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Zeff gives IST, others $5 million

Joyce ZeffJEWISHcolorado announced a gift of $5 million from Joyce Zeff. This unprecedented gift ensures that the organizations and programs close to Zeff continue to thrive.

The gift is structured in three parts.

The first $3 million creates a permanent endowment fund to benefit the Israel Study Tour (IST), one of the oldest Israel teen trips in the US.

“This gift enables one of our community’s most treasured programs to exist in perpetuity,” said Andra Davidson, chair of CAJE, the organization that administers IST.

“We are excited to rename the program The Joyce Zeff Israel Study Tour so that Joyce’s legacy will continue to inspire others for generations to come.”

The second part of the gift creates a $1 million endowment to benefit JFS.

The final $1 million leaves an endowment to benefit JEWISHcolorado.

Both of these endowments are structured to “sunset,” generating $100,000 per year in support of each organization’s annual campaign until the corpus from the funds run out.

“I am very privileged to be able to support JFS, an organization who works tirelessly to take care of the most vulnerable populations in our Jewish and non-Jewish community,” said Zeff.

“I am also pleased to support JEWISHcolorado and their great work on behalf of our collective responsibility to Jews locally, in Israel and around the world.”

She is the former president of JFS and currently serves on the board of JEWISHcolorado.

Zeff also serves on the boards of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and the Taub Center in Jerusalem.

She is involved with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and is a supporter of Hadassah and the Denver Art Museum.

“We are extremely fortunate to have someone with so much generosity, graciousness and compassion in our community,” said Doug Seserman, president & CEO of JEWISHcolorado.

“Joyce truly embodies the definition of a Woman of Valor.”

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