Types of Giving

Planned Giving                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You do not have to have great wealth to make a gift that will have a powerful and long lasting impact on the elderly and vulnerable community we serve. Let us help you Craft Your Legacy.

Our tradition teaches us that each generation must take responsibility to care for the one that came before. At the Jewish Association on Aging we take care of our fathers, our mothers, our grandparents.

We take care of each other.

So too in our lifetime all of us reach a juncture in our lives where we think about the legacy we want to leave for the generation that comes after, the next generation. Whether you want to make a gift that costs you nothing during your lifetime, or a gift that gives you guaranteed income for life allow us to work with you to help you create an everlasting legacy for you and your family.

Honor and Memorial Gifts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Your donation will honor your friends or loved ones, pay tribute to those who are no longer with us and help sustain essential services to the elderly in our community.

Honor and memorial gifts are often called “tribute gifts.” An honor gift is usually made in appreciation of someone or to recognize accomplishments. Memorial gifts may be given in memory of a lost loved one, friend or colleague.

When a tribute gift is made, the amount of the gift is kept confidential. A card acknowledging the gift will be sent to the individuals the donor wishes. Please be sure to include the name and address of the person or persons you wish to be notified about your gift.

Perpetual Yahrtzeit                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                At the Jewish Association on Aging we understand the importance, both spiritual and emotional, of making sure your loved one’s memory is kept alive in accordance with Jewish tradition. Our sages teach us that giving charity in memory of one who has passed on enables an elevation of his/her soul.

Your initial contribution of $360 to establish a Perpetual Yahrtzeit Memorial will help us to provide the support needed for older adults to enjoy their lives in comfort and with dignity. When one gives Tzedaka in someone’s memory, it is viewed as a tribute to his or her life and the Jewish values he or she sought to preserve.

At the JAA we have a long tradition of reciting memorial prayers on behalf of Jews who have no surviving relatives or whose relatives are not able to say Kaddish. The JAA’s Director of Pastoral care, Rabbi Eli Seidman, recites the Kaddish on Saturdays during services.  Often our residents, many of whom are members of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community, were acquainted with the people whose memories they honor.

As part of our Yahrtzeit Memorial program we will:

  • Mail you a notice to remind you of the upcoming Yahrtzeit
  • Say Kaddish each Saturday for your loved one during the first year after the burial, and on the Saturday nearest the Yahrtzeit date each year thereafter
  • Create a “Virtual Plaque” for your loved one in our Yahrtzeit system, viewable at a touch screen computer in our Heritage Hallway at the JAA
  • Publish your loved one’s name in The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle during the week of his/her Yahrtzeit
  • Provide notification to family members who request yearly notification of the Yahrtzeit
  • Send out a beautiful card to whomever you choose, that acknowledges your gift to the JAA in memory of your loved one

Please click here to make your donation today. You may also call Beverly Brinn, Director of Community Engagement and Development, at 412-521-1975 to make a contribution.