Before Herb Gold passed away at age 97 last year, he and his wife Rita established The Herb and Rita Gold Perpetual Annual Campaign Endowment (PACE) Fund to support the Federation’s vision of “a vibrant Jewish community.”
(Sarasota, FL) The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee (JFSM) recently received a $250,000 bequest from Herb & Rita Gold, long-time friends and supporters of the organization. The Golds established The Herb and Rita Gold PACE Fund before Rita died in 2008. They created the endowment to “celebrate Rita’s legacy as a teacher and their mutual love for Israel,” says Rich Bergman, the Federation’s major gifts officer.
“Mr. Gold died last year at the age of 97 but his and Rita’s memory lives on. Over the past 10 years, I was privileged to become close to Herb and Rita. They were intelligent, kind, and loving people who were dedicated to creating ways for the less fortunate, particularly children, to receive superior opportunities. Israel was their top priority.”
Bergman adds that, “Herb and Rita were proud of the progressive changes—in science, space, agriculture and medicine—Israel accomplished over the stretch of only a few decades. Up until their final days, they remained fiercely passionate about offering every Jewish child the opportunity to visit Israel, learn about their history and strengthen their Jewish identity.”
Bergman says that the $250,000 received for The Herb and Rita Gold PACE Fund will help the Federation, “support Jewish people who are at risk or in need here in Sarasota-Manatee, in Israel, and around the world. Herb and Rita created a legacy, and their name and good works will continue to live on forever.”
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to save Jewish lives and enhance Jewish life in the Sarasota-Manatee region, in Israel, and throughout the world. In addition, the Federation is responsive when worldwide catastrophes occur. For more information about The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, call 941-371-4546 or visit www.TheJewishFederation.org.