The William and Betty Lester Society

Every Jewish generation has an obligation to look ahead while serving the present. The blessings we enjoy today are in part a direct result of the forethought, work and accomplishments of those who preceded us. Therefore, our philanthropy must always keep an eye toward the future.




With such a vision in mind, William (z’’l) and Betty (z’’l) Lester established the Lester Society in 1993. The Society seeks to perpetuate the community’s support of the UJA Annual Campaign of Greater MetroWest NJ through commitments of $100,000 or more. William Lester died in 2005, leaving Federation its first multi-million dollar endowment to support the UJA Annual Campaign in perpetuity.


At present, the Lester Society is composed of nearly 400 individuals and couples whose commitments total nearly $100 million. Last year these commitments yielded nearly $2 million for the UJA Annual Campaign of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.


Membership in the Lester Society requires a commitment of $100,000 for individuals or couples. A couple preferring recognition as members of both the Lester Society and as a Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE) requires a commitment of $200,000.



Sustainers of Our Legacy: $100,000 - $249,000
Protectors of Our Community: $250,000 - $499,000
Guardians of Our Traditions: $500,000 - $999,000
Benefactors of Our Future: $1,000,000

Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE)


As A LOJE, you have a special status. You are a model in your community — lighting the way along the path of philanthropy. And your name will be remembered as a blessing.



You’re an activist and philanthropist. Your passion drives your work and your giving. And you are valued by your community because you make a powerful contribution to the vitality of Jewish life. Your work lights up the world.


A Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE) enables you to help secure a strong and vibrant Jewish community for future generations.


Endow your gift at your current giving level and ensure that the work you support continues even after you are gone. Find out how easy it can be. Turn the page to learn how Lions just like you made the commitment of $100,000.

Kim Hirsh
Director of Center for Strategic Philanthropy

(973) 929-3026 or

Diane Bakst
Director, Women’s Philanthropy

(973) 929-3056 or


Ultimately, Lester and LOJE commitments will help feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, educate the young and comfort the old. Through these commitments, we are securing the future of the Greater MetroWest Jewish community as well as support for Israel and vital causes throughout the world.