JCF Legacy Celebration: Recapping an Inspiring Evening
Mark Twain said, "The two most important days in our life are the day you are born and the day you find out why."
The Jewish Community Foundation, Inc. held its 2021 Legacy Celebration on November 16th, featuring inspirational keynote speaker Rabbi Daniel Cohen, and this famous quote from author Mark Twain provided a memorable tie-in to the discussion.
Rabbi Cohen recently published a book titled, "What Will They Say About You When You Are Gone? Creating a Life of Legacy," and it focuses on how living your legacy today will impact people all around you, as well as future generations. (Note: If you would like a signed copy of the book for $10, please contact the JCF today.)
The JCF hosted this meaningful program via Zoom, and community members from over 40 households took part. You can watch the video via JLink (free registration is required).
At 6:30, prior to the main program at 7:00, the JCF welcomed its Board members to a 20-minute "VIP" gathering with Rabbi Cohen, who invited participants to share memories that left an impact on each person, even up to today. Perhaps it was one's grandmother cooking for Passover, and then one's mother taking over the role, and passing this tradition on to their children or grandchildren. Or singing a beloved song in the car with a sister during road trips. Or talking to lonely seniors who have no others to talk with. These little memories may have only lasted a minute or two at the time, but can stick with you, impact their lives and yours, and can even be passed on to future generations.
As Rabbi Cohen shared, "In just a few minutes we can take a memory that is fleeting and light a flame for the rest of others lives." He encouraged attendees to ask themselves the question: "What can I do with my family that will create in-- just a few minutes-- a memory that they’ll never forget?"
During the main program, Rabbi Cohen shared some of his personal experiences as well as words of wisdom from Jewish and secular sources such as the Talmud, Viktor Frankl, and the aforementioned Twain, about how and why we can help one another, even in small ways. Perhaps you may say a blessing to your children or grandchildren every Shabbat; or drop off cookies to first responders for Thanksgiving; or invite loved ones over for songs and donuts (and latkes!) on Chanukah. All are simple things that can go a long way.
Now is a great time to think about your personal legacy, and the JCF also encourages you to consider you lasting, philanthropic legacy.
Please contact us today at 856-673-2528 if you would like to learn how you can create your Jewish legacy today.