Legacy Circle:

Posted on May 4, 2017

Do you agree with any of these?

If you agree with any of these statements, consider making a legacy commitment to Temple Beth-El. By making a bequest or planned gift to Temple Beth-El, you become part of the Legacy Circle and strengthen the future of our beloved community. Your gift will help ensure that Temple Beth-El continues to be not only a place of worship, spiritual growth, educational enrichment and community outreach, but also a place of kindness, warmth, and compassion for many generations to come.

I have made a legacy promise to the temple and am very committed to helping sustain the temple in this way. I’ve spoken to a number of people, encouraging them to leave a legacy for our community. These are the two most common concerns I hear:

  1. Concern: I’m concerned about committing a specific dollar amount since I’m unsure of what my final medical expenses will be. Answer: Most people choose to leave a percentage of their estate rather than a fixed dollar amount. In this way, your personal or medical needs are all covered first, and your after-life gift to the temple would be larger or smaller depending on the size of your estate.
  2. Concern: I’m very private. I prefer not to have people knowing what I have decided to leave and compare me with others. Answer: NOBODY at temple will know what you have stipulated in your plan until you are no longer in this world. We only know that you have made a promise to include the temple in some way in your estate.

For the past two years, Temple Beth-El has been partnering with the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Mercer on the Life and Legacy program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. As a result of our work building the Legacy Circle and the spirit of philanthropy at Temple Beth-El, we have earned more than $10,000 in grant monies, with more grant monies available next year.

I hope you will join our dedicated group of 29 Legacy Circle donors by making a legacy promise to Temple Beth-El.

If you would like to learn more, please reach out to me or any member of the committee.

Lillian Swickle, Chair

Lou Binder

Amy Rubin


Originally published in the May-June 2017 issue of the Shofar. For more issues of the Shofar, visit the Shofar archives