Legacy Giving with Jewish Community Action: Reflections with Former JCA Board Chair Andrea Rubenstein.

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When it comes to arranging a legacy commitment, Andrea Rubenstein says it was an "easy decision to make" because of how she feels about JCA. JCA's commitment to social justice is something she takes very seriously, both for herself and for the Jewish community in general. 

Andrea was on the first trip JCA took to Postville, Iowa – the location of one of the largest ICE raids in history, and the location of a protest and march JCA participated in - and cites it as a memorable experience. From there, involvement with annual meetings and a close relationship with one of JCA's founders drew her to get more involved and eventually participate by being on the board. She stayed involved because of a deep love for the work and the staff of JCA. 

When it came time to plan JCA's 20th Anniversary celebration, Andrea got involved and says that helping plan the celebration really hit home. "I realized I want JCA - its work, its leadership, its connections in the community - to go on forever," she said. For her, making a legacy gift commitment has been part of ensuring a future for JCA. 

JCA has participated in the Life & Legacy program, a partnership program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, for 3 years now. The Life & Legacy program supports Jewish communities in securing after-lifetime gifts from people across all swatches of the community.

When asked about her hope for the Jewish community in the future, Andrea laughed and said she hopes it will all look like JCA. In a more serious tone, she noted that she hopes the broader Jewish community will share JCA's values--a deep commitment to racial and economic justice. She’s still working with JCA to make that dream a reality. And one day, her legacy gift will be part of bringing it about, too.

If you're interested in participating in the Life & Legacy program, please reach out to JCA's Development and Membership Associate, Gemma Kumaraea at gemma@jewishcommunityaction.org

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