Community Bonding

    Each year, The Birmingham Jewish Foundation, with support from our Community, conducts a drive to raise money to buy a large Israel bond for the Foundation.
    A donor may make a tax-deductible contribution of any amount to one of the many existing Foundation funds in an amount equivalent to a bond.  With a gift of $1,000 or more, a donor can open a new fund in our Foundation.  It may be unrestricted or designated for one of our local agencies, such as the Levite Jewish Community Center, The Birmingham Jewish Federation, Collat Jewish Family Services, the N.E. Miles Jewish Day School, or Knesseth Israel.
    Most importantly, each donation allows the Foundation to use all collected dollars to purchase an Israel Bond as part of its investment portfolio. Instead of actually buying a bond, the Birmingham Jewish Foundation will bill the donor for the donation and it will be considered a tax-deductible donation the Foundation. In addition, if the donor makes a gift equivalent to the cost of a bond, Israel Bonds will recognize the donor as a participant in its Bond drive. As with any charitable donation suggestion, check with your own financial advisers to make sure this fits in with your own tax planning.
    This year’s drive is a very special one and will be a part of an evening with outstanding honorees.  Rabbi Jonathan Miller, long time recently retired rabbi of Temple Emanu-El, is being honored for his dedication to the Birmingham Jewish Community, the State of Israel and Israel Bonds.
    The Foundation will be presenting the N.E. Miles Lifetime Achievement Award to Edward Goldberg. The Federation will be presenting the Joanie Plous Bayer Young Leadership Award to Jahan Berns and the Susan J. Goldberg Distinguished Volunteer Award to Jerry Held.
    Be a part of this special drive honoring all the honorees with a donation to the Birmingham Jewish Foundation’s Israel Bond Drive.  Please call Sally Friedman or Janet Aarons at 879-0416, or email sallyf@www.bjf.org, if you have any questions or if you have decided you would like to participate in this effort.

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