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What is Jewish Legacy?


Jewish Legacy is a ground breaking cross-communal initiative based in the UK, established to promote Legacy giving amongst members of our community to established, carefully chosen Jewish charities.

We are a collaboration of 50 different Jewish charity organisations drawn from across the spectrum of charitable causes, all of whom are committed to raising awareness of the need for charitable Legacies.

While the Jewish community is known for its generosity, supporting a wide range of different charities nationwide and internationally, only 25% (one in four members) of the community leave a charitable Legacy in their Will, compared to 75% who give during their lifetime.

The ongoing aim of Jewish Legacy is to increase the number of Legacies being left by the community, by making people aware of just how crucial Legacy giving is to the work (and in some cases, survival) of Jewish charities and what a huge difference a gift to the charity of their choice in their Will can really make.

While family and friends will always come first, there’s no reason why you cannot also support your favourite causes by making a gift to a Jewish charity in your Will,  especially with the current UK tax benefits relating to charitable Legacy donations and Inheritance Tax (learn more about these here).

Though we are ourselves a registered charity, it is not our objective for members of the Jewish community to leave a Legacy gift to Jewish Legacy itself. We are here to encourage and try and make routine the act of leaving a Legacy gift to one or more of the 50 Jewish charities we work with.

Who we are

Jewish Legacy is a cross communal initiative united in its aims to increase the number of legacies left to Jewish charities. It is administered by people who work for, or are closely associated with a range of Jewish charities (CST, Emunah, Jewish Care, Jewish Child’s Day, KKL/JNF, Magen David Adom, UJIA, World Jewish Relief ), all of whom are working in a personal and voluntary capacity to further this campaign. Jewish Legacy aims to promote Legacy giving in the Jewish community so that all Jewish charities can look forward to a more secure future.

The initiative is endorsed by the Communal Chief Executives Forum, the Jewish Leadership Council and Board of Deputies, as well as the 50 Jewish charities who are members of this new initiative. Jewish charities depend on Legacy gifts, no matter how big or small, because without them they will struggle to survive.

To view a full list of charities please click here.

Nigel Ross

Nigel Ross is Executive Board Member of The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee as well as Board Member of The Claims Conference and of The Immovable Property Committee of The European Shoah Legacy Institute. Nigel held the position of Vice Chair of World Jewish Relief from 2002 to 2011 and has previously been the Joint Chief Executive of Compco Holdings PLC. Nigel is currently Property Advisor to The Bedford Estate. He is married to Lynne and they have two sons and five grandchildren.

Melanie Klass

Melanie Klass spent 20 years with Associated Newspapers, heading up the Classified advertising department of the Evening Standard and as Managing Director of Loot, the free ads newspaper. She moved to the not for profit sector three years ago, a conscious decision to utilise her efforts to make a difference. After a brief stint fundraising for JNF, Melanie set up the London office for an Israeli based humanitarian charity, before taking up office as Executive Director of Jewish Child’s Day in May 2011.

Harvey Bratt

Harvey Bratt is Director of Legacies and Planned Giving for UJIA. After qualifying and practicing as a private client solicitor for 15 years, Harvey joined the Jewish charity sector in 1996 since when he has specialised in legacy fundraising.

Colin Lehmann

Colin Lehmann is a partner in Blick Rothenberg, chartered accountants and a non-executive director of Bank Leumi. He has been involved at board level in the not for profit sector for many years. Colin is married to Laura and they have two children and a dog. Colin’s passions are his family and travelling.

Carolyn Addleman

Carolyn Addleman is a lawyer specialising in Wills, Trusts and Probate work and she runs the legacy department of KKL Executor & Trustee Company, a subsidiary of JNF UK, where she has worked for six years. Prior to joining the charity sector she was in private practice. Carolyn is married with four children

Deborah Nathan

Deborah Nathan is the Director of British Emunah. Having studied architecture at university she then qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG. After an early career in the city and a break while her children were young, she fulfilled a variety of financial roles in the Jewish community. Describing her current role as the most varied job she has ever undertaken, Deborah has been in the position for two and a half years. She lives in Hendon with her husband and three children.