Longtime Federation Givers Illuminate JJCF Golden Gathering (November 6, 2014)

About the Event
It was a golden morning for longtime Federation donors at the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation’s (JJCF) Golden Gathering on November 6! A crowd filled Zinman Hall as the Foundation honored Golden Givers, gracious individuals who have given to a UJA/Jewish Federation Annual Campaign for 18 years or more. The committed and generous group enjoyed breakfast, a program with “Theodor Herzl,” Klezmer music and stories of inspiration from longtime contributors.

Richard Steinberg, JJCF Chair and Matthew C. Levin, Federation President & CEO, welcomed the enthusiastic audience. Golden Gathering Chair Dorothy Wizer reflected on the “Golden” moments that inspired her to give to and affiliate with Jewish causes, before calling on three other Golden Givers to share their own powerful experiences: Joy Binkovitz, who has been contributing to the Federation since 1949; Bea Gold, involved with Federations for about 60 years, who remembered giving as a little girl to a “little old man with a beard” in order for him to collect in his “pushke;” and Joan Garde, a contributor for more than 55 years.

Wizer then welcomed her friend “Teddy” - “Theodor Herzl,” considered the founder of modern Zionism, who shared his dream of Jewish values and commitment to the Jewish people. The event also recognized Golden Givers who have contributed for at least 36 years, as well as Elyssa Kupferberg of Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, corporate sponsor of the Golden Gathering.

“Supporting the Jewish community, the State of Israel and the Jewish people worldwide through Federation gifts has been a source of pride and satisfaction for so many local residents, whose examples have motivated countless others,” said Wizer. “With the Golden Gathering, the local Jewish Federation and JJCF have created an opportunity to let them know how much we care about our Golden Givers, and to thank them for all they have done in the past and will continue to do in the future. Together, we truly make a remarkable difference.”


“At 15 years old I signed my first Campaign pledge card.... I don't remember whether it was for $5 or $10, but it was a significant and meaningful amount for me - and most definitely a Golden Moment in my memory. Since then, one Jew helping another Jew has been my way of life. Every dollar makes a difference.” ~ Dorothy Wizer

“I endowed my annual gift so I will support Jewish life in this community and Israel forever. Hence I established a Lion of Judah Endowment through the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation. As a proud LOJE, I know my values will live on.” ~Joy Binkovitz

“I am very blessed to have been married to my beloved late husband, Lee, for 70 years. Now at 95 years young, I am thrilled to stand before you to tell you how proud I am to be able to leave this legacy of giving for my family and to have my values live on through the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation.” ~Bea Gold

“With homes in two communities, I feel it is my obligation to contribute in perpetuity to the Federation in both, and I am proud to do so for the future of our Jewish people. Our unique generation can secure our future, and It gives me incredible satisfaction to know that my values will live on!” ~Joan Garde

Learn more about leaving your legacy by contacting Linda Hurst Director of Planned Giving & Endowments, at 561.852.3170 or lindah@bocafed.org.