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Legacy logoLegacy gifts ensure the financial strength of San Diego Jewish Academy for future generations by creating a perpetual stream of revenue for the school. Donors creating endowments, planned gifts or bequests become SDJA Legacy Circle members and their names are inscribed on the Pillars of Honor. SDJA is undertaking this initiative in conjunction with the Jewish Community Foundation’s Create a Jewish Legacy Program. Endowments are established funds set aside in perpetuity to provide long-term revenue. They can be unrestricted, allowing SDJA maximum flexibility in determining funding priorities, or they can be restricted to fund a specific field of interest. Endowments begin at $5,000. Gifts over $100,000 are eligible to become named funds. Planned gifts enable donors to maximize their support to SDJA while realizing personal, financial and tax benefits. They can include such vehicles as Charitable Gift Annuities, Lead Trusts, Remainder Trusts and gifts of Life Insurance. Bequests are gifts that become available after the donor’s lifetime and simply require the donor to name SDJA in their wills, designating either a specific gift amount or a percentage or share of the remaining estate.


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Monica Aroeste z”l Endowment Fund for Tuition Assistance

Established in May 2014 to honor the kindness and love given by Monica to the children and families of the Jewish community, and the San Diego Jewish Academy in particular. This endowment enables SDJA to provide tuition assistance in perpetuity, help children in need attend San Diego Jewish Academy and create a lifelong legacy in memory of Monica Aroeste.

Liz and Isaac Calderon Jewish Studies Endowment Fund

Established in 2008, with a lead gift from the Calderon family and additional gifts from the SDJA Legacy Sefer Torah Project, this fund provides students and community members the rare and privileged opportunity to create their own distinctive Jewish legacy by participating with Sofer (Scribe) Alberto Attia in creating a new Sefer Torah for the school which was completed in 2009.

Peter J. Chortek z”l American Jewish Studies Endowment Fund

Established in 2008 by Susan Chortek-Weisman, this gift honored her father and his passionate desire to teach students about the many diverse contributions made by Jews to American society. An integrated, multi-discipline, middle school curriculum was created and introduced to the sixth grade in 2009 and continued to be built through 2011.

The Martin and Phyllis Kornfeld, z”l, Shaar HaNegev Endowment Fund

Established in 2006, and updated in 2014 by Rick and Gary Kornfeld, this fund is in memory of Martin and Phyllis Kornfeld. This gift supports the school’s engagement with the Shaar HaNegev community in Israel. Supported programming includes Israel Education, engagement with students from Shaar HaNegev (including visits to San Diego), as well as Holocaust Education.

Joseph Oppenheimer Endowment Fund for Tuition Assistance and Family Jewish Education

SDJA’s first endowment fund was established in 1999 by a gift from Joseph Oppenheimer to provide financial aid for students and to foster family-oriented Jewish education.

The Larry Pidgeon z"l Endowed Scholarship Fund for Trips to Israel

This fund generously supports SDJA’s senior class trip to Israel and Poland, specifically for those families who do not have the resources to meet the expense.

Shillman Foundation Distinguished Scholars Recognition Fund

Established in 2006, this gift from the Shillman Foundation commends and encourages the pursuit of excellence in mathematics and science. SDJA students who are awarded first, second or third place in regional mathematics and science competitions and students who are designated National Merit Scholars, earn the Shillman Scholar designation and attend an annual reception in their honor at the estate of Dr. Bob and Mao Shillman.

Science Fair Sweepstakes Award Given in Memory of Yehudit Sherman

Created by an anonymous donor to recognize outstanding Maimonides Upper School science students in memory of Yehudit Sherman and her passion for science.

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RachelleFor more information about SDJA’s Legacy Program and the personal and tax benefits of planned gifts and bequests, please contact Rachelle Jagolinzer (858) 704-3706 or via e-mail at rjagolinzer@sdja.com



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