(December 8, 2021, United States, JNS Wire) Today, the Jewish Future Pledge recorded its 3000th Pledge and 3750th Youth Pledge. Launched in 2020, the Jewish Future Pledge can be signed by anyone who wants to help ensure the Jewish future, regardless of their age, background, net worth, or how much they plan to leave to charity. Pledgers commit that from the funds they do leave to charity at their passing, at least half will be earmarked to support the Jewish people and/or the State of Israel.
The movement recently announced its 2000th pledge, signed by philanthropist Harold Grinspoon. In only a month, 1000 more pledgers have signed, with the honor of being the 3000th belonging to David and Leanne Matlow of Toronto, Canada. More and more people around the world, at an increasingly rapid pace, are uniting around the common goal of securing the Jewish future for generations to come.
“We Jews alive today benefit from the investment, commitment, and sacrifice of those who preceded us. We inherited a Jewish world with a State of Israel (something we take for granted, but which for 40 generations was an impossible dream) and a vast array of Jewish schools, synagogues, camps, and other community organizations. We believe it is our responsibility to return the favour to generations who will follow us, to ensure that Israel and our communities remain strong and continue to thrive,” said David and Leanne Matlow in their pledge.
Reasons for pledging vary but include inspiring insights such as:
- “We need to take care of each other, through good and bad times.”
- “Action counts and doing well is better than thinking or speaking well.”
- “Being Jewish is a gift.”
- “It gives us an opportunity to engage with our adult children in meaningful conversations around the transmission of our Jewish values.”
“I started the Jewish Future Pledge so that every single person could have an impact on the Jewish future, and I am thrilled to see that vision becoming a reality,” said Jewish Future Pledge Founder Mike Leven. “These pledgers are helping to ignite a surge in Jewish pride and proving that they care about sustaining the Jewish people.”
Leven 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 is now nearing 4,000 pledges.
“I truly believe the Jewish Future Pledge is succeeding because the Jewish world sees that this movement is about focusing on the good in each other and what we have in common – it is about building bridges,” said Mr. Leven. “And involving the next generation is the most important bridge to build of all.”