What is Life & Legacy?


The Life & Legacy Division of the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville is the result of the January 1, 2018 merger of Federation with the former Jewish Community Foundation of Northeast Florida. Life & Legacy continues the great work of nurturing partnerships between our major Jacksonville area synagogues and Jewish agencies. It exists to provide charitable gift planning services to our partners and interested members of our community. Above all, it protects the financial interests of our partners and strives to ensure that the intent of all donors who wish to support Jewish organizations is always honored. Life & Legacy exists to develop the permanent funds necessary to meet the growing needs of our immediate Jewish community and to secure Jewish tomorrows.


How we make a difference


Our work is about continuing the important Jewish tradition of Tzedakah, giving to those in need; to our older adults, to Jewish education, to our children and their children, for many years to come. For more than two decades, families in Jacksonville have been carefully curating their legacies and we are honored to be part of their stories.


Helping to craft each family’s vision for a Jewish tomorrow is a joy and we remain committed to helping our donors perpetuate a living legacy of caring that will last beyond their lifetime and inspire from generation to generation.


Ways to get involved


1. Create your Jewish legacy through opening a donor advised fund or endowment fund

2. Join the Professional Advisory Group - we welcome all professionals in the legal, insurance or financial fields

3. Teach your children about tzedakah - open a B'nai Tzedek Young Philanthropy Fund


For more information

Contact: Kellie Smith - Director of Planned Giving & Endowments
Email: kelliek@jewishjacksonville.org
Phone: 904-512-3796


“Everyone has the ability to create a legacy gift. These gifts enable our Jewish organizations to achieve long-term financial stability and sustainability. By planning your legacy, you can express your values, honor your heritage and provide something lasting and significant for the future. It is our task to secure thriving Jewish life for generations to come by committing to tomorrow, today.”

– Kellie Smith, Director of Planned Giving & Endowments

Annual Report


Life and Legacy is proud to have released their 2018-2019 Annual Report to their fund holders in late April. This report is a reflection of all the work that has been accomplished in the first year post-merger with Federation as well as a celebration of the many years of support and achievement that the former Jewish Community Foundation experienced during its operation. 

Click above to read the full report.