Societies

Planned Giving and Endowments

The Star of David Society

The Star of David Society of the Jewish Federation system is an elite national recognition program that honors outstanding philanthropists through special events and publications.

A Perpetual Annual Campaign Endowment (PACE) or Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE) contribution of $200,000 or other permanent endowment of $500,000 or more secures your participation in The Star of David Society. You can provide unrestricted funds to help meet future community needs or provide permanent resources to aid identified programs, projects, agencies, organizations, or initiatives that are of particular interest to you and your family.

Join these exemplary donors whose commitment to the Jewish community extends beyond the present.

You can find the current issue of The Star of David Society e-Newsletter here.

Heritage Society

The Heritage Society pays tribute to individuals that have included The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) in their wills or in other legacy gifts. These gifts not only help to ensure that the lifesaving work of JFNA continues far beyond a donor's lifetime, but they also inspire others to give generously to nurture and sustain the Jewish community at home, in Israel and around the world.

If you have provided for a legacy gift to JFNA, we would like to show our appreciation and recognize you during your lifetime. Please let us know if you have:
  • Left a bequest to JFNA in your will
  • Designated JFNA as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy
  • Designated JFNA as a beneficiary of your retirement assets
  • Named JFNA as a charitable beneficiary of a trust

Other documented gifts may qualify you as a member of the Heritage Society. For more information about our Heritage Society and how you may become a member, please contact us.

Annual Campaign

Leadership Roundtable

Donors whose Annual Campaign gifts to their local Federations total $1 million or more come together at the Leadership Roundtable to examine significant issues, develop relationships and work with each other to strengthen Israel and Jewish communities. The Leadership Roundtable is a significant new initiative that includes a slate of opportunities developed exclusively for some of the Jewish world's most powerful voices. As a member of this group, you will address the Federation movement's most pressing issues with other critical stakeholders whose philanthropy has demonstrated a deep commitment to local, national and global projects in the Jewish community. To learn more, contact Beverly Woznica.

International Leadership Reunion

The International Leadership Reunion (ILR) is an international gathering sponsored jointly by The Jewish Federations of North America and Keren Hayesod (world-wide Jewry excluding the USA) for major philanthropic leaders who contribute a minimum of $250,000 to the Annual Campaign in their local communities and who share a deep interest in supporting Israel and Jewish communities around the world. Donors who attend ILR represent world Jewry from North and South America, Australia, Europe, Israel and South Africa.

If you qualify as a member, the ILR gives you and your adult children a unique opportunity to spend three stimulating days in the company of friends, old and new, from all around the world. The ILR program always promises to be exciting and informative, offering you the highest caliber of speakers, tours and events. Whenever the ILR meets, the event is held in a different city. To learn more, contact Beverly Woznica.

Prime Minister's Council

The Prime Minister's Council is a community of Jewish Federation donors who share an abiding passion for the work of the Federation system and provide leadership in their communities and throughout North America. You become a member of the Prime Minister's Council if you give $100,000 or more to the Annual Campaign or have established an endowment at the Prime Minister's Council level, (i.e., $2 million or more) at your local Federation, Jewish Community Foundation or JFNA. As a member, you will be invited to unique missions and other programs offered through JFNA that provide elite access, candid conversation and fellowship. To learn more, contact Beverly Woznica.

King David Society

The King David Society (KDS) is a community of philanthropists who contribute $25,000 or more to the Annual Campaign. If you give at this level, your Federation or JFNA will offer you a variety of opportunities to be engaged, educated, involved and inspired. You will have the chance to meet and mingle with your peers from Jewish communities across North America. To learn more, contact Beverly Woznica.

VIP Services

The VIP Department serves major Jewish Federation and Network donors and their "next generation" family members, designing tailor-made boutique visits planned with their special interests in mind. VIP visits focus on Annual Campaign programs and others supported by a donor's Federation or Network Community. These exclusive benefits are available to you if you give $10,000 or more to the Annual Campaign. As a VIP donor, you have the unique opportunity to "see your dollars at work" through visits to programs run by JFNA's partners, including the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), World ORT and the Ethiopian National Project (ENP). VIP Israel also provides high-level briefings by Israeli opinion-makers and government officials. To learn more, contact Arlene Berland.

Any tax consequences described on this page are based on U.S. federal tax law. Charitable deductions from state and local taxes or from Canadian and provincial taxes may not be available to the same extent as from U.S. federal taxes. The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) does not provide legal advice. Donors are encouraged to seek independent tax and legal counsel. You may read JFNA's charitable solicitation disclosure statement here and important information about endowment gifts and bequests to JFNA here.