Life & Legacy: Why Suncoast Hillels?
The opportunity to become a Founding Member of the Legacy Society for Hillels of the Florida Suncoast was something neither of us had to give a second thought. We are grateful and privileged that we can make a difference in young adults' lives through our giving to Hillel with the formalization of our signed intent to leave an afterlife gift to such a worthwhile organization.
Having celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary this past summer reminds us that, had we not been associated and active in our respective Hillels at the University of Iowa and Northern Illinois University, we never would have met. A modern Orthodox Jewish girl from Chicago and a Reform rabbi's son from Omaha, Nebraska, were unlikely to meet if we did not attend a Leadership Training Shabbaton in the Wisconsin Dells sponsored by Hillel and the Chicago Jewish Federation. This year, we formalized our afterlife gift to Hillels of the Florida Suncoast and will continue to contribute to this organization that holds a very special place in our hearts.
-Joel & Naomi Brooks
As a Jewish community member and proud University of South Florida alum, the future of USF Hillel is very important to me. I served in a variety of capacities on the USF Hillel student board for three years and participated in activities with USF Hillel during my four years as a USF undergraduate students.
Hillel helped make me what I am today: a Jewish non-profit professional supporting the Tampa Bay area community. Hillel helped me become passionate about my Judaism and about Israel. My love of Judaism and Israel are the reasons why it was important for me to sign a Life & Legacy Letter of Intent and make a commitment to leave a legacy gift to Hillel - an organization that significantly impacted me as a young Jewish adult. I want to ensure that Hillel can continue to make the same kind of impact on other Jewish (and non-Jewish) young adults for generations to come, as it did for me when I was a college student.
Why did I sign a Life & Legacy Letter of Intent to make sure that Hillels of the Florida Suncoast will be remembered after I am no longer here? Giving Tzedakah is one of the most meaningful things that I do in life. Much of my time is spent being a part of our Jewish community in many different ways, whether working on and attending events, making gifts, or seeing friends. Our great organizations in Tampa Bay do amazing work to support our community.
One important group is Suncoast Hillels, with fantastic programming for young adults in college who we hope will participate in the programs on campus and continue being involved int he Tampa Bay area, their next community and Israel. The more we connect with our younger selves (we were one of them!), the more they can connect to the Jewish community. We need each other to survive and thrive. When my time ends, I want to leave a legacy to this organization to continue to do their wonderful work. It means a great deal to me to give a percentage of my estate to Suncoast Hillels.