Federation’s Roots Society

The Tree of Life – Etz Haim, in Hebrew – is a long-standing symbol of steadfastness and dedication. Anchoring that tree are the roots that provide the foundation for the tree to grow and thrive.

It’s in this way that The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Roots Society recognizes its longtime distinguished donors who lead the way for our future generations  through their support of Federation’s  Annual Campaign for 20 years or more.

Federation’s Roots Society members live their Jewish values by sustaining the Jewish community locally, in Israel, and around the world. Every contribution, at any level, strengthens our Jewish community’s safety net for those in need and ensures vibrant Jewish life.

If you are a member of Federation’s Roots Society, we are indebted to you for your enduring commitment to our community. You have touched the lives of thousands  of people in Greater Washington and beyond.

Your Impact Can Endure

To ensure that their impact continues in perpetuity, many Roots Society members consider making a legacy gift.

When you make Federation’s Annual Campaign a part of your legacy, you secure the future of the Jewish community that was built on the foundation of your contributions. Your legacy gift also makes a powerful statement to your family and the wider community that our Jewish future matters to you.

Anyone and everyone can plan a legacy gift, regardless of current income or assets.

The most common types of legacy gift include:

  • A bequest in a will
  • A beneficiary designation in a retirement fund
  • A beneficiary designation in a life insurance policy
  • An outright gift of a life insurance policy that’s no longer needed

Learn more about ways to make a legacy gift.

Read our Roots Updates

We provide a special quarterly email update to our Roots Society members to show how their longtime support continues to make a difference today. Please click on a link below to access these updates.


If you have questions about legacy giving or would like to establish a legacy, contact us.

Have you included a bequest to The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington in your estate plans? If so, contact us at [email protected] so that we can express our appreciation.