L'DORon is a new initiative connecting our youngest donors to JUF through inter-generational giving. Grandparents are encouraged to make a JUF Annual Campaign gift on behalf of their grandchild(ren) at least until they reach Bar/Bat Mitzvah age (13). Some grandparents will continue to give the gift each year while others will pass the torch – and the responsibility for supporting our community – on to the next generation.
In Hebrew, "L'DORon" incorporates two key elements of this giving program. "Doron" means gift. "Dor" means generation, (like l'dor v'dor, from generation to generation). We couldn't imagine a better fit.
A L'DORon gift can be made at any time. The birth of a grandchild is an excellent place to start, but birthdays and Chanukah are also popular times to give on a grandchild's behalf. Gifts can be made through the JUF website or by phone at 312-357-4920.
When you make a gift, a special certificate will be mailed to your grandchild announcing that a L'DORon gift has been made to JUF on their behalf. In subsequent years, a L’DORon card will be mailed just before Rosh Hashannah. (The arrival of the certificate/cards provides a wonderful opportunity to talk to your grandchild about tzedakah and helping those in need). You will receive a corresponding thank you letter to confirm that it has been sent.
No. The purpose of L'DORon is to help grandparents demonstrate and teach their grandchildren about tzedakah in a personal, rewarding way, while introducing the importance of collective giving. Many children have piggy banks/tzedakah boxes and may wish to add to their JUF gift. This is welcome, of course, but by no means necessary. Upon reaching Bar/Bat Mitzvah age, we hope that grandchildren will then begin to make their own gift to JUF, no matter what size, to continue the beautiful tradition that was started on their behalf.
No. While L’DORon is geared toward grandparents and grandchildren, any relative or special friend can make a gift on behalf of a child they care about. Don’t let the “grand” language deter you; teaching children about tzedakah is a gift we all can give.
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