Life and Legacy

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One day Honi the Circle Maker saw an old man planting a carob tree, and asked, 'How long will it take for this tree to bear fruit?'
'70 years,' the old man replied.
Honi replied, 'But surely you won't live to see it?'
The old man answered, 'Perhaps not. But there were many carob trees planted before my time, which have provided fruit all my life. Just as others planted trees for me, I must plant trees for those to come next, so that they may enjoy the fruit as I have. It will be up to them to plant more trees for future generations.'

And so this has been the Jewish tradition ever since.

Help ensure a strong and enduring Jewish future by making a commitment to leave a planned gift from your retirement fund, insurance policy, or estate.

The Life & Legacy program is a partnership between the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, IU Hillel, and twelve other central Indiana Jewish organizations with the mission of strengthening and assuring that IU Hillel and the Jewish Community will have a strong and vibrant tomorrow.  

Life and Legacy assists communities across North America, through partnerships with Jewish Federations and Foundations, to promote after-lifetime giving to benefit Jewish day schools, synagogues, social service organizations and other Jewish entities.

A letter from Rabbi Sue

How do I leave my legacy?

Why should you include IU Hillel in your estate planning?

  • To pass your values to your family and your community
  • To express your desire for a vibrant Jewish future at IHC
  • To continue the traditions and programs you love here
  • To be part of something bigger than yourself
  • To do something for the future that you might not be able to do today

How do you participate?

  • Reflect on your Jewish passions and your vision for a Jewish future.
  • Have a conversation with a member of the Life and Legacy team.
  • Discover ways to leave a future gift that makes the most sense for you and your family.
  • Sign a Letter of Intent, and mail or fax it to IU Hillel. 
  • Formalize your commitment by making the relevant changes to your will, retirement account beneficiaries, life insurance policy, or other estate plan. It can be a percentage or specific dollar amount.