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Welcome to the March edition of the Jewish Future Pledge Newsletter!

Pledges to date: The Jewish Future Pledge reached 14,864 pledgers, and the Jewish Youth Pledge now has 11,684 youth Pledgers!

In this edition:

  • Meet Pledger Andre Tarraf, who’s building Jewish communities in both Brazil and Florida
  • See how to structure your Legacy Letter
  • Everything new and newsworthy at The Jewish Future Pledge, including how JNF-USA and the Pledge are working in tandem, five takeaways around antisemitism in America, and American Jewry’s changing landscape.
Pledger Spotlight: Andre Tarraf

Why Are You Committed to a Jewish Future?

L’dor V’dor – from generation to generation. While I don’t have my own children yet, I want my nieces and nephews to have the opportunities that I didn’t, and to keep the Jewish values and faith that have been passed down for generations. Without the commitment of generations before me, I wouldn’t even be here to sit in my great-grandfather’s chair. I’d like my future children or grandchildren to have the opportunity to sit in that chair as well. 

We are always looking forward despite any adversity. If we don’t do it, then who will do it for us? 

What’s it like being Jewish in Brazil? 

Jews make up less than 1% of Brazil’s population. I had no antisemitic experiences growing up there, but it felt strange to be different in a nation that was 98% Roman Catholic. That’s why it was so important to be involved in helping to found São Paulo’s first Moishe House, a global program creating communal spaces for Jewish young adults in major cities. I’m very hands-on in my involvement because I want to see the programs. I want to be there. I don’t want to just write a check. Just like in the construction business, there’s a certain magic to laying the first brick on the floor and building from the ground up. 

To learn more about Andre’s story and what being Jewish means to him, click here.

How To: Structuring Your Legacy Letter

Sometimes it’s easier to write your deepest thoughts than it is to speak them. A legacy letter lives on long after you are gone. Even if the letter isn’t still around, the wisdom and love expressed in the letter will always stay with those who read it.

Here are some ways you can divide your Legacy Letter

1. The Why

You may think your family knows what you believe and hold dear, but they won’t really understand until you articulate these beliefs yourself. 

2. Praise and Thanks

Sometimes we think we’ve said it all or that others know we love them – even without words. But people hold on to words of love. They linger in our memories.

3. Your Family Story

Share the salient points of your family narrative that have had the most profound impact on you.

4. The Values You Learned from Your Family Story

Identify the values involved and how they influenced you. It might be around Jewish pride, doing what’s right and just, or having a strong work ethic. 

5. Your Jewish Life

What have been the major milestones in your Jewish life? Your Jewish life is unique to you, even if others share aspects of your story.

And don’t forget to keep it short and sweet! Write everything out that you want to say and then edit yourself. You’ll be able to identify repetitions and tighten the language so that it reflects your deepest and most unadorned feelings.

Visit the Jewish Future Pledge’s Resources webpage for more insights and services for how to share your Jewish story.

New and Newsworthy

Helping Jewish National Fund-USA create the world of tomorrow with the Jewish Future Pledge – The Jerusalem Post 

Speaking of the Jewish Future Pledge, Robinson says, “We raise our children, and we’re assuming they’re going to be part of the Jewish community, and our own estates are going to be part of that as well. The Jewish Future Pledge starts that conversation.”

5 Key Takeaways from AJC’s State of Antisemitism in American Report 2022 –

For too many American Jews, being Jewish no longer feels as safe as it once did. And the younger those American Jews are, the more they experience that threat firsthand. How affected are American Jews by rising antisemitism? Does the general public understand the weight they carry? Here are five key takeaways from the American Jewish Committee’s recent report on the State of Antisemitism in America.

Leaning into American Jewry’s changing landscape – eJewish Philanthropy

Many Americans, like many Israelis, are concerned by what is happening in Israel right now. These are indeed real challenges. Yet, in moments like this, it is even more important for those of us who love Israel to help bring it closer and make it more accessible, writes Dan Elbaum, head of North America at The Jewish Agency for Israel.


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