(October 13, 2021, JNS Wire) Today, noted Jewish philanthropist Harold Grinspoon – the Founder of PJ Library, Life & Legacy, and JCamp 180 – became the 2,000th signer of the Jewish Future Pledge. Individuals from around the world have taken the Jewish Future Pledge, committing that at the time of their passing, at least 50 percent of their philanthropic resources will be earmarked for causes and organizations that support the Jewish people and/or the State of Israel. Launched in 2020, the Jewish Future Pledge can be signed by anyone who wants to help secure the Jewish future, regardless of their age, background, net worth or how much they plan to leave to charity. It has rapidly expanded partnerships with Jewish organizations across North America.
The diverse group of pledgers are from across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Panama, Ireland, UK, and Israel, and share the common goal of securing the Jewish future for generations to come.
“I want future generations to experience a world that allows them to embrace their Jewish roots, find meaning in Jewish living, and stand tall with pride,” said Harold Grinspoon upon signing the pledge. “We must cultivate philanthropic giving to secure the future of the Jewish programs and organizations that are the fabric of our community.”
Grinspoon established the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) in 1991 with the mission of enhancing Jewish life. The Foundation’s philosophy is infused with Harold’s business acumen and works to promote visionary ideas, dynamic partnerships, with a focus on return on investment and a drive to understand and meet the needs of people served.
“During my lifetime and upon my passing, nearly all my assets will be directed to the Harold Grinspoon Foundation so that together with other philanthropic partners we can strengthen and grow the Jewish community through welcoming, engaging and stimulating opportunities for connection with our Jewish tradition and with one another,” Grinspoon added.
“We are honored that Harold Grinspoon has become the 2,000th signer of the Jewish Future Pledge. These pledgers are helping to ignite a surge in Jewish pride and proving that they care about sustaining the Jewish people,” said Jewish Future Pledge Founder Mike Leven. “I am thrilled to see the rapid growth of pledgers joining our movement. The community we have built is proof of just how bright the Jewish future can be through our unified commitment to one another and the next generations.”
In the last year, Leven has also spearheaded the launch of the Jewish Youth Pledge, an initiative that asks Jewish teens to commit their time, talent, and energy over the course of their lifetime to strengthen the Jewish people and the land of Israel. With the assistance of several test organizations, JNF, AEPi, NCSY, and BBYO, the Jewish Youth Pledge has garnered the support of nearly 3,000 pledgers.
About the Jewish Future Pledge: The Jewish Future Pledge is a worldwide movement inspiring Jews of all backgrounds to commit that from the charity they leave at their passing, no matter how large or small, at least half is earmarked to support the Jewish people and/or the State of Israel. Learn more at https://jewishfuturepledge.
About the Jewish Youth Pledge: The Jewish Youth Pledge asks Jewish teens and young adults, ages 13-29, to take active roles throughout their lifetimes to strengthen the Jewish people and the land of Israel. It calls on them to actively contribute their unique talents in a range of ways to strengthen the global Jewry, committing to the local Jewish community and the land of Israel.
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