ADVISORS PHILANTHROPY INITIATIVE
The Advisors Philanthropy Initiative (API) is comprised of professional money managers, insurance, stock brokers, trust officers, CPAs, and attorneys.
API creates partnerships within the professional community that have the ability to motivate potential donors. Our job is to educate our professionals on the work of the Federation, locally and globally. The objective is to secure planned gifts for the Jewish Community Foundation. Members of API are provided opportunities to connect with their colleagues, fulfill their continuing education requirements through seminars, as well as participate in social gatherings throughout the year. Advisors who secure planned gifts for the Jewish Community Foundation will become members of our Mitzvah Society and will be honored at our bi-annual Cocktail & Awards Reception.
Our Mission is Simple:
Promote philanthropic discussions and giving from clients of professional advisors to the Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Broward County and its beneficiary agencies.
Come Join Us:
Become an official member of Advisors Philanthropy Initiative (API) and help the Jewish Community Foundation promote philanthropic discussions and giving throughout our communities.
Reasons to Join:
Become more proficient at fulfilling the philanthropic needs of your clients
Network with like-minded colleagues
Educate professionals on the work of the Federation, both local and international, and its partner agencies and synagogues
We Cannot Do This Alone:
Thank you to the following advisors who referred their clients to us and helped grow our foundation to the $115+ million that it is today.
Jeffrey A. Baskies
Howard N. Bienenfeld
Marvin T. Bornstein
Herbert Jay Cohen
Alan B. Cohn
Randy S. Friedlander
Gene K. Glasser
Thomas O. Katz
Corinne R. Korn
Les S. Kushner
Denise A. Lettau
Jack R. Loving
Bonnie S. Miller
Richard B. Sabra
David B. Schulman
Sheri F. Schultz
Joseph L. Schwartz
David M. Scully
Barbara A. Shore
David A. Shulman
Eric W. Sulzberger
Donald R. Tescher
Benjamin A. Tobias
Ricky J. Weiss
API CHAIR, MARC LOWELL
Marc Lowell, CLU, ChFC Pres/CEO The A.I.D. Group | Financial, Estate, Investment, Insurance, Planning/Co-Founder NYSE Financial Services Co.
- University of Florida BSBA Finance
- 2-year President of the West Broward Estate Planning Council (2018-2020)
- Co-founder of National Financial Partners (NFP) Member Firm (NYSE IPO 2003)
- Educator for Continuing Education in Florida for CPA’s (CPE), Attorney’s (CLE) and Insurance Advisors (CE)
- Selected to appear in the 2020 Top 100 People in Finance Magazine
- Specialist in Estate and Income tax mitigation strategies
- Expertise with HNW Wealth Management
- Founder The A.I.D. Group and its Member Firms - A.I.D. Wealth Management, Advisors Insurance Design, and The 401kompany
- Member of multiple charitable and industry specific Boards of Directors
- Public speaker for professional’s business development training
- South Florida business leader for over 33 years
API Lunch & Learn Webinars
We are proud to share our API Lunch & Learn recorded webinars for additional learning opportunities.
Your Legacy…Our Promise
An Individualized Concierge Professional Care Management Program for Individual
WHO WE ARE
The story of the Jewish people began with a promise: "Every Jew is responsible for the other." For those individuals who are creating their Jewish legacy and promising impact for future generations by committing a qualified endowment to the Jewish Community Foundation, we promise Chai Care. Chai Care is an individualized care management program for individuals Ages 65+.
The Chai Care program delivers comprehensive advocacy for people confronted with the challenges of aging through individualized care management. Chai Care’s professional team is trained in gerontology, social work, nursing, healthcare, and counseling. The team makes specific recommendations, and they become a part of the individual's extended family, helping to assure advocacy, referral, and support.
HOW WE HELP
Chai Care helps our donors on an individual basis depending on their needs, through initial and ongoing assessment and monitoring, planning and problem solving, education and advocacy and caregiver coaching and support.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE
Donors who make an irrevocable endowment of $100,000+ to one or more of our Jewish Community Foundation's Vision Funds may be eligible for our Chai Care program starting at the age of 65.
CHAI CARE'S IMPACT
Chai Care has raised over $12 million for needy Jews in Broward County, Israel and around the world. Since inception, Chai Care has touched the lives of 36 donors and their families, and currently there are 179 donors that are eligible to be part of the program.
The Newsletter for Chai Care, a program of the Jewish Community Foundation of Broward County
2020 - 2021
2019 - 2020
Oprah Winfrey once said, “To move forward, you have to give back,” and that is precisely what Gina Shull exudes on a daily basis. As an in-home health care practitioner, she witnessed the implications of seniors in isolation and its impact on their mental health. With a heart of gold, Gina made it her life…
Sam and Audrey Meline have dedicated their lives to giving back through philanthropy. The couple, married 61 years, were born, raised and educated in Boston. After graduation, Sam served as a dentist in the US Army, stationed in Munich, Germany for 2 years. It was from there that in 1959, they made their first trip…
For Susan Meyerson, joining the Chai Care program with the Jewish Federation of BrowardCounty, was a vital choice. Through her friendship with Chai Care Chair, Carol Lasek, she became aware of the program and the benefits. At 82 years young, Susan opted to utilize the Chai Care program to ensure that her life would be…
Dr. Joe Alexander is the type of man to hold the door for passers-by and give just the right greeting to each one. His greatest cheerleader and wife, Robbi Alexander, is the type of woman to give you a piece of her heart and educated perspective that you hadn’t realized you needed. The Alexanders win…
Lori Adelson has inspired many as she turned her journey in South Florida into her life’s mission. In her brief, experience-rich 6 years as a leader in the Jewish Federation of Broward County, Lori has been actively living her legacy by sharing her voice, mentoring aspiring leaders and unifying her philanthropic, professional and legal worlds…
AGING & CAREGIVER SUPPORT
Appointment times are limited. No drop-ins, please. To schedule a session, call Esther Cohen at 954-252-6952.
Who We Are:
The Jewish Women's Foundation (JWF) Trustees are a group of philanthropic women who are committed to transforming the lives of Jewish women and girls and fostering life-long social change, one woman at a time. Through our generous allocation of innovative grants, programs here in Broward County and Israel are making a real difference by providing educational opportunities, crisis relief, and advocacy. JWF Trustees are decision-makers—analyzing needs, comparing grants, voting on grant applications, and evaluating outcomes.
Our Guiding Values:
JWF has proudly allocated over $209,900 in grants to help transform the lives of women and girls in Broward County and Israel.
JWF Trustees & Membership Information
Individual membership shall be through a financial contribution in one of five categories:
Trustees make a $10,000 commitment, payable over five (5) years. Trustees in good standing are those who have paid a minimum of $2,000 per calendar year. At the completion of five (5) years, Trustees may renew their membership by making a $5,000 commitment, also payable over five (5) years.
YOUNG WOMAN TRUSTEE (UNDER 40)
Young Woman Trustees make a $5,000 commitment, which may be payable over five (5) years. Young Woman Trustees in good standing are those who have paid a minimum of $1,000 per calendar year. At the completion of five (5) years, Young Woman Trustees may renew their membership by making a $5,000 commitment, also payable over five (5) years.
LION OF JUDAH TRUSTEE
Current Lions of Judah make a $5,000 commitment, which may be payable over five (5) years. LOJ Trustees in good standing are those who have paid a minimum of $1,000 per calendar year. At the completion of five (5) years, LOJ Trustees may renew their membership by making a $5,000 commitment, also payable over five (5) years. LOJ Trustees must maintain their LOJ status in order to be considered a LOJ Trustee.
Lifetime Trustees make a one-time commitment of $50,000, which may be payable over five (5) years. Lifetime Trustees in good standing are those who have paid $10,000 per calendar year.
Multi-Generational Trustees make a one-time commitment of $100,000, which may be payable over five (5) years. The original member may appoint additional family members to join them as Multi-Generational Trustees. Original Multi-Generational Trustees in good standing are those who have paid $20,000 per calendar year.
as of September 2020
JWF Grants Awards & Application Information
2021 Grant Co-Chairs:
Sheryl Greenwald & Robbin Newman
COVID Emergency Grant - $10,000
Awarded to the Goodman Jewish Family Services (GJFS). Funds will be distributed to single moms who are clients of GJFS. These funds will go to rent emergency assistance and other immediate needs such as electric and other bills. Additionally, GJFS will distribute gift cards to these same moms, $100 per adult and $50 per child as needed. The distribution of gift cards may be made over a 2-month period.
JWF Scholarship Fund - $20,000
This is a scholarship fund for women, regardless of age, who have been affected by the COVID pandemic and who need to re-train, re-direct their careers and/or return to the workforce.
The Jewish Women’s Foundation Scholarship Fund awards dollars (a minimum of $1.000) to prospective Broward Technical College ("BTC") female students who have been affected by COVID-19. Those awarded scholarships would enter the “Career in a Year” Program(s) and participate in its online platform beginning on August 1st.
Recipe for Success - $5,000
Awarded to Be'er Sova, this program provides culinary training, skill-building and emotional support to help southern Israeli women age 20 – 60 who suffer from nutritional security and unemployment to break free of the cycle of poverty, eventually becoming financially independent and ensuring long-term job retention in the food industry
Tech Training with Guaranteed Jobs for Negev Women - $10,000
Awarded to Eretz-Ir, this is a holistic 4-month comprehensive training program for 20 women age 22 - 35, followed by a 4-month paid internship program that will teach young women to build websites using the WIX platform. Graduates will be able to work from home, with guaranteed 2-year job placements with TribeStudio and Eretz Ir will continue providing support for program graduates for the first 6 months
Your Voice, Your Choice - $7,500
($5,400 plus a $2,100 match from the Sam Berman Foundation)
Awarded to Goodman Jewish Family Services, this program will consist of workshops to promote safety, security, strength, and self-esteem for teens and young adults. The workshops include topics such as safe dating, healthy relationship, consent, bullying, identify abuse, speaking up, how to get help and debunking myths about abuse in the Jewish community
Women's Jewish Leadership Fellowship - $5,800
($3,600 plus a $2.200 match from the Sam Berman Foundation)
Awarded to Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach, this 10-week theme-based seminar will include the study of rabbinic texts alongside contemporary analogs, learning skills to express and defend themselves, leadership skills, weekly dinners together, and including and Shabbat experiences. The cohort will have 12-15 participants and include a JLF unpaid intern who will help to create a feeling of sisterhood amongst the group.
Jewish Women’s Foundations Grants as of Dec 2020: $209,900
Goodman Jewish Family Services - $7,500
The program Your Voice Your Choice is a series of workshops geared to promote safety, security, strength, and self-esteem for teens and young adults. The workshops include topics such as safe dating, healthy relationships, and consent, bullying, identifying abuse, speaking up, how to get help, and debunking myths about abuse in the Jewish community.
Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach - $5,800
The program Women’s Jewish Leadership Fellowship is a 10-week theme-based seminar led by the Hillel Rabbi and NSU Engagement Associate with study of rabbinic texts alongside contemporary analogs, learning skills to express and defend themselves, leadership skills, weekly dinners together, and including Hillel JLF interns to enhance the social interactions in and outside of class, and Shabbat experiences together as a cohort.
Be’er Sova - $5,000
The program The Recipe for Success Project provides culinary training, skill-building and emotional support to help southern Israeli women who suffer from nutritional insecurity and unemployment to break free of the cycle of poverty, eventually becoming financially independent and ensuring long-term job retention in the food industry
Eretz-Ir - $10,000
The program Tech Training with Guaranteed Jobs for Negev Women is a holistic 4-month comprehensive training program, followed by a 4-month paid internship program that will teach young women to build websites using the WIX platform. Graduates will be able to work from home, with guaranteed 2-year job placements with TribeStudio and Eretz Ir will continue providing support for program graduates for the first 6 months
JWF COVID Emergency Grants – This includes a generous match from the Sam Berman Charitable Foundation
$10,000 JWF Emergency Grant
Awarded to the Goodman Jewish Family Services (GJFS). Funds will be distributed to single moms who are clients of GJFS. These funds will go to rent emergency assistance and other immediate needs such as electricity and other bills. Additionally, GJFS will distribute gift cards to these same moms, $100 per adult and $50 per child as needed. The distribution of gift cards may be made over a 2-month period.
$10,000 JWF Scholarship Fund
This is a scholarship fund for women, regardless of age, who have been affected by the COVID pandemic and who need to re-train, re-direct their careers, and/or return to the workforce.
The Jewish Women’s Foundation Scholarship Fund awards dollars (a minimum of $500) to prospective Broward Technical College ("BTC") female students who have been affected by COVID-19. Those awarded scholarships would enter the “Career in a Year” Program(s) and participate in its online platform beginning on August 1st.
WOMEN FOR FUTURE LEADERSHIP $5,000
Awarded to WEPOWER in Tel Aviv, Israel, this grant helps to identify and train women to become leaders in their local area, promote change, and take on public roles. WePower is the only NGO in Israel which proactively focuses on advancing women to top influential positions at the highest decision-making levels in government and in the public arena, thus propelling social change leading to a more equal, civic society.
PROMOTING HEALTHY SEXUALITY WITH GIRLS AT RISK $8,000
Awarded to ORR SHALOM FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH AT RISK in Beit Shemesh, Israel, this grant focuses on the damage caused by sexual abuse and educates the girls towards healthy sexuality. Orr Shalom is a non-profit organization that rescues Israel’s children who have been removed from their homes by the social welfare services following severe abuse, neglect, and tragedy. By providing safe loving homes, educational, psychological, and material support, Orr Shalom enables the children in its care to break the cycle of abuse, overcome their past and prepare for life as independent adults.
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT FOR THE ACTIVE ADULT $11,000
($5,000 plus a $5,000 match from the Sam Berman Foundation and a $1,000 from an anonymous donor)
Awarded to the DAVID POSNACK JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER in Broward County, this grant focuses on personal safety, including cyber theft and scams, financial stability and planning, and mental and physical wellbeing for women. The mission of the DPJCC is to enrich lives by connecting people through cultural, educational, social, recreational, and wellness programs in an environment of fun, friendship, and unity.
Production of Movies for Sexual Abuse Prevention Workshops for Young Adults and to Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace - $8,000
Awarded to Tahel – Crisis Center for Religious Women and Children, this grant will go to help produce 2 films to prevent sexual abuse and harassment in the workplace. The films will be used in workshops and a digital campaign and will be available on USB so they can be discreetly distributed. Most noteworthy, the films are suitable to the sensitivities of the ultra-Orthodox community.
Women's Mentorship Initiative - $8,000
Awarded to Southern NCSY, this program pairs teenage women in the 9th – 12th grades with successful, accomplished women who have made an impact in their community. During the yearlong program, the mentors will show and teach the teenage cohort that it is possible to be strong influential women in today's world who can be heard and affect change to make their communities a better place.
Change the Culture $20,000
($5,000 plus an additional $15,000 from a partnership with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, JWF of South Palm Beach, and JWF of the Greater Palm Beaches)
Awarded to Jewish Women's International JWI, this multifaceted program for Jewish college students tackles the epidemic of campus sexual assault with the goal of changing attitudes, supporting survivors, empowering women, and engaging men as allies JWI will partner with the University of Miami Hillel and Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach on their NSU and FAU campuses. The program will include training for peer leaders and professional staff, film screenings and discussion, a Shabbat dinner program, workshops, and a public awareness campaign.
Wellness and Retreat for Mom's Raising Children with Special Needs - $15,000
$12,000 plus a $3,000 match from the Sam Berman Foundation
Awarded to JAFCO, the Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Organization, this grant supports and empowers Jewish mothers of children with developmental disabilities through weekly support groups, monthly parent education services, social activities, a special wellness retreat, all geared to support women in making positive change for themselves, their children their families and the community as a whole.
Generating Occupational Horizons for Girls at Risk - From Risk to Resilience $8,000
Awarded to Israel Sci-Tech School in Israel, this grant is geared to girls ages 14-19 who come from high-risk situations, including poverty, domestic abuse & violence. This program will address body image, couples and family communication skills, eating disorders, healthy lifestyle through low-cost healthy nutrition, sports, leadership skills, technological and computer training, and much more.
Alma Derech Eretz - $30,000
($10,000 plus a $20,000 double match from the Jewish Community Foundation)
Awarded to Alma Derech Eretz, this grant enabled young Jewish women from disadvantaged backgrounds in Israel to experience the personal growth and preparation that will pave the way for meaningful army service and is key to lifetime success in Israeli society.
2012 – 2015
Money Management for Moms - $20,000
Awarded to JAFCO and the Soref JCC, this grant provided for series of workshops to women and girls dealing with basic economic literacy including topics such as budgeting, credit, legal documents, mortgages, and savings.
Alma Derech Eretz - $15,000
($5,000 plus a $10,000 double match from the Jewish Community Foundation)
Awarded to Alma Derech Eretz, this grant enabled young Jewish women from disadvantaged backgrounds in Israel to experience the personal growth and preparation that will pave the way for meaningful army service and is key to lifetime success in Israeli society.
Just Us Girls - $3,600
Awarded to Chai Lifeline, this grant provided for a series of workshops to help mothers and daughters who are grappling with a critically ill child or sibling.
Bringing Women to the Fore - $10,000
($5,000 plus a $5,000 match from the Jewish Community Foundation)
In partnership with 17 other Jewish Women's funds, awarded a two-year grant to Itach-Makki, the lead agency of feminist organizations that combat against discrimination of women in Israel. This grant provided for services that addressed women's exclusion and discrimination in wages, employment, education, and public resources.
Denise A. Lettau, Esq., Co-Chair
Ms. Lettau joined National Care Advisors in October 2020. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Pacific Lutheran University and subsequently a juris doctorate from Seattle University. After graduation, Ms. Lettau worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute of International Law in Kiel, Germany and later after the fall of the Berlin Wall, she worked as a Senior Lecturer at Humboldt University in Berlin.
Upon her return to the United States, Ms. Lettau practiced law before entering the banking industry. Her banking career has been entirely focused on servicing the disabled and/or elderly. She worked for an eight- year stint at SunTrust Bank as a trust advisor in the Special Needs Trust department followed by nearly five years at Wells Fargo as a Senior Advisory Specialist in the area of Life Management Services which catered to the needs and concerns of older clientele. From 2018 – 2020, Ms. Lettau served as Vice President of Advancement at Secured Futures.
Ms. Lettau is a board member of both the Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Broward County. Denise is currently serving as the co-chair for the Strategic Impact Teams for the Jewish Federation. She also currently serves as the Chair for the Jewish Women’s Foundation and is also a Lion of Judah. Denise has served a number of roles within the Jewish Federation as a lay leader. She is the founder of the Hearts of Gold Society, a women’s circle to support the goals of Ann Storck Center in Fort Lauderdale. The Ann Storck Center provides education, daycare and residential housing for individuals with special needs.
Esther Shacket was born in Poland and raised in Israel, where she served in the IDF before immigrating to the US in 1974. As a child of Holocaust survivors, it guided and shaped the direction she would take in life. After arriving in the US, she met her husband Roger. Together with their two children, Kevin and Nicole, they have built a life of philanthropy. Since 1978 Esther has been involved in the Broward Jewish Community and held a multitude of positions at many Jewish organizations, including her role as B’nai Brith Women’s Regional Chair of 11 States (D.C. - Florida), and Past National Board member of Jewish Women International. She is a founding member of the KOLOT coalition at Jewish Family Services of Broward County,
Continuing her endeavors, she began her involvement with the Jewish Federation of Broward County in the early 2000s with Women’s Division and served as N. Area Campaign Chair. She chaired the Israel and Overseas committee where she flourished as the 1st Steering Committee Chair of the Broward / Nesher, Israel Partnership. In 2007, Esther & Roger Shacket founded the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Broward County, where she formed a group of philanthropic women who are committed to transforming the lives of Jewish women and girls and fostering life-long social change, one woman at a time.
Expanding her involvement, she has held positions such as Broward Jewish Women’s Division Nominating Committee Chair, Jewish Community Foundation of Broward Governance Chair, Broward Jewish Federation Missions Chair, Broward Jewish Federation Major Gifts Chair, and from 2017 - 2019, she held the position of Board Chair of the Jewish Community Foundation of Broward.
Today, she sits on the Israel & Overseas Impact Team, is the Life & Legacy Chair, Vice Board Chair for the Jewish Federation of Broward County, and is a Board Member for Women’s Philanthropy.
Outside of her tumultuous philanthropic endeavors, she owns R.N.S. Associates, Property Development & Management Company and is a Certified Florida Supreme Court, Appointed, Family, Mediator. She is the proud recipient of the Jewish Federation WD Lisa Shulman Leadership Award, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Mother of the Year Award, Jewish Family Services Women of Valor Award, Soref JCC Alvin Gross Community Service Award, Jewish Federation Dedicated Leadership Award, and Jewish Community Foundation Outstanding Leadership Award.
About LIFE & LEGACY®
Each participating organization selects a team of dedicated volunteers who work with professional staff to secure legacy gifts for their organization and the community. The Jewish Community Foundation of Broward supports the team members and works to coordinate this community-wide initiative to build a sustainable Broward Jewish community through endowments. Click the logo below for more information.
We encourage you to begin your legacy conversation by contacting the team leader of the organization you care about most to share your interests and learn about the organization's specific needs. The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Broward's staff is available to assist you with the technical aspects of legacy giving. You may also want to contact your financial advisors and/or estate planning attorney at this time.
Anyone can do this. You don't have to be wealthy, just committed to your organization's cause. This decision is for after you are gone, and you can decide exactly what percentage, or what part, of your estate to leave via your will or by simply naming an organization as a beneficiary of your retirement plan. You can make sure that the people you love are taken care of first, and you can change it if needed.
The answer is different for everyone. Some people make a will after the birth of a child; others may wait until they receive an inheritance. Whether you already have a will or are just getting started, it's always right to think of how you want to be remembered. Now is the time.
Ways to Give
There are many different ways to leave your own legacy. Your legacy gift can be designed to match your personal circumstances.
Endowments can be established with contributions of cash and/or securities. In general, charitable gifts of cash and securities both entitle the donor to a charitable income tax deduction, but in the case of securities that have appreciated in value, the donor may also be able to avoid capital gains tax. Please contact us to learn more about the most tax-efficient ways to establish an endowment.
The simplest way to support a LIFE & LEGACY Partner is by naming the organization in your will. You can designate either a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate after other disbursements. A bequest is a meaningful way to support an agency or synagogue without affecting your cash flow during your lifetime. Your attorney can include it when you prepare or revise your will or you can add a codicil at any time.
There are many types of charitable trusts. A Charitable Remainder Trust enables you to receive income during your lifetime and leave an endowment gift as your lasting legacy to the charities of your choice.
Gifts of new life insurance policies enable donors to build a substantial future endowment gift through reasonable, tax-deductible premium payments. Donation of an existing policy may also offer tax benefits.
Ready to begin? Download the 2021 Declaration of Intent and contact your organization or organizations of choice today. If you would like to digitally sign the document, please open in Adobe Acrobat.
Local Jewish Organization Secures $15 Million in Endowment-Building Initiative Nationally, LIFE & LEGACY Program Tops $1 Billion Over 300 donors in the Broward Community have made personal commitments to provide future financial stability. These commitments totaling an anticipated $15 million are a part of a collaborative endowment building effort that includes 13 local Jewish organizations…