What will your legacy be?
Lord Jeremy Beecham
Every one of us has a story: how our strong connection with Israel started, and how our hopes for Israel and its future became a meaningful part of our lives.
Along this journey, like you, I discovered the New Israel Fund as the vehicle for both voicing my values and acting on them. Since that moment, together, we have supported battles for women’s rights, for the rights of Arab citizens of Israel, for religious freedom, and migrants. Together, we have fueled efforts to empower Israel’s most vulnerable and close socio-economic gaps. And perhaps most important of all, we have strengthened and expanded the foundations of Israel’s democracy.
These values that we fight for our values written in Israel’s founding documents and etched into our collective identity. Yet bettering Israel – repairing Israel – can extend beyond our deep, current commitment. It can be an ongoing tribute to our values.
November is Jewish Legacy Month, a dedicated time in the year to consider legacy giving.
I am personally committed to making sure that NIF remains a powerful and effective organisation far into the future, helping to make Israel the source of “freedom, justice and peace” for all its’ citizens— as was intended in Israel’s Declaration of Independence.
The word “legacy,” in both Hebrew and Latin, conveys the importance of transmitting an inheritance from generation to generation. At this critical point in history, we need to fortify and transmit our hopes for a just, equitable, and democratic Israel to future generations.
Legacy gifts – which are made by naming NIF as a beneficiary of a will – are a great way to do that. They provide vital financial security and stability for our work.
This, in turn, gives us the flexibility to safeguard Israel’s democracy as times change and new challenges arise.
You’ve already demonstrated your commitment to human rights and equality in Israel. I hope you will consider making these values a part of your legacy.
No gift is too small to make a significant difference. Every legacy gift to NIF makes an impact.
Lord Jeremy Beecham, Trustee, New Israel Fund