Book of Life

Book of Life

Community-wide Book of Life Ceremony

The Book of Life program symbolizes the true concept of L’Dor V’Dor, passing on traditions from one generation to the next.

Individuals or families sign the Book of Life when they promise a legacy gift or establish an endowment of any amount for one or more Jewish organizations or synagogues. These gifts help ensure the future of our Jewish community locally, nationally, in Israel and worldwide.

The inscriptions in the Book of Life detail the personal thoughts, life experiences and the philanthropic vision that inspired the gift. The statements, along with photos of the donor or family, are kept on permanent display at the Jewish Community Foundation’s offices and website.

Click here to view the video from the first Book of Life signing ceremony in 2000.
Click here to view the most recent video from the Book of Life signing in 2018.

Book of LifeMore than 150 families and individuals have inscribed their names in the Book of Life, expressing their commitment to Jewish values and heritage, and to ensure that our people will survive and flourish.

Flip through the book to read their statements.

To read excerpts from our recent signing event statements, click here: Book of Life Ceremony.

The Book of Life Video Project

View all of the Book of Life videos on our YouTube channel.

Interested in signing the Book of Life? To learn more, please contact
Sharleen Wollach, Chief Impact Officer, call 858-279-2740 or email